I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a "drink by" date of 9/5/13 and cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark orange to copper in color. Only slightly hazy, but not
much visible carbonation. Forms a fairly small, eggshell, frothy head
which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Extremely dank resinous nose. A sweet tropical fruit aroma as well.
Taste: I went into Stone RuinTen IPA expecting to drink the exact same
beer as Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination. However, this beer is quite
different as it’s a pure bomb of gooey hop juice. Whereas the original
was crisp and juicy, this brew is akin to liquid tree bark combined with
some sugary fruit juice concentrate. It seems like such a different
beer than I was expecting, which is a bit disappointing. Though the
final product is still a fine imperial IPA that you don’t get to try
There’s nothing subtle to the palette of this beer. It’s got a lot of
gusto and it makes itself known from the first to last drop. The
bitterness is so intense, it almost comes full circle back to sweetness.
Though I’d imagine the malt base for this brew is strong to match the
hop profile. Whereas most Stone IPAs tend to be citrusy and juicy, this
one is pure pine and resin. Dank, intense bitterness throughout, though
there is some dryness at the top of the swig. A sticky, syrupy sweetness
throughout the second half. Akin to molasses or liquid malt extract.
This might be better described as a hoppy barley wine, but why bother
Drinkability: I distinctly remember the 10th Anniversary Ruination being
highly quaffable and actually quite refreshing due to its citrusy
nature. Stone RuinTen IPA is a beast. It tears up the tongue with hop
oils and cloying sweetness. Refreshing it most definitely is not. This
is a sipper, and probably best split with a friend as the 10.8% ABV
weight makes itself known. Thankfully, though, there is little to no
alcohol warmth or sloppy "booziness" to this beer. At least it goes down
smooth, but better have a glass of cold water handy to chase this.