Beertography and Review: Stone Ruination IPA Tenth Anniversary

Brewed by: Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, California USA
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 10.8%

Commercial description: And as Stone Ruination IPA turns 10, we thought we’d make ourselves a nice little birthday present to celebrate. But what kind of selfish jerks would we be if we didn’t share?! Behold, the Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. (Clever name, eh? That’s why us folks in the Marketing Dept. get the big bucks!) It’s an amped-up version of Stone Ruination IPA, with a bit more malt to bring the ABV up from 7.7% to 10.8%, and a very heavy dose of hops. “Classic” Ruination uses 2.5 pounds of hops per barrel–which is more than double the amount we use in any other of our core beers–but for Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, we went double again, using an impressive 5 pounds of hops per barrel, including about a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. (Hell. Yes.)

APPEARANCE (5/5)

This beer pours a clear golden color with amber highlights and is crowned by a big fluffy two finger head with good lacing and retention.

AROMA (10/10)

Outstanding aroma! Really fragrant and fantastic. Big, juicy and tropical. Pineapple, candied orange peel orange, grapefruit, peach, apricot backed by some dank pine, caramel malts, and a bit of biscuit. The alcohol is not very prevalent in the nose.

FLAVOR (19/20)

The palate opens bitter with rather pungent orange peel, grapefruit zest, orange zest, tropical fruit (mango and papaya.) The hop profile follows the smell and is seriously complex. Mild sweetness is present on the mid-palate, and is complemented (and then dominated) by the hoppy flavors. Some sweet malt sneaks through, followed by a perceptible, but clean alcohol. There is enough malt and booze to balance it out and help clean the palate. Alcohol presence is stronger in the finish and it gets to be a bit much when the beer warms up.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Smooth texture, full-bodied, with medium carbonation and a super dry finish. Plenty of oily hop resins linger on the palate. Some alcohol warmth reveals the double-digit ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (10/10)

For me, one of the best beers to come out this year. A very satisfying DIPA that is unfortunately a limited release. Complex, delicious, and rich. This is one of those rare beers that makes hopheads and non-hopheads happy. Buy this one before it’s all gone!

FINAL SCORE (49/50)

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