On the beer menu tonight was a 22 oz bottle of Stone RuinTen – a beefed up version of Stone’s double IPA, Ruination. First brewed in 2012 for Ruination’s tenth anniversary, people must have liked it so much that stone decided to release it again this year with a different name but the same ass-kicking dose of hops – 5 lb per barrel. Doesn’t seem like a lot to you? Remember that hops are flowers and 5 lb of flowers thrown into a barrel of brew isn’t anything to scoff at. The end result is a hugely bitter, 10.2% ABV monster that will wreck your palate, so be sure to drink this one at the end of the night.
By the way, if you’re trying to find this one, act quickly because it will be gone just as quickly as it was released a couple of weeks ago. I got mine at Yankee Spirits in North Attleboro, MA but you won’t find it on the shelves there. Ask the guy (or gal) at the customer service desk and he will grab one from the rare beer safe in the back (OK, it’s probably just a box).
Here’s my full review:
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip/snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.
A- Pours a completely clear golden amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly to some chunky foam. Leaves heavy lacing.
S- Pretty potent, the aroma hit me the second I cracked it open. Immediately I get big grapefruit-citrus and grassy, earthy aromas combined with pine and definitely caramel and toffee.
T- Wow, slightly different than I was expecting. I was expecting a hop-heavy, juicy, tropical blast, instead it’s more on the piney, resinous, citrusy side. After the initial hop blast, I get big malt notes that are almost creamy, like vanilla cake frosting (weird, I know, but I’m definitely getting this). The finish is piney, bitter and astringent, and sticks on the tongue for a while. The hops seem to be all over the place in this one.
M- Medium carbonation with a pretty heavy body. Leaves a bitter taste for a while.
I wasn’t exactly blown away by this beer given it’s hype, but it was still a good drink. I could name many other DIPAs I’d rather be drinking, including “enjoy by” and the original ruination. The balance was a little off on this one, the hops kind of just punched you in the face instead of working together. Do try it though.