Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA

Beer Review #158

I first tried Stone Brewing Company's Ruination Double IPA (review #38) about 15 months ago. More recently I had, and enjoyed, RuinTen Triple IPA With Orange Peel (review #146). Today I'm finally checking out the plain old RuinTen Triple IPA (without orange peel). RuinTen was originally brewed in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the classic Ruination Double IPA.

Not a hop-head? Don't even bother. This 10.8%ABV monster is all about hops, in the classic west coast way that dominated the IPA style a few years back.

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beloved bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen Triple IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has been changed to include “Triple,” which helps describe the over-the-top hop profile and elevated alcohol by volume. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor. You’re welcome. Again.

The Magnum, Centennial and Citra hops in this bad boy will wreak havoc on your taste buds. The beer pours golden with faint amber undertones and bild ole' fluffy white foam top.

Expect a sweet, malted aroma, with citrus around the edges, that only hints at the flavor explosion to follow. Huge citrus rind/peel notes strike first, with an even bigger barrage of pine on the back of the throat. I can see why they added vanilla bean and orange peel to the other version of this beer, as they compliment the base recipe perfectly. Lip smacking dry finish.


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