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Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone Brewing Company has been, and most likely will remain, one of the powerhouses in the craft beer world. This year is special for them, as their Ruination IPA–the first full-time brewed and bottled Double IPA on the planet–celebrated its 10th anniversary in June. On June 11th, Stone released a new brew to “celebrate a glorious decade of hoppy decadence with even more hops,” dubbed Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA. Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch explained that they “took the unapologetically hoppy Stone Ruination IPA—so named for its ruinous effect on the palate—and hopped it to high hell.” Color me interested.

Garrett put Stone’s IPA and Ruination IPA to the test in his budget column a few months back in this post, now it’s time to give this special version a taste.

To preface, if you need to get pumped up to drink this beer and want to gain some knowledge from the Stone bigwigs, check out this video they released:

Stone Ruination IPA 10th Anniversary
Really pretty orange-yellow color with two or three fingers of white head. The lacing is beautiful and the retention is solid. Bubbles lazily work there way to the top of the glass. Top notch IPA in terms of appearance.
I can't tell if I'm smelling an IPA or just straight hops. The amount of citra coming out of my glass is simply absurd. Pine, orange, other citrus, resins, and oh did I mention it smelled like hops? Slight booze underneath, yet zero malts.
The taste keeps this trend of amazing hops going. Just an assault on the palate that does justice to the Ruination name. This beer possibly has the piniest flavor I have ever encountered. Big citrus notes, resins, and some booze. If you aren't ready to be destroyed by hops you might not enjoy this, but I sure did.
Great level of carbonation paired with a light body. The bitter hop aftertaste lasts well after I enjoyed my last sips. I think it's very drinkable, and considering I drank this whole 22oz 10% ABV beer at the dinner table I'd say it passes the test.
I can't remember exactly what this cost, but I know it was less than $10 for 22oz, which is seriously a great deal. In hindsight, I should have picked up at least one more bottle.
I don't think I need to reiterate how impressed I was by this beer. Don't let this pass you by.

Beer Stats
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 22oz
ABV: 10.80%
BA Score: 96
RB Score: 100

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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