I’D TAP THAT: Over 10 years and it’s still ruined

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First Posted: 7/29/2013

Beer: RuinTen IPA

Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

Style: Double/ Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.80%

Ruination vs. RuinTen- If you are a fan of Stone’s Ruination, like me, than this beer will be a great addition to an already “ruined” palate. This beer was initially released last year to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the release of Ruination. So the question is: how would a hop-loving brewery like Stone celebrate their hoppiest beer? By making it hoppier and stronger, of course! Stone RuinTen uses twice as many hops as Ruination and beefs up the ABV from 7.7% to 10.8%. This is certainly my kind of celebration!

Description: RuinTen IPA pours a deep gold with an off-white fluffy head that does not linger long, but leaves a great lacing on the glass. The aroma is an intense hop explosion with notes of dank fruity hops, lemon, nectarine, pineapple, tropical fruit, and very subtle notes of mint and spice. The taste backs up the nose and the palate is hit hard with a wide variety of hop flavors. Tropical fruit hops flavors attack up front, but linger throughout with tastes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, all balanced against a very sweet malt bill – just wonderful. What makes this beer spectacular, though, is the crisp dry finish, but with a lingering clean bitterness. This is certainly a full-bodied beer with a wonderful amount of bitterness and sweetness for the perfect balance. The higher ABV is also extremely well hidden, so keep that in mind as you drink this beast; it may sneak up on you quite quickly, so treat this beer with the respect it has earned!

Food pairing: This extremely hoppy beer can easily ruin many dishes that do not have the flavor profile to compete with the over-the-top hop flavor, so proceed with caution and choose something with a lot of spices or fat. Pairing RuinTen with a delicious dinner of pork chops and applesauce is a dream, just ask Peter Brady! If you are looking for some heat, and deliciousness, here is a great three-course meal that will pair with RuinTen perfectly: appetizer- bacon wrapped jalapenos; main course- BBQ duck tacos; and for dessert- apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Now, wipe the drool from around your mouth and enjoy!

Is it worth trying?: Yes, it is a beer from Stone after all! The high IBUs may make this beer a bit rough for newbies to the craft beer and/or IPA scene, but still try it out as the sweetness of this beer still shines through despite the high amount of bitterness, and may take the edge off enough for some to approach this without any “warm up” IPAs. Also, if you have not tried Ruination yet, get yourself a bottle and feel free to do a little side by side comparison with Ruination and RuinTen; the subtle differences may really surprise you. Regardless of how, when, or where you drink this beer, just get your hands on a bottle and try some!

Rating: W W W W W

Where can I get it?: Currently available in bottles at: Exit 190 Beer Deli, Dickson City; Backyard Ale House, Scranton; and Krugel’s Georgetown Deli, Wilkes-Barre.

Remember, enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

– Derek Warren is a beer expert, avid homebrewer, and beer historian. Follow Derek’s beer blog at idtapthat.org.