The Dead Liver Society #9 – Stone Brewing Co. : Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA



Hey everyone! DAVE here with the 9th edition of The Dead Liver Society and we have a doozy this week in Stone’s Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. This special one-off production has nothing in common with the normal version of Stone’s Ruination IPA. It’s got more hops, more bitterness, more malt and a lot more alcohol (10.8 % ABV compared to 7.7% ABV). I picked up a bottle of this last week for about 10 dollars. Let’s see what we’ve got here..

Beer Name:  Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.

Type: DIPA (Double Imperial Pale Ale)

ABV: 10.8%

First Impressions:

The bottle itself is pretty darn awesome.


On the back of the bottle, there is a pretty entertaining read regarding the genesis of this beer..

And the bottle cap is pretty cool too..

Color/Appearance: This is a real nice looking pour right here.

This beer has a really appealing honey amber color to it with good clarity and lacing.

The 2 finger head was abnormally thick for a beer with this level of alcohol in it (which is not a bad thing).

Aroma: This is a complete bomb in terms of hop aroma. Lots of resin up front with some citric notes coming in toward the end of the nose. There is also a surprisingly pronounced malt aroma coming of this pour that I hadn’t really expected. It’s a nice aroma but you can certainly tell there is the presence of alcohol. Overall, very nice all around.

Taste: WOW!

This beer is a huge hopbomb on the tongue at first sip with bitter, bitter resin coming to the forefront. My lips were almost numb from the bitterness on the front end. There is a nice fruitiness that comes in to the fray as you drink more and that fruit helps to hide the alcohol well. The presence of malt in the taste is a lot less than you would think based on the aroma. It is there to be sure but it’s just not as pronounced as I’d expect. I also got the wonderful gift of hopburps with this one as it warmed my tummy up toward the end. Very nice!


Just excellent. This is a strong but highly drinkable DIPA from Stone. If you see this on the shelf, don’t’s only 10 bucks and it’s well worth the coin. Pick it up and enjoy!


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