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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #855
Ranked #20,577
3.84 | pDev: 8.59%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: When it came to creating Ripper, we drew inspiration from the coastal surf cultures of SoCal and Oz. Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from…yes…Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will be stoked about. At the same time, we stayed true to our San Diego roots by pushing the hop boundaries of this style. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that’s cascading with a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit hoppiness. So veg out or venture out. Either way, rip one open and taste this awesome golden nectar!
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Photo of defunksta
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Drinking less than one month after the best-buy date*

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange, almost amber color with a strong off white head. SRM of 12-13. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange and wet tropics. Lots of tropical pineapple, papaya, mango, grapefruit, melon, Some resinous piney sweetness underneath. Intense tropical pine. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor is more orange and becomes more resinous. Less tropical boquet than the nose. More orange, nectarine and resinous pine. The flavors may be muted because this is after the best-buy date, but the orange is still there. A strong spicy, caramel and pine finish. Intensely bitter pine off the backend. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes bitter and leaves a trio of spicy, bitter, and sweet on the palate. (3.75)

Compared to Cigar City's Invasion Pale Ale 4/22/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger aromas of deep tropical and resinous orange. More caramely and spicy, bitter pine. Finishes sweeter, heavier, but also more bitter.

Overall: An intensely bitter pale ale. Sort of reminds me of Sierra Nevada with the spicy caramel/pine finish that lets you wonder whether it's sweet caramel or if it's bitter pine. You can't tell but it's delicious. Tropical on the nose, but more resinous citrus/pine on the tongue that reminds me of the west-coast. Not a whole lot of grapefruit or passionfruit here like the label says. It's a very pretty and flavorful west-coast pale ale, but I couldn't hardly tell this from an Sierra Nevada IPA. (Final Rating: 4.18)
*You could compare to really any SN beer. Too light for Torpedo, too intense for pale ale. Compare this to a medium Sierra Nevada beer*

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Photo of Spike
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz can.
L: Clear, pale amber colour, no carbonation, short-lived head.
S: Ripe tropical fruit.
T: Heaps of juicy, tropical fruit hops. Medium bitterness and a lasting, dry aftertaste.
F: Medium body, some oily mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
O: Hopped up pale ale that could easily be described as an IPA. Has tropical fruit in abundance but also earthy, dank bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned 12/20/16; drank 2/5/17 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Grapefruit zest & faint pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sharp pine & bitter grapefruit flavors.

This smelled good but tasted awful.

An unforgiving, unpleasant pale ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Iron Horse Tavern, SMF Terminal A, Sacramento, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose along with hints of passionfruit.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of grapefruit citrus and hints of passionfruit along with a strong amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very crisp and bitter for an APA. It's easy to drink and would be good to pair with a meal as the hops will cut through the food.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of SB2017
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells fresh, lots of pineapple. It's quite bitter, without any tart notes. I would appreciate more balance from this beer, though it's a good amount of sweet.

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Photo of jonb5
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can. Berlin brewed.

A: Golden, clear, decent sized head which disappeared fairly quickly.

S: Tropical aromas, some farmyard funk. T: Grapefruit, lime, bitter finish, but kept it balanced.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp texture.

O: A nice thirst quenching pale ale, not spectacular, but pretty nice all the same.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 04/23/19. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy amber with 1-finger off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S: Muted aroma with high resin and mostly one-note mango

T: Flavor is heavy resin with milder mango and melon flavors getting through. Not much malt character.

M: Good mouthfeel with lowish carbonation and medium body.

O: Not a beer I’m going back to.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripper pours dark amber. You can see your friend through the brew, though he is amber now. It smells hoppy, mostly, with ale underneath. There's a noticeable sharpness. It is dry-hopped granted, but it's not overwhelming. Aside from the dry-hop, it's brewed with cascade and galaxy hops. There is hop action happening. Ripper hits several spots in the palate, it's complex. Not overly complex, but enough to distract you from the delicious ale body underneath the hops.

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Photo of ftmathteacher
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not impressed with the massive head after pouring a can on a glass. It smells great, of citrus, but have had better tastes. It does not taste like an IPA...tastes quite watered down.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a loose head that fades instantly. Color is burnt orange

S: Lovely aroma of pines, citrus, herbs, grapefruit rind, caramel hops, and some grassiness

T: Citrus and malt sweetness is well balanced with the hop medley. It's at once spicey and piney and fruity while always grounded by a malt baseline. Finishes long and dry

O: This is a pale ale that flirts with an IPA. I love the smell, but it straddles an awkward middle between pale ale and maybe not the most harmonious hop combination

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Expected a little bit more, bit still a fine brew.
Pours a nice gold color with fair white foam with mild lacing.
Aroma is subtle fruit more earthy floral notes I believe.
As for the is a nice happiness for the palate, but this is where I feel I wanted a little bit more from the cascade and galaxy hops...that just didn't seem to come thru enough for me. Still a very nice flavor.
The feel is nice and smooth with the crispiness of the hops and semi dry finish coming thru.
Overall a fine brew.

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Photo of Imakoniver
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 6-pack of cans from our local Target. I had higher expectations for Stone Brewing and was mildly disappointed with their Ripper. It is definitely drinkable but is not special.

It poured a golden color with a big frothy head. It smelled more floral than fruity. It was smooth with a hoppy finish. I would drink it again but wouldn’t look for it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into plastic cup at the San Diego zoo

Clear copper, one finger white foam cap , scant lacings

Aroma and is citrus , tangerine, orange

Taste and a citrus hops over a malt base

Good Beer

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning and "best by" dates printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The one and a quarter finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a pretty substantial foam layer with a lot of lacing all over the glass. It's a crystal clear gold color.

Smell: The smell is faint but good. There's fresh grapefruit and some floral notes.

Taste: At first taste it feels like it's going to be bitter, with hints of lemon and grapefruit but that fades away pretty quickly and gives way to some earthier flavors and sweet fruit like papaya and passion fruit.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp, refreshing and medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It teeters just on the edge of harsh, hoppy bitterness, but it's actually a really well balanced and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear rose gold with three finger of bone color head. Rings of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is tropical fruit with a slight dank tinge. Bread crust malt.
Taste is tropical fruit pine bread crust malts. Bitterness leads the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation level. Finish is very dry and medium bitter.
Overall bold APA that would kick old school IPAs to the curb. I enjoyed it very much. "Ripper" indeed!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/10/18 Enjoy by 4/9/19. Opened and reviewed on 2/25/19

Amber and golden coloration, totally clear...see-through style. Off white, sea foamy head is rocky and bubbly. Big foam clumps of coverage and dense lacing.

The nose is heady with, dense and sweet red fruits, caramel scented amber and crystal malted barley, soft pepper, cherries and old leather permeates throughout.

JUICY hops. Understatement. Major juicy. Layers of wet and dry hopped style lupilin is excreted from everywhere. The malt is classicly a crispy amber, sweet, maybe slightly Smokey. Herbal red cherries is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, juicy, dry and then a bit malty long finish. A bit of a dry, earthy and herbal kick happens too.

West Coast style Pale Ale is spot on stylewise with big complexity and wild charm.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber bronze with a short-lived finger of white head. Light rings of lacing.

Light strawberry and tropical fruits in the nose.

Light tropical fruits up front, with a decent malt backbone for an APA. Light citrus zest and pine hop bitterness in the finish.

Very light creaminess in the feel with peppery carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but there are plenty of APAs I’d choose above it.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice rich amber color. Aroma is light and hoppy. Taste is very hoppy strong. Approaches bitter but isn’t. The mouthfeel is thin but drinkable. Hoppy aftertaste is good on the palate. Overall it’s a good APA. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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Photo of tomengdahl
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like an IPA but at 5.7% fits into the West Coast Ale. The people at Stone, Greg and Steve, have been making great beer since 1996. And they do not rest on their laurels. Ripper has Northwest hops and - Galaxy hops from Australia! No wonder I hopped around the room after a couple pints. Delish!

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Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crushable beer for sure, this brings a nice malty backbone with toasted grains, brown sugar and biscuit together with zesty grapefruit notes, sharp piney hops and floral spices. The peppery spices get stronger with each sip and some tea leaf shows up to go along with the earthy notes.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a can dated 06/21/18 with an expiration date of 10/19/18. Sampled on November 26, 2018. My review may be tainted.

Attractive looking heady light amber to medium amber tone. Good clarity.

It is an old bottle so the aroma tends to bring out an herbal, stale malt character but maybe there was some fruit in there at one point in the past.

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste is more of a malt bomb and a mild bitter ending. It might have been better a few months ago.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, coppery coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with hints of orange rind and pine. Taste is good balance between bready, caramel malt and piney, citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange rind and pine. Finishes with medium, piney bitterness and more pine coming through in the aftertaste. Light body with medium carbonation.

With its malty, resinous character, this makes for a great West Coast Pale Ale. It's really important to have this super fresh though, because the relatively light hoppiness really doesn't hold up very well and is integral to balancing out the strong malty character.

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Photo of Gatch
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not bad for a West Coast APA. Lots of fruity, dry hops but a bit metallic and plain in the finish. Nice to have when there isn’t much else on tap but pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is burnt orange with a thin head. Not a great deal to the smell - faint citrus peel, currant, resin. Taste is nicely layered with citrus bitter, pine resin, background notes of lemon, guava. Medium somewhat creamy body has good carbonation and holds together well. Finish is faintly lemon tart, hop bitter, clean. Overall this is a good beer, easy to drink with some nicely layered flavors.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours a golden color with a thick half inch of foam. Taste is balanced and slight citrus in the hops. Feel is balanced (not light) but finishes clean. Overall very drinkable and good.

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Ripper from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1057 ratings