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Stone Brewing
California, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #762
Ranked #20,275
3.82 | pDev: 8.64%
Apr 04, 2022
Jul 19, 2016
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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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the 330ml can into a mug. The beer is a cloudy pure orange color with a 3 finger off white foamy head with good retention.

Smell is fruity with apricot, pineapple, mango, and pear. Balanced with honey and a slightly bready backbone. A very fruity aroma that is refreshing and sweet.

Taste is even more balanced with bread up front but then some tropical fruit in the middle. Finishes with a slight bitterness but overall balance.

Juicy is a good word to describe this beer, with lots of fruit notes at the forefront. But balance is another. Not too bitter, not too sweet. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.
Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours an amber copper like color. 1/3" white head. Aroma is a mixture of a woody like malt base, light hopping with grapefruit rind being the most prominent aspect of the hopping rates and varieties. Light pineapple aspect. Even though there is no Amarillo, that hop came to mind here.

Taste imparts a heavier maltiness and lighter hoppiness than where Stone's place was in the game two decades ago. Surf marketing aspect here I dunno where they are going with that. Not sure where their commercial tug job about pushing the hop boundaries comes from. Hardly. If anything its the complete opposite. Your hat has been shit in.

Light cardboard and copper note in the mouthfeel. Its a heavier 'pale' ale. Not quite dropping into caramel territory, its more of a wooden light cardboard aspect. Light passion fruit evolution barely touching on tropical fruit aspects. In many ways, it tries to be SNPA, but lacks the real crisp carbonation, mouth feel and blazing Cascade bitterness. Its their tweaked pale ale essentially.
Aug 23, 2021
Rated: 4 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 01, 2021
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pure Stone...guess "San Diego Pale Ale" is Californian for India Pale Ale.
Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by rashjay from Michigan

Jan 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Rastal teku glass.

A: Body is quite crystalline with yellow color. Head is white, shows great lacing and minor retention.
S: Aroma is very citrusy with a minor tropical tone, with notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and a undertone of pineapple and passionfruit.
T: Taste starts off with a tangerine to grapefruit like profile that quickly pushes into the bitter tone of the fruit as the hops show their pristine strength, making this a very drinkable beer.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Bitterness is high.
O: Kinda digging this APA, as I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is for me. Though one can say that the taste is bit bland and empty, I'd say that that characteristic is exactly what brings a huge drinkability to this, having a more powered hops instead of a fruit-powered profile.
Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by mishi_d from Romania

Sep 13, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by entheos from California

2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This is an interesting ale. It’s lightly warm and tasty. Feels like a sweet bitter brew. The aftertaste is excellent. This is one is likely to grow on me!
Sep 06, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by evanwoertz from California

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 09, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by tux_alin from Romania

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
De 32gp. En copa Teku. Leyendo C++20 for Programmers Ch8. Agradable apa de fondo resinoso y terroso que se disfruta bastante a pesar de cierta sensación industrialoide que presenta. Deja un largo retrogusto amargo en boca que se agradece mucho
Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Jun 23, 2020
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Reviewed by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pour is hazy and dark straw In color. Fluffy white head that slowly dissipated, not terribly sticky. Certainly hop forward, both in the nose and up front on the palate. Hops take center stage here. Flavors that I note are citrus / grapefruit rind and just all around fresh hop character. Not a lot of malt present to fight for balance. Finish is fairly clean. Hop bite lingers a bit, but If you like IPA’s (that’s where I have this one), you knew you were getting that anyway. Solid offering.
Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 3 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by BWED from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A- Slightly hazed dark gold. Head is off white and frothy.

S- Bright citrus, some sweet tropical notes, mango and pineapple. JUICY. Malt is a light and toasty undertone.

T- Citrus, tropical. Bittersweet and juicy. Very light malt notes.

M- Body is light. Easy drinker, with a moderate bitterness that lingers a bit.

O- Really tasty. Juicy and drinkable.
Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 09, 2020
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Reviewed by timon from California

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Nice grapefruit and orange flavor. Smell follows. Sadly, the look is very boring and the mouth feel is thin and mediocre. I will say it has potential, but doesn't reach it. The taste is very bitter and alcoholish for the fact that it's 5.7% too. Doesn't hide the alcohol well.
Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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*
Apr 22, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from Washington

Apr 21, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by BosDen07 from Delaware

Mar 24, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Mar 23, 2020
Rated: 3.86 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by Edy-Cantarero from New York

Feb 12, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by gefinley from California

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 3.1 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Dec 10, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Nov 02, 2019
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Rated by Mctr234 from Rhode Island

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Good not great-strong
Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by jtnord from Colorado

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Sep 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.
Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
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.
Aug 31, 2019
Ripper from Stone Brewing
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