Ripper | Stone Brewing

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by StoneBrewing on 07-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,100
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
971
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
243
Trade:
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Ratings: 971 |  Reviews: 267
Photo of JackieTH
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bongobeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandpasbury
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color with a dark egg white frothy head that leaves a moderate amount of stubborn lacing. Aroma is very balanced, nothing stands out over anything else but the Hops are readily sensed by the nose, but not too overpowering. Very nice. It is slightly heavy on the palate with a nice Citrus and Pine flavor classic. It has a hint of alcohol but certainly nothing dramatic or unwelcomed. Overall, this is a very solid west coast-meets-down under IPA offering from one of America's great craft breweries.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zylod
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarryV
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a frothy head. Aroma is light and hoppy. Piney and citrusy taste with a good solid malt backbone that's not too sweet. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would buy it again.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange color with as much head as you want when pouring. The smell is citrusy and mildly hoppy. The initial taste is mildly hoppy as well. The feel is not heavy at all. Overall a standard pale ale but with a slightly milder hoppyness and a little more citrus.

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Photo of jr5639
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit too hoppy for my taste but not too shabby.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can with a BB of Jan 2019 (canned April 2018). Brewed in Berlin. Purchased recently from Tesco. Described on the label as a San Diego-style pale ale, whatever that is.

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep marmalade-amber hue with intense carbonation and plenty of floating sediment that looks like protein. Surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of intense resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, vague citrus peel, mild tropical fruit, undertones of herbs/hay, caramel malt and ale yeast. Nice.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with notes of pine resin, dank weed, mild citrus peel, herbs, grass/hay, mild tropical fruit, earthiness, caramel malt and ale yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of pine-laden hops, bitterness, mild fruity notes, caramel malt, earthiness and ale yeast.

O: Pretty good, with a huge hop character that wallops your senses. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed with resinous hops, caramel malt and ale yeast. Nice body. Drinkable, but the character is surprisingly dark and malty for a pale ale. Also, the hops veer towards the pine end of the spectrum, so the fruitiness doesn't come across all that well. Worth sampling, but probably needs to be ultra-fresh.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned" date "06/18/2018", "enjoy by" date "10/16/18".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet brown sugar, pineapple citrus, pine resin and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar then pineapple citrus, some pine and bread, assertive taste for a pale ale.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: I really like this beer, it's juicy and flavorful to the point it could be a mild IPA, I will buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys west coast IPA or pale ale.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KennyWhite
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigFloppyDonkeySocks
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kips
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonnieHops
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very good, refreshing balanced beer with an orange bite....

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Photo of Robertas
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just ok. Not as big of a bitter pill as most of Stone's offerings, but there are just a ton of other far superior, widely available, low cost pale ales out there to revisit this one again.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised me coming out of the 12 oz can - dark, rusty, amber colored. Fairly large head but dissipates to a thin lacing. My large Italian nose picks up faint, citrusy hops and a bit bready malts. But its not overly pronounced. Taste is biting hop forward but then mellows out by the end into the malt backbone. It's a bit strange to me because it's not exactly what i'd expect from a pale ale..especially from Stone. It's a good brew but not exactly something i'd be yearning for again.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark gold with thick head and sticky lacing.
N: Hops, resin, citrus, and malt.
T: Dry with hops hit and some bitterness. A little malt mixed in and some citrus.
M: Medium
O: A decent beer, nothing over the top.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ripper from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 971 ratings