Stone Ripper | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
602 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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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 StoneBrewingCo on 07-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
602
Reviews:
171
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of trevorpost
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D1noB
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malts up front that are overtaken by bitter citrus hops that carry through to the end with a sweat curve near the middle.

Taste Rating in Words: it's a tire-swing, normally everything is going well then all of a sudden you start to rotate.

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Photo of AGB
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bankboy66
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can into 16 ounce shaker glass.
Looks like a red ale, very dark for a Pale. One thing I noticed was, the clarity of the beer. It's like looking through a pair of very clean sunglasses. Head levels out quickly, great lacing throughout. Smells of malt, a ton of hops, a !ittle fruity.

Tasted very strong for a PA.. nice mild malt up front, but very sharp bitterness mid and back end. Carbonated bite was 'tart' to me. I didn't particularly like this beer as a pale. I drank 5 of them, but the flavors just didn't come around.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsqc7
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light amber/copper body with massive head, which slowly fades, leaving lovely intricate lacing behind.

As promised, there are bright, chewy citrus notes that are upfront and long lasting. As it warms the malts sweeten up and become more apparent. Carbonation is medium, and quite fitting.

Pretty good.

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

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

Photo of ChristineHeubusch
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerderdash
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. First time with this one; excited to try a "San Diego Pale"! Copper color, a little dark for a Pale, right? Fairly clear liquid. Sparkling white head with good retention; solid lacing. Looks nice.
Pine, resin, and some prickly, piquant citrus is first to the nose. Not a ton of "juicy" qualities, as the can suggests, but still quite pleasant. Slightly sweet toffee- a nice and I would say above-average malt presence acts in nice balance with the citrus. Little bit of dankness, and some orange pith.
Nice orangey and grapefruit citrus are the first flavor impressions. There's some classic pine in the middle of the drink, along with a little more juicy orange, likely a product of the Galaxy, finishing up each sip. Some spice on the end and more grapefruit. As it warms, of course, the toffee and slightly sweeter orange do a little dance. Quite pleasant. Solid hop bitterness.
Medium-light body. Crisp and easy drinking, with a very nice dry finish that perfectly complements those prickly aromas. No booze warmth, but a nice tongue sensation with each sip due to the dryness.

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Photo of Garrett29
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pour amber gold with a nice head and some nice lacing on the drink down. You won't mistake this for an IPA but then it isn't, it is a nice pale ale. Some nice bitterness and the malt shines through on this one. It is a great option when you don't want one of the heavy duty IPA's with higher ABV. And, it is much better than any of the "session" IPAs I've tried.

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

Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: citrusy, tropical fruit and grassy, resiny hop aromas rise from the glass seasoned with some bread crumb. The hop aromas are medium high and the malt aromas are medium low.

L: It pours bright amber with light copper notes permeated by rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" off-white foam cap with moderate retention.

F: juicy with big fruit, citrus and a moderate malt backbone that supports an assertive bitterness. The fruit tastes more tropical in the finish than it does up front.

F: The body and carbonation are medium and there is a slight hop based astringency.

O: This is a very flavorful and easy to drink American Pale Ale.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

On tap, pours a dark amber, which was a little surprising. Decent hoppy ale, but more malt than I was expecting. Still, a lot of flavor for the ABV. Worth having.

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Stone Ripper from Stone Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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