Ripper | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 978 |  Reviews: 269
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a large wine glass. The Ripper pours a medium copper in color and a bit or translucent deep golden in the light. A thin cap of off white foam lingers fairly well.

Offers a bright and fresh hop aroma, an amberish color yet without the caramel malt profile one might expect, and a yet a chalky/malty finish. Aroma expands with warming and offers a nice blend of hop aromas. Not much on the back end expecially with the color of the beer. Interesting, a bit provocative, and a bit of a mystery. Aroma expands more with further warming. An odd cat. But I like it.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Maui. New school pale ale for sure. Candied oranges and pineapple in both the nose and taste. Firm and sticky malt backbone that didn't at all overpower, which still let the hops shine. Not sure what more you could ask for in a revised Pale Ale recipe to fit the times. Well Done I say. Recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished bronze colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty and wood with a pine board and toffee scent. Fainter tobacco scent. Under that there is a lot of tropical fruit scent. Tangerine and fainter cinnamon stick. Noticeable sweetness and a whiff of orange candy.

Starts out fairly sweet with lots of malt. Surprisingly light flavored and easy to drink, this is no hop bomb. Good orange flavor. After taste is woody and only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty and refreshing ale. One of the best beers Stone has ever made.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's right in what they say on the can - this lingers on the edge REALLY close to an IPA. It looks like an IPA (burnt orange, a little hop haze), it smells like an IPA (pine, juicy citrus, some caramalt), it tastes like an IPA (juicy hops prevalent, with some pine at the end of the taste), the only way it's not an IPA is the 5.7% ABV.

And, like the Seinfeld episode about frozen yogurt, we could have this tested and find out it actually clocks in WAAAAAY above that - you know, the "Too good to be true" column.

All I know is that this is a very good APA/session IPA/IPA.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Transparent gold with appetizing lacing. Smell is a bit clean, after accidentally dipping my nose in it I've got two words: papaya cracker. I will never un-smell that, lol. To be expected from Stone Brewery, your first sip contains something overwhelmingly acetone. The apparent bitter is relevant to grapefruit rind, the only way I can really enjoy this beer is by repeatedly telling myself "Think hops, think hops, hops". A good try, could session a 6-pack, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have again. Much Peace and Love Stone ✌

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Photo of BeerTastesNice
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

These are pretty much cans of sweet alcoholic juice. Reminds me of a Capri sun almost. The beer is great after cutting the grass, it is also a refreshing after sex beverage. Yeah they should probably make it in bottles though.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone managed to come through with a pretty potent tasting APA here (who would've thought?). As one of my favorite brewing companies, IPA's are likely to be one of the things that they do the best - the American counterpart is pretty much their signature style. This reminds me of a "session IPA" as it still has a heavy hop to body ratio. Sure there are pale malts, but they are thrust to the background as is common with Stone's repetoire. Most folks are going to notice the large amount of hops - a little tropical, some pine, some tangerine (grapefruit?). It is relatively bitter for drinks with a similar ABV, a tangy sour bitterness that lacks much alcohol. The glass as far as lacing is almost split down the middle, one side sticky and the other not so much as that is the same side the oily, hop infused drank is being sipped from. Overall good beer, can't help but make comparisons to the All Day IPA they do as well as in a broader sense a number of other supercharged, Lower alcohol IPA's being called "session IPA's" or apparently "APA's" now, I guess it is an APA (what do I know about beer) but tis the most pale-ing, barely noticeable malt out of any I've had in the past several days in this beer. Simply nothing malty to take into consideration IMO. The vaguest sense of breads thrown to the background. Really one sided. I still like the tropical more exotic flavors it concocted. Alright beer, clean as usual with Stone

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber with a solid head, looks pretty damn good for a light-ish APA

mild but sweet hops, lots of fruit

taste is clean and full of fruit but finishes hoppy and bitter. clean aftertaste as well, easy to drink. this is the epitome of a "spring" beer for me. not overwhelmingly hoppy or as "Aussie-hopped" as other Galaxy hopped beers i've had.

a Stone beer is always worth a try and this is good but nothing special. a damn good APA though

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. can dated 1-3-17. Description on the packaging peaked my interest and was a little disappointed to say the least. Pretty one dimensional ( hops and water)but still a little tastier than most macro's. Reminded me of a higher Abv Go To Ipa. Will give it another try down the road since I have 3 cans left and hope a little time helps bring a little of the malt bill out on this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npala86
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacubz
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bready malt with sweet sugary fruit with some dank spicy piney hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with some fruit and big resiny spicy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent hoppy pale.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Pav42
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phatsmackey
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Dull tawny hue, good head retention with some lacing action on the glass. Lots of citrus rind in the nose, some bread crust, faint caramel and fresh grass as well. Balance and smoothness, moderate sized body. Ample bitterness is met by a slightly hefty maltiness. Old school... Easy drinking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can...with canning and best before dates

Pours a nice warm shade of darker amber, lasting khaki cap, leaving all sorts of low sheeting and dense strands of lace.

Hoppy citric sniff, with some biscuity malt

Tasty ale, with ample citric hops, riding over a solid malty underbelly..fresh and lively...well worth a try...gotta love quality Stone ale in a con

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrUse
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ripper from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 978 ratings