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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #804
Ranked #19,111
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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Reviews: 291 | Ratings: 1,043
Reviews by Imakoniver:
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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 BeerTastesNice
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
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 Wiffler27
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -27.3%
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 ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 princessbay710
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 jkermitj
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dms1767
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phenomenal408
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts off with a taste of malt, then you get the juicy hops and a dry finish.

12 oz cans only about 3 weeks old.

This is a good beer for hop heads, imo. It's a nice, dry finishing beer but it still has an intermediate hoppy stage.
5.7% alc/vol. This is not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate it and have no problems taking down a few cans.
Silky mouth feel.

Good beer!

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Photo of bobv
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vigorous pour yields a one and a half inch white head over a light amber body with some lacing. Nose of light citrus, light pine, and lighter malt. Taste of watered down Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, or whatever. Okay feel and overall, not my favorite session or whatever!

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Photo of JWing
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a copper color with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of fluffy, tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

It is not a real aromatic beer. I get a sweet aroma and some fresh hops, but I really have to search for it.

The taste is light citrus with a little sweetness.

Light bodied. Thin mouthfeel

This is pretty easy to guzzle and inoffensive in any way.

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

Photo of mig100
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ripper from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1043 ratings