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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #127
Ranked #3,893
4.12 | pDev: 9.71%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Ripple is an American-style Session Ale. When we began conceptualizing this beer we were looking for the best platform to showcase a relatively new hop called Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand. We first began experimenting with Nelson when we were brewing single hop beers for the 1st annual ” Wolf Among The Seas,” our educational hop experience. We really enjoyed the subtle flavors of gooseberries and sauvignon blanc grapes that characterize this hop, but because the flavors are delicate and require large amounts of hops, we thought the lighter malt bill of a session ale provided the best base on which to build this beer. Maintaining body in such a low ABV beer was very important to us, so we added a large amount of low crystals and flaked oats to our base of Pilsner malt.

Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Oats, Cara-pils, Caramel 20
Hops: Nelson Sauvin
Yeast: American

IBU: 20.5
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 166 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while ago, but I'm not sure when as there wasn't a date on the bottom of the can. Lots of grape and exotic fruit flavors in this beer but it was just a bit too light in taste, body, and alcohol for me to rate too highly. It went down easily and was enjoyable enough but unlike Kane's other offerings that I've had, this just didn't quite hit the spot for me...

The pour to this wasn't terribly great but had enough pleasing aspects as the beer was a light tangerine with plenty of head, a cloudy appearance, and very little sediment floating in the liquid. Decent, soapy half-rings of lacing could be seen down the back of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Lots of white grape, lychee, tangerine, and potpourri in the light nose as this came across as quite easygoing. Gooseberry juice came through in the mouthfeel more than the taste as this felt a bit like white wine without the woodiness once I took a few sips. The oats gave this a decent body and the Pils fit in well with the hops when it came to the light and refreshing taste...

Not a lot of booze here as this was a textbook a session beer as I've had in quite some time. A decent amount of carbonation kept things fresh while allowing the flavors to linger just long enough. Not Kane's best here but for an American Pale Ale, this was decent with just a bit more hops needed in the mix. Worth a go once for a change of pace...

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours very cloudy with orange hue; the head only rises to one finger but leaves long shards of lacing

Smell: Vinous, with white wine grape, lychee and gooseberry tones; grassy with some orange pith

Taste: Gooseberry and lychee forward with a growing vinous white wine grape character; through the middle, bitter pith tones emerge, along with a spicy, grassy edge; a phenolic, band-aid flavor mars the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure where the phenols are coming from but the finish is really odd here; otherwise, an enjoyable beer

Thanks, EveningCordial, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the signature taste of green fruit, tangy bitterness and wine-like influences pile onto the senses, Kane Brewing's single hop Nelson Sauvin session IPA packs all the punch that's so desirable about IPA, just packed into a much more manageable body and strength.

Ripple causes ripple across the nose as the rich straw stained ale floods the nose with citrus, under ripened tropical fruit, cider, white wine and the spicy scent of freshly muddled grasses and herbs. A crisp breadiness greets the tongue with light honey, floral and angel food cake breadiness.

The Nelson Sauvin hops burst to life as the ale washes the middle palate, easily forgetting that this is a light bodied, lighter strength beer. White grape, gooseberry, lime, white grapefruit, under ripened orange, kiwi, honeydew and guava provide an exotic, bright and fruity tang on the tongue. As the taste approaches finish, the bitterness builds and brings a tangy grassy mix. Fresh grass clippings, fruit rind and white wine trail into a lasting impression of lemon verbena, lemongrass and sassafras.

Light, crisp and clean, the beer evades much of the malt influence that often stands in the way of hops. But this crisp, lager-like body offers just enough support to keep the hops alive from aroma, to taste, to its bitter finish. An aftertaste of tea-like herbs and fruit rinds easily outlasts the malt for a highly refreshing session from first sip until...

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Photo of q33jeff
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


On tap at Uno.

AROMA: crazy tropical fruit. I could smell it without actually moving my head toward the glass; bombs of pineapple and mango sitting almost 2 feet from my nose. Grapefruit is there too, and a touch of lemon.

LOOK: hazy, bright yellow. Big white head, fades to a thin filly head about 1/3 down.

TASTE: Nelson is my favorite hop. So much fruit, and a nice bitterness that is not metallic or hair spray. Pineapple, hay, grapefruit.
FEEL: average carbonation, a little chunky/dusty...dissloved sediment that gives the haze gives it a thickness. Easy drinking, but a touch of a sticky feeling late.

Really nice. Probably my favorite Kane, except for Morning Bell.


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Photo of gibgink
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good pale ale, but I've had better. Coming from Kane, I guess the expectations were a pit high. Does have a bit more bitterness on the back end than what I care for in a pale ale.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid pale straw in color with a finger of dense white head that has good retention and leaves behind sporadic lacing. Aroma is subdued but I get white wine must, a touch of peach, and some pale malt. Taste is white grape, peach, and some crackery malt with a balanced finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty beer, very drinkable given the low ABV but still very flavorful.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can

It is a yellow gold color, and is opaque/unfiltered. There was a moderate off white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

It smells strongly of weed. A definite dank/medicinal green leaves aroma. Have to believe there are some Mosaic hops in here too. I get spicy mango and pithy grapefruit and some lemon and orange.

I liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor. I get too much flowery flavor. Tastes alot like a hibiscus or tea. There is also some lemongrass, a touch of mandarin orange, a very raw, pithy grapefruit, and some light bready pale malt grain. Pretty bitter, aspirin like and resiny aftertaste.

Body is soft and a bit drying.

There are a lot of good things about this beer, and a few things that could be better. It is pretty face ripping hoppy for a pale objectivity, but pretty good overall.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can without a date.

pours straw blonde. green tea, raw hop, and fruit punch in the aroma. super fruity flavor. melon, even a touch of mintiness in here. very drinkable pale ale and great use of nelson sauvin.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a tavern. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a pretty golden-orange color with a solid finger of fluffy, bright whit head and delicate lacing that persisted through the pour. It is highly aromatic with tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, pepper, and floral Nelson hops. It's a crisp, tasty ale with a base of biscuit malt, lemon peel, grass, a hint of sweet tropical fruit, pepper, and a blast of bitter, biting hops. Ripple is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation, and with such a low ABV it is seriously quaffable. It's also very tasty. If you like Nelson Sauvin hops, then this APA is for you!

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from undated 16 oz can.

A: Hazy orange with 1-2 finger frothy white head. Lasting retention and settling to a thin ring with moderate lacing.

S: Nelson coming through nicely. Mango, pineapple, orange zest with a spicy herbal note.

T: Tropical fruits with mango and pineapple mixed with black pepper and earthy herbs. You can tell it's a session IPA, but not at all lacking in flavor.

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

O: Very well done. I don't normally buy session IPA's, but this one would qualify for a regular purchase.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy East Coast style look, murky orange-yellow color, with three fingers of airy near-white head that leave heavy lacing.

Definitely smells like Nelson. Mango, white wine, a little pineapple, black pepper, burnt orange and a slight herbal note

Lighter tasting, largely following the nose, but a bit more watery. Very modest bitterness and a peppery back end. Light fruit lingers in the aftertaste. You can tell it's session-style, but it tastes great within that parameter.

Full bodied for the style. Solid.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kane on 10/20/16. These are notes I emailed myself.

l 1F head ok retention lacing and ring beer is clear pale gold

s light citrus like grapefruit and lemon peel. light biscuit malts

T muted grapefruit and citrus peel very light malt backbone and a little bit of dankness and bitterness

F light body and light to medium carbonation. simple but good construction and balance

O a nice simple crisp and refreshing session ale

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hat Tavern. Pours a hazy, straw colored hue with moderate frothing. Aroma reminiscent of fresh pine, lemon zest, and tropical nuances. Similar flavor profile. Overall very drinkable and a good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz Crowler poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Purchased at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken, NJ.

Extra hazy blonde with 2 fingers of creamy head.

Gooseberry, white grape, grass, pine, pepper, slight earth, and honey.

Gooseberry, white grape, peach, apricot, and blueberry dank. Grassy with touches of earthy hops. Pale maltiness dolloped with honey. Finishes with a piney, peppery bite.

Medium bodied, crisp, sharp, and semi-dry with a moderate bitterness.

A good showcase for Nelson hops. There was a surprising amount of grassy dankness behind the gooseberry.

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Photo of njcraftguy
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To me Kane is the # 1 brewery in NJ and its not very close. This brew was pretty good - but not quite up to what I expect. That could be simply because my expectations are so high with anything Kane. This was a pleasant brew, very easy to drink - a nice summer brew. Smooth but not a lot going on flavor wise. Would I get it again - sure.

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Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with straw/ripe banana edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral earthy hop aroma with citrus/tropical fruit sweetness and a prominent pale malt backbone. Dank, resinous and spicy with fresh cut grass, hay and subtle pine needle character countered by tart grapefruit, pineapple and lemon zest. Pale malts with bread, biscuit, some light fruit sweetness and faint booze.

Fuller body than expected with a crisp, spicy hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a nice dry finish. Resinous and earthy with oily hops, dank nugs, grass and earthy pine countered by a sweet tropical/citrus hop presence that's stronger than the nose suggests. Juicy pineapple and mango flavor along with some ruby red grapefruit. Very fresh and flavorful providing a nice counterpoint to the dry bitterness. Pale malt backbone underneath but doesn't interfere at all with the complex hop profile. Some biscuit and a touch of light fruit, notably apple and pear. Clean, well balanced and very easy to drink. This is a really nice session beer that is light enough to pound but doesn't compromise on flavor. Another solid beer from Kane.

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Photo of clake
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy, peachy yellow with a night white head and nice lacing.

Smell is a full on onslaught of mango and tangerine.

Taste is exactly as you would expect from the nose with a hint of breadiness and a bitter finish.

Carbonation is a bit light but it leaves you with a refreshing, dry finish. The carbonation is about the only lacking aspect of this beer.

This is a really enjoyable APA. There could be improvement with the carbonation but every other part of this is really solid. If you're a fan of the Nelson hop, you'll love this.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one hell of a tasty apa. Pours a beautiful unfiltered peachy straw. The nose is of straight nelson. Peach, tangerine, mango, and sour grape dominate the nose. Absolutely great smelling beer. The taste follows with a peachy sweet and tart grape flavor extremely prominent. Man I love nelson hops. The finish is clean like an apa should be. Just enough bitterness, a little grapefruit there as well. Another top notch offering from Kane.

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Photo of Zonk
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is single hop but it is definitely finished with Nelson Sauvin. Golden with minimal head (4oz pour). This absolutely bursts with mango and tangerine aromas. While the nose makes it seem like this would be sweet, the citrus shows less on the palate, which has the appropriate bite. Amazingly flavorful for an APA. A well done beer.

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Photo of strykerbill
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tweaked the recipe, single hopped with Nelson. One of the greatest pale ales I've ever had. It's got the strong nose of a Nelson ale with a clean, crisp finish. This beer is fantastic and I suggest getting your hands on some.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Original review was from a growler pour. Fast forward 2 years and I am updating based on the latest bottle release.

A: Clear straw colored beer with a thick foamy head. Great lacing
S: Light aroma of bread malt, tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine apple
T: Citrus, rind and tropical fruit plenty of pineapple. Slight malt presence
MF: Light carbonation and medium body make this a easy drinker.
O: A very good session ale. Plenty of Nelson hop up front subtle and complex. Right up there with Boat. Great example of what the style should be. Maybe NJ will be known as home of the great session ales.

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Photo of thampel09
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kane ripple is jam packed with juicy hops. Have had this every release since it's first and it just keeps getting better and better. Super.hop forward pale ale on both the noise and pallet.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color, thick white head fades, nice lacing down the glass. Tropical fruity nose with some citrus in the back. Soft malt flavors are the backdrop to a wave of fruity and grapefruit focused flavor with a hint of cake like sweetness from the malt and some pine on the finish. Nice light feel, crisp, and dry on the finish. Overall one of the better session ales with big fruity flavors.

The new recipe at 4.8% brings notes of peach, tropical fruits, tons of citrus, light berry and a tart grape note. Really flavorful and great body. The head retention and lacing aren't as good as I remember. Body and feel are better. I think the overall score is accurate so I wont adjust for the minor but noticeable change.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Kane ripple. Pours light gold, thick creamy foam. Grapefruit nose, some earthy bitter. Light taste refreshing. Hoppy hints below. Nice summer IPA. 4 375 375 375 375

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Photo of Tobes181
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy bright orange, has a tropical look to it. LOOKS PERFECT!

Smell - Very complex tropical hop aroma. Tons of fruity hops.

Taste - incredible smooth and delicious. Heavily hopped finish.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, very wet on the palate. Tropical fruity hops linger on the palate afterwards.

Overall - Another great beer from Kane!

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 166 ratings