Ripe IPA
Great Notion Brewing

Ripe IPARipe IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #317
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,260
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.73%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
188
From:
Great Notion Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
95
World-Class
Ripe IPARipe IPA
Notes: Brewed exclusively with Citra hops, Ripe brings a bit of juicy haze to Portland. This award-winning IPA is loaded with tropical notes of mango & papaya.
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 188 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow that is perhaps just short of cloudy (but definitely opaque). Nose has a little citrus funk to it - a mix of Citra cattiness, dry cream of wheat, snd some lighter mango and unsweetened pineapple. Taste brings the non-hops components forward, backed by a more tropical flavor than the nose indicates. There is a fizziness with a little burn before a mix of orange and residual fruit from the opening meets a somewhat herbal bitterness to complete the beer.

A like the balance of malt (and whatever adjunct may be in) with the bitter hop nose that boosts the more balance flavor to a bitter impression. Hoppy fruit expression done well without being too sweet or thick.

Feb 12, 2021
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NW Growlers today. Surprised to see it, as I didn't think kegs of this beer saw any distribution.

The beer pours the expected hazy golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing tropical fruit and orange citrus. What you see and smell is what you get with this beer, as the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty much exactly. There's a hint of bitterness on the finish, but this is pretty much a fruit bomb. Mountfeel is medium bodied with a moderately long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though there's a touch of heat on the finish to remind you its there.

A nice enough hazy IPA, but I wouldn't go out of my way looking for it. Not sure I understand the glowing reviews for this beer on BA, but each to their own. This probably isn't something I need to reorder any time soon.

Feb 07, 2021
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK this is the Fresh Hopped version canned 9/11/2020..so 2 days old.
16 oz can from Westside Taphouse in West Salem OR.

Pours a very hazy lemon curd colour with a good sized creamy/thick white head.
Very fresh leafy hop aromas..not as fruity as some NEIPAS maybe because the hops are fresh, but its there..tropicl fruits but this fresh the hops still have some pungency... and it balances very well. Great.
Taste is so good so fruity..so hop leaf..so balanced ..its just a miracle every sip.
Mouth feel is perfection very aggressively carbonated but the thick body can take it. Leading to a very drinkable yet complex ale.
This is a very good Fresh hop and an even better NEIPA

Sep 14, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a pub glass.

Look is a pale very hazy yellow with a frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is juicy citrus orange.

Taste is pithy bitter citrus.

Sep 02, 2020
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TimothyD11 from New York

4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's INSANE how good this NEIPA is! The smell might fall short of perfection but the look, taste and mouthfeel doesn't. SO DAMN tasty! Smooth...citrusy...syrupy...crushable...delicious...sophisticated...balanced...flavorful...HOP JUICE! I'm not good with words, I can only tell you that this is up there with the very best - this is Tree House quality...and up there with some of their better ones too.

Aug 21, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange juice through and thru, Citra pronounced mandarin and navel, soft and creamy, good bitterness, frothy head and pale golden orange, this is exemplary Of the juicy style, one that many have tried and couldnt quite strike a true balance that offers the experience of drinking orange juice. If that’s your thing, give it a whirl

Aug 20, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fully opaque corn milk yellow, becoming a pale glowing orange under sunlight, with a very short, thin white blanket dying off almost instantly.

First impressions are that it's dank, lightly spicy, and also chalky with acidic aspiriny accents, however mild they are.

The medium yet chewy body has a fine carbonation that continues to promote peppery, cannabic and mangoey qualities that come to a delicately dry finish, stirring up hints of pineapple-vanilla on the exhale.

Giving this one second and third chances definitely reaps rewards.

Aug 14, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 PINT can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours turbid and bright yellow. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is dank. Then I get tropical fruit and melon.

This is dank up front. Then a metric shit ton of tropical fruit attacks my tastebuds. There are hints of melon.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

It has intense and great flavor and aroma. It is a very enjoyable beer.

Jul 04, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Great Notion Northwest brewpub, served in a snifter.

Bright yellow-orange, deep hazy (not opaque) appearance with great amount of fine bubble foam. Carbonation is in good abundance. This is citrusy all the way, and a great representation of the hop in a hazy IPA. Some piney notes and dryness come out at the end, on this medium feel IPA.

Liked it a lot, and brought back a 4-pack with me.

Apr 29, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Straw, hazy, above average lacing and head retention, white frothy head.

Smell- Citrus, mango, pineapple, papaya, honeydew, very fragrant.

Taste- Tropical, orange, pineapple, mango, ripe melon.

Feel- Full body, slightly below average carbonation, mellow smooth finish.

Apr 19, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Himmeriget.

Pours a hazy orange with soft, soapy head.

Smell is juicy and hoppy with notes of mango, pineapple and orange. Very Citra.

Taste is juicy and crisp, and fairly light. Notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and citrus with a soft, but firm bitterness. Dry, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy with good carbonation.

Overall, a terrific NE IPA, light and easy to drink but packed with flavor.

Dec 08, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant, cloudy OJ color with a half finger of near-white head that leaves solid lacing. Really quite lovely.

Juicy, semi-tropical aroma of orange, mango, a hint of jungle dankness, toast and some distinct vomit.

The barf quality thankfully doesn’t carry over to the taste. Up front it’s very juicy: orange, mango, maybe a little apricot. Then mild bitterness shows in the finish — very slightly grassy. There’s again a little jungle wildness to it, too.

The sweetness of the semi-tropical juice is cut not only by that flash of grass, but more so by the overall fizziness of the beverage. It drinks very much like a tonic or spritzer. Just shy of Pop Rocks in terms of its liveliness, the feel is otherwise medium bodied.

If you don’t smell it too closely, this is a very tasty beer. The fizz could be dialed back a touch to my taste, but I’d gladly drink this again. FWIW, I would not put this in the same class as the East Coast NEIPA masters.

Nov 23, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twenty dollars. My first brew from these guys, as don't think that it had been distributed to MA before. Very underwhelmed, especially given the price point. Way better beers at that price point in NE.

Nov 16, 2019
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timniems from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

100% all Citra screamer here. Laced nicely on the tulip glass. Citrus bomb, bitter is almost undetectable. Mouthfeel is very good, a hair heavy. Carbonation is on point, doesn't drink like catsup. This is definitely a very good NEIPA worth trying. This is not on the TH, HF, etc level, but it's very much worth a try.

Nov 14, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I visited Great Notion, I had the privilege of trying everything GN had to offer on tap, and from the roughly 20 offerings I tried, this was my favorite. I loved it on tap, but I am stoked to try it from the can. Let's dive in.
Canned 1/21/19. Consumed from a 10oz Great Notion flute glass.
L: Pours that bright, vibrant hazy golden color that I have grown to love. The hue is perfection. From a very slow and straight-centered pour, about 2 fingers of a creamy white cap rapidly formed, consisting of bubbles of various size. The head retained for a nice amount of time to boot. The lacing on this glass has me salivating. Heaps of sudsy lacing cling to the glass, further increasing my anticipation. Look-wise, this beer represents the way I prefer NEIPAs to look.
S: Extremely fruit-foward. Bountiful aromas of tropical fruits, such as mango, pineapple, banana and passionfruit. There is a great deal of peachy/apricot aromas coming off this beer as well. Citrus present, but not nearly in the amounts as the afore mentioned fruits. Hops are bright, grassy and slightly floral. This beer smells awesome.
T: The taste lives up the nose. Grassy hop complex with slight crackery yeast flavor sets the foundation from which the fruit complexity build upon. As in the nose, the tropical fruit flavor is there. Tons of mango, pineapple and banana. Orange, tangerine, pear and peach also in abundance. The finish is loaded with stone fruit flavor with flavors of pink starburst, bubble gum and tropical fruits. The aftertaste is pleasant and lingers for quite some time, resonating grassy/fruity goodness mentioned before.
F: For a single IPA, this is damn near perfection. Medium weight with a slightly lower than medium body. It has the right amount of heft to lend a smooth texture. It is soft, border-line pillowy and smooth as can be. Carbonation is at the sweet "goldilocks" spot. Not too high, not too low, just right. No ABV detection.
O: Though I might have a slight bias compared to how much I enjoyed it on tap, this beer didn't let me down from the can. The flavor is abundant, the smell is stellar, and the feel matches perfectly. 4.75 swept across the board for me. My only gripe is that I didn't come home with more of this. I would definitely drink again and totally recommend. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Feb 17, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, tulip glass. Cloudy, pulpy straw yellow body, slight copper hue, one and half finger frothy white head with good retention and bits of lacing. Smell is a sweet pulpy orange and grapefruit presence, a bit of spicy tropical fruit, light sugary caramel malt, slight herbal resin. Flavour follows the nose fairly well, it's a fairly herbal take on a NE IPA style. Medium in body, good carbonation, nice and easily drinkable with enough bitterness for the hop heads out there. Good balance, not particularly bitter, but with a nice floral and herbal resin.

Feb 16, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on November 28, 2018. Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops then combined with a legendary NE yeast strain. Notes of juicy mango, papaya and pineapple, with a smooth dry finish.

Dec 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have not had nearly enough beers from these guys, but every time i get into one, i walk away impressed. this is an all citra new england style, but its not as heavy and dense as so many of them are, and it even has a little bitterness to help it be more complete. bright yellow in the glass, uniformly hazy but not messy looking to me. the nose is so obviously citra, a fresh greenness to it, lemon and pineapple notes, soft and oily, simple really over a rather basic grain base, but sometimes less is more, and i like this as much for what it isnt as i do for what it is. its not over hopped, no green pellet dry hoppy bite that you get when you put too much hops in, this is the trend in the style right now and i hate it. it also isnt overly thick or starchy for the sake of it, it seems to be more of a protein haze here, nothing that slows down drinkability in the least. the hops have great fruitiness, freshness, and seem perfectly dosed. a little more carbonation would set this off, but i like everything about it. better than just about all of the citra only takes on this style.

Oct 06, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Hazy pale yellow color. Aroma has really zesty, citrusy and dank hop notes. Taste has milky yeast, dank hops and a sweet malt background. Really well balanced IPA.

May 27, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ripe. Pours like ripe fruit juice. Opaque, yellow to orange, white washed, bacon fat, juice. Creamy fluffy white head, tons of lace, perfect for the style.

Mango, papaya, lemon, lime, orange, and vanilla, then somehow a little weed. Something I don't think I've personally smelled in an all Citra beer, but it's there, and all of these aromas blend seamlessly into the flavor. Like a mimosa on steroids. And weed.

Creamy, juicy, smoothie, sweet fruited madness. Though that minor hop bitter bite is insanely welcomed.

Overall, this would make any juice/haze/crazed hop head piss their pants. It's the perfect single hop hazy IPA. Cheers.

May 09, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boise Beer crew weekend in Portland. Taster at Great Notion. Yet another hazy IPA, minor piney hoppy aroma. Hops bitterness up front, citrus. Some more resinous hops. Tangy.

Feb 27, 2018
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amano_h from Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange, peach, dank grass, pink grapefruit, papaya. Both nose and palate. The malt base does just enough to push all the flavors to the outermost limit of the envelope but at the same time keep them all in check. Imagine Kate Upton, but with Katrin Davíðsdóttir's abs, and Tia-Clair Toomey's thighs in a micro-thong and that pretty much describes how juicy, sexy, and clean (pun intended) this beer is. And clean, this beer is: for being a Northeast-style IPA, it's got an unbelievably crisp and dry finish, all the while retaining its sticky-icky chewy flaked oats body.

I wish I had more to say about this beer, but I'm tired of writing the same IPA review over and over, and there's not much else to say other than that it's got everything going for it and it doesn't fuck it up. This is a NEIPA both new and old money IPA lovers can get behind; regardless of whether you fall in the #hazebro or the #westcoasttillidie genera of bitter beer drinkers, Ripe will never let you down, like Rick Astley. Utterly relishing the opportunity to buy a case of this beer and just cracking one open everyday so I don't have to solo-dome a 1QT crowler on a Thursday evening.

Judge me all you want, I couldn't give two shits.

Dec 16, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018/updated: This pours a glowing pale orange. Amazing aroma. Lots of juicy pineapple right upfront, with a crisply effervescence that makes the beer pop on the palate. Utterly delicious.

Hazy as all heck. Light mango and guava makes its way into the party. Slightly more bitterness than their mandela, but still smooth and velvety. It's juicy and slick.

Oct 04, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crowley courtesy of my main man aaron, thank you!!! very much appreciated! dated 6/21. had this about a week ago at a hang so was excited to have a full 32oz to rip through. super tasty NE ipa. hazy and hoppy. mmm mmm mmm. little bitter uptick on the finish but a killer from the west coast.

Jul 10, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler pour into a tulip glass. Pours hazy bronze orange with 1.5 fingers of medium density white head that dissipates quickly and left scattered spotted lacing. Nose is very tropical and citrus laden, apricot, cantaloupe, orange galor...could be a bit more prominent though. Taste follows the nose to a T, very juicy but left me wanting a bit more dynamic flavor. Finishes with just a slight bit of astringency, non-detectable bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a little thin, slight tingling from the astringency, and carbonation on the lower side. More carbonation may give it a slightly bigger mouthfeel. It's a very enjoyable brew, just wanted more dynamic attributes to the taste and a bit more body.

Jan 29, 2017
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 188 ratings