Stone Ripper Pale Ale

Stone Ripper Pale Ale

The Stone Ripper Pale Ale was originally released in October 2016 at Stone’s beautiful brewery in Escondido, CA. They started distribution of Ripper in California in November with nation wide distribution late in 2016. This Pale Ale is made with a ton of Galaxy and Cascade hops and definitely blurs line between a pale ale and an IPA. As with many new craft beers being released recently, it is only available in 12 ounce cans.

Style: Pale Ale    ABV: 5.7%    IBUs: 40

Appearance- These cans are eye-catching with a bright yellow-orange band around the top and a contrasting aqua green body. Stone’s signature gargoyle is prominently displayed in white. The Pale Ale is a vibrant golden color and is moslty clear. There is just a slight amount of head on each pour.

Aroma- This beer emits a delicious juicy and citrus aroma. Grapefruit is very dominant, with just hint of orange. There is also a bit of malt hitting the nose.

Palate- Ripper is very easy to drink and washes down smoothly. There is a perfect amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Stone Ripper Pale Ale

Taste- This beer is one of the more complex pale ales I’ve ever tried. There is a ton of grapefruit and orange peel. I’m also picking up hints of pine, apricot, and peach. As the beer warms up, there are malty and just a touch of bread flavors.

Being a huge fan of IPAs, this Ripper Pale Ale drinks more like a session IPA and is absolutely delicious. Recently Stone has been pushing the boundaries of traditional beer styles, releasing an oddly enjoyable Mocha IPA. While this beer isn’t as wild as a Mocha IPA, it does obscure, albeit masterfully, the line of what a pale ale and an IPA is. If you love hoppy pale ales, this is a must try.

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