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Stone Ripper

Rating: 3.75

A beer from my third most reviewed brewery now, this one will be my 22nd beer from California’s Stone Brewing, although this one and one previous offering were actually brewed at their Berlin brewhouse but I’ll keep them all under the same brewery here to make things easier. This one is actually my first new review of a Stone beer since I tried their Little Bastard Ale back in May of last year so this one is long overdue. The beer is one that I stumbled across in an Asda supermarket over the weekend and opted to give it a try since it’s not one I’ve seen in the UK before. An American pale ale from the brewery that was first released in the second half of 2016, this one will hopefully be the first of a few new Stone beers that I’ll get to try this year given their Berlin brewery means that some of the beers are easier to find in the UK now; something that can only be a good thing.

Appearance (4/5): A light but relatively bright amber colour that is fairly clear too and topped with a nice, two centimetre tall head that’s white and foamy looking with a smooth surface. Head retention isn’t too bad with it eventually settling about a centimetre tall, leaving a touch of lace on the sides too.
Aroma (7/10): Not particularly strong on the nose but there was definitely some pine and citrus notes coming through in the early going before a light touches of grapefruit started to come through. It’s not quite as fresh or bitter as expected but it was at least a fruity offering that had some orange zest and peach towards the end but it was definitely lighter than I’d have preferred.
Taste (7/10): Quite a fresh beer with some orange and citrus in the early going, there was a little lemon and grapefruit that featured soon after and helped add to the bitterness. Some bread malts came through around the middle with some pine in there too but I’d have liked it to be slightly more resinous in truth, the mango and peach seeing things out was nice though.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with a fresh feel and moderate carbonation levels, the beer was quite easy to drink with a wet feel until the end where is started to turn slightly drier but overall it was a crisp and enjoyable offering.

Overall (15/20): Enjoyable stuff from Stone, the beer was a nice one that opened lively but perhaps not quite as fresh as I’d have liked. Nice citrus and tropical fruits come through in the early going with peach and mango the strongest before some bread malts make an appearance towards the end. It’s not the best I’ve tried from the brewery but it was a decent enough offering that I’m glad I picked up.

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.7%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Asda
Price: £2.00

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