Stone - Ripper IPA Cans Coming To California-Only Today (Nationwide in 2017)

07 November 2016

imageWe brought you an early peek at this beer back in Aug, and now the release info from Stone:

When it came to creating this awesome golden beer, we drew inspiration from the bicoastal surf cultures of both SoCal and Oz. Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy from…yes…Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will find downright rad. Boasting a bounty of dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s 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.

10/31/16

Cans start shipping to distributors (CA only)

11/07/16

Cans public release week (CA only)

ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: 40

Packaging: 12oz cans in six-packs and draft

Availablility: Year-round

Distribution: CA only

TASTING NOTES

APPEARANCE
Deep golden with a light tan head

AROMA
Fresh orange, floral, pineapple and peach

TASTE
Orange, tropical, dank, fresh green hops. A nice malt backbone leading to a crisp, clean finish

PALATE
Medium-body with moderate bitterness and very refreshing overall

OVERALL
Our “San Diego Pale Ale.” Hop-driven from two key hops: citrus and pine from the wonderful and classic American Cascade, paired perfectly with the bright fruit and dankness of Australian Galaxy. With moderate bitterness and just enough malt backbone to elevate the hops, this Pale Ale is super-refreshing.

This updated from Stone:

A rippin' swell of juicy hops is headed across California. #StoneRipper (Nationial distribution starting early 2017)

Update 11 Nov 2016 from Stone:

[rip·per]
Australian Slang. Something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind

ESCONDIDO, CA (November 11, 2016) – As Stone Brewing expands across the country and the Atlantic, the 20-year-old brewery nods to its San Diego roots with the release of Stone Ripper. The “San Diego Pale Ale” boasts a wave of citrus & passion fruit hoppiness. The beer will be packaged in 12oz can six-packs and available exclusively in California starting this week, with national distribution to begin in January, 2017.

Inspired by the coastal surf cultures of SoCal and Oz, Stone Ripper combines the signature hops of Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops. The combination of the two creates a balance of citrus and pine flavors mingling with bright fruit and dankness. In true San Diego style, it pushes the hop boundaries of a pale ale, yet is right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale.

“A few of us on the brewing team were lucky enough to visit Australia over the last few years & were impressed with the quality of hops coming out of that region, and especially with the signature hop Galaxy,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “We started referring to it as ‘Australian Cascade’ in reference to America’s key hop and got the idea of combining the two together, bringing the bright, intense flavors and aromas from two hemispheres into one amazing beer.”

Deep golden in color, Stone Ripper asserts aromas of fresh orange, pineapple, peach and floral notes. Tropical and dank, flavors of orange and bright resiny hops stand out against a complementary malt backbone leading to a crisp, clean finish.

Primed for an endless summer, Stone Ripper is brewed to be enjoyed fresh, no matter on which hemisphere the surf is firing.



QUICK FACTS

Name: Stone Ripper
Web: stonebrewing.com/ripper
Stats: 5.7% ABV, 40 IBUs
Availability: 12-ounce cans in six-packs and draft, beginning November 6
Hop Varieties: Cascade and Australian Galaxy
National Distribution: CA only until national distribution in January 2017
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

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