Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) recently announced that Stone Ripper San Diego Pale Ale has officially started rolling out in California as the newest addition to the brewery’s line of Year-Round Releases.
With 20 years of craft brewing in the books and the brewery’s steady expansion across the United States and the Atlantic established, Stone Brewing has added Stone Ripper to their Year-Round lineup as a declaration of their San Diego roots. Stone Ripper – Australian slang for something especially strong, fine, or good of its kind – is a “San Diego Pale Ale . . . inspired by the coastal surf cultures of SoCal and Oz.” Brewed with a hop blend of Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest and Galaxy hops sourced from Australia, this offering provides “fresh orange, pineapple, peach and floral” aromatics and “a balance of citrus and pine flavors mingling with bright fruit and dankness.” Stone Ripper weighs in at an easy-drinking 5.7% ABV and is meant to be enjoyed fresh.
“A few of us on the brewing team were lucky enough to visit Australia over the last few years and 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.”
Currently only available in California, Stone Ripper will begin national distribution in January of 2017. When it arrives in your area, you can expect to find this brew in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at your favorite craft beer-friendly retailers, bars, and restaurants. If you are currently in California, drink up and enjoy. If you are elsewhere, keep this brew in mind to satisfy any hop cravings you encounter in 2017. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone Ripper from Stone Brewing Co.
Release – Year-round
Style – Pale Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 40
Hops – Cascade & Australian Galaxy
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – California only until national distribution begins in January 2017
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