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Stone Ripper

May, 2017
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The beer pours a light orange color with a faint haze. The cream colored head is foamy and has excellent retention. It sticks around for a long time. The aroma is loaded with a strong hop aroma of mango and citrus hops and is backed up by bready and lightly toasty malt. There is a light sweet fruity aroma as well, so it has a slight estery edge to it. Bitterness is moderate and quite pleasant, not harsh or bracing in the least. There is a mildly sweet toasty malt presence, but the main star is the hop flavor. It’s tropical and citrusy, and very pleasant. There is a light hint of pine on the back end. The balance is decidedly leaning on the hops, as it should be. It finishes moderately bitter and dry, with a little resinous sticky hop flavor. It’s medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a light creamy texture. For an American Pale Ale, I feel the beer is very well done and certainly worth picking up.

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