California-based Stone Brewing has released a fresh and juicy San Diego-style pale ale in the UK, inspired by surf culture and brewed in Berlin.
Stone Ripper Pale Ale combines signature German, West Coast and Australian hops to create a golden beer with a light body and a blend of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavour.
With plenty of dry-hop flavour and aroma, it is the brewer’s interpretation of a hoppy American West Coast-style pale ale – with an Australian accent. It has ABV of 5.7%.
It is produced at Stone Brewing’s European base in Berlin and imported and distributed in the UK by James Clay.
Thomas Tyrell, master brewer at Stone Berlin, said: “We use pale ale malt and a smidgen of caramel malt to give this beer a deep golden colour.
“The beer is hopped with the newest and finest German hop varieties including Hallertauer Blanc, Hüll Melon and Mandarina Bavaria as well as Galaxy hops from Australia and Cascade from the US West Coast.
“This is our approach to blend German, US West Coast and Australian characters into one rippin’ good beer – and ride the wave from the Pacific over to the Atlantic Ocean.”
Marcus Thieme, vice president and general manager for Stone Brewing’s European operations, added: “After Stone White Ghost Berliner Weisse, our Stone Ripper Pale Ale is the newest addition to our range of now seven year-round beers brewed in Berlin, plus our seasonal mocha stout, Stone Xocoveza, in the autumn and winter season.
“We are very proud of the Berlin brew team, who have taken on the challenge of creating their very own San Diego-style pale ale with a German-Australian twist. The outcome is awesome: a fresh, crisp, hop-driven and well balanced pale ale.”
James Clay, business development director at James Clay, said: “As an iconic brewery known for its bold beers and big flavours, it’s no surprise that Stone Brewing have once again released a beer that brings together different cultures to create a taste explosion.
“Drinking fresh is understandably important for Stone and we’ll be importing and storing cold to support this.”
Stone Ripper Pale Ale is available all year in keg and 330ml cans in packs of 24. Each can is stamped with a packaging date and “enjoy by” date.
Tasting Notes from Thomas Tyrell at Stone Berlin
Appearance: Deep golden with a light tan head.
Aroma: Fresh orange, floral, pineapple, peach and green tea.
Taste: Orange, tropical, dank, fresh green hops. A nice caramel malt backbone leading to a crisp, clean finish.
Palate: Medium body with moderate bitterness.
Overall: Our Berlin pale ale. Hop-driven with moderate bitterness and just enough malt backbone to elevate the hops, this pale ale is super-refreshing.
Suggested pairings from Robert Hilges, executive chef at Stone Berlin World Bistro and Gardens
Appetisers: Lightly smoked salmon with apricot chutney
Salads: Pumpkin salad with lightly smoked bacon, wild honey and pomegranate
Entrees: Roasted or baked chicken with sriracha glaze or vichy carrots and sweetened snap peas in butter
Cheese/fruit: Brie, salty popcorn, carrot cake, caramelised chestnuts