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A San Diego Pale Ale with an Aussie Accent, Stone Ripper Debuts This Week

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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 and 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 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.”

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
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
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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.

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about stone brewing

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit or the company’s social media sites: FacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

Media Contact: LIZZIE YOUNKIN, PR Manager| (760) 294.7899 ext. 1845 |
Stone Brewing

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