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Stone Ripper

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 40 IBUs. Hops – Cascade and Australian Galaxy

Brewer Description: (from can) Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from… yes… Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will be stoked about. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually 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.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 21st March 2017, with an enjoy by date of 21st March 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark copper amber colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, resin, pineapple with a hint of malt.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, mandarin and pine with hints of tropical mango. There is a light but lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and worth a try but with so much choice out there, probably not a regular for me.

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Featured hops – Loral

Brewer Description: (from can) A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility fall to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 18th May 2017, with an enjoy by date of 18th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, floral tea, dank pine, herbal and a light spicy pepper feel.
Taste: Floral and herbal character is quite strong with lots of fruity lemon, lime and melon in the background. There is also some pine, honey and a light pepper bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is just ok for me as I’m not too fond of overly floral flavours and unfortunately for me, this IPA really has quite a bit. The citrus and melon combo was nice, but I just couldn’t get away from the floral.

Pipeworks Mango Guppy

Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.6%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Session IPA brewed with mango and honey.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 17th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Mango, honey and some nice citrus rind, pine and mandarin to balance.
Taste: Tropical mango sweetness with some bitter mandarin peel and rind, pine, plus maybe a hint of honey, but not much.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It’s a very tasty and enjoyable Session IPA. Easy to drink and extremely crushable on a hot summer day.

Pipeworks Ninja Vs. Unicorn

Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: Not much info on the can or the official website.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 14th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left great lacing.
Aroma: Very nice tropical mango, peach and pineapple with hints of citrusy orange rind.
Taste: Grapefruit, mango, caramel, bready malt, pine, orange and orange pith giving it a nice bitter finish. There was hints of booze here and there, but this doesn’t take away from how good it tastes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very nice DIPA that is balanced and with great flavours. Very close to being a must buy for me.

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Jai Alai, the “merry game,” is a game native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa was once home to this high speed game, but sadly all that remains here is this India Pale Ale that we brewed in tribute to the merry game. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 21st March 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy light copper orange colour with a two finger slightly off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Lots of citrus grapefruit peel, orange rind and lemon with hints of tropical pineapple and pine.
Taste: A nice sweet-ish malty caramel and biscuit backbone, followed by some nice citrus grapefruit and orange with a touch of pineapple and a mildly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: To be fair, perhaps this was hidden in my fridge a bit too long. It was however, still well balanced and enjoyable to drink.