Booze Geek – Green Jack Rippa And Superior Spider-Man

By Dylan Gonzalez

Beer: Green Jack Rippa

Brewery: Green Jack Ales & Stout

39075a7721ea71ce8bac817270995375_640x640After a prolonged absence due to traveling and sickness, the Booze Geek is back.  For my returning review, I delved into an English ale from Green Jack Ales by the name of Rippa, a triple ale.

Rippa is a mahogany brown color, looking not unlike a rich apple cider.  I could not detect any carbonation from viewing alone.  Surprisingly, it produced a very sparse head, constituting just a thin layer of bubbles.  It gave off the scents of light malts and some sweet fruit, with tea notes as well.

Drinking the Rippa was surprisingly difficult for me.  There was a sweetness up front, with malt and toffee qualities taking over from there.  It ended on a grassy, hoppy finish with some heat and spiciness.  The hops and spice made it a bit potent on my palate and I found myself putting it back very slowly.  The saving grace for my palate was the lack of carbonation.

Overall, an interesting ale with a lot going on, but perhaps a bit strong for my liking.  If you enjoy your hops and spice, then this may be one for you to try out.

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With the conclusion of Dan Slott's Superior Spider-Man on its way and a main focus being the Green Goblin as Spidey Ock's final antagonist, I recommend this beer to go with your comics.  As I was looking at the artwork, I could not help but think of the Green Goblin and his return to the New York City underworld.  Pop a bottle open as the final battle begins.

Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world.  He lives in a cave in New Jersey.

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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