Stone Pale Ale 2.0

Posted: April 14, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Reviews, Stone Brewing Company

Since I completed my database project for the blog (which tracks every beer I’ve reviewed by brewery, style, location and ranking), I have been looking more at metrics when I review beer, simply because I’m a giant dork. As of this posting, Stone is the #3 brewery (in terms of unique reviews) that I have reviewed. This will be the 43rd beer I’ve had from them and they are behind Dogfish Head (45 reviews) and Boston Beer Company a.k.a. Sam Adams (46 reviews). Given that I have at least one more beer from Stone in the basement, I think they will be either catching up or overtaking Dogfish at a minimum.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A modern american pale with Mandarina Bavaria hops. This decidely American West Coast pale ale represents the next chapter in our brewing story. Showcasing the full essence of vivid Mandarina Bavaria hops plucked from the storied fields of Germany, it presents bright flavors of peach and orange against a crisp, spicy, biscuity backdrop. We’re glad you’re with us on this journey!”

Random: This was first release in late April of 2015.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was really bright. It had notes of fresh orange, peach, grass and a touch of flowers. There was a sweetness in there from the malt, but it was dominated by the citrus. The taste was equally bright as the nose, but not as sweet. There was still a lot of fresh orange segments, but grapefruit flesh came in too with grapefruit pith for good measure. After a few sips, the peach came into play with biscuity malt at the end of the sip. I didn’t pick up the spice from the malt that the description mentions, but that didn’t take anything away from the flavor. The body was moderately thick with high carbonation. It has a long finish with bitterness from the grapefruit pith and citrus notes from the orange segments. A single of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce), which is a great price for a beer with this much flavor. It was exactly what I wanted it to be and what the old version was not. It was incredibly drinkable and had a lot of brightness from the hops. I would highly recommend this one, especially if you didn’t like the old version.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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