Pale Ale 2.0
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,142
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3.68 | pDev: 9.78%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Pale Ale 2.0Pale Ale 2.0
Notes: A modern American pale with Mandarina Bavaria hops
First Release: April 2015

This decidedly 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!
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter tasting glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent amber with minumal bubbles and an off white head rising roughly quarter of an inch. No stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Light hops feeling a bit like yeast with lightly hovering the nostrils. Not the most pleasant scent.

Taste: Bitter and lightly malty. Has a Light sour finish to the beer.

Mouth: It is somewhat sticky, pairing it with pretzels has raw semi spoiled hop feel. Not super appetizing but has a definitely medium to full body.

Overall: Good to give away to your up and coming beer enthusiast. Much room for improvement and would take it if I had limited options. Salud!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Pours crystal clear but a very deep gold - seems oddly dark for an APA. Forms a couple finger's worth of white head with average retention.

S: Mango and tangerine hops, some grassiness and biscuit malts. There's a tinny or thin metallic aroma as well, that shouldn't be there.

T: Grassy hops up front - reminiscent of noble hops. Some toasted malts and bits of bitter citrus. Some naked alpha bitterness (present in a lot of Stone hoppy beers) towards the in. There is still just a touch of that tinny flavor as well. Finishes clean but led by that naked alpha bitterness.

M: Body is on the heavy side for style, and the alcohol seems strong for an APA (though far from "hot"). Good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This almost seems to have some lager characteristics, with being so clear in appearance, the toasted malts, the very clean finish, and the strange albeit restrained hop flavors for an APA. I might have guessed a hoppy Oktoberfest beer? It isn't a good APA, and really not a particularly good beer. I hope they rethink this one and launch Pale Ale 3.0 soon. Or at least Pale Ale 2.5.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish orange with tall white head, heavy lacing.

Smell- Barley malt, light citrus, straw

Taste- Grainy malt. Light biscuit with slight toastiness. Citrus builds, light orange blossom and grapefruit notes. Becomes bitter with a hop grassiness right into the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A solid, clean, and simple pale ale. Just as the style should be; no more no less.

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Photo of Nanothaniel
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thoroughly average beer from Stone. I must say, in a way I feel disappointed. This beer is better than 75% of American craft beers, but am I wrong to expect Stone to compete for the top 10%? There's nothing terribly wrong with this brew, but it's a tad bit red with a kinda boring malt backbone and a thoroughly average hop coverage. Don't get my wrong, this beer is good, but it isn't anything better than good. Sometimes I expect Stone to overdo things with bravioso, and when they do I applaud them even if it is tragic, but this is just kind of predictable and average; and I'm sorry, but I love Stone too much to tolerate average. If you were a lesser brewery I'd forgive you, but it is only out of affection I must say that this beer does not live up to Stone's potential. I look forward to the next time they put out a beer that makes me eat my words, but this is not that beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Wonderful, dark copper color that is orange with reddish tints. A nice one finger head that has some retention to it.

The nose is the standard grapefruit, pine, floral. A nice malt backbone, with caramel, and toasty notes. Nothing really stands out

The taste is uninspiring, a typical APA nothing stands out as fantastic. It is a good solid APA, stone really doesn't do anything bad

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention
S: Grassy & piney, orange peel once warm

T: Grassy & pine hops, a little tangerine, plus breadyness up front. More grassiness, a little grapefruit & dryness as this warms, some orange as well. Finishes crisp, dry, &-piney, with a kiss of pomelo

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, I would consider buying this again, worth a try

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Photo of LAp
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a Uinta vs Stone tasting event. An impressively unimpressive beer. Easily the worst I've tasted from Stone to-date. As if an adjunct lager had a one-night-stand with a single hop cone. Perhaps Stone was really making a Dortmunder Adjunct and mislabeled every single bottle they produced.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with shades of orange, foamy head and good lace retention.
The sweetness of the nose is striking; big caramel malt aromas, honey, nuts, citric and juicy.
In the tongue, the sweetness matches the aroma, with the caramel malt dominating. However, further into the drink, the grapefruit pith and a piny and herbal hops element adds balance, as well as a modest bitterness.
The body is on the high side of medium bodied, perhaps slightly more full for an APA. The carbonation is very soft. This one is easy to drink.
I liked this one, although, I do not rank it as high as other APAs.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a tulip glass at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing at Terminal 2)
Appearance: Brown/amber in color with about 0.5 fingers of white foamy head.
Smell: Malt + molasses
Taste: Not bad at all. Initially sweet flavor of malt followed my a mild, but not entirely unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. Hints of citrus is detected as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down very easily.
Overall: A very solid pale ale.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid pale ale, but nothing to write home about. It has a nice nose, but the flavor is really unbalanced and there is a slight funk that wasn't working for me.

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Photo of m_hall
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz longneck into a nonic pint. Copper-Amber in color, slightly hazy, and topped by a dense white 2 finger head with decent retention. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is malt forward, biscuit, and molasses, with some fruits (apricot, peach.) Surprisingly little hop presence.

Taste comes in with biscuit-y malts and fruit sweetness, mostly apricot. Bitterness very gradually follows, mostly of a grassy, herbal and spicy nature, leading to a bitter but not terribly dry finish.

Mouth feel is medium, smooth, and fairly well carbonated. A 6.0% ABV makes this one drinkable while not being insubstantial.

This one threw me a sight curveball. One might go into an American Pale Ale with certain expectations; mostly bright citric hops, piney bitterness, and a fairly dry finish. This however has none of those to my palate... it felt much more like an old world pale ale, especially in the way it presets it's spicy Bavarian hops over a bed of robust malt. Indeed, it reminded me somewhat of Bass Ale from back in the days before A-B Inbev started brewing it in the States and ruined it. I don't recall ever having tried the original iteration of this, so I can't base a comparison vs that, and I do feel that this one is going to confuse a few drinkers. It's still a pretty good ale, though, and I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into an English pub glass

Appearance: poured a copper amber, with the color lighting up after a few moments. Had some carbonation, bubbles coming up. Head was very thing, about a quarter inch which did not leave any residue or lacing

Smell: alcohol was easily picked up, then smelled similar to cherry cough syrup. after some agitation I could pick up the hops

Taste: bitter, no hints of fruit and malts are hard to detect. As I kept drinking it felt more and more like cough syrup

Mouthfeel: stung on the first sip, albeit very smooth and does not leave the mouth dry

Overall: it was hard to identify this beer, mostly because it was reminiscent of an IPA but isn't, needless to say which I'd choose if I had the choice between this beer and an IPA

p.s. this is my first review on here but definitely not my first craft beer. I wish to make accurate reviews, so I'll write more as I grab my favorite beers again!

p.p.s. as this is my first review I hope it isn't viewed as ignorant, but it is definitely amateur. any personal tips on reviewing are greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper with a medium head. The aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, and wet hay are present. The flavor offers up some mild resiny pine first, followed by grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, spicy peanut, and wet hay. The mouthfeel is very creamy and soft. Overall this is an awesomely balanced and enjoyable pale ale. I wish Stone was more readily available to me.

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Photo of akolb
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mild orange aroma, but mainly dominated by caramel and toasted bread.
Bitter, with more bready goodness. Also some fruit in the taste.
A bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel almost has a bit of smoothness. This beer surprised me. I was expecting a hoppy, citrusy pale ale, but this beer drinks almost like an especially bitter amber ale. While it is bitter, the aroma and taste tend much more towards maltiness than hoppiness. Not necessarily a bad thing, buts it's definitely not your standard pale ale. I'd probably reach for any other pale if I wanted that, or for any other ambers if bready malts were what I was after.

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Photo of mchodge13
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Beautiful looking pale ale. Great clarity and burnt orange in color. Creamy white head that lasts throughout. SMELL: Not a powerful aroma on this beer. Unique hop aroma once you really stick your nose in the glass. Fruity hop notes with some sweetness coming through from the malts. The smell reminds me of cotton candy for some reason TASTE: Lots of hop bitterness in the taste. Not much else coming through. Not picking up much of the malt character. MOUTHFEEL: Bitterness coats the tongue and lingers. A good level of carbonation for the style. OVERALL: Good looking beer with interesting hop character but overall not much going on there. Not one of my favorite pale ales (and I love the style) and not one of my favorite Stone beers.

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Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A:Pale gold in color with a slight haze to it, and a full head.

S: Biscuit malt, a touch of syrup, and a hint of peach come out first. The finish has a bit of apricot, and a little grassy aroma.

T: Biscuit up front, with hints of peach and apricot. Mild bitterness that grows a little in the finish with a touch of straw.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. Slight bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall not a bad beer, but not a stand out either.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, orange with small foam.

Smells of sweet malt. Mostly bready. Not getting any hops on the nose.

Taste is better, somewhat sweet bread-like malt flavor, some citrus from the hops.

Appropriate body, nice carbonation.

Overall, it's OK, tastes nice. A big step backwards in terms of progressive Stone beers however.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good solid Am. pale ale. Very clear amber and of-white head of some density and plenty o lacing.
I wouldn't say fruity hops but more like hops with some fruit and they mix nicely with the malt foundation. This goes for the taste as well as the aroma, where the malt is even more present. A good smooth bitterness mid to a long lasting finish.
Again, a good and solid pale ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Going along the thinking of "if Stone Ruination 2.0 is a bit better than the original, than Stone Pale Ale 2.0 must be as well. I enjoy a Stone Pale Ale too, so how does 2.0 fare? On to the beer:

A copperish orange ale which features a creamy crown over an inch in thickness. The lacing that cascades is very appealing to the eye. It takes a little time to know the aroma, as it doesn't kick the door down with a hypnotizing hop aroma. I smell soft tones of mandarin orange and light toasted malt. In fact, this beer takes longer to fully understand. At first, it seems a bit better than mediocre, however a little time passes and the beer gets a little better. Toasted malt at the start of the taste, a light wave of citrus, orange, grapefruit, ending with a kiss of honey. This is filled with a medium body with a somewhat creamy feel.

Unlike Ruination 2.0., Pale Ale 2.0 is not as good as the original, so I am let down in the hopes of an improved formula. It won't chase New Coke among failed re-formuated drinks, but there must be a better way to improved the classic Stone Pale Ale, or better yet, return to the classic.

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Photo of jkrich
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear, copper hue with a sustained, foamy white-head; one of the most attractive pours I have seen in quite some time.

Rather subtle aromatics - some spicy hop aromas but the weakest point of the ale.

This is flavorful and balanced pale ale - those Mandarina Bavaria hops give this a refreshing, slightly bitter and sour (in a good way) flavor; there are hints of citrus as well. The malt balances the flavors with a faint buttery sweetness.

The carbonation was surprisingly mild for a pale ale. While the mouthfeel was clean and slick, a semi-sweet flavor profile did linger on the palate; the body was somewhat light.

I had the original pale ale several years ago and enjoyed it, but I believe this updated version is a solid improvement. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a small head, and lots of sheety lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange, pine, pepper, and caramel malt.

This is definitely better than the original Stone Pale Ale, but I'm surprised at the somewhat subdued hop bill, given the brewers. There's a lot of pale and caramel malt flavor, with some definite orangey hop flavors from the Mandarina Bavaria, which is certainly showcased well here. I just expected less sweetness, to be honest.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Not too bad, but not perfect.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/17/15; into a pint glass.
Appearance - hazy Amber with sediment detected when against the light. A thin to medium white bubbly head. Lacing is a fantastic sheet covering the glass!
Smell - strong pale malt notes along with a hint of earthy hops.
Taste - follows the nose with a much stronger malt presence than hops.
Feel - light to medium body; crisp up front and subtle bitterness on the finish.
Overall - good looking beer, but leaves a lot to be desired otherwise.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, transparent, nice carbonation; head is light tan and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a nice frothy top, bubble size is mixed.

Smell is clean, crisp pale malt with a touch of biscuit and caramel; hops are lightly earthy and piney, hints of citrus rind.

Taste is crisp, clean fermented pale malt with a lingering caramel and toffee flavor, hints of biscuit and bread; hops clean it up with earthy/piney flavors.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, nice bitterness and moderate carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale a little more bitter and crisp than some lighter sized pale ales, but good clean malt and fermentation.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lots of carmel malts, only getting a slight bittering hop flavor, very sinple hop profile. Malt presence is carmel and swet malts with a subdued pine finish. Slightly sweet, medium mouthfeel. Body doesnt carry the beer through.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Enjoy by 10/27/15. Sampled on November 5, 2015. Oops a little more than a week late.

Copper-amber pour with a lingering cream colored head. Some haze.

Nice toasted caramel malt and bread character on the nose with a bit of fruity, melon-like hops.

Medium body.

The bitterness is more forward in the flavor that also includes sweet caramel toasted malts. But the bitterness lingers.

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 673 ratings