Pale Ale 2.0
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,212
Ranked #39,635
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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BenwayPHD from California

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange brown with a thin, white head that lingers for some time. The nose somehow earthy and tropical at the same time. Mango, papaya, rainy day, wet dirt. There us also a heavy malt presence. The flavor is really nice. It is strong with toffee and caramel, like a brittish bitter, but that is cleanly cut with heavy hops. I really like this pale ale. I would say it's much better than the original.

Jun 19, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white half finger head. Poor retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Light aroma, evoking thoughts of bread, hints of citrus and grass.

Taste - More flavorful than the aroma leads on. Floral hop character with a touch of citrus. Light, white bread malt backbone. Finishes with a sharp, grassy bitterness and lesser pith.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Better than their previous pale, but nothing I'd seek to buy again. There are a lot of excellent pales at the same price point that are gonna bury this beer. Might be time to unveil 3.0, Stone.

May 21, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consistently good in all areas, but nothing standing out. A bit too bitter, a bit too much alcohol on the taste. It being Stone, I was a bit disappointed (maybe unfairly).

Jul 03, 2015
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crob3888 from California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A total reinvention and a complete 180 from what most pale ales are going for these days. Floral, spicy hop character with a hint of biscuits, orange peel, and stone fruit. This will be a very versatile beer for pairing with food and I imagine will become a very popular beer in Germany. Stone is branching out into the world and this beer tastes like their take on a blend between west coast pale ales, east coast pale ales, and classic German/European "continental" beers. A pretty good brew though it may be slightly misunderstood by those reviewers hoping for "the new zombie dust."

May 09, 2015
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Veejuh from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is just ok. Don't really know what else to say. The malt dominates the taste and the hops are present but not very pronounced. I would trade 4 of these for 1 shoal's pale ale. Not a drain pour but nothing to marvel over.

Oct 28, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought as a part of a seasonal mix case from Costco. I'm going to be honest; and I may be Stoned for it (see what I did there?) This beer looks good, but that's really where the superlatives fall off. The smell is malty with a taste to match. This seriously tastes like a mildly hopper Sam Adams Boston Lager; it's fricken ridiculous. There's definitely a German Hop Presence, but it barely tastes like a pale ale. I'm glad that I didn't just buy this as a solo 6 pack, because I would be even more let down that I already am.

Oct 28, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brief write-up. I was excited to try this because A) Mandarina Bavaria hops seem ridiculously promising and B) Stone usually does a rock-solid job with a simple hoppy beer. The nose isn't half-bad - I get plenty of caramel and toffee malts mixed with some floral hops. Too bad this beer tastes like...well, something that doesn't taste right. It starts off with the malt sweetness and some gently floral hops - however, it finishes with an unpleasant wall of generic bitterness. Now that I dwell on it, there is no hop flavor to speak of, just bitterness. And unbalanced bitterness at that. Plus, the feel is weirdly astringent yet overly heavy and sweet. I'm a little bummed I bought a 6 pack of something that can only be called the New Coke of pale ales.

2.51/5: Bring back the old Pale Ale, Stone...

May 28, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ENJOY BY 07/08/15

Pours an orange tinted amber color with a head of thick off-white froth. Subtle hoppy aromas of melon, flowers, dried fruit, and leafy spice. Flavor continues with the spicy hop quality which blends well with the toasty grain. Floral hops, grass, rye, and bitter orange. Medium light body has a good snappiness to it, making for easy drinking. A decent pale ale that lacks any serious American hop punch, which will turn some people off.

May 10, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours great big rocky off white head that quickly dissipates to about a half a finger high leaving no lacing. Pretty clear and copper in color. Fine sediment floaters.

Smell: Sticky syrupy malts. A little resin hops.

Taste: Pretty much just grapefruit hops and bitter. No malts to be noticed.

Feel: Pretty full bodied. Kinda buttery.

Overall: Not a good APA. No malt and over the top astringent hops. Steer clear.

Jul 13, 2015
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Tdizzle from California

4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Beautiful clear copper color with a thick, billowing head of eggshell foam. Rings of sticky lacing line the glass on the drink down. The head settled to a thick cap atop the beer for its entire duration.

S - A perfect balance of malt and hops. Bright, fresh aromas of floral, citrusy, and slightly spicy hops are backed by a sweet and toasty caramel malt profile. Crisp, clean ale yeast.

T - The taste delivers what the aroma promises. A medium hop bitterness yields flavors of orange peel and mild pine. The toasty and bready malt backbone provides some delicious balancing sweetness before a nice bitterness resurfaces on a fairly dry finish.

F - The mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly viscous texture and the perfect level of carbonation.

O - The original Stone Pale Ale was one of my favorite beers that they offered, and highly underrated, in my opinion. Pale Ale 2.0 is absolutely outstanding. Perfectly balanced, but the malt profile is really where this beer shines.

Apr 29, 2015
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cwreay90 from Texas

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

I am open to change, it can be a great thing... but I'm not so sure it did this beer much good. Don't get me wrong, it's an okay beer, and I am not saying this because I am "upset" that the original is gone or something, I was actually looking forward to the 2.0, the idea sounded exciting... but this one kind of fell through for me. Stone, I still love you guys, but this one just wasn't for me. I thought the original was more refreshing and crisp, but hey, that's just my opinion. Kudos for trying yet another new thing though, I think that's why so many, including myself love you guys, your always trying to push the limits and do something different. Pale Ale 2.0 may have been a bit of a "miss" in my book, but I am still looking forward to seeing what you guys got in the future!

May 07, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Coronado Golf Course. Dark amber in the pint shaker with plenty of foam. Just faintly sweet with a touch of nearly flavorless malt. Stark resiny flavor takes over an leaves an intense, lingering bitterness.

This is the classic Stone flavor profile I recall from the first of their brews I tasted. Too much bittering hops are never enough! [Reviewed from 15 April 2015 notes]

Jul 07, 2015
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Strat58cat from California

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep. This ale is deep. How can a simple pale ale be so good, so much better than many an IPA? So much better than land mark Sierra Nevada Pale Ale? It's not even laagered! It's deep, grasshopper.

Spasms of extremes do not define the great beer. Balance is the key. Stone Pale Ale 2.0 is deeply and elegantly balanced - as arrogantly balanced as Arrogant Bastard, but subtly great. Perhaps subtle ale is the ultimate arrogance. Perhaps I underrate this beer and Boston Lager, the champions of subtle balance. Probably, but my limitations are my own.

The color is deep amber. The head is beautifully white, showing off with abundant foam and lacing.

The aroma is German. These hops know where they are from. The delightful Bavarian hops and ale yeast create a delightful, deep ale aroma. The malt is there, in the background. It's not a malt-forward lager. It's an ale.

The taste is pure, beautiful, deep, German ale. Yet, the Germans do lagers, especially pilsners, while my UK forebears love them some ale. Stone has broken down the cultural walls of Europe with a pure California Eff it. He!! Yeah. It rocks. Deep and beautiful. Give it time, hard-core IPA drinkers. It's beautiful.

The feel is medium- perfect. Stone doesn't do water. Leave that to Inbev. This is a full-bodied, great ale.

Overall, this it's the best pale ale I have ever had. Stone has created a pure Bavarian West Coast pale ale. They are knocking down the walls that separate us from great beer.

Oct 03, 2015
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Spacedog666 from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer. But... the original Pale Ale by Stone was so much better. Damn shame that they discontinued it. This beer looks beautiful. 1 finger head. Some nice lacing and a nice bronze color. Smell: smells like many of Stone's beers. Expected, but still pleasant. Smells earthy and a little musky (which I love). Taste: Tastes like the original Pale Ale, but watered down a bit. Earthy, a little bit of hops, and dry. In a good way. Feel: Crisp and easy to drink. Hoppy, earthy, and delicious. Overall a great beer. Nothing like the original, but this is still pretty good. Would recommend.

Oct 08, 2015
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kmanjohnson from California

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 31, 2015
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 17, 2015
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 02, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toast, caramel, grass, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, caramel, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of grain and citrus forward hop aspects that make it easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

Mar 21, 2015
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TEdubbaD from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 09, 2015
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Nicholas_the_Last from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 27, 2016
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dertyd from California

2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Oct 08, 2015
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SonictheBeerhog from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 17, 2015
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seandonovan from California

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Feb 09, 2016
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Molson2000 from Canada

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 29, 2015
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Gkruszewski from New York

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

Jun 13, 2015
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