Stone Brewing Releases Stone Pale Ale 2.0
An all-new version of Stone’s Pale Ale is hitting the market today. The original pale ale was the first-ever beer brewed by Stone, and when it was discontinued this year, some fans were not happy. However, Stone’s Pale Ale 2.0 looks to be a promising combination of flavors, showcasing new hop profiles to keep up with the changing palates of beer drinkers.
The new beer will feature a Mandarina Bavaria-hopped version of the iconic original. It will be available in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft.
This new beer has been a long time in the making for the beer-brewing giants at Stone. In a statement released today, Stone says that Brewmaster Mitch Steele was presented with the challenge of re-imagining the iconic pale ale recipe. They evaluated a number of prototypes and ultimately decided that the new beer should be a year-round release with a distinctive new hop variety known as Mandarina Bavaria. The beer also has a radically different grain bill.
“Revamping this recipe was a really big project for us, especially since our loyal fans, myself included, have an emotional attachment to Stone Pale Ale,” explains Wagner. “Mitch and the brewing team really stepped up to the challenge and created something we believe will satisfy people’s changing palates and growing desire for more unique hop varieties.”
Haven’t heard of Mandarina Bavaria? You may not be alone. It is a relatively new hop varietal developed in Germany’s Bavaria region, offers a blend of earthy, citrusy, fruity aromatics. Magnum and Herkules hops provide additional bitterness, allowing for a unique pale ale that’s more hop-forward than its predecessor.
The beer is 6% ABV / 55 IBUs which allows for hours of enjoyment. You can pick them up from stores beginning April 27 around the country, and definitely in San Diego.
Stone Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak suggests pairing the beer with hummus or chips and salsa for snack time. A Greek, Thai or Caesar salad if you’re trying to be “good.” Or drink along side hamburgers, crab cakes, or fish tacos. Is it time for dessert? Crack a Pale Ale 2.0 and grab some peach cobbler or pumpkin pie.
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