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August 28, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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Stone Pale Ale 2.0 PicmonkeyPale Ale 2.0

 

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Good year around national distribution

 

Appearance:   “Deep amber color, almost copper-hued. Nearly inch high head, but it dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing.”

Aroma:   “There’s a hoppiness, but it comes across as almost fruity—citrussy maybe or even apricot and peach scents.” (Editor’s note:  After 19 years, Stone has changed the recipe for its Pale Ale, hence the 2.0 designation. The new version makes use of Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany, which may be the source of the aromatic profile.)

Taste:   “I like this one. In a world that now seems to be dominated by hugely-hopped beers, the Pale Ale 2.0 seems balanced and restrained. Easy to drink and each sips seems to invite the next one.”

Food Affinity:   “Fish tacos. Pickled onion and Scotch egg. Even A grilled Caerphilly cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich on rye bread.”

 

--Guest reviewer Nigel Davies tends bar on the Central Coast of California

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