Just learned about this new hop... read on:
"ESCONDIDO, CA (April 27, 2015) – Nearly 19 years ago, beer geek entrepreneurs Greg Koch and Steve Wagner launched Stone Brewing Co., selling the very first keg of Stone Pale Ale to San Diego County brewpub Pizza Port.
Since that inaugural offering (a creation developed by original Stone
Brewmaster Steve Wagner), Stone has earned a reputation for making a
wide variety of bold, flavorful and often hop-centric beers. Starting
today, a bold new version of Stone Pale Ale—artfully dubbed Stone Pale Ale 2.0—will begin arriving in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft.
More than a year ago, Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele was presented with
the challenge of reimagining this iconic recipe. Before deciding on the
final formulation for Stone Pale Ale 2.0, Greg, Steve, Mitch and the
brewing team evaluated a number of prototypes. It was ultimately decided
that the new year-round release should feature a distinctive new hop
variety known as Mandarina Bavaria and 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
Mandarina Bavaria, a relatively new hop varietal developed in Germany’s
famed Bavaria region, offers a blend of earthy, citrusy, fruity
aromatics. Magnum and Herkules hops provide bitterness that’s
substantial, allowing for a unique pale ale that’s more hop-forward than
its predecessor, without being overbearing. A touch of rye in the grain
bill delivers hints of biscuity character and subtle spice on the
palate, adding depth to this nicely balanced, eminently drinkable ale."
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