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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,568 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,568
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 439 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
It's no secret we helped create and popularize West Coast style IPAs (since 1997), Double IPAs (since 2000) & Triple IPAs (since 2006). In fact, IPAs of every ilk imaginable are our bread and (hop) butter at Stone Brewing Co., but we'll be the first to admit that a night of subsisting solely on big IPAs can be a short one. Enter Stone Go To IPA, our session IPA, boasting all the gloriously bitter, citrusy, piney flavor of our bigger / industrial-strength IPAs, but with a significantly lower alcohol-by-volume (4.5%) allowing IPA fans like us to enjoy more of this amazingly, hoppy beer over a longer session, without giving up any of that gloriously crave-able botanically-driven dankness. Well, OK, when you compare to our bigger IPAs you find that you give up some, as that's what happens when you dramatically lower the abv. And while we work hard to bend the time/space/abv intensity continuum, we've admittedly not yet learned to break it. This comes damn close though.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
I've no complaints about this beer at all, it’s definitely one of the better session IPA’s I've tried and is quite possibly the best given that it pretty much tastes like a good, traditional American IPA albeit with a lower alcohol content. It has plenty of bitterness and hops, a solid malt base and an excellent balance; what’s not to like?

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and refreshing. Aptly named. Pours a bright yellow, well-carbonated, persistent fuzz. Smells amazing, like grapefruit and pine. Smooth mouthfeel, clean finish. Citrus hops dominate. Aptly-named, good session beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright yellowish color ale with a medium size white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus notes is really enticing with nice floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by nice citrus and grapefruit notes with some floral undertones and limited bitterness. There is some small dose of residual sugar notes that are noticeable with some non-descript malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nice to see that you can get this nice hops profile without having too much alcohol.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Light, slightly hazy, yellow-golden body with a nice half finger's worth of white head. Good retention, nice thick collar and filmy residue. Not much lacing though.

S- Bitter grapefruit, citrus hoppiness and a fairly minimal pale malt backbone. A bit grainy, also some pine. This smells as expected- hop-forward but with a minimal malt backbone.

F- Citrus, grapefruit, grainy bread, pine. Mostly the hop flavours come out here, and there is a nice mineral flavour that adds quite a bit to the overall vacuum from the lack of bready malts.

M- On the thinner side, not watery-thin but not medium bodied either. Quite drinkable, despite the nice dose of bitter pine and grapefruit bite on the backend.

O- One of the better session IPAs out there, but it doesn't match up with some of the best that I've had.

Final score: 3.74

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,568 ratings.