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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,065 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 40
Gots: 284 | 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 that¹s 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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HalfFull

California

2.98/5  rDev -24.7%

Single bottle picked up from Trader Joe's. Poured into a globe glass for tasting. Pours clean and bright and deep straw in color, sporting a half inch of near white foam.

Aroma is quite hop forward and with hop notes notable during the pour. Piney initially then sequeing to more citrus and then spicy/garlic aromas. Actually a bit soapy in the end but good in small doses.

Taste offers spicy hop notes and an expected light malt delivery. Light and subtle bitterness follows. Feel is thinner than expected after watching 'tasting notes' video from Stone and is closer to what I would expect from such a light ABV IPA. Nothing magical in the end in that regard. The smell is the high point in my view, the rest leaves more questions than it answers.

03-16-2014 04:43:53 | More by HalfFull
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours into a nonic a dull lighter golden with a half finger white head that fades quickly leaving a half ring of broken lace behind.Lighter aromas with grapefruit rind standing out most with a bit of toasted cereal grain as well.A big shot of grapefruit and lemon oil hits ya on the palate and lingers for quite awhile along with sweet biscuit in the finish,quite a nice shot of hops.Maybe the best "session" IPA I have had yet.

03-17-2014 21:09:36 | More by oberon
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-24-2014 12:27:39 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +1%

08-14-2014 05:24:18 | More by Bignick254
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withliterature

Texas

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%

I've now tried this beer on draft twice; no bottles yet.

Appearance: It looked yellow to me, and had no head at all by the time I walked from the bar to the beer garden.

Smell: Super strong hops! Lots of citrus, but also some more astringent herbaceous notes and some floral.

Taste: Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting from the hop-bomb scent, but not at all sweet, either. A very thin, dry flavor that disappears quickly, making it extremely drinkable and summery, although slightly drying.

Mouthfeel: I found that this beer had a very thin body that bordered on slightly watery. Not overly carbonated, although the dryness of the flavour emphasized the carbonation. All of this means it's very refreshing and extremelt sessionable, but by no means a full-bodied beer.

Overall: I am a fan of session IPAs; it's nice to get through three beers with friends and not be much affected by alcohol. I love the citrus notes, and would definitely buy this in hot weather. However, my go-to session IPA is still Founder's All Day. It's higher in alcohol, but overall a more solid beer.

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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-04-2014 00:43:25 | More by tbryan5
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-16-2014 21:29:25 | More by woodchipper
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California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-07-2014 00:24:03 | More by SanFranJake
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Maine

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in an imperial pint glass at The Portsmouth Brewery. The beer was gold in color with a small head. There was a little bit of lace.

Citrus, pine, and sweet malt aroma.

Grapefruit and piney taste. A little bit of caramel.

A hoppy beer, well-balanced.

Nice beer. A sessionable IPA.

03-23-2014 19:06:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-08-2014 19:07:18 | More by warnerry
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

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3.38/5  rDev -14.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of dank resiny piney hops. Some garlic comes out as it warms.

The flavor is a little bready malt and fruit with resiny, piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery and metallic.

Overall, a solid session IPA. Lots of good piney resiny bitterness. Still has a slightly watery mouthfeel.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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New York

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12 ounce bottle - Enjoy by 5/26/14 etched onto the neck of the bottle.

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Bold hoppy nose, pleasantly hoppy on the palate. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Nice fresh tasting "session" IPA. Well worth a try and I expect this will be enjoyed again and again. Went great with some cheddar and crusty bread.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,065 ratings.