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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,227 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 330 | 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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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to my FW Imperial Nonic glass

A: Pale yellow-gold body with a straw like appearance. Super clear with visible streaming bubbles and a thick topping of whipped egg whites. Ample stay power and some nice broken rings of lace that strike to the glass after drinking. Looks quite lovely.

S: Incredibly expressive with funky fresh hop aromatics on the nose. I am getting gooseberry, peach/apricot, pineapple, grapefruit, white wine grape, some skunky herbals, green onion, and pine. Very impressive. Definitely has a Citra-Nelson thing going on and probably some other crazy NZ hops. Dash of bready cracker but its rather faint amongst all the hops. High marks here.

T: Gooseberry and spice with white wine grape up front paired with some pineapple, grapefruit, and other tropicals. There is a nice tingly hop bitterness that hits the palate and a small influx of bread crust from the pale malts towards the finish. Closes out with some more spice that has a sort of dirty herbal catnip thing going on. Might be a deal breaker for some but I kind of dig it. A slight step down from the nose but pretty solid hop flavors that hold up throughout the entire drink. Definitely some new world hops at play.

M: Light and watery thin but somehow also lightly filling with doughy pale malts. Has a nice resinous linger and a bit of a hop punch. Finish is very dry although this is a bit more watered down overall.

D: A very good hop session with a stellar aroma and really nice flavors. Although they do turn a little wild and herby to me…seems like a good Citra/NZ hop combo however.
It’s like an illegitimate creation bred from Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Enjoy By. Not 100% sold this will be my new “go to”. In fact I think I prefer PP Ponto but I will definitely be sessioning more of these babies.

Nugganooch, Apr 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of withliterature
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

withliterature, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

oberon, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

tectactoe, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Bignick254, Aug 14, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%

Leeshka410, Sep 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

tbryan5, Apr 04, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

woodchipper, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

SanFranJake, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

SkiBum22, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

SuomiHobbit, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

sabitu, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

warnerry, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Todd, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Apr 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

TTripp725, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

bishopdc0, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

77apm, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Doomcifer, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Dbrulet, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

petewheeler, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jason, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours near clear lighter near golden amber. Light tan head, loose and frothy. Leaves strands of low lacing and scattered bits.

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.

Billolick, Mar 21, 2014
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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.