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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,811 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 185 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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Nugganooch

California

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 20:19:06 | More by Nugganooch
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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mynie

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone should get a goddamn medal simply for having the balls to place an Enjoy By date on all of their bottles. This one was fresh.

Fresh and hyped. Dude I know said he was hardly drinking anything else, since Go To was so cheap and abundant and excellent. That's the kind of statement that makes a seasoned beersman like myself go "pffft." Freakin' newbs, thinking they can find fulfillment through readily available, inexpensive beers. Don't they know the first and third rules of beersmanship?

But, I stand corrected. It's impossible to hate on a beer that's this drinkable and this tasty. It smelled excellent, though, since Stone knows how to put together a wonderful hop profile. And then it tastes excellent, at first, because that same hop profile dominates, but then it lets off considerably near the end. The finish is downright watery seeming, and so the balance gets thrown off. It's similar to other lower-ABV session IPAs, like Founders', only the front is better and stronger so the drop off is more pronounced.

While the flavor drop off is a bit disquieting, the hop profile is one of the very best I've ever had in a single IPA. So even though this beer isn't perfect, I'd still recommend it highly, and I'll still be drinking plenty of it throughout the rest of the summer.

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Good aroma of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, plenty of bitterness and a little bready malt for balance. I thought I detected a slight trace of (for me) the dreaded Summit hops but it was just a fleeting thing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for such a low abv beer. Plenty of bitterness to go around. A solid session IPA.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.