Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A: Pours a pristine golden color with a tad bit of haze in the center. About an inch of white, bubbly head sits atop the brew. Head eventually fades to a nice, white cap that retains nicely, fortified by legions of bubbles rising from the bottom of the pint. Lacing is scarce, but the little bit that's there is thick, sticky, and impressive.
S: The nose here is pretty light, comprised of mostly grapefruit and some lightly floral notes atop of a bready malt backbone. It's not bad, but it's definitely not up to par with what you'd expect from Stone.
T: The hops are more pronounced on the tongue than they were in the nose and everything is clearly super-fresh. Lots of grapefruit and a strong presence of piney hop bitterness. As I sip, the flavors are less and less pronounced and it's essentially just bitter now with some lingering grapefruit flavors after the beer goes down. A bit of weird (almost metallic) bitterness as the brew warms up to room temperature in my glass. It's not offensive, but it's best to drink this one a bit quicker to avoid that...
M: Light-medium body with a good, crisp carbonation. There's not much creaminess here, which is to be expected from a session IPA. It drinks extremely well, considering it just... doesn't feel like much in the mouth. It doesn't impress me, but it's spot on for the style.
O: Admittedly, session IPAs are new to me (considering I choose to session with bigger IPAs) and this is my first actual experience with one. While it's certainly not a bad brew and it without-a-doubt pummels most beers of similar ABV that people choose to session with, I just find myself not overly impressed with it. I appreciate the attempt to make a sessionable IPA, but when I drink an IPA, I do so for the flavors and this one doesn't deliver as much as I'd hoped... Still a decent option in the future, I suppose.
03-23-2014 21:15:58 | More by ThePaintedGrey
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev -1%
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
3.61/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-16-2014 21:16:19 | More by withliterature
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
04-03-2014 23:43:14 | More by Beaver13
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-21-2014 23:17:58 | More by Billolick
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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