Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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359 Reviews
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Reviews: 359
Hads: 3,001
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 94
Gots: 751 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014

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.
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Reviews: 359 | Hads: 3,001
Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,900 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of withliterature
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,088 characters)

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (289 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.