Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 21:15:58 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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3.34/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Served in a tumbler.
Another "session IPA"? Jesus, is 1% ABV really that necessary to trim from our beers, guys? Anyway, off of my soapbox, this stuff pours a lightly hazy golden brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel-drizzled biscuit, lime zest, pine resin, grass, and light menthol. The taste brings in more of the same, the lime, grapefruit, resin, and menthol combining for that characteristic Stone assault on the tastebuds. Fuck you, balance, I guess, but, hey, Stone's done good work with that mentality in the past, so what the hell do I know? Here, though, there's not enough to balance out any of the hops' attack, so it just comes across as too much for no real reason. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough IPA, but the hops here just go too far for the beer's own good, a position I've found myself in somewhat often lately when it's come to Stone...
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 04:07:24 | More by TMoney2591
3.33/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Having never tried a session IPA, I don't really know what to expect, though I like the idea behind the style.
It pours a lighter color than I expect from an IPA, and has plenty of foamy head. Smells strongly of hops, and kind of dank and funky actually.
Really light on the mouthfeel and finishes extremely clean. Plenty of hop flavor in the middle, but otherwise a little thin and nondescript. That said, this isn't a scathing criticism. I'm most used to full-fledged higher alcohol offerings, and I'm not even sure if it is valid comparing the two. This would certainly be the thing for a hot day when one would choose not to get too bogged down in alcohol and heavy, assertive flavor.
Pretty damn good overall, but not my favorite. Will try more in the style and rethink.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:44:09 | More by DagenhamDavis
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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