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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,354 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 50
Gots: 365 | 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 angrybabboon:
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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 3/25/14

Appearance: Crystal clear golden orange - more of a straight-up gold when held to the light - pours with a small, white head, retains a few wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Bright, fruity grapefruit - fairly hoppy, but mostly it smells reminiscent of an actual grapefruit, complete with rind, flesh, and pith - not entirely one-dimensional, as there are some floral notes and some pine in the back, along with a very light touch of onion - rather unusual, but definitely interesting - absolutely devoid of malts

Taste: Definitely memorable, but not really in a good way - the actual flavor is a disappointment compared to the aroma - some grapefruit flavor, but it's oddly hollow - like chewing on a peel - moderate amount of bitterness - light touch of pine - malts are so delicate that is is almost reminiscent of citrus-flavored seltzer water - not what I would call bad, but definitely not up to Stone's standards

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation, nicely refreshing

Overall: Go (back) To Stone IPA

Stone has been one of my favorite breweries for years. Maybe that is why I am a bit disappointed with this offering. In the past, they have produced some fantastic IPAs. This just kind of falls flat. They could have done better if they just watered down some Stone IPA, or Ruination, or <insert awesome Stone IPA here>. I'll stick with Founders All Day or Lagunitas DayTime if I'm in the mood for the style.

angrybabboon, Mar 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
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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
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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

megamass, Oct 17, 2014
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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.