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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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very good

1,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 190 | 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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3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:46:16 | More by angrybabboon
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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?

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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