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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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386 Reviews
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Reviews: 386
Hads: 3,159
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.66%
Wants: 102
Gots: 873 | 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 by arfenhouse:
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light bronze color, forms a small head even with a vigorous pour but it lasts all the way down. Some lacing.

S: Big on the pine resin. A good dose of citrus peel and spicy hops.

T: A light-medium grapefruit, pine, and peppery hop upfront. Becomes very grainy with a light bitterness and a quick fading aftertaste. Very clean and straightforward.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel and a medium carbonation.

O: Tasty and very easy to drink. It's like SNPA with a bit more hops.

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Photo of withliterature
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll go with Arrogant Bastard over Stone Go To any time. I'd rather not Go To buy this ale again.

The look is very promising. It's a deeply orange-tinted amber. The ale appears to be relatively unfiltered, with an enticing cloudiness to it. The head foams up markedly. It doesn't retain as much as some, which makes it easier to pour. There is some lacing down the glass.

The smell is the first hint that something is amiss. Although it does have some fruit-forward hops, it's not quite right. It's neither here nor there. It's sort of tropical with maybe a piney note but basically it just smells like hops. It's not unpleasant like Samuel Adams' misfire Hoppy Red, but it's not awesome like other Stone ales I've tried.

The taste of this ale is reminiscent of Sculpin, although not that bad. Stone may be too talented to fall into the flaws of Sculpin. Both ales, however, are the product of going for a lighter malt. Go To is trying for low alcohol. Sculpin is trying to do a light malt to bring the hops forward. With Sculpin the outcome is a marked aftertaste that can seem fishy, and a notably oily finish. With Go To, the flavor and aroma are just not shooting out the lights like they do in, for example, Arrogant Bastard Ale. It's true that Stone IPA also hasn't got as much flavor as Arrogant Bastard, but there is enough flavor, and it is all good. In contrast, to my palate there's an off note in Go To. It's not repulsive, but it's not delicious. They may be using the same hops or process as Sculpin. I'm not sure.

The feel of the ale is light bodied. There's nothing wrong with it. It's not exactly watery, but the overall effort seems to have been to create a light ale, and to my taste it's too light.

Overall, this is a fully flavored light IPA, but not all the flavor is delightful. It's not a disaster but with all the great choices - especially from Stone - there's no reason to buy Go To.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Bignick254
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.