Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by spoony:
3.93/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 355 ml bottle (enjoy by June 25, 2014) into a tulip.
A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dense, white head. The head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades over the course of a minute. The beer is very light in color with a yellow hue. I can see a stray bubble or two in the clear liquid.
S-The aroma is a solid mixture of grapefruit, zesty orange rind, and leafy, herbal hop notes. The malt bill is pretty subdued, but not completely absent. I get some toast and dough aromas. amid the moderate bitterness Nicely done for the style, if a bit rough when compared against the best IPAs.
T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell with zesty, spicy citrus, and an herbal, leafy hop finish. The brew is on the dry side of things with a moderate bitterness throughout. This beer has more of a crisp citrus flavor than a juicy citrus flavor.
M-The heft is pretty light, but the beer never devolves into seltzer water thanks to a nicely balanced carbonation and a hint of oiliness.
O-This is a tasty session-style IPA, and I would not expect anything less from Stone. The beer is a bit rough around the edges, but the hop flavors are relatively complex (I like the citrus and herbal notes) and there is enough malt to balance things out. It drinks like a lighter beer thanks to the airy feel and lower ABV, but the flavor is up to snuff. I could see drinking more of this beer this summer.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 03:34:19 | More by spoony
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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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