Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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2,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 88
Gots: 709 | 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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Ratings: 2,944 | Reviews: 405
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of withliterature
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of JonBrand
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like watered down ipa

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Enjoy by 5/26/14 etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours near clear lighter near golden amber. Light tan head, loose and frothy. Leaves strands of low lacing and scattered bits.

Bold hoppy nose, pleasantly hoppy on the palate. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Nice fresh tasting "session" IPA. Well worth a try and I expect this will be enjoyed again and again. Went great with some cheddar and crusty bread.

Photo of reitzbrewing
2.06/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had a very citrus taste to the hops. Grapefruit? Not my style

Photo of bsp77
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with thick white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Very pungent, especially for the low abv.

Taste: Extremely hoppy with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and pine. Malts include cracker, biscuit and tea. The finish is somewhat bitter, with lots of spicy (pepper) and pine notes. Slightly tart as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body. Finish is crisp, dry and tart.

Overall: This is one of the better "Session IPAs" out there. Loads of flavor and not overly thin or astringent.

Photo of tuowl74a
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking for a quality, accessible, reasonably priced IPA with an alcohol content that allows me to function after drinking. I believe this is the one. This has everything I like in an IPA; it is hoppy, citrusy, and delicious. I can drink six while watching my favorite sporting events and still be relatively coherent after and during. A big thumbs up to Stone for ending my 40 year search.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden colored with excellent clarity. A half inch of white head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Intense and fresh grapefruit hop aroma greets me. The taste is bitter grapefruit hops. The bitterness is pretty long lasting after the fade. The mouth is a bit sticky,but less than expected for such an intensely flavorful brew.

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grassy, minty hops over light graham cracker and melon on the nose and the palate. Gold with a light haze under a 1” white foam cap that quickly descends to a thick film but produces good lace. Creamy medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sharp and juicy very hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront presence of citrus hop esters with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, peach, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin along with some earthy hints of grass. Soft background hints of malt with some hints of grains and cracker. Very hop forward and juicy.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very juicy and ripe hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus and dank pine. Upfront tropical citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Good notes of pine resin as well as grassy hop notes. Subtle pale malt background with some notes of grain and cracker. Nicely bitter and drying. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really good session West Coast IPA. Great juicy and dank hop flavors that almost make you forget your drinking something under 5%.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Feb 2015. Acquired recently from the Brewdog webshop. A Stone IPA with a reduced ABV for enhanced drinking!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of incredibly fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, citrus, white grape, mild melon, subtle pine, grass/hay, caramel malt and earthy yeast. Superb.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, white fruits, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and light body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus/pine and earthy yeast.

O: Fantastic as always - Stone have the Midas touch. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are sublimely hoppy. Citrus, pine and fruitiness backed up by subtle malt and yeast notes. Good body. A delight for the palate; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Go To IPA

Grrr . . .

Poured into pint glass

A: Ok, not to exciting though. Kinda looks like a adjunct lager with a glow (there's that glow)

S: Awesome ! Big floral hops on the nose, dandelions, pine needles

T: Pine and dandelions

M: Well done ! Smooth and good carbonation

O: My new "go to" as far as summer ipa's go. Tons of flavor while managing to keep the abv% to a minimum. Well done Stone (nods head) well done. This beer is better than my 4.18 rating. It loses points on the look and that's it !

Last thought . . . This beer is better than my 4.18 rating. Not sure how to tweek it though

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted snifter; clear golden orange with a fluffy clear-white head that fades after a bit into a thin ring of foam.
Smells awesome; tropical fruit, sweet citrus, pine and herbal. Super fresh smelling.
Taste follows smell perfectly; huge hop flavor. Fresh crisp grass, clean citrus, hefty pine/rind bitterness, and sweet tropical fruit. Can't believe how much flavor they packed into this beer.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
Overall, this is my first "session IPA" (hey, at least it's not as much of a misnomer as 'black IPA' is) and I feel like the next ones will have trouble living up to this one. Stone did an awesome job with this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just in time for the warmer weather, Stone's hoppy session ale, I will take it now and later. Look it's about time Stone went extreme with a session IPA abv 4.5% check, almost fizzy and yellow...check, and a new hop addition process, hop-bursted session IPA...check. All of the qualities I've been looking for in a beer, hop flavor without all of the miles on the hepatocytes (liver cells). This is the palest colored ale I've seen from Stone really bordering a shade or two darker than most fizzy yellow beers, bright white billowing head evenly dispersed head with some retention. Calorically speaking this could be my new diet beer, forget Michelob Ultra I will take the Stone Go To IPA when I try to lose extra lbs. Aromatics offer up some very pleasant hop notes dank citric notes, bitter pith, a hint of pine even some garlic notes, very pale mild biscuit malts give it an edge of bready malts in the background. Flavor wise, watered down IPA, but I can take it garlic/vegetal hop notes citric bitter lemon rinds with pale biscuit malts barely breaking through with any sweetness all the fermented sugars had to be converted into the minimal alcohol level this beer does have. I wonder what the original gravity was on this brew? Hop bursting is a success, hop flavor is here, light cereal grains a hint of alcohol and lingering bitterness in the finish it's a few notes of genius in each sip...we all seek complexity this is great for brushing your teeth with hop water, but for sustaining hophead cravings it's like taking a placebo...about 30% off my hop cravings have been met. Mouthfeel slightly textured with hop oils and mineral water carbonation comes off on the higher end due to the lighter bodied low carb hop head beer, this feels like. Overall, I will continue to drink it, it joins the rotation of Founders All Day IPA, and the Lagunitas DayTime IPA (which I haven't had yet)...Founders gets my nod so cans if I can find them.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pour an orangish-yellow body with a touch of haze and a quick carbonation of big bubbles that support a sticky snow white head.

S- The full mellow unripe fruit hops has some citrus pith aromas and is finished with a lighter pale malt sweetness that grows just a touch in the finish.

T- The juicy green hops has more unripe fruit with some woody pine notes and pith bitterness in the finish. The pungent hop bitterness flavor lingers and hangs in the back of the throat after each sip.

M- The slightly slippery mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice full hops flavor but they are pretty mellow and not that bright in flavor for the hops listed on the bottle. This was a nice beer but the pungent bitterness that hangs on in the aftertaste made this not very sessionable for me.

Photo of Auraan
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear amber yellow with a one finger white head that quickly receded to a ring of white foam. A nice looking light IPA appearance. Scents of citrus zest, grapefruit and pine resin upfront, with undertones of tropical fruit, orange, onion and cat urine and very faint hints of malt sweetness. A good West Coast IPA aroma profile, though nothing too out of the ordinary. Flavor is extremely bitter upfront, with pine resin and bitter citrus pith dominating. This moves into more forward flavors of bitter citrus pith and floral undertones with a bit less pine resin. Finish is again heavy on pine resin, along with bitter citrus pith and some floral notes. Aftertaste is bitter pine resin, citrus pith and faint floral notes. A very aggressively hop-forward flavor profile with no discernible malt flavors. Great if you love hops, particularly the varieties used in West Coast IPAs, terrible and undrinkable if you don't. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a watery feel. Expected and true to form for a session IPA. Overall this is an excellent session IPA for those who love West Coast versions of the style. The aroma and flavor profiles are top notch and allow the hop character to shine through without any malt getting in the way. The mouthfeel is light and makes this one go down easy as well. A treat for hop lovers, terrible for anyone else.

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized off white head ever so slowly settles down above a clear bright rich golden colored beer that is quite bubbly.

Light soapy pine aroma with hints of light citrus coming from this Stone offering.

Light pine blended well with light citrus style hops.

Drying aftertaste with light pine tastes sticking around with a nicer than average body on this medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting beer, but was expecting more coming from Stone.

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Go To is a bubbly bright medium-gold brew, very bright and clear, with a soft but strong nearly white head one finger in height. Retention is good, and it holds up for the duration, only slowly fading and never much. Lacing is left in a pretty thick ring where it settles and some patching below.
There's a nice, aromatic hops presence to this beer. It's not on the scale of some of Stone's rip-your-face-off beers, but it makes for a great IPA. Lots of citrus, some pine, floral notes and honey sweetness to balance make for good complexity in such a "light" version of the style. It's got lots of pulpy juiciness, and the honey (maybe a hint of caramel as well) balance some pith that wants to join in.
True, the same complexity is there deep down, but the flavor really showcases grapefruit. It's just pulpy, juicy, fresh grapefruit with flesh and peel and all. This has more grapefruit character, at least now while I'm drinking it, than Stone's Grapefruit Slam.
It's bright, crisp and clean while managing a firm medium body and doesn't give up smoothness on the palate into the clean finish.

Photo of Guess2814
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great American IPA!!! Nice bitter Hoppy taste to it... This beer has a distinct taste to it like no other beer.. This American IPA almost stands out on its own.. Love this beer.. Certainly one of my favorite American IPA's.. Stone definitely has to be on of the best brewer's and this beer compliments there art...

Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the perfect all day beer! Pours a clean crisp light color with just enough of an amber hue to set it apart from other light beers.
There was tons of hops in the nose, very pleasant , the grapefruit, the citrus, all the exciting attributes of a hoppy beer.

The taste was just as good as the aroma. Clean, crisp, good amount of hops, not over the top, but sparkled my mouth and tongue.

The aftertaste was as good as the start.. Clean and crisp, leaving a dry rewarding taste and just making you want another one!

Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, another awesome souvenir brought back for me by doktorzee from Sin City. From 'drink now', to 'drink a shitload of', I am indeed running the gamut of the Stone marketing department's idea sharts (sorry, I have an infant, and that word is in heavy rotation around here right now).

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy Ewok abode lace around the glass as things slowly move down, y'know, to where the kitchen is.

It smells of, well, dank pine and leafy resinous hops, musty orange, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus pith, bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, and a further herbal, weedy (yeah, that kind of weedy) hop bitterness. The taste is sharply bitter and acrid pine-cones and needles, perfectly denatured domestic citrus rind, a touch of that middle part of the pineapple that you normally cut out and discard, crackery pale malt, the ghost of compromised caramel, and more, kind of late-arriving herbal lemon notes.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, and just barely able to clock in for their measly paycheck, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps not so smooth, a normal gimmee, and yet this is a hill I'm willing to die on now, for some godforsaken reason - oh, right - the hops! It finishes rather dry, bitter, hoppy, and seemingly willing to corrupt my offspring.

Session IPAs are poised to push the venerable saison off its teetering pedestal as the beer style-du-jour. I'm of two worlds concerning this development - one, I lurve me my Alpha-rific hops, and could well do with them not making me speak in tongues after one freaking serving, and yet two, how is this just not a hopped-up APA? Comes down to meta wankery, I suppose, and my eyes are already drooping at the thought, and honey, it ain't the booze.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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