Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by spoony:
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-02-2014 03:34:19 | More by spoony
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3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-17-2014 21:09:36 | More by oberon
3.61/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-16-2014 21:16:19 | More by withliterature
3.99/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-23-2014 19:06:28 | More by lordofthewiens
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
04-03-2014 23:43:14 | More by Beaver13
3.99/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-21-2014 23:17:58 | More by Billolick
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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