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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

388 Reviews
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Reviews: 388
Hads: 3,161
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.41%
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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Photo of ManicMantid
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am truly grateful for this beer. Best session beer ever. As someone previously stated, Stone is "f*** you" to balance. Well, that's not entirely fair to say, but bless them for the times that they are. I don't want balance, I don't want malt. I want hops. This beer is crisp, effervescent, honest from glorious-start-to-shining-finish hops. No sweet ending from too much alcohol to spoil the fun. Herbs, grass, citrus, sunshine fill the mouth and soul. I imagine myself running in slow motion, Sound of Music style, through a hop vineyard on a sunny Willamette Valley day, a wreath of wild chamomile adorning my head. Green everywhere, save for some wild daisies scattered about.

A refreshing summer brew, a soothing nightcap. Low alcohol so I can enjoy it any time. I am grateful. Screw balance. Call me unsophisticated, but my love affair with IPAs started with Bridgeport plenty of years ago and I've "evolved" to desire less and less 'balance' over time. I want a malt rating added to beer labels. I want mandatory dating on bottles. I'm sick of having to take my chances with beers that have gothic-sounding names/labels and promise to deliver some transcending hop experience. I want IBUs to mean something to my palate.

I love everything about this beer. As for balanced, complex beers...bah! I chew hop flowers and suck pine needles for pleasure.

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Photo of 95Pirate
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe this is a session IPA! Tastes and smells bigger. I gave this 5's because I've never has a session IPA that taste and smells like a 7% 'er but you can slam. Huge citrus notes! Awesome job Stone!

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Photo of buddyCPFOM
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know it seems ridiculous to rate anything 5/5, but I absolutely love this IPA. I'm forever embarrassing myself drinking a higher gravity beer. The description "admittedly" sacrifices flavor for a lower ABV. Not to me. Super piney. Tastes and smells like weed, actually. Ha. I often find double and imperial IPAs to be too sweet. This is perfect. Hoppy and dry. It's hard to catch a buzz drinking it, but that's what whiskey's for. Cheers!

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Photo of eduardostewart
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

love this ipa. great for a few after work or half a case to get loaded on the weekend. not a "heavy" brew so you can have a few. a bit piney and good amount of bitterness. this is my default brew

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Photo of awayne56
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a hazy yellow. Maybe a two finger white head, slow retention, decent lacing
Smell - citrus fruit bowl!
Taste - beware you need to be a true hopheadto like this one! In your face hop bitterness with no malt rescue. Initial taste andaftertaste is hop forward.Best way to describe the finish is dry with a bitter bite like an orange or lemon peel. I love it.
Feel - a little thin but not a bad thing. In a way, light enough feel for summer but enough hop spice for fall.
Overall: Love this. Most brews with 4.5 ABV taste like kool-aid to me. This one has the flavor personality of a much higher ABV.
HIghly recommended if you love the hop forward attributes!

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Photo of scotchbeer
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Less hoppy than the regular IPA but more refreshing, a nice pine taste, a bit more fruity, not as full body and complex. Almost exactly like Russian River's Pliny the Elder, which rated 100 here. I give this Stone Go To IPA 100 overall.

Absolutely world class!

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Photo of DaltonC
4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 6 pack from Chuck's hop shop downtown Seattle. Bottled less than 2 weeks ago.

A: Fantastic, like enjoy by, very clear very light, poured into a Dogfish Heaed IPA glass, decent carbonation. 1 finger thick creamy white head. Looks beautiful.

S: WOW, FRESH HOPS, similar to enjoy by, fruity, citrusy, grapefruit. Smells great, just a very fresh clean grapefruit hoppy nose.

T: This is a fantastic IPA, and ONLY 4.5% my god the only thing that is holding me back from consuming a 6 pack of this daily this summer is the price....$13 for a sixer..?? The taste is fantastic, there's a breadiness off the bat followed by hops/grapefruit/orange, taste similar to enjoy by.

M: Perfect, just the right amount of carbonation. Not to heavy and not too light. I am a golfer and usually I will bring out a sixer of torpedo or even Stone's IPA, and after 2-3 they just get so bitter and as they warm up its just almost uncomfortable to drink. But these babies are so smooth and light yet so flavorful it's amazing. I am definitely getting that onion/garlic breadiness that enjoy by has. This is a great beer Stone I am wowed.

10/10, best session IPA out there. Bring it on Easy Jack.

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Photo of bobhits
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I have two ways of thinking on a beer review. What was the goal and did they meet it. The other being do I love this beer? With Stone Go to IPA they're naming it something pretty darn epic. A beer that I should ALWAYS go to? That's lofty. Add in they want this to be session worth and be an IPA? Founders did an ok job with all day ipa, it was good, not great. However stone already makes one of the best damn beers under 5% with Levitation so can they make a hoppier and better version?

Well, I'll end the suspense. This is hands down the best beer under 5% I've ever had. This beer is simply amazing. Exploding "bursts" of grape fruit hops, so amazingly fruity with just enough malt to keep it from during and without so much bitterness as to turn to beer into a bittery water mix.

The amazingly clean golden body....creamy mouth feel.

Look, I could write more but here's all a review needs to say. This is very possibly my favorite beer not named bourbon county stout and without a doubt my new go to beer. It's not a 10% super complex monster. It's just an amazing beer that I can have many of without losing control and it's so amazingly tasty I just might do that often!

Stone....you have made up for the total utter SHIT beers that raped my wallet called Crime and Punishment. And I'll be honest, I didn't think that was possible!.

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Photo of flixjones303
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Didn't check best by date. Fantastic clarity. Huge tropical and pine hop aroma. Strong bitterness and excellent hop flavor. Slightly thin, but that tends to come with the style. Amazing beer.

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Photo of drh20s
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong hops flavor with low EtOH makes this a great summer beer. It has a unique citrus flavor. On opening there was very little "pffft" which resulted in a small head on pouring into a frozen beer glass. It's one of my favorite IPAs so far...

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Photo of WOBrewstraveler
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious, fruit-forward, light IPA. Enjoyed out of the bottle. It poured very clear into the glass, almost a pilsner light. The mouthfeel was also light, but as that fits super-well with the style, so I like it. The kind of beer to have when I'm having ... anything, really. The flavor is mostly citrus, with some light grassiness for good measure. Hoppy, but not overly bitter. I would get this again, for sure, would like to find on tap.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Vintage: 2014
Appearance: Transparent Golden Straw; White, bubbly head; Zero Lace
Smell: Dank; Pine; Nectarine; Resinous
Taste: Dank; Pine; Peach; Orange Rind; Lingering bitterness
Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation; light body; Hollow middle ground; resinous finish
Overall: Really good SIPA; The hop-bursting is apparent in the aroma and flavour complexity

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served: On tap.

Appearance: Transparent amber, 1 inch head faded to lacing after a few minutes

Smell: VERY fragrant hops - citrus and floral. My favorite part of this beer.

Taste: Medium bitterness for an IPA. Much less bitter than I was expected based on the smell. Aftertaste fades pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation and very little thickness give a very crisp feel. On a hot day it's refreshing, on a cold night it's watery.

Overall: Great refreshing IPA! Actually doesn't suffer too much from being low ABV.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great color, great taste! Goes down smooth and leaves one feeling like having another one. I would highly recommended this beer as it is pure Hoppiness!

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Photo of Genuine
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass on a hot summer day.

Beer poured a very nice golden, with a touch of amber. A white sudsy 1.5-2 finger head sat on top.

Aroma - The resulting head and carbonation really gives the hops from this beer their time to shine. From opening the bottle I could revel in the glorious fragrance. This may be a low ABV IPA, but a Stone IPA, none the less.

Taste - From the strong nose, the flavors carry over quite nicely. This one doesn't let you down as the hops have a rounded out flavor where the other session IPA's are lacking. It has the high citrus bright hops, and the low dank hop notes that are desirable in an IPA. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation with this brew, and allows the hops to showcase their stuff. On the light side but full flavor.

Overall - Of all the session IPA's, this is my favorite. This is exactly what a session IPA should be. Bravo.

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Photo of earinc
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is simply one of the most sessionable sessions in session history. Hoppier than many non-session IPAs. Citrusy, acidic, bight hops, up front and in back. No malt balance -- screw that. Probably the best sub-5% APV beer I've ever had. I want to marry it. As usual, Stone delivers.

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Photo of slugman
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding color and smell if you like hops and fruit. I have been waiting for this consistency for a long time. Others want more alcohol, but as it is a "go to" session beer, I have no problem with the 4.7. I do have an issue with the price. It is $10 a six pack? Maybe the hops are expensive, but it seems high for low alcohol content. However, it is a GREAT refreshing brew for those of us wanting crazy citrus flavor and a satisfying, non metal aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.5% ABV, Enjoy by 05/21/14

A - Bright pale golden yellow in color, Go To IPA is a perfectly clear beer that foams up with a tall white head, which leaves sheet after sheet of lacing left on the pint glass!

S - Abundant in refreshing, vibrant hop aromatics, Stone's Go To IPA overflows with a citrus and tropical fruit injection of ripe tangerines, lemon oil, white grapes, balled mango, and apricot jam spread across a toasted English muffin. Perfection!

T - Light pale malt makes for a simple base that steps out of the way for the lovely lupulin-filled hops to do their thing but, while the aroma bursts with hops, the flavor is just a bit more subdued. Grassy undertones compliment the lemony presence that's haunted by the ghosts of the tropical fruit aromatics.

M - A kiss of honey flavor leaves some sweetness lingering across the tongue but the showcase of Go To IPA is it's sessionability; crisp, clean, and smooth, this IPA bows out with light dry hop bitterness that finishes with perfection.

O - Stone's love for the lupulin knows no bounds; I'm just surprised it's taken one of the masters of the hop this long to make a session IPA! Stone certainly perfected the beer before unleashing it, however. From it's bright, aromatic hop nose to the incredibly sessionable taste and crisp, drinkable body, Stone Go To IPA can certainly be one of my go-to session IPAs!

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

BJCP 2014 14B American IPA
Date says enjoy by 7/8/14, 4.5% ABV
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Perfect Pint glass
Appearance: medium golden, full frothy head, 2 fingers, very clear
Smell: fruity, piney, resinous, awesome
Taste: medium floral hop, holds well on the tongue (resinous), very light caramel
Mouthfell: medium body
Overall: lovey session beer, would buy again and again. super fresh taste. some better beers in this category out there but they are hard to get.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by 5/14/14

Appearance: hazy straw yellow color. Finger of head on the pour and present while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Blast of floral hops, citrus and tropical fruits, and some musty hops as well. Big dank body with tones of lingering bright tropical fruity hops win out in the end. Just a touch of caramel malt picked up on the back end.

Taste: Slammed right away with saturated citrus, earthy dank hops, and bright tropical fruit tones. The body is continuing waves of various hop profiles highlighted on the nose. An unrelenting hop attack. Little to no malt presence.

Mouthfeel: The bright hops open up the palate and continue to wash over the palate long after drinking. Bitterness is extremely light, sweetness wins out on the mouthfeel.

Overall: For me, this is one of the finest executed beers based on the brewers intentions (which explains my 5 for overall). Stone wanted the hoppiest, most flavorful session beer ever and that is exactly what they pulled off. This beer isn't meant to be balanced, its a session hop bomb. Tip of the hat to you Stone, this is a masterpiece.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%

I really enjoyed this session IPA. It is smooth and crisp with bright notes of pine and grapefruit and keeps that dankness all stone beers have. Definitely a winner and a great beer to have a few!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This will be a nice year round offering from Stone.

The taste is a hop bomb, with very little malt characters. Mango, peach on the aroma. The taste is just that with that pine greatness. I don't get much grapefruit, but a slight taste as the beer warms. This beer has come out during the Session IPA explosion. I rank this one near the top.

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Photo of Pursuit_of_Hoppiness
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great from Stone. Definitely my go to beer, I love the fact that they were able to fully deliver on the hop character, which is absolutely perfect as this beer comes in at just 4.5%. This is an all occasion beer and I like to have several pints because of the low abv. Enjoy!

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Photo of Ipaupaweallpa
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Hesitated trying for a while due to lower reviews and low abv. It is really good. Tastes like lighter version of enjoy by to me. Has those mango grapefruit notes that enjoy by blasts out that ipa and ruin lack, but a little more subtle /watered down. Very good.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and refreshing. Aptly named. Pours a bright yellow, well-carbonated, persistent fuzz. Smells amazing, like grapefruit and pine. Smooth mouthfeel, clean finish. Citrus hops dominate. Aptly-named, good session beer.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.