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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 330 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014)
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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.

withliterature, Apr 16, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Pro_Magnon, Today at 03:03 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

greenspointexas, Today at 01:53 AM
Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer- pale gold with a very big persistent head with great lacing. Big lemony and grapefruit citrus hop smell. Taste is big on hops and lacking on malt. Not surprising since this a session IPA. Unbalanced, but if you love hops maybe that's a good thing? Pretty light bodied for an IPA, which again I think is intentional. Very drinkable. Overall a very good sessionable hoppy ale.

burnstar, Monday at 10:32 PM
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3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a white head. Aroma and Taste is citrus, a big blast of grapefruit pine aroma hits your senses but mellows out a bit, there is some grass and pale malt as well, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, carbonation is there but mild. Finishes with a bit of floral, grapefruit pine, pale malt and mild bitterness. Not a very bitter brew and although its a session style brew the aroma seemed a bit overwhelming, an ok brew overall.

Samp01, Monday at 08:01 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

beb86, Monday at 05:36 AM
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3.24/5  rDev -18.2%

Washuffizi98, Monday at 03:40 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

thgreatrandini, Monday at 12:23 AM
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Kyle424, Sunday at 10:20 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

d_brommer_nh, Saturday at 09:39 PM
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3.84/5  rDev -3%

BillCheck, Saturday at 04:31 AM
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11/16/14. A little over a month old.

A: Super light body. 1 finger head with ok retention.

S: Aroma is the best part about this one. Smells great. Probably dry hopped the hell out of it.

T: Honestly reminds me of Enjoy By a little, just a light version. Lemon, grass, pine, mango from the hops. Very light malt backbone.

F: For a session IPA, the feel is better than most.

O: I hate the session IPA concept, but I wanted to at least try this once. It's the best session IPA I've had. But I'd rather be drinking their IPA.

hoppytobehere, Friday at 11:57 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

mpenske, Friday at 05:43 AM
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3.24/5  rDev -18.2%

anthony-martinez, Friday at 03:34 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +14.1%

BradColeman, Friday at 12:15 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Sensei04, Thursday at 02:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DerekCarruth, Sep 25, 2014
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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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