Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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very good

2,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 88
Gots: 711 | 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
Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity, smooth with a bit of a kick. Reminds me of southern tier 2x ipa.

Photo of sasky7777
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

City's nose and a dry mouthfeel. Intense hoppy citrus aroma and a hop forward flavour. A new favorite

Photo of kculrich
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Hazy orange, small foamy white head bubbles down quickly leaving minimal lacing. S: tropical fruit, grassy vanilla and dope. T: grapefruit and burnt string, slightly dank, moderately bitter. F: a little sticky, moderate-heavy carbonation. O: pretty excellent little session IPA, nothing earth shaking but OTOH I could easily slay a dozen of these after mowing the lawn.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bit of green onion at times, but pretty good.

Photo of Phillip13
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent IPA with a fruity taste and a smooth after taste.

Photo of jzlyo
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is signature Stone dank/grassy hops and pine/citrus. The flavor is dank hops, fruit, citrus, malts, grapefruit/light tropical fruit and a long and bitter finish. Not as thin in body as other session IPAs, among the best in the 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 Erikberglund
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very easy drinking IPA just not enough body for me. Very hoppy for the low ABV though.

Photo of FFreak
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked up a pretty fresh sixer at Trader Joes for somewhere in the $10 range. Poured into a tall tulip. A nice slightly hazy bright golden color with a small pure-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a thin ring and no lace. Aroma is of herbs, spice, citrus and a hint of dank. Taste is also spicy citrus with some cannabis and a medium but somewhat sharp bitterness. Mouth feel is thin, causing the up front flavors to dissipate quickly leaving only bitterness. Overall, as far as session IPAs go, this is a good one. I'm just still finding it hard to embrace the style mostly due to the thin body.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

San Francisco, CA - 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mostly pine on the nose. A bitter punch in the face. Faint grapefruit on the finish.

Photo of 95Pirate
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with 2 fingers of stiky, white foam. Great nose on this one - some tropical fruit, but mostly dank pine and citrus. Light weight, and very crisp and creamy. Dankness and a buttload of pine up front on the taste, with some tropical fruit notes here and there. Those wonderful hops set in near middleways, and stick around after all's said and done. Finishes a little dry and leaves a taste in your mouth that might remind you of your college days.

The only complaint I have with this beer is that once it starts warming up, it gets a bit oniony. Drink it cold and you'll be good.

Photo of SFACRKnight
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to odell tulip
pours deep gold, thin white head retrrats to 1/8 in persistant tight white head.
Nose has a touch of citrus, and a ton of onion.
flavor follows. No malt to speak of, big onion presence.

Photo of beerboy21
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like I just opened a large vacuum-sealed bag of pellitized hops. Hops stand on top of the malt. A good "hop delivery vehicle".

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

very thin and not hoppy enough for me...

not bad given the style...but not my style

Photo of chaseparker9
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty light but good IPA that could be sipped on for awhile.

Photo of Caj1
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the Stone Sampler 12-pack at my local neighborhood Brookshire's (awesome!) and knew I had to have it. This is the first of the batch.

Pours a lovely copper-gold with a hint of haze and excellent carbonation, thoigh head retention left something to be desired and the foam has a soapsuds appearance. Lacing is on the smaller side of moderate.

Smell is huge lemon zest with a big undercurrent of pine. Their "hop-bursting" technique is in full force. Not much malt to speak of, and those qualities translate over to the flavor as well.

Huge flavors of grapefruit and lemon with pleasant bitterness and grass/pine notes underneath. I do prefer my IPAs to have more body, but the big hops flavor helps make the compromise between light session and full bodied IPA. This also has a nice sweetness as the small amount of malt matures on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and light, and they really nailed the refreshing session beer quality.

This is a nice way to start off a hot summer evening and is definitely a great way to get your hops fix without the heavy malt feel of a full IPA. Though I'm not a big fan of session beers, this one does it quite well.

To good health and good beer.

Photo of theBIRD
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grapefruit and pine smell. Grapefruit taste. Low alcohol content ( hence the session IPA labeling)

Photo of smaddock
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much pine overwhelms the other flavors

Photo of Zaktcc
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very opaque orange color. A finger head with some retention.
S - Overwhelming aroma of pine with hints of citrus. Very straightforward scent.
T - Fairly bitter taste with hints of grapefruit. Overall tastes very herbal and "grassy".
M - Light bodied with slight feel of carbonation.
O - An alright beer with a unique distinct flavor.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden body, slow effervescence, half inch of bone white head. Lovely aroma. Huge hop nose. Wonderfully fresh flavor. Light in body without being watery. A solid beer. This will certainly be a "go to" for me in the future.

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Some pine and citrus, but not much. Also not much in the way of bitterness. A rather meh session IPA.

Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stone Brewing 'Go to IPA' @ 4.2% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $18 (ouch)
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a yellow/gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a a streaky lace along the pint
S-floral & fruity , no pine
T-crisp & clean tasting session IPA , such a bittersweet swallow
MF-mild carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-just an ok beer , weak session IPA for the PNW
prost LampertLand

Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly less than two fingers worth of late to develop off white colored airy froth with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to a full thick veil of lacing that turns a bit creamier as it settles... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... The color is a pale golden yellow... The aroma is dominated by bitter grapefruit and lemon zest... There is an additional layer of earthy and grassy notes... There is little or no malt backbone to be found... The aroma carries through to the palate... Lots of bitterness, very little malt... Slightly pungent with a lot of earthiness... There is a slightly metallic character as well... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Rather sturdy... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent... A solid Session IPA... Sort of a one trick pony... A little malt backbone would go a long way to solidifying this as an excellent brew... As it is, it's decent but something that I'll likely opt to pass on in the future when given the opportunity...

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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