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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,869 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 202 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

California

1.81/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I've been on a sessionable IPA kick lately, and greatly enjoy Daytime IPA from Lagunitas, a beer that is low in ABV, hoppy, balanced, and very drinkable. I was looking forward to trying Stone's entry into the sessionable IPA arena. What a disappointment! This beer (or at least the batch I got) suffers from a serious case of isovaleric acid off flavor. Isovaleric acid compounds are usually due to using stale or poorly stored hops, and result in off flavors best described as "cheesy". Sadly this is the dominant flavor and aroma on offer here - nasty, stale cheese. Not pleasant in the least, and definitely not what I expected. Drain pour I'm afraid.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:32:00 | More by od_sf
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Givemebeer

Vermont

1.85/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Clear straw golden nice carbonation and head. pretty.

S: Citrusy and a bit tropical

T: WOW straight garlic onions. I thought i put 10 raw onions in my mouth. Just nasty. I've never understood people saying they taste onion in beer now I do. Just disgusting.

M: Light bodied as expected.

O: A uniquely horrible experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:16:13 | More by Givemebeer
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Yadab


2/5  rDev -49.6%

06-27-2014 05:41:39 | More by Yadab
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sweemzander

Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.6%

04-21-2014 23:03:54 | More by sweemzander
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.6%

07-12-2014 21:27:53 | More by Hoptoudrop
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demosixt

Texas

2/5  rDev -49.6%

04-20-2014 23:20:22 | More by demosixt
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jayrutgers

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -49.6%

04-03-2014 13:43:22 | More by jayrutgers
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GriswoldR3

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -49.6%

07-04-2014 02:48:54 | More by GriswoldR3
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ifixufly

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

04-24-2014 20:51:25 | More by ifixufly
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thefluker

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

07-02-2014 23:07:35 | More by thefluker
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thereal_adam

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

06-04-2014 01:27:29 | More by thereal_adam
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jbierling

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

06-21-2014 21:24:16 | More by jbierling
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SteveB24

New York

2.43/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

appearance; light straw, decent amount of white head. lots of bubbles

smell; citrus, some light herbs as well

taste; hints of herb and citrus, and an overwhelming bitter flavor.

mouthfeel; very dry, light body.

overall; way too bitter, and almost nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 05:38:44 | More by SteveB24
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drone

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-13-2014 01:40:46 | More by drone
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MaltGoblin

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-22-2014 00:11:50 | More by MaltGoblin
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Jenessa

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37%

06-01-2014 22:58:26 | More by Jenessa
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gwiedman1

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37%

04-12-2014 19:09:08 | More by gwiedman1
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -37%

03-28-2014 00:14:00 | More by Beerlover
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ThirstySavage

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -37%

03-07-2014 01:00:20 | More by ThirstySavage
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Every1sgrudge

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving: Poured into a tulip from the bottle because I wasn't wasting my chalice on this beer.

Appearance: Best attribute of this beer, orange-gold-yellowish hues, half inch head with great retention (I hate a lot of foam) with nice resilient lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, piney, citral, and floral. How some of these people can detect all sorts of malts is beyond me.

Taste: Just like it smells, hoppy, bitter, piney, citral, and floral. It tastes like a bitter grapefruit juice. I don't detect any malts in my mouth either.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, drinks easy like a light beer, but has strong flavors.

Overall: Whereas I like Stone and have come to find their signature taste pleasing I do not like this beer and wouldn't purchase it again. I think some people develop loyal followings and rate high because of that. I can't see how this beer deserves such high marks. It's way more citral, floral, bitter, and hoppy than a beer with this low ABV should be. Think Ruination but with an off-putting pledge after taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 21:15:52 | More by Every1sgrudge
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Maryobeerian

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I love Stone Brewing Co,. so perhaps I am being a bit harsh in my assessment which is unimpressed. Poured into a pint glass, no head whatsoever. The color is a light honey, diluted caramel. Not much for the nose expect some distant pine. Front of mouth is fairly tasteless with a little fizz and the finish is tarry pine on the roof of my mouth. Not much else going on. Seems to me the marketing department said they should do a session beer and this is what we got -- certainly not a labor of love and I won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:49:07 | More by Maryobeerian
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RLA51

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not an IPA. I understand the marketing attraction of "session IPAs", but honestly, an IPA is a certain style of beer that has certain characteristics - high ABV and substantial mouthfeel being two important ones that this, and other so-called "session IPAs", do not possess. Why not just call it a heavily late-hopped Pale Ale? That would be more genuine than affixing the letters IPA to this brew, which is nothing close to an IPA.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy golden pour.

Aroma: Definitely strong hop aromas. Some citrus and fruit, but primarily (overwhelmingly) grassy/piney.

Flavor: Bitterness is good. A bit too heavy on the grass. No malt flavor at all, which can be acceptable in an IPA but this beer has no backbone at all, so the lack of any malt flavor doesn't help.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy (not good descriptors for an IPA). Should be more substantial and creamy. Lesser ABV beers (Uinta Baba Black Lager, Goose Island 312) have a better mouthfeel - so low ABV is not an acceptable reason.

Overall: An interesting and innovative brew. I applaud Stone for thinking outside the box. However, I think they should also think outside the box with their marketing - don't jump on the low ABV IPA bandwagon by trying to call this an IPA, because it just isn't. Be innovative in your marketing as well as your brewing. I would not buy this again - if I want an IPA, I want a real IPA...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 04:37:01 | More by RLA51
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Dduquette

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

03-13-2014 20:38:40 | More by Dduquette
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Rborre321

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-06-2014 20:38:48 | More by Rborre321
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Pestin

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-27-2014 20:29:33 | More by Pestin
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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.