Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.09/5 rDev +3%
Enjoy by 5/26/14.
Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and has a great hop presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.
03-10-2014 05:01:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.81/5 rDev -4%
With the hop presence that is classic "Stone" but with the dry body to make any IPA proud, this near-session IPA is leading the way to change the landscape of American ale. Is this the new American Pale Ale?
With a golden "beery" tint, this otherwise seemingly Selzer appearance is light, crystal clear and highly effervescent. Nearly mistaken for champagne, only an arid a fluffy white cap says otherwise. Its surprising long retention and smattering of lace say that this is one well made ale.
Its bright and citrusy aromatics start with the pungent character of grapefruit. Lacking the juicy character of ripe red citrus, the scent prefers the more piquant white versions- peels, pulp, pith and all. Its citrus upstart is laced with the scent of pleasant leaf, grass and pine. With little malt backbone to speak of, only a wafer-thin honey and caramel cameo appearance is noticed.
Much the same in taste, its thin malt flavor skirts right along the tongue and evaporates off the palate. What ensues is a wallop of hop flavor. White grapefruit character offers a tangy acidity that develops rapidly toward a resinous bitterness of pine, fresh-cut grass and herbal cannabis- in true Stone fashion.
Its clean and refreshing palate makes quick work dancing along the taste buds- that ample carbonation pulls the beer from the mouth and ushers in a quick and minerally finish with minimal warmth and slight hop-derived astringency.
Its a marvel of a beer and one that can be taken down with a few quick drinks. But with its light alcohol content, I think I'll have another.
03-10-2014 17:17:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.61/5 rDev -9.1%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, yellow-toned body with a medium-small, white head.
Smell: Citric fruitiness, a little sliver of melon. Pine, florals. Maltiness is modest, just a little lightly toasted grain.
Taste: Nominal malts with a little grainy dough kick and a minimal, initial sweetness. Citrus, with a tropical fruity bent to it and steely pine. Medium-plus bitterness. Growing acidity as the lingering, accumulating bitterness which develops into the drying, citric, grassy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium plus carbonation.
Overall: Black, White and Session IPA's. Where do IPA's go from here?
05-30-2014 20:12:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev -1%
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
3.34/5 rDev -15.9%
Served in a tumbler.
Another "session IPA"? Jesus, is 1% ABV really that necessary to trim from our beers, guys? Anyway, off of my soapbox, this stuff pours a lightly hazy golden brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel-drizzled biscuit, lime zest, pine resin, grass, and light menthol. The taste brings in more of the same, the lime, grapefruit, resin, and menthol combining for that characteristic Stone assault on the tastebuds. Fuck you, balance, I guess, but, hey, Stone's done good work with that mentality in the past, so what the hell do I know? Here, though, there's not enough to balance out any of the hops' attack, so it just comes across as too much for no real reason. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough IPA, but the hops here just go too far for the beer's own good, a position I've found myself in somewhat often lately when it's come to Stone...
07-29-2014 04:07:24 | More by TMoney2591
4.24/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz bottle, another awesome souvenir brought back for me by doktorzee from Sin City. From 'drink now', to 'drink a shitload of', I am indeed running the gamut of the Stone marketing department's idea sharts (sorry, I have an infant, and that word is in heavy rotation around here right now).
This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy Ewok abode lace around the glass as things slowly move down, y'know, to where the kitchen is.
It smells of, well, dank pine and leafy resinous hops, musty orange, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus pith, bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, and a further herbal, weedy (yeah, that kind of weedy) hop bitterness. The taste is sharply bitter and acrid pine-cones and needles, perfectly denatured domestic citrus rind, a touch of that middle part of the pineapple that you normally cut out and discard, crackery pale malt, the ghost of compromised caramel, and more, kind of late-arriving herbal lemon notes.
The bubbles are pretty sedate, and just barely able to clock in for their measly paycheck, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps not so smooth, a normal gimmee, and yet this is a hill I'm willing to die on now, for some godforsaken reason - oh, right - the hops! It finishes rather dry, bitter, hoppy, and seemingly willing to corrupt my offspring.
Session IPAs are poised to push the venerable saison off its teetering pedestal as the beer style-du-jour. I'm of two worlds concerning this development - one, I lurve me my Alpha-rific hops, and could well do with them not making me speak in tongues after one freaking serving, and yet two, how is this just not a hopped-up APA? Comes down to meta wankery, I suppose, and my eyes are already drooping at the thought, and honey, it ain't the booze.
03-27-2014 04:53:33 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Pours with total clarity and a thick off-white head. Nose is bursting with hops, at first, but calms down a bit soon after. Flavor is not as boisterous as I would have liked, I suppose. Earthy hops with resin in there as well. Consistent and lasting. Personally, I like it with a good bit more punch. But for a casual beer, and a session ale, it's pretty good.
03-10-2014 22:18:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out very well-balanced. There’s a strong fruity citrus sweetness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering. The malt character is on the thinner side but is exactly where you typically find it in a “Session IPA”. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.
O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to pound down for a long time.
04-16-2014 02:32:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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