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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,568
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 438 | 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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3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pine, strong floral hops, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of strong piney hops, pine, hint of citrus, hint of floral, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, strong aroma, simple aroma and body, but fresh and the lack of alcohol makes for a really good beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill, PA. Let's see hoe this panes out. Looks good.

Appearance: Poured a mild, yellow, with a hazy body, hardly opaque. Some carbonation bubbles are noticeable, leaves behind a decent half-inch head and leaves behind good lacing that follows almost all the way down. Quite good.

Smell: Heavy flush of hops that are definitely inviting and delicious. Grapefruit and more citrus aroma is overwhelming, but in a good way. I notice some grass and pine-like but something that adds character and balance.

Taste: First sips I notice some citrus-hops that are delicious. Red, ripe citrus and pleasant grass. Orange, pineapple and some slight hints of caramel malts are noticed. Some late-arriving lemon peel is also noticed. Balances the sweet with the citrus. Overall, good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some good carbonation and somewhat dry-finish. Good, but seems to be missing something, but nothing major.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was looking for a good session IPA and I think I may have found the perfect brew. Goes down somewhat smooth, but lower ABV makes it totally drinkable. Very surprised with this lower ABV that the flavor is so full and pure. Would love to have this brew on-tap and would have again...and again and would definitely recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown bottle into Tulip glass.

A: Pours a bright golden color. Thin white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Fresh. Citrus. Fruits. Sweet malts. Pungent grass.

T/M: Not unlike the smell. Fruity citrus. Bitter hops. Sweet malts. The balance is just fair. Grassy grains. Crisp. Light bodied. Clean aftertaste.

O: Excellent session IPA. The low ABV makes for easy drinking and the taste is filled with enough hops to make me happy. Light but flavorful. Not the best balanced beer, hops are the stand out ingredient. This is not much of a problem with he lightness of the beer.


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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,568 ratings.