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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 41
Gots: 322 | 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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Pours a perfectly clear light golden color with a one finger creamy white head. Big hops aroma with pineapple, honey, grapefruit, citrus peel, grass. Flavor is light malts stuck behind bright grassy hops with notes of citrus peel and pineapple throughout. Medium bitter. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation, finishing slightly dry. Probably the best of the light IPAs.

BMMillsy, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Ginepiece, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bkrbdan, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

beerfinder, May 02, 2014
Photo of discharmingly
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

discharmingly, May 02, 2014
Photo of Greels
4/5  rDev +1%

Greels, May 02, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DeanMoriarty, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

toucanslam, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kbrown, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mvanwoerm, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

spark3148857, May 01, 2014
Photo of Guess2814
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great American IPA!!! Nice bitter Hoppy taste to it... This beer has a distinct taste to it like no other beer.. This American IPA almost stands out on its own.. Love this beer.. Certainly one of my favorite American IPA's.. Stone definitely has to be on of the best brewer's and this beer compliments there art...

Guess2814, May 01, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looked great in the glass and smelled amazing. Taste was basically pine, hop bitterness, and straw. Light mouthfeel. I'm generally a huge fan of Stone and their beers, but this one just wasn't for me. It smelled wonderful, but everything else was just too light for my tastes. I guess once you've had Ruination, its hard to accept anything less.

tmm313, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

JimBNP, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jackz29, Apr 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Ronart7, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

AlexChillton, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JDCannon, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

WeymouthMike, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kell50, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of rangerred
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dirty dark yellow with just a tiny fizzy white head. No lacing and pretty poor head retention.

Aroma is an awesome juicy tropical fiesta! Huge punch of mango and tangerine that is absolutely mouthwatering. I can't really detect any malt but that is to be expected in a light session beer.

The flavor is just as great as the aroma. Tons of tropical fruit in abundance with a huge hop bitterness. The juiciness is just incredible and really makes up for the lack of malt and body. Bitterness continues through the finish.

Overall, I really love this beer. An awesome session IPA with great hop character. Unfortunately, the price is a bit steep to make it truly sessionable.

rangerred, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

IdrinkGas, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kmlund, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bnjmnlws, Apr 29, 2014
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.