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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,069 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,069
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 40
Gots: 286 | 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 that¹s 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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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-21-2014 23:15:44 | More by kybeerdrinker
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sweemzander

Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.5%

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

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-21-2014 21:27:22 | More by Jut
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Beeahluvah

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-21-2014 14:34:29 | More by Beeahluvah
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DM1293

California

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

This one was really quite...different. When I first smelled this brew I was overwhelmed with a citrusy/grapefruit scent, with intermixed notes of some malts and hop. Honestly I was expecting it to be in reverse. It also looked good, with a shiny golden coloration. Decent head, little lacing to be had.

The taste, however, was nothing like the smell. It was still good mind you, the citrus and hops were all there and it had an excellent body; not too sticky or cloying. In fact, what bitterness I got from the hops was prominent yet quickly subdued. It's not like Ruination where the hop wrecks your palate, but more like a subdued variant of their regular IPA. As it warmed, the citrus notes weren't as prominent.

Overall, I consider this beer much like their Levitation. It's not their usual M.O. of palate-wrecking or boldness, but a very crisp, clean IPA. Refreshing for the warm weather, and an excellent alternative to their standard IPA.

04-21-2014 10:11:19 | More by DM1293
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-21-2014 03:31:39 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Enjoy date 5/21/14. Poured into a chalice.

Stone knows how to make a beer smell good! Great flavor and a huge spectacular aroma for a 4.5 ABV beer. I congratulate Stone for embracing the session IPA idea. I still wish I could call “Enjoy By” a session beer, but this brew has some of that beer’s characteristics in an ABV package that is conducive to multiples. 4.25

A – Pours a clear pale yellow with a one-finger white head (a little rocky), average lacing. 3.75

S – Apricot and grapefruit hoppiness, sweetness. 4.75

T – Starts smooth and malty transitioning into a faint honey, finishing with a bitter citrus rind and resinous hops. 4.25

MF – Medium light bodied, good carbonation is felt on the palate, a dry finish. 4.25

04-21-2014 03:09:51 | More by Sludgeman
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djgustafson

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-21-2014 02:58:35 | More by djgustafson
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-21-2014 00:44:22 | More by Boozecamel
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-20-2014 23:23:05 | More by BUNZILLA
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demosixt

Texas

2/5  rDev -49.5%

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

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: huge floral hop nose, fruity, citrus, pineapple

T: quite bitter west coast hop flavors, cascade hops, grapefruit peel and pine

M: light bodied and thin with high carbonation

O: very flavorful and smells great

04-20-2014 21:03:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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GatorBeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-20-2014 20:52:32 | More by GatorBeer
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-20-2014 19:43:34 | More by Beestin
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plinythederek

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-20-2014 19:37:45 | More by plinythederek
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3%

Poured a cloudy golden body with amazing head and lace ring. The aroma is fresh, earthy hops that have a bitter citric tint to them and possible tropical fruit. Smooth, easy to drink, the hops are not overpowering and that's the point with a IPA that is designed to be less hop heavy and boozy and more sessionable. Does an admirable job as the hop presence is good, light, citrusy, malts are ok with minor sweetness. Not bad but something that takes accustomed to as compared to other IPAs it is a bit thin. Worth a try and I enjoyed it.

04-20-2014 17:06:33 | More by clayrock81
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ttylicki

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

04-20-2014 16:01:09 | More by ttylicki
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Allurex

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-20-2014 05:36:17 | More by Allurex
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-20-2014 04:54:00 | More by hinemk76
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +3%

Brilliant golden colored with excellent clarity. A half inch of white head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Intense and fresh grapefruit hop aroma greets me. The taste is bitter grapefruit hops. The bitterness is pretty long lasting after the fade. The mouth is a bit sticky,but less than expected for such an intensely flavorful brew.

04-20-2014 04:05:11 | More by Franziskaner
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bvermilion

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-20-2014 03:00:26 | More by bvermilion
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cutout

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

04-20-2014 02:45:02 | More by cutout
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wafers

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-20-2014 02:18:06 | More by wafers
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

04-20-2014 01:52:05 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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jtingue

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-20-2014 00:48:11 | More by jtingue
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,069 ratings.