Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.51/5 rDev +13.9%
Crystal clear and yellow golden to brownish orange depending on the light. A white head with lacing that doesn't last. 2nd glass had more sediment in it. I could see through it, but it was a b it cloudy.
Incredible aroma! Grassy, floral, over ripe citrus and bitter citrus peel.
A bit of sweet malt shows through in the taste, but again, the hops dominate. Herbal and piney here with bitter grapefruit peel Dry and bitter n the end. Dryer straight out of the fridge, it's sweeter when it warms.
Medium bodied. Light prickle of carbonation. Oily burn of hops on the tongue and in the throat.
A great beer all around. My second beer was overchilled, and it seemed more bitter at first. The sweet malts started to shine as the beer warmed, and it became more well rounded. I'm definitely a big fan of Stone's uber hoppy brews.
04-23-2014 02:26:30 | More by obywan59
4.04/5 rDev +2%
Best by 6-30-14, reviewed 4/22 from an IPA glass.
A - Light straw, rocky white head and solid sheeting.
S - Nice punch of citrus, mostly pineapple and a touch of lemon with slight pine in the background.
T - Falls a bit flat from me, nose is amazing but I only get a weak, watery, grass clipping and pine needle astringent bitterness that lingers.
M - Clean, light body, excellent carbonation.
O -This brew manages to somehow have lost most of the hop flavor but ratcheted up the bitterness. Not even in my personal top-5 for the "Session IPA" style.
04-23-2014 01:23:11 | More by Zach136
4/5 rDev +1%
Ah here we go again another "session IPA" at least these reviews make it look promising.
A - Well to be expected for an "IPA light" I get a bright lightly orange tint yellow beer with a hefty full inch of head and rocking lacing to boot. Looks great actually.
S - Mild wood malts meet a citrus rind backround of hops. It doesn't smell too strong or offensive.
T - Mildly herbal hops, citrus rinds, and a touch of mango hops meet a mildly balanced sweeter malts and dry yeasts. Leaves a mild unexpected bitter sting on the tounge. Pretty damn good.
M - Light to medium in body. Very crisp, hoppy, not watery in the slightest.
Overall this is the first session IPA I could say I would drink again but 9 chances out of 10 I would just go for the stone IPA before this light version. It was good!
04-22-2014 22:30:42 | More by DrDemento456
3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: A medium golden color with a one finger white fluffy head. Not much lacing.
S: Loads of fruity citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. I get some herbal smell with some grainy biscuit malt. Fruits dominate.
T: Again with huge fruit of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and some stone fruit. Not really getting any major pine flavors, but I get some herbal notes that mix with onion and scallion near the finish. Grainy and biscuit malt is there, but this is all hops this giving it a seemingly thin flavor. There are lots of flavors here, but none of huge depth. Finish is bitter and lingering.
M: Bitter, thinner, no alcohol and good carbonation.
O: A typical session style IPA that is mostly hops and little malt to make it less heavy and less sweet. Still, a nice beer that is very refreshing.
Good beer, exact to what Stone is trying to accomplish. I'd love to have this right next to an All Day IPA from Founders and see which one I like better. This is on my "to do" list for the summer.
04-22-2014 21:00:52 | More by Kadonny
3.81/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Mmm, another session IPA!
Appearance: yellow straw hue with a light haze and light effervescence; head is one finger of frothy white foam. Bottle foamed up all over the place immediately upon opening, which was annoying.
Smell: very piney, herbal and resiny, with a little grapefruit in the mix. A slightly sweet malt is perceptible under the onslaught. Perhaps not my favorite style of hops, but there is no doubt you're drinking an IPA here.
Taste: piney, grapefruity, resiny, but with an underlying malt bill that can't quite hold up to the hops. Like all beers of this style, the base ultimately seems watery because of the hop-forward composition. Not bad, but could use balance.
Mouthfeel: light body but a big, well-integrated carbonation (as evinced by the gusher) that yields a very nice creaminess, especially for a session brew like this. Great.
Overall: very drinkable, so points for that. At first the piney hops were not strongly working for me, but in this session context they aren't bad at all. I'd still like to see more beers in this vein.
04-22-2014 02:16:13 | More by flagmantho
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
A: Fizzy body, straw gold in color. Bubbles are in a constant rush to the top of the glass, where they support a crisp, half-inch head of pure white.
S: Intensely dank hop scents - absolutely mouthwatering. Juicy grapefruit, strawberry jam, grassy clove, and black pepper, all wrapped up in a bright, flowery pine. Wow, that's really intense for such a small beer.
T: Exactly what you'd expect a small Stone IPA to be like: light malt presence to quiet the ABV, but still with a ton of resinous hop character. Starts with an initial burst of grapefruit and lemon rind, quite refreshing. Expanding from that crisp fruit flavor, the hops lay out a tongue-smacking pine that drenches the palate in beautiful hop oils. Some wheat bread and caramel from the malts peeks out towards the finish, but this aftertaste is all hops: dry pone lingers on the tongue.
M: Thin and drinkable: refreshing on a hot day. The carbonation is surprisingly frothy, as opposed to the fizz that you'd expect for the style. Some hop oils end up making the palate a little sticky as it finishes, leaving it thicker than other pales.
O: A very hop-forward session beer. I'm pretty sure the guys at Stone are physically unable to brew beer that's not extreme in any way, but that's totally alright with me - they always craft winners, this one being no exception. A superb summer brew for hopheads; if it wasn't so expensive ($12+ a six-pack), I'd have it in my fridge all the time.
04-22-2014 02:10:04 | More by BarryMFBurton
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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