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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 509 | 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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014

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.
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sharp and juicy very hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront presence of citrus hop esters with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, peach, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin along with some earthy hints of grass. Soft background hints of malt with some hints of grains and cracker. Very hop forward and juicy.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very juicy and ripe hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus and dank pine. Upfront tropical citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Good notes of pine resin as well as grassy hop notes. Subtle pale malt background with some notes of grain and cracker. Nicely bitter and drying. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really good session West Coast IPA. Great juicy and dank hop flavors that almost make you forget your drinking something under 5%.

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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant golden hue. Looks borderline macro. Transparent. Carbonation lazily rises to the surface. Bubbles are tiny. Finger of tight bleached head. Moderate rentention. Stellar lacing.

S: Wow. Incredibly aromatic. Grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple. Tons of guava in the nose. Slightly savory, with mild garlicky notes. Malt is thin. Maybe a touch of cracker in there. This one is all hops. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Much like the nose, but very more subdued. Instead, it's a thin, laser beam of hop bitterness. Almost chalky or aspirin like on the finish. The lack of malt sweetness really accentuates the more puckering aspect of the hops. Finish is a hit of the savory onion/garlic/BO hop presence that was present in the nose.

M: Thin. There's no hiding the lack of malt and alcohol.

O: The nose on this thing is monstrous and wonderful. The flavor is pretty good, but a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. This is a hop heads beach beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of pearl white head. God head retention & lacing

S: Loads of tropical fruit, great nose

T: Grassyness, mineral dryness, pink grapefruit up front. Some bready notes hiding behind lemon grass, along with grapefruit pith, more dryness as this warms. Finishes slightly dry with grapefruit & lemon zest & a wee bit of pineapple

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I would love to see them can this. Perfect warm weather IPA

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (enjoy by June 25, 2014) into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dense, white head. The head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades over the course of a minute. The beer is very light in color with a yellow hue. I can see a stray bubble or two in the clear liquid.

S-The aroma is a solid mixture of grapefruit, zesty orange rind, and leafy, herbal hop notes. The malt bill is pretty subdued, but not completely absent. I get some toast and dough aromas. amid the moderate bitterness Nicely done for the style, if a bit rough when compared against the best IPAs.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell with zesty, spicy citrus, and an herbal, leafy hop finish. The brew is on the dry side of things with a moderate bitterness throughout. This beer has more of a crisp citrus flavor than a juicy citrus flavor.

M-The heft is pretty light, but the beer never devolves into seltzer water thanks to a nicely balanced carbonation and a hint of oiliness.

O-This is a tasty session-style IPA, and I would not expect anything less from Stone. The beer is a bit rough around the edges, but the hop flavors are relatively complex (I like the citrus and herbal notes) and there is enough malt to balance things out. It drinks like a lighter beer thanks to the airy feel and lower ABV, but the flavor is up to snuff. I could see drinking more of this beer this summer.

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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively hoppy, with strong tropical fruit (Durian, papaya) as well as some dankness. A trace of delicate toast is present, but could be overlooked. Yeast qualities are lacking.

T: Begins dry, with pungent hops aromatics that exist seemingly in a vacuum of other early qualities. The hops qualities attempt to exceed the breadth of those from the smell, by adding onion, but cannot equal the depth. The acidic transition to the middle is premature, where the sensory qualities become thin by comparison. The finish is mildly bitter for the style, with a lot of latent herbaceous and grapefruit citrus peel flavors--juicy.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This new low-gravity IPA from Stone is the veritable face of the modern IPA in 2014. Hops qualities could scarcely not be more appealing and, at the same time, challenging in the best possible way. The marketing boasts of 'hop bursting' as a novel brewing technique that is responsible for this beer's character; one may naively assume that it is pure hype, but the results suggest otherwise. IPA has attained the next level in this beer.

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

Just the perfect all day beer! Pours a clean crisp light color with just enough of an amber hue to set it apart from other light beers.
There was tons of hops in the nose, very pleasant , the grapefruit, the citrus, all the exciting attributes of a hoppy beer.

The taste was just as good as the aroma. Clean, crisp, good amount of hops, not over the top, but sparkled my mouth and tongue.

The aftertaste was as good as the start.. Clean and crisp, leaving a dry rewarding taste and just making you want another one!

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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