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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,565 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 436 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 5/21/14

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House snifter

a: Clear medium gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and patchy lacing. Light on carbonation bubbles

s: Pine

t: An oily pine hop bite up front over a medium malt base. Bitterness briefly lingers on the sides of the tongue. Dry finish with slight bitterness.

m: Medium with good body.

o: Actually tastes and feels better and more substantial than might be expected of a "session" IPA. Compared to Lagunitas Day Time and SN's new Nooner, Go To would be tied with Nooner as the one to go to, if price was not a consideration. This single ran $2.30, the most of the three. I have only seen sixpacks of this at one store so far, and they were $12.29, still over $2 each bottle. But it's worth it. You certainly do not feel you are sacrificing any flavor or hopitude just because it is a low ABV "session IPA."

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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow orange with thick white head that settles slowly leaving rings of chunky lace down the glass. Smell: whiff of apricot, white grape, lots of grapefruit and resin. Aggressive hop aromas. Taste: lots of citrus upfront, grapefruit flesh, piney and herbal edges. Oily, nice bitterness, light bodied with a hop soaked drying finish. Everyone else can give up on the session IPA style.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a fairly light white creamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. The beer itself is golden yellow and clear. The beer smell is mainly hoppy with a strong grapefruit smell as well as a lemon smell. There also appears to be a light malt backbone that comes off as bready. The taste is slightly different. The main flavor is dominated by the grapefruit hops with a slight bready malt backbone that is very light. The mouthfeel is very light and a little bit watery as well with biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty session IPA that tastes like an IPA but without the heaviness.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best before 05/25/14) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear (slightest of haze) gold. Thin white head with lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, peaches, tropical fruit, hint of onion, fresh cut herbs. Loaded with hoppy aroma. Just grapefruit citrus and little bit metallic as it warmed up.

Taste: Solidly bitter - pomolo-like grapefruit citrus bitterness, but not palate wrecking bitter. Cracker-like malt under the bitterness and strong hop flavors. It tempers the hops a bit, but just enough. Finish is sharp with some lingering bitterness, again with grapefruit characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Dry, refreshingly carbonated. Reminds me of an Italian soda - not fizzy, but good carbonation that scrubs away all those hop oils off the teeth. Only a little bit of lingering hop oil left after each sip or swallow.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall, a very hop forward beer and a wonderful flavor and aroma profile. However....apparently I like more malt backbone to complement all those hops. This is good though, and while sessionable, I have to stop at one. This is too much flavor for me to have another one of right away. By itself, great - one bottle is enough. More than that....too much. So a very good beer, but not as drinkable as I thought it would be. More to savor over that session I think.

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station along with a brat with BBQ sauce and smoked provolone and a side of broccoli slaw. Poured into a classic 20 oz nonic-style tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours an orangish-golden body that is completely translucent with isolated carbonation bubbles drifting towards a stark white head about two fingers thick. Retention lasts a good few minutes, and when it begins to recede, it leaves pretty solid sheets of silky lacing with leopard-print holes mottled throughout. Atop the liquid is a thin film of foam that builds up into slightly thicker drifts where the liquid meets the side of the glass.

Smell - Pale malt and white grapefruit are the primary profiles here, with not a whole lot going on other than some less specific citrus zest and generic herbal elements. Rather one-note, but it's a note that's pleasing to my senses, so there's the rationale for the score. Doesn't change much from whiff to whiff.

Taste - Much like the smell, the taste is pretty static, with pungent grapefruit pith and bitterness being the predominant characteristic, with just the faintest hint of water cracker grain and a touch of pine and herbal mix.

Mouthfeel - As is fairly standard for me on these so-called "session" IPAs, I just find the mouthfeel wholly uninteresting. Light with moderate carbonation, it lends a "hop water" type of feel to it, which is slightly odd when combined with how dry this brew finishes. It brings on the odd sensation of water that dries out your mouth, if that makes sense.

Overall, not a bad offering and probably up near the top of this particular sub-style. However, I have a hard time bringing myself to drink more than one of these given the relatively straightforward, bordering on boring, taste. Which ironically defies one of the purposes of a session beer--to be able to drink multiple over several hours and not be completely bombed. My liver would do quite well with a bunch of these. My tastebuds, however, would not.

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,565 ratings.