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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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very good

386 Reviews
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Reviews: 386
Hads: 3,159
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.66%
Wants: 102
Gots: 873 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 386 | Hads: 3,159
Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a white head, Grapefruit and citrus hop aroma, Some malt in the body, but the most dominant flavour is the grapefruit. Finish is all grapefruit that goes on for a long time and is very dry.

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Photo of windkook87
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hits the spot. SIPA's can be a very confused brew sometimes. They absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one. Drinks more like a hoppy pale. Quite satisfying with out all the alcohol. I try sessions every now and then, and haven't found too many that are balanced. Excellent work with this beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a large head.
Nose shows melon, floral notes, spicy hops and lychee. Very clean.
Similar flavours, very clean. Melon, spicy and floral hops.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden ale with a small white foamy head that dissapates quickly.

Aroma is malty, juicy lemon and light pine.

The taste is pretty big for a low abv brew. Nice lemon, pine and sharp hops. I dig it.

Overall this is great for what it's trying to be. A sessionable ipa. Enjoyed a sixer on my charter boat (I know....no glass on a boat) and was able to slay the sixer and the fish. Enjoyable session ipa. Well done and in my rotation for future boat trips.

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Photo of mabermud
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad for a SIPA. I personally wouldn't drink this beer again if I had other options. I would have to drink about 12 of these to get a full on buzz. I am sure they fit nicely into someone else's life.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong and fun peach aroma. A bit more bitterness than I was expecting, but it's well-balanced by the sweetness of the peach. A very nice IPA that lives up to its name.

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Photo of NYCDE
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As session ales, go this one is fantastic. As everyone knows, the hard thing about IPAs is that they can hit pretty hard pretty quickly. Therefore, it's hard to find an IPA that's a good one to have in a cooler ready to be grabbed all day on the 4th of July or any other day where a beer in hand most of the day might be what most people are doing. Go To is here to solve that problem. And it solves it well. While, lighter and brighter than most of Stone's other options, it is no less delicious. It's a perfect "boat beer" for the hop head crowd.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two and a half fingers of creamy white head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice light bit of lacing. Clear and golden yellow. Active carbonation.

Smell: Straight up piney. A little earthy. Smells like a San Diego IPA.

Taste: Like chewing on pine needles. Lovely resin. piney bitter finish. Just Pine Pine Pine the whole way.

Feel: A little sappy. Kinda sticky and that's ok. Active carbonation has a fun mouth feel.

Overall: Way better than the OB Pinner I just had. This would be my new favorite session if I believed in those kinda things. This is one fun beer.

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Photo of RyanTheLion76
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

I'm a big fan of the session IPA style, and the majority of them satisfy my hop cravings when I need to take it easy on the ABVs. However, this isn't the case with Go To. Perhaps it's because I hold Stone to such a high standard. Maybe I expected something more aggressive from them. Whatever the reason, this beer was a bit of a letdown for me, personally. I'm gonna try and stay neutral with this review, though, since it has a taste that I know many have enjoyed.

Appearance: Clear yellow. Almost like a Pilsner.
Aroma: What you'd expect from a hop-bursted beer: you get slammed with hops in your nostrils. Lots of grass and pine.
Taste: THIS is where I get disappointed, personally. There's a hint of lemon in the taste, but to me, this beer tastes kind of watered down.
Feel: Loads of carbonation, but again, the thinness.
Overall: Don't get this beer if you like beer with loads of body. I feel like this beer was meant to be a lot more approachable and tame the intimidation that surrounds Stone. It's not bad. I'm just personally not a fan of it.

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Photo of kculrich
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Hazy orange, small foamy white head bubbles down quickly leaving minimal lacing. S: tropical fruit, grassy vanilla and dope. T: grapefruit and burnt string, slightly dank, moderately bitter. F: a little sticky, moderate-heavy carbonation. O: pretty excellent little session IPA, nothing earth shaking but OTOH I could easily slay a dozen of these after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Phillip13
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent IPA. For a session IPA this has as much hop flavor as you can expect. It had a real citrus tone with a fruity taste and a smooth after taste. Drinks very easily.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is signature Stone dank/grassy hops and pine/citrus. The flavor is dank hops, fruit, citrus, malts, grapefruit/light tropical fruit and a long and bitter finish. Not as thin in body as other session IPAs, among the best in the style.

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Photo of bsp77
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with thick white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Very pungent, especially for the low abv.

Taste: Extremely hoppy with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and pine. Malts include cracker, biscuit and tea. The finish is somewhat bitter, with lots of spicy (pepper) and pine notes. Slightly tart as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body. Finish is crisp, dry and tart.

Overall: This is one of the better "Session IPAs" out there. Loads of flavor and not overly thin or astringent.

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Photo of FFreak
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked up a pretty fresh sixer at Trader Joes for somewhere in the $10 range. Poured into a tall tulip. A nice slightly hazy bright golden color with a small pure-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a thin ring and no lace. Aroma is of herbs, spice, citrus and a hint of dank. Taste is also spicy citrus with some cannabis and a medium but somewhat sharp bitterness. Mouth feel is thin, causing the up front flavors to dissipate quickly leaving only bitterness. Overall, as far as session IPAs go, this is a good one. I'm just still finding it hard to embrace the style mostly due to the thin body.

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Photo of 95Pirate
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe this is a session IPA! Tastes and smells bigger. I gave this 5's because I've never has a session IPA that taste and smells like a 7% 'er but you can slam. Huge citrus notes! Awesome job Stone!

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Photo of do_ob
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with 2 fingers of stiky, white foam. Great nose on this one - some tropical fruit, but mostly dank pine and citrus. Light weight, and very crisp and creamy. Dankness and a buttload of pine up front on the taste, with some tropical fruit notes here and there. Those wonderful hops set in near middleways, and stick around after all's said and done. Finishes a little dry and leaves a taste in your mouth that might remind you of your college days.

The only complaint I have with this beer is that once it starts warming up, it gets a bit oniony. Drink it cold and you'll be good.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.31/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to odell tulip
pours deep gold, thin white head retrrats to 1/8 in persistant tight white head.
Nose has a touch of citrus, and a ton of onion.
flavor follows. No malt to speak of, big onion presence.

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Photo of Caj1
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the Stone Sampler 12-pack at my local neighborhood Brookshire's (awesome!) and knew I had to have it. This is the first of the batch.

Pours a lovely copper-gold with a hint of haze and excellent carbonation, thoigh head retention left something to be desired and the foam has a soapsuds appearance. Lacing is on the smaller side of moderate.

Smell is huge lemon zest with a big undercurrent of pine. Their "hop-bursting" technique is in full force. Not much malt to speak of, and those qualities translate over to the flavor as well.

Huge flavors of grapefruit and lemon with pleasant bitterness and grass/pine notes underneath. I do prefer my IPAs to have more body, but the big hops flavor helps make the compromise between light session and full bodied IPA. This also has a nice sweetness as the small amount of malt matures on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and light, and they really nailed the refreshing session beer quality.

This is a nice way to start off a hot summer evening and is definitely a great way to get your hops fix without the heavy malt feel of a full IPA. Though I'm not a big fan of session beers, this one does it quite well.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very opaque orange color. A finger head with some retention.
S - Overwhelming aroma of pine with hints of citrus. Very straightforward scent.
T - Fairly bitter taste with hints of grapefruit. Overall tastes very herbal and "grassy".
M - Light bodied with slight feel of carbonation.
O - An alright beer with a unique distinct flavor.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden body, slow effervescence, half inch of bone white head. Lovely aroma. Huge hop nose. Wonderfully fresh flavor. Light in body without being watery. A solid beer. This will certainly be a "go to" for me in the future.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stone Brewing 'Go to IPA' @ 4.2% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $18 (ouch)
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a yellow/gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a a streaky lace along the pint
S-floral & fruity , no pine
T-crisp & clean tasting session IPA , such a bittersweet swallow
MF-mild carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-just an ok beer , weak session IPA for the PNW
prost LampertLand

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Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly less than two fingers worth of late to develop off white colored airy froth with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to a full thick veil of lacing that turns a bit creamier as it settles... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... The color is a pale golden yellow... The aroma is dominated by bitter grapefruit and lemon zest... There is an additional layer of earthy and grassy notes... There is little or no malt backbone to be found... The aroma carries through to the palate... Lots of bitterness, very little malt... Slightly pungent with a lot of earthiness... There is a slightly metallic character as well... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Rather sturdy... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent... A solid Session IPA... Sort of a one trick pony... A little malt backbone would go a long way to solidifying this as an excellent brew... As it is, it's decent but something that I'll likely opt to pass on in the future when given the opportunity...

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Photo of MikeB20
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger fluffy slightly off white head.

S: Massive citrus rind, grapefruit and pine hope aroma. Is there malt in this beer? I can't detect any.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor dominates. Fairly bitter with a thin malt backbone. A slight sweetness creeps in at the end after the bitterness has faded. The hop flavor is so fresh you'll check the bottom of the bottle for whole cones.

M: Light body with average carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: I'm on a bit of session IPA kick. I'm looking for something flavorful but refreshing and easy to drink on a warm summer afternoon. This is probably the closest I've come to an IPA in a low ABV form. I don't think it'll fool a die-hard IPA fan but it's got the best balance of the few session IPA's I've tasted. Recommended without hesitation.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Ok, have to admit I didn't read the label and thought I was drinking a bigger beer.
Really on the money flavour and body wise for the ABV.
Very much an IPA not an APA as well. Little too much pine for this palate but certainly west coast style with grapefruit.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've put off, and put off, trying a session IPA. The idea has just always struck me as a little weird. My biggest concern was that it would feature a strangely thin body for a hoppy-tasting brew. But given my expectations, I was impressed with this. Nice piney aroma, good lacing, a little bitter on the end, but with a solid body. If you can accept this as a legit style, then I don't know how much more you can hope for from one. This was a good drink.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.