Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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very good

2,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,949
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 89
Gots: 719 | 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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Ratings: 2,949 | Reviews: 407
Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

Photo of stumac
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great brew! At the store just a minute ago, it was a coin toss between this or a local brewery. Nah I'll go with Stone lol

Photo of snotster
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a horrible beer. Just felt like a mouthful of freshly cut grass. Overly hopped.

Photo of MikeB20
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of jancona
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice grapefruit hop flavor and dry finish with an unfortunate seltzer aftertaste.

Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of vikingron
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells and taste good pretty good

Photo of BuccoFan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a light IPA it's pretty good. For a work day this is perfect.

Photo of tybeerius
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a big session fan, but I'm already drunk so it makes's really good.

Photo of SallyGingerbeard
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a person who is really starting to fall in love with sessions. This is the apex predator of the lot.

Photo of Denny_R
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go to beer, hands down. The 4.5% ABV allows me to drink as often as I want. Nose is excellent as is the tease. A no brainer for me.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-light in color and a large head with larger bubbles , slight haze
- bright citrus laden hops
- water with mellow citrus hops, bright and light
-smooth but very light
- a great session style beer! great flavor just hoped it would have less of a watered down taste, but it may just be my palate being used to stones above average ibus

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA but I enjoy the regular one more

Photo of BroGL
1.42/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Initially I thought this beer was Fantastik, but it turned out to be Formula 409.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with nice lacing. Grapefruity floral aroma hops hit the nose followed by... wait you cant follow up those massive hop aromas. This is a nice summer beer with strong bittering hops that finish subtly with grapefruit.

Photo of VegasLou
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes like someone spilled watered down grapefruit juice into my Stone IPA.

Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't really get the high rating on this one, it is like every other session ipa i have tried; watered down, weak, and lacking any flavor other than a one noted bitterness. Take Stone off the bottle and put to a blind taste test and i would put money on this one getting a lower rating.

Don't get me wrong I have greatly enjoyed other Stone beers, but unwarranted inflation of a beers scores based on brand is annoying.

Would not seek out or purchase again.

Photo of JonBrand
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like watered down ipa

Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear pail gold with a modest creamy off white head, leaving spotty lacing.

Crisp citrus with grapefruit out front, but far more subtle than one would expect from an IPA.

Bitter grapefruit through the opening to the finish. A bit of a single note, but a good note it is.

Medium body, well carbonated, and no hint the alcohol is below 5%.

This low abv thing is an interesting and welcome new trend. Especially knowing that fully developed flavors can be achieved, I think this is an excellent market move for breweries. I enjoyed this with grilled cheese and sundried tomato bisque.

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties that consistently left a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of grapefruit hops and a light amount of associate bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is certainly very easy to drink, but seems to be over carbonated and isn't as flavorful as some of the other top "session IPAs".

Serving type: bottle

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not even sure I'd want to session this, probably just drink less of something I like more. But for what it is it's solid. Just not my taste.

Photo of schiltl
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pleasing and tempts one to proceed as planned. As far as sessions go, this is one to keep on hand.

Photo of pingaelipa
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer, drink it very cold with a ribeye.

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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