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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,660 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,660
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 506 | 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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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bismarksays
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrodriguez
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nelsonracite
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfalls
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent way to get hop satisfaction without too much alcohol or malt heaviness. I also appreciate that the hops aren't over boiled, so you get those fresh flavors.

In this style, I slightly prefer the floral and citrus flavors of Founders All Day. This has a little of what I would call the West Coast IPA marijuana flavor, which isn't necessarily bad. A matter of personal preference.

On the other hand, this has probably the highest ratio of hop flavors to alcohol and malt heaviness I can think of. So if that's what you're looking for, it's pretty much ideal.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good IPA. I would drink it again. Possibly even seek it out.

Photo of JVan
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dschaefer71
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer. It's a nice refreshing beer.

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

Photo of morrowd3
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AndreRus
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great for watching football games and bbqing. Only 4.5% alc. I actually like it more than than stone ipa. Take it anytime over some lite beer!

Photo of justinhxc610
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color is gold and has a piney smell.
Taste follows the nose but the citrus flavors comes towards the end with a lingering taste.
Body is light but very drinkable.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of speakdf0
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egoo33
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PintOh1759
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma- Lemon, pineapple, piney, 4 houses down cut grass. Citrus tropical smack. American light lager dank. Great aroma.

Apperance- Head is barely existent with medium agreesion pour. Urine color slight merkyness.

Flavor- Tingle in front of tounge that opens into suuper pine bitterness. Pure pine taste. Maybe some chewed up stems that open a semi dank flavor. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- tingly medium body for a small IPA. Exactly what I want in an IPA

Overall a good bitter session beer. In my opinion it's more bitter then Ruination just not as nearly balanced. Can see myself liking these on a cold fireplace IPA night.

Photo of Patbrown2
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this as a single 2 mos after the Best By date, such that in guessing its 8mos old.

Still, a tasty drinkable brew. Guessing it'd be even more favorable if it were not so old.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Feb 2015. Acquired recently from the Brewdog webshop. A Stone IPA with a reduced ABV for enhanced drinking!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of incredibly fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, citrus, white grape, mild melon, subtle pine, grass/hay, caramel malt and earthy yeast. Superb.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, white fruits, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and light body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus/pine and earthy yeast.

O: Fantastic as always - Stone have the Midas touch. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are sublimely hoppy. Citrus, pine and fruitiness backed up by subtle malt and yeast notes. Good body. A delight for the palate; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of RMelyon
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bright gold

Tropical citrus, finishing with a pilsner kind of crisp.

Tatses like you peeled a grapefruit, hand squeezed it, and started chewing on the "skin." Finishes like the nose: more like a pilsner than an IPA. Some well water in there.

Mouthfeel's pretty light, nothing special.

Overall a respectable session beer, just not one I'll purchase again. Founders All-day and FFF Yum Yum are preferable in my region.

Photo of jooler
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty hoppy and sweet. Too sweet to be a session ipa. But it's good though

Photo of MontesIgnis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,660 ratings.