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Stone Go To IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA
First Release: March 2014

Since Day One, we've been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. It's led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperial—some intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we embrace our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a "session" IPA that delivers all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employ "hop bursting," a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

Added by dwagner003 on 02-03-2014

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your -own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz. brown bottle $1.67. The bottle tells you to "Enjoy Fresh", but then they don't put a freshness date on it.

The beer poured a golden/yellow color that was slightly hazed. It made a 1-finger white head that dissipated fast and didn't leave much lacing.

The smell was awesome. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Mango, orange, passion fruit, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple - just like a fruit basket was placed in front of you.

A bit of sweet biscuity malt up front followed by pine and grapefruit flavors, but what happened to all the other fruit flavors? All that comes out is the pine and grapefruit with maybe a touch of orange. Usually pine and grapefruit combine to make a harsh hop bite, but in this case the hop bitterness is very mild. It's pleasant and I liked it, but it would have been even better if it also kept the other fruits found in the nose.

Thin body with medium carbonation.

If they could find a way to get the fruit flavors from the nose into the taste they'd really have an excellent beer. As it is, it's still not bad and it's definitely sessionable.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - frothy off-white head leaves a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Body is golden and crystal clear; sometimes there's some particulate yeast but not this time.
S - zesty lemon and grapefruit, but it's a rather mild nose. A fresher bottle might have helped here
T - a bit tart and very bitter with lemon and grapefruit zest controlling the palate. Malt is mild and more like pilsner than anything. Some grassy and piny hops and a very slight herbal aspect in there as well
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: clear, dark, golden yellow

S: grapefruit, pine needles, apricot, slight mango, slight malt sweetness. floral hops

T: zesty grapefruit and piney orange rind with a strong, medium-plus bitterness. some apricot notes. malt flavour is buried underneath the hop bitterness

M: excellent medium/medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very dry finish

O: Great aroma and delicious IPA

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Photo of fitzy84
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Served in a goblet. Beer poured and settled with a murky, golden appearance and a medium-sized head. Not too much lacing on the sides. Great aromas of a mixed herb and spiced citrus smell. A good bittersweet flavoring with a light malt aftertaste. Could taste various citrus flavors like grapefruits and lemons. The beer felt a little watery, but it had a nice, crisp carbonation. Overall, not too bad from Stone.

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Photo of Evan1356
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, and a very tame IPA. If you want to get into IPAs this is a great jumping off point. Always get a kick of seeing the a-holes review an ipa when that specifically say they don't like them...just to write a bad review.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gold
S: pine and citrus
T: very piney with a hint of citrus
F: bitter and tart finish
O: more piney and hoppy than your typical IPA, but tasty.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, small head with decent lace retention. Hoppy citric aroma, tropical fruits and sweet malts. Citric hoppy grapefruit taste. Mineral water feel, thin body, hoppy finish but not as dry as a regular ipa.
When I got this I was unaware I was getting a session ipa. Although not a big fan of session IPAs, this one is decent for what it's worth.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very hazy light gold with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of grass and lemon. Not a ton of flavor, almost tastes stale. Maybe I got a bad bottle? My least favorite from stone.

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Photo of fx20736
1.85/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Bought a single bottle from AJs Beer Warehouse, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, barely any lacing.

S: Simcoe Hops- cat pee
T: strong herbal bitterness, Vick's Vapo-rub
F: solid
O: Can't stand this beer

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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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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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