Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop again on Friday and once more, I was looking to fill a mixed sixer. I am anxious to resume The CANQuest (TM) again, and especially if the backlog of pics gets approved.
From the bottle: "A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA"; "Since Day One, we've been abundantly forthright and full 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 are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a 'session' IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed 'hop bursting, ' a new technique in which 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 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."
I began with an aggro pour, resulting in a brief pseudo-cascade that settled into finger of dense, off-white head with limited retention. It did leave nice lacing in its wake as it fell, which was kind of nice. I would say that the color was more Yellow than Gold (SRM = 4 -5) and it had NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled very citrusy, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was citrusy, all right, but it did not have the intensity of the nose. Therein lies my problem with these new "Session IPAs" - they rely on aromatic hops, but do not come with the bitterness expected in the style when it comes to taste, which is what really counts. The finish was kind of bitter, but until they develop a new style for this type of beer, I am not going to rate it terribly highly as an AIPA. I just found it to be unfulfilling as a whole.
08-10-2014 21:42:55 | More by woodychandler
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.