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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 3,050
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 96
Gots: 792 | 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 ParnellJoseph1138
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-A bodacious blonde and orange hue with moderate carbonation

S-An effervescent range of citrus and floral aromas with a strong grapefruit notes

T-A light pleasant start but it quickly releases tons of citrus and floral character. While it provides some mild bitterness, it delivers then a clean finish. This beer has some of the strongest and well defined citrus and orange notes I have ever tasted in an IPA.

M-Offers a rather light malt presence and lingering citrus notes with moderate carbonation.

O-Certainly a hoppy IPA with character, and if I am looking for a rush of citrus I am going to pick this one. No doubt, a very good session IPA.

O- (656 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Beautiful golden color with plenty of small bubbles. Small head of foam that dissipated rather quickly. Some light lacing.

Strong hop aroma with floral notes.

Hoppy with a light taste of peaches. Surprisingly mild bitterness given the strong smells. Grassy, barnyard flavors in the aftertaste.

Well balanced IPA that is as the bottle says quite sessionable. The floral notes tend to overpower any of the more subtle fruity flavors. (485 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft, Vancouver.
Hazy dark lemon with pocked snowy crust. 4
Big Citra musty grapefruit nose. 4
Hint of breadstick but then giant lemon curd, unripe pineapple and pine needle hops. 4
Lemon Starburst finish and herbal linger.
Halfway to medium, crisp, slight cling. 4

Lemon balm! Both herb and citrus; Citra doesn’t get out of control. A bit thin, natch. 3rd best session IPA behind All Day and Daytime. 4 (419 characters)

Photo of mxchap
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Stone Go To Session IPA

Appearance: pale yellow in color, no head to speak of. [2.5]

Aroma: subdued version of taste. [3.5]

Taste: Melon and Mango. Somewhat earthy-dank flavor takes over (grapefruit, grass). Very subdued malt flavor (if any). Strong bitterness for a small beer. [4]

Feel: Pretty thin, somewhat lingering bitterness. Carbonation is good and let's the ingredients do the talking. [4.25]

Overall: A little disappointing per Stone's pedigree. A good beer no doubt, but nothing particularly special about this one. [3.75] (538 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color. 2 finger head dissipates quick.

Aroma gives Big bursts of grapefruit and florel hops. Big citrus notes.

Taste is dissapointing... I guess I should have guessed. The beer is pretty watery. I get primarily bittering hops at the end. Off-tasting lingering flavor. A kiss of citrus.

Overall I would take one of stones regular IPA's for three of these sessions. Just pick up a regular ipa!!! I would pair this with simple sautéed broccoli rob with garlic and Calabrian chile. It gets a 70/100. (510 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a straight across 4, about a tie with my "other favorite" brewer, my local, Carton, which makes Boat Beer. (and I'd give a close nod to Saucony Session IPA).

I give this beer a 4.25 overall for being a flavorful, true session APA with plenty of bite, bitter, and complexity. If I had to drink beer all day long, any of these would be for me.
(However, local is best for lots of reasons including it comes in cans, it's green, supports local economy, and it's fresh.)

A: Pours a hazy light amber with lots of visible carbonation. It pours into a tulip with a finger of head and leaves scads of dotty lacing.
S: Plentiful aromas of grapefruit, herbal hops and pine resin, stronger as the beer warms. Pleasantly hoppy.
T: Follows the smell but the pine resin kicks in stronger and longer. More complexity and a good finish of bitterness. A nice sweet malt under layer, but hops win.
F: It is light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Best feel of the pack.

O: Extremely flavorful. Must try. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Redsox4life123
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviews were all over the place so I had to give it a try. Aroma was super strong, tons of citrus notes. Taste was great. This might be my new session beer! Super smooth, no bitterness. (185 characters)

Photo of Ipaupaweallpa
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Hesitated trying for a while due to lower reviews and low abv. It is really good. Tastes like lighter version of enjoy by to me. Has those mango grapefruit notes that enjoy by blasts out that ipa and ruin lack, but a little more subtle /watered down. Very good. (272 characters)

Photo of DOCRW
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Found the beer to be very thin and way over done on the late addition hops. Maybe got a weird batch but the beer is over price with so many other like "bouncy house ipa" out there. (180 characters)

Photo of cfalls
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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. (571 characters)

Photo of justinhxc610
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (162 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Patbrown2
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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. (182 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,245 characters)

Photo of RMelyon
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grassy, minty hops over light graham cracker and melon on the nose and the palate. Gold with a light haze under a 1” white foam cap that quickly descends to a thick film but produces good lace. Creamy medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink. (251 characters)

Photo of flixjones303
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Didn't check best by date. Fantastic clarity. Huge tropical and pine hop aroma. Strong bitterness and excellent hop flavor. Slightly thin, but that tends to come with the style. Amazing beer. (199 characters)

Photo of eduardostewart
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

love this ipa. great for a few after work or half a case to get loaded on the weekend. not a "heavy" brew so you can have a few. a bit piney and good amount of bitterness. this is my default brew (195 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
I've no complaints about this beer at all, it’s definitely one of the better session IPA’s I've tried and is quite possibly the best given that it pretty much tastes like a good, traditional American IPA albeit with a lower alcohol content. It has plenty of bitterness and hops, a solid malt base and an excellent balance; what’s not to like? (401 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and refreshing. Aptly named. Pours a bright yellow, well-carbonated, persistent fuzz. Smells amazing, like grapefruit and pine. Smooth mouthfeel, clean finish. Citrus hops dominate. Aptly-named, good session beer. (223 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright yellowish color ale with a medium size white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus notes is really enticing with nice floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by nice citrus and grapefruit notes with some floral undertones and limited bitterness. There is some small dose of residual sugar notes that are noticeable with some non-descript malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nice to see that you can get this nice hops profile without having too much alcohol. (534 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Light, slightly hazy, yellow-golden body with a nice half finger's worth of white head. Good retention, nice thick collar and filmy residue. Not much lacing though.

S- Bitter grapefruit, citrus hoppiness and a fairly minimal pale malt backbone. A bit grainy, also some pine. This smells as expected- hop-forward but with a minimal malt backbone.

F- Citrus, grapefruit, grainy bread, pine. Mostly the hop flavours come out here, and there is a nice mineral flavour that adds quite a bit to the overall vacuum from the lack of bready malts.

M- On the thinner side, not watery-thin but not medium bodied either. Quite drinkable, despite the nice dose of bitter pine and grapefruit bite on the backend.

O- One of the better session IPAs out there, but it doesn't match up with some of the best that I've had.

Final score: 3.74 (914 characters)

Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Good day drinking beer solid all around nothing amazing about it, but that's the idea @ 4.5% to be able to have a few during the day.

A little on the watery side drink it cold. (177 characters)

Photo of tork1645
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Great lil "session" IPA (I hate that "session"term) super clean 4+% hoppy pale ale that is bittered far more than some other session IPAs out there- but it works. Bright with good aroma, I like it, just not quite as much as Founders All Day. (242 characters)

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a 20 oz imperial pint glass at Parish Cafe (Boston, MA).

A: Clear golden yellow with prodigious 1.5-finger white big-bubbled head with good retention and a lot of lacing creating stripes down the glass.

S: A really big hops nose with a lot of grassy, herbal hopping, moderate lemon and grapefruit citrus fruitiness, and finished with pine. Not a better score because minimal malt presence.

T: This beer is all window dressing (good appearance, very nice aroma) but the flavor is a hiuge let-down with minimal malt presence, nothing really which leads to an oily, thin and overly hopped, grassy and herbal flavor. The citrus character is lost in the grassiness of the hopping. Dank is not even the right word -- chlorophyll is more like it. Tannins and atringency abound.

M: Astringent and thin with light body and medium carbonation. Easy to drink but not thin and watery.

O: Really embarrassing from Stone -- so out of balance that it harms the drinkability in a lethal way. I will drink Levitation anytime over this -- although that also suffers for being overhopped to some extent. Not even in the top 50 of session IPAs. Really a poor effort and I doubt it will survive a year without a major overhaul. (1,229 characters)

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.