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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,718 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,718
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 77
Gots: 564 | 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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Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cburcky
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Coffdaddy
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far and away the best session IPA. Pick some up and drink it all summer.

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 10Crumra
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of mxchap
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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]

Photo of winningwes91
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToddThompson
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jbann95
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wsherry1
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewduder
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Redsox4life123
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of VikeMan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poupae
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaredtp
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ipaupaweallpa
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of user785335
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,718 ratings.