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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 400
Hads: 3,218
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.41%
Wants: 106
Gots: 927 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014

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.
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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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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.31/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to odell tulip
pours deep gold, thin white head retrrats to 1/8 in persistant tight white head.
Nose has a touch of citrus, and a ton of onion.
flavor follows. No malt to speak of, big onion presence.

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Photo of Caj1
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the Stone Sampler 12-pack at my local neighborhood Brookshire's (awesome!) and knew I had to have it. This is the first of the batch.

Pours a lovely copper-gold with a hint of haze and excellent carbonation, thoigh head retention left something to be desired and the foam has a soapsuds appearance. Lacing is on the smaller side of moderate.

Smell is huge lemon zest with a big undercurrent of pine. Their "hop-bursting" technique is in full force. Not much malt to speak of, and those qualities translate over to the flavor as well.

Huge flavors of grapefruit and lemon with pleasant bitterness and grass/pine notes underneath. I do prefer my IPAs to have more body, but the big hops flavor helps make the compromise between light session and full bodied IPA. This also has a nice sweetness as the small amount of malt matures on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and light, and they really nailed the refreshing session beer quality.

This is a nice way to start off a hot summer evening and is definitely a great way to get your hops fix without the heavy malt feel of a full IPA. Though I'm not a big fan of session beers, this one does it quite well.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very opaque orange color. A finger head with some retention.
S - Overwhelming aroma of pine with hints of citrus. Very straightforward scent.
T - Fairly bitter taste with hints of grapefruit. Overall tastes very herbal and "grassy".
M - Light bodied with slight feel of carbonation.
O - An alright beer with a unique distinct flavor.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden body, slow effervescence, half inch of bone white head. Lovely aroma. Huge hop nose. Wonderfully fresh flavor. Light in body without being watery. A solid beer. This will certainly be a "go to" for me in the future.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stone Brewing 'Go to IPA' @ 4.2% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $18 (ouch)
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a yellow/gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a a streaky lace along the pint
S-floral & fruity , no pine
T-crisp & clean tasting session IPA , such a bittersweet swallow
MF-mild carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-just an ok beer , weak session IPA for the PNW
prost LampertLand

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Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly less than two fingers worth of late to develop off white colored airy froth with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to a full thick veil of lacing that turns a bit creamier as it settles... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... The color is a pale golden yellow... The aroma is dominated by bitter grapefruit and lemon zest... There is an additional layer of earthy and grassy notes... There is little or no malt backbone to be found... The aroma carries through to the palate... Lots of bitterness, very little malt... Slightly pungent with a lot of earthiness... There is a slightly metallic character as well... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Rather sturdy... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent... A solid Session IPA... Sort of a one trick pony... A little malt backbone would go a long way to solidifying this as an excellent brew... As it is, it's decent but something that I'll likely opt to pass on in the future when given the opportunity...

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Photo of MikeB20
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger fluffy slightly off white head.

S: Massive citrus rind, grapefruit and pine hope aroma. Is there malt in this beer? I can't detect any.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor dominates. Fairly bitter with a thin malt backbone. A slight sweetness creeps in at the end after the bitterness has faded. The hop flavor is so fresh you'll check the bottom of the bottle for whole cones.

M: Light body with average carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: I'm on a bit of session IPA kick. I'm looking for something flavorful but refreshing and easy to drink on a warm summer afternoon. This is probably the closest I've come to an IPA in a low ABV form. I don't think it'll fool a die-hard IPA fan but it's got the best balance of the few session IPA's I've tasted. Recommended without hesitation.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Ok, have to admit I didn't read the label and thought I was drinking a bigger beer.
Really on the money flavour and body wise for the ABV.
Very much an IPA not an APA as well. Little too much pine for this palate but certainly west coast style with grapefruit.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've put off, and put off, trying a session IPA. The idea has just always struck me as a little weird. My biggest concern was that it would feature a strangely thin body for a hoppy-tasting brew. But given my expectations, I was impressed with this. Nice piney aroma, good lacing, a little bitter on the end, but with a solid body. If you can accept this as a legit style, then I don't know how much more you can hope for from one. This was a good drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-light in color and a large head with larger bubbles , slight haze
- bright citrus laden hops
- water with mellow citrus hops, bright and light
-smooth but very light
- a great session style beer! great flavor just hoped it would have less of a watered down taste, but it may just be my palate being used to stones above average ibus

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a slightly hazy yellow with a half inch head with fine bubbles.

Aroma is lots of floral herbal hop. Very potent delicious smell.

Taste backs up aroma with lots of herbal notes a little citrus. Body is a little thin but that's to be expected in a session IPA.

Very solid session IPA.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with nice lacing. Grapefruity floral aroma hops hit the nose followed by... wait you cant follow up those massive hop aromas. This is a nice summer beer with strong bittering hops that finish subtly with grapefruit.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't really get the high rating on this one, it is like every other session ipa i have tried; watered down, weak, and lacking any flavor other than a one noted bitterness. Take Stone off the bottle and put to a blind taste test and i would put money on this one getting a lower rating.

Don't get me wrong I have greatly enjoyed other Stone beers, but unwarranted inflation of a beers scores based on brand is annoying.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear pail gold with a modest creamy off white head, leaving spotty lacing.

Crisp citrus with grapefruit out front, but far more subtle than one would expect from an IPA.

Bitter grapefruit through the opening to the finish. A bit of a single note, but a good note it is.

Medium body, well carbonated, and no hint the alcohol is below 5%.

This low abv thing is an interesting and welcome new trend. Especially knowing that fully developed flavors can be achieved, I think this is an excellent market move for breweries. I enjoyed this with grilled cheese and sundried tomato bisque.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties that consistently left a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of grapefruit hops and a light amount of associate bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is certainly very easy to drink, but seems to be over carbonated and isn't as flavorful as some of the other top "session IPAs".

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A nice golden color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Pine and citrus hops

Taste: Pine and citrus hops, light caramel and biscuit malts, balanced bitterness

Feel: Light body, crisp carb

Overall: One of the best session IPAs I've had, doesn't disappoint and it feels like stone

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blah! Disappointed. And I like Stone, so I gave it a try, but session beers are clearly not gonna be my thing any time soon. Too faint and low abv - there was some malt and hop to it, no doubt, but just sad.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An excellent session IPA. Does not fall short in the flavor department. Have read a few negative reviews and believe that FRESH is the key to enjoying this beer and many IPAs.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer in a retailer here in México, it´s at least 4 months old (maybe more) and it was ok, not bad but no so great either. I´ve tried a couple of stone beers here in Mexico and both have been very disappointing, I must try one in the US.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone "Go To IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 05/0515"

Stone "Go To IPA"... should be an easy one, right? Let's see. Typical IPA appearance although perhaps a little more "golden" than might have been expected. Slightly hazy, but probably from dry-hopping, so no complaints there. The head retention and lacing seem quite good. On to the aroma: pungent, resinous, citrusy - actually quite dank... interesting. The flavor is also a bit pungent and resinous, as well as piney, but there's also much more citrus present than the nose let on (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon). I thought to myself, "if there's no malt going on beyond these hops, that'll still be OK for me", and it's kind of true - both for myself, and within the malt, which is somewhat biscuity but really just basic. Hmmm. I wish I hadn't thought that, because now I have a conundrum... is it OK with such a basic malt, or do I need more to support those intense hop flavors? Or does the malt allow those hop flavors to do what they want and just go to town? In the end I guess that's a question that really can't be answered. This has the bombastic hops of a bigger IPA, but the base of a much simpler IPA... it kind of leaves me looking for the malt of an "average" Stone IPA... but then I don't quite get the hops... so it's a trade-off - other than going to a bigger IPA (with much more alcohol) I'm a little bit stuck with one or the other... hmmm??? What I'll say then is that it's a welcome addition to the Stone line-up that has it's time and place. I'll gladly have more of these in the future, and I'll have plenty of other Stone IPAs as well, but for something like a 5 or 6 hour long deep sea fishing voyage these'll do just fine and I won't wake up as we return to dock covered in fish guts and empty crushed cans of Bud Light! (Not that that has ever happened!)

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Lightly hazed, bronze-y gold. Trickling bubble curtain near edge of glass. 2 finger white head, dissipated to light film on top. Left substantial lacing without drinking after settling.

S - *Its cold season but I did get some in sniffer* Smelled citrus up front. Orange and grapefruit notes. No alcohol smell, maybe just a tid; not anything like some other IPAs from Stone. Smells clean and crisp.

T - Refreshing. The notes I picked up are registering. The initial taste is sweet and sort of like taking a bite into a grapefruit near the end of the drink. Very easy IPA on the upfront and the back. Tinge of the hoppiness near the end but not nearly like what one would be used to from the other Stone variety. Tame compared to the other stronger brothers. Tastes clean, crisp and earthy.

M - It flows over the palate with light carbonation. The smells all were clear upon first taste. Washed over my tongue with ease, no noticeable IPA bite until after swallowing. Very light numbing hop taste near the end of a drink. Its delightful. Very easy. Could have had a bit more carbonation, but it didn't make me burpy. So that was a big plus.

This is a winner. I would say that overall, this is a very tame but manageable IPA. Even for someone with little education about the style could probably get away with trying this and not regretting it. As for the rest of the beer fans, this is an ideal session brew. Its not sneaky in the ways some other more boisterous IPA's are, its honest but not boring. Its charismatic. Clearly an IPA, but not overly bitter or confident in the hops area. Very delighted with this one. Possibly one of my favorite IPA's to date. Its good cold, not necessary to let it warm up in my experience. Drink up.

I will buy this again, and also suggest it to others that are new to different beer styles.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.