Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 3,002
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 95
Gots: 752 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 361 | Hads: 3,002
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)

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber orange color with a thin thick head with short retention but leaving laces.
Delicious tropical and piney aroma with notes of passion fruit, pine, honey, tangerines peel, mango and grapefruit. A tropical paradise.
Hoppy citrusy flavor with bold notes of pine, pepper, grapefruit, American yeast, mango, green pears, a bit of melon and tea bags. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. It made me sneeze it a couple of times.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This is the best session IPA I had so far. Hops flooding ones nose and tongue honoring its 65 IBUs on a lighter body and abv. (595 characters)

Photo of wwwyzzerdd86
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. one dimensional maybe.

Pours like unfiltered budweiser. Heady hops character, Southern hemisphere heady. Dusty, pale stonefruit, grass, maybe the most pungent in a bottled beer I can recall. Super dry, light bodied, tannic almost. Alphas stick on the back of the tongue like bong resin. If it had some more malt character or less spicy bitterness, it'd rank a 5. Stone still cranks your palate with hops, no surprise there. (433 characters)

Photo of Tylertut
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a golden color with a tinge of amber. Smells of hops, hops, and more hops. For being a session I was thoroughly impressed with how on par the scent was. The taste was off from the scent though. It wasn't as hoppy and felt a little lacking though the middle. The beginning had lots of hops but dropped off quickly and lingered for a short while. For being what it is this is a solid beer that I could throw down all day if the occasion called for it. I will be picking up another pack soon. (495 characters)

Photo of awayne56
4.94/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a hazy yellow. Maybe a two finger white head, slow retention, decent lacing
Smell - citrus fruit bowl!
Taste - beware you need to be a true hopheadto like this one! In your face hop bitterness with no malt rescue. Initial taste andaftertaste is hop forward.Best way to describe the finish is dry with a bitter bite like an orange or lemon peel. I love it.
Feel - a little thin but not a bad thing. In a way, light enough feel for summer but enough hop spice for fall.
Overall: Love this. Most brews with 4.5 ABV taste like kool-aid to me. This one has the flavor personality of a much higher ABV.
HIghly recommended if you love the hop forward attributes! (675 characters)

Photo of wasso67
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Hopbursting-sounded alluring! So the usually cool Stone Brewing bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a medium white head that has decent retention. Nice foamy lace down the glass. Nose is bitter and acidic. No discernable malt character. Mouthfeel is medium which is surprising given the thin appearance. Taste is just a slight malt character followed by big citrus and pine hits. Moderately bitter but finishes clean. The second bottle was better. Perfect for a hot summer day. Let your friends quaff bud light while you enjoy big hop in a little beer! (571 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass for purposes of this review. A light harvest gold color with billowing sudsy head that tones itself down to a more manageable three fingers or so. After being absolutely blown away by other Stone IPAs, expectations are high. And they are met, although this brew is decidedly different from Stone IPA or Ruination (obviously). I Googled the tech specs and there are many hops in here, including a few experimental cultivars: Goes beyond the Centennial/Columbus/Chinook stalwarts that perform so admirably in the stronger Stones. Lives up to the session IPA billing and indeed could be the best exemplar of this substyle I've sampled to date. The drinker is greeted with lush vibrant aromas of melon, passion fruit, grapefruit, canned peaches, mango, grapes, and something more herbal and resinous as well, juniper or pine needles. A whole fruit bowl with added seasoning. Add orange, lemon, and pear to the palate and a very gentle malt body almost devoid of clear cut sweetness and you've got a highly drinkable yet potently flavorful winner. Vibrant fresh citrus and melon flavors, with that characteristic Stone herbal overtone as well. I hereby coin the term "melon forward". Light bodied, almost airy, with moderate carbonation and finishes dry, fruity, and floral. Wonderful stuff nearly beyond reproach. Maybe the body is TOO light? Maybe I'm reaching there. (1,419 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head. Loads of citrus and hop bitterness comes through to the nose. Caramel, lemon zest, a bit of grapferuit, and a load of hop bitterness. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Refreshing and easy to quaff. (252 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Cloudy yellow liquid with slight head that dissipated quickly.

S: Floral, pine, citrus pith.

T: Lime pith, fresh basil, pine sap, grapefruit. So much hops that there is little to no malt flavour.

M: Medium viscosity and finishes thin. Good carbonation.

O: Seems like an immense amount of Azacca hops are at work here. As delicious as that hop is, I think this beer could use some toasty munich malt and maybe another citrusy hop like Apollo or Amarillo in the boil to give it some added complexity. (509 characters)

Photo of RichKent
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

I had a 20oz glass of Stone Go To IPA on tap.

Smell is excellent. Lots of grapefruit and citrus.

Taste is great on the first sip, and then . . nothing. Go To tastes like a grapefruit-forward IPA that was mixed 50/50 with water. After the initial hint of grapefruit and citrus the flavor vanishes. There's not much malt, and what there is is very light - like crackers. It finishes very slightly bitter. After the first sip I can't taste bitterness at all.. Maybe I've been drinking too many real IPAs? Just because it's 4.5% doesn't mean it needs to taste watered down, does it?

Mouth is thin and a bit watery. Carbonation is decent.

This is probably a great intro-IPA for people that are used to light lagers. I'd definitely prefer it to a lager myself, and it's certainly easy to drink. That said, it's misleading to call this an IPA at all in my opinion.

Also, Stone insists that the lack of flavor is due to the low ABV. In my experience this isn't true. Hops have nothing to do with ABV. More hops in the boil, and a decent amount of dry hopping would improve this I'm sure. (1,085 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/10/14

A clear bright yellow with a few streams of bubbles feeding a finger of foam that falls to a thin film rather quickly but somehow manages to leave plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S canned pineapple, lemon, spruce, some dry cereal, and faint perfume and floral hops, strong and simple

T pine, citrus, spruce, taste is about what you expect from the style, not much malt but I suppose that's too be expected, hops are in charege

M light bodied, fluffs up from the bubbles, a mild bitter bite and just a little gritty, pine and lemon on the finish

O solid little ISA, goes down easy and I guess that's the goal, a tiny hop bomb, doesn't really have a malt backbone to hold it together but I can't really fault it for that being what it is

Good beer but another 20$ 6er in Alberta? I can't imagine that many people hate booze enough to buy this over their full strength IPA on the same shelf for the same price (972 characters)

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.