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Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 51
Gots: 368 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-03-2014)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. No date identified on the label.

A: Hazy, somewhat dull, golden body with 1 finger of white head. OK retention. Light lacing.

S: Nice, fruit-forward hop aromas with citrus, orange, persimmon, and white grape. Cracker. Straw. Lightly floral notes in the background. Faint pine.

T: Fruity, earthy hops open and dominate the overall taste. A late, subdued pale malt makes a brief appearance before the return of the hops and a mostly dry finish. Lingering floral hop notes in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light-to-medium body. Perhaps a bit fuller on the palate than the average "session IPA".

O: Nice beer with a good hop character. Above average. In terms of drinkability, it seems to fall somewhere between a standard IPA and a session IPA.


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2.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with over-elaborate label description and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX and served at low altitude into a pilsner glass. Best before: 10/24/14. Cost was $1.50. Reviewed as a session IPA per the label.

4.50% ABV confirmed. Expectations are subpar given the brewery. Served at fridge temp and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. White colour. Foamy, nicely frothy. Average creaminess and thickness. Retention is good - about 10 minutes - though the ABV is quite low. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear lightly cloudy lemon yellow of average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. Clean-looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks more like a witbier-meets-pale ale than a session IPA. Average overall; far from unique or special.

AROMA: Wheat, grassy hop notes, lemongrass, generic floral hop notes, lemon zest, clean barley, pale malts, and grapefruit, replete with pith and a kiss of rind. The grapefruit dominates, but I wouldn't call it pungent. Nice pine. It's got a weak malt backbone and not much in terms of interesting hop character - no nectary, juicily citrusy, or oily hop notes.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength, and I'm looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

TASTE: Soapy and off-putting. Loaded with detergent-esque reminders that this definitely spent too long in primary. Lemon zest. Some lemongrass. Malt backbone is insufficient. Has a bland floral hop character. Pith. Grassy notes. Overly bitter in classic Stone fashion.

Imbalanced, favoring the off-character above all else. I'm not finding much in terms of pine or grapefruit; the promises of the aroma are left unfulfilled. Wheat. Built simply and poorly, with little cohesion. Not a gestalt build.

It's not complex, subtly executed, intricate, or nuanced.

No yeast character, alcohol, or spices come through.

TEXTURE: Lightly coarse and dry - which leaves it unrefreshing. Lightly starchy (inexplicably - maybe because of some crackery malt or the flaked wheat?). Overcarbonated. Light-bodied. The thickness is right for a session IPA, but overall this texture does a poor job at complementing the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Downable, sure, but it's boring and unremarkable for a session IPA, and the dominant soapiness is ruinous. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, and though I got it on the discount rack for $1.50, I wish I'd spent that money on a better brew. More bottled disappointment from Stone, one of the only breweries I know which is able to make a session IPA imbalanced.

Low C-

kojevergas, Oct 11, 2014
Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.