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IPA - American
Ranked #1,232
Ranked #8,487
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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Steve555 from Wales

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rich gold colour, big frothy head, three fingers. Smell some pineapple and fruity smells. Taste is of hefty piney hops and is thin and extremely bitter with next to no malt base to balance it out. Feel is watery, very bitter and acrid. Not an IPA I will go to again unless it's for free.

Jul 18, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light pineapple. Taste is of citrus, lemon zest, mild bitterness, zero malts are present. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Oct 19, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was given this can by my cousin as a gift but since I have such a backlog here, it took me a while to get around to this. Canned on 10/26/17 with enjoy by date of 1/24/18 printed below it, I did not have this fresh but did keep it cold until I cracked it open today. It's been a while since I've had anything from Stone and although their IPA's were a big reason why I love that style so much now, this one was just a bit underwhelming to me...

The pour was decent as the liquid was golden, fairly translucent, and topped off with plenty of head. Only a few scattered sections of lacing were left behind once I took my first few sips. Tons of floral notes, citrus pith, dry lime, and smooth hops could be found in the nose but the overall appeal was that of a dry and earthy beer. That's exactly what this turned out to be once I sipped this as it felt much stronger than a session IPA and I needed a chaser of water to fully get this down. Some prickly pear cactus and pine emerged as this warmed up but the basic malt presence and grassy aftertaste weren't enough to put this over the top.

Regardless of the flavor profile, the lack of discernible alcohol made this somewhat easy to quaff and the slightly resinous aftertaste was a pleasant reminder that this was indeed an IPA and not a Pale Ale. Not really feeling this one but because of the age, it's hard to tell whether that was because of my inaction in getting around to this or the beer itself. If you're looking for a "light' version of their flagship IPA, reach for this and please, consume it fresh!

Jun 23, 2019
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stoumi from California

3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Go To IPA pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a big 1 finger rocky and soapy looking head that fades rather slowly. The smell is dank and hop forward from the Cascade hops, with hints of stone fruit, citrus and a lemon zest with grapefruit and floral notes, along with a bit of malt sweetness. Let’s see how it goes down…rather smooth across the palette with a medium mouthfeel. You get a nice dose of pithy citrus up front with some tropical fruits with a good pine bite. The sweet malt follows with a bit of prickly carbonation. As it finishes quite dry.

May 18, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a very nice golden color with a foamy white head and lots of carbonation. The beer has a nice blend of floral and citrus aromas. Nice hop flavors with a nice kick of bitterness with a hint of lemon. Has sorta a dry finish. Nice light IPA and very easy to drink.

Apr 07, 2019
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SertralineShot from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs < 5% ABV. Like most such IPAs, it has a refreshing, citrusy flavor, but may taste weak if your are accustomed to higher alcohol beers.

Unfortunately I rarely buy it because its only available in cans where I live, and I'm concerned about BPA. Also, the 16oz cans sort of defeat one purpose of buying a session IPA, which is reduced alcohol consumption.

Mar 26, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps because we compare this beer to Stones larger and bolder beers, it falls flat and timid. While drinkable, with some zesty lemon-like finish, it is not beer any of us would be to stoked to order a second of.

Feb 16, 2019
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AleManDan from California

3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable and bitter for an inexpensive, session IPA. One of the best.

Lemon zest, floral and punchy thanks to dry hopping. It’s such a good deal in So. CA that it’s a no brainer.

Dec 26, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold coloration with a large, foamy head that recedes quickly. Smells wonderfully of floral hops and citrus fruit: grapefruit, lime, with a hint of tropical fruit: pineapple. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by floral, citrus hops: grapefruit, lime, with just a hint of biscuity malt and tropical fruits: pineapple, and pine. Finishes with a dry, light/medium bitterness and some sitrus notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

Even though the body is a little light, it's quite impressive how much hoppy goodness has been packed into this for a session IPA with such a relatively low ABV.

Nov 07, 2018
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ATL6245 from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Did I get one bottle out of a bad batch? I poured a bottle of Stone Go To IPA into a pint glass and it came up 95% foam! I've never had that happen, ever. It took about 10 minutes to get the entire bottle poured out because the foam was so thick and overflowing the glass. It smelled like a typical Stone IPA. Look pale yellow and cloudy. Tasted awful, way over hopped to the bitter side. No balance, but Stone Brewery is not well know for balanced beers. Left a coating bitter aftertaste that linger for a while. Very much like their standard Stone IPA. I'll have to give them another shot, but I was very disappointed. This one was close to undrinkable.

Sep 22, 2018
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack recently at the local Twin Liquor store near Lincoln Heights in SA. I was a bit disappointed to get home, open up the sixer and discover that it says "Enjoy by 03/01/18" considering that is now 6/4/18. But still, I hadn't tried it so I was relatively excited regardless.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. Faint head with very little lace. The nose is a strong pine scent with earthy undertones. But the taste is where things start to emerge here. Heavy hop presence takes control from the beginning and doesn't let go. Really nice hoppy flavor consider the low ABV. As the beer warms to room temp, the hops remain but the beer begins to give way to a more mellow malty feel, which is really quite nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

On the whole, a solid beer. It may have been a bit fresher if I'd gotten to it earlier, but it was still nice enough even three months past is "best by" date. It opens up more as it begins to air out and warm to room temp, which I recommend. I like the tallboy cans as well. Cheers.

Jun 05, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned May 2nd so it's all kind of fresh.

So, here we have another so called Session IPA. Most I have tried were lacking in balance, typical of the sub style.

I opened the can and yep, that smell of a Session IPA is there in spades.

Somewhat tropical nose, grapefruit, nary a malt aroma to be had.

The taste is fairly bitter, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit..pineapple, mango buried fairly deep, cracker malt buried even deeper.

Light bodied with lively carbonation, nah, more like thin bodied but not watery.

Nice lowish abv but I'll be danged if I can drink 2 "pints" back to back.

May 17, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-grapefruit,orange zest,mango,pineapple
-Follows the nose + pine,grassy
-medium carbonation
-light body
A very good Session IPA.

May 16, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can. Canned on 17/02/18, enjoy by 17/02/19
A super smooth go to IPA lots of hop give it a nice bitter finish.
As they say "Cans are Better"

Apr 29, 2018
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genesis72 from Massachusetts

2.12/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I must have gotten a bad six pack or something. Smell was complex, but nice, pour looked good, and the first taste was good. However, after the first taste the beer tasted like watered down celery. Initial flavors was complex and fruity but immediately shifted to being almost unpalateably bad. Finished one can then gave the rest away. Really hoping this was a fluke because I have always enjoyed Stone in the past!

Apr 21, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this the first time I have had a tall boy can from Stone. The medium suits them. Huge, patient white head appears from a strong pour above a golden body teeming with carbonation bubbles. Grapefruit is the loudest voice in the nose, along with biscuit, pine needles, and tropical fruits (guava?)

Taste is heavy on citrus and malts, but lacks the bitterness and any figment of face clenching. While extremely easy to put down, the texture and body both are a little thin. This is perfectly fine, just like the Founder's All Day and NB's Dayblazer, but not really a fully formed IPA as we have come to accept them.

I want to stress that this is still an excellent drinkng beer, and certainly has its place in your fridge, particularly when you have something to do with the rest of your day besides drool and watch sports. I just feel it is not really fair to measure this up against Ruinaition or Jai Alai or something. I continue to think that Session IPAs deserve ther own category because they are fundamentally different beers with different goals than traditional IPAs.

Apr 20, 2018
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sasamarinkovic89 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 16oz can. Pours yellow, little hazy, with a nice white head. Hops kick you as soon as you start to pour. Nice floral, hoppy aroma, with hints of pine. Medium body. Bitter on end, but not too much. Really good IPA.

Feb 22, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 12/7/17, BB 3/7/18. Hotel rocks glass.

A: slightly hazy gold with 1/4 finger white head that fades to a thin skim.

S: pungent floral and citrus hops. Dry. Smells like citra.

T: crisp, dry, super clean arrival turns to a first citrusy then piney bitterness.

M: this is the strongest part of this beer. It does not feel like a session IPA.

O: this is a really solid, straightforward hoppy light IPA. Widely available and great.

Feb 09, 2018
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pro45 from New York

2.16/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The only redeeming quality about this beer was how it looked in the glass. Tasted like wet celery and green peppers. A light lemon in the finish saved it from being a drain pour. Enjoy by date of 12/28/17. And that's when I sampled it. But I don't think it could go bad in three months. Canned date of 9/21.

Dec 30, 2017
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Arseel from Illinois

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

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Teku glass and produced a 2-3 finger head which dissipated quickly with thready lacing. Cloudy, medium gold with moderate carbonation. Hoppy with decided pine and citrus/fruit aroma. Some bitterness, but easy to drink.

Dec 26, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh can into a proper glass. Hey, it's a fucking pint! It comes in... yeah. Lighter color than their true IPA, but lovely pillow of a head with strong lacing, in fact very sticky foam. Good carbonation. Legitimately a decent IPA, despite the low ABV.

Nov 23, 2017
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BFrederickJudd from Czech Republic

4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hops, hops, and more hops. Hop bursting is a process where you add a huge amount of hops during the final brewing phrase and boil it only for a short while. And lemme tell ya, the result is amazing. Colour is pretty nice, kinda what you'd expect from a pale IPA. Smell absolutely knocked me off—they should start making perfumes and air fresheners off of this! Taste is quintessentially IPA-esque, only with a load more hops than usual. Feel is pretty nice, but could’ve used more alcohol—4.8% just isn’t what I would expect from this style. Overall—this is an amazing IPA, par for the course for Stone Brewing. These guys just cannot mess up and make a great beer, every product of theirs should be considered a national heritage. Thanks, guys!

Oct 31, 2017
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jonb5 from England

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300ml serving at Stone Brewing Berlin.

A: Cloudy, golden, large head which faded fairly quickly.

S: Cascade hop aroma, lime and grapefruit, floral.

T: Lime, grapefruit, fairly bitter.

M: Crisp texture, medium body.

O: Slightly overdid the bitterness, not quite balanced.

Oct 30, 2017
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willcull78 from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foam overkill. A good brew that when poured foamed up 3/4 of my glass. Had to wait for the foam to settle before I could take a drink. A mid-to-dark amber color. Opaque, not translucent. A good quality flavor, delightful actually. It was what I expected from Stone. The overall feel was good, being what I expected. Would not mind having a few more of these.

Oct 30, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

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

Deep yellow in color with an orangish hue and light chill haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium high retention. Fresh citrus aromas of orange a lemon zest. Light malt aroma beneath. Medium light bodied with high, yet soft, carbonation that nicely gives the impression of a fuller body. Light creaminess from the middle to the end. Medium high orange and lemon citrus flavors up front with light maltiness. Medium bitterness through the middle with spicy hop and caramel maltiness in tow. Finished with spicy hop and caramel malt flavors along with a light bitterness. One of the best low abv ipas I've tasted. Good body and feel along with solid hop character and just enough malt to balance it out.

Oct 12, 2017
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