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IPA - American
Ranked #1,265
Ranked #9,862
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.

Featured Hops: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Crystal, Magnum, Mosaic, Sterling, Hopsteiner 06300
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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

After trying a lot of session IPAs, I basically ended up avoiding the style save for Founder's All-Day. Well, this bottle of beer, which I consumed on the porch during the pandemic, reminds me a lot of All-Day. It has a soft hop bitterness. Many sessions are almost overly hopped and quite thin without the malt backbone.

Jun 16, 2021
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Spike from England

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml can.
L: Hazy marmalade colour with a long lasting head and sheets of lacing.
S: Incredible rich, earthy aroma. Like freshly turned soil.
T: Wood and resin.
F: Bitter and astringent, as it’s supposed to be.
O: A full-on west coast IPA at only 4.7%. It’s technically very accomplished but the mouthfeel still suffers and I’m not convinced that a beer this bitter will ever be truly sessionable, regardless of its ABV.

Jun 05, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml can, brewed in Berlin. ABV is 4.7%. Bought at Gulating Ølutsalg, Stavanger. Hazy golden colour, small white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, a hint of dill. Hoppy and citrussy flavour, slightly sweet, also notes of tropical fruits and pine needles. Bitter finish. Good beer.

May 08, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, great white head, awesome retention and lace
Pine, orange zest, and light dank
Light orange and pine, a little bit of sweet malt, but kinda thin tasting
Light bodied and good carbonation
I feel that this would be a good beer for outside around the grill in the summer, not just getting in from walking the dog in the winter. I'd probably like it better then. Tried my best to be objective

Dec 27, 2020
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, tulip, bottled on 10/22/20.

Light gold yellow, big fluffy head with great retention.

Nectarine, lemon, tangerine. Impressively aromatic with lots of delicate fruit.

Two row, gritty bitterness that’s really great for a session IPA, and lots of fruitiness. Lychee, tangerine, white grape, stone fruit.

Light body, dry finish, impressive bitterness.

In the running for best session IPA I’ve had. Hop aroma and flavor are all there, including significant bitterness and great drying, bitter finish not usually seen in the sub-style.

Dec 25, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Zesty citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit, grassy, resinous pine, and crackery malt.

T: Citrus zest, grapefruit and lemon,a little tangerine and lime, grassy, resinous pine, subtle fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, apricot, and mango, crackery malt, pretty much bone dry finish.

M: Light body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Haven't had this one since it was first released, before I was on BA, so it's nice to get to try it again. Takes me back to when session IPAs were the new toy on the shelf. To its credit, this one is bright and crisp, and would definitely do the job as a lawnmower beer. That said, it does have a bit of the trademark session IPA watery-ness, and there are other session IPAs out there with a bit more balance and flavor. Wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't be my "go to".

Dec 21, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Lightly hazy, bright golden hue, slim white head.

Aroma: As advertised, very vibrant and utterly bursting with hops. Bold and bright citrus and pine. Ah, so nice.

Taste: More of that big, fierce and shining hop flavor, with just enough juicy malt below. Lean bodied, with a dominant buzz of hop bitterness. Drinkable, yes, also refreshing and tasty, too. It's good beer, and I can drink it, but…just doesn't thrill me. I really don't desire the session IPA. I like the regular ones just fine, thank you very much. Faced with the choice of this or a regular Stone IPA, I know where I'm going.

This one is merely "okay", and that's not what I expect out of Stone. Low on my priorities.

Dec 16, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Clear, bright golden color, with a finger or so of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Getting a lot of citrus notes in the aroma. Orange, lemon, and lime zest, along with the fruits themselves, some biscuity malt, mango, and a strong smell of pineapple.

Tasting primarily the citrus zest and rinds too. Nicely bitter hops, some pine and resin added in the flavor, along with the biscuity malt. Can't say that this beer tastes sweet however. Body is medium light.

Dec 14, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz botted 10-22-20, best by 2-19-21. Opened 11-26-20.
1 finger white head with very good retention. Full, sticky lacing.
Clean, bright, golden IPA.
Lemon-lime in the nose up front with a bit of green (grass/pine) underneath.
Zesty lemon and spicy grapefruit bitterness are the prevalent flavors. Some stone fruit - peach as well.
Light body, bright entry, medium + carbonation. Moderate but lingering bitterness in the dry finish.
Well done, Very Good as a sub-5% IPA.

Nov 27, 2020
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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 (BC)

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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