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IPA - American
Ranked #1,248
Ranked #9,032
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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rkf1976 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

May 17, 2014
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withliterature from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've now tried this beer on draft twice; no bottles yet.

Appearance: It looked yellow to me, and had no head at all by the time I walked from the bar to the beer garden.

Smell: Super strong hops! Lots of citrus, but also some more astringent herbaceous notes and some floral.

Taste: Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting from the hop-bomb scent, but not at all sweet, either. A very thin, dry flavor that disappears quickly, making it extremely drinkable and summery, although slightly drying.

Mouthfeel: I found that this beer had a very thin body that bordered on slightly watery. Not overly carbonated, although the dryness of the flavour emphasized the carbonation. All of this means it's very refreshing and extremelt sessionable, but by no means a full-bodied beer.

Overall: I am a fan of session IPAs; it's nice to get through three beers with friends and not be much affected by alcohol. I love the citrus notes, and would definitely buy this in hot weather. However, my go-to session IPA is still Founder's All Day. It's higher in alcohol, but overall a more solid beer.

Apr 16, 2014
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bpasquini from California

4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color and leaves a white fluffy head that vanishes quickly but leaves some good lacing on the glass, can easily see through this beer, its' appearance is more of a golden ale to me but it still looks nice

S: This beer smells really hoppy for the low ABV (which was the point of this beer, but they did a great job) I get some lemon zest, the perfect amount of pine, a little bit of grapefruit, and some mingled citrusy fruits, can barely notice some sweet malts, smells fantastic

T: The flavor profile for the low ABV of this beer is amazing, it's a bit mixed together but you can still notice all the different characteristics of the flavor profile, I am getting a slight hint of lemon zest, nice piney bitterness that you would expect from solid IPA, a hint of grapefruit and some bold mixed citrus flavors, incredible flavor profile for a session IPA, was a bit skeptical of this beer at first but it has blown my mind, incredible flavor profile for the low ABV

M: The mouthfeel to this beer is superb, you get the punch of a single, possibly a double IPA but the light, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel of a session beer, this category is what pushes this beer to the top for me, you will notice a slight oily presence to the feel as well but it is very light and compliments the beer, superb mouthfeel

O: This beer far surpassed my expectations and has blown me away, this beer will literally be my "Go To" session IPA, you must get your hands on this!

Apr 05, 2014
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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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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Dec 17, 2014
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qrazvan from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold colour, medium carbonation, light body.
Very nice smell, fruity (pears, citrus) and herbal. A lot of hops can be felt, as advertised in the description. Some bitterness also, but it is nicely blended with a great honey taste and feel, which is long lasting.
A great session IPA overall.

Dec 28, 2016
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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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Strat58cat from California

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll go with Arrogant Bastard over Stone Go To any time. I'd rather not Go To buy this ale again.

The look is very promising. It's a deeply orange-tinted amber. The ale appears to be relatively unfiltered, with an enticing cloudiness to it. The head foams up markedly. It doesn't retain as much as some, which makes it easier to pour. There is some lacing down the glass.

The smell is the first hint that something is amiss. Although it does have some fruit-forward hops, it's not quite right. It's neither here nor there. It's sort of tropical with maybe a piney note but basically it just smells like hops. It's not unpleasant like Samuel Adams' misfire Hoppy Red, but it's not awesome like other Stone ales I've tried.

The taste of this ale is reminiscent of Sculpin, although not that bad. Stone may be too talented to fall into the flaws of Sculpin. Both ales, however, are the product of going for a lighter malt. Go To is trying for low alcohol. Sculpin is trying to do a light malt to bring the hops forward. With Sculpin the outcome is a marked aftertaste that can seem fishy, and a notably oily finish. With Go To, the flavor and aroma are just not shooting out the lights like they do in, for example, Arrogant Bastard Ale. It's true that Stone IPA also hasn't got as much flavor as Arrogant Bastard, but there is enough flavor, and it is all good. In contrast, to my palate there's an off note in Go To. It's not repulsive, but it's not delicious. They may be using the same hops or process as Sculpin. I'm not sure.

The feel of the ale is light bodied. There's nothing wrong with it. It's not exactly watery, but the overall effort seems to have been to create a light ale, and to my taste it's too light.

Overall, this is a fully flavored light IPA, but not all the flavor is delightful. It's not a disaster but with all the great choices - especially from Stone - there's no reason to buy Go To.

Oct 01, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear golden amber color.

The aroma is just brilliant. Bright tropical fruits of mangoes and peaches, juicy oranges, with a hint of pine in the back.

The flavor follows, but less aggressively. It drives more of citrus, orange peel, a light bready malt, a light piney bitterness on the back along with floral and eucalyptus.

One of the best session IPAs I've had.

Mar 24, 2014
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent head into my glass.

Juicy, citrusy hops stand out on the nose. Mango. Pineapple. Grapefruit.

An absolute bouquet of citrus blasts the taste buds. Mango, grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine. Forget about malt, as it only imparts a slight buttery note.

Intensely bitter finish with a shit-ton of grapefruit.

Wow. So flavorful. I probably shouldn't suggest anything but I do think that perhaps the finish could be toned down a bit. Otherwise, a bona-fide winner.

Mar 19, 2014
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fx20736 from New York

1.85/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Bought a single bottle from AJs Beer Warehouse, July 2015. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel Tulip.

L: Hazy apricot, thin white head, barely any lacing.

S: Simcoe Hops- cat pee
T: strong herbal bitterness, Vick's Vapo-rub
F: solid
O: Can't stand this beer

Jul 29, 2015
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mpalestino from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

May 10, 2014
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mds1101 from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sep 12, 2015
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bigbutter from Virginia

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

Oct 12, 2015
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Cynic-ale from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Mar 14, 2014
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Hopcycle from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Aug 07, 2014
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

May 30, 2014
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Beeahluvah from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jul 05, 2014

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Sep 23, 2014
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Coffdaddy from Maryland

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far and away the best session IPA. Pick some up and drink it all summer.

Jan 31, 2015
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haines710 from Delaware

4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually seek out session beers but 16 oz can lured me in. Ending up loving this beer with taco dinner. Picked up the can at local supermarket near Wilmington, Delaware. Stone is a favorite and this beer exceeded my expectations. Great smell with yellowy color and not a huge head poured into a pint glass. This beer has huge hop flavor slightly fruity with pine. Not very malty and aftertaste is minimal. I will defiantly pick some up for the summer. Great beer to have with food in my opinion. My go to session beer.

Apr 01, 2017
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nomisma from Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -37.5%

Aug 30, 2014
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oldvines from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Mar 09, 2014
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