Stone Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of kevin3046
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with a massive head that sticks around a while. Heavy lacing. Strong piney smell. Moderate carbonation and creaminess. Tastes of very strong piney hops. Lets very little of the malts through. Very subtle lemon flavor makes its way through. One of the most hop heavy IPAs around. Pretty good, but a bit too heavy on the hops.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can dated 2/8/17. Somehow, I had never tried this before. Pours a fairly dark golden color. Despite a fluffy head when poured, this is a fairly low carb beer. This is a west coast-style hop bomb that delivers a lot of flavor for only 4.8%. Definitely solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz into Spiegelau IPA Glass. Canned on January 11th 2017.

L: Slightly hazy yellow-orange, two finger off-white fluffy head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, some pineapple.

T: Follows the nose closely, good citrus hop flavors, very juicy, oranges, grapefruit and some pineapple again. Some malt in the back but the hops overpower it.

F: Light body, dry finish. Low alcohol (Session) so excellent drinkability.

O: A really good IPA, another excellent beer from Stone.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Province, Phoenix AZ.

A: Lightly hazy gold body with white head and really nice head lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Nice hop juiciness, lots of citrus and orange character with underlying pith and rind. Lemon and lime, sweetness and pine.

T: Follows the nose, with some hints of biscuity malt pushing through, but dominated with upfront citrus character, orange, lemon, and even lime. Hop bitterness is balanced with a nice dose of sweetness.

MF: Light body with a slightly dry finish.

O: For what it is, this one is better than good. For an under 5% abv IPA there is a ton of hop flavor here.

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Photo of TerryW
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting beer, lots of nuance, not just mindlessly hoppy.

A bit of a tough pour just because it pi!ed up such a gigantic head. Big and chunky and handsome before settling down to a half cm cap and lacing along the way. Hazy pale golden yellow brew.

Fruit and citrus nose. Appetizi g grapefruit, orange, and passionfruit. Hoppy but not brutally so. Just a hint of ma!t to balance things off. Hoppy to taste, complemented by some tropical fruit, noticeable but just enough. Again, not crudely hoppy and quite tasty. Light to medium body, comfortable mouth feel. An enjoyable brew in all aspects.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a German can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Clear yellow in color, Go to produces a nice thick head.

Smell is great, loading up on pineapple and passionfruit, with a slight hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, but adds a nice bready base, and a nice bitterness that is well incorporated.

Very light bodied, and fresh and crisp, a great beer for summer.

Overall, a great session IPA that also doubles as a great thirst quencher, and will probably rock in the summer time.

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Photo of Vader444
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berlin canned version, poured into a 2/3 pint glass.

A lovely cloudy gold colour. Delicious. Well hopped, lightish body. A real easy drinker. As much as I love the original Stone IPA, I feel the ABV after a couple. This is a great alternative if you're in the mood for a few. Goes damn well with a spicy puttanesca pasta sauce too. Cheers!

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Photo of qrazvan
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berlin canned version. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really dank with chives and pineapple. Taste follows with lots of hops, dank and fruity, medium bitterness on the finish. Light body, crisp carbonation. Really good session IPA with lots of hops.

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

473 ml can served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Best before September 23, 2017.

Appearance - hazy golden yellow color with a loose but chunky finger and a half of white head, good retention and lots of lacing left behind.

Smell - quite a bit of hop presence with plenty of citrus namely grapefruit and lemon as the stars. A hint of star fruit for added complexity.

Taste - again lots of hops with and earthy citrus flavor. Tastes like fresh grapefruit with just a bit of lemon and orange added for good measure. A slight bit of some obscure tropical fruit in the background. Enough flavor to stack up against some of the heavier hitters. After a few sips the taste is piney rather than anything fruity.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, light body and drier than average finish.

Overall - just a very solid, lighter but full flavoured American IPA. Really good and I can see why this is advertised as a "go-to". Yum.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with lots of particles in suspension, I'm guessing this is hops. The chunky, craggy head lasts the entire glass, coating the glass in rings of foam. Gigantic peach, citrus and floral notes explode in the nose. A wall of grapefruit and lemon hops in the taste. An anemic malt profile is barely noticeable in the background. Mouthcoating bitterness and light carbonation. Immensely long bitter finish for the gravity, with a tiny bit of sweetness.

A fantastic session IPA, probably the hoppiest one I have yet tried. Excellent array of juicy hop flavors. Hopheads must try this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can purchased at the LCBO; dated Sept 23 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow hue, fitted with a puffy, billowing, off white-coloured crown of foam that sparkles under the light. It's two fingers high at first, but the relentless streams of effervescence force it even higher over the first few minutes, above the lip of the glass. But like all things, this head, too, shall pass - it slowly recedes downward over the next ten minutes, caking the glass with a layer of foamy lace as it erodes away, eventually producing a lumpy cap and thick collar. Gorgeous, and quite aromatic, too - my nose immediately picks out notes of grapefruit, apricot, floral hops and honeydew melon, as well as hints of wet pine forest, pineapple juice and green onion. Smells unabashedly hoppy, which I suppose is par for the course for this outfit.

Really tasty stuff, though the near-total lack of any malt presence is a little disheartening. There's a touch of grainy sweetness in there, but it's buried underneath 12 layers of hop flavours - citrusy grapefruit and lemon, with lots of apricot/peach accompanied by notes of melon and pineapple. The hop character takes a sharp turn on the back end, as the fruitier flavours are swept from the palate, replaced with intense pine resin and floral bitterness, fading down to hints of green onion and dank marijuana at the finish. Some lingering floral, resiny astringency in the aftertaste, but it's not particularly intense or persistent on the palate, which dries itself out swiftly. Light in body, with moderately assertive carbonation and a prickly, lively mouthfeel - this is a very refreshing beer to drink, with a crisp texture and satisfying flavours that belie its low abv.

Final Grade: 4.37, an impressive A grade. Stone's Go To IPA is a fabulous session IPA - certainly one of the best I've had to date. Unfortunately, this one suffers from the same problem as most other "ISAs" - specifically, that it's priced basically the same as the regular-strength equivalent, so there's no compelling reason to pick this over, say, Stone IPA (or the local analogue). That being said, the price has nothing to do with the grade I just gave it, nor does it necessarily guarantee that I won't be purchasing this one again (on the contrary: I certainly will). A must-try if you can find it fresh.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Go To IPA: I’m usually not too excited about session beers, but this “session IPA” is 4.5%, so it isn’t all that low in alcohol and I was interested in it based on a new hop bursting process that was employed in its brewing. It pours a somewhat opaque orange color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is of citrus, a little pine, a little floral, and some honey sweetness. The smell is a little more subdued than some of the other Stone IPAs, but has an unmistakable IPA character. The flavor is much hoppier then the scent suggested, however, and its composition is also quite a bit different than expected. Citrus is present, but it takes a definite backseat in this one with pine and floral hop character bursting to the forefront. Florals are particular present in the initial flavor, but then a strong, bitter, resinous pine flavor takes right over. There is also a definite sweet honey-like malt backbone that I haven’t seen in other Stone IPAs. I am definitely into the combination of flavors, in particular I think the malt sweetness and the floral hops work really well together. Unfortunately, I am not nearly as enamored with the overwhelming pine flavor that takes over, although I am sure many hop-heads would disagree with me. Overall a solid IPA, but I think they need to work a little finesse into the hop bursting technique or possibly consider other hops.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Co. - Go To IPA. 4.8% ABV. 16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 6/7/16, enjoy by 9/5/16. (Reviewed on 9/4/16).

Look: Hazy golden body, with a finger sized head from pour.

Smell: Dank hops, vegital like onions. Some citrus and grapefruit back the massive hop profile.

Feel: Light body, well carbonated. Drinks easy.

Taste: Judged by the aroma, this is a big hop forward IPA. Dank bitter hops, encompass the light fruit flavors.

Overall: Dank, light bodied, and easy drinkability. A little too hoppy for my tastes, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a hazy straw with a thin white head. Aroma is floral and hoppy. Tastes are very hops-forward with predictable bitterness plus grapefruit astringency. Lots of fruit and grass as well; certainly not boring.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can with a BB date of 11-22-16 served in a lager glass.
Slightly hazy golden-amber body with a durable white head and sticky patterned lacing.
Popping the top immediately releases a somewhat pungent, fruity hop aroma. Pine notes are obvious after the pour.
Flavor: less piney than the aroma with more dominance of citrus notes. Moderate, at most, bitterness.
Feel: light bodied with lively but soft carbonation.

Overall: an aromatic and flavorful session IPA that's probably as good as any I've tried.

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Photo of Spikester
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale gold with one finger of white head that stays about ten minutes. Great swath of fine bubble lace.
Smell is fruity hops some hop oil pine notes.
Taste is fruity bitter hops with a modest amount of malt presence.
Mouthfeel is thin body close to a light beer and good carbonation level. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall hops galore. Fine job for a "light" IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours - very clear golden yellow color with thick white head, excellent lacing.

Smell - Mix of great tropical mango, pineapple orange and hops. The smell is amazing so much tropical fruit

Taste - More mango, pineapple with some grapefruit mixed in along with nice hop flavors.

Feel - Medium body little dry

Overall - Excellent session IPA great flavors and the right amount of hops.

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Photo of mkh012
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light, juicy yellow with a thin white head. Very nice looking beer.

Sweet tropical fruits on the nose.

Grapefruit dominant, low bitterness that lingers, some tropical fruits on the back end.

A little thin and watery but very good for a session IPA

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Photo of rex_4539
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden color, one finger white head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet, tropical fruits, hops. A masterpiece of aroma. Could smell this all day.

T: Dry, malty. Bitter on the back end. I was disappointed it didn't taste like it smelled :(

F: Very dry but still drinkable on this hot Greek summer.

O: If only this beer tasted like it smelled. Such a shame.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep yellow with lots of fizz, carbonation is abundant with this beer. Decent foamy head with some lacing. Smells of light citrus, hops, and some pine. Taste is amazing, very smooth citrus, hops, grapefruit, and pine flavors with a crisp clean finish. This beer feels amazing and drinks so well, what a fantastic beer from Stone, this indeed is a go to IPA all the way!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled: 04/19/16
Enjoy By: 07/19/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus notes. The taste is also very nice hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very nice job by Stone on this Session IPA.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a crystal clear dark gold color, super bubbly, with a fat foamy off white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of juicy grapefruit, dank pine and resin, a snippet of orange zest, a little bit of onion, earthy and woody hops, and a light base of caramel sweetness.

Upfront, you're smacked with pine needles and grapefruit pith. You get a kiss of biscuity malt, and then a lip-smacking citrusy bitterness, orange oils, pith, and little onion that lingers long into the finish.

The mouthfeel is very light, kind of watery, as is expected for a session IPA. However, this is less watery than some, and the carbonation is soda-like and helps it feel a little fuller.

In a world saturated with mostly disappointing session IPAs, (in this BA's humble opinion) this one still rises to the top as one of the best, along with Firestone Walker's Easy Jack. Stone knows what they're doing with hops as always, and I would gladly buy this again.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smei-opaque yellow.

Smells like grapefruit.

Orange taste rings through first taste. Grape-fruit seed aftertaste that so many seem to love. Very tart, very citrus oriented IPA.

Feels alright, semi-dense and foamy.

Overall pretty good, but not for me.

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Photo of PaleRider6
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. About one finger of smooth head leaving some lacing. The color is a somewhat cloudy gold. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Smell of citrus and pine. Tastes mild citrus and sweet with a lasting bitter to slight sour aftertaste.

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