Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-03-2014

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another entry into the latest fad. a fad for now, but i think its here to stay. session hop forward beers are fun, good in all weather, and add a new layer to what we mean when we think about crushable beer, but stones offering is a little short of some of the best in the business, although still quite tasty. where others fail, this succeeds. it is truly sessionable in terms of abv and feel, which is definitely light and bright. great bubbling fizz and a tongue tickle with only low body, works. what doesnt work for me, at least compared to founders all day, which continues to be the measuring stick in this arms race of demilitarized india pale ales, is the raging bitterness that comes on early and lingers late. i dont want or need all that here, just add the hops to the boil a bit later, preserve some aromatics and save some bittering for the next brew guys. its not offensive or anything, this is rock solid beer through and through, but it lacks the citrusy or at least dominant hop flavor that isnt just bitterness. the smell shows it a little and the first sip confirms it. thats being critical though, because this really is outstanding beer, but with so many going right now, i think this takes a bronze medal in the field at the time being, some of the more obsucre beers like bikini from evil twin not withstanding.

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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 5/26/14.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and has a great hop presence that comes through especially well in the aroma.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a golden color with a soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a very nice hop aroma, the taste has a light clean hop flavor to it. The feel is crisp and refreshing. Overall it's a very good session IPA, probably my favorite one thus far.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties that consistently left a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of grapefruit hops and a light amount of associate bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is certainly very easy to drink, but seems to be over carbonated and isn't as flavorful as some of the other top "session IPAs".

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, another awesome souvenir brought back for me by doktorzee from Sin City. From 'drink now', to 'drink a shitload of', I am indeed running the gamut of the Stone marketing department's idea sharts (sorry, I have an infant, and that word is in heavy rotation around here right now).

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy Ewok abode lace around the glass as things slowly move down, y'know, to where the kitchen is.

It smells of, well, dank pine and leafy resinous hops, musty orange, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus pith, bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, and a further herbal, weedy (yeah, that kind of weedy) hop bitterness. The taste is sharply bitter and acrid pine-cones and needles, perfectly denatured domestic citrus rind, a touch of that middle part of the pineapple that you normally cut out and discard, crackery pale malt, the ghost of compromised caramel, and more, kind of late-arriving herbal lemon notes.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, and just barely able to clock in for their measly paycheck, the body medium-light in weight, and perhaps not so smooth, a normal gimmee, and yet this is a hill I'm willing to die on now, for some godforsaken reason - oh, right - the hops! It finishes rather dry, bitter, hoppy, and seemingly willing to corrupt my offspring.

Session IPAs are poised to push the venerable saison off its teetering pedestal as the beer style-du-jour. I'm of two worlds concerning this development - one, I lurve me my Alpha-rific hops, and could well do with them not making me speak in tongues after one freaking serving, and yet two, how is this just not a hopped-up APA? Comes down to meta wankery, I suppose, and my eyes are already drooping at the thought, and honey, it ain't the booze.

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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the hop presence that is classic "Stone" but with the dry body to make any IPA proud, this near-session IPA is leading the way to change the landscape of American ale. Is this the new American Pale Ale?

With a golden "beery" tint, this otherwise seemingly Selzer appearance is light, crystal clear and highly effervescent. Nearly mistaken for champagne, only an arid a fluffy white cap says otherwise. Its surprising long retention and smattering of lace say that this is one well made ale.

Its bright and citrusy aromatics start with the pungent character of grapefruit. Lacking the juicy character of ripe red citrus, the scent prefers the more piquant white versions- peels, pulp, pith and all. Its citrus upstart is laced with the scent of pleasant leaf, grass and pine. With little malt backbone to speak of, only a wafer-thin honey and caramel cameo appearance is noticed.

Much the same in taste, its thin malt flavor skirts right along the tongue and evaporates off the palate. What ensues is a wallop of hop flavor. White grapefruit character offers a tangy acidity that develops rapidly toward a resinous bitterness of pine, fresh-cut grass and herbal cannabis- in true Stone fashion.

Its clean and refreshing palate makes quick work dancing along the taste buds- that ample carbonation pulls the beer from the mouth and ushers in a quick and minerally finish with minimal warmth and slight hop-derived astringency.

Its a marvel of a beer and one that can be taken down with a few quick drinks. But with its light alcohol content, I think I'll have another.

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2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
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-

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/25/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge peach, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big peach, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an awesome session IPA! All around great complexity of bright hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a bubble show that produces three fingers of foam above the slightly hazy goldenstraw colored liquid; excellent retention with spotty lacing

Smell: Bursting with white grapefruit, lychee and mango aromatics

Taste: From stem to stern the white grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors detected in the aroma dominate; the finish is dry, with the fruit flavors lingering

Mouthfeel: Not bad, for a session IPA; light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the more hop-forward session IPAs I have encountered

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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