Stone Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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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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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized off white head ever so slowly settles down above a clear bright rich golden colored beer that is quite bubbly.

Light soapy pine aroma with hints of light citrus coming from this Stone offering.

Light pine blended well with light citrus style hops.

Drying aftertaste with light pine tastes sticking around with a nicer than average body on this medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting beer, but was expecting more coming from Stone.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a nonic a dull lighter golden with a half finger white head that fades quickly leaving a half ring of broken lace behind.Lighter aromas with grapefruit rind standing out most with a bit of toasted cereal grain as well.A big shot of grapefruit and lemon oil hits ya on the palate and lingers for quite awhile along with sweet biscuit in the finish,quite a nice shot of hops.Maybe the best "session" IPA I have had yet.

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Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yay, another Stone IPA, sessionable too. Best by 5/21/14.

Pours a light but smaller fizzy bubbly head covering that fades at med pace, light soapy lacing, very clear golden honey colored beer.

Nose is very strong, quite dank with big musty cat pee and wet hay, oniony, pine and spicy marijuana, a bit of earthy forest floor and pine cone as well, mild rind and pith. Very very little malt underneath.

Taste brings mild golden malts at first, but that disappears very quickly for the dank stinky hops, pungent herbaceous, musty, little pine sap, pine cone, forest floor earthy flavor, again little cat pee dankness and spicy flavors, mild rind and pith from some citrus fruit. Mild sweetness at first but quickly turns dry and quite bitter. The bitterness lingers for a while on the finish, dry finish with a bit of pine and resin lingering, little earthy and spicy hop too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall, meh, not really up to par with the other Stone IPAs IMO, so much dankness, resin, cat pee, forest floor, etc, with no malt to help it so it just goes rampant and smashes your taste.

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Photo of superspak
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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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 NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone "Go To IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 05/0515"

Stone "Go To IPA"... should be an easy one, right? Let's see. Typical IPA appearance although perhaps a little more "golden" than might have been expected. Slightly hazy, but probably from dry-hopping, so no complaints there. The head retention and lacing seem quite good. On to the aroma: pungent, resinous, citrusy - actually quite dank... interesting. The flavor is also a bit pungent and resinous, as well as piney, but there's also much more citrus present than the nose let on (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon). I thought to myself, "if there's no malt going on beyond these hops, that'll still be OK for me", and it's kind of true - both for myself, and within the malt, which is somewhat biscuity but really just basic. Hmmm. I wish I hadn't thought that, because now I have a conundrum... is it OK with such a basic malt, or do I need more to support those intense hop flavors? Or does the malt allow those hop flavors to do what they want and just go to town? In the end I guess that's a question that really can't be answered. This has the bombastic hops of a bigger IPA, but the base of a much simpler IPA... it kind of leaves me looking for the malt of an "average" Stone IPA... but then I don't quite get the hops... so it's a trade-off - other than going to a bigger IPA (with much more alcohol) I'm a little bit stuck with one or the other... hmmm??? What I'll say then is that it's a welcome addition to the Stone line-up that has it's time and place. I'll gladly have more of these in the future, and I'll have plenty of other Stone IPAs as well, but for something like a 5 or 6 hour long deep sea fishing voyage these'll do just fine and I won't wake up as we return to dock covered in fish guts and empty crushed cans of Bud Light! (Not that that has ever happened!)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very well-balanced. There’s a strong fruity citrus sweetness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering. The malt character is on the thinner side but is exactly where you typically find it in a “Session IPA”. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the Westons cider glass this is light yellow with a big white head. Bubbles streaming more than you usually see. Big carbonation in the mouth with a distinct club soda tang. Still, the aromatics are appealing. Nice scent of grapefruit with the suggestion of orange blossoms.

The problem with "session IPAs" is they are thin and bitter. It's a challenge to lower the malt and alcohol and I'm always interested to see what people are doing. Sharp and endlessly bitter.

If you like that pure hop burn, this is an outstanding example with no malt to confuse the senses. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, yellow-toned body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: Citric fruitiness, a little sliver of melon. Pine, florals. Maltiness is modest, just a little lightly toasted grain.

Taste: Nominal malts with a little grainy dough kick and a minimal, initial sweetness. Citrus, with a tropical fruity bent to it and steely pine. Medium-plus bitterness. Growing acidity as the lingering, accumulating bitterness which develops into the drying, citric, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium plus carbonation.

Overall: Black, White and Session IPA's. Where do IPA's go from here?

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden yellow + apricot. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium patches of medium sized bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and just a hint of grassy hops. Light aromas of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and tropical/pineapple hops. Just a hint of dankness to the hop flavors as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp

O: A very nice take on a session IPA - a type of IPA that I am partial to because I like to be able to have a few beers in a session without really feeling the effects. Slightly thin though that is something I expect in a session IPA but great flavors and aroma. I would get this one again as it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 12oz with me enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is resplendent golden very clear with an almost grape juice champagne look with thck white head with tight bead, spots of lace stick. The aroma is very good -tropical hop aroma with floral and light citrus tea-like scent with herbal and mild tangerine fruitiness with a subtle green tea note. The feel is very good with light but still resinous texture moderately carbonated with deep hop bitterness that fits the body without going overboard, finish is dry and mildly grassy.

The taste is great -strong citrus with lots of herbal dankness and tropical fruity flavor with some light malt in the background and hits of hop astringency like a tea with that gentle grassy hint and subtle grapefruit bitterness lingers. Overall this is one of the better examples of a 'session IPA I have had - plenty of hops giving the impression of a more hoppy regular strength..very good for a small beer

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of pearl white head. God head retention & lacing

S: Loads of tropical fruit, great nose

T: Grassyness, mineral dryness, pink grapefruit up front. Some bready notes hiding behind lemon grass, along with grapefruit pith, more dryness as this warms. Finishes slightly dry with grapefruit & lemon zest & a wee bit of pineapple

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I would love to see them can this. Perfect warm weather IPA

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good bar pour head. Leaves decent lace on the glass (a bit of blanket with some random spots). Pale gold color and quite clear.

Stronger pine aroma from the hop than I think I've ever experienced from a beer. I like it and yet I am surprised.

After the initial, typical pale malt presence, the hop comes in as a total bomb. It's harsh and unforgiving. Interestingly, the aftertaste is not big, but it lingers. I like it with some hesitation. The complexity is interesting but the flavor is non-traditional. The body and carbonation is pretty conventional for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

Another "session IPA"? Jesus, is 1% ABV really that necessary to trim from our beers, guys? Anyway, off of my soapbox, this stuff pours a lightly hazy golden brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel-drizzled biscuit, lime zest, pine resin, grass, and light menthol. The taste brings in more of the same, the lime, grapefruit, resin, and menthol combining for that characteristic Stone assault on the tastebuds. Fuck you, balance, I guess, but, hey, Stone's done good work with that mentality in the past, so what the hell do I know? Here, though, there's not enough to balance out any of the hops' attack, so it just comes across as too much for no real reason. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough IPA, but the hops here just go too far for the beer's own good, a position I've found myself in somewhat often lately when it's come to Stone...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 05/18/14 notes. Bought a 6er of this, 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing and frothy head. Looks nice.

s - Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, earthy malts, and light tropical notes. Nice nose, grapefruit dominates but a good amount going on for a lower ABV IPA.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, bitter pine hops and citrus hops, bready malts, earthy malts, fruits. Quite a bitter bite to it considering it doesn't seem to be a hop bomb, and is lower in ABV. Step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Bitter bite to it. Otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice nose on it, but the taste is a little weak and quite bitter. Personally I was a bit disappointed with this one and I would just go for an Enjoy By or normal Stone IPA before this again. If I was looking for a lower ABV beer, I'd personally just grab Founder's ALL Day IPA over this again.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden body, slow effervescence, half inch of bone white head. Lovely aroma. Huge hop nose. Wonderfully fresh flavor. Light in body without being watery. A solid beer. This will certainly be a "go to" for me in the future.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop again on Friday and once more, I was looking to fill a mixed sixer. I am anxious to resume The CANQuest (TM) again, and especially if the backlog of pics gets approved.

From the bottle: "A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA"; "Since Day One, we've been abundantly forthright and full 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 are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a 'session' IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed 'hop bursting, ' a new technique in which 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 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."

I began with an aggro pour, resulting in a brief pseudo-cascade that settled into finger of dense, off-white head with limited retention. It did leave nice lacing in its wake as it fell, which was kind of nice. I would say that the color was more Yellow than Gold (SRM = 4 -5) and it had NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled very citrusy, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was citrusy, all right, but it did not have the intensity of the nose. Therein lies my problem with these new "Session IPAs" - they rely on aromatic hops, but do not come with the bitterness expected in the style when it comes to taste, which is what really counts. The finish was kind of bitter, but until they develop a new style for this type of beer, I am not going to rate it terribly highly as an AIPA. I just found it to be unfulfilling as a whole.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
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