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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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-03-2014

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Hopbursting-sounded alluring! So the usually cool Stone Brewing bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a medium white head that has decent retention. Nice foamy lace down the glass. Nose is bitter and acidic. No discernable malt character. Mouthfeel is medium which is surprising given the thin appearance. Taste is just a slight malt character followed by big citrus and pine hits. Moderately bitter but finishes clean. The second bottle was better. Perfect for a hot summer day. Let your friends quaff bud light while you enjoy big hop in a little beer!

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass for purposes of this review. A light harvest gold color with billowing sudsy head that tones itself down to a more manageable three fingers or so. After being absolutely blown away by other Stone IPAs, expectations are high. And they are met, although this brew is decidedly different from Stone IPA or Ruination (obviously). I Googled the tech specs and there are many hops in here, including a few experimental cultivars: Goes beyond the Centennial/Columbus/Chinook stalwarts that perform so admirably in the stronger Stones. Lives up to the session IPA billing and indeed could be the best exemplar of this substyle I've sampled to date. The drinker is greeted with lush vibrant aromas of melon, passion fruit, grapefruit, canned peaches, mango, grapes, and something more herbal and resinous as well, juniper or pine needles. A whole fruit bowl with added seasoning. Add orange, lemon, and pear to the palate and a very gentle malt body almost devoid of clear cut sweetness and you've got a highly drinkable yet potently flavorful winner. Vibrant fresh citrus and melon flavors, with that characteristic Stone herbal overtone as well. I hereby coin the term "melon forward". Light bodied, almost airy, with moderate carbonation and finishes dry, fruity, and floral. Wonderful stuff nearly beyond reproach. Maybe the body is TOO light? Maybe I'm reaching there.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Very light with a huge hop aroma. Low ABV and high drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,518 ratings
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