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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I had a 20oz glass of Stone Go To IPA on tap.

Smell is excellent. Lots of grapefruit and citrus.

Taste is great on the first sip, and then . . nothing. Go To tastes like a grapefruit-forward IPA that was mixed 50/50 with water. After the initial hint of grapefruit and citrus the flavor vanishes. There's not much malt, and what there is is very light - like crackers. It finishes very slightly bitter. After the first sip I can't taste bitterness at all.. Maybe I've been drinking too many real IPAs? Just because it's 4.5% doesn't mean it needs to taste watered down, does it?

Mouth is thin and a bit watery. Carbonation is decent.

This is probably a great intro-IPA for people that are used to light lagers. I'd definitely prefer it to a lager myself, and it's certainly easy to drink. That said, it's misleading to call this an IPA at all in my opinion.

Also, Stone insists that the lack of flavor is due to the low ABV. In my experience this isn't true. Hops have nothing to do with ABV. More hops in the boil, and a decent amount of dry hopping would improve this I'm sure.

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/10/14

A clear bright yellow with a few streams of bubbles feeding a finger of foam that falls to a thin film rather quickly but somehow manages to leave plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S canned pineapple, lemon, spruce, some dry cereal, and faint perfume and floral hops, strong and simple

T pine, citrus, spruce, taste is about what you expect from the style, not much malt but I suppose that's too be expected, hops are in charege

M light bodied, fluffs up from the bubbles, a mild bitter bite and just a little gritty, pine and lemon on the finish

O solid little ISA, goes down easy and I guess that's the goal, a tiny hop bomb, doesn't really have a malt backbone to hold it together but I can't really fault it for that being what it is

Good beer but another 20$ 6er in Alberta? I can't imagine that many people hate booze enough to buy this over their full strength IPA on the same shelf for the same price

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look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a clear golden/orange body with a thin white head which dissipated within a minute. The effervescence was very high in this brew

S- Piney hops dominate the aroma. The bread, caramel and yeast flavors from the malt are also very present in the background.

T - Similar to the aroma. A light hop flavor up front followed by the aforementioned malt/yeast flavors.

M - A bit watery, but that is to be expected for these increasingly popular "session beers".

I'd buy some more

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,450 ratings.
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