Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,839
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
3,573
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
1,136
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,573 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of prototypic
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of genesis72
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I must have gotten a bad six pack or something. Smell was complex, but nice, pour looked good, and the first taste was good. However, after the first taste the beer tasted like watered down celery. Initial flavors was complex and fruity but immediately shifted to being almost unpalateably bad. Finished one can then gave the rest away. Really hoping this was a fluke because I have always enjoyed Stone in the past!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this the first time I have had a tall boy can from Stone. The medium suits them. Huge, patient white head appears from a strong pour above a golden body teeming with carbonation bubbles. Grapefruit is the loudest voice in the nose, along with biscuit, pine needles, and tropical fruits (guava?)

Taste is heavy on citrus and malts, but lacks the bitterness and any figment of face clenching. While extremely easy to put down, the texture and body both are a little thin. This is perfectly fine, just like the Founder's All Day and NB's Dayblazer, but not really a fully formed IPA as we have come to accept them.

I want to stress that this is still an excellent drinkng beer, and certainly has its place in your fridge, particularly when you have something to do with the rest of your day besides drool and watch sports. I just feel it is not really fair to measure this up against Ruinaition or Jai Alai or something. I continue to think that Session IPAs deserve ther own category because they are fundamentally different beers with different goals than traditional IPAs.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcberich
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glass_house
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TripelMark
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdorn
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bixby1971
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of sasamarinkovic89
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 16oz can. Pours yellow, little hazy, with a nice white head. Hops kick you as soon as you start to pour. Nice floral, hoppy aroma, with hints of pine. Medium body. Bitter on end, but not too much. Really good IPA.

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

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emincems
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 12/7/17, BB 3/7/18. Hotel rocks glass.

A: slightly hazy gold with 1/4 finger white head that fades to a thin skim.

S: pungent floral and citrus hops. Dry. Smells like citra.

T: crisp, dry, super clean arrival turns to a first citrusy then piney bitterness.

M: this is the strongest part of this beer. It does not feel like a session IPA.

O: this is a really solid, straightforward hoppy light IPA. Widely available and great.

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

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

Photo of littlestevie14
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold coloration with a large, foamy head that recedes quickly. Smells wonderfully of floral hops and citrus fruit: grapefruit, lime, with just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by floral, citrus hops: grapefruit, lime, with just a hint of biscuity malt and pine, followed by a dry, medium bitterness. Even though the body is a little light, it's quite amazing how much hoppy goodness has been packed into this for a session IPA with such a relatively low ABV. Also, my can was over half a year old and still had so much going for it. This must be even more amazing fresh.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,573 ratings