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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Ratings: 3,462 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stockatron
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safaricook
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/14/17:

Color and clarity remind me of an unfiltered hefeweizen, slightly darker gold, quite hazy. Also passable as a blonde. Served a little colder than I should have so that could be contributing to the cloudiness. Fine bright cream-white head of moderate retention, fine bubbled, heavy and wet, filmy to creamy, short. Nose of grass, rind, honey. Tastes very grassy, almost grainy. More hints of honey. At the beginning is fairly tart like lemon, but it finishes between iced tea and soap. Packs a more bitter punch than expected. Puckering finish, could be due in part to astringency. Medium-bodied with sloshy to creamy suds. Excellent cold even if not all the flavors are brought out. Fairly close to an number of English Pales and IPAs I have had.

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Photo of Bones10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of desint
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tallboy into silipint, nice 2 finger head, good retention and lacing. Hazy golden in the glass. Smells off today, not working. Taste initially a little dank pine and citrus, reviewing on the third one, first two were more citrus forward. Nice citrus pineapple in the middle with a mild bitter finish. Drinks well for 4.8, nice malt presence. This is a spur of the moment purchase, will be a repeat.

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

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eng_lee
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Light to medium, mostly straw golden in color. Head is the right size and retains very well, but the body has a medium haze.

S- The hop bursting is easily noticeable right away, as the hops burst out of the glass in a very citrus-forward aroma. A touch of melon and a hint of pineapple join the more traditional citrus hop notes. The back end of the scent is a bit more piney than the front, but only slightly.

T- Big hops burst forth again in an assault on the taste buds. The front end of the drink is fairly balanced without the hops overpowering the lighter malt base. As the drink progresses, the hops take over more and display the citrus first, then a more pine-forward flavor. The last bit of the drink displays an ethyl flavor that increases the bitterness and detracts from the overall flavor a bit.

M- This is a session IPA, and in that sense it does not disappoint. It drinks easy and still packs the expected hop punch that you get from Stone.

Overall, this beer delivers on sessionability and hop profile, but the ethyl flavor in the beer detracts quite a bit from the overall drinking experience.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass. Thin head with some retention, not too much. Big fruity nose, floral scents. Pine. Lots of dry bitter hop flavor. More pine resin than citrus. Crisp smooth mouthfeel. Good for a hop fix. Tasty.

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a very nice citrus/pine notes, with some very nice sweetness. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, very tasty. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of haines710
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually seek out session beers but 16 oz can lured me in. Ending up loving this beer with taco dinner. Picked up the can at local supermarket near Wilmington, Delaware. Stone is a favorite and this beer exceeded my expectations. Great smell with yellowy color and not a huge head poured into a pint glass. This beer has huge hop flavor slightly fruity with pine. Not very malty and aftertaste is minimal. I will defiantly pick some up for the summer. Great beer to have with food in my opinion. My go to session beer.

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

Photo of khargro2
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy golden body with minimal white head
Big candy grapefruit aroma golden syrup notes
That in the flavour with slight sulphur snatch
Good bodied

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Photo of anthony-s
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevin3046
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with a massive head that sticks around a while. Heavy lacing. Strong piney smell. Moderate carbonation and creaminess. Tastes of very strong piney hops. Lets very little of the malts through. Very subtle lemon flavor makes its way through. One of the most hop heavy IPAs around. Pretty good, but a bit too heavy on the hops.

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

Photo of Barleycorn
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

From a 16 oz can dated 2/8/17. Somehow, I had never tried this before. Pours a fairly dark golden color. Despite a fluffy head when poured, this is a fairly low carb beer. This is a west coast-style hop bomb that delivers a lot of flavor for only 4.8%. Definitely solid, but not spectacular.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
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