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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.

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Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 3,368
Photo of akolb
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Tangerine, citrus, pine
Taste: Big bitterness for the light body. Also some crackery malt. Quite dry. Astringent.
Mouthfeel: Light, lots of carbonation
The body is a little watery, but otherwise this is a fine session beer. However, I would prefer Odell's and Oskar Blues' session IPAs.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a big white head that leaves lacing and a ring that lasts. Nose is bright citrus and some tropical fruit. Very nice. Taste is flavorful for 4.5%. Nice bitterness, clean and crisp. Overall, probably the best session IPA I've had.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just one of those solid beers that is never great, but never disappoints. It has lots of fruitiness on the nose with minimal hops. Very easy to drunk on a hot summer day due to the blend of hops.

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Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fairly pale yellow color, slightly cloudy (dry hopped?), and with a nice creamy white head on top. Head lingers nicely.

Big solventy hop nose. More pine than citrus

Lovely hop flavor from the start. Some complexity with earthy and piney notes. Doesn't taste thin, but no assertive maltiness, either. The bitterness in the finish is there, but is gentle. If truly a "hop bursted" IPA as the bottle claims, that might explain it. Bitterness from late hopping tends to be more gentle in nature.

Low-medium body, medium carbonation. No astringency or warming.

A session IPA that hits the mark from my perspective. Tons of hop flavors and aromas in a little 4.5% ABV beer. Nicely done, Stone!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for a session IPA at 4.5%.

Nice juicy hops in the nose and in the taste. A good bitter finish with dank qualities

Great beer - but I think Red Racer ISA has the edge.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Light, golden amber body. Very fluffy foam with an inch of head.

A: Amarillo is dominant I think. Very straight forward with tangerine and grapefruit aroma

T: I'd say medium-bodied. Fairly light. Pretty much follows the aroma. There is no gimmickryhere. Straight forward hoppy (mango and tangerine). Little maltiness.

F: It's fairly well carbonated. I liked the mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

O: I prefer more complexity in beers but this was nice. Very easy to drink and straighforward hoppy. I kept thinking "honest IPA" in the back of my head when I was drinking it.

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Photo of BarmatChaser
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I notice grapefruit with some pine, but lemony overall. Starts bright and ends sour. Not really balanced, just a similar note all the way through. There are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Hazy, orange, soapy head
-Pineapple, pine
-Pine, biscuit, pineapple
-moderate carbonation

-Very nice. Would pick up again. Will be nice during summer months.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold and clear. Smell is nice with citrus, pineapple and nice pine from the hops. The taste follows the nose with a nice grapefruit taste and clean finish. Good bitterness and a surprising malt sweetness from a session beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours the typical Stone beer. Golden and clear
Smell - Dank, grapefruit, pine, citrus
Taste - Very herbaceous. Grapefruit, pine, earth and citrus all play a part as well

Overall - Decent, but there are better sessions out there in my opinion.

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Photo of m4gdelen4
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Very pale - bordering on blonde ale.

Smells DANK and amazing. Very similar to Enjoy By which I love.

It is hard for me to explain, but the physical mouthfeel is medium. However, there is a disappointing lack of malt body/flavor which makes this beer taste very thin. I get bored quickly after the initial heavenly hop flavor. The finish is very bitter, which is not a complaint.

Perhaps it is the style and my inexperience with "session-IPAs" but I found a beer such as Alpine's Hoppy Birthday (does it count as a session IPA?) to be much more satisfying with it's fuller body/ malt flavor.

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Photo of schematix
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this beer.

Unquestionably, this beer is all about the hops. Intense grapefruit and citrus flavor that would put most IPAs to shame. Tongue curling resinous finish that lasts.

This is a 6-pack i'm really looking forward to finishing in a single sitting, and at 4.5%, is easily achievable!

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

12 oz bottle. Bottling date 11/12/15

Pours a clear yellow body with a white head. Good retention and lacing

Smell is an earthy citrus . Mostly grapefruit. Very prominent !

Taste follows with a nice grapefruit bitterness

Medium feel is a little prickly

I didn't realize this was a "session" beer when bought it. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I have had many regular IPA's that were not this good. Leave it to Stone Brewing... Bravo !

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: My beer was a week and a half past its best by date but I figured I'd give it a shot anyway). Looked nice, a rich caramel-y color with a fluffy head about 2 fingers. Left tons of thick lacing. The smell was also nice: notes of lemon, freshly cut grass, and pine. Taste was still pretty good despite the old bottle. A lot of the hops were gone, but I still picked up some and the citrus-y flavors were pretty excellent. I imagine it's a lot more volatile when it's fresher, but I still found this to be an enjoyable beer and much better than I expected when I realized how old it was.

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

Pours to a permanent white head and decent lacing. Clear gold. Aroma is almost all hops, spicy, citrus, floral, herbal and pine. It smells awesome. Flavor is light and crisp and very hoppy like the smell. MF is big for 4.5%. Clean, crisp and surprisingly not annoying. Well done.

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

Pours a clear deep straw/pale gold producing 1 finger of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a pasty wash of splotchy lace. Aroma is floral/herbal, grapefruit, pine & grass (in that order) in a very faint caramel background. Taste is herbal/floral grapefruit, pine & a hint of tropical fruit with subdued pale & very thin caramel malt deep in the background. Starts hoppy and finishes hoppy, bitter, dry & lightly peppery. Aftertaste is a herbal & pine followed by grapefruit, dry with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly prickly & dry with a lingering astringency.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: December 6, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: toasting a 2-10 Browns team--first overall pick, here we come... APPEARANCE: golden amber body that cascades bubbles erupting upward; the head is stuff of legend, a creamy, single-finger consistency, while its lacing arches upward in coral-like strength... AROMA: dank Columbus and pungent Amarillo begin the experience, with aromatic lilac putting the West Coast squarely in its profile... moderate tangerine, grapefruit and mango make for a promising, yet scaled-down IPA... PALATE: full-bodied, explosively vibrant and strong in its aftertaste... light in its weight, with little suggestion of malt... a sessions ale, as targeted...TASTE: the dank, earthy spruce is here--strong, lingering and saturating... the mango and tangerine proves fruitful, while light malt presence ensures the hops are glorified--bitter and singular in its dank hoppiness... OVERALL: a beer that doesn't seek balance--and Stone doesn't seem to apologize for this either--and rewards in its singularity... difficult to believe that this is 4.5% ABV, given the amount of flavor packed into each sip--a joy to imbibe mid-afternoon, with no alcohol drag and a bombast of pine and citrus... an out-and-out win...

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Earthy pungent aroma with a strong summit/green onion presence along with earthy pine and dank resins. This is countered by sweet citrus and faint tropical fruit sweetness. Some pineapple and grapefruit along with a touch of mango/papaya. Nice balance of earthy and fruit notes but the onion-y summit presence is a bit overpowering and stronger than I prefer.

On the lighter end of medium body with a complex hop profile countered by a subtle malt backbone. Lots of earthy bitterness but not too dry with plenty of sweetness balancing things out. Dry and resinous with strong pine needle and spruce tip flavor. Grassy with some straw and spicy hops. Slightly vegetal with again a prominent summit/green onion presence. Not as strong as in nose but still one of the dominant flavors. Better balanced than the aroma with earthy bitterness, subtle light fruit sweetness and pale malt backbone. Some pineapple, grapefruit and tart lemon pith. Biscuit malt backbone with some bread, cracker and light fruit. Not overly complex or out of the ordinary but it's a very enjoyable session beer that remains pretty drinkable. Could use a bit more sweetness and and the onion summit character could be a little less prominent, but overall this is a enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Clear golden body and a bubbly head with fairly low persistence.
S- Strong and fresh clean piney hops mixed with lemons. Delightful nose.
T- Hoppy grapefruit with lemon and a sweet malt backnote. Dry finish.
F- Medium, fresh.
O- Great IPA, loved the aroma. Would have again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Gold color, white head. Tropical aromatic hop presence. Not puny. Pungent.

Great taste, minimal super dry malt, allows a shit ton of dry hopping to envelope your mouth, willing or not. Finishes so fresh and so clean. This is a great 1st tier session ipa.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone's Go To IPA is such a smooth beer. It has a beautiful golden straw color. Very little carbonation out of the bottle. Im instantly hit with piney hops on the nose. Has a medium body and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Tastes very much like a Stone beer. Great flavor for a session beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear with lots of carbonation as I pour but then it just runs still with only as occasional bubble headed upward. The head is thick, light and an off white color and it does stick around for several minutes. There’s very little lacing in this IPA.
Smell: Strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit and lemon zest; summer grass, herbal and earthy notes also follow. The spiciness follows last and brings the overall aromas to a pleasant experience.
Taste: Spicy, floral and hoppy, but not as hoppy, especially coming from Stone Brewing.
Mouthfeel: Very light bodied for an IPA, smooth but not as much carbonation as I expected.
Overall: Not a bad beer, but this is still below expectations for Stone Brewing, I do recommend trying this IPA, but I can assure you I won’t be buying it again.

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

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of golden yellow under a finger of white suds; high visible carbonation

S - tropical fruit and some pine

T - tropical fruit, grapefruit, floral, pine

M - light/medium body, high carbonation

O - I understand this is Stone's attempt as a session IPA, but I'm not a huge fan. Nothing about it is particularly bad, but nothing really stands out as good either. It's just a bit bland all around. The smell is weak and lacking in complexity, the taste is shallow, and the feel is lighter than I would like. Not a terrible brew, but I would much prefer a full-strength IPA.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
poured cloudy yellow gold to orange with a moderate white head
smell citrus, hops, pine, grapefruit yeast and slightly sour
taste of hops, fruity citrus grapefruit with a dry feel and bitter aftertaste
carbonated and light feel
of note: this bottle was past enjoy by date and the beer may have started to turn thus influencing my enjoyment and review not bad just not great. much prefer other stone beers

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the heaviness it presents. Feels like a strong IPA but at a settling and relaxed 4.5% alc . Very enjoyable and bitter. It's what works for. If you like hoppy beers, this is a beer for you.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,368 ratings.
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