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: 442 | Ratings: 3,399
Photo of Bad_Fish13
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dank dank dank! Golden honey pour with a finger of white. The smell so dank it makes your eyes water. Very piney malt taste but a slight watered down finish. All in all a solid beer. The smell alone will bring me back.

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

Golden with a green hue, a slight haze, and little slow rising carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of foamy off white head.

Big orange, citrus, roses and pine. Garlic and rust.

Garlic, orange, marmalade, pine, hugely bitter on the end. Lemon rind.

Medium light body, resinous finish, little carbonation.

Found and drank in CNX May 3rd, 2016. Really good for the style. Just 0.5% below a normal beer's ABV, its still robust and flavourful.

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Photo of Namabiru
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass and enjoyed at home.
(A)ppearance - light golden color, slighty hazy. Carbonation head is great, but dissipates quickly, leaving strong lace.
(S)mell - floral, slightly piny...not a strong up front smell, but hopped a decent level.
(M)outhfeel - smooth, but light in body...nice touch on the tongue.
(T)aste - hoppy, not bitter, but strong enough to let you know its an IPA. Smooth and easy to swallow.
(O)verall - nice session IPA, not boozy and smooth enough to keep drinking on a spring day. Hoppiness lasts mandating that you drink more.

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Photo of gman1602
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone calls it a session IPA so I'll review it as such:
Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a tint of orange. Taking off points for the cloudiness even though as long as it tastes good I don't really care.
Smells great with a nice piney-fruitiness true to the bottle's description. Passionfruit on Pine trees.
Tastes like it smells with a nice burst of juicy hop fruitiness backed by a piney bitterness. Definitely has some bitterness but it is very well balanced.
Feel is great with some nice body and perfect carbonation.
Overall a great session IPA that hop heads can pound all night. Stands up well to regular IPA's.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle. Six months past "best by" date, but thought I would review it anyway.
L - hazy, orange-brown, almost no head, minimal lacing, low carbonation.
S - weak, some citrus, pine.
T - touch of sweetness at first, followed by bitterness. Hop forward.
F - medium, low to medium carbonation,.
O - mislabeled as an American IPA. Should be labelled as a Session IPA. Lots of taste and body for a Session IPA. Would drink it again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, bottled date 2-28-16, "enjoy by" date 5-28-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color with less than one finger white head, good retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet and flowery with some pepper and pine.

TASTE: this is a hop forward beer, pepper and pine resin, the malt is barely present.

PALATE: medium carbonation but a little watery.

OVERALL: this is not a perfect IPA by any means, I prefer all day IPA, but this is still a decent beer and I really appreciate the 4.5% ABV, allows you to have more than one, I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a solid session IPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/12....pours dark mustard bronze, light bright white foam with a thick ring. Bitter hoppy nose, malty, some citrus. Small flavor open, citrus, juicy, then bursts into a bright sunny hop. Pine in the close. Showcases hops well for a session.

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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 BrewAskew
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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