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: 455 | Ratings: 3,436
Photo of mkh012
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light, juicy yellow with a thin white head. Very nice looking beer.

Sweet tropical fruits on the nose.

Grapefruit dominant, low bitterness that lingers, some tropical fruits on the back end.

A little thin and watery but very good for a session IPA

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Photo of rex_4539
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden color, one finger white head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Sweet, tropical fruits, hops. A masterpiece of aroma. Could smell this all day.

T: Dry, malty. Bitter on the back end. I was disappointed it didn't taste like it smelled :(

F: Very dry but still drinkable on this hot Greek summer.

O: If only this beer tasted like it smelled. Such a shame.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep yellow with lots of fizz, carbonation is abundant with this beer. Decent foamy head with some lacing. Smells of light citrus, hops, and some pine. Taste is amazing, very smooth citrus, hops, grapefruit, and pine flavors with a crisp clean finish. This beer feels amazing and drinks so well, what a fantastic beer from Stone, this indeed is a go to IPA all the way!!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a crystal clear dark gold color, super bubbly, with a fat foamy off white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smells of juicy grapefruit, dank pine and resin, a snippet of orange zest, a little bit of onion, earthy and woody hops, and a light base of caramel sweetness.

Upfront, you're smacked with pine needles and grapefruit pith. You get a kiss of biscuity malt, and then a lip-smacking citrusy bitterness, orange oils, pith, and little onion that lingers long into the finish.

The mouthfeel is very light, kind of watery, as is expected for a session IPA. However, this is less watery than some, and the carbonation is soda-like and helps it feel a little fuller.

In a world saturated with mostly disappointing session IPAs, (in this BA's humble opinion) this one still rises to the top as one of the best, along with Firestone Walker's Easy Jack. Stone knows what they're doing with hops as always, and I would gladly buy this again.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smei-opaque yellow.

Smells like grapefruit.

Orange taste rings through first taste. Grape-fruit seed aftertaste that so many seem to love. Very tart, very citrus oriented IPA.

Feels alright, semi-dense and foamy.

Overall pretty good, but not for me.

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Photo of PaleRider6
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. About one finger of smooth head leaving some lacing. The color is a somewhat cloudy gold. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Smell of citrus and pine. Tastes mild citrus and sweet with a lasting bitter to slight sour aftertaste.

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Photo of colts9016
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Stone Brewing. A light amber color with a some yellow hues. The head is a white, foamy, and one finger thick. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.

The beer has grapefruit, resin, hops, floral notes, with toasted malt, and yeast.

The beer has a nice toasted malt backbone, with grapefruit, oranges, lemons, resin and floral note. There is a bit of breadiness.

The beer has a nice hoppy bitterness, with it lingering on the palate.

This is a good sessionable IPA. Good flavors, just nothing really stands out as freaking awesome. I would prefer this over a BMC.

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Photo of Riff
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Color is golden to a light amber with a white head about two fingers thick. Smells of grapefruit one moment and pine the next. Taste is of lemon with an underlayer of bitterness from the hops. Moves to bread and finishes with tangerine and malty sweetness with a tinge of bitterness. Feel is light bodied and fairly well carbonated. Overall not a bad session IPA but there are more flavorful session IPA's out there.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a thin white head. Smell is of citrus and pine. Taste is of bitter hops with a citrus and pine undertone. Feel is lightly carbonated. Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

The color is light gold, slight hazy with one finger layer of white bubbly head. The head stays for a while before sinking to thin white film with some lacing. There is not much carbonation with a slow risen effervescence.

Juicy in a nose by the domination of citrus and passion fruit, resin and pine are also there along with some earthy note. Malt is bready and only underlying behind.

Hops reveal and govern since the beginning of the sip. Again citrus, passion fruit and pine are swept throughout the palate. In the background, there is an existence of sweet bready malt to balance its ample hop bitterness before going to finish leaving pleasant bitterness and some malty sweetness as an aftertaste.

The body is light with smooth mouthfeel and crisp carbonation, finish is dry, clean and refreshing. The overall intensity may not be that much but you can’t go wrong with it. This beer is still pretty good for hop addicted and same time so sessionable.

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

Sharp and astringent session beer, initial hops blast is puckering. Lots of pine in this puppy, but overall light mouthfeel. Weight is also light, making this an easy drinker. Getting used to the hops attack up front, this gets better as you sip.

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Photo of LAp
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a Uinta vs Stone tasting event. Very interesting to try alongside some other hoppy offerings from Stone and Uinta. The lightness of the beer is unmistakable, particularly when had along side some true 7.?% IPAs. While it waters down the profile to some degree, it also lends the beer a brighter, crisper finish that, in the right mood, would be appreciated. The base beer though, in terms of nose and flavor profile isn't particularly overwhelming in complexity. It's like a neutered version of Stone's standard IPA.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a stellar session IPA. It is a little lighter in color, and the citrusy aroma is strikingly strong. This translates into what I think is the beer's one downside which is that the flavor is a little too citrusy.
Better on tap than in the bottle by a bit.

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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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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
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