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:
#5,730
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
3,561
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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135
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours gold with stunning clarity, quickly builds a one finger, stark white head. Lacing left on the glass is attractive and this one has good head retention.

Bright and floral, immediate tropical notes of lychee, grapefruit pith and dried mango. As the beer is allowed to warm more orange citrus and light pine come out. Very lacking in malt aroma or sweetness, soda crackers and maybe some fine cereal grain.

Odd, no malt character, it's dry like cardboard and adds grain husk flavors in the finish. Hop flavors are dominant but also not powerful, leading in floral and grassy. Hay, grapefruit pith and dried tropical fruit. Very mild bitterness.

Good carbonation and a medium-light body lead to one very drinkable beer. Dries well enough and alcohol is a non-factor.

So what we have here is essentially a light lager beer base and floral/tropical hops. Tastes decent, drinkable but also completely unbalanced. Without the malt presence it seems Stone was unable to go to their typical hard hitting flavor and bittering hop varieties leaving this one feeling out of place in their extensive lineup. With the session IPA trend just building up I think there will be plenty of opportunities to not, go back to this beer in the future.

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Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,561 ratings