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Stone Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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3.96/5
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3,513 Ratings
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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:
#4,640
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
3,513
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle that I got from a $9 sixer, bottle date indicates it might be three weeks old. bright yellow-orange color, good white head. Aroma is really nice tropical fruits, tons of hops here, very west coast. Flavor is the same, lots of tropical fruit hops, not much pine or dank, very hoppy ans also doesn't taste thin like a lot of low alcohol IPA's seem to. I was hoping this would be like the Kelsey McNair collaboration and while it is not as good it is quite a nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized off white head ever so slowly settles down above a clear bright rich golden colored beer that is quite bubbly.

Light soapy pine aroma with hints of light citrus coming from this Stone offering.

Light pine blended well with light citrus style hops.

Drying aftertaste with light pine tastes sticking around with a nicer than average body on this medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting beer, but was expecting more coming from Stone.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of 05/21/2014 printed on the bottleneck. The new session IPA from Stone that just arrived in town today. Pretty excited to have it, I'm expecting nice things.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful golden colored body with ridiculously amazing clarity. One finger of soapy frothy white head. Nice thick scattered soapy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is fresh, juicy, & tropical. Lots of pine, grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine, citrus rinds, mild creaminess / soapiness, & skunky cat piss acidity. Smells excellent.

T - Taste isn't nearly as assaultingly bitter as most every other Stone offering, which is a pleasant change of pace. Tastes exactly like how it is - a watered down IPA.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Good lingering piney / citric hops lingering on the palate. Extremely light-bodied, easy-drinking, and good carbonation.

Overall, a nice session IPA from Stone, easily one of the best "light IPA's" I've had, and I would easily have no problem drinking this again, over the course of a hot summer's day. A pleasant addition to Stone's line-up.

Stone Go To IPA ---4/5.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the Westons cider glass this is light yellow with a big white head. Bubbles streaming more than you usually see. Big carbonation in the mouth with a distinct club soda tang. Still, the aromatics are appealing. Nice scent of grapefruit with the suggestion of orange blossoms.

The problem with "session IPAs" is they are thin and bitter. It's a challenge to lower the malt and alcohol and I'm always interested to see what people are doing. Sharp and endlessly bitter.

If you like that pure hop burn, this is an outstanding example with no malt to confuse the senses. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sad new guys. The beer I loved and reviewed has been assaulted by stone and ruined. Bumping the abv .3% added a LOT of malt character, giving the beer more body, more mouth feel, and completely ruined the wonderful malt the hop balance and the sinfully great summer beer qualities of this beer. Instead now we just have another pretty good IPA. The malt is just overpowering adding so much additional caramel and bread flavors. Yes, I get that it added a bit to the mouth that some felt was weak but they really created a whole other beer.

My scores for the now retired, good stone go to IPA were

look 4.75
smell 4.5
taste 5
feel 5
Overall 5

As you can see the malt increase and abv hike seriously hurt this one.


So I have two ways of thinking on a beer review. What was the goal and did they meet it. The other being do I love this beer? With Stone Go to IPA they're naming it something pretty darn epic. A beer that I should ALWAYS go to? That's lofty. Add in they want this to be session worthy and be an IPA? Founders did an ok job with all day ipa, it was good, not great. However stone already makes one of the best damn beers under 5% with Levitation so can they make a hoppier and better version?

Well, I'll end the suspense. This is hands down the best beer under 5% I've ever had. This beer is simply amazing. Exploding "bursts" of grape fruit hops, so amazingly fruity with just enough malt to keep it from failing and without so much bitterness as to turn to beer into a bittery water mix.

The amazingly clean golden body....creamy mouth feel.

Look, I could write more but here's all a review needs to say. This is very possibly my favorite beer not named bourbon county stout and without a doubt my new go to beer. It's not a 10% super complex monster. It's just an amazing beer that I can have many of without losing control and it's so amazingly tasty I just might do that often!

Stone....you have made up for the total utter SHIT beers that raped my wallet called Crime and Punishment. And I'll be honest, I didn't think that was possible!.

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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 5/14/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very light transparent golden; fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades leaving nice lacing and great retention. The aromas have that classic Stone aroma, but in a subtle way. Some citrus followed by a touch a garlic and onion. There's some malt in the background as well. The flavors are pretty clean. Some fresh pine needles seem to lead the way. Grass. There's a touch of caramel. Some lime zest too. The grapefruit is subtle, but makes its mark. The bitterness isn't overwhelming and comes off very clean. It's crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is great. It's light, but has active carbonation making it very creamy and fluffy. It's extremely smooth.

This is a nice Session IPA. It's not watery at all. It might not be the most interesting one I've come across, but it's well crafted and fits what Stone does.

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,513 ratings
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