Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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Ratings: 3,536 |  Reviews: 484
Photo of mattkoon
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this ipa is surprisingly light in color with a little white lacing. the smell is where the action is- packed with hops a and citrus- smell like a grapefruit rind. the taste is hoppy and powerful on the front end- but it wains....i was would have liked it to push on through. if you were to use this as your "go to ipa" it wouldnt be a bad thing- its a really solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They did it! They accomplished one of my brewing goals- to make a pale ale that was low in abv bit still felt like beer and not water!

Pours a clear golden color with a good two finger head, excellent retention and nice streams of lacing.

Smell is out of this world- as soon as you start to pour pine and citrus notes blast you in the face. I think I detect simcoes handiwork...

Tastes great as well- nice hop flavors and bitterness, a little toasted grain. What more can you ask for an easy drinking APA?

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing- light body, well carbonated, a tad bit sticky. I like it- much better than founders all day.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bennetj17
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, very clear. Not much of a head after the pour, and barely a pencil thin ring of foam after a minute. Looks a bit lacking on carbonation, but the smell is definitely enticing. It has a big citrus hop nose as advertised, with fruity taffy notes and a floral tinge.

The taste has the same citrus hop burst, and it really doesn't have much malt balance. It is clean, a bit watery, and where you expect that malt flavor to be, it is like it disappeared. The finish is nicely bitter, but still feels like it lacks something. The carbonation is actually fine on this beer, despite the initial appearance. Clean, light bodied.

Stone definitely succeeded in what they set out to do here: a low ABV yet west coast hop intensified beer. I love the idea of a session IPA, though it's hard to say if I love the finished product. It's very good, don't get me wrong, but just like some IPA's can get too strong on malt, this one borders on being too light. That being said, I am still going to drink more of this, and hopefully it grows on me more.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light orange in color with a white lacey head of foam.
Smell is nice and hoppy.
First taste was disappointing, somewhat watery. Follow on flavor had a belgian yeast type quality with no malt.
This is a light beer that would do well on a hot afternoon and something you could drink several of, but not one I think I would generally pick.I like my IPAs with a little more flavor.

As an after thougaht, this is a session ipa and shouldn't be compared to other non-session IPA'S :-)
More like a slightly hoppy Pale Ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,536 ratings