Stone 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 dwagner003 on 02-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,472
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
1,095
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,472 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of haines710
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually seek out session beers but 16 oz can lured me in. Ending up loving this beer with taco dinner. Picked up the can at local supermarket near Wilmington, Delaware. Stone is a favorite and this beer exceeded my expectations. Great smell with yellowy color and not a huge head poured into a pint glass. This beer has huge hop flavor slightly fruity with pine. Not very malty and aftertaste is minimal. I will defiantly pick some up for the summer. Great beer to have with food in my opinion. My go to session beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned
Pours a very slightly hazy golden body with minimal white head
Big candy grapefruit aroma golden syrup notes
That in the flavour with slight sulphur snatch
Good bodied

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Photo of anthony-s
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevin3046
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow with a massive head that sticks around a while. Heavy lacing. Strong piney smell. Moderate carbonation and creaminess. Tastes of very strong piney hops. Lets very little of the malts through. Very subtle lemon flavor makes its way through. One of the most hop heavy IPAs around. Pretty good, but a bit too heavy on the hops.

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

Photo of Barleycorn
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can dated 2/8/17. Somehow, I had never tried this before. Pours a fairly dark golden color. Despite a fluffy head when poured, this is a fairly low carb beer. This is a west coast-style hop bomb that delivers a lot of flavor for only 4.8%. Definitely solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of fatneck13
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz into Spiegelau IPA Glass. Canned on January 11th 2017.

L: Slightly hazy yellow-orange, two finger off-white fluffy head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, some pineapple.

T: Follows the nose closely, good citrus hop flavors, very juicy, oranges, grapefruit and some pineapple again. Some malt in the back but the hops overpower it.

F: Light body, dry finish. Low alcohol (Session) so excellent drinkability.

O: A really good IPA, another excellent beer from Stone.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Province, Phoenix AZ.

A: Lightly hazy gold body with white head and really nice head lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Nice hop juiciness, lots of citrus and orange character with underlying pith and rind. Lemon and lime, sweetness and pine.

T: Follows the nose, with some hints of biscuity malt pushing through, but dominated with upfront citrus character, orange, lemon, and even lime. Hop bitterness is balanced with a nice dose of sweetness.

MF: Light body with a slightly dry finish.

O: For what it is, this one is better than good. For an under 5% abv IPA there is a ton of hop flavor here.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting beer, lots of nuance, not just mindlessly hoppy.

A bit of a tough pour just because it pi!ed up such a gigantic head. Big and chunky and handsome before settling down to a half cm cap and lacing along the way. Hazy pale golden yellow brew.

Fruit and citrus nose. Appetizi g grapefruit, orange, and passionfruit. Hoppy but not brutally so. Just a hint of ma!t to balance things off. Hoppy to taste, complemented by some tropical fruit, noticeable but just enough. Again, not crudely hoppy and quite tasty. Light to medium body, comfortable mouth feel. An enjoyable brew in all aspects.

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Photo of Martine
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a German can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Clear yellow in color, Go to produces a nice thick head.

Smell is great, loading up on pineapple and passionfruit, with a slight hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, but adds a nice bready base, and a nice bitterness that is well incorporated.

Very light bodied, and fresh and crisp, a great beer for summer.

Overall, a great session IPA that also doubles as a great thirst quencher, and will probably rock in the summer time.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vader444
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berlin canned version, poured into a 2/3 pint glass.

A lovely cloudy gold colour. Delicious. Well hopped, lightish body. A real easy drinker. As much as I love the original Stone IPA, I feel the ABV after a couple. This is a great alternative if you're in the mood for a few. Goes damn well with a spicy puttanesca pasta sauce too. Cheers!

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,472 ratings.
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