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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-03-2014

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

Photo of wmcgar01
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JzBeerlover913
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange slight hazy color. Low head retention, although well carbonated.
Aromatic from the hops.
Piney, grapefruity, hoppy, mild malt notes. Leaves quite a bite and bitter aftertaste. Strong hop flabors coming through. Great for IBU lovers.

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

Pours a clear hay gold with a nice finger and a half of head. Good lacing and retention. Smell is nice and fruity hops with a touch of pine. Taste is pithy citrus and tropical. There is a bit more pine on the tongue. Malts roll in on the second wave. Feel comes with prickly hard carbonation and a dry finish, medium to light body.

Definitely a Stone beer, this may or may not be sessionable though. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Drhall36
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Purchased this one online and poured into a neutral Teku.

Pours a lovely copper-gold with a hint of haze and excellent carbonation, thoigh head retention left something to be desired and the foam has a soapsuds appearance. Lacing is on the smaller side of moderate.

Smell is huge lemon zest with a big undercurrent of pine. Their "hop-bursting" technique is in full force. Not much malt to speak of, and those qualities translate over to the flavor as well.

Huge flavors of grapefruit and lemon with pleasant bitterness and grass/pine notes underneath. I do prefer my IPAs to have more body, but the big hops flavor helps make the compromise between light session and full bodied IPA. This also has a nice sweetness as the small amount of malt matures on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and light, and they really nailed the refreshing session beer quality.

This is a nice way to start off a hot summer evening and is definitely a great way to get your hops fix without the heavy malt feel of a full IPA. Though I'm not a big fan of session beers, this one does it quite well.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of S_McAteer_95
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for some Stone GO TO IPA, Go Directly to IPA, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT 200 [IBU’s]. Look we all know I’m no fan of Session IPAs (or Session beers in general), so why am I even bothering with reviewing this brew? Because it’s a Stone beer FFS, that’s why. If Stone can’t sway me over to the Session beer cause then there is a good chance nobody will... So perhaps this will be my last Session beer review? Maybe, but I’m not missing much if it is - they’ve all been watery AF pale imitators of the real thing (i.e. the beer style they are a session version of) and if you think I’m wrong, then I dare you tell me which Session beer you think is better than a full-fat brew, go on! Do it! *prods reader with a yardstick*

Poured from a 473ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Pale yellow, with a hint of haze body and a billowy white 2 centimetre head on top that ever slowly compresses down... quite a pale colour for a Session IPA... still looks as sexy as ever for Stone... maybe it’s just a Pavlovian response from me due to how tasty Stone beers are? 8/10.

S: Grassy cannabis hop character with a vibrant lychee tropical note, Stone haven’t dropped the ball yet when it comes to hops in an IPA - and Go To is no exception. Malt character is lacking, and it comes with the characteristic thinness of a session beer, but the hop character is there in full force... hint of mango and piney hops, nice touch Stone! 8/10.

T: Flavour is a bit thin and watery overall though [sad face]. There’s just no escaping this is a Session IPA, even the brewing Gods at Stone (murmured: “in Koch we trust”) can’t avoid the insipidness of the session beer. Profile is: Grassy/lychee/piney hops, malt? None really, and a thin green herbal note in the finish... which BTW is more bitter than expected or warranted - yep, I went there. 6/10.

M: Not bad, mid to light bodied with a reasonably dense carbonation - Stone Go To IPA isn’t lacking in texture, just flavour. 8/10.

D: Go To IPA? Not for me thanks, I’ll stick to Mocha IPA - which FYI is f**king delicious - or pretty much any other Stone IPA, this is by far the worst Stone beer I’ve tried [bloody session beers again - bane of my and the best of breweries existences!] Let’s all say “no!” to session beers... oh yeah, and drugs [except alcohol, which is f**king brill]. Positives? Everything except flavour, which really is the only thing that matters in the end. 7/10.

Food match: Slow-roasted pork belly with fennel and apple-slaw.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to pint glass. Kind of nice. On the soft side for stone, but for me that’s a good thing in this style. Aroma is a bit weak and the only thing I really get is some yeast. Taste is almost buttery. Lemon. Some grass and veggie, but slight. Would be nice with some steamed oysters or clams. Mmmmmm. Pleasant.


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Photo of adam36
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackrobe
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

The appearance was decent semi-hazy golden light bronzed color with a one and a half finger white foamy head. There was a decent sticky foamy lacing. The smell had some nice spicy connotations of a fruity/piney aroma trying to make a decent assault upon my nose. I will say, there’s a decent grapefruit coming out lightly as well. The taste was mainly spicy and allowing a somewhat gentle sweetness rolling underneath a sweet citrusy hoppiness and still allowing a gentle sweet malt base. The aftertaste and finish are dry and spicy. On the palate, this one sat light on the body with a good sessionability about this. The carbonation was good and harsh for the style as it made a good pummeling on my tongue. Overall, well executed session IPA, always nice to have this time of year.

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Photo of kier
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mjohnescu
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmellow12
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frkonalsh2003
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Decanted from a 16 oz (455 ml) can into a Weissbier vase; canned on 03/08/17.
A: Pours a lightly hazy, dark golden color.  Quarter inch off white head with little retention.  Limited Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of orange and peach in a mélange with sweet biscuit.
T: Strong grapefruit flavor blended with toast and slight bitterness throughout.
M: Light to medium bodied with very persistent and robust carbonation.
O: Solid session IPA – could certainly be a “go to.”

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Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,540 ratings