Stone Go To IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Go To IPAStone Go To IPA

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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Photo of m4gdelen4
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Very pale - bordering on blonde ale.

Smells DANK and amazing. Very similar to Enjoy By which I love.

It is hard for me to explain, but the physical mouthfeel is medium. However, there is a disappointing lack of malt body/flavor which makes this beer taste very thin. I get bored quickly after the initial heavenly hop flavor. The finish is very bitter, which is not a complaint.

Perhaps it is the style and my inexperience with "session-IPAs" but I found a beer such as Alpine's Hoppy Birthday (does it count as a session IPA?) to be much more satisfying with it's fuller body/ malt flavor.

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Photo of schematix
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this beer.

Unquestionably, this beer is all about the hops. Intense grapefruit and citrus flavor that would put most IPAs to shame. Tongue curling resinous finish that lasts.

This is a 6-pack i'm really looking forward to finishing in a single sitting, and at 4.5%, is easily achievable!

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

12 oz bottle. Bottling date 11/12/15

Pours a clear yellow body with a white head. Good retention and lacing

Smell is an earthy citrus . Mostly grapefruit. Very prominent !

Taste follows with a nice grapefruit bitterness

Medium feel is a little prickly

I didn't realize this was a "session" beer when bought it. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I have had many regular IPA's that were not this good. Leave it to Stone Brewing... Bravo !

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: My beer was a week and a half past its best by date but I figured I'd give it a shot anyway). Looked nice, a rich caramel-y color with a fluffy head about 2 fingers. Left tons of thick lacing. The smell was also nice: notes of lemon, freshly cut grass, and pine. Taste was still pretty good despite the old bottle. A lot of the hops were gone, but I still picked up some and the citrus-y flavors were pretty excellent. I imagine it's a lot more volatile when it's fresher, but I still found this to be an enjoyable beer and much better than I expected when I realized how old it was.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a permanent white head and decent lacing. Clear gold. Aroma is almost all hops, spicy, citrus, floral, herbal and pine. It smells awesome. Flavor is light and crisp and very hoppy like the smell. MF is big for 4.5%. Clean, crisp and surprisingly not annoying. Well done.

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

Pours a clear deep straw/pale gold producing 1 finger of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a pasty wash of splotchy lace. Aroma is floral/herbal, grapefruit, pine & grass (in that order) in a very faint caramel background. Taste is herbal/floral grapefruit, pine & a hint of tropical fruit with subdued pale & very thin caramel malt deep in the background. Starts hoppy and finishes hoppy, bitter, dry & lightly peppery. Aftertaste is a herbal & pine followed by grapefruit, dry with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly prickly & dry with a lingering astringency.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: December 6, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: toasting a 2-10 Browns team--first overall pick, here we come... APPEARANCE: golden amber body that cascades bubbles erupting upward; the head is stuff of legend, a creamy, single-finger consistency, while its lacing arches upward in coral-like strength... AROMA: dank Columbus and pungent Amarillo begin the experience, with aromatic lilac putting the West Coast squarely in its profile... moderate tangerine, grapefruit and mango make for a promising, yet scaled-down IPA... PALATE: full-bodied, explosively vibrant and strong in its aftertaste... light in its weight, with little suggestion of malt... a sessions ale, as targeted...TASTE: the dank, earthy spruce is here--strong, lingering and saturating... the mango and tangerine proves fruitful, while light malt presence ensures the hops are glorified--bitter and singular in its dank hoppiness... OVERALL: a beer that doesn't seek balance--and Stone doesn't seem to apologize for this either--and rewards in its singularity... difficult to believe that this is 4.5% ABV, given the amount of flavor packed into each sip--a joy to imbibe mid-afternoon, with no alcohol drag and a bombast of pine and citrus... an out-and-out win...

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Earthy pungent aroma with a strong summit/green onion presence along with earthy pine and dank resins. This is countered by sweet citrus and faint tropical fruit sweetness. Some pineapple and grapefruit along with a touch of mango/papaya. Nice balance of earthy and fruit notes but the onion-y summit presence is a bit overpowering and stronger than I prefer.

On the lighter end of medium body with a complex hop profile countered by a subtle malt backbone. Lots of earthy bitterness but not too dry with plenty of sweetness balancing things out. Dry and resinous with strong pine needle and spruce tip flavor. Grassy with some straw and spicy hops. Slightly vegetal with again a prominent summit/green onion presence. Not as strong as in nose but still one of the dominant flavors. Better balanced than the aroma with earthy bitterness, subtle light fruit sweetness and pale malt backbone. Some pineapple, grapefruit and tart lemon pith. Biscuit malt backbone with some bread, cracker and light fruit. Not overly complex or out of the ordinary but it's a very enjoyable session beer that remains pretty drinkable. Could use a bit more sweetness and and the onion summit character could be a little less prominent, but overall this is a enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Clear golden body and a bubbly head with fairly low persistence.
S- Strong and fresh clean piney hops mixed with lemons. Delightful nose.
T- Hoppy grapefruit with lemon and a sweet malt backnote. Dry finish.
F- Medium, fresh.
O- Great IPA, loved the aroma. Would have again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Gold color, white head. Tropical aromatic hop presence. Not puny. Pungent.

Great taste, minimal super dry malt, allows a shit ton of dry hopping to envelope your mouth, willing or not. Finishes so fresh and so clean. This is a great 1st tier session ipa.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone's Go To IPA is such a smooth beer. It has a beautiful golden straw color. Very little carbonation out of the bottle. Im instantly hit with piney hops on the nose. Has a medium body and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Tastes very much like a Stone beer. Great flavor for a session beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear with lots of carbonation as I pour but then it just runs still with only as occasional bubble headed upward. The head is thick, light and an off white color and it does stick around for several minutes. There’s very little lacing in this IPA.
Smell: Strong citrus aromas, especially grapefruit and lemon zest; summer grass, herbal and earthy notes also follow. The spiciness follows last and brings the overall aromas to a pleasant experience.
Taste: Spicy, floral and hoppy, but not as hoppy, especially coming from Stone Brewing.
Mouthfeel: Very light bodied for an IPA, smooth but not as much carbonation as I expected.
Overall: Not a bad beer, but this is still below expectations for Stone Brewing, I do recommend trying this IPA, but I can assure you I won’t be buying it again.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of golden yellow under a finger of white suds; high visible carbonation

S - tropical fruit and some pine

T - tropical fruit, grapefruit, floral, pine

M - light/medium body, high carbonation

O - I understand this is Stone's attempt as a session IPA, but I'm not a huge fan. Nothing about it is particularly bad, but nothing really stands out as good either. It's just a bit bland all around. The smell is weak and lacking in complexity, the taste is shallow, and the feel is lighter than I would like. Not a terrible brew, but I would much prefer a full-strength IPA.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
poured cloudy yellow gold to orange with a moderate white head
smell citrus, hops, pine, grapefruit yeast and slightly sour
taste of hops, fruity citrus grapefruit with a dry feel and bitter aftertaste
carbonated and light feel
of note: this bottle was past enjoy by date and the beer may have started to turn thus influencing my enjoyment and review not bad just not great. much prefer other stone beers

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the heaviness it presents. Feels like a strong IPA but at a settling and relaxed 4.5% alc . Very enjoyable and bitter. It's what works for. If you like hoppy beers, this is a beer for you.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow. Smells of light lemon and grassy hops. Taste is slightly lemon with spice and grassy hops. Very hoppy and bitter. Highly carbonated with a light body. Overall a good session IPA.

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Photo of toddomundo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pint at the National westhills Calgary. Great session ale. Not as good as red racer ISA but of the same ilk. Lots of pine and citrus with a hint of malt. Isomerized bitterness is on the high side leading to a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Chill haze makes it look different and adds to the appeal.

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Photo of gnumber9
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

grapefruit! looks like citrus soda. perhaps for those that enjoy very hoppy, bitter, low abv on thirsty days. not my fave and not at this price point, no sir!

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll go with Arrogant Bastard over Stone Go To any time. I'd rather not Go To buy this ale again.

The look is very promising. It's a deeply orange-tinted amber. The ale appears to be relatively unfiltered, with an enticing cloudiness to it. The head foams up markedly. It doesn't retain as much as some, which makes it easier to pour. There is some lacing down the glass.

The smell is the first hint that something is amiss. Although it does have some fruit-forward hops, it's not quite right. It's neither here nor there. It's sort of tropical with maybe a piney note but basically it just smells like hops. It's not unpleasant like Samuel Adams' misfire Hoppy Red, but it's not awesome like other Stone ales I've tried.

The taste of this ale is reminiscent of Sculpin, although not that bad. Stone may be too talented to fall into the flaws of Sculpin. Both ales, however, are the product of going for a lighter malt. Go To is trying for low alcohol. Sculpin is trying to do a light malt to bring the hops forward. With Sculpin the outcome is a marked aftertaste that can seem fishy, and a notably oily finish. With Go To, the flavor and aroma are just not shooting out the lights like they do in, for example, Arrogant Bastard Ale. It's true that Stone IPA also hasn't got as much flavor as Arrogant Bastard, but there is enough flavor, and it is all good. In contrast, to my palate there's an off note in Go To. It's not repulsive, but it's not delicious. They may be using the same hops or process as Sculpin. I'm not sure.

The feel of the ale is light bodied. There's nothing wrong with it. It's not exactly watery, but the overall effort seems to have been to create a light ale, and to my taste it's too light.

Overall, this is a fully flavored light IPA, but not all the flavor is delightful. It's not a disaster but with all the great choices - especially from Stone - there's no reason to buy Go To.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great color, great taste! Goes down smooth and leaves one feeling like having another one. I would highly recommended this beer as it is pure Hoppiness!

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

Grapefruit-forward, low ABV IPA. Gotta love that. This is definitely sessionable and has great flavor. Grapefruit and mango, bit of orange peel in the nose and the taste. Enough bready malt to keep it grounded.

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Photo of kitch
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled date of 20th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 18th October 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left a lot of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Very nice blend of tropical fruit, citrus and pine aromas. Strong mango, peach and apricot along with some light grapefruit and orange zest and hints of pine. Only a very light breadiness in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma, taste is tropical and citrus fruits. Mango and apricot to begin with followed by some orange and finishing with grapefruit bitterness which is lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice IPA from Stone. The aromas are stunning and it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Go To IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 4.50%. This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This brew has a nice look to it, it looks like most of the brews on the market of it's kind. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though this brew. The smell of Stone Go To IPA is strong grains, hops and malts. There is a strong smell of hops in this brew. The smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste of Stone Go to IPA, it is bitter sweet. This brew puts you in the mind set of drinking grapefruit. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. You pick up on the hops in this brew, you also pick up on malts and grains. The mouthfeel of Stone go to IPA is rich , smooth and refreshing. There is a lot going on in Go to IPA,it has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. Overall I'm giving Stone Go To IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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

Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a hazy pale gold body. I honestly had no idea this is unfiltered, but I feel like an idiot for not knowing so...

I smell more citrus-like hops with a dash of pine in mix as well. Nice presence.

Tastes like a very nice blend of citrus, tropical, and pine hops. Not one more prevalent than the other; they just co-mingle very well together. Just like the packaging and brewer's notes read: this is not compromising a thing in terms of flavor for this lighter body and lower ABV. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel here is clean and quenching. Knockout job!

Overall, I'll give Stone Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Co. a 4.25. This was part of mixed 12 pack by the brewer, but I think this will be my "go-to" session IPA after this experience for sure! I'd recommend this to anybody who is new to getting into hoppier beers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I grabbed a variety 12 pack of Stone Brews and it was already chilled. When I opened the Go To IPA it gushed forth. It hadn’t been shaken or disturbed, but when I opened it there was a noticeable amount of carbonation gushing out slowly. It is a session IPA with 4.5% ABV and 65 IBUs which is an interesting contrast.

Look-It pours a hazy golden color with plenty of carbonation and a large head that settles down slowly leaving thick moist lacing on the glass.

Smell-I smell strong notes of fruitiness and citrus and then hints of yeast and nutty, buttery malts.

Taste-Strong notes of orange, clementine, and citrus are to be tasted in this brew. The first thing I’d like to say is that it is almost like your favorite Heffeweizen, but with more hops. A lot of juiciness and fruitiness abound in this sessioned IPA, but with a mild Earthy hop base. The flavor is peachy, herbal, and a little bit spicy as well.

Mouthfeel-It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied at best, but is moist, wet, clean and clear. This beer brings forth its flavors brilliantly and is reminiscent of either a Heffeweizen or a Summer Shandy, but with a mild hop bite on the back palate after a clean rinse.

Overall-This beer is delicious and subtle, but flavorful and refreshing. You could drink a bunch of these and not get drunk and you’ll enjoy each one even more than the last as you prime your palate. Stone has a lot of great beers and this is one of them and how surprising it is to know that it is a SESSION IPA!

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Stone Go To IPA from Stone Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,421 ratings.
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