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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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It’s no secret we helped create and popularize West Coast style IPAs (since 1997), Double IPAs (since 2000) & Triple IPAs (since 2006). In fact, IPAs of every ilk imaginable are our bread and (hop) butter at Stone Brewing Co., but we’ll be the first to admit that a night of subsisting solely on big IPAs can be a short one. Enter Stone Go To IPA, our session IPA, boasting all the gloriously bitter, citrusy, piney flavor of our bigger / industrial-strength IPAs, but with a significantly lower alcohol-by-volume (4.5%) allowing IPA fans like us to enjoy more of this amazingly, hoppy beer over a longer session, without giving up any of that gloriously crave-able botanically-driven dankness. Well, OK, when you compare to our bigger IPAs you find that you give up some, as that’s what happens when you dramatically lower the abv. And while we work hard to bend the time/space/abv intensity continuum, we’ve admittedly not yet learned to break it. This comes damn close though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (577) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Poured from the tap. Hazy golden with white head. Lots of citrusy hops with a little pine and some biscuit malt. Nice balance between sweet citrus and slightly resinous finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lotsalaughs (128) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
citrus, citrus, spruce, amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, light body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish Big citrus rush at the pour with some spruce. Aromas don’t last so be quick with sniff. Amber to orange and is slightly hazy with subtle white foam. Bitterness is slight - overall, like a carbonated grapefruit drink. Mouth feel is oily and aftertaste is dry with subtle bitterness. An interesting concept for a session beer, quite enjoyable. Not sure about calling it an "IPA" though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6707) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized white head. Sweet sticky citrus hops on the nose, soft malt. Medium bodied, nice big hoppy bitterness shows up right away. Long and sticky grapefruit and quinine on the finish. Completely sessionable, very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a cloudy maize color with a creamy white head. Aroma of lemon, pine, and tropical fruit. Tropical fruit flavor with pine, mango and lemon. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (100) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Flaska från Ralphs, LA. Väldigt ljus med vitt skum. Doft av citrus, inte så blommig. Smaken är relativt besk med viss blommighet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TylerGreenDC (364) - - NOV 10, 2014
On draft. One of the more watery, one-dimensional session IPAs I’ve had. Ends up with no discernable hop profile or flavor, just bitterness. Kind of like bitter water. So many wonderful takes on the style... but this isn’t one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (453) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Now available in Alberta, Canada. A huge sweet citrus burst that I love. Very heavy notes of tropical fruits. However - I must say I have had an almost identical version of this beer that is a little more refined and tastes better. It’s called ’Little Something Extra’ by Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (881) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a light straw color with a foamy head. Vibrant aromas of floral, citrus, light pine, and apricot. Flavors potent of apricot, light pine, citrus, grass, spruce. Big bouquet of flavors! Lightly sweet, high bitterness/dryness. Crisp, sharp hop flavors. Well done! I like the lower abv. Taste like it should be a strong ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours pale amber, nose is sweet, fruity, pine, taste is dry, fruity, bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3154) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 8, 2014
Keg at brewdog Newcastle
Hazy pale amber, lacing white head. Punchy tropical um bongo hops nose, mango, melon, papaya. Fairly light in body with lively carbonation, the fruit quickly disappears to be replaced by tannic bitterness and flinty dryness. I’d struggle to session this one and prefer regular ipa, the body here just doesn’t support the bitterness.

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