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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Since Day One, weíve been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. Itís led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperialósome intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a "session" IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed "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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (430) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Stone Go To IPA breaks new ground in two critical ways. The first is the most obvious; Go To IPA is the Escondido breweryís premier Session IPA. The second may just be a first for me, but itís a welcome change regardless - this session ale has more fruit flavor and balance than some of Stoneís heavily-hopped classics (which are also delicious, by the way). The aggressive blast of bitter grapefruit and pine needles is swapped for a juicy aroma and flavor. The aroma is ridiculously good with notes of lemon, grapefruit, apricot, orange, and peach. While not as juicy as that phenomenal aroma, the taste shows off the sweeter side of grapefruit and malt. An excellent, spicy pine flavor does its job without adding too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is as diverse as it is satisying - moderate carbonation, sticky hop oils, and wet hop sensations. With 4.5% ABV, Go To IPA provides a hell of a lot of flavor without getting you too buzzed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (764) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pale golden, medium white head with okay retention and lacing. Nose is grapefruit, grassy meadow, light malts. Mouth is relatively light bodied, dry with medium bitterness, lots of grapefruit --- like it straight up tastes almost like watered down fresh grapefruit justice without the acidity and the sweetness, some lemongrass underlying, dry white toast. If this is the future trend in IPAs, Iím down... even if I am still a fan of big-ass Imperial IPAs like Arctic Panzer Wolf and pretty much any of íem that Pipeworks do. I could seriously drink several gallons of this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (76) - USA - AUG 18, 2014
Wow! The grassy, heavily apricot aroma was amazing out of the bottle and I couldnít really help but to have my first taste right out of the neck. How amazingly redolent and I could imagine it will be a very memorable experience. Iíll be thinking about this one again and again. There is something about a fresh hop nose slapping you in the face that will have you thinking about it the next day. This is one of those. The bitter pine in the afterward is lasting, but not unpleasant, and the light, dry, body is only an invitation to another long swallow. Did I mention the very clear, light gold liquid and the sticky, thin, white head? Not the most important parts of this review, obviously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
I have to applaud Stone for accomplishing something special here. Their ability to generate a big IPA with a sub-5 ABV is amazing. The grapefruit is through and though here, while it doesnít come across as thin at alll. Very drinkable, great aroma. As a straight IPA itíd probably score a bit lower but Iím pumping up the rating just die to the accomplishment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
355 mL bottle. Aroma is big - all piney hops. Flavour is all piney hops as well, but itís thin. I guess you can complain when itís a session IPA. Pine isnít my favourite hop flavour, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (607) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Wonderful aroma of hops, pine resin, fruit, great looking, cloudy gold color, with low carbonation and a short lasting white head. Taste of pine resin and pineapple with a dry feel an a dry chalky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Single from total wine. Pretty big for a sessionable ipa but still delicious. Love the hop profile with lots of citrus and grapefruit and a touch of pine. Finish is lots of bitter and grapefruit rind citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3119) - Montana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle pours a golden brew with a white top. Nice juicy hop nose with pine and grapefruit. Taste is pine and citrus. Nice

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
12 oz single from Lifesource Natural Grocer in Salem OR $1.89 Pours a lighter burnt orange colour with a large thick and frothy white head. Achhhh the aroma ..not my style of SIPA..lot of green onion and garlic, little pine..better..but not impressed. The taste is a little better..but a bit on the resiny herbal side., bit of grapefruit rind...little malt. Mouth feel is fine..that part is at least sessionable. Greatly disappointed..i had changed my profile to put Session IPA as my fav style given the great session IPAs coming out of smaller breweries in Oregon. THis is just average compared to those. No idea why it has such rave ratings. Perhaps I got a bad bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sharkbcr (104) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
One of the best Session IPAís out there. Ample white head. In your face grapefruit aroma. Color is yellow / amber. Taste explodes with hops and malt, carrying the grapefruit taste all the way to a clean finish. Another plus is the 4.5% alcohol content. Normally youíb have to drink an IPA with twice the alcohol to get the same hop flavor. Meaning you could enjoy a few before itís time to punch out! Well done Stone!

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