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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1783) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle while in Seattle. Pours a hazy pale orange with a white head. Big pissy, piney, tangerine, lemon, light trop fruit aroma.Light body, medium carbonation. It’s a little watery. Lots of pine, woody resin, grass, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit. Dry, bitter, refreshing. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (3733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2014
12 oz. Clear orange-amber with a quarter inch of meringue on top. Huge nose of green herb, mango, grapefruit zest, toasted grain, resin and a touch of honey. Tastes of the same great mix with a bit of pineapple, white pepper and melon. Light-medium body has a definite dry bias, but enough fruity hop and malt to keep me chuggin. Medium-high carbonation is the only drawback to this otherwise perfectly sessionable and tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours a clear light golden with a head that fades fast and settles into a small white rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of onion and garlic, not the best Stone IPA aroma-moment ever but still true to what’s advertised. Fruits and slight pine also. Taste is better with some fruits and pine, light caramel. It is not an ounce sweet and even pushes toward bitter in balance. Body is light, carbonation moderately high and mouthfeel a little weak to me but hey, it’s a session IPA. Overall an OK session, tasty and all, but I didn’t feel like the flavors were up to standard...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1642) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at home. Rating #1600. This was a nice beer. Pours a golden amber with two fingers of white head. Aroma is citrus mainly grapefruit and some pine. Flavor follows with a mild bitterness. Very flavorful for the lower abv. Really nice beer bi could drink lots of this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2014
I didn’t take notice of the sell-by date when I drank it--that may have been an issue, because it had been in my refrigerator for a while--but still, this was decent. I was glad to see their testimony about how it is good to have a session IPA. As a beer, IPA usually doesn’t get me excited. The aroma here is very good, and it promises, but the flavor doesn’t deliver as much. The body was lighter, even watery at times. But still, good drinking. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (768) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours light orange with white head. Aroma is very piney and citrusy, very hop forward. Taste is bitter, extreme piney, easy, very hoppy with out being too heavy. Very good session IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
101st Stone beer. coincidence? i think not cause they just took every other session ipa to school. session ale 101. Every time I start to have even an inkling of a doubt that Stone is my favorite brewer, they release something else that makes me feel like an idiot for ever doubting. Most likely my new favorite session IPA, and easily the best one I can find fresh on the shelves here in Reno. Huge hop aroma and flavor and more than adequate bittering. The body is thinnish, but not nearly as watery as some, and better than some 6-7% IPAs. Fruit and pine galore, and even hints of sweetness to balance. Knocks of All Day & Alpha Session. Reminiscent of the SD Session Pale from a few years ago, but hoppier."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterschreurs (51) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Light copper in color with a thin white head. Fantastic aroma of grapefruit. Great flavor for a session IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Tap. Lightly hazed blonde pour. Yellow pepper, dandelion glue, crushed herb aroma, flamboyant and pungent. The flavor seems elusively weird. New fangled weedy hops have overgrown the citrus, the needles, the fresh bright fruit. Garlic, crushed fennel seeds, celery seed and leaves, and bile-like green papaya. The starkness of these hops is too much for this style. The palate is lightly acidic, lacking the dry mineral content that frames the best examples. Finishes with a marjoram and nettle green bitterness. The weirdness of this satisfies curiosity; my experience of this tap version is decidedly more vegetable, weed and herb heavy than any prior version, and possibly an outlier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (506) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours hazy orange with a thin beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of pine resin, grass, biscuit, and grapefruit. Medium body, velvety smooth, dry. Mildly sweet, medium-strong bitter finish, with a nice lingering piney bitterness. An excellent session IPA.

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