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RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (1065) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
First stone IPA I actually really got excited about though most love them. Fantastic, juicy and actually a good body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle @home tasting General Election 2015 (rating backlog) Pours golden, white head. Nose is floral, minerals, lemon and grass. Taste of grapefruit and zesty lemon. Big bitter finish, nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (732) - - NOV 4, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy dandelion-gold with a soapy white cap. The nose on this is absolutely outrageous -- just piles and piles of tangerine, lemon marmalade, funky grass and shortbread. I find it hard to drink anything because I want to keep sniffing all night. Some of the same hop notes -- sugared lemon, grass -- appear in the front of the flavor, while the back has a smack of honey-kissed crackers and citrus pith. The bitterness is fairly low, however, and the finish is much cleaner and subtler than expected. A fantastic easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottled sample at Drink in Boston. Intense hops. Very bitter. Bubbly. Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2171) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 2, 2015
Keg at Beergeek’s Stone event. A great opportunity to check in with some great West Coast IPAs. Pours slightly hazy Gold with a White head. Aroma is bursting with grapefruit and has a background of pine. Taste has a lot more of that resinous pine. Grapefruit bitter. Delicious. I’d drink it all day long

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13879) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Light tan. Mellow hop nose, thin body, bit tinny, and a slight bitter hop note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2015
Clear golden colour, white head. Hoppy aroma, tropical fruits, grapefruit, apricot. Bitter hoppy flavour, grapefruit, very fruity. Bitter finish, hops and resin. Nice!
(from 355mL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to this’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2015
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 28 Aug 2015) Golden amber colour with frothy, white head. Malty, fruity nose with citrus, lemon peel, grainy malt and tropical fruit. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, biscuits and a generous citric bitterness. Medium body, quite dry. Fresh and tasty with a generous hop character. Highly drinkable. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Thanks! to Joes. 355 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Bottled on 28/08/2015. Hazy golden, small white head. Nose is huge fruity hops, onion, pine, nice balance with solid mocha & touch candy malts. Taste is juicy onion, grass, big fruit & onion, good caramel malts & sweet orange blanance. Candy & orange malts. Nice balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle in LA. Pour hazy straw with white head. Big sharp tropical fruity and passionfruit aroma, flavour is strong citrus hops - grapefruit. Bitter from start to finish. Medium carbonation, body thin. Bitterness is a bit harsh/sharp and malt doesn’t back it up. I guess I’d rather a summer ale style for a session hoppy beer - I’d prefer less bitterness. Decent, but certainly not my favourite Stone.

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