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RATINGS: 589   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3124) - 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 (1897) - 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 IPA’s 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 you’b have to drink an IPA with twice the alcohol to get the same hop flavor. Meaning you could enjoy a few before it’s time to punch out! Well done Stone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled March 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light amber / copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, metallically sheening, rich golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is just expressively hoppy with a mix of ripe tropical fruit / expressive citrus, and a dank, herbaceous character. Specific notes of guava, lychee, kumquat zest, super-ripe tangelo, juicy-fruit bubble gum, and sweet fruity floral nectar notes are balances by a bit of spicy woodiness, lots of dank, earthy, peppery herbal notes, a touch of mentholated rosemary type character, and just a huge hop character that is such a joyous expressing of humulus lupus.

The beer is light bodied, actually quite light, though not unexpectedly so, with a prickly, effervescent, light carbonation. The hop character is clearly the dominant note in the flavor, and there is also a significant bitterness to this beer. Due to the dryness of this beer the hop fruitiness is much reduced from the aroma, though it still manages to contribute a ton of flavors; guava, lychee, peppery tangelo zest, expressive kumquat zest are all quite noticeable. The herbal and woody side of the hop character is more dominant in the flavor for the same reason with notes of resinous pine, peppery woody notes, some turpene leaning rosemary like character, a bit of menthol, and a nicely earthy, dank herbal character that lightly forms a baseline note in the flavor.

This is a really nice beer; it definitely hits the mark for what it is trying to be, and it is nice that despite the hugely expressive hop character, it does not get overly harsh or unbalanced considering how light the body, malt character, and alcohol are. This is definitely a hop-lovers Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jaysbeers (69) - - AUG 7, 2014
On tap at Salty Cowboy. A sour citrus aroma. A lot of tart hops bitterness that stays up front. The bitter lingers a bit on the tongue. Good, but for my taste I prefer an IPA with the hops bitterness balanced by something else. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
A notch below Founders entry into this category in my opinion. Founders is in cans and cheaper too. Still a great flowery aroma SIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (209) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
pours a slightly cloudy golden color. big foamy head on this one. big burst of hops in the aroma. flavor is citrus and resinous. light to medium body and very delicious. great session

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours a light cold color with a thick white head. Very light flavor, definitely something you can drink all day long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
Very nice citrus IPA. Recent bottle from Champane Cellars. Smooth and drinkable. One of the better of the class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - AUG 1, 2014
Tap. Golden colour. A nice session ipa with citrus and pine hop aroma/flavour.

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