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RATINGS: 1049   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frax (51) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle from Shaw’s. Pours a clear yellow with thin foam, lively carbonation. Crisp and light with a hop burst on the finish. Lingering pine notes. Really good session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1902) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2016
330ml bottle from Beer Cartel, Sydney. A clear golden amber with a small and somewhat lasting, somewhat lacing white head. Really fresh and vibrant aromas of mango, peach, pineapple and tangerine. Similar to taste but with more resinous, piney, grapefruity bitterness. Light to medium body but full flavoured for the weight and ABV. Medium carbonation prickles the tongue. Medium to full intensity and length bitterness to finish. Very good. Could drink plenty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2016
355ml bottle. Enjoy by 13 July 2016. Stemmed glass. Wow, after assaulting the nose, this beer grabs the tongue with two full hands of hops and then hangs on, long after the liquid has hit the gullet. Aroma clearly of tropical fruits and pine. Pineapple, mango, and piney. Golden to pale yellow. My beer was exceptionally frothy. Flavour was all upfront hops and then lingering bitterness. Then you realise it tastes just like grapefruit. Now don’t let that put you off, as I don’t like grapefruit, but his is amazing. It has all the tang and bitterness of a grapefruit, but somehow manages to still be nice. It’s like there is a hint of another citrus fruit that just saves it from being too tart. So this beer is light on sweetness, big on bitterness with a finish on sour and a hint of salty at the end. I’m a malt guy, but this is a Wow beer. Too big for larger lovers, but if you are after a hop hit - this is right up there. The beer is also 4.5% but comes across bigger and slightly alcohol hot. Just way too expensive by the time it gets to Australia. $7 a bottle or $30 for a full six pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3208) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2016
Draught at Braukunst Live 2016 - FR4, the all-draught Stone Berlin stand manned by staffers doubled up in a helix of deep Cali-Berlin relaxation. Looking forward to seeing that spirit canned on the continent. - Expressive nose of tangerine peel and juicier lime, quite inviting for otherwise austere Stone. Herbal and dry, melissa and nettle in flavour joining the restrained juiciness, making for a more inviting and actually sessionable drinking experience than many of their forbidding pine bombs. State of the art hop engineering for the people, not just the saturated geeks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 2, 2016
Poured bottle into Teku. Solid aroma, in your face resin, floral, your Stone hops. Appearance is slightly hazy golden yellow with a sustaining white head. The flavors disappoint compared to the aroma but that’s true to the style with most session IPAs weak on flavors. Overall a very well made session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5274) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2016
(draught) slightly hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of green grapes and sticky hop resin, with some notes of lemonade, mild sauerkraut and cactus juice. flavour is mostly herbal hops, nettles and hay, rather simple, with a touch of lavender and a light-bitter medium-dry finish. light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1283) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2016
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow color forming a medium light white head with lots of lingering soapy lacings left in the glass. Nose is very fruity with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit and watermelon. Orange and zest. Pale malts. Taste follows the nose: passion fruit, grapefruit and watermelon. Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly dry and bitter. Pale malts. Light body. Good carbonation. Grassy bitter aftertaste. Strong notes of passion fruit. Great session IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (1354) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - FEB 27, 2016
Simple, but quite nice aroma kick even thou it was late evening. Mostly grapefruit and grassy kick, some mango. Light sweetness with moderate to light bitterness. Nothing too fancy, but lovely refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1597) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2016
Draught at BKL München 2016.
Golden, hazy body, with a medium, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma of juicy passion fruit, grapefruit, orange zest, moderate caramel.
Taste follows this, but a bit lighter.
Light, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes dry, bitter, zesty, a bit piney, fruity.

Tasty. Very easy, crisp and refreshing. The nose is very lovely, taste is a bit lighter. Pretty perfect Session IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (2150) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2016
Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is shallots, grassy hops. Taste is buttery and grassy (but nice), very bitter, but traces of sweetness detectable. Crisp. Not a bad Session IPA!

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