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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Itís 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 weíll 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 thatís what happens when you dramatically lower the abv. And while we work hard to bend the time/space/abv intensity continuum, weíve admittedly not yet learned to break it. This comes damn close though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Appearance was clear gold with white lasting creamy 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are citrus fruits, pine, earthy spicy hops with slight pale sweetness. Taste are soft pale malt upfront then all grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine with earthy pine backing. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with light body, then lasting fruity piney finish. An easy sessionable IPA to throw back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dansac (109) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2014
This took me absolutely by surprise. I was expecting a tasty brew, but this is really, really outlandish considering how low the abv is. This is resolutely fantastic. It is very dry, it reminds me of Portís Hop Tide, but mellower and more balances. Very little malt backbone in this, huge hops, citrusy, piney, resiny, dank and earthy... not sweet at all. Amazing on the nose, and loks yellow. On the mouth, crisp, dry, very bitter. And immensely flavorful. No other beer this this abv has this much character and stature. The best session IPA I have ever had, bar none. And one of Stoneís best beers too, I dare say. I like this better than their regular IPA, than Ruination. Enjoy by still takes the cake for me from their regular IPA fleet, but this is damn close. I would love to see them do a bigger version of this: a very dry, low malt base resiny IPA. It is a world class IPA in my opinion, for those of us who like our IPAís dry, piney and bitter. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
badpuppy69 (310) - orange, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours a gold light amber with nice pillow soft head. Aroma is citrucy tangerines and a hint of lime and cat litter box.. Taste is like lemon bitter upfront then a sweet caramel malt takes over then the lemon bitterness comes back for the finish with grapefruit on the tongue. Nice lacing down the glass. Itís pretty good but not great. On a hot day ya ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5315) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a thin, single centimetre tall white head. Aroma of super pungent hops with citrus and grapefruit by far the strongest around, with very little malt (expected) and no sweetness at all. Light-bodied; Pungent flavour of citrus, tropical fruits (pineapple, guava, passionfruit) and resin up front with no malt backbone at all and a touch of sweetness from the tropical fruits, but nothing really to grab hold of. Aftertaste shows the hops of course, but with nothing else, itís sort of a lost effort. Overall, a decent session-based IPA at best, but the hops from dry hopping are evident in the aroma, but thatís about it, there isnít much in the flavour or the finish to warrant another one of these. If you were going to have some beer for around the same alcohol, drink a single stone ipa not two of these, otherwise youíll be disappointed. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tysonís Corner), Virginia on 13-March-2014 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 02-June-2014.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle at home in Salisbury - picked up at De Cicco, Armonk. Pours crystal clear yellow-gold with a nice, frothy white head. God damn, this beer smells outrageously good. Just bursting with fresh, juicy citrus and dank piss. Light sweet flavor with minimal bitterness and a hop character that absolutely sings. Lots of pithy, clean grapefruit, some cat pee, just enough pale malt sugars to support the hops. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Super clean and fresh to finish, lightly crisp, with hints of oily resins, more pithy grapefruit, mild lemon amd tangerine, pee, some vague pine needles. Stunning. I could drink a lot of this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BcOneSeven (46) - Newville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Another home run from Stone. Drinking Go to Dry Hopped with Amarillo! Aroma is awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
carolinared (23) - WILSON, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Applaud idea to make a relatively low alcohol ipa but this just does not taste good enough to me to justify drinking another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (995) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
(Bottle). The aroma is a burst of pine with some grapefruit. Overly filter complexion with thin head but good glass lacing. The flavor has serious IBU with pine. A bit one sided. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2014
On tap at Freshcraft. Pour is clear golden with a frothy white head and great lacing. Big hoppy, piney, something orangey, fruity, weedy, and biscuity aroma. Taste is heavy weed, ganja, grapefruit peel, oranges, pine needles, straw, and dough with a big bitter finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Clean body and super hoppy. Great session IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1040) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 A beer that is aptly named if you are looking to have a session. But, given the excellence of itís siblings at Stone, it is one more likely to be passed by (or through).

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