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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Draught with dinner. Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of resiny hops. Tastes dry and bitter with a spicy, brilliant finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sprybry (37) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle pours a golden clear color with a thin head. Aroma and taste of citrus, orange and pineapple. As usual with stone, this is a very good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2473) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3/21/2014. on tap. Pours light amber with a white head. Floral aromas with tropical fruit and fresh hops.Piney and bitter flavors. Very refreshing and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1107) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 On tap at Harryís Hofbrau. Massive grapefruit and sweet malt aroma. Clear gold with white head that collars. Flavor is citrus with strong bitterness. Sweet finish of residual sugar is surprising for the low Abv. Second review and this beer is really overly bitter. Had scored very high before but need to average it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhp40219 (319) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Massive hop aroma! Pine and grapefruit mostly. Somewhat tropical, very earthy, and pretty skunky, but in a good way. Taste is very odd and definitely different from any other IPA Iíve ever tasted. Huge earthy, tropical, citrusy taste. Pine, grapefruit, mango, several other tropical fruits that I canít quite put my finger on. Lots of hop oils. Very bitter and dry. Long finish of bready malt, pine and citrus. Taste is really too big for itís own good. Too many flavors that are amped up make this actually a bit hard to drink. Medium-light body, slick texture, medium-high carbonation. Good, but not something I could see myself drinking several of in a sitting. Taste is just too overwhelming.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
screigh (472) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours a macro gold color. The thinnest of white heads with no lacing. Grainy hop aroma. Nothing but hops and bitterness. The bitterness lingers a long time and if you really focus it reminds you exactly of grapefruit. If I wanted a low alcohol beer from Stone I would pick Levitation every time over this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottles from Caponeís and Whole Foods. Pours clear gold with splotchy off-white head. Nose is intense honeydew, pineapple, resiny malt. Tastes of pineapple, honewdew, pale malt, with a crisp, black peppery finish. This one is stellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is quite piney, resinous, semi floral, a bit of citrus. The taste has a dry bitterness, big fruity citrus notes, long bitter duration.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle. One of the most seductive-looking beers Iíve seen. Pure gold, just active enough, thin head. The aroma is amazing ... look up "smell of hops" in the dictionary, this is what you get ... fresh, oily, earthen, floral. All that carries to the drink. For those that dig those big, fresh-and-wet hop flavors, this is indeed your "go to" IPA. (#5474, 3/21/2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (662) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Pours a very light yellow, with minimal head. Aroma is marked by strong floral and citrus elements. Flavor is strongly floral, with marked pine-hop bitterness and some citrusy/grapefruit flavors. Pretty good, sort of a light IPA, if thatís possible.

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