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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2996) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Fad: Taster på brewpub. Let kattepis men jeg fornemmer det ikke så tydelig. Pilsnergul klar med et lille skumhoved. Mundfylden er lidt tynd på denne ellers meget lækre og friske lille ipa. Lækker lille session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
12oz bottle, drank from bottle on Beer Train 2014. The aroma a sweet, juicy citrus with bread and a light candy/sugar note. There’s an abundant soapy head within the bottle that leaves a decent lacing, and I can tell the liquid is fairly clear, but can’t tell too much else through the bottle, Stone’s reputation gets them at least the medium rating in terms of appearance. It’s a medium high bitter with a medium sweetness to it. The body is surprisingly big for a session IPA - I’d say medium full - with a waxy slick texture and active carbonation. It finishes dry and clean with notes of pine, citrus peel and caramel syrup. The aftertaste is bitter and dry citrus, but it’s mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a vibrant clear yellow gold with a white sudsy head that quickly falls to a film.

Aroma: Bright citrus zest, skunky sativa strain medical marijuana. Those not familiar with that odor, I would say tropical fruit and a dash of cumin.

Taste: Quick punch of bitter ‘Stone’ hops, some spicy Euro hop bitterness, some citrus rind, crisp pale malt. Mineral water. Finishes earthy and bitter. Lingers well past the sip.

Mouthfeel: Thin, juicy, average carbonation.

Overall: Since Enjoy By’s inception, I dreamt of an Enjoy By “Junior” for those evenings that I wanted to take it easy, or had to get up especially early the next day. This product completely met my expectations in that regard. It was refreshing, tasty, extraordinarily drinkable, almost too drinkable for someone so addicted to hops. As with all these new “Session IPAs”, please be very mindful of the bottle date code. There really isn’t much to this beer once the hops leave, and I hope I never live to find out what this beer is like old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUL 26, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a bright yellow, large rocky white head, leaves medium soapy lacing on the glass. Huge grapefruit and orange aroma. Taste doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma, slightly thin mouthfeel indicative of the style. One of the best session IPA’s out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2518) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Date printed right on the curve and smudged past the point of being able to read. Fizzy and yellow, wish i still had that stone bastard glass with the fuzzy yellow beer is for sissies. Anyway this thing packs a pretty nice hop punch for only 4.5%. Strong grapefruit and lots of bitterness. Has a nice lasting bitter aftertaste. It’s bud light appearance is the only thing keeping it under a 4 for me, still Possibly a bit underrated on here. Not quite sure about the 11.99 price tag when the slightly better sidekick was right next to it for $2 cheaper. But at 4.5%, This one might be a better choice in a bar when you want to have a quick pint or two and then drive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3963) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Pours cloudy golden with low white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, overripe mango, slight funk.Taste is medium bitter, slightly fruity, light lingering bitter finish. Light, smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle from Bobar: Liquid appeared a golden elixir with a delicate foam cap head that reduced to an O-ring shape. Mild aroma of hops that does smell danky for a session beer but then again this is a session IPA and only a few companies have been making these over the past few years. The taste is bitter with a bite of citrus fruit peel such as orange and tangerine with sprinkles of lemon zest. A decent beer but not a realistic price of almost $12 for a freakin 6 pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
What a wonderful Session IPA- I love this one and it is in stock in our fridge. Nice golden color, a bit of pine and hops nose and taste, a little bit citrus, not too hoppy, well balanced with a great refreshing aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle. Milky yellow pour with a white head. Citrusy hop aromas. Weak second hand citrusy hop notes. Really a bit on the bland side. Lifeless with a very average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Was $2 for the 12 oz. single bottle purchased from an obscure little bottle shop found just at the end of an alleyway on right across from The Salt Cellar (Commercial Alley Beers). The shop had really been addressed on Market, but this is a minor detail. To long-stemmed tulip, it pours a skin-tinted citron orange with which a white ringed head barely even a fingernail in length stood. Aromas of green cardamom, lawn trimmings, pistachios, lemongrass, and sweat. Tastes the same with the addition of muskmelon, lima beans, Midwest hops, and breast yeast, Bitterer by its moderately minty finish. Splendidly refreshing.

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