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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1598) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap. served a golden color with a decent head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, some pine, and fruity with grain. Taste of citrus, fruit sweetness and grain. Solid bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, crisp with a distinct feel. Nice beer but not a big fan of some over hopped IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JayRutgers (1) - - APR 3, 2014 does not count
The aroma in this is tremendous, you can tell that they used a LOT of late addition aroma hops. But it drinks and tastes like bitter seltzer. There’s no body to this beer like in Founders All Day and the aroma doesn’t match the flavor. Nice try Stone, but Founders wins this battle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2014
Best by 29MAY14 It’s a light gold ale with a solid sheet of whites. Smells like citra, some simcoe - hoppy. Flavor is citrus with orange peel, grapefruit and then some tangerine. There is a dry, crackery malt with a solid bitterness in there. Medium on light bodied with moderate carb and a dry finish. Nice beer - can it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkgrenwel (596) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pale very clear pour. Bubbles clinging to the side of the glass like seltzer. A little bit of thick looking foam head. Huge peach and grapefruit aroma. Body is seriously thin. Tastes like peach seltzer. Hops are fantastic, but the malt is just too thin and unsubstantial to make this work. There is actually a good bit of sweetness, but the lack of body is a problem. Carbonation is too much. Bitterness lingers too much when the sweetness disappears too soon. The peach, apricot, grapefruit hop flavors are nice when they're there. Again, I really don't think this session IPA style works quite right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (740) - - APR 2, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a bright, clear lemon yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is dank with tropical fruits and pine. Taste is malt up front but then it's all hops. Big piney taste and bitterness with a little caramel. Bitterness is refreshing and clean, not overpowering. Thin-medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2918) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2014
It poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma was mostly of hops with citrus and pine hops dominating. The taste was of sweet malts and again with citrus and pine hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2320) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2014
Draft at the growler. NYc. Pours. Cloudy orange yellow color with no head. Taste is piney and grassy very much so which surprising for an iPa from stone with this low of an iPa. Decently good if you're into all the floralness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (826) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle pours pale gold with two finger white head. Citrus, pine, earth, floral. High bitterness. Crisp, light body. A little bit astringent. Very nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2014
Draft. Pours gold, white head, good retention/lace. Aroma of citrus, floral, grassy hop, cracker. Taste is bitter, citrus, a bit tropical, grassy, cracker. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 2, 2014
Fun in the sun fruity beer. Bitterness is well rounded and a little heavy, but without the early boil bitterness to weigh it down. Might be too fruity and full on to drink more than a few glasses, but nice beer all the same.

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