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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Since Day One, weíve been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. Itís led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperialósome intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a "session" IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed "hop bursting," a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an Alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UDBeernut (1652) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
pours light amber, small off white head. catty, vegetative nose. taste has bittermess, very vegetative taste, like a tomato plant..... yes plant. light body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (76) - USA - AUG 18, 2014
Wow! The grassy, heavily apricot aroma was amazing out of the bottle and I couldnít really help but to have my first taste right out of the neck. How amazingly redolent and I could imagine it will be a very memorable experience. Iíll be thinking about this one again and again. There is something about a fresh hop nose slapping you in the face that will have you thinking about it the next day. This is one of those. The bitter pine in the afterward is lasting, but not unpleasant, and the light, dry, body is only an invitation to another long swallow. Did I mention the very clear, light gold liquid and the sticky, thin, white head? Not the most important parts of this review, obviously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
I have to applaud Stone for accomplishing something special here. Their ability to generate a big IPA with a sub-5 ABV is amazing. The grapefruit is through and though here, while it doesnít come across as thin at alll. Very drinkable, great aroma. As a straight IPA itíd probably score a bit lower but Iím pumping up the rating just die to the accomplishment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
355 mL bottle. Aroma is big - all piney hops. Flavour is all piney hops as well, but itís thin. I guess you can complain when itís a session IPA. Pine isnít my favourite hop flavour, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (601) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Wonderful aroma of hops, pine resin, fruit, great looking, cloudy gold color, with low carbonation and a short lasting white head. Taste of pine resin and pineapple with a dry feel an a dry chalky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Single from total wine. Pretty big for a sessionable ipa but still delicious. Love the hop profile with lots of citrus and grapefruit and a touch of pine. Finish is lots of bitter and grapefruit rind citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3118) - Montana, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle pours a golden brew with a white top. Nice juicy hop nose with pine and grapefruit. Taste is pine and citrus. Nice

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
12 oz single from Lifesource Natural Grocer in Salem OR $1.89 Pours a lighter burnt orange colour with a large thick and frothy white head. Achhhh the aroma ..not my style of SIPA..lot of green onion and garlic, little pine..better..but not impressed. The taste is a little better..but a bit on the resiny herbal side., bit of grapefruit rind...little malt. Mouth feel is fine..that part is at least sessionable. Greatly disappointed..i had changed my profile to put Session IPA as my fav style given the great session IPAs coming out of smaller breweries in Oregon. THis is just average compared to those. No idea why it has such rave ratings. Perhaps I got a bad bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sharkbcr (104) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
One of the best Session IPAís out there. Ample white head. In your face grapefruit aroma. Color is yellow / amber. Taste explodes with hops and malt, carrying the grapefruit taste all the way to a clean finish. Another plus is the 4.5% alcohol content. Normally youíb have to drink an IPA with twice the alcohol to get the same hop flavor. Meaning you could enjoy a few before itís time to punch out! Well done Stone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled March 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light amber / copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, metallically sheening, rich golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is just expressively hoppy with a mix of ripe tropical fruit / expressive citrus, and a dank, herbaceous character. Specific notes of guava, lychee, kumquat zest, super-ripe tangelo, juicy-fruit bubble gum, and sweet fruity floral nectar notes are balances by a bit of spicy woodiness, lots of dank, earthy, peppery herbal notes, a touch of mentholated rosemary type character, and just a huge hop character that is such a joyous expressing of humulus lupus.

The beer is light bodied, actually quite light, though not unexpectedly so, with a prickly, effervescent, light carbonation. The hop character is clearly the dominant note in the flavor, and there is also a significant bitterness to this beer. Due to the dryness of this beer the hop fruitiness is much reduced from the aroma, though it still manages to contribute a ton of flavors; guava, lychee, peppery tangelo zest, expressive kumquat zest are all quite noticeable. The herbal and woody side of the hop character is more dominant in the flavor for the same reason with notes of resinous pine, peppery woody notes, some turpene leaning rosemary like character, a bit of menthol, and a nicely earthy, dank herbal character that lightly forms a baseline note in the flavor.

This is a really nice beer; it definitely hits the mark for what it is trying to be, and it is nice that despite the hugely expressive hop character, it does not get overly harsh or unbalanced considering how light the body, malt character, and alcohol are. This is definitely a hop-lovers Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jaysbeers (68) - - AUG 7, 2014
On tap at Salty Cowboy. A sour citrus aroma. A lot of tart hops bitterness that stays up front. The bitter lingers a bit on the tongue. Good, but for my taste I prefer an IPA with the hops bitterness balanced by something else. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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