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RATINGS: 638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crash_the_dog (154) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bright yellow color with a full white head - looks like a good German Pilsner. The nose turns that perception on its ear, as it is a wonderland of grapefruit, pine and resin aromas. The flavor is a bit more subdued, with strong echoes of the flavors listed above. A nice crisp mouthfeel, with a very dry finish. The only thing missing is the alcohol - otherwise, a perfect west coast IPA. Perfect for day drinking - on an aside, my pilsner-loving, craft-hating wife thought this was really good - high praise... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3024) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample, draught, 4 ounces, during the Bacon and Beer Fest in New York with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on July 26 2014; eye: straw, nice khaki head; nose: tropical fruits, dryness, pine, fresh; mouth: tropical fruits, dryness, pine, fresh, dry finale with presence of pine, full body, good carbonation, quite bitter, harsh texture; overall: really good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, 4 onces, durant le Bacon and Beer Fest à New York avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 26 juillet 2014; œil : paille, belle mousse kaki; nez : fruits tropicaux, sècheresse, pin, frais; bouche : fruits tropicaux, sécheresse, pin, frais, finale sèche en fruits tropicaux avec présence de pin, corsée, bonne carbonatation, pas mal amère, texture râpeuse; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reimer96 (1288) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head that leaves lacing. Nice bit beautiful fruity aroma with grapefruit, citrus hops, pine & resin. Flavor then all of a sudden just falls flat...you can smell something so delicious and the body is like water tasting like the above but just amped down to water. I don;t believe this beer is 65 IBU’s with this thin of a body it would stand out and be overly astringent. Again great aroma to this stone beer but just no body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3203) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Antenna America, Yokohama at home. Pours a clearish golden with a small white head. Bitter with hoppy aromas of citrus fruits with notes of pine. Also faint notes of pale ale malts. Medium to light bodied. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4244) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
355ml bottle pours a pale golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that settles down to reveal some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and citrus. Taste is a pine and citrus hop bitterness with a grainy malt sweetness. Light bodied with decent carbonation leaving a tickle on the palate. A great IPA that can be had all evening long and enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Bo Brooks’ Lighthouse Liquors, Baltimore. Golden, with a slick, white, head. Grapefruit, grassy hops and a sweet malt aroma. Flavour had plenty more fruit, and rich and sweet malts. Finish was dryish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4656) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
Crisp thin dark yellow. Light head. Moderate hop scent with some malt sweetness. Strong hops with balanced malt. Citrus and pineapple. Mouth drying. A bit of Mellon. Would not miss a beat drinkin a few of these and saving some ABV and probably some calories.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Gold/orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is light malt and resiny hops. Flavor is hops and medium malt. Medium bodied and fizzy. A drinker especially at the abv. I like

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7080) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. BB 11/15/14. (World Market) Chattanooga, TN.
Slightly cloudy golden colour with a small white head. Super fruity aroma with tropical fruits, pineapple, peach and mild grapefruit. Some fruity sweetness and mild maltiness in the aroma. Great! The flavour is fruity, piney and resiny hoppy, mild bitterness and only a tad of maltiness. Very thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1033) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Draft to taster Tons of spruce and a little citrus. Light yellow, ringed white head. This is wheat, citrus, barnyard yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1838) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap. Pours a light clear gold with light head. Aromas of pineapple/tropical fruit, resin-y Pacific Northwest hops, and light toasted malts. Flavors carry the same but disappear quickly leaving a light watery middle. Lingering bitter finish. Good attempt for an ISA though expecting more.

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