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RATINGS: 1042   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

Crash_the_dog's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3478) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2016
Clear yellow, white lacing foam head. Strong hoppy aroma and strong bitter taste. Long aftertaste. Great beer. (Galveston 201605)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mzaar (2571) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
Flaska @ Bishops Arms (GAT), Malmö. Dimmigt gulorange med ett vitt skum. Dofter och smaker av apelsin, grapefrukt, tall och mineraler. Sträv munkänsla, medel mot hög beska.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (1013) - Samarate, ITALY - APR 21, 2016
On tap @ lambrate via Adelchi. giallo dorato, con riflessi ambrati limpida, schiuma bianca fine non molto persistente. aroma molto intenso, complesso e molto fine. agrumato e citrico, molto decise le note tropicali con mango e frutto della passione, maltato, miele e caramello. erbaceo e resinoso meno marcati ma presenti. gusto secco, amaro, acidulo. erbaceo e citrico, con leggera maltatura melliflua. poco calda, carbonatazione fine ma piacevole, per certi aspetti rotonda con qualche punta ostica e astringente. abbastanza equilibrata e decisamente armonica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4463) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Aromas of citrus and a little of the tropics. Smooth easy drinking with flavors of citrus, grass, and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (1101) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
aroma is citrusy and hoppy. Also some mango, pineapple, but mainly citrus. Taste is fruity with a kind of deeper malty sensation than general session IPA’s, it creates some depth. Sweet oranges, pineapple and grapefruit. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Pale straw color with good thin foam. Aroma: juicy and fresh, floral, citrus and tropical fruits, passion fruit. Taste: very fruity, citrus, light and refreshing, pleasant mild bitterness. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (4993) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2016
Tap at HBF 2016, Helsinki. Colour is clear light orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, citrus, minerals, hops and malts. Pretty clear but I think west coast hopped ales have problems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael_bb (38) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 13, 2016
Cirtrus, bread, pine. Pleasant aroma but not what I’d call strong. Pale and a bit too clear for me, huge rocky head too. Taste is predominantly bitter but it’s well balanced. The texture is too thin in my opinion, and the bitter finish is maybe a bit too long. It’s very drinkable though, but there isn’t much to it. Being my first beer from Stone Brewing I was expecting something a bit more special. Not saying it’s a bad beer, just not outstanding. Being relatively expensive to get in Spain, for me it’s not worth it to repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhatDaddy (52) - Volos, GREECE - APR 13, 2016
0,33lt bottle @ Valentin - Curious Bierkneipe, Volos, Greece dafuq. Session IPA with HUGE power. Aroma, body, taste - everything’s up hopped and it stays very drinkable. The best so far I’ve had. And 6 months after bottling (bottled October, got it yesterday). All that hops with exotic fruits and grapefruit/grapes are there in aroma and taste. Maybe too much for a session IPA, but it worked for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (459) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2016
Pours as pale as a lager. The aroma is resinous. It smells as fresh a handful of hop pellets which is very impressive given how far this beer has travelled. Flavour is slightly unbalanced on the hoppy side but that's hardly surprising from a session IPA. Very fresh tasting beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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