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RATINGS: 827   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (226) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Pours pale yellow with a fading off white head. Immediate aroma of soft pine. Immediate smash of pine that softens but lingers long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (388) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
May 22, 2015. 12 oz. bottle. How does a brewer pack so much body, flavor & hop-flora -- fully reminiscent of heavyweight IPAs -- into a 4.5 ABV brew? This "session IPA" is a masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smithld1 (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle in post from brewdog. A lot of flavour, Pineapply, sweet and sour. Perhaps too intense for a session. Very good .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5452) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Keg @ Bundobust, Leeds. Pale amber with not much of a head. Tropical fruit hopped in both aroma and taste with a slight sour bitterness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (6550) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Draft at Braufest Berlin 2015. Pours hazy orange golden with a white head. Aroma of dank fruity hops, light sweaty hops, citrus and peach. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Light to light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7411) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2015
Draft sample @ Berlin Braufest 2015. Dorée, col blanc. Arôme est houblonné à souhait dans la lignée côte ouest américaine, note prenante de pin de forêt et pas mal d’agrumes. Palais agrumes, fort centré sur le pin résineux, sec au fini sur de belles notes de melon. Malt prend un peu la place de passager et assure une base de grains qui laisse ample place aux houblons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjp12 (663) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Slightly hazy orange pour, with little foam. Has got much of the classic stone hop flavour, and a fantastically bitter finish for a session ipa. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (553) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle - pours gold with a slight haze and a voluminous white head. Aroma is citrusy but this becomes really piney after a swirl of the glass, this also bring out a slight Carmel malt hint. The taste is hoppy bitter and dry. The aftertaste reminds me a bit on a lemon lozenge in that it’s dry but also citrusy. Palate is light but lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malrider69 (74) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a hazy, pale amber colour with a thick, bubbly white head. The aroma is of resin and the flavour of malt with a moderate bitterness that is long-lasting on the palate which may be due to an apparent complex hop profile. A good quality beer, but realistically too dear.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbnz (81) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2015
Draft @ Monterey Bar in Berlin

Appearance: Dark golden body, light white head
Aroma: Pine, citrus, fruit
Taste: Pine resin, grapfeuit, lemon, light bread malts
Palate: Bitter but well balanced, great ISA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2645) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Golden pour. Aroma of citrus and passion fruit. Taste is very hoppy, with citrus and passion fruit, dry finish. Session IPA that’s still tasty and not watered down like too often.

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