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RATINGS: 872   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - APR 19, 2014
Pour - hazy gold Mouth - high carb Aroma - heavy cat pee smell Taste - closer to a regular IPA than founders but for me the hop profile was slightly off so I prefer founders more Overall - still a great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1931) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Pint at Globe. Pours light gold with a white head. Hoppy, tropical fruit aroma with some pine tar. Flavor is overly bitter, but not crazy. Some citrus and pine notes, nothing crazy. Thin almost fleeting mouthfeel on this one. Bitterness is up front harsh but doesn’t linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theOptimator (317) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma is citrus onion aroma hopping.Appearance is dark yellow hazy with small off white head. Taste is all hops, citrus oniony pine aroma hopping and firm crisp bitterness. Little to no malt noticeable. Palate is light and crisp. A little watery. Overall not bad but a little to small. Just comes across as a water pale ale. Still very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 3, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated slightly hazy light yellow orange colored body and a good lacing. The nice aroma was citrus and hoppy. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of citrus and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 Stone’s ISA, with creamy, snow white, stable and sticky head over a deep warm golden blonde robe with quiet sparkling. Lovely hoppy aroma of chamomille, dried apricot, hay, lemon peel, unripe pear, dried orange peel, cedar needles. Very delicate flavour: a ’clean’, crisp fruitiness to begin with (pear, gooseberry, unripe pineapple), soft minerally accents and even a slight saltiness, citrus peel fraîcheur over a dry pale maltiness, only very subduedly sweetish and announcing a long, dry, mouth-lining hoppiness, bearing lemon peel and pine resin flavours and leaving no residual maltiness. Extremely thirst quenching and utterly refined at the same time: this is the best session IPA I had so far. Thanks to Ster of the BeerTemple for keeping this aside for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1987) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2015
12oz bottle. Bright gold color with minimal head. Aroma is fresh hops and light malt. Tasty flavors of nice hops. Easy to drink certainly, but not exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Draft, straw-yellow pour with solid head retention. Juicy, tropical, sharp aroma. Flavor is initial sweetness, citrus, astringency lingering. Flavorful session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
23rd June 2015
Lightly hazy gold beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry and crisp. Light and mildly sweet malts. Hops are grassy pine with mild herb. Orange pith and modest hop spice. Light finish. Goes down very easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Sampled on 6/26/2015. This session IPA pours a medium yellow gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, citrusy and piney. A medium bodied session IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and piney. Lively carbonation. A medium bitter IPA, lots of flavor and very drinkable. A nice session IPA, its not as over the top in bitter as one would expect with Stone. Although the bitterness does linger a long time. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Augdraught1981 (194) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Citrus & some grapefruit bitterness dominates the lack of malt profile. Great brewery but session IPAs just aren’t my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tselloufc88 (225) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Aromas of orange, peach, a little lemon sherbert, some pine. Taste is tropical fruit, orange, citrus, with a decent medium bitter finish. Very nice.

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