b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft- Bright gold color with almost no head or lacing. Aroma is very faint with light citrus and nit much else. Flavor is good, strong citrus and grapefruit with nice bitterness. Strong flavored for the low abv, clean and easy to drink. Okay overall but there are better session ipas
peterschreurs (44) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Light copper in color with a thin white head. Fantastic aroma of grapefruit. Great flavor for a session IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Stine (1539) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Lightly hazed blonde pour. Yellow pepper, dandelion glue, crushed herb aroma, flamboyant and pungent. The flavor seems elusively weird. New fangled weedy hops have overgrown the citrus, the needles, the fresh bright fruit. Garlic, crushed fennel seeds, celery seed and leaves, and bile-like green papaya. The starkness of these hops is too much for this style. The palate is lightly acidic, lacking the dry mineral content that frames the best examples. Finishes with a marjoram and nettle green bitterness. The weirdness of this satisfies curiosity; my experience of this tap version is decidedly more vegetable, weed and herb heavy than any prior version, and possibly an outlier.
scoth (493) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of pine resin, grass, biscuit, and grapefruit. Medium body, velvety smooth, dry. Mildly sweet, medium-strong bitter finish, with a nice lingering piney bitterness. An excellent session IPA.
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with a fluffy to frothy off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and pine hops, very fresh. Taste is strong fruit juicy hops, very subtle and not overly harsh, great summer refreshing beer.
dutch23mp (272) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
love them hops nice floral aroma with a very strong lively abrupt bitter hop taste. A very good IPA
Criz (78) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle decanted into pint glass. Pours a very pale see-through golden color with a medium lasting sticky white head. Nose of earthy pine, apricot, and pineapple. Flavors of resin, grass, pine, bitter hops and cascade hops. Very thin on the mouth. Big flavor from a low abv.
tmoreau (2377) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and dispensed to a shaker showing a hazed, gold color, with a presentable layer of frothy, white head foam, and a wavy display of lacing. The aroma was an expressive nose of pine, white grapefruit, and pineapple. The taste’s intro was a subtle malty smoothness, before being struck by a very strong citrus, resin, & rind hop bitterness that possessed some dryness, and lingered well past the finish, overwhelming even my buffalo wings in intensity. Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation successfully projected these flavor notes. Hop bomb with low buzz, maybe just a bit abrasive, but love the concept!
HuskerTan (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Citrus, juicy, peaches, pine, tangerines.
A- Yellow color, cloudy liquid, white head.
T- Citrus, juicy, piney, bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, citrusy bitter finish.
O- Wow, talk about an amazing aroma. Big juicy citrus smells. Sadly, my bottle was a month past the nest by date. Had it been fresh, the taste might have equaled the nose, but it just didn’t quite match up. None the less, the first Stone beer I’ve ever really really liked. Well done.
jbuskirk (433) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone Go To IPA breaks new ground in two critical ways. The first is the most obvious; Go To IPA is the Escondido brewery’s premier Session IPA. The second may just be a first for me, but it’s a welcome change regardless - this session ale has more fruit flavor and balance than some of Stone’s heavily-hopped classics (which are also delicious, by the way). The aggressive blast of bitter grapefruit and pine needles is swapped for a juicy aroma and flavor. The aroma is ridiculously good with notes of lemon, grapefruit, apricot, orange, and peach. While not as juicy as that phenomenal aroma, the taste shows off the sweeter side of grapefruit and malt. An excellent, spicy pine flavor does its job without adding too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is as diverse as it is satisying - moderate carbonation, sticky hop oils, and wet hop sensations. With 4.5% ABV, Go To IPA provides a hell of a lot of flavor without getting you too buzzed.
ryecatcher (770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pale golden, medium white head with okay retention and lacing. Nose is grapefruit, grassy meadow, light malts. Mouth is relatively light bodied, dry with medium bitterness, lots of grapefruit --- like it straight up tastes almost like watered down fresh grapefruit justice without the acidity and the sweetness, some lemongrass underlying, dry white toast. If this is the future trend in IPAs, I’m down... even if I am still a fan of big-ass Imperial IPAs like Arctic Panzer Wolf and pretty much any of ’em that Pipeworks do. I could seriously drink several gallons of this stuff.