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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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t’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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterschreurs (44) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1539) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (493) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutch23mp (272) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
love them hops nice floral aroma with a very strong lively abrupt bitter hop taste. A very good IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Criz (78) - - AUG 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2377) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (433) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
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.

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