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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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tís 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 weíll 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 thatís what happens when you dramatically lower the abv. And while we work hard to bend the time/space/abv intensity continuum, weíve admittedly not yet learned to break it. This comes damn close though.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (481) - , Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2014
Had this one a couple of times but finally getting around to reviewing one of the last bottles left in my fridge... Picked this up at the COOP a couple weeks ago.. Pours a crystal clear golden with a short lived white head. Nose is huge hop-forward tropical fruits with plenty of pithy citrus zest for so little malt backbone.. almost too much, but I really like it nonetheless. This tastes like my idea of summertime brews! Very hoppy and still balanced.. bitterness melts back fast into the pithy hops with just enough melon and finishes back bitter with a dry pale maltiness... Light body... nice bubble... incredibly drinkable especially for Stone..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (696) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours light orange with white head. Aroma is very piney and citrusy, very hop forward. Taste is bitter, extreme piney, easy, very hoppy with out being too heavy. Very good session IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
101st Stone beer. coincidence? i think not cause they just took every other session ipa to school. session ale 101. Every time I start to have even an inkling of a doubt that Stone is my favorite brewer, they release something else that makes me feel like an idiot for ever doubting. Most likely my new favorite session IPA, and easily the best one I can find fresh on the shelves here in Reno. Huge hop aroma and flavor and more than adequate bittering. The body is thinnish, but not nearly as watery as some, and better than some 6-7% IPAs. Fruit and pine galore, and even hints of sweetness to balance. Knocks of All Day & Alpha Session. Reminiscent of the SD Session Pale from a few years ago, but hoppier."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterschreurs (46) - 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 (1547) - 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 (3573) - 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 (82) - - 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 (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On tap at Ellynís 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 tasteís 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 (489) - 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 didnít quite match up. None the less, the first Stone beer Iíve ever really really liked. Well done.

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