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RATINGS: 808   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (713) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (625) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2015
From 355 ml bottle. Pours a clear gold-amber with a thin but lasting white head. Aromas of lime, mango, guava, lemon, cut grass and a bit of pepper. Taste is soft fruit and sweet fruit up front before a pine resin and grapefruit bitterness sweeps in. Lingering citrus and pepper in the finish. Nice piney aftertaste. Like it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2064) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours clear amber with decent white head. Soft toffee & fruity hop aroma. Taste is sweet malts with a good bitter hop front. Easy-drinking IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (531) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into an English tulip pint. Clear pale straw color with a big foamy white head that hands around throughout. Big cat piss aroma on the nose with some white grapefruit pith and pine aromas present too. Light body with a strong bitterness on the palate. Nice bitter, dry and crisp finish. Gets a bit like hops and water as it warms up though. Still a solid session IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2015
Good head deep gold pour medium carbonation aromas pine citrus rich malt floral grassy note the flavours grass pine citrus medium bitter stone fruit nice hoppy mix the finish like this IPA good hop mix sweet malt bitter pine finish good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Piotr (44) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Well, it’s not the best ipa that Stone has delivered. Very refreshing! Grassy, fruity, intensive smell of pines, very light taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gururyan (644) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2015
I never thought I’d see the day, but here it is—a Stone IPA that I don’t care for. I guess they can’t all be winners. I thought this was quite uncharacteristic for Stone. Thanks but no thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1401) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015
355mL bottle from Slowbeer. BB 05/28/15 Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold body, small firm white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma; mango, cut grass, pine needle, woody spice, with a touch of biscuity malt underneath. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Packs a plenty of hops into the body; grass, green herbs, pine sap, woody spice & tropical fruits. Modest measure of biscuity pale malts, finish somewhat abrupt with a brash bitterness. Plenty of hops, but lacking that bit of malt to provide balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (813) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
Yellow colour, white head. Aroma of hops, mandarins, mango, peach. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Light body, thin slick texture, average carbonation. Very hoppy and wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luca78 (17) - ITALY - APR 28, 2015
Fantastic Light Blond Session IPA. Very fruity. Clean mouth in the end. Really dry. Late Check-in @London

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2706) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2015
Bottle. Clear gold with an inch of white head. Bright aroma of melon, grapefruit, a little hay and caramel, pine. Strange touch of capsicum. Lightish bodied, easily avoids the emptiness of some of these SIPAs - but then, it is 4.5%. Grapefruit is more prominent in the taste, which is fairly dry and quite bitter. Lesser tropical fruit and piney notes, malt is not doing much but is firm and pleasantly clean. Pretty good.

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