RATINGS: 1274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Its 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 well 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 thats what happens when you dramatically lower the abv. And while we work hard to bend the time/space/abv intensity continuum, weve admittedly not yet learned to break it. This comes damn close though.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jh773 (291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Straw/gold, thick head one finger large. Big hop aroma - juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, marijuana. Taste is crisp and strong with hoppy bitterness. Body is just enough to support all this hop action. Bittersweet with a dry finish. A nice alternative when you are not in the mood for huge syrupy hop-bomb IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2113) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Sharp alcohol hop aroma. Light hazy color with a small white head. Moderate bitter beginning and middle with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (3358) - GREECE - JAN 15, 2015
330ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Almost clear golden color with white head. Hoppy citrusy aroma, pine, light floral, light malty. Light Sweet and heavy bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
330ml bottle Rehills Newcastle. This is intense. Huge mango and lychee aromas, sharp almost acidic palate but balanced by some sweet malt. Packs a mighty punch for 4.5%, is rammed full of flavour but I dont think Id call it a Go To beer, theres just too much going on and is one for small doses

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1959) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are citrus, pine, and flowers - with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5141) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
A 12-oz bottle courtesy of my daughter-in-law Shannon in Idaho.. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a pillow white head. Good lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and citrus/pine. Medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor is big one fruit with pineapple and the citrus and pine give it a dry bitter finish. Simply outstanding and shows once again a great beer does not have to be hight in alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CVBis007 (55) - Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
I've been drinking quite a few imperial IPAs lately and almost passed on this beer due to the low ABV. Stone's rep for making great IPAs changed my mind and I have it a shot. I am glad I did. It is sort of like hitting the reset button on your beer palate, and one mouthful reminds you why you love a good IPA. It poured a fairly cloudy, yellow golden straw color with a sizable, coarse, pillowy head. It smells of lemon grass and hops. The citrus smell converts to a bitter grapefruit on the tongue. The hops kick in and then a long complex and fairly bitter finish. The name is appropriate, could be a Go To.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (15146) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle [from Secret Santa 2014] @ home. Slightly unclear yellow to golden color, medium sized white head. Aroma is moderately malty, very hoppy, fruity hops, grapefruit. Taste is moderately malty, very hoppy, a lot of fruity hops and grapefruit, medium to heavy bitter. Decent body and carbonation. Fruity hops, grapefruit and bitterness combined: I love it!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sawbuck (718) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2015
"Catty" aroma of citrus hops. Gold color with a thin white head. Semi sweet malt up front. Citrus notes right behind from hops. bitterness settles in next, more harsh than expected from a session ipa. Bitterness lingers in the finish...a bit too long. Watery mouth feel. Average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pablo951 (664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Leave it to So-Cals Stobe Brewery to produce a mighty fine Session IPA. Like most sessions, its smooth with major notes of pine. Smooth and tasty.

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