Brew Review: Stone Go To IPA

by Kelli H. on April 1, 2014

Beer: Stone Brewing Go To IPA 
Date: 3-28-14
Location: Escondido, CA
Type: Session IPA
Alcohol: 4.5%
IBU: 65

Aroma: Pop the top and BAM citrus pine hops in yo face

Appearance: Small head retention, straw colored, hardly any bubbles rising to the top

Body & Texture: medium bodied, not much carbonation, crisp

Aftertaste: Citrus, pine, hops and bitterness lingers with a tad of maltiness.

“Since Day One, we’ve been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. It’s led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperial — some intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a “session” IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed “hop bursting”, a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops are added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an Alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back an go two with your new everyday go-to-IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop”. – Stone Brewing

Overall Impression:
Holy hops! Don’t let this session IPA fool you. This IPA is intense on the hop aroma and taste. I was disappointed by the lack of carbonation. It seemed pretty flat but it was surprisingly still crisp. David and I still experienced many burps from this beer. Also, it says to enjoy it fresh, but there wasn’t a date on the bottle, therefore making it pretty hard to tell if we were in fact enjoying it fresh. I would buy this session IPA again in the summer. At first when I tried this beer I thought that I preferred Lagunitas Day Time IPA over Go To IPA but I then tried Day Time again the next day and think that they are both very good. If I had to choose between Go To & Sierra Nevada’s Nooner I’d most likely pick Go To. I’m really excited so many breweries are brewing session IPA’s since IPA’s are my favorite type of beer. The great aspect about lighter alcohol IPA’s is I can enjoy two without feeling drunk — win win!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one } April 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

The more hops – the better 🙂 Sounds delicious!


Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre April 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm

That sounds delicious! Thanks for the review 🙂


Katie Adams April 7, 2014 at 1:13 am

Yum! I’ll have to try this- I’m enjoying an Alpha King right now!


Made in Sonoma April 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I haven’t had an Alpha King but it sounds like a beer I’d enjoy! Cheers!


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