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Stone Go To IPA

Rating: 4.05

This is a relatively new Stone beer, one that was introduced earlier this year I believe but has already made its way to the United Kingdom just in time for Christmas. Despite the beer having all the makings of a good summer beer (I’m basing this assumption of the style & label only but you get my point I’m sure) I was still quick to pick this one up in the middle of winter based on my past experiences with some of the brewery’s previous offerings. This one is another of what could probably be called the beer of 2014, a session IPA. This one is about average alcohol wise for the style and comes in at 4.5% making it an easy choice to kick my night off with; although it’s not the strongest I am hoping it still comes loaded with flavour and has a strong hoppy taste to it.

Stone Go To IPA

Appearance (4/5): A clear and quite light amber colour that borders on a golden yellow. The beer is topped with a half centimetre tall, foamy white head that holds fairly well and shows little movement over the minute or so before leaving a fine lacing that just about covers the surface of the beer.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a strong smelling beer, particularly given the relatively low abv. but I could smell the hops and bitterness from this one as I let the beer sit and open up a little. Initially consisting of some strong tropical fruit notes and to a lesser extent some pine, this one is an excellent smelling beer that features some grapefruit and citrus notes, a solid helping of hops and a very nice malt base to balance things out well. There was some lemon, mango and passion fruit with some sweetness and sugar coming from them; a great smelling beer that I can’t wait to try now.
Taste (8/10): A beer whose taste matches the nose well well indeed, there was a lot of hop bitterness and citrus upfront here with plenty of grapefruit too. The base was again quite malty but the citrus seemed more pronounced than with the nose, the orange seems to come out more here. Plenty of fruits again featured with mango and various other tropical fruits being a definite highlight alongside the grapefruit and some resinous pine.
Palate (4/5): Tonnes of bitterness without being overpowering, this one has a medium body and quite a dry feel to it despite the ample carbonation levels. The tropical fruits imparted some sweetness but this was seemingly drowned out by the bitterness and there was a slight citrus tang to proceedings.

Overall (17/20): I’ve no complaints about this beer at all, it’s definitely one of the better session IPA’s I’ve tried and is quite possibly the best given that it pretty much tastes like a good, traditional American IPA albeit with a lower alcohol content. It has plenty of bitterness and hops, a solid malt base and an excellent balance; what’s not to like?

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA/American IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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