Stone’s “To-Go IPA” is a very nice and necessary addition to the stone family. They were in need of a good Session beer, which is

“Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish – a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period or session, without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication.” (BeerAdvocate.com)

Of course, because this is a Stone beer, it is a very Hop forward IPA.

This beer has a huge hop aroma with some very sweet, fruity notes of peach and apricot. The color is light gold with a moderate perceived bitterness. The IBUs are actually low at 65 IBUs, considering the hop blasting technique and 9 different types of hops used (most of them tossed in at the end of the of the boil and during the fermentation process, which gives the beer a huge hoppy aroma and taste).

Stone’s “To-Go IPA” meets all of the requirements of a good session beer; good malty flavor, low ABV and highly drinkable. To accommodate Southern California’s palate, this is a hop-head’s dream session beer. Personally, since I am not from this world (not a hop-head), I feel that this beer would overwhelm my palate if I were to consume in a “session” fashion.  It is an all-around, well-balanced beer, the malt taste cuts the bitterness and though the head retention is lacking, carbonation and the dry, bitter finish will keep you coming back for more. I would pair this food with some sort of light flavored fish and a light salad with some fruit.

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Check out Brian Parker’s review for this beer

Stone Brewing Co. To Go IPA

Stone Brewing Co. To Go IPA

Stone Brewing Co. Go To IPA


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I'm Alex I am currently taking the SDSU Business of Craft beer in pursuit of becoming a cicerone. I currently have been home brewing for 3 years now. My love of beer did not have a good start, I work for Sea world and it used to be owned by Anheuser-Busch. When S.W got bought out I no longer had brand loyalty this is when I started to broaden my beer tastes. 3 years ago one of my friend got me a beer "kit" and from that point I started to homebrew. It started as a 1 gallon batch every few months to a 5 gallon keg pretty much every month. I have been married for 4 years now and have brought my wife through this beer process. She hated beer and over the years she had come to the point where she enjoys beers. I hope to continue to grow with beer knowledge and get to share my love of beer with my new Daughter Adelaide.

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