Stone’s Go To IPA is considered a session IPA. This means a low alcohol IPA and a few other examples are Lagunitas DayTime IPA and Port Brewing Wipeout IPA. Both of these are great examples of this recent beer style. Stone is a bit late to the game and debuted what I would consider a summer IPA, in late winter. This modest 4.5% ABV ale has had some hype and I was eager to see what it was about.
I grabbed a single 12oz bottle and poured it into my IPA glass and enjoyed it on my balcony. This poured a light straw color with a 3-finger, puffy white head that slowly settled down to a pretty thick ring. The rising bubbles were consistent and helped keep the foam on the top. I was really impressed at the appearance and couldn’t wait to try.
The aroma was a bit less impressive. I got some pine notes up front followed by big citrus. I was expecting a huge hop smell as soon as poured but I just did not find that to be the case. The taste was not so multidimensional either. It starts out a bit overly bitter, followed by the taste of citrus rind. I had hoped to get more tropical flavors and aromas, but no such luck. I found the mouthfeel to be a lot of what you’d expect, thin and bubbly.
I did enjoy this beer, though I wish it had been a bit more. We may find Stone tweaking this recipe a bit but for a style that I am not crazy about, I would consider taking a six-pack of these with me on a picnic or camping. One problem is they only come in bottles, so I would likely go with the Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, as I can buy those in 6-pack, pint cans.
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