I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had a best before date of 5/28/14 and cost $3.15 ($0.26).
Appearance: Lemon-skin yellow hue over a clear body with visible
carbonation. Pours to a small, white, frothy head which laces and
Smell: Interesting combination of various hops, with notes of lemon, cat pee and cannabis.
Taste: Stone Brewing is known for their huge hoppy beers. Though they do
make a light beer called “Levitation Ale,” it never really caught on.
With their new “Go To IPA,” Stone seems to have re-invented the
so-called “session IPA” style. This beer is exactly what it sets out to
be: a light bodied brew with the hop taste and bitterness you want in an
Obviously, the hops are the stars of the show here. But this beer opts
for hop flavor rather than raw bitterness. An interesting combination of
hops as well. There’s notes of herbal or skunky/earthy character that
gives it a saison-like spiciness. Lemon citrus comes through the middle,
which is to be expecting considering which coast this comes from. Dry
bitterness on the back end with a slightly starchy/pasty aftertaste,
though it fades quickly. Overall, a genuinely flavorful beer that I’ll
bet would fool a lot of judges in a blind tasting as it can hold its own
with any other standard IPA.
Drinkability: The problem with session IPAs is they can often drink like
blondes with lots of hops. Stone Go To IPA, though light in weight at
only 4.5% ABV, is not a light-bodied beer. There’s genuine body to the
brew. The mouthfeel is crisp, but not thin or watery. It’s refreshing
for a moment as it crosses the tongue, though the bitterness does linger
but it’s easily tolerable. I could see this being ideal for summer. The
only problem: it’s not available in cans!