The session IPA; seems lots of breweries are doing them and people either like em or hate em. Many session IPAs have a watered down mouth feel and almost no malt bill leaving the drinker with a one dimensional beer.While Stone’s Go To IPA lacks complexity and does feel a bit watered down it actually works well.
Go To IPA pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is plentiful for a small beer; pine and grassy hops dominate. Taste moves away from the aroma towards tropical and citrus fruits and is quite enjoyable. While it is a bit thin that is to be expected from the style.
Overall I like my IPAs big but there are some breweries doing a good job with low ABV yet flavorful beers and Stone’s Go To IPA certainly makes this list.
Pros: Great aroma
Cons: Watered down mouth feel
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: 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 is 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 and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.