This newly released session-style IPA now holds a permanent place on Stone’s lineup of yearly releases. Aromas open with fresh of white grapefruit, hop flowers, and grass held over weak hints of cane sugar.
The palate begins with a thin wafer of sweetness, overshadowed by bright citric-centered hops that come across like white grapefruit. Peach-flavored fruit notes flash over hints of malt grain. A light body of herbs rises to dominance with a flavor combination reminiscent of leaves, grasses, and evergreen. Coarse carbonation reaches a climax, splashing into a pool of 65 IBU’s, which is more than enough to provide sufficient bitterness. The body load winds down with an abrupt decay in flavor, leaving behind traces of hop oils which continue to softly resonate past the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and dry over a medium-light body.
Overall, this leans more toward the herbal spectrum in the end, but there’s a pleasant ratio of citric, floral, and modest fruity aspects included in the mix to keep things interesting. I think Go-To IPA delivers on its intent to provide a highly drinkable hoppy beer without drastic sacrifice in flavor. I think what we call session IPA’s today, might have previously been deemed “extra pale ale.” This is a good example of this novel style, which due to high hop flavor and low bitterness, make it the perfect choice for those just getting associated with IPA’s. I don’t really recommend it, but it’s worth trying at least once.
San Diego, California