Total Score: 6.9/10
Time for some Stone GO TO IPA, Go Directly to IPA, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT 200 [IBU’s]. Look we all know I’m no fan of Session IPAs (or Session beers in general), so why am I even bothering with reviewing this brew? Because it’s a Stone beer FFS, that’s why. If Stone can’t sway me over to the Session beer cause then there is a good chance nobody will… So perhaps this will be my last Session beer review? Maybe, but I’m not missing much if it is – they’ve all been watery AF pale imitators of the real thing (i.e. the beer style they are a session version of) and if you think I’m wrong, then I dare you tell me which Session beer you think is better than a full-fat brew, go on! Do it! *prods reader with a yardstick*
Poured from a 473ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Pale yellow, with a hint of haze body and a billowy white 2 centimetre head on top that ever slowly compresses down… quite a pale colour for a Session IPA… still looks as sexy as ever for Stone… maybe it’s just a Pavlovian response from me due to how tasty Stone beers are? 8/10.
S: Grassy cannabis hop character with a vibrant lychee tropical note, Stone haven’t dropped the ball yet when it comes to hops in an IPA – and Go To is no exception. Malt character is lacking, and it comes with the characteristic thinness of a session beer, but the hop character is there in full force… hint of mango and piney hops, nice touch Stone! 8/10.
T: Flavour is a bit thin and watery overall though [sad face]. There’s just no escaping this is a Session IPA, even the brewing Gods at Stone (murmured: “in Koch we trust”) can’t avoid the insipidness of the session beer. Profile is: Grassy/lychee/piney hops, malt? None really, and a thin green herbal note in the finish… which BTW is more bitter than expected or warranted – yep, I went there. 6/10.
M: Not bad, mid to light bodied with a reasonably dense carbonation – Stone Go To IPA isn’t lacking in texture, just flavour. 8/10.
D: Go To IPA? Not for me thanks, I’ll stick to Mocha IPA – which FYI is f**king delicious – or pretty much any other Stone IPA, this is by far the worst Stone beer I’ve tried [bloody session beers again – bane of my and the best of breweries existences!] Let’s all say “no!” to session beers… oh yeah, and drugs [except alcohol, which is f**king brill]. Positives? Everything except flavour, which really is the only thing that matters in the end. 7/10.
Food match: Slow-roasted pork belly with fennel and apple-slaw.