Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stone Brewing - Go To IPA Review

Brewery: Stone Brewing
Location: Escondido, CA
Beer: Go To IPA
Style: American IPA
Serving: Snifter Glass (12 oz.) 
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 65

This very low alcohol beer (for reference budweiser is 5.0%) is produced with hopping method aptly named "Hop Bursting." Which is basically dumping one (1) metric crap-load of hops in the latter part of the brewing process (whirlpool, flameout, dry hop, etc.)  According to brewmaster Mitch Steele this creates "...an intense hop aroma and flavor along with a smoother bitterness."  Mitch also explains that this method allows them to make a lower alcohol beer that is full flavored and doesn't taste thin or watery.

A (3/3): A finger of white frothy head sits on a clear, light gold beer.  Slightly hazy when first poured but eventually becomes more transparent. Nice lacing with a decent head retention that eventually gives way to gravity and surface tension.

S (11/12): Given more citrus character than it knows what to do with this beer is hopped with 9 differnt types of hops (Mosaic, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Crystal, El Dorado, Magnum, Sterling and 06300).  Mild peach aromas also compliment this beer along with enough malt flavor to perfectly support the hops.

T (18/20): Peach, grapefruit, lemon and orange flavors remain dominant as aroma becomes flavor.  Just the right amount of malt structure lies under this hop masterpiece to support the beer.  Like the statue of David sitting on a marble column.

M (4/5): A light bodied beer with a crisp and dry mouthfeel, lively carbonation and a dry, pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

O (9/10): I could definitely see this as being one of my new go to beers.  Perfect for casual or competitive drinking this beer has a ton of flavor and aroma while not being too filling or alcoholic. Very easy to drink, I would say dangerously so if it wasn't for the low alcohol content, a truly fantastic beer.


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