Stone Go To IPA

Stone Go To IPA

A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA

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 embrace our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a "session" IPA that delivers all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employ "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.

March 3, 2014
India Pale Ale
4.5%
65
12oz Six-Packs, Twelve-Packs & Draft
Magnum
El Dorado
Crystal
Cascade
Experimental Hopsteiner 06300
Mosaic
Ahtanum
Citra & Sterling

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Stone Go To IPA

TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours light gold with a white head.
Aroma
The hop aromatics are mind blowing. Intense peach, citrus and melon flavors dominate the aroma in the best possible way.
Taste
Hop flavors continue to dominate, but are balanced by just enough malt to keep things reasonably in balance. But make no mistake, this beer is very, very hop-forward!
Palate
Dry and bitter. The finish makes you want to drink more!
Overall
This beer employed the hop-bursting technique, which in essence is a hopping method where all or most of the bitterness in the beer comes from late hop additions in the brewhouse, like at the end of boil and in the whirlpool, instead of the more traditional approach where most of the hop bitterness comes from earlier additions at the start of the kettle boil. The result is a beautifully aromatic beer with substantial but somewhat mellow bitterness. Hop bursting also enhances the flavor retention of the hops, and combined with the dry hop, creates a very intense and complex hop flavor.
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Chips and salsa, ceviche, Cajun shrimp, oysters on the half shell, Buffalo-fried cauliflower
Soups
Cheddar cheese, tortilla, miso
Salads
Thai salad with peanut dressing, cucumber and mint
Entrées
Grilled salmon, stuffed poblano peppers, vegetable masala, jerk chicken
Cheese
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Cowgirl Wagon Wheel, Parmigiano-Reggiano, extra sharp Vermont Cheddar
Desserts
Carrot cake, spice cake, persimmon tart, apple fritters
Cigars
La Flor Dominicana Double Claro No. 42, Illusione hl (Holy Lance) Candela, Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Claro

Stone Go To IPA

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