PW's Year of Beer: Stone Go To IPA

By Eric San Juan
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Stone is known for creating hoppy, aggressive beers that pack in a load of hops and generous amounts of alcohol, but their Levitation ale aside, making beers with alcohol levels low enough for casual drinking just hasn’t been part of their portfolio. Go To IPA, which should start appearing on Philly taps any day now, changes all that. This is a brisk, hoppy “session IPA” with big notes of lemon and other citrus, pine resin, and a dry finish—all of it coming in at just 4.5 percent ABV, about the same as a mass market light beer, but with 10 times the taste. There isn’t much in the way of malt complexity here; this is mostly a delivery vehicle for hops. But for hopheads who still want to function after putting down more than a few beers, this is a welcome new brew.

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