BREWER: Stone Brewing, Berlin
VESSEL: 0.33L tin
Sammy’s Rating: 70%
Go To IPA is a curious name for a beer and I’m not sure what to make of it. Nor am I sure what the brewers Stone really mean by it.
My initial thoughts were that by naming your beer like this you are almost saying.. “if nothing else of note is available then you can rely on Go To IPA to not let you down. So it’s your go to beer without having to put too much thought into it.
I suppose the other definition could be that all other beers fall short of GTIPA so basically don’t bother with them and just drink this offering from Stone for the rest of eternity.
Well this get’s the noggin whirring I have to say. As each possible meaning for the name are inaccurate and therefore I conclude that Go To IPA is a terrible name for this beer as it doesn’t do it justice and over egg’s it all at the same time.
If let’s say this beer is being looked at as a beer that would not let you down if nothing else was available then although that statement is true this brew is far better than that. You would choose this IPA over many beers whether they we instantly available to you or not.
Conversely if we were looking at it as a beer that ends all other beers and this was your brew for life then that would be wrong. Even though if this was the only beer you could drink for the rest of your days you would be far from disappointed, you would still be missing out on some far superior beers that a knocking about around our globe.
Now you could mistake what I’ve said so far for me having the opinion that Go To IPA is a middle of the road beer. But it’s not. It’s way better than that.
This is a strong tasting hard hitting very hoppy IPA. Coming in at 4.7% I have to say it tastes stronger than that, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The tangy yet hoppy bite is very prominent up front and then softens to an a lemon vibe mid way before the hops then return for the long aftertaste.
An overall decent ale this that is without doubt worth a try.
Jymi’s Rating: 73%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 71.5%
MOB review next weekend: BANANA BREAD BEER by EAGLE BREWERY
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