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Stone Enjoy By IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Listing for all Stone Enjoy By xx.xx.xx IPA beers.

 http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/ 

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Added by nrs207 on 08-21-2012

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crystal clear golden color. Massive amount of thick mouse like white foam. Leaves decent amounts of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

S - aroma is intense and just teaming with hops. Strong notes of lemon rind and zest along with hemp oil. Candied orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple follow while a background of grass, flowers, and toasty bread round out the nose.

T - light crusty bread flavor up front which is quickly demolished by strong rindy bitterness. The bitterness of grapefruit rind is balanced by fleshy orange pulp notes. Floral flavors on the backend with more grapefruit bitterness which linger long past the finish.

M - crisp, lighter-medium bodied. High, bubbly carbonation emphasizes the crisp character.

O - This is a fantastic DIPA. It just hits all the high notes for me. It might just be how fresh it is but this is going down as one of the best DIPAs i have ever drank.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Note: just gotten over a cold when I tried this

#10: 09-13-13
A: golden-amber with little head, not much lacing
S: orange with sweet caramel notes
T/M: much like the smell, very malt forward, melding into orange blossoms, then into a grassy (tinged with citrus). Mildly dry pull that lingers.
O: very good beer. Could maybe be a little less sweet, but love the citrus backbone of this beer, as well as the malt front and somewhat dry finish.

#12: 11-12-13
A: clear golden amber, but more lacing in this pour
S: same, but I notice an earthiness this time
T/M: more bitterness I notice up front in this one, less sweet than I reviewed before.
O: I didn't change any of my ratings, but I think I expected better given the rating versus what I thought about this tasting. Given that, I await my next one to see if I should adjust my rating.

#14: 2-14-14 (adjusted ratings up)
A+: more lacing
S-: weaker to me
T: definitely more bitter than original review, but there is what I now consider mango flavor (not orange).
M+/O+: starting to enjoy this more and more as a must have when available

#?: 7-4-14 (no adjustments) - seemed more "juicy" and less bitter than previous reviews, closer to original review of a September "by date"

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Photo of tdm168
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle. 4.1.13 enjoyed on 3.2.13

A - clear orangish gold with a big, thick, pure white head

S - huge floral aroma, some sugary notes

T - herbal, floral, light bready malt, spicy hops, bitter finish, alcohol warmth

M - clean, smooth, crisp, medium to full bodied

This was delicious. The malt is a bit sugary and sweet which blends perfectly with the intense hop character. There is such great balance here. It also has tremendous drinkability for the ABV. This is an IPA that all beer fans should try.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 07.04.15

Look: Crystal clear pale gold. Finger or two of head has nice retention.

Smell: Dank hops, earthy malts, and lemon citrus

Taste: Exceedingly bitter plays nicely with the alcohol, nearly masking it entirely. Grapefruit from the start turns to lemon by the finish. Certainly very dank. Very much like wet straw.

Feel: Excellent body. Slightly dry finish. Carbonation dances about the mouth long after the finish. Very refreshing.

Overall: Really great. Always a must get when it hits my shop. Not a whole lot to criticize this beer for. Its right up there with some of my favorite beers.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into Newport Storm snifter.

A - Transparent gold/orange with a couple fingers of head that quickly dissipates into about half a finger.

S - Sweet malts, citrus fruits, herbal hops.

T - Lots of vegetal/garlicy hops with a bit of citrus and caramel malts. The alcohol doesn't come through at all in this one. Very aggressive hops, but not to bitter.

M - Thick and resiny with a lot of carbonation. Only other beer I've had that makes your mouth tingle this much is Heady Topper.

Very nice, but I'll probably stick with Ruination and Sublimely Self Righteous due to cost and availability. Great hop-forward DIPA though.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 11/12/13.

Appearance: Pale honey with good clarity and an off-white cap of foam.

Aroma: A hop bouquet of tropical fruits, with an emphasis on mango, and just a hint of dank hop juice. It has that great almost musty aroma that is synonymous with west coast IPAs, in my opinion.

Taste: This one definitely has the 'it' factor. The flavor begins with some crisp piney bitterness up front that morphs into a tropical ride for your palate. The hop character hits the perfect mix of pine, west coast fruits, and that touch of dankness that all the great IPAs balance so well. Speaking of balance, the malt is basically nonexistent here--which works in its favor. The 9.4% ABV is likely what is keeping the hops in line, but it is very hard to detect any alcohol presence. The 88 IBUs really make the most of their power, diminishing slightly in the finish before blasting through to echo around in the aftertaste for a very long time. It's not difficult to enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body which is quite a feat for an imperial brew. The carbonation keeps things lively but is just a tad excessive (nothing a vigorous pour can't fix). Suburb drinkability which is dangerous given the ABV but makes taking down a bomber no problem.

Final Thoughts: I was lucky enough to try an earlier batch of Enjoy By on-tap in Colorado in a flight next to PtE a couple months ago and Enjoy By was the better of the two (albeit by a narrow margin). The lack of malt flavor makes this beer even more impressive because there are no detectable flaws in the flavor and it seems to be consistent from one batch to the next. The Enjoy By series proves that Stone gets it. They understand that the consumer wants a fresh product, which means a lot coming from such a large brewery that doesn't need to be doing this kind of thing to survive in the vastly expanding craft beer industry. I have the utmost respect for Stone because they have respect for the consumer. The fact that Enjoy By is such a fantastic IPA is just the icing on the cake in this situation. Would I drink it again? Yes, anytime I can get my hands on it.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler Fill from the source (past weekend).
Multiple pours into a Ruination pint.

*I will start by stating the hop aromas were impressive and overwhelmed the entire fill station.

A: Look is a pale golden ale with good clarity and a firm stack of near white head. Nice retention noted. Lacing leaves just a sticky mess and dries up to a light etching along the glass.

S: A ménage of fruity tropicals. Peach, mango, white grape, gooseberry, and a hint of pine. No real malt character detectable in the nose. The aroma is stellar and just doesn’t quit.

T: Fruity as all get out! Gooseberry is pronounced with a nice mango and pineapple tropic mix. White grape is a bit more subdued in the flavor. I get a bit of danky floral and grass notes with a suggestion of green onion towards the end. Very hoppy albeit overall bitterness is moderate with little to no astringency. Peaks towards the back of the palate. Malt is secondary and imparts a dry saltine cracker base with just a touch of caramel sweetness to carry through the hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden. This tastes remarkably similar to some of my latest homebrewed IPA’s which is just the way I like ‘em. Seems to have a good influence of Citra and Nelson with some supporting characters most likely.

M: Feel is remarkably light and smooth in texture with a big drying effect and crisp finish. Hop oils linger about wanting for the next sip.

D: Hats off to the Stone Pilot crew. One of the most satisfying growler purchases in a long time. Probably my favorite Stone offering thus far.
A must try.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a predominantly clear, light gold with an off white cap. This beer is a lacing monster. My tulip looks like it is covered with spray foam insulation.

Smells green with bright fruits and alcohol.

Pungent, sharp hops. Tastes like guava/pear juice, mango, pineapple and pine. Crisp and slightly sour with citrus rinds. Piney and grassy all the way through. A bitterness that is squashed some by sweet, light bready malts. The bitter hops show up again in the lingering aftertaste. Some resin with a little oily slickness. Finish is a little drying. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is not "hot". Easy drinking. Exceptional balance.

Edit: with the 12/25/15 batch I am noticing onion flavor that I never picked up before.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 5.17.13 version that was bottled on 4.12.13 and enjoyed on 4.17.13

Appearance: Slight copper color, very clean looking body. Above average carbonation which was very active throughout. Just below a finger of head on the pour which was light and fluffy. Sticky lacing left on the glass while drinking. Enjoyed out of a tulip shaped glass.

Smell: Extremely bright and fresh hops hit right away. There is a very strong malt backbone which became much more of a player as this beer warmed up a bit. Very rich syrupy tones provided great complexity for this aroma.

Taste: A touch of lemon, prairie grass, spices, and some sugary hops. The hops are light and exotic, much different then other DIPAs. The body takes a heavy turn and the malt backbone felt in the aroma comes in hard on the finish of this brew. The transition from light fresh bones to saturated malt is outstanding. Feels like two different beers. Some spices are also felt on the aftertaste along with waves of hops still hitting the palette.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation is light on the palette. A good mixture of dryness and sweetness.

Overall: Little doubt at this point that these Best By IPAs by Stone are the real deal, no gimmicks here. Having this beer reminded me of my first experience with IPAs when I was getting into craft beer (the Stone IPA), felt like firecrackers going on in my mouth. So many things going here, just oustanding. Credit to Stone for continuing to be innovators in the field and just another example of their masterful craftsmanship.

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Photo of stuppy
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 2-14-14

Appearance:golden color, good white head, good Clarity

Aroma: very resiny, and piney hop aroma, some citrus, no malt

Flavor: nice piney hop , high bitterness but supported well, some alcohol warmth, some Light caramel

Mouthfeel: med high carbonation, med body, Some Alcohol warmth, but not harsh

Overall: very piney, good amount of bitterness as expected for style, but not harsh

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Photo of BeernDrum
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is great. First time I've ever had the enjoy by IPA. Nice amber color. Very clear. Nice citrus smell and the taste...awesome nice bitter punch in the mouth with a full pineapple orange grapefruit flavor. Excellent beer. Get it quick. I was told once it's gone, it's gone.

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Photo of jmac11420
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First BA check in:

A: Golden orange
S: Best part, citrus, pine, mint, hops, slight malt
T: Very bitter and crispGrapefruit,
M: perfect carbonation, bitter
O: I love this series and am never let down. Very well balance beer! A great west coast IPA, Stone is boss

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Photo of raynmoon
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this quite a few times, but it is time to do a review.

a: clear honey-gold. some alcohol legs, almost no lacing.

s: very sculpin-like. Honey and citrus sweetness, floral notes, and that strange, bitter, astringent, oniony smell. Very nice.

t: Before you even get to fully taste the beer, bitterness comes in and hits you, with astringent, floral hops rolling across your tongue. finishes a little hot.

mf: medium, almost on the sticky side like RuinTen. Alcohol does come through a little bit.

overall: definitely worth trying, or grabbing a few bottles. Isn't as good as some of those other big guys, but it is what it is.

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Photo of roger617
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.5 bright golden with less than 1 finger of white head
S: 4.25 super hoppy, strong malt back bone
T: 4.5 same as smell, strong hops with the backbone to support it.
M: 4.5 carbed well, smooth
O: 4.5 this brew does not disappoint. Very happy to find it on draft, hope these keep coming out in Indiana!

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Photo of gunpwdr
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 05/17/13 edition.

Nose: Pine resin front and center is joined by a burnt resin streak, with everything else taking a distant backseat. The rest of the balance goes to hints of brown sugar, orange peel, and honey. Palate: No surprise that pine resin dominates the attack but is also joined by bitter citrus and a hint of malty sweetness. Malt and bread notes form the mid-palate. Pine resin and bitter grapefruit linger on the finish.

Some 30 minutes after the initial pour, the added warmth has given the nose some sticky sweetness. At the outset, this DIPA was quite jagged and the pine resin quite pronounced. With some warmth, sweetness is more evident and things are more balanced overall. This really is quite good.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3.14.15 - Enjoy By Pi

This is my first Enjoy By, so I can't speak to past iterations. That said, this is a amazing DIPA.

L: Amber hue with crystal clarity. Solid head with really nice lacing.

S: Floral but with nice pine notes. I typically love citrus bombs, but the smell here is really inviting.

T: Sweet malt up front, but finishes with a nice piney, pithy hop bite. Really interesting balance at play with this beer.

F: Perfect carbonation, I can't believe the ABV is 9.4% because this is easy to sip. Something else interesting about this beer, it's literally mouth watering--the same way fresh squeezed juice is. But make not mistake, it still has a dry finish.

O: I love when beer lives up to the hype, and this definitely does. This style of DIPAs is not what I usually reach for (like I said, I love big citrus DIPAs), but this is fantastic. Definitely a world-class brew. If you can get your hands on it then scoop it up.

(Updated: I had this beer again 8 days before the drink by date, the booziness was much more evident than the first two bottles I had. It was also much sweeter than my prior two sittings. I guess there is something to that freshness dating.)

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Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Served in a tulip. Clear gold with rich white head. Robust look. Big floral and piney nose with underlying tropical fruit. Plenty of bright citric bitterness and resinous notes tempered by herbal and tropical notes on the edges. Full on hop flavors here with incredible balance and drinkability for a 10% DIPA. Sign me up for a glass of this anytime!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Enjoy By 04.01.13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with a bit of bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some lemon peel, floral hops and a bit of onion. There's an enjoyable bitter hoppy finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and sticky with moderate carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew overall, I hope Stone keeps making it (and Ohio keeps getting some). $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

5 17 13 22oz bottled on 4/12/13 (7 days old) from Quality Liquors in Salem, MA. Poured into a 14oz water goblet.

A - Crystal clear yellow with a minimal head, hardly any foam. Does leave a nice cascading lace around the glass. Not much carbonation.

S - Ganja skunky (in a good way) hop smell. Dank sharp heady hop smell. Really get a sense of the freshness of the beer once it is exhaled.

T - Stanky clementine flavored draw. Vanilla and scotch malt notes make for a sweet, complex experience. Heady hop taste with a fresh bitterness.

M - A little thinner than some of Enjoy By's Past batches. Very little carbonation. Very little kickback from the 9+% alcohol.

O - Yet another exceptional Enjoy By shipped fresh by Stone. One of the best experiences you will have with a pure West Coast IPA. Still, both April Enjoy By batches were a bit better.

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Photo of rockaroo
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

(07.04.15) Initially turned off by soapiness and light mouth feel. After I got over that I got into the great hops and will be buying more tomorrow (hopefully), one of the top DIPAs this year so far for me. I think it drinks better out of the bottle (sixer) than poured.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Enjoy By: 10.31.15
Bottled On: 09/25/15

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a very nice citrus/pine notes, very nice sweetness. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another great brew from Stone.

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Photo of Radome
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle labeled 10-31-15, so I tasted it approximately one month past its "best".

L - Bright orange color wit maybe a hint of green. Off white head is thick, with an oily sheen. Significant lacing.

S - A citrus and pine extravaganza on the nose. Toasty malt on the final edge of the whiff.

T - Massive hit of bitter hops as orange and pine, accompanied by a late sweetness from the malt. In the finish the hops return as a strong, almost eucalyptus-like burn.

F - Medium body with creamy, mouth-filling carbonation. Huge hops bitterness blends into a significant alcohol burn.

O - Everything about this beer is huge and flavorful and right. It becomes more deep and complex with every sip.

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Photo of Titans77
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4.1.13 on 3/7/13

A - Golden/Bronze/Copper/Orange hue. Mild carbonation coming from the bottom of the class with no head to speak of. Lots of lacing and some alcohol legs.

S - Hits right up front and hits hard! As soon as you open the bomber, immediate citrus, pine and a slight astringency. Very power typical IPA smell.

T - More big citrus notes up front. Some pine and a very mild malt background. Not really balanced, but it works very nicely for a DIPA.

M - Par for the course with what I expect from a quality DIPA by Stone. Nothing that screams amazing, but certainly not bad. Drinks very nicely for 9.4% abv.

O - A great DIPA by stone. Better than 10th anni Ruination? Not a chance. A very good beer none the less. Also, a very cool concept for beers that need to be consumed fresh. If it ever stayed on the shelves long enough, it would drive stores to dispose of old IPAs

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: This was the 2/14/14 version of Enjoy By. It was from a bottle swap with a friend, enjoyed it out of a chalice style glass.

Appearance: A dark golden color with a whitish head. The head doesn't persist all that much but it's still nice looking. A lot of very small bubbles throughout.

Aroma: Grassy hops are the primary aroma of this one. I like it but it's a little bit much. I want to pick up some of the other aromas like the malt and some fruits but this is really just a grassy hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation levels

Taste: This one tastes like it smells. There is a slight alcohol touch to it but really the biggest, in your face flavor are the grassy hops. There is a little malt backbone that stands up a little bit to the hops but it's definitely an IPA

Overall: It's not bad, not my favorite beer but certainly something that I would have again when it comes out next time.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was for the 7th batch, reviewed in early May. Light tan head. creamy, one finger high. Good retention and lacing. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Crisp, pungent, and fresh hops. Mango, citrus rind, tropical fruits, pine, and notes of grass. The taste is much the same with plenty of tropical fruits/mango, big citrus kick, pine, loads of bitterness, grassy notes, with a light malt backing that adds just a nice rounding to the barrage of hops. The mouthfeel is great. Not too full at all. Moderate carbonation works well to keep it lighter feeling, light-medium and filmy consistency, medium body, and a nice and bitter crisp finish.

Overall another REALLY great IPA from Stone. They have not disappointed me yet, and I was even more thrilled with this IPA than I expected to be. Just fantastic. I will certainly be getting another few of this batch and will get any subsequent batches that are released in my distribution network. Fantastic idea with the series and done completely right!

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.