Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,508
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 666
Gots: 2,218 | FT: 19
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012

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.
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Photo of Cylinsier
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz, date marked 04-20-14

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden, bit of white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of orange blossom honey, sweet biscuit, some citrus, and extraordinarily fresh fruity and floral hops.

Flavor is of orange, honey, biscuit, and a range of hop flavors ranging from floral and fruity to piney and dry.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very exceptional IPA with a supremely fresh aroma and flavor. Not the best IPA ever, but in the higher class of IPAs for sure and provides a unique character beyond just the freshness. Drinks very easy for its strength. (616 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had the Enjoy By 04-20-14.

It pours a rich copper color.

It smells very hoppy, and very much like grapefruit.

It tastes very much like grapefruit as well. The last edition tasted like grapefruit, but the 04-20-14 edition tastes very much like a grapefruit with a strong hop presence and minimum malt presence.

Overall this is one of of the best IPAs I have ever had, and the best Stone Enjoy By I have ever tried to date. (427 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4-20-14 Enjoy By

A- fairly clear (a tad hazy), copper, orange hue. Appealing.

S- excellent nose. Pine!!!! Some grass, too. Some floral notes to boot.

T- big full wallop of resin (and that pine), lingers throughout. Bitter soon follows and strengthens at the end. Didn't note much of the citrus thing, unfortunately, compared to some the other reviews.

M- big, full, dry.

O- I'm a sucker for Stone (love Ruination!), and easily fall prey to the "enjoy by" campaign, so I'm a lock to try each offering. Not sure how long they've been doing this (started last year, I think), but I really, really liked the one I had in '13. That said, I'm glad I bought the 4-20-14. I "enjoyed" it, but won't be picking up another. A quality IPA, indeed, but not worth another round. Look forward to future offerings.

Cheers all! (819 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 4/20/14

A - Pours a remarkably clear pale orange, with a finger of head that clears out quickly, but leaves nice sticky lacing.

S - wow, they aren't kidding with that "devastatingly dank" tag line. I get big swampy dank notes of raw hops. I just finished brewing a batch of beer and the nose on this beer is like ziplock baggies of pure hop pellets. It smells green -- grass, marijuana, green onion, lemon grass, with faint touches of pine and mango.

T - Big, concentrated doses of mango, pineapple, onion, with a tinge of lemon and pine around the edges. Juicy middle; bitter and savory on the back end.

M - mouthfeel is big and full, with ample sweetness, but a dry finish.

Overall, this is a big, in your face DIPA with nothing to hide. It may be the most savory IPA I've ever had. This is the first time that all those descriptors like onion, garlic and cat piss really resounded with me. There is some tropical sweetness to balance things out, but I think this is not quite my cup of tea. A great beer, but they could tone back the CTZ, Summit, or whatever's bringing the onion. (1,098 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The re-dankulous 4-20 batch. Pours a lovely, hazy golden orange. Smells fantastic: citrus rind, sweet tropical fruit, and heavy pine. Taste is so dank and bitter, you guys; hoppy with a light malty sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, crisp, and bitter. Chewy and smooth. Doesn't get much better than this. (299 characters)

Photo of itsratso
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoy by 04/20/14, from a bomber in a Spiegelau ipa glass.

well I guess I better review this, as it is my fave beer.

s- are there hippies in my house? dankness. and pine, almost equally balanced. some citrus in there too.
a - clear copper with a thin white head that disappears fast but laces. I've seen prettier beers but appetizing looking.
m - sticky and full. good carbonation level for this beer.
t - I have not had all the "trophy" beers but I've had a bunch of them. and I would put this up at the very top. what enjoy does (similar to what makes heady different from all the rest of the IIPA's) is it throws in a healthy amount of dankness to add some depth to the usual pine and citrus thing. comes on bitter and dank on the front end, with citrus and pine notes behind it. has a floral and dry finish. enjoy does not "hide" it's alcohol as well as a lot of beers which gives it a spicy alcohol burn that you may like or hate. finishes very dry. the only problem with enjoy is I feel obligated to drink as much of it as possible when you can get it around here. which can quickly lead to trouble :( (1,113 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 4-20-2014 batch enjoyed from a tulip brandy glass.

A - Upon pouring from the bottle, a thick white head developed, but dissipated quickly. Body is an agreeable amber hue with no haziness.

S - Cantaloupe, citrus, honey-sweetness

T - First comes a wave of citrus - Meyer lemon immediately comes to mind. Then, a hearty malt backbone with berry-like sweetness on the center of the tongue. Some onion and savory flavors follow, especially as the beer warms up. However, the savory notes never become overbearing. Aftertaste is residual bitterness and pine all over the palette.

M - Creamy mouthfeel to counteract everything else going on in the beer. Perhaps a tad over-carbonated at first sip, but that mellows out over time.

O - Stone really does this beer right. Although I think it is best enjoyed on-tap, the bottle is one of the best to be had at the local package store. It does age quickly, so heed the advice on the label. (936 characters)

Photo of mudbug
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review of the 4-20-14 Batch:
From the bomber into a standard pint glass results in a very bright,clear golden body capped by a one inch head that slowly falls into a very determined cap of foam with sticky lace all over.
Aroma is pungent pine resin, marijuana,fresh cut grass, not overpowering but substantial.
Taste is upfront hop bitter with a pronounced malt sweetness for balance, but here is where I get off this train, there is a very strong medicinal alcohol flavor that for me is distracting.
On the juicy side. More of a sipper than a refreshing drink
One and done for me, I prefer my DIPAs to hide the alcohol better, Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas Sucks and Boneyard Hop Venom do it better. All that said It's a very good beer and if the other ones are not available I'd never turn this down (804 characters)

Photo of JohannBock
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found at the local bottle shop. Happy that it showed up.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a white 1.5 finger head that leaves some decent lacing. Hazy, ruddy, straw color.

S: Great nose on this beer. Flowery and grassy notes right away that fade into strong pine and grapefruit aromas.

T: Very balanced for the amount of hops in the nose. It starts off with flowery/pollen flavors that follow up with a toasty, bready, even biscuity. Ends with a moderate hop bite that sits on the back of the tongue. Really hides the alcohol as it only really shows up as a slight sweetness throughout.

M: Medium heavy mouth feel. Really sits in your mouth, but not in a bad way. Easy to sip or quaff if you feel like it (though I wouldn't recommend it).

O: Really great DIPA. I can't find much of a flaw with it at all. If it was around all the time it would be a regular in my lineup. Highly recommended if you can find it. Stone does another great highly hopped beer. (969 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Updates
7-4-15 - Had a few of these on July 4th at my Sister-in-law's house just before shooting off a bunch of bottle rockets. Very patriotic!
4-20-15 - City Tap House (Logan) - lunch with the competition on April Fool's Day
3-17-15 - bottle at home on 3/20 (still enjoyed it immensely).
2-14-15- Kraftwork Philly - get the BBQ tacos.
12-24-14 - Christmas Day (362 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from the bomber into a random kitchen glass
ENJOYED THIS ONE with my beloved nephew Michael Francis on Friday March 21, 2014
in Pasadena, CALIFORNIA!!! hooo ahhh baby!

A
ULTRA clear with nice sticky lacing

S
sweet hopiness

T
nice hoppy bite, OUTSTANDING

M
FUll and thin

D
TOO good to Guzzle - also the ABV is over the top (was feeling the buzz as I wrote these notes)
this is a world class beer from a world class brewery.
ENJOY!!!! (445 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 04/20/2014

A: Tangerine.

S: Pine, marijuana, apricot, and jasmine.

T: A wave of aggressive bitterness that we've all come to expect from Stone. After that comes a heavy dose of sweetness, tropical fruit, and flowers. It tastes thick and pungent, like nectar. Mangoes and jasmine. It's almost overwhelming. Then the bitterness and astringency returns to leave you yearning for another sip.

M: From nectar to a drying finish.

O: Solid. I had prepared myself to be disappointed given the hype but this is definitely worthy of the praise. (548 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had this previously. Written this full review based on 4-20-14 version. Note: Additions made based on 12-26-14 version.

A - Copper orange clear pour with a frisky white head that forms and fades fairly quickly, leaving behind extensive lacing.

S - Full frontal hops here. Smacks the nose up with a big resin core, pine front with citrus hints, but with danker notes, too. The fruit is more forward in some versions (e.g. 12-26-14) and not in others (e.g., 4-20-14). Given the hop explosion, a few of the darker elements of a hop bomb sometimes float up, too (cat urine in the 4-20 version), but well in control, and always second to the fruit and pine.

T - Where the smell leads, but without all the random hop cacophony. The taste is controlled with its explosive power. This hop bomb pulls no punch, offers no quarter. It is bitter and proud. But the pine, hop resin, and grapefruit pith are all tied to a fine malt backbone that levels things out and allows the explosion to go off without wrecking things. A nice trick. Bright notes come to a sweeter middle mark as the malt comes in with its cracker and sugar notes, closing with a wicked hook back to hop bitterness, which builds but does not crush the palate.

M - Crisp, moderate carbonation, but with some drying that builds as you drink. Still, given the nature of the brew, this is a very easy beer to drink. Dropping nearly 10% ABV in the process, the alcohol is essentially hidden until you feel it.

O - When I picked up this offering for the first time, I'd never had a true blue IPA or DIPA. This opened my eyes, and so wins major points for its role. But the beer holds up to the high initial rating I gave it because it delivers on its promise. A big, bold hop celebration, to be drunk quickly but not forgotten. Well worth the price. (1,814 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-28-2014
Freshness: Enjoy by 04-20-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Beer is a dark copper color, semi-clear. The off-white head has good retention and lacing.

S: Aromas are of citrus and piney hops, with grapefruit and also a green onion smell.

T: The taste features a big hoppy bitterness, very resinous and somewhat astringent. The green onion I noticed in the aroma is also present in the flavors.

M: Chewy mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. The finish is bitter and astringent.

O: Overall a good DIPA but seemed one dimensional with little malt presence. Also the green onion seemed like an off-flavor. (716 characters)

Photo of smanders
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Total Wine for <$9.00 USD for a 22oz bomber; unbelievable! Poured into a British-style imperial pint glass.

A: Crystal clear with a cotton candy foam head. Beautiful!

S: What is one of the best scents in the world for you? Yes, that's what this beer smells like!

T: Remember the first time your hop-head self enjoyed a real I.P.A.? Want to relive that moment? If yes, buy this beer. The bitterness and citrus flavors are spot on; I wouldn't change a thing about this beer. So smooth, yet so flavorful/complex/fresh. Awesome!

M: Perfect

Overall: I am so disappointed I only bought one bottle. I actually looked at real estate in Escondido today in an effort to live closer to this brewery. Thanks Stone; this beer is awesome! (745 characters)

Photo of Jbats
3.24/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This years offerings so far have taken a serious nose dive! Had the release for Feb and now the March. Bittering is much milder and seems to be off balance now. Flavor is still solid but it is missing the 'grapey' (nelson sauvin?)finish I thought made this beer so unique. Dank hops are much more noticeable in this version. Not sure what has happened to the recipe or if hops used are no longer cost effective but it is not the awesome hop head offering it once was in 2013. Too bad this was definitely one of my favorite readily available IPA's in my area. (558 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.36/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this tonight on-tap side-by-side with lunch from Maine. The lunch was sooo much better that it may influence my relatively low rating. This beer had a somewhat soapy taste and while there was a lot of hop bitterness up front, there wasn't too much balance. Also the smell was pretty run of the mill with some mediocre pine and citrus but nothing that really stood out. Maybe Stone advertising the freshness has led to this one being though of more highly than it should otherwise be. I will revisit in bottle form though. (525 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy By 04.20.14

Pours a brass color with a foamy head. Looks good. Hop stink: resin, green onion, over-ripe fruit, guava BO. What a taste! DIPA with sweetness in check (I love that). Lots of oily hops on the palate. Citrus, tropical fruit, garlic chives, sap, resin. Bitterness is fully present, but very well-balanced. Well-hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and a bit chewy. Not too heavy. This is about as close to perfect as a DIPA gets. (452 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; clear gold, decent amount of white head that clings the sides of the glass tightly all the way down.

smell; tropical fruit is off the hook. passion fruit, guava and pinneapple, also pine, grass and resin.

taste; lots of fruit. the passion fruit and pinneapple is there. also mango, touch of earthiness. dank notes of yeast and malt in the background. the alchohal is not there at all. if you told me it was 5 percent i'd believe you.

mouthfeel; light body, not dry at all, very refreshing.

overall; unbelievable hoppy experience, and very drinkable. (565 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks to the good doktorzee for schlepping this back from Vegas for me. Enjoy By 04.20.14 was enjoyed on 03.26.14 - that still gets me in four weeks or so under the gun (and it was bottled only 10 days ago).

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some blotchy streaks of soap sud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty wet vegetation - ok, 'dank' - piney, leafy, and grassy, all - over-aged orange, lemon, pineapple and kiwi citrus rind, and a fairly laid-back bready, kind of crackery pale and caramel maltiness. The taste is pretty much the same, except noticeably more bitter - muggy pine resin and cones, acrid leafy notes, a citrus pith key party, some gritty, and near-overwritten bready and caramel malt, a touch of crispy biscuit, hints of tropical fruit, and the mere suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is decently tight and frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and weirdly smooth, what with all that hop bitterness running around like the proverbial chicken (I'm not insinuating anything poultry-like at all about this offering). It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops stuttering just a bit, but re-setting and driving forward in no time flat.

Fresh, and yet dank, in the same physical space - wow! A five-week enjoy-by window, is ballsy, is what it is, but it does make its point about freshness and point of origin and Stone's hubris just fine. I wonder what it would be like to be able to try each successive release of this - probably, like anything, one would just get bored of it. Or not - this is one tasty, tasty DIPA, the hops large and in charge, and the near 19 proof booze significantly less 'fresh' and in your face. (1,813 characters)

Photo of Destroyinator
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy By 04.20.14

Enjoyed on 03.26.14

One of the most unique beers I've ever had. First time writing a review because I wanted to make note to myself in the future that this was for the 04.20.14 variety of the Enjoy By series. Smell and appearance are both excellent. Taste is very unique and like no other IPA I've had before. They mean it when they say Devastatingly Dank. (376 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoy by 04.20.14

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and plenty of pine resins. Total hop bomb!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tropical fruit (citrus, pineapple, mango and grapefruit), a nice resiny pine bitterness, light floral notes and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with an outstanding overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. (645 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Here's the quick and dirty. My bottle was dated "Enjoy By 4-20-14".

If you've had a west coast IPA, this one has everything you would expect, simply done to the highest level of quality. Without mincing words, this is the best west coast IPA I have ever had in a bottle. Nuff said. (282 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 4.20.14, poured from a 750. Pours a translucent light gold with one finger foam. Highly floral aroma with bites of grapefruit. Hop forward crispness with good balance and bitter hoppy finish finish, mild sweetness creates a hop/malt equilibrium. I will eagerly await the next enjoy bye.... Note that I think this 4.20 back surpassed the 2.14 batch. (363 characters)

Photo of mattyjatz
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been slacking on the previous releases of Enjoy By, and haven't had a chance to Enjoy since October 2013. Just got a hold of (4) 4.20.2014 and damn was it good! More than I expected from the last time I had it. I'd say my pallet is more accustom to IPA's now and this is why I rate this beer so high. (305 characters)

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.