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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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Reviews: 1,260
Hads: 9,597
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 25.45%
Wants: 692
Gots: 2,289 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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.


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 sommersb
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of smanders
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of Jbats
3.24/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of glazeman
3.36/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Destroyinator
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of datalager
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of bryanbullock
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of mattyjatz
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Bedrocker
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Deschutes Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Brilliant gold color with a head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing.

Smell: Awesome. A heavy grapefruit aroma with undertones of pine and malt. I could smell this beer all day.

Taste: I could drink this beer all day as well, if my liver allowed. Follows the nose, with a powerful grapefruit/tropical flavor that balances well with a slight pine taste and large amount of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is malty with lingering citrus. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, well-carbonated, and full-bodied. Slight alcohol burn.

Overall: One of my favorite double IPAs. As far as Enjoy By releases go, this one might be my favorite.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hops oils, slight floral hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good body, and decent complexity.

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4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 4-20-14
Still the pick of the Spring for moi. So tasty.
Dropped in a Bomber Bottle at 7.99 $ per. It's a the deal of the day.

Pours out golden with a very light haze. BIg head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is piney, citrus notes with pineapple.

Palette is crisp. Light (well. Lighter for a medium body)

Taste is not as heavy on the pine as last year but big fruit. Pineapple, orange with a welcomed lingering bitter bite on the back end.

Abv at 9.4% is well balanced. Perhaps a touch of bite on the initial taste.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A fluffy, finger and a half head rests atop a light orange and transparent beer. A few lazy bubbles make their way to the surface as the head fades at a similarly slow pace. Good looking beer, but not a whole lot of lacing.

SMELL: Dank and delicious smelling. The aroma on this beer gets me every time…so good. Piney resin plays around with not-so-subtle grapefruit notes and an underlying grassiness. Tropical fruits round it out with a little sweetness.

TASTE: Less surprising than anything else you’ll read about this beer, it tastes amazingly fresh, but just two weeks away from the brewery, what else should I expect? Enjoy By is the beer equivalent of Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Multiple, big layers of deliciousness all seem to attack the palate at the same time. Pine and grass provide a base for big citrus and tropical fruit flavors to blend perfectly with. Also, I’m getting an unexpected (but not unwanted) hint of white chocolate with the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Bitterly balanced is the best way to describe the mouthfeel of Enjoy By. The balancing malt arrives with just enough strength and just in time to leave the palate teased for the bitterness of that next fresh sip. In terms of body, this would fall into the bigger end of the medium-to-big-bodied category.

OVERALL: The best way to sum up this beer is that it is simply a well put together Double IPA. Also, I love the short shelf life, ensuring that if I can find one it will be fresh with 100% certainty. Hope Colorado gets more in the next round.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/13/14 and opened on 3/23/14.

This beer is super fresh and super hoppy. It's what most hop heads dream about every night as their perfect beer. It's actually not too expensive considering the amount of work that goes into getting a 1 month old or fresher beer from the brewery to the store shelves. I won't talk the beer up too much, so you can have your mind blown too.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a two finger head. Nice retention and blotchy lacing.
S: Very hoppy, lots of floral pine and grapefruit citrus. Light malts.
T: Same as the smell. Big pine presence and citrus. Slightly funky aftertaste.
M: Bitter and dry. Medium light on the palate.
O: A good offering for the style.

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a chalice.

A- a perfectly clear golden hue with orange highlights. Plenty of visible carbonation. A nice very off white froth sits atop. Plenty of lacing.

S- Lots going on. Red grapefruit, hempy/tobacco note, lemon peel, mandarin orange, pear and some mango.

T-Big smack of bitterness up front. Alcohol. Hops follow the nose, but there is a lot more of that onion/garlic thing going on in the flavor. The only thing that holds the taste back from a "5" rating would be if the hop flavor popped just a bit more, and the bitterness backed off just a touch. It's fairly bitter throughout.

M- Medium body, syrupy, but plenty of carbonation to move things along.

O- Very good, and certainly and upgrade over ruination.

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Photo of hops202
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass. Enjoy by 4/20/14 - Best Day Ever!

Appearence is a great transparent honey color. Aroma is one of the best DIPA smells around. Great balance of citrus , sweetness - maybe honey, slight pine and floral features. Taste is incredible and follows the nose. This release tastes even better than I remeber the last one being. Buy them all!!

Update - Enjoy by 7/04/14

Super floral - even more so than the 4/20 release. Still delicious, but a little dryer than I remember.

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Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By: 04/20/14
bottled on: 03/15/14
served in a Sierra Nevada IPA Glass

Clear golden with light orange hues an a thick, foamy white head with good retention.

Big resinous, citrusy hop character in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done DIPA, though not quite in my personal top tier.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into tumbler.

*Enjoy by 4/20/14, bottled on 3/13/14, consumed on 3/22/14.*

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy honey amber with a commendable two-finger head that retains for ages. Eventually dwindles down to a creamy cap, but leaves ABSURD amounts of lacing down the glass. The head retention is a bit weaker than I had hoped, but it's still a gorgeous bit of eye candy, nonetheless.

S: Oh my god, where do I even begin? This is just an absolute perfect display of American hops and what a DIPA should smell like. It's floral, piney, citrusy, dank, rustic as hell, and just... pure, unadulterated fresh hop perfection! It did get a little too boozy in the nose as it warmed up, but it's not too much of an issue.

T: The flavors pretty much follow the nose inch for inch, except for the fact that the malt backbone is present in the initial sip. A little bit of honeybread sweetness teases you before you're absolutely piledrived through the floor by the hop rampage. Did I mention malts somewhere? Because I seem to have forgotten their existence... An absolute barrage of everything hoppy. Grapefruit and orange citrus notes, followed by some rustic pine, grass, and floral flavors, eventually finishing in pure earthen bitterness that leaves the palate screaming for m(ercy)ore.

M: Closer to a full-body with the perfect level of carbonation. Not as creamy as some DIPAs, which isn't really a disappointment. It made it almost too easy to drink, though. The only thing slowing me down from pounding this was my absolute respect for the brew and its complexity, along with how warm my face was feeling halfway through.

O: This is admittedly my first experience with a Stone Enjoy By xx/xx/xx IPA and it has absolutely changed the way I look at life. I've had good IPAs in the past, but never anything this fresh, this complex, this perfectly crafted. Stone Enjoy By, I feel, has ruined me... because now as soon as the next release is mentioned, I'm going to be flailing like a madman trying to get my hands on a bottle or two. I hate to sound too much like a fanboy, but this has honestly been an experience like no other.

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Photo of msquared36
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light copper color. Thin head with no lacing.

Aroma is piney and musty.

Tastes exactly like it smells.

Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is substantial without being syrupy.

Great beer for a hop fan. Not the best DIPA, but definitely worth grabbing a bottle or two before the enjoy by date (after which, I assume, Stone's fairy god mother spell expires and the beer magically transforms into skunk Natty Light).

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Photo of Seanem44
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Very rich golden orange with a full and thick creamy head. It screams freshness.

S: Smells very refreshing. There is still a strong pine smell pairing with citrus.

T: Very fresh. I taste more pine than citrus. Leaves a nice bitter hop taste that lingers long after, reminding you it's time for another sip. Ever so slight taste of alcohol.

M: It has bite. Again, that slight alcohol taste is there and I can definitely feel it hitting the back of my palate.

O: The beer guru at the Woodbridge, VA Wegmans recommended this and I'm not disappointed. Very fresh, very tasty. I drank the 4.20.14 on 3.22.14. They were near out. Pick it up if you can.

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Photo of levineju
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4/20/2014, bottled on 3/13/2014, and consumed on 3/21/2014. Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber into a Stone company imperial pint glass.

A - very appealing pale honey. Outstanding off-white head and lacing that lasts.

S - powerful hops, bright, crisp citrus and pine.

T - they're not kidding: this is about as fresh as you can get by bottle! Gorgeous IPA profile; not medicinal at all.

M - the volatiles mellow out off the pour, but some light carbonation remains. Not too sharp.

O - I never thought a dIPA could be so refreshing, especially from Stone. Great beer, and feel that much luckier living so close to Escondido.

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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