Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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Ratings: 9,391
Reviews: 1,427
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 650
Gots: 2,160 | FT: 18
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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 itsscience
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.13.13 edition poured into a goblet

Pours a transparent golden sunset color with about a finger of white head that retains well. The smell is that of dank, oily, earthy hops, a bit of onion, lemon, grapefruit, and orange peel. The smell is amazingly fresh, so I would say Stone succeeded in what they set out to do. The taste follows the nose, delivering a resinous, mouth-coating blast of bitterness right up front along with grapefruit and orange notes. There is also a weird onion taste that detracts from the quality of the beer, but it's not overwhelming. The finish is dry and unapologetically bitter, leaving a tingling in the back of my throat.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into snifter glasses.
Pours a nice medium amber, decent to moderate head.
Aromas are very nice, sweetness, hoppiness, little malt notes.
Taste is really, really nice. A lot of tropical fruit, pineapple, very little bitterness.
My favorite Stone beer by far.
A very nice IPA not trying to be a bitter bomb from Stone. Good work.

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This review came from notes (3rd batch):

A: Amberish/golden hue with a stead head and good lacing

S: Grapefruit, weed, pineapple--so fresh with somewhat of a bready backbone; but mostly lots of hop resin aromas dominating

T: So bitter and resiny: oily, piney, dank, grapefruity--it is so bitter and I wish there was a little more sweetness underneath

F: So sticky and oily and awesome

O: This is a bitter, in your face beer--I like it--but I wish it had a bit more of a malty sweetness underneath; but like I said, it is still a darn good beer

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 2.14.14 served in a Citizen Cider snifter.

A: Clear orange. There's something that rubs me the wrong way about filtered IPAs. Call me crazy, but hey.

S: Citrusy fruit, mostly mango for me.

T: Same as smell, very mango forward for me.

M: Adequate and supple.

O: I must say, this being my first Enjoy By experience, I was a bit disappointed. I had only heard good things from friends and BAs, but it's not quite as marvelous as I had expected. Perhaps it's because I'm inevitably comparing it to Abner or Heady, but it strikes me as a slightly better, more alcoholic version of Long Trail Limbo that cost me $7 a bomber rather than $10 a sixes. Anyway, I'm glad I tried it, I enjoyed it, and I will probably get another one at some point. Try it for yourself, because fresh IPA is hard to come by.

Photo of Rfunk
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Have had several of these in 22oz bottles then served in tulips. First and foremost it was most similar to Pliny the Elder. I sensed a lot of Cascade and Simcoe hops, with most of the aroma coming obviously from the Cascade. The beer is way hoppy and has a touch of sweet midway through, and finishes crisp. A great drink overall.

Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent golden color with a big white foamy head that settles leaving plenty of splotchy lacework.

Aromas are all hops here; citrus, pine, pineapple. Then I get the spicy, white grape, kiwi and stone fruit qualities. Finally there are some hints of onion and chive. This is truely a fruit salad of juicy hops. Malt is pretty much impossible to detect beyond a hint of pale malt sweetenss.

The tastes fall a little short from the pop that the aroma had. The hops flavors all listed above (tropical fruits, citrus and a bit of dankness) are there in some form but clash and seem to form a melange of green hop flavors. The pale malt sweetness is there to balance the abundance of hop flavor that is packed into the hop monster.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is intially dry and lightly bitter but the resinous bitterness increases more as more as you work through the bottle.

Overall I really like this idea of offering freshly hopped beers with a drink by date and I really enjoyed this beer but the inflated price tag (due to the cost of bottling/shipping so fast, huge late hop bill and small hype due to limited distribution) make this a bit under-whelming. While no means a bad beer, it's actually a great beer, it's by no means the be all and end all of DIPAs.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, the Enjoy By 7.04.14 version

pours crystal clear, bright dark golden in color, bright white head. good head retention, and a bit of lacing. aroma has got to be the most intense hop aroma I've smelled from an IPA before. like opening up a package of vacuum sealed package of hops. citrus, pine, a bit dank. clean simple base malt and all hop flavor. highlights the hops well, but I personally prefer a bit more malt flavor in a DIPA. medium body, higher carbonation.

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer. Always enjoy having an Enjoy By, no matter what the date. It's a consistent go to when you want to start an evening off right.

Photo of N_Schleret
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11.16.12 , four days ago, enjoy by 12.21.12 poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a clean clear golden orange with about a infringer if white frothy head, dissapates nicley with pleanty of pretty lacing. Nice.

S: wow, this smells amazing, loads of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pinneapple, and a beautiful fresh piney resinousness.... The aroma is fantastic.

T: much like the nose I get alot of citrusy grapefruit, orange, lemon, notes drenched in deep resinous pine.

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice lush, dry and bitter on the aftertaste, this brew really coats the mouth in hop resins, long lasting bitterness.

O: this is a really delicious, really fresh beer, for a dipa of this much hoppage I'm glad they kept beer on the dryer side instead of sweeting in up to much... Really nice, Grab this while you can.

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn. 12.21.12 version, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, resin, pine hops, fruity malts, and some tropical fruits. Very nice hoppy nose with a lot of citrus and orange; really like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, and some fruity and caramel malts. Taste is very bitter; hop bomb for sure.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter bite to it.

o - Overall a really nice IPA from Stone. The nose is amazing and hoppy, and if you like bitterness in your DIPA's you'll love this one. Would love to have it again.

Photo of dudewithabeer
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Would love this in a growler.

Photo of Roose13
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 5.17.13

Bomber served into a pint glass.

A: light orange, transparent with a thin off-white head. Rising bubbles and beautiful thick wall of lacing down the glass.

S: Pine, grapefruit, grassy. Very beautiful beer smell-wise. I loved it.

T: Sweet and zesty grapefruit. Piny and resiny on the finish. Pretty bitter and a bit malty. Just completely balanced and incredibly smooth. Such a fantastic blend this go around.

M: Very smooth, dry and medium-bodied on the carbonation.

Overall: This was my first sample of the Enjoy By series and it blew my mind. This was just an incredibly beer by Stone, something I've come to expect from one of the best damn breweries in the country.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look – Thin, white head. Bright, golden translucent body.

Smell – What you expect a dank to smell like. Dirty, YMCA shower before going to the pool.

Taste – Where is the alcohol? Sweet grapefruit taste. Bitter aftertaste.

Feel – Feels heavier than expected. Filling. Not much expansion.

Overall – I like this dank IPA, but that is what I go for in IPAs. It is a hit it and quit it release.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Chucks.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small foamy white head on top that left some thin lacing down the sides.

S: Very tropical, lots of grapefruit, very vibrant, with some nice pine mixed in. A little bit of caramel, but nice and hoppy overall.

T: Nice flavors upfront of pineapple and orange, with a touch of orange zest. The mid-palate is a bit earthy and grassy, with a slightly bitter finish,

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Lives up to its reputation. A well done IPA, very fresh (certainly as it should be consumed). Nice and fruity.

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Macadoodles in Pineville, MO

Pours honey colord with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & semi-good lacing

S: Ruby red grapefruit & other citrus, doesn't finish as strong as it starts

T: Follows the nose, some pine, lemons & biscuitty malt up front. Some honey malt, pineapple, grapefruit & slight dryness as this warms, juicy as well. Finishes with grapefruit, a bit of pine, a touch of lemon grass

MF: Medium body/chewy, fantastic balance, warming

A fantastic DIPA, this is worthy of the Mayan Apocalypse, I liked this one a lot. Through the roof drinkability

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with the bottled on date chipped and smeared away. The 10th batch of this beer, and the first I've managed to get my hands on. Stone Enjoy By 09.13.13, a more than obvious vintage date. I've been sitting on this bottle for about a week now, so I don't see the need to wait any longer! Exponentially stoked to have gotten this.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a bronze-orange-gold colored body with just over a finger of bubbly off-white head that settles down to suds pretty quick. Second pour yields a good two fingers of creamy doughy off-white froth. Impressive clarity.

S - Nose is actually quite tame compared to what I was expecting. Some fresh cut grapefruit, apricot, blood orange, some soapiness, and a buttered biscuit malt backbone. Alcohol is barely detectable for being such a high abv beer. Smells pretty 'ordinary', but spot on.

T - Taste brings more of the same. Extremely well-balanced, and not the ridiculous hop bomb one might normally expect from Stone. The bready malts pair well with the fresh grapefruit hops.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, creamy, and clean. This is clearly a fresh beer, and even the mouthfeel reflects that fact. Dry bitter hop resins clinging to the palate. I feel like this would pair well with some cheese, and I wish I had some.

Overall, I was initially sort of let down by the 'tame' nature of this beer by Stone's standards, but this is remarkably smooth, creamy, well-balanced, and drinkable for having such a high 9.40% abv, and that is most likely due to the freshness factor. Call it a gimmick if you want, this is the pinnacle of fresh imperial IPA's.

Stone Enjoy By 09.13.13 IPA ---4/5.

Photo of draheim
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 02.15.13 (bottled 01.11.13) into a tulip. Six days from the brewery to my glass. Pours a perfectly crystal-clear copper w/ a sudsy bright white head, lazy carbonation. A good-looking beer, appears refreshing and clean.

Aroma is resinous, piney, citrusy. Everything we love about West Coast IPAs. Maybe not quite as dank as I expected, but I prefer my IPAs not to smell too sticky and gooey. Smells clean and fresh, and I don't think it's just Stone's expert marketing playing tricks here.

Taste follows nose. Nicely bitter with lots of grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of alcohol, masked pretty well for a 9.4% brew.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, slick. Just right.

Overall another solid DIPA from one of the masters of the craft. Well done, Stone.

Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 07.04.15.

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours a very clear golden with a moderate amount of carbonation. 1/2 a finger of white foam initially, but quickly dissolves down into a thin film. Dank, piney, sticky aroma on this beer, with a hint of sweet fruit. Light weight and a very lively mouthfeel. Dank pine and hop bitterness right away on the taste. A little bit of grapefruit middleways, but this beer is all about the hops. More dankness and pine resin on the back end, with an earthy bitterness left on the aftertaste.

Overall, not bad, but nothing like what I expected. This beer tastes like liquid marijuana, at least to me. I usually love my IPAs more pine-forward, but this one was different from any I've ever had. Definitely an A beer, but I'll admit I'm slightly let down.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Enjoy by 12.21.12 (Batch 3)

I had Batch 1 on tap and wasn't a huge fan--gave it a 3.75. I heard they tweaked the recipe a bit for this batch so I dove back in.

The body is a bright orange, fairly clear, with an ecru cap. The cap rises and falls slowly, leaving some clingy lace behind. A thin layer of powdered sugar like foam.

Musty tropical fruit. Papaya, mango, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, and melon with a bit of an earthy must underneath. The malt bill is super clean---lightly toasted biscuits---and sits way underneath these hops.

Juicy tropical fruit rolls onto the palate. Pineapple and ruby red grapefruit with papaya and mango before a brief rush of bready malt. The finish is a wave of ruby red bitterness and some pine resin.

Medium body with spot on carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Long lingering bitterness.

I enjoyed this batch much more than the first. The initial batch seemed overly astringent and just had way too many varieties of hops lending a confusing assault on the palate. This batch is more more refined, and is akin to Ruination. A smooth DIPA with a big hop punch.

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

91313 Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear deep gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to very thin patches of surface foam and some stringy lacing.

s: Pine with a slight oniony tinge.

t: Bitter pine hits immediately, but the underlying feel is refreshingly light. Seems like a near perfect Southern California/Southwest US beer, light yet spicy. 9.4 ABV very well hidden except perhaps going down.

m: Light at first, but the hop bite lingers on the sides of the tongue and even in the throat, making it seem more substantial.

o: A different DIPA, the onion hints in the pine bite were not strong enough to be off-putting, and makes this brew distinctive.

UPDATE 9/11/13 had another bottle on a hot night with a cigar in the gazebo, and did not detect the onion. Drank from a tulip glass this time. What came across most was a winsomely slick mouthfeel along with moderate hops. It was still lovely, certainly no reason to downgrade my earlier assessment, only to note a slightly different impression.

UPDATE 11/13/13 FOR ENJOY BY 11/12/13: Enjoying this vintage even more than the last. Wonderfully tasty piney hops dominate a light to moderate, very easy drinking brew, especially for such a high ABV, which it is hard to believe from drinking except for some slight throat burn. Hardly any tongue bite on this one despite the very strong hops flavor. This one I'd score conservatively a:4.0, s: 4.5, t: 4.75, m: 4.5 o: 4.5

UPDATE 2/5/14 for ENJOY BY 2.14.14: Gotta improve my appearance score for this one, to 4.5, two inch tall white head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing. There have been so many great new DIPAS out since my last Enjoy By in November, some of which I'd rate close to or even higher than Enjoy By, and it's still so expensive at $8+ a bomber, that I may well stop at buying one bottle per issue from now on. Consider Lagunitas Sucks (not new but the new issue is out, plentiful and relatively cheap), Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Sixpoint Hi-Res, Long Trail Limbo, Smuttynose Durty, Victory Dirt Wolf and Hop Ranch and Otter Creek/Lawson Double Dose, etc. Enjoy By is great, but new competition, some of which is at a lower to much lower price point, is making it less of a must-have IMO.

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter shade of yellow-amber. Slightly hazy. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is all hops, but not as powerful as expected. Never-the-less, the aroma is all hops: citrus, lemon, pine, and a bit of hoppy spice.

T: Light malts and a bit of biscuit. Then the hops kick in. Lemon, peppery spice, pine, and some citrus. There is a bit of a white grape quality, maybe some Nelson Sauvin in the mix?

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Mild dryness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Full on West Coast style IIPA.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 2.15.13 - on tap in Boise ID @ Bier:Thirty.

A: Clear dark orange/gold, wispy white head.

S: Upfront hops with plenty of dank orange as advertised. Tropical fruit underneath with a piney & resiny bitter presence. No malt detectable.

T: Dank citrus rind, tangerine and blood orange, faint grapefruit and tropical fruit. Piney and resiny essence, again. Medium-high bitterness and dryness. Just a slight hint of a malty sweet presence, maybe caramel even. 'West Coast' finish, but not oppressively dry.

MF: Medium, dry body with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty good and pretty cool. Not something I would need to seek out again, but quality stuff this fresh.

Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 04/01/13.Pours a clear medium golden with a large blooming white crown that is just billowing and never really comes down,it sticks like glue to the sides of the impy nonic I poured it in.Hop complexity to the hilt,resiny,piney,and the sweet onion notes abound,mild biscuit malts are noticable.Leafy and real minty hops stand out up front on the palate,again Iam getting some thin slice red onion in there,Iam guessing Summit hops used?It's fresh tasting and has your not so typical hop flavors,interesting and damn good.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored and pristine clarity. Moderate head retention. Beautiful. Lots of of busy carbonation bubble business. Intensely pine aroma, very freshly picked and it shows in the nose. Taste is intensely hop oriented. Did I just bite into a hop straight off of the vine? Wow! This is truly a unique and wonderful experience. Must try.

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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