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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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98
world-class

1,254 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,254
Hads: 9,538
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 676
Gots: 2,254 | 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 Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear light yellow with white head that lingers and leaves lacing. Lighter than I expected.

Nose has grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit.

Taste follows nose. Grapefruit citrus bitterness. Has a peppery finish. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected.

Great beer. (278 characters)

Photo of Boozer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

22 Bottle of 12/26/14 in a Spiegelau IPA Glass...

Appearance: Golden with about one finger of head - aggressive pour.

Smell: BAM, right at you before I could even get my nose in the glass. Pineapple and grapefruit(?)... Some bread. Smells fresh...

Taste: You taste those fruits up front. Crisp and fresh tasting. Very enjoyable. You do not notice the alcohol at all. At 9+, that could be dangerous! I could have finished this quick, but sipped it through the first half of the 1 PM NFL games. Tasty.

Mouth feel: Slightly sticky and refreshing.

Overall: A great beer. I finished the second half of the bottle during the second half of the 1 PM games and into the 4 PM games... Definitely felt the alcohol at that point. Great beer. (753 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/20/14 enjoy by date.

A: Brilliantly clear amber/golden body with small amount of head. A small amount of lacing persists as the head recedes.

S: Good lord I could smell this beauty from five feet away when it was cracked. Intense mango, orange zest, and a bit of grapefruit in the nose. A bit of malt sweetness comes through as it warms. Wish they made car fresheners that smelled like this.

F: Resinous hops. Passionfruit/mango followed by some pine. A bit of crackery malt followed by warming alcohol and an assertive punch of bitterness. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied with slick hop oil covering the palate. Prickly carbonation persists throughout.

Overall just a fantastic beer. When fresh it is borderline sensory overload. Love this stuff. It probably helps that Nelson and Galaxy are two of my favorite hops. (820 characters)

Photo of pmangold
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge hop and citrus nose, taste that follows the nose. this is a big hop IPA that delivers. The appearance and feel were right there as well. One of my favorites from Stone. this was Enjoy By 12/26/14. (208 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 07.04.15 tasted from draft at Emil's on June 12, 2015.
Enjoy By 04.20.15 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 29, 2015.
Enjoy By 04.20.14 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on April 1, 2014. (198 characters)

Photo of y0tommyb
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bottled on 11/13/14 Enjoy By 12/26/14 enjoyed on 12/2/04

A: Very light for a double ipa slightly orange but mostly a blonde clear amber nice lacing and thin head.
S: Fresh Hops, Pine, hints of tropical fruit
T: Fresh hops right up front but not bitter, citrus. Easy drinking for a 9.4% beer
M: Almost spicy with hops but smooth for such a high %
O: Try this beer if you love fresh hopped ales I thought it was delicious and I don't usually go for high % beers. (461 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beer by Stone which surpasses all others. This beer provides a less bitter apathy, which stone usually comprises in their beer. I believe enjoy by is a great taste that one should definitley have if one has not tried.
This beer is indeed hard to come by unlike most stone beers. It's a great fix and A pleasure to enjoy a solid IPA. (344 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a yellow orange color with a 2 finger creamy white head.
Aroma is the best I've smelled from any beer.
So tropical and full of citrus. Tons of pineapple.
Has a bitter hop taste which I love. Fresh tasting beer.
Extremely refreshing.
This is the 12/13/13 version.
I bought 6 bottles of this and I'm glad I did. (324 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have now enjoyed both the 4/20 and the 2/14 versions of the "Enjoy By". I've like every Stone offering that I've tried, so I wasn't surprised to enjoy these. This is an imminently drinkable ale for this amount of alcohol. This had well rounded flavor and seemed to have less of the sweetness than the Lagunitas Undercover. (Which was also amazing) This featured a nice head, pleasant aroma, and smooth mouthfeel. (414 characters)

Photo of humulusphile
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 12/13/13, bottle shared at Albany Taproom

Last night's tasting showed a lot of bright fruit, tangerine, odd citrus like calamansi or yuzu, really great stuff. Much more hop complexity and vibrant nose than my first experience with Enjoy By 04.02.13. I'll look for this again and hopefully rate higher if there's consistency with recent taste. Glad I got to try this again, I see what the fuss is about now. (416 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color - slightly pale - with a white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of bright tropical citrus, backed by some dankness and resinous pine, rounded out by a nice floral bouquet and some faint sweet malt.

Taste is sweet and bitter citrus up front with some mango and grapefruit detected. It has a sticky sweet malt middle with a touch of caramel quickly giving way to resinous pine and thick herbal dankness. This is an excellent double IPA. (473 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smokin Joe's the other day.

Enjoy By pours a golden amber color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. Have to say, this is a nice looking IPA from Stone. The nose is every bit as attractive, as I pick up considerabley dry citrus, white pepper and pine. There's a slight skunky aroma as well, along with some light soap. This beer has all the tell tale signs of a serious hop bomb. On the palate, this is just the way I like my IPA's. There's barely enough malt to handle the intense hoppy bitterness in this beer, and so the mouthfeel actually seems bit lean and thin. However, for this style of beer I think that's fine, though a touch more malt wouldn't have been such a bad thing. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, and the finish is long and bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly I was surprised to find this is such a big beer (really do not get much sense of the 9.4% abv., though certainly you can tell it's up there a bit).

An altogether excellent, impressive beer from the talented folks at Stone. Definitely a beer made with hopheads in mind.

There seems to be some variation from edition to edition (which one would expect). Just tried the Enjoy by 9/13 version, and while good, I thought it paled in comparison to the version I tried back in 1/13. So glad I just ordered a half pint of it at 16 tons. (1,438 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +2%

In my opinion, these never disappoint. Been drinking them regularly since 2013 and have enjoyed them each time.

Some people say that the Enjoy By series essentially is the same beer each time, and I can see that. Nevertheless, the EB beers, IMO, are among the best that Stone makes. They're very indicative of what the best/better IIPAs are/should be.

What I look for in IIPAs is flavor, aroma, hoppiness/crispness, color, balance ... you name what you're looking for, and you're likely to find it here. The EBs have it all.

Solid 4.5-star beer - thank you, Stone! Keep it up. (579 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap on 11/21/13 at Stone's bar in the San Diego Airport. I'm unsure of what the "Enjoy By" date is.

Appearance: Clear golden color, good white head, minimal lacing

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy, very fragrant

Taste: Again, fruity, citrusy, lighter on malt than I would have expected. No indication of the abv. Complex, yet very drinkable

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, exactly what I expect from Stone for this style

Overall: Excellent, and a little different than you typical Stone brew. Focuses on the aromatic side of hops, instead of cramming bitterness down your throat. Very enjoyable, and I think they are targeting Pliny the Elder with this one. Can't say which I would rather have, but they are both world class. (745 characters)

Photo of MacTeo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very appealing, pours nice with amber color. It smells floral with piney notes in the end, some citrus hints... Refreshing taste, the fruity notes hids the alcohol very well. Smooth! Overall...me like it so much...I will definitely buy a couple of more bottles. (261 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery that celebrates everything arrogant and brash, this might be their boldest move yet! As many breweries avoid bottle dating, in fear of turning consumers away, Stone Brewing Company embraces it. In fact, the design of this "devastatingly" fresh IPA has only a 35 day window of consumption. Not that the beer won't be fantastic after that, but the supreme freshness of this beer captures all of those volatile hop compounds that are fast fleeting in even reasonably fresh examples. By the way, if you have an adverse reaction to the word "fresh" you may want to avoid the following review:

As with most IPA, the deep golden hues hinge on light amber and quickly shakes loose its arid, cottony white head. With the substantial hop oils, the beer retains a persistent foam stance and laces the glass sticky as the beer falls.

Simcoe, citra, motueka, amarillo, super galena, delta, cascade... Oh, my! With seven examples of American hops at their disposal, the aromas cover the gamout of all things IPA: citrus, tropical fruit, acidic, herbal, candied, dank, catty, spicy, stemmy, pine, resinous. The mere scent of the beer makes the tongue sweat.

...and the flavors carry over from there. The upstart of thin honey and caramel is short before being pile-driven into the glass by the hoppy onslaught to come. A variety of grapefruit pulp and skins have an arsenal behind them that start with zesty tangerine, lemon, apricot, mango, and pineapple for a citrusy and tropical tag-team. As the beer tramples the middle palate, the fruit turns dry and the grassy notes of lemograss, freshly muddled lawn grass, cannabis, and earthy-catty notes emerge in the most sticky of tastes. Finishing with the bitter taste of pine resins and chlorophyll, the beer simply throws the malt present to the wayside and dries the palate and gullet to the bone.

Medium-light in body (yes, light(ish) for an imperial ale), because the malts are a shaddow of sweetness that merely gives the hops a candied impression and little else. Instead, the hops dry the beer from the early palate to the aftertaste with complete dominance. The textures are warm and fleeting and never waiver or water. There's the creamy powderyness from hops that saturate the soft tissues of the mouth with no appologies.

This IPA showcases all of the character of hops like few can. What starts as pungent aromas bridge seamlessly into subtle fruit taste, then to spicy earthy notes, and then as sharp resinous bitterness late. The beer is simply a show unto itself and is a must try for anyone who dares to call themselves HopHeads. (2,603 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Enjoy by 12-26-14 edition… Enjoyed on 12/14/14

Appearance is slightly paler than a traditional IPA. However, it is beautiful with its orange and golden hues.

Aroma was immediate right when I popped the top off. I could smell it from a solid 2 feet away! Beautiful aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Definitely grapefruit peel and some peach notes. Finishes with a mild honey or syrupy-sweet smell.

Taste is definitely hop-forward. This is an aggressively hopped beer as is traditional with Stone brews! I get so much tropical fruits and more bitter grapefruit! The oddly addictive taste is the peach and mango flavors. Very pleasant. Middle of the mouth is major hop bitterness that transitions into a moderate alcohol finish. Carbonation is moderate. Recap: major grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors, then bitterness, followed by a warming alcohol. I would highly recommend this dish with something rich. I enjoyed it with a bacon mac n cheese and it was PERFECT! Everything ended up balancing out!

Overall, this was a better version of the Enjoy by. I have had this before previously, but this batch had a much greater emphasis on the tropical fruits, which I enjoyed. The only downside is that the beer wasn’t all that balanced. It definitely hit with the hop bitterness, but it didn’t have enough malt backbone to make it more well-balanced. I’m not saying that it shouldn’t be an IPA, but it needs a tad bit more malt to up the complexity and overall balance. I would rate this a 90/100. (1,512 characters)

Photo of Clints1991
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 22oz bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a white head that lasts for quite some time. It has a great nose to it. Has a nice hop nose to it. It has a nice strong but smooth bitterness to it. I definitely enjoy this beer. Not my typical style I go for. But one I would recommend to anyone. Just wish there was more product available. It was the 04/20/2014 (367 characters)

Photo of KJK-1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Enjoy by 11 12 13

A- Fantastic light copper/golden look.

S- Piney, tropical, citrus, perfect smelling DIPA

T- Slight hop bitterness up front fading into citrus, tropical taste. A very refreshing DIPA

M- Light bodied, very clean, crisp feel. This is a 9.4% beer, but does not drink like it. Very smooth.

O- I get the enjoy by every time I see it. This is in my top 5 DIPA's ever and I like the fact it is very easy to get throughout the year. I put the enjoy by up there with Dogfish Head Burton Baton and Coast breweries Boyking. A phenomenal beer. (559 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/17 batch poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pure transparent orange with a 1.5-finger head that lingers
S: A perfect balance of citrus & pine hops with a solid caramel/malt backbone
T: Bold & balanced; caramel/malt up front compared to the nose, but again citrus & pine hops to finish
M: Medium-bodied, both crisp yet smooth
O: Another winner from Stone. I am drinking this midway through its limited shelf life; I would be curious to try it both on its release date and its drink-by date to see if it changes during that time (537 characters)

Photo of Frank_TX
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I am enjoying the Enjoy By 12-26-14 IPA from Stone. This is the third in the Enjoy By series I have tried and this one was awesome. The ABV is high (9.4%) but not overpowering. This IPA is super fresh and has outstanding hops and citrus/pine taste. Goes down smooth. Pick up a few 22oz bottles for the holidays! (311 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/21/2012

Bottle purchased from South Park location after being charged for a piece of glassware I didn't want and wasn't told I was buying. Rad. Snifter.

A: Orange with perfect transparency and two fingers of beige froth that linger for a few minutes, eventually receding in craters, caverns, and chasms. Lots of lacing.

S: Dank marijuana with a dash of onion. Lots of tangerine and orange. Grainy malt lingering beneath with a pretty strong Nelson hop presence, redolent of white grape and gooseberry. Evident honeydew and a little alcohol.

T: Juicy apricot and tangerine with lots of honeydew and cantaloupe. There's a firm Nelson presence with notes of white grape and gooseberry. Bitterness is at a moderate level and devoid of astringency. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Lots of hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Light malt influence and a faint sweetness that wards off palate fatigue.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: This is nice. It's not only good but it also breaks away from the typical Stone house character, which I appreciate. Enjoyable and difficult to fault. (1,149 characters)

Photo of ricp215
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Enjoy by 12-26-14
Pours lite amber with 1" Head
Smell - Pine, Earth, Mild Citrus
Taste - Earthy, somewhat fruity IPA. In the middle on bitterness
Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. What you expect from a great IPA (208 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This is the third batch, enjoy by 12/21/12.

A: Light golden color with tinges of orange. Great clarity. Creamy white head holds fast at a height of about two inches. Thin webs of lacing decorate the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Christ this is one aromatic beer. The scent of it hits you as soon as the cap is popped. Kiwi, melon, passion fruit, bright citrus notes of pithy tangerine and clementine. Broken pine needles and a slight pine resin, faint mint. Malt base of dough and biscuit underneath all the hops.

T: Broken pine needles, resin, and hop oils on the attack. Tangerine, pithy white grapefruit, lemon rind, mango. Bitterness is firm and even up front, but grows on the mid palate and into the finish, ending with a strong oily, resiny bite. Slight tropical esters and a well-hidden touch of peppery alcohol almost go unnoticed. Doughy malt base dries toward the finish into tastes of biscuit and a pleasant graininess. Finishes with a strong, bitter wallop of oily, resiny, planty hops that lingers on the palate for quite some time.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very smooth with a moderate prickling carbonation that lifts it and makes it feel deceptively light and airy on the palate.

O: Much praise goes out to Stone for this one. It's a great concept, and quite genius really: market an IPA solely on its freshness date. Making the "Enjoy By" date glaringly obvious not only ensures that the consumer gets the freshest possible beer off the shelf, but it also goads them into drinking it within that freshness date. Everyone gets the optimal drinking experience, and brewery and consumer alike are happy. The execution of this concept was no easy task either, but Stone seems to be handling it very well. Brewing different batches for different regions of the country and staggering the release dates seems to be the only logical way to go about it. Even a larger craft brewery like Stone has its limitations when it comes to brewing capacity, distribution, etc. Everything seems to be going off without a hitch though. I have yet to hear a complaint stemming from any of the previous releases. Of course all of this goes out the window if the beer itself sucks, but suck this beer does not. In fact, to top it all off, this may be the best new DIPA I've had all year. It's incredibly fresh and bursting with flavor, and it drinks like a dream. I didn't believe that it was 9.4% abv until I felt it. I'm calling in a favor and getting a ride from someone when I find this on tap. (2,553 characters)

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.