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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,254 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,254
Hads: 9,544
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 679
Gots: 2,258 | FT: 20
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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 twiggamortis420
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle pours a stunningly clear gold color with a fluffy, dense white head. Retention is great and lacing exceptional. This is an absolute stunner as far as appearance is concerned, wow.

Nose is plenty hoppy, citric and tropical with some alcohol and biscuit malt bordering on toffee. Smells good...

Taste is hops, both leafy and fresh and bittering aftertaste. Juicy without being overly resinous and tastes like wet hops to me. The malt is light and pretty much gets the fuck out of the way and the alcohol is very well integrated. This is an outstanding beer...not going to compete with the best of DIPAs...but right there at the top of the second tier. (668 characters)

Photo of Tinfang
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Label said "Enjoy by 2.14.14" so I did. Bottling date obliterated in transit.
Poured into a Sammy Smith pint. Thin uneven head, dissipated promptly. No lacing. Slightly brassy redish-golden color.
Aroma is intense piney resiny hops.
Taste is amazing. Citrus and pineapple with an oaken quality as if barrel aged. Surprisingly not as bitter as expected from other Stone Brewing Co. experiences. Mildly persistent hops presence. Floral quality muted, which is also a surprise since a) the beer is so fresh and b) this is a Stone product which typically have an in-your-face hops presence in my experience. No alcohol notes. This is one of the most complex hops experiences I ever had.
I will go buy more of this tomorrow while it's still available. (750 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/20/14 release

A - 4.0 - Golden amber clear color beer with nice white head that leave good lacing.
S - 4.25 - So dank, grapefruit, orange, mango, pine, garlic/onion. Overly ripe fruit.
T - 4.0 - Same deal as the smell. Grapefruit, orange, mango, pine, garlic/onion.
M - 4.25 - Light-medium. Very bitter, tongue numbing. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel and bitterness at the back of the tongue.
O - 4.25 - Better than the last release that I've had. This one was bottle on 3/12/2014 so it's real fresh. Nice.

2/14/14 release

A - 3.75 - Golden amber clear color with 1 finger wihte head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.
S - 4.25 - Grapefruit, pine, orange rind, dank garlic/onion notes. Fresh. Bottled 1/9/2014.
T - 3.75 - Good. Not as good as the smell. Grapefruit, pine, garlic, spiciness. Some bready malts in the background. Tastes super fresh. A little bit earthy.
M - 4.25 - light-medium, aftertaste is very grapefruit/pine from the hops, very pungent. Alc is completely covered.
O - 4 - It's great, but not the best. It's been a while since I've had Pliny but I think this may be similar. A little bit more earthy/spicy/garlic notes than most of the other double IPAs, but it's still good. (1,215 characters)

Photo of jmac11420
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (270 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this again on 2014-01-18 in Columbia, PA. The rating numbers are a blended average of all my tastings but it is to be noted this Enjoy by 02.14.14 is the best one yet.

A - Very clear golden orange with a 1.0-finger white head that fades to a 1/2-finger and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Mildly dank, pineapple, pine, hop floral. Pleasant. About the same aroma strength as the 10.25.13 release,

T - Hop forward, dank, ripe pineapple and stone fruit, some orange, white pepper, onion/garlic (more that I care for), moderating fruit-malt sweetness. Alcohol is present in the background and nicely complimentary. Finish includes spicy and bitter hop flavors with moderating malt and alcohol sweetness. .

M - Medium body and light-medium combination. Luscious, firm, viscous, resinous, prickly, clings.

O - Best one yet. Glad this particular one made it to Pennsylvania.

2013-10-21 in Columbia, PA. This is the 10.25.13 release.

A - Mostly clear golden orange with a 1.5-finger white head that fades quickly to a 1/2-finger and leaves a mild amount of lacing.

S - Pretty dank, pineapple, peach, hop floral. Less aroma strength than the 7.04.13 release but still very pleasant.

T - Rich pineapple and stone fruit, some orange, nice dank and spicy/peppery hop presence, onion/garlic (about like Deviant Dale's), moderating pale malt sweetness. Less pine than the 7.04.13 release but still evident. Alcohol is present in the background and nicely complimentary. Finish is a fine balance of tangy/spicy hop flavors and bitterness with moderating sweetness. Good balance.

M - Medium body and light-medium combination. Luscious, firm, viscous, resinous, prickly, clings.

O - I really enjoy this series and observing the similarities and differences from one to the next. This is a good one, for sure!

Had this on 2013-07-01 in Columbia, PA. This is the 07.04.13 release. Special thanks to Matador677.

A - Mostly clear golden orange with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly to a skim and leaves a small amount of lacing. Not surprising for the high ABV.

S - Moderately dank, naval orange, peach, hop floral, honeysuckle. Very inviting.

T - Smooth. Ripe stone fruit, plenty of luscious orange flesh, grapefruit zest, then a mild flavor of lightly toasted bread, pepper, and alcohol sweetness. Finish is a great balance of complex fruit sweetness, pine and a commanding but not overpowering bitterness. Very little bready-malt in view.

M - Medium body and light-medium combination. Luscious, firm, viscous, resinous, prickly, clings.

O - A really top-notch DIPA. So inviting sip-after-sip. Please sir, may I have another? (2,677 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with an almost gray ring of head.\r\n\r\nS: Nose is utterly dominated by tangerine, fresh orange and other similar fruits, with just a touch of simcoey garlic.\r\n\r\nT: Fresh orange juice, citrus peel, onion, tangerine, tropical fruit, papaya. Delicious.\r\n\r\nM: Full bodied and smoother than your average IPA.\r\n\r\nO: By far my favorite beer from Stone. Uncharacteristic of them, hop-profile-wise, and that is a massive plus for me.\r\n\r\nNote: My version was best by 2.15.13, and I had it a couple days after this particular batch\'s release (It wasn\'t even on the shelf yet). (610 characters)

Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying a fresh 2.14.14. Glad to get this again in georgia. The last we got of this was 4.20 and i did not stock up enough. Once you crack this bottle you know you got something special. The aroma is funky is all the best ways. Great appearance and nice fluffy bit of head. Flavors are citrus, pine and ripe tropical fruit. Bitterness dominates the party in the best way. Mouth is just the slightest bit thin for a double ipa, but it wont detract from the overall experience. Alcohol is there for sure but not at all in the way. One of the best beers i have had since the last Enjoy By. Cant believe my local package store only got one case (!). Great representation of a west coast ipa and i will be buying each and every botle i see of this stuff. (750 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a crystal orange color nice head. Smells amazing hops citrus pine mmmm mmmm taste is of pine, orange, just enough bitterness on the tongue without killing the palate... abv is well hidden no booze no burn just a great balanced dipa... Will enjoy by any time I can get it... (279 characters)

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A DIPA does not get much better than this. The top tier beers of the style come to mind when you taste and smell this beer. Citrus, pine, are all present in both taste and smell. You cannot taste the ABV at all. The appearance is unbelievable. If you can get this beer, buy it. (277 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a matching Stone pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color. A white finger appears atop and fades back leaving patchy lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger effortlessly.

The aroma is quite juicy with hops. Very tropical smelling with herbs and pine to give depth. A little catty, dank and floral character is also thrown in there. Really a lovely bouquet of hop aromatics that doesnt really leave any room for other attributes like malt or even alcohol.

The taste is all hops. The flavor runs the entire hop gauntlet from tropical fruits and grapefruit to pine resin, dank herbs and even catty quality before getting rindy and pithy. This is so hoppy that is has a dusty hop flavoring that is slightly vegetative towards the finish but in a good way.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite displaying a ridiculous amount of hop flavor, it is not overly bitter. For being more than 9% abv, the alcohol is hidden really, really well. I would most certainly drink this again. (1,060 characters)

Photo of nreynoso90
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great overall double IPA. Definitely one of our favorites. We highly recommend this beer to the fellow DoubleIPA enthusiast. We've managed to get our hands on every bottle shipped to southern California since 12.21.12 and on tap at our local craft bar. Cheers! (260 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Consumed well before "Enjoy By" date. The body was light honey colored and clear. The white head left webby lacing in the glass. Very pretty.

The smell was catty and vanilla? Earthy and spicy. Pine and citrus. Later, as it warmed it became more pungent.

The taste was tropical fruits and grapefruit pith bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. Mild sweet oranges. Really a perfect DIPA for me. The higher alcohol makes it less than easy to drink but it is oh so tasty.

The mouthfeel was actually thinner than I expected but there was adequate carbonation and it starts off rather creamy. I have gone through several of these and will pick it up anytime I see this one available. (724 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12.13.13 dating

A-Alluring orange. Bright, glossy and yet deep in color like a liqueur. Great standard sized white head. Lacing meets the standard as well.

S-Floral. Like honeysuckle I guess. Still learning my floral scents. Mandarin. Tangerine. Grapefruit. Cream even. Honey malt. Spicy hops. I could nose my glass like a dog muzzle forever if need be.

T-Starts sweet. Then malty. Then the grapefruit and pine explode. Sweet onion. Radish. Juicy hops. Truly bitter-sweet. I don't think there is a set formula for how the beer starts, progresses and finishes. It's a constant transfer, switch of bitter and sweet.

M-Good moderate body. Fluid enough, thick enough. Average carbonation. All the feels a DIPA should have are here. Nothing makes me sit and swish the beer though to find new feels. Solid. The slight sting of onion is interesting.

O-Overall a great beer that I look forward to trying each new edition. My first tasting is the 12.13.13. I want to try them all from the beginning but I don't know how realistic attaining all would be. And more important how fresh the tastings would be. Enjoy By will be enjoyed by most. It has a vegetable quality that works. Who knew I would like onion in my beer. (1,215 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Head retention is great, but I could use a bit more lacing.

S- grapefruit, vague hints of tropical fruits, fruity hops, and a decent malt backbone.

T- grapefruit, papaya, malt. the finish has a "sticky" bitterness about it. It clings to the back of my tongue.

M- mildly prickly carbonation, medium bodied. A bit sticky.

O- at the end of the day, it's another great stone IPA. (435 characters)

Photo of IPA_Chris
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It was a pleasant surprise to come across an Enjoy By at my local craft brew mart. Aware of the hype, I ran to the cooler to pick up a (22 oz approx) bottle of the 12/13/2013 circulation.

Enjoy By did NOT disappoint. Frankly, I could care less about smell or appearance, so let's move on to the other categories. Lots of quality IPA flavor--pineapple, citrus, pine, florals--a very complex and fragrant beer and goes down surprisingly smooth considering it carries such a high ABV. DIPAs are my go-to and Enjoy By is now in my top 5.

A difficult beer to find but well worth picking up when you can. (600 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.12.13
Bright orange/gold colour with a sticky, dense, eggshell cap. Good head retention and lasting lacing. Crazy hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit and orange, juicy, slightly tropical, bright and fresh. Nicely balanced flavour too. Lots of bitterness, sweetness, citrus, and alcohol. Lingering bitterness, earthy and citrus, with mild alcohol spiciness and some higher alcohol character. Mild warmth, medium plus body with smooth carbonation, excellent texture. This was really good -- balanced, bold and fresh. (511 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Currently drinking 12.12.13.

Look great a transparent pale amber with a bright white fluffy head.

The smell is full on grapefruit with a little malt sweetness. This smells awesome.

The taste is bitter, sweet malts, fruity citrus hops. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The hops really coat the tongue.

Overall another great beer from Stone, if you enjoy grapefruit flavours in your ipa I'd definately recommend. I'll be looking out for future 'enjoy by's'. (492 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Ive had almost every release in bottles in CA

A: Pure golden, pale, clear
S: When totally fresh, a few days after bottling, its the best aroma there is. So much heady pine, tropical fruit, citrus, marijuana, grass, nectar
T: Again, within a few days after release the taste is close to the smell. Its a bit less complex then I'd like. Hits you almost all up front and then dissipates.
M: Pretty good here. Its not as full bodied as I'd like but its good enough to deliver the juice.

O: When very fresh its equal to any of the other big IIPA's. Aroma is the best of all of them IMO. Taste and mouthfeel maybe not as good as others but its close. (646 characters)

Photo of precisemike
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm reviewing 12-13-13: Stone is the brand here in SD. Having said that, I'm typically a Green Flash guy. So it was with a little trepidation that I believed the hype on this beer. From the minute you pop the cap the hop fragrance takes hold of you. Smelled of weed and citrus, with a dash of pine. The first sip socks your jaw with hop pungency and light caramel tones. Then you notice the nice head and great color this brew displays. The alcohol is up there, being a DIPA, but doesn't overpower or take your buds off of the taste. Just enough kick on the back end. Very drinkable, and the mouthfeel is full, but not cottony. Overall one of my top 3 brews HANDS DOWN. Can't wait for 2-14-14...Get you some! (708 characters)

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 5/17/13, bottled 4/12/13 and consumed 4/20 from a tulip
Enjoy By 12/13/12, consumed 12/18 from a tulip

A: Brilliant, clear golden color. Extremely "pretty" beer
A: Clear, golden orange. Thinnish white head with some lacing.

S: Boxwood w/sticky, lemony sweetness
S: Dank, sweet pineapple and papaya.

T: Hop-forward. Resinous lemon hits and then finishes dry while all flavors linger. Bit of spice hit or alcohol in the throat.
T: Surprisingly balanced overall. Lots of grapefruit, some honey tones.

M: Light for a 2xIPA. Again, stickyness lingers on the tongue and mouth.
M: Light-medium body, finishes pretty dry. Definitely leaves you wanting the next sip.

O: Good beer, very enjoyable. The freshness is evident. Winner.
O: Prefer this version to the 5/17/13 SEB. Refreshing even with the bitterness. (815 characters)

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

Enjoy by 12/13/13 22oz. bomber into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Awesome painted-label bottle (great for bottling homebrew) with green, easy to read label. Thanks to Julian at Craftshack for expediting this to me to drink before the enjoy by date. I'm sure it would
have been ruined had I not sampled it before the 12/13/13 deadline.

A-Yellowish, almost clear brew with a constant 1/8" beige head. Medium carbonation.

S- Fantastic hop bouquet. Floral, citrusy, tropical. Malt aroma is there in force too. Like I'm walking behind a combine in a Montana barley field, while Oregon hop growers wave 20 foot
bines of freshly harvested hops in my face. Absolutely lucious.

T- Follows suit with the nose. Fruity, (peach, apricot,) citrus, (tangerine, and grapefruit) tropical fruits, (mango, pineapple) plus a bit of pine also. A tinge of alcohol heat, but well hidden for a 9% beer. And that malt backbone again, I love when a beer can carry that
crushed grain, freshly baked bread taste along with such a powerful hop presence.

M- Ever present bitterness, hop oil, resiny, with a wonderful body to highlight all of this together. On many double/imperial IPA's the alcohol snuffs out what would otherwise
be a great brew. Not this one. All flavors and bitterness linger quite awhile on the tongue.

O- I had high expectations for this one after the reviews I had read. It did not disappoint.
This rivals any west coast double IPA, at a great price. Hope this becomes a regular from
Stone. (1,491 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 jj139
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Honey/amber color with an off-white/cream head. Nice foam lacing.

Smell - Forward grapefruit/citrus with hints of pine hops. Amazing aromas.

Taste - Citrus and hops hit you in a balanced mix. A clean refreshing finish leaves you wanting another taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but very balanced. Nothing feels overwhelming nor out of place.

Overall - Outstanding beer, one of my favorites.

12/13/13
Bottle poured into a pint glass (448 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09.13.13 version. Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is nearly sweet grapefruit and some pineapple, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. (347 characters)

Photo of ghonickel
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I feel that this beer series is amazing. I have now had two different of the Enjoy By brews. One was in a bottle and the other was on tap. Both times they were still good. They are definitely worth trying and I don't feel someone would be disappointed. (261 characters)

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