Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,498
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 667
Gots: 2,210 | 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 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)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Enjoy By 12.13.13 IPA (9 days to spare)

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a billowy two finger just off-white colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of thick foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of tropical fruit aromas. Mango, papaya, and tangerine all make a strong sweet showing with some lighter hints of some pear and peach as well. Along with the sweeter fruit smells is a good level of hop aroma. A pine hop smell is the greatest, but other hop aromas of grapefruit and some grass are there as well, rounding out the overall hop aroma profile. With a hint of an alcohol smell mixed with the rest, the aroma is overall pleasantly fruity and hopped with a nice warming smell.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that were detected in the nose, as well as a moderately strong presence of hop. The tropical fruits are heaviest of a tangerine sweetness, but contain nice notes of mango, pineapple, and papaya as well. The hop that begins the taste, is of a more pine like flavor, with it starting out on the lighter side and getting stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Beyond these two flavor types, there is also a nice doughy flavor mixed in there as well, which with the sweeter tropics, creates an unchanging base for the hop profiles to evolve upon. While the pine hop grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste, it is joined by other hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruity nature. The pine then starts to fade ever so slightly with the grapefruit getting stronger and a little bit of a caramel sweetness sneaking onto the tongue toward the end. At the very end the earthy flavors along with a woodsy flavor really ramp up in the taste, and with the nice sweet and doughy backdrop and other hop flavors, end up leaving a rather pleasantly fruity and hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The thick body is fantastic for accentuating the hop tastes on top of the sweeter tropical fruits and doughy flavors, with the lower carbonation only enhancing the feel of the thick body even more.

Overall –This was a very enjoyable IPA. Rather balanced for a stone brew in my opinion and not quite what I was anticipating. It blended a sweeter and thicker base with a nice hop profile, making for one very enjoyable sipper. (2,586 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of the classic brown bottle with an enjoy by date that also doubles as the enormous silkscreened label. This is from the 12.13.13 batch. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass because that's all I have clean.

Appearance - Body is a crystal clear orange with tones of honey and and brass colors as well. Atop the body sits a moderate head the color of off-white, about two fingers thick. Dissipates over several minutes, leaving a film across the body with a rim of thicker bubbles around the edges of the glass. As I drink it down, there are noticeable rings of lace at each place where the liquid remained while I paused between drinks.

Smell - Pine, some faint grapefruit, and herbal notes, including green onions--the tips, aka chives--and grass. Mostly herbal/vegetal rather than fruity/floral. I also get some esters from the high level of booze, but they aren't overpowering.

Taste - Very much expected based on the smell. Here, the grapefruit is a bit more present up front, along with some lemon zest, which slowly evolves into a more complex flavor with the essence of green onion and fresh-cut grass. The esters are a little more aggressive here, but honestly blend into the overall flavor quite well. Surprisingly drinkable for a 9.4% beer.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and medium-to-light body, with some element of viscosity lending a slight chewiness to the beer. Dry finish.

Overall, a stellar beer. I've had several different batches (7.4.13, 9.13.13, 10.25.13 and now 12.13.13) and I must admit it's hard to resist the temptation to buy a new bottle from each release. A quality double IPA that certainly stands up to the marketing efforts that surround it. One of my favorites from Stone. (1,722 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review

Ap. - Brilliant golden body. Continuous lacing from off white head.

Ar. - Not a whole lot going on in aroma. Classic IPA.

T. - Pineapple juice! Nice grassy hop, and a touch of clean malt.

M. - Would like a touch more carbonation. Otherwise very nice and silky smooth. Slight bitterness backs it up.

O. - I keep telling myself (and others) that I'm not a hop head. This is scary. I'm a big fan. (416 characters)

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

Appearance: A beautiful golden orange color with a thin white head. A very refreshing look to it in which I couldn't wait to dive in. Didn't appear too heavy on the carbonation but it made it's presence known.

Smell: Strong citrus hops notes of grapefruit, possibly a slight pineapple smell to it. Very pleasant.

Taste: First sip hits the palette with the taste of citrus...heavy grape fruit barely noticing the alcohol. Finishes smooth and clean on the tongue making me anticipate my next sip.

Mouthfeel: Hop oils sit on the tongue leaving a nice aftertaste that hides the alcohol. It really seemed more like a mid range ipa as far as alcohol and not on the level it contains.

Overall: I'm a big fan of Stone and this is by far my favorite brew of theirs right next to the Imperial Russian Stout. Very pleased.

Serving type: Bottle to pint glass. (854 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-13-13

A- Pours a deep, clear orange in color. A medium sized, dense head forms and retains well. Lacing is also good.

S- Very piney and resinous up front. Fairly fruity with a focus on the citrus side towards the back end of the scent.

T- Starts with a moderate burst of hops bitterness. Hop profile in the taste is much more pine forward, with very little floral or fruity presence. Slight bit of dull bitterness from the alcohol about halfway through the drink. Overall, this is fairly one dimensional on the flavor side, and that dimension is hops bitterness.

M- Somewhat thick and slick across the tongue. Highly carbonated and there is also some alcohol warming on the tongue. Hops bitterness isn't so intense as to affect the beer's drinkability, but the alcohol content might.

Overall, this is a good DIPA for an affordable price. Nothing to blow you away, but good hops, higher in the alcohol department, and at ~$6-8 a bottle, it's a relative bargain. (969 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.13.13 poured from a bomber into a imperial pint glass

A: Nice deep gold with nice lacing and head retention. Clear and really clean looking. Sticky head that clings to the glass.

S: Wow this is pungent! Hop bomb on the nose! Getting lots of piney and earthy fresh hops. Pine, lemon, lime, earthy hops, floral note, and no real malt to speak of. Smell sticks to the nostrils. Like sticking your nose in a handful of hops.

T: Taste a lot like it smells. Tons of hops come rushing in but not overpowering like a ruination. It's all fresh and quenching. getting pine, lemon/lime, back to pine, orange rind, slight white pepper, white peach, nectarine, and malts do make a brief appearance at the end to balance it out. Really tasty!

M: Super clean for what i would call a DIPA. It is smooth a clean on the tongue but the hops still make their presence felt with a nice resiny mouthfeel on the finish. To sum it up wet and clean. Almost no booze for a 9%.

O: Really well done. Nice and balanced considering the nose and i love how it has that quenching wet sort of feel too it. Makes this one super drinkable and sets it apart not only form stones other IPAs but most others i have had. I would put it up there with Pliny for sure. Stone does it again! (1,256 characters)

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