Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,501
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
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Gots: 2,214 | FT: 19
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some peach and apricot aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, earthy and herbal hops, and a malt finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid herbal hop flavors. (555 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger bright white head on a slightly hazy golden with slight amber hue. Aroma is as good as it gets with full nose and all hop character varieties including citrus, herbal, earthy. Flavor is nicely complex and near perfectly hopped with pine, tart citrus, earthy hops. Only knock is just a little less malt presence but those that are there are musty and semisweet. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little too dry but the aroma is excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to it being less complex and malty than I wanted but still very good. (566 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin, citrus and tropical fruits from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it seems to have a little more tropical fruits (mango in particular) and citrus but less pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It has an interesting strong mix of aromas and flavors from the hops.

Note: Batch #3 – Enjoy by 12.21.12 (796 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-infused golden color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Grapefruit, pith and a hint of onion

Taste: Strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavors, up front, with just a hint of a malt base underneath; a hint of mango and a bit of onion creep into the mid-palate, but they add an angle rather than dominate; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to have snagged a bottle from the release (4/1/13) that made it to NC; really tasty and avoids the stickiness that I have encountered with some other beers brewed by Stone (630 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dont know how or why this beer has haters? it is amazing. the pour is an unassuming clear apple juice color with an average white head that leaves some thick lacing. the smell is incredible fresh hops. a little floral, but mostly citrus flavors here. grapefruit and sappy dankness. the flavor is just as potent. its nvery fresh beer, alive almost, light in the mouth, but uniquely hopped. theres some lighter malt that turns a bit sweet as it warms, and the alcohol comes out then too, but when ice cold from the fridge this is a special article. its it a wet hop beer? it sure seems like one. if this was an everyday beer on the shelf i would buy it regularly. one of the freshest and most complicatedly delicious ipas around right now. certainly stones best work to date in my opinion. (787 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 Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of the 4-1-13 batch.

This poured out as a clear yellow color with a white head on top. The retention was good as well as the lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with fresh hop aromas, big floral and citrus notes with a subtle malt sweetness in there as well. The taste of the beer is very good as well. The malt balances the bitter hops quite well giving this more of a sessionable flavor in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth with a bit of oiliness to it. Overall I wasn't thinking this was an Imperial IPA, I was thinking it was just an amped up standard IPA. All in all it's a good brew and I'm glad to have tried it. Worth checking out if you want a quality brew. (713 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green fresh hoppy notes with light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by floral green hoppy notes with grassy notes and residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Glad to finally try this and it is indeed very enjoyable. (379 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale gold body capped by a big frothy head.

Smell: Holy nelson and galaxy. The NZ hops really shine here, and they smell fantastic. There's a ton of tropical fruit here, along with gooseberry, cat piss, onion and honeysuckle. It's faintly sweet, but malt is non-existent.

Palate: Spicy, fruity, oniony. A ton of floral and gooseberry hop notes. Bit of white grape and cardamom. The body is medium-light and booze is completely hidden. The finish has a clean, pleasant bitterness.

Overall: Best Stone beer ever? Probably. This is a great use of nelson. (600 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,813 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

05.17.13
Just had this on tap, and it was better than I remembered.

Peachy, sunny orange with a gentle haze. Drippy lacing forms a halo around the edges of the glass. A finger of foam settles to a delicate skim with a cirrus pattern to it.

Pungent hoppy aroma, not without some pale malts bleeding through. Flavor is big on bitter citrus rind, grapefruit pith and orange zest, vague traces of cantaloupe. Smooth with a hint of pale malt or wheat. Bitter hop resin sticks to the teeth a little. Medium bodied but fairly light for a DIPA. Overall very solid and drinkable. (574 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange, fresh cut grass, pine and caramel. Great nose!

T - It tasted of pine, orange, grasses and sweet caramel. There was a nice burnt toast maltiness in the background.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Yea, end of the world! (504 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tustin

Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of white head. Pungent hop nose on this. Very heavy on the pine and citrus peel, light herbal notes, grass, and a decent floral quality. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side with some toffee and caramel sweetness. Good amount of tangerine, some grapefruit, and a strong pine bitterness on the finish. Alcohol isn’t present on the flavor, but certainly noticeable in terms of sobriety altering effects. Good, but wasn’t as good as Ruination 10th. (511 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask @ the Daily Pint. 4-20-14 sparky.

A: Pours a slightly hazed orange with a 1/4-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and cap leaving splotchy lace.

N: Plenty of 4:20 dankness with some pine in the mix.

T: Citrusy orange and tangerine, pine, with a herbal and faint hop spice.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation from the cask. Finishes clean and resiny dry and bitter.

O: More pine and bright citrus raises this up above the bottled version. (471 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent, fruity, fresh hops. Yeah.

T - Sweet malt and lots of hop character up front. Tropical fruit and pine hop character in the middle and through the finish with modately strong bitterness,

M - Medium body, modately carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nice, lots and lots of hop character in the aroma, the flavor is nice as well, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. If there is any room for improvement it is that it is a touch too dry. (574 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Rocking the 12/21/12 batch. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mango, light pineapple, light leek, dank-ish greens, sweet caramel in the background, and a touch of grapefruit peel. Were it not for everything else coming together so well, that leek would've damaged this stuff in my [nose's] eyes. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, pine resin, sweet caramel, orange rind, and a hint of greens. The fruits that are so fleshy and bright in the smell come through overtly rindy on the tongue. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, fairly sticky finish. Overall, a damn solid IPA, one that seems to suffer from over-freshness (if you can believe that!): I think the hops might meld slightly better with a little bit of age on this stuff. Still, it's pretty tasty. (896 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 12/21/12 batch enjoyed on 12/17/12. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a mostly clear amber color with a finger of very fluffy off white head that fades to a nice layer on top of the pour and leaves some great lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet hoppy note right off the bat, lots of citrus peel, but also pineapple and other sweet citrus fruit. There is a sweet malt note along with some pine needles as well.

Taste: Quite similar to the smell, but not as sweet. More grain sweetness than juicy citrus fruit. The hops are aggressive and remind me of citrus peel with some pine needles. There is enough malt to balance out the hops, and just a touch of alcohol. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is another winner by Stone. I'm really glad I got to try this and I'll pick up some more if they do a release in my neck of the woods. (973 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone "Enjoy By 12.26.14 IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle
$7.99 @ Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA

I felt remiss in not getting to this beer sooner and as I've had it for over a week and I've only got 24 days left so I figured I'd have to try it even though I wasn't really in the mood for a double IPA. I wasn't looking for something heavy and bitter, but if Stone actually went to the trouble to make sure this beer got out so quickly then I owe it to them to drink it !!!

Fortunately for me it's not a heavy, bitter, and alcoholic double IPA. It's actually golden in color, and it's got a medium-full body with a moderate carbonation (kind of English in character). The malt is pleasantly straightforward and just lightly sweet and subtly biscuity and caramelish. Nor is it overtly bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's got bitterness to it, but it's not that harsh and raspy bitterness you sometimes get. What I was in the mood for, and probably what really swayed me towards opening it tonight, was hops - and it's got 'em, but again, I was surprised, I thought I'd find it drenched in resinous, piney, and citrusy hops but it's actually quite smooth and refined. All of those attributes are present but they're not "in your face", even in the aroma. It's also a bit minty, softly grassy, earthy, and gently leafy or tea-like, but the mildly citrus pith and gentle tropical fruit are what really define it in the flavor. It's really rounded and supple, leaving it remarkably drinkable for the style. The one thing that reminds you that it is a double IPA is the alcohol which peeks out here and there, especially as you progress through the serving. Still, this is one dangerously drinkable beast. (1,705 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Served in a tulip. Clear gold with rich white head. Robust look. Big floral and piney nose with underlying tropical fruit. Plenty of bright citric bitterness and resinous notes tempered by herbal and tropical notes on the edges. Full on hop flavors here with incredible balance and drinkability for a 10% DIPA. Sign me up for a glass of this anytime! (385 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of fruity citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a burst of fruity citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent hop bomb to drink for a long time. (784 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I got a chance to try this... and I know for sure it's fresh. Hooray for Stone!

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head of about 1/2 finger, that fades semi slowly, the decent head retention leads to some nice lacing as well. The beer is a crystal clear golden honey tan colored beer.

Nose is fantastic! Tons of fresh hops, lots of pine and resin, some tropical fruit passion fruit, guava, mango, papaya, even a little grapefruit. Fresh resinous musty wet hop aromas, etc etc. A very light malty base under that, maybe all pale malts, but just enough to prop up the hops.

Taste brings a decent bitterness. Again hops just explode, fresh tropical fruit galore, mango, papaya, guava, passion fruit and some musty resinous super fresh hop flavors. A little hop oil cuts in with more of the resin, plenty of pine and a bit of citrus too. A light fluffy malt base is there as well, again I think all pale malt or mostly so as there's no real contributing malt flavor, but a nice malt that brings a good base for the hops to float on and not destroy. It also has a mild sweetness that helps balance the fairly bitter hop profile. Finish is a bit drier, long lingering bitterness, more musty resinous fresh hops, little pine and lots more tropical fruit.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy and nice carb, and a bit oily, with just a bit of warming alcohol.

Overall quite nice. Lots of great fresh hop additions, super fresh, resinous wet hop flavors, oily, just enough malt to prop it up. delicious. (1,487 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent sudsy mouthfeel. Handsome orangey, golden amber in the St. Bernardus globe. A nice foam that renews with each small pour. Spicy aroma and huge flowery, resiny nose.

I guess they're not going to tell us what hops they use, but this is the weirdest, fruitiest hop smash-up. It's sort of a spoiled fruit flavor, like really ripe mangos going black and that pineapple you forgot about. Plenty piney as well. Fortunately the bitterness is remarkably restrained, so this is kinid of a unique hop overdose without the usual tongue-pickling. A little sweet, which I'm grateful for.

Add the ridiculous alcohol and you have an experience you have to try to believe. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. At nine bucks it's pricier than virtually every other Stone brew, but what tha zzz. (810 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brewhouse grille in Camp Hill, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing the bomber with me. Enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

the color is deep amber with dark golden hues and hazed with thick white cap. The smell is fruity, tropical, juicy and light citrus odors all encompass with mild papaya aroma. The feel is great with tangy bitter and light sweet element from the malt with mild astringency and slight warming of alcohol.

The taste is very hop drenched, lots of tangy citrus and zesty mango with some grapefruit and tropical flavors from the blend with slight catty tinge hinting there is some simcoe near the finish. Overall this is as good as expected based on the track record -lots of hop flavor which is helped by the freshness which shows..almost chalky from the raw vegetal matter jammed in- this is a quality Imperial IPA, one of the best I have had in recent memory. (901 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Enjoy by 12.26.14 bomber.
Very good looking beer when poured into the glass but the aroma was a bit weak considering this is a Stone IPA. Decent hops taste but nothing overly special, but what really turned me off was the soapy like aftertaste this beer leaves behind. Looking back for an extra dollar I could have bought a six pack of some other IPA that's better or at least just as good. I personally am getting a bit tired of companies thinking that just cause they put their beer in bombers makes it priceless when they don't make the beer itself worthy. (561 characters)

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