Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
03-27-2014 03:53:35 | More by biboergosum
4.51/5 rDev +1.8%
Fifth batch - 4.1.13
Wow. Hop heaven. Lots of citrus. Lots of sweet and salty pine. Superb balance between all. Lasting flavor. The only indicator that this is a iipa is the mild burn I get on the back of my palate. This defines what an excellent beer is and should be. Big time kudos to Stone for this one. Worth a drive or a trip to get to try.
03-05-2013 20:24:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-15-2012 23:39:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.31/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-04-2013 00:06:50 | More by nickfl
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
22oz brown bottle with an obvious freshness date. 12.21.12
LOOK: Bright golden hue, towering froth
SMELL: Ruby red grapefruit, asian pear, evergreen, tobacco, fresh cut grass, lemon pith crackers, clean alcohol
TASTE: Medium bodied, smooth, a little slick, hop bitterness, warming alcohol, grassy, pithy, hop resin, guava, peppery, rose water, nutty grain, estery, long hoppy finish
Absolutely love the concept, I've have earlier versions both fresh and after their "Enjoy By" dates and the age sets in relatively quick. Impressive from start to finish, a hell of a lot of fun drinking this ale.
12-19-2012 04:34:47 | More by Jason
4.91/5 rDev +10.8%
A beer, I have been wanting to try...that doesn't come along so much anymore. I'm not saying it's hyped up but I love fresh IPA. The concept was something I fell in love with the date is 8/24/13 the bottle says to drink by 9/13/13. Look it's expressive in appearance, copper bright body almost an orange layered hue to the beer with cream almost white head forms thick. Fine speckled lacing I'm again in love, why does this have to be the beer, one which sells out quicker than stores can get it in. Aroma has bright grapefruit, citrus notes that expel any notion of less than fresh hops. It's actually an explosion of hops withheld in a room of fresh hops, earthy qualities are dumbed down by bright citrus. Each gulp goes down smoother than the next, beautiful beer I'm drinking each sip thinking where is the next drink coming from that's a strong hook that radio DJs look for in every overproduced song on the market. This is not overproduced it's just the best quality beer of every quality IPA you have ever tried. Slick oily mouthfeel leads to expressive carbonation levels soft and excellent between every twist and turn get me a case and I will drink it.
08-24-2013 16:39:30 | More by WVbeergeek
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
Picked up a bottle at Macadoodles in Pineville, MO
Pours honey colord with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & semi-good lacing
S: Ruby red grapefruit & other citrus, doesn't finish as strong as it starts
T: Follows the nose, some pine, lemons & biscuitty malt up front. Some honey malt, pineapple, grapefruit & slight dryness as this warms, juicy as well. Finishes with grapefruit, a bit of pine, a touch of lemon grass
MF: Medium body/chewy, fantastic balance, warming
A fantastic DIPA, this is worthy of the Mayan Apocalypse, I liked this one a lot. Through the roof drinkability
12-02-2012 05:24:18 | More by russpowell
4.44/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
01-22-2013 19:33:10 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Bell's tulip.
A - Big white foam settles to a collar and a few wisps on top, leaving plenty of splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.
S - Super dank, with tons of tropical fruits, white grapes, as well as a hint of onion and chive. A tad reminiscent of Alpine Toronado 25th thanks to the hefty dose of Nelson Sauvin hops, but with some mild herbal notes as well thanks to the Galaxy hops. Malt character is present but understated.
T - The taste is a bit more balanced, with sweet sugary malts supporting juicy tropical fruits, a touch of citrus, and a bit of spicy chive and dankness. Moderate-to-lower bitterness level.
M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, dry finish, and super juicy and resinous. Alcohol is also extremely well-hidden.
D - Wow! After a disappointing 16th Anniversary beer, Stone really stepped up their game here. Great hop profile and extremely drinkable for the ABV. I hope they make this again in the future.
08-28-2012 23:28:04 | More by MasterSki
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
The look: clear, crisp, golden-hued, active carbonation, enormous head, pillowy white, lace-leaving and lovely. Very nice looking brew.
The aroma: oily hop resins, prickly pine, lemon zest, orange peel, plenty of bitterness, but not too much so.
The taste of it: Intense bitterness grips the palate, buzzes the tongue, leaves little bombs of sweetness at variable intervals. With each new sip and swallow, a repeat of the pass, gripping bitterness, attacking the tongue, swabbed by sweet, ending dryly, reading for the next round. Medium bodied, long hoppiness…and the high alcohol doesn't get you until you're, wait, where are we now? About 3/4 into the bottle. Yep, it's creeping up…
This lands somewhere between the regular Stone IPA, which I love, and Ruination. Not quite as ruining. I would appreciate it more dialed down a notch or two, though. Maybe 7.5% would make it more enjoyable by.
Here's some gobbledygook from the label: "You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key component in many beers, especially big, hoppy IPAs--but we've taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically not to last. We've gone to extensive lengths to to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than NOW to enjoy this IPA."
Terrific stuff. Here I come, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
04-27-2013 08:15:10 | More by feloniousmonk
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
Beer on draft at Churchkey, kegged 5 days ago. Served in a becher of sorts. I've been very excited to try this beer and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to do so on draft. A phenomenal IPA for sure. I would definitely have this again. At the time of this review, this is #29 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate, a well deserved spot.
Beer is amber to yellow / orange and clear with moderate to low carbonation and a white head, some lacing, moderate retention. Looks good.
Aroma is earthy, dank, sulfury, hoppy...that is all.
Beer is medium in body, thins out on the finish leaving just hops, just bitterness, earthy strong, chewy hop presence in the midpalate, a strong beer throughout, an in your face Stone hop experience. I love it.
01-16-2013 22:07:49 | More by drabmuh
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-28-2014 19:37:43 | More by Slatetank
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-23-2012 22:42:08 | More by jlindros
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-10-2012 16:27:48 | More by StonedTrippin
4.08/5 rDev -7.9%
This review is for the 2.15.13 batch.
Poured from a growler into a Stone tasting glass (one of my current favs), a clear, golden-orange liquid with a foamy white head that retained well and left some dots of lacing on the glass. An obvious hit of hops in the nose, citrus, pine, grass...fresh and good. More of the same in the taste, hop-dominant, notes of citrus, pine resin, fresh-cut grass, ammonia, biscuity malt base and toasted grains in the background. Medium body, fresh, but more oily than crisp--expected for a Stone beer. Very good overall.
4.20 - Heady Topper blend dubbed "Enjoy Head"
01-26-2013 23:01:03 | More by Rifugium
4.48/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
12-18-2012 01:53:30 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev -9.7%
This is the Enjoy By 12-21-12 version.
The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange with some resin and a bit of pineapple thrown in. The flavor is similar. The orange and pineapple notes really come through nicely, adding a nice juicy flavor. There is also some biscuit malt to keep the bitterness from being too high. The alcohol is also a bit noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
11-24-2012 07:46:49 | More by Mora2000
3.96/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
06-23-2013 05:06:22 | More by mactrail
4.2/5 rDev -5.2%
From 12/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn. 12.21.12 version, served in a pint glass.
a - Pours a hazy, orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, resin, pine hops, fruity malts, and some tropical fruits. Very nice hoppy nose with a lot of citrus and orange; really like the nose a lot.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, and some fruity and caramel malts. Taste is very bitter; hop bomb for sure.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter bite to it.
o - Overall a really nice IPA from Stone. The nose is amazing and hoppy, and if you like bitterness in your DIPA's you'll love this one. Would love to have it again.
01-02-2013 20:51:20 | More by mdfb79
3.98/5 rDev -10.2%
My bottle of this states enjoy by 12-21-12 (tasted on 11-24-12). Interesting marketing in this regard--absolutely in your face about when the beer will start to fade. In Boston, my favorite store had only two cases available. Both were kept in back for the "regulars". Good idea to produce just enough for us beer geeks.
Solid three finger head that settles slowly leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is nearly clear with a neutral gold color.
Strong evergreen aroma with a bit of citrus; some white pepper...all from hops! I cannot detect any smells from the malts. Still, this is inviting.
Starts with a mild pale malt flavor. This is completely gone once I swallow--a complete hop bomb with an expected never-ending aftertaste. If you love your beer very bitter, you'll love this one. The body is relatively weak when compared to other DIPAs. The high carbonation adds to this effect.
11-25-2012 00:43:02 | More by smcolw
Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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