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Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,496 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5496
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a transparent yellow with a nice white cap, good head retention which leaves nice lacing, bubbles and layers of bubbles clinging to the glass

S: Big pine needles, citrus in the way of light, very light lemon and orange peel, some tropical fruits and little bit of booze stings the nostrils

T: This nearly tastes like a what I would expect an imperial version of Stone IPA. Pine and tropical fruit with a nice little booze and IBU hit the palate immediately. The pine and citrus carry on to the finish along with a some bittering, stinging with some hop oil goodness.

M: Medium bodied, full flavor, well carbonated.

O: Very well done. Bi IIPA all the way, No complaints from this guy and would love to have seen this on shelves in the PNW!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:15:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 20:51:20 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Enjoy By 04/01/13 IPA." Acquired last night at my local beer store. Identifies as a DIPA on the label. 9.4% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its reputation, but I'm not a big Stone fan. Still, I do enjoy some of their beers from time to time - which are often collaborations. Hm. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A good brief hiss as I opened it. No issues with beer surging out or anything.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, decent cream, nice thickness, and rather good (5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Lacks the appealing froth I'd expect from the head of a good Imperial IPA. Light sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a surprisingly pale yellow-copper; it lacks the vibrance of other good beers in the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Overall, it's above average but there's nothing unique or special here. Transparent and translucent.

Sm: A bit soapy, with assertive grapefruit but none of the grapefruit bite of inferior IIPAs. Floral and piney, with light nectary character. Sticky pale malts form the foundation and seem to be of good sweetness to balance the hops. Some oily hop notes. A pungent, pleasing aroma. Appealing if a bit too assertive. The soapiness bothers me, but hopefully it's just an aromatic flaw. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral and nectary, with pleasant grapefruit throughout. Unfortunately, untamed bitterness strikes in the late second act and climax, joined by an unpleasant overly sweet malty character that unsuccessfully tries to hide it. Up front, it's refreshingly creamy just after the open - a great welcome to the refreshing pale malt body. Amplitude is relatively low, especially for the style. And light soapiness indicates this spent too long in primary. Little pine comes through - a missed opportunity. The intrusive bitterness really kills the balance, but it's not a severe issue. The beer is still pleasant throughout. It's got depth of flavour, but lacks complexity or subtlety. The finish feels weak and somewhat muted compared to the open and body. Structurally, then, it's a bit problematic. Some tame grassy character about the climax. Somewhat resiny in the second act. I don't get yeast character. There is a bit of alcohol presence, but it's by no means boozy or hot. All around an enjoyable beer in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely nectary/oily. A touch overcarbonated - surprising for a beer so clearly intended to be consumed shortly after leaving the brewery. Palate presence is pretty good; I get all of the flavour easily. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: This Imperial IPA misses the most important feature of the style - balance. The bitterness is not well hidden enough. It's somewhat refreshing, but the presence of alcohol in the flavour profile reduces drinkability. I'm not impressed with the choices of hops either; the floral character feels generic, grapefruit is too prominent, and there's little pine. Additionally, the soapy character is a clear indicator of a brewing issue. Though this is one of the better beers I've had that's brewed by Stone alone, I definitely don't think it's worth seeking out. The gimmicky marketing doesn't affect my score, but it's definitely a trend I hope to see fade. Many will love this beer and defend that love with a curious argument about types of Imperial IPAs. So be it. I wish I enjoyed this as much as those individuals do, but I look for balance in every beer - regardless of style - and Imperial IPAs do not get special treatment because of an ostensible regional take on the style. (And while we're on the subject, Alpine and Port are both West Coast breweries that reliably churn out very balanced Imperial IPAs). In any case, Stone didn't fall as far from the mark as I anticipated when beginning to review this. Drinkable but not without its flaws. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends.

B-

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 05:03:54 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Also had:
4.20.13
9.13.13
4.20 - Heady Topper blend dubbed "Enjoy Head"

Serving type: growler

01-26-2013 23:01:03 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-21-12 Bomber, from Fairway Express in Yonkers, NY

The pour is on the lighter side, a dull shade of darker golden. Near clear, looser off white head, stays nicely at the one inch mark, then very slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves ample fine spots and webs of lace.

Capital P Pungent hop loaded nose. Booming with grapefruit, tropical fruit, and some pine. Hopalicious...

Fruity, citric, flavorfull hop soaked goodness on the tongue and palate. More dense, pine, grapefruit, resin soaked hop notes. I'm also getting some minty, basil, herbal qualities.

Hop Heads delight.

Another of Stone's interesting and worthy innovations/concepts. Great marketing. This one lives up to the hoppy hype. Glad I tracked down a few bottles and got to enjoy this obviously super fresh and quite tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 22:50:54 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip
Enjoy by 12.21.12
drank on 11.26.21

A- This beer pours a clear bright copper body with a thin white film of bubbles that last a bit. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The full fragrant aroma of cat pee hops is followed by some pineapple weed hops aromas. It is bright and full in the nose.

T- The green pungent woody herbal hops has some green pine resin flavor and a dry fruit cocktail hops flavor that starts to come through. There is a sweet malt flavor that is cut short by a nice dark green pungent hop bitterness in the finish that lingers. There is only a very gentle note of bitterness that lingers in the after taste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz finish and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The big hop flavors have a nice complexity and good depth. I'm not a fan of cat pee hops but it subsides as other flavors/aromas outshine it. Very good at hiding the alcohol as this is very smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 14:25:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:34:32 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:34:47 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber golden colored ale with a puffy white head. Surprisingly light colored.

Smell is all hops.

Sweet smelling with gobs of tropical fruit aromas. Pineapple, Mango, orange, papaya, cinnamon and passion fruit. Malt scent is pretty much pineapple juice here.

Starts out sweet and savory. Good bitterness and orange rind. Flavor is not as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale but not quite as good as the smell promises.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:42:58 | More by Zorro
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ. samples on 8.24.12.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Dank and über fresh floral hop aroma with earthy pine needle and spicy, grassy hop notes countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes.  Really tropical with mango, papaya and pineapple along with orange peel, tangerine and curaçao.  Pale malts underneath with biscuit and grainy graham cracker.

Chewy full body that's much heavier than anticipated.   Slightly hurts the drinkability.  Dry bitterness up front with dank, sticky hops that linger over sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish.  Spicy hops, grass and earthy pine are slightly floral but countered by sweet fruit notes.  Not as tropical as nose suggests with some grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Pale malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with strong biscuit and graham cracker graininess toward the finish.  Also, there's a strong perfumy booziness that gives off some distracting sweetness toward finish.m ABV is decently masked for 9.4 but it's still a bit strong for me taking away from the hops.  Overall, this beer has some nice hop flavors but needs more tropical/citrus fruit sweetness, a  lighter body and less booze.  Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 01:59:42 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 19:38:45 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review will be for the version with the 11.09.12 date. We're going 22 ounces split multiple ways on a Sunday afternoon. On to the beer:

The pour yields a beer which is a lighter gold, looking most resemblent to the color of cider. A small head is formed on top, and a few spots of lace are left on the glass. I figuered that the nose would say hops, cuz this is Stone and it's an IPA, but I wasn't expecting this. HOPS!! Fruity, delectable hops. I haven't looked into the hop bill of this recipe, but I want to say New Zealand hops are the majority in this one. Big fruit salad notes, also big on canteloupe, pine, passionfruit, and mango. This could be good.

For a beer with 9.4%, this beer seems much lighter than that, yet retains all the good flavor of such a strong beer. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, and flavors similar in the nose are coming out in full force in the taste; passionfruit, orange, canteloupe, sweet varieties of tropical fruits. And for such a hoppy beer, it's not bitter at all. The beer's body is medium-full, with a very smooth texture and appealing finish.

Where did this come from? And where was I in California when this was released? I was exteremly impressed with Stone on this creation. Time to set the clock when the next version will be released...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:11:30 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 19:33:10 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 16:10:27 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

5.17.13

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was god retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured tropical fruit and pine.

The taste consisted of ripe pineapple, apricot, pine and white pepper atop a firm grainy malt.

The taste was round with a dry finish and no hint of heat.

Overall a superior hop bomb that hides it's ABV very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:46:59 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at the Stone brewery. Was a little disappointed, hit them up on a Wednesday, they had none. Hit 'em up again on Friday, bam, there it was. Batch 7.

First thing I notice is the amazing clarity going on here. Seriously, it looks like a mass produced lager, which is a pretty amazing feat once you realize how much hopping it took to make this beer. Even has around 3/4" of head, white, on it, which again, is pretty amazing given all the hops/hop oil up in this.

Smell wasn't massively hoppy, it was good, but it didn't permeate my nose with tons of hops. Not a letdown, but didn't live up to the rest of the characteristics about the beer that blew me away.

Taste, hops are plenty noticeable, there's hardly a malt bill to it, but somehow, there is no alcohol heat, the bitterness is kept down, even though it seems to have plenty of Simcoe hops to it. I think there might be some Galaxy and Nelson/Mosaic around here too. Summit? Only if in small quantities, its far from a prime time player in this hop meld. Green apple hops, tropical mango. Its actually one of the most gentle double ipas I've ever had, and I mean that in a good way. Some pine and mint undercurrents to the hop flavors. Mouthfeel continues to impress, how does this taste so light and abv around only 5-6ish? Plenty dry as well. Must have used some sugar to dry this out and keep a light body, which it works quite well. Slightly grassy as it warms. Stayed away from heavy caramel. This one is biscuit light in terms of malt flavor and additions.

This is one of the best double ipas bottled. I had mine on draft, but it caused me to go buy a bottle from the gift shop.

Must try if you call yourself a hophead.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 14:57:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Bottled on 8-17-12. Consumed 8-24-12.

A: Pale orange with a neat clarity shows a light and lazy rise of spacious effervesce. The head is foamy, 2 fingers high, with a generous stay of execution. Splotchy random patches of lace adhere to the vessel.

S: The nose is intriquing and complex with shows of sweet tropical fruitiness mixing with fresh wet citrus. Oranges, pineapple, mangos are the most notable with a complimentary hint of fresh coconut juice. Fresh pine hops come through along with fresh grapefruit juice mixing with some sweet caramel. A good amount of aromatic appeal and delivery makes this one a repeat sniffer.

T: Flowery citrus and grapefruit hoppiness is wet, fresh and generous on the first sip. Warming citrus mixes with sweet caramel, piney-oranges with a flowery bitterness that lingers nicely after the swallow. While the tropcial fruitiness dominated the nose, it is the fresh wet citrusy hops that is the showcase for flavor. Light indications of starfruit, toasted coconut and some fresh wet grassiness rounds things out in an otherwise nicely balanced, harmonous flavor that was tropical, grassy, with some light fruity hints.

M: Body is medium, warming citrus flowers are gently bittering with a quiet carbonation factor.

O: Overall a great aromatic appeal and equally well flavor shows a soothing complexity of tropcial, citrusy, and grassy nature that blends oh so well together. Kudos for Stone for getting this straight out from the bright tank to our watering palates here on the east coast. The abv of 9.0% is complimentary and never inteferes with the flavor or aroma like most bigger beers do. The aromatic hops and flavor is well refined and focused, which certainly earns high regards here.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:03:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color. Aroma of citrus, pine and dank herb. In the taste, pine and mango like tropical fruityness. Bright citrus and tropical fruit profile with some strong bitterness. Little hint of alcohol but quite bitter with a honey like malt profile. Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation and smooth overall feel. This is a great imperial IPA, but much too exclusive.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:35:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 16:23:22 | More by DrJay
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very excited to try my first bottle of this.

Enjoy by 2.15.13

The beer is crystal clear and appears a radiant golden hue. The head measures in at approximately a half inch, leaving sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings tangy citrus and tropical fruit. Smells awesome. The flavor is also exquisite. A hop bomb with notes of pine and a bouquet of tropical fruit. Pleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and bit sticky on the palate. Highly drinkable with alcohol presence dangerously well hidden. Not only the best IPA I have had from Stone, but the best beer I have had from them overall. A world class IPA. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:21:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 19:37:43 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a few pours of this one tonight at the "Stone Tap Takeover" at Bier Thirty in Bown. Greg got the 1st pour, but I am pretty sure I was within the first 10. :-)

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden.. nice white head and lacing.

The brew is a tropical fruitbowl... but has some other hoppiness going on.. Summit? a bit of onion like aromas that I would never had picked out had Inflatablechair (Fucking SAM!!) NOT made the suggestion... Smells fantastic.

Flavor is about what you would expect.. very hoppy... finishes remarkably dry given the ABV... just enough maltiness mid palate to really deliver the hops.

Body and carbonation are as expected.... Drinkability is great... I really enjoyed it.

Big props to everybody who made the 1st ever Stone Tap Takeover happen.

All 4.25's.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 04:54:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this and grabbed it immediately. Been a while since I've reviewed anything from Stone.

Pours a bright gold with a huge white head into my glass. It looks like it would tingle the taste buds and probably more.

Grassy and full of citrus notes from the hops. West coast! The only other thing I can think of that's hoppier than this is Heady.

Wow. Very pleasant and bursting with juicy hop goodness. Citrus, pine, etc. Mango? Either way, it doesn't disappoint in the hops dept.

Lingering grassy, citrus and pine flavors. Like freshly-mowed grass. Very fresh too. I assume it's the 2nd most recent batch (bottle says 4/12/13).

Stone should keep doing this with limited batches of beer. It might make more sense and cut back on the beer that lingers on shelves for months. They have the beer dating thing down pat and detailed info on the batches.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 06:34:31 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

batch 5- Enjoy by 4/1/13. What a delightful beer- I really love the whole idea of the lengths they've gone to encourage freshness in an IPA. Nothing like a fresh IPA! Wonderful delicate floral aroma with some citrus blossom and a touch of floral honey. The taste is beautifully balanced with citrus, floral, herbal, and a touch of pine in the finish. Vibrant and fresh tasting with just enough sweetness to keep things zippy. A touch soft, but just a great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:15:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

An absolutely gorgeous looking brew. Body is crystal clear with a mix of carbonation, rising through a gorgeous brassy bronze orange. As it settles more pinhead bubbles come slowly rising, with a big column of fire in the middle. Head is creamy topped with off white color, ballons to an easy three maybe two and a half fingers. Always sticks around, and leaves a good collar.

Hop front on this beer hits at fruity angles. Hints of giant juicy orange, and tropical mango. Sweetness is dialed down, but there's a leafy green chewy fresh hop sense coming with the beer and a great sense of depth that is all balanced nicely.

Palate is just a pure hop ride. Big hits at first of juicy orange, with the matching tropical notes. However the after taste hits with an incredible amount of dank earthy quality that belows out. Afterfinish coats your lips and palate all over. Sweetness is just about right without a lot of sugary or syrup tendencies. While the beer warms there's even herbal orange pekoe tea sense, that makes a great sweetness ever so slightly, and even pine needle like blasts on the palate. Big feel without a lot to ruin the flavor, or take away from the hop experience.

An absolutely wonderful hop running rollercoaster of a beer, that all manages to stay balanced. What a fun ride.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 20:19:54 | More by smakawhat
Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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