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Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,537 Ratings
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Ratings: 5537
Reviews: 926
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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atr2605

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours copper with a white foamy head with great retention
S-lots of pine, grapefruit, and lemon
T-Pine and grapefruit bitterness up front with the malt providing some nice balance but defitely a hop forward IPA. Finishes with pine bitterness on the palate
M-medium bodied, abv is well hidden
O-Solid and balanced IPA that is extremely drinkable, although the abv will keep you from having more than one

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:01:00 | More by atr2605
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally enjoying this sought-after beauty on its first time in PA (I think), thanks to my awesome girlfriend for picking it up!

2.14.14
Poured into snifter; light orange, clear, very light for the style (following the trend of others). Moderate white head that fades quickly.
Smell is awesome...onions, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, bitterness, awesome. This is like a west-coast version of Hop Ranch.
Taste is also like a west-coast Hop Ranch...onion, fruit, pine, citrus, bitterness, earthy...damn. Sweet, fruity, oniony, awesome IPA. Fresh as hell and delicious.
Mouthfeel is again, surprisingly thin and clean for the %abv and style.
Overall, awesome. I'm super-psyched that my girlfriend found this. Delicious stuff!

4.20.14
Fluted snifter; clear dark orange, fluffy white head.
Smells amazing...bright tropical fruit, mango, sweet onion, weed, candy sugar, mint, herb.
Taste...wow. Sweet peach, mango, onion, apple, mint, herbal, sugar, tangerine, grapefruit...incredible. The hop flavor packed into this beer is mind-blowing.
Mouthfeel is light-bodied and surprisingly clean.
Overall, again I'm blown away. Stone has raised the bar.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:22:34 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

05.17.13
The beer pours a beautiful golden orange with almost amber highlights. It pours with a half of a finger’s with head of pristine white, small bubbles that all sit as uniform in size, and stay the same height on the glass, but fad to a scrim in the middle of the beer. The head leaves a lacing of thick, creamy bubbles on the glass, forming fat waves on the sides. In body the beer is clean with a slight chill haze and lots of little bubbles gently working their way to the top of the beer. On the nose, the beer is pungent from the minute the bottle is cracked. This smell is everything I expect from Stone, with big sticky resin on the nose blending beautiful into tropical and stone fruit notes of mango, papaya, slight grapefruit, and a kiss of boozy malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly bitter with a nice kiss of sweet hops, a touch of sweet alcohol, and some slight acidity coming off the hops as well. The flavors begin as sweet mango and papaya, which are quickly blasted away by dank, resinous pine notes that smother the bitters gently across the palate and give the tongue a nice shiver. Pinecone flavors meld and overpower a slight sweet caramel touch, while stone fruit flavors and a touch of pineapple gel in the background of the flavor. The finish is long, smooth, and bitter with medicinal and pine flavoring that works into the aftertaste of bitter resin, though the finish does showcase a hiccup of sweet and almost cloying caramel malt. In the mouth, the beer feels surprisingly fat and syrupy, coming in on the heavier side in body with a smooth and sticky carbonation that oozes the beer over the tastes buds. The mouth is left wet on the sides with a light dryness traveling up the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is good DIPA, and I didn’t expect anything else from Stone. It could use a touch more dryness to it, as the alcohol and sweet hops do provide hiccups of cloying sugar on the tongue and stomach, but overall, this is a beautiful expression of hops. The hop character is deeply complex and nuanced, revealing new flavors to the palate with every sip. It does sit a little thick in the stomach, though, and is definitely more of a sipper, but all in all this is a damn good DIPA with a great message about the life of hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 19:39:21 | More by Maxwell
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fmccormi

New York

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

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; freshness date is, well, pretty clear on this bad boy. My understanding is that this was bottled on February 22, which would therefore make this beer seven days old. Yep, it’s fresh as shit.

Appearance (4.25): A solid three to four fingers of just-off-white, cream-colored foam rises from the pour, capping a crystal-clear, 24ct gold body. Quite handsome. The head devolves slowly to a raised cap in the middle, looking like a big meringue nipple, and leaves behind scattered, widely-spaced splotches of dense foam in little archipelagos. It has pretty nice retention, though, leaving some chunky stuff well into the glass, and leaves some fat collars which I like quite a bit, too.

Smell (4.25): Juicy, sticky, citrusy nectar (mango, papaya, apricots, and passionfruit) melds with a resinous, piney-dank tone that suggests sweaty nuggets of hops and marijuana. The malt does come through a bit underneath, mainly sweet biscuit scents mixing with rich, fresh-baked bread, like a brioche—a bit sweet, a bit rich, very soft and tasty.

Taste (4.25): As expected, the hops character is almost all flavor and almost no bitterness: sweet citrus again (pineapple with some lemon juice), covering a really very slight, resinous bitterness underneath. Some citrus pith, too, and red grapefruit flesh. The malt is again bready and sweet in that rich way, like brioche or challah, but carries a sweetness that mixes with the hops like iced lemon bundt cake. While it’s all flavoring and aroma hops, it seems, I will say that it’s quite good (liking it more and more as it warms, actually) but it’s not blowing me out of the water, either. But still, quite good. The dank hops flavor actually comes out as more and more bitter, with some spicy notes, actually, as it warms. Some booze, but it melds with that resin character well, so points for that.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Soft carbonation giving a silky texture to a generally medium-weight (at most) body—the head sticks around long enough that some soft pillows pass the lips. It finishes definitively dry, but not parchingly so—still easy enough to drink in every regard that it’s hard to take it slow.

Overall (4.25): This is a well-above-average DIPA, no question there. And it definitely delivers what it promises: the short shelf-life flavor and aroma hopping is here in spades, but I’m surprised at how little bitterness there is. Compare this to Ruination, for example, and the difference is clear as day. But this beer is very, very good, and I’m glad to have tried it. And super kudos to Stone for latching onto an idea (with the freshness initiative, as it were) and running with it to its logical extreme—who else would do that so well?

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:42:40 | More by fmccormi
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suspect

New York

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Crystal clear pure golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a one-finger fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing. Columns of bubbles rise continuously.

S: Huge citrisy hop profile. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, you name the citrus, it's included. Some resin in the midst of the nose and the malt is crisp and smooth but lets the big time hop profile take center stage.

T: Beautiful hop palate destruction time. Again the citrus hops hit first, the resiny pine hops come through second and the malt bill comes and cleans the stage up but leaves the delicious oils to coat.

M: Crisp, sharp, biting finish. Perfectly carbonated and the hop oils leave a beautiful coating that refuses to let me stop drinking until it's gone.

O: An absolute gem of a beer. I love the concept, I love how hard they work to get it to the stores in such a short period of time and I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:46:30 | More by suspect
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riored4v

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.09.12 batch

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazy, golden colored body. 1 finger head. Good lacing.

Aroma was crazy amounts of hops. Super danky, tropical and citrusy. Some biscuity, malty backbone, but this is hops dominant. Extremely floral.

Flavor was hop dominant. Very delicious, resinous and danky. Loads of floral, tropical and citrus hop flavors up front. Good amount of maltyness in the middle with a slightly biscuity flavor. Finished with a lingering, resinous bitterness. Grapefruity, lemony and orangey in the finish. Slight signs of ABV with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carb and a dry finish. Hops shined very brightly in the finish.

Overall this was amazing. Probably one of the best, more floral and pungent DIPA's I've had. Would be nice to see this one year-round.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:46:52 | More by riored4v
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet)

Pours a deep gold with amber hues topped with a two finger bright white head. Significant splotchy lacing as the head recedes. Notes of tropical fruit on the nose, especially pineapple and mango and flora. Pineapple is the dominant flavor throughout with accents of papaya with a fairly sweet hefty malt presence. Finishes sweet with grapefruit rind bitterness. Heavy malt backbone, medium carbonation and silky, smooth on the palate. A solid DIPA from Stone, but certainly not heads or tails above others, and tends to be more of the same and is a bit overly sweet. Personally, I prefer a finish that is a bit drier, and the finish on this brew is about as sweet and fruity as one can find, with the usual grapefruit rind bitterness. Frankly this brew is a bit unbalanced, and those that prefer sweeter characteristics in their DIPA's will certainly be all over this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 21:49:44 | More by chanokokoro
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 20:32:25 | More by LambicPentameter
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A fluffy, finger and a half head rests atop a light orange and transparent beer. A few lazy bubbles make their way to the surface as the head fades at a similarly slow pace. Good looking beer, but not a whole lot of lacing.

SMELL: Dank and delicious smelling. The aroma on this beer gets me every time…so good. Piney resin plays around with not-so-subtle grapefruit notes and an underlying grassiness. Tropical fruits round it out with a little sweetness.

TASTE: Less surprising than anything else you’ll read about this beer, it tastes amazingly fresh, but just two weeks away from the brewery, what else should I expect? Enjoy By is the beer equivalent of Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Multiple, big layers of deliciousness all seem to attack the palate at the same time. Pine and grass provide a base for big citrus and tropical fruit flavors to blend perfectly with. Also, I’m getting an unexpected (but not unwanted) hint of white chocolate with the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Bitterly balanced is the best way to describe the mouthfeel of Enjoy By. The balancing malt arrives with just enough strength and just in time to leave the palate teased for the bitterness of that next fresh sip. In terms of body, this would fall into the bigger end of the medium-to-big-bodied category.

OVERALL: The best way to sum up this beer is that it is simply a well put together Double IPA. Also, I love the short shelf life, ensuring that if I can find one it will be fresh with 100% certainty. Hope Colorado gets more in the next round.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 05:36:12 | More by StoneTSR
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks! Served in tulip.

A: Lovely golden color with a thin lacing after a semi-aggressive pour.

N: Sweetened hop juice. Aromatic pineapple and mango. Some spruce tips. Very tropical. Clementines and mandarin orange. Doesn’t have the nose shriveling bitterness, which I quite like.

T: Bitter spruce extravaganza. Tons of pine and earth floor from the hops. A little sweetness and some mandarin orange. Some biscuit and malt. There’s more pineapple and grapefruit as this warms.

M: Full mouthfeel with a lot of hop resin. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: I will be drinking this entire bottle and enjoying it all the way through. A complete beer. Has that very distinct Stone IPA quality about it (you'll know it when you taste it), but it's got some extra components. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:38:53 | More by writerLJBerg
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Big thanks to mrfong07 for sending this one. I can't seem to find a best by date.

A - Pours a surprisingly light straw color with two fingers of snow-white head. Perfectly clear opacity. The head dies after a few minutes, but leaves behind a great lacing.

S - This one has that pungent, almost rotten, grapefruit and hemp smell that I love. Citrus hops are in full effect. Riddled with tropical fruits. I love it.

T - Follows the nose very closely. The citrus dominates form the start followed by floral hops. Intense tropical fruits and a garlicy twang come through in the middle. Slightly tart and acidic on the back end with a big piney hop finish. Hops linger long after each sip. Mmmm.

M - Standard. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style.

O - This is a fantastic DIPA that may not appeal to everyone, but suits my palate perfectly. It has all of the qualities I look for, especially the abrasive, dank, hoppiness. Big on the citrus, tropical fruits, and hops. Additionally it has that X-factor fresh hop flavor that I love, but can't put my finger on (garlic or onion? but in a very good way). I love the idea behind this beer and I wish it would be more widely available. I hope they keep up the Enjoy By ___ series and eventually release it to my market. Why should Ohio and Colorado get all the goodness? I put it right up there with the big boys (Pliny, Heady).

Had:
11.09.12 (reviewed)
4.01.13
5.17.13
9.13.13
11.12.13
2.14.14

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:30:07 | More by NoLeafClover44
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KDawg

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had about a month ago. Poured a medium/orange color with small head.

The profile is extremely hop driven with aromas of citrus, hops, pine resin and lots of florida oranges. Good depth as well.

Full bodied with a really smooth feel. There is good depth with flavors of florida oranges, hops, and lots of pine resin notes as well.

This is a really good DIPA. The notes are big and it is a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 23:22:46 | More by KDawg
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gabedivision

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a tulip glass

A- crystal clear golden amber, with a 2 finger pillow head, decent lacing

S- pine, grapefruit, lemon, skunky weed, very dank

T- sharp lemon, grapefruit peel, massive fresh citrus, alcohol, and more bitter grapefruit on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, extremely bitter, very dry

O- lived up to the hype, just an incredible hop monster of a beer with still enough malt to make for a great body of beer, just amazing, a testament to what fresh IPA's ought to be.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2013 01:47:45 | More by gabedivision
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rand

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes from their first batch, on tap at the Ritual Tavern in San Diego, 08.25.12.
Actually pasting my notes as I drink Enjoy By 04.01.13, which matches this review

From tap to tulip

A: copper-tan in color, clear. Small head leaves patching lacing everywhere

S. lemony, earthy in the front. Lots of vege scents, onion especially. Ample alcohol lifts the dense bouquet.

T: Typical IPA flavors at first - rind-y citrus, but the vegetable notes pop to the front. Onion, celery, bouillon. Sharp lemon-pepper blends well with ample alcohol. Everything resonates well. Completely unique IPA profile but still a distinctively West Coast style. Suprisingly short finish.

Possibly the best beer Stone had come up with. Someone told me this was a Pliny clone, as Stone distributed for Russian river in ca, but its got its own groove. Same West Coast style, but definitely unique.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 06:10:48 | More by rand
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

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

- Stone Enjoy by 4/01/13 Enjoyed on 4/01/13 -

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize wine glass. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy deep gold body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves some foam behind. Small lacing.

S- The second you take a whiff of this beer you can tell why they want you to enjoy it fresh. It smells SO fresh and tropical, the hops are really at work here. Fresh mango, apricots, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and after a while a hint of booze. Really amazing.

T- Huge hop bomb the second it hits your tongue - citrus, grapefruit, clementines, all play together to create a masterpiece of bold flavors, which develop into a subtle resinous bitterness that doesn't stick around too long, the finish is smooth. The only thing preventing this beer from getting a 5/5 is that it is lacking the creamy, malty, caramel finish of the one and only Heady Topper. Very very little booze detected for 9.4% abv

M- Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable for such a bold brew.

Stone has really outdid themselves with this beer. In my opinion, they're really competing with RR for the best west coast DIPA - this beer deserves a spot at the top. The hop presence is bold and intense, but not cloying. They work intricately to create a balanced and tasty beer. If you can't get your hands on Pliny or Heady, try this one. A notch above PtE and a hair below Heady Topper. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:54:23 | More by gcamparone
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teromous

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 02.15.13

A: Very transparent in appearance with a medium shade of amber, mostly hues of light orange. Very sparse white head leaving only a ring in the glass. Some spotted soap-like bubbles left on the glass but no lacing.

S: Huge hop aroma! Smells like fresh hop pellets in a bag. Some pine scent along with a tangerine scent, some light catty scent. I'd say overall the citrus-like tangerine is the strongest. Very pleasant to smell.

T: It has a mellow bitterness...kind of soft actually. It is similar to biting off a bit of orange rind. Very mellow pine flavor as well. Some grain flavor peeps in every now and then. No alcohol flavor at all.

M: The mouthfeel consists of a well carbonated beer with a medium bitterness, accompanied by moderate dryness and a medium mouthfeel that leans towards the lighter side of things.

O: Overall I did enjoy the beer. I was especially satisfied by the fresh hop aroma and fresh flavor. I would have liked a bit more complexity and more body to the beer, but that is always a personal preference. It was great to experience an extremely fresh beer from Stone, shipped this quickly to the East Coast. It gives a greater perspective on what changes take place in their beers during shipment and storage. I would drink it again, given the chance to. It was not my favorite DIPA, but but it was still very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 17:25:58 | More by teromous
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Speigelau stemmed tulip glass.

A- Deep golden color, bright and slightly hazy at once. A fluffy white head, 1.5 finger, sticky lacing developes as the head fades to a film.

S- Oh, yeah..a citrus stand with flowery accents make up the aroma here. There's no mistaking some kind of earthy bitter green back there...scallion, collards, escarole????

T- Stong citrus, an unripened grapefruit that has but a touch of malt sweetness. Again, there's some bitter greenery back there, seemingly different than hop flavors. Anise, too, maybe?

M-Medium body and carbonation. Sticky and tart, a drop of oil as well. I knew I sipped this beer long after it "went down the right pipe". Smooth as silk at ABV 9.4% and well balanced.

O- I am lucky to have and enjoy this special brew. I'd like to see it come in at a lower ABV but I don't brew it...I drink it. :-)

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:14:17 | More by NiceTaps
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, clear, nice white head with lots of lacing.

Smells of big pungent hops, lots of pine and flowers, defines the work "dank."

Taste is sweet and dank, mostly floral, some pine. Fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel very strong, really good carbonation, full body, really easy to drink, obviously a pretty high abv beer but not boozy.

One word: dank.

8.2/10

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:34:42 | More by AlexFields
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of 4:20 to celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones. $8 for a bomber at Whole Foods.

Medium amber color, aroma heavy with floral hops. The taste is just divine. The hops hit hard up front but then the side notes of citrus come in, a hint of lemon on top of peaches. The malt base is actually present and brings a nice balance. The aftertaste is pleasantly tart with returning hop features. Would I get this one again, absolutely!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:54:01 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/17/13 bottled 4/12/13

Pours a beautiful sunset orange into my DFH glass. Chewy, foamy, white head billows atop this crystal clear copper brew. Not as much carbonation as I expected. The head fades rather quickly but leaves gobs of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Overripe pineapple, lots of yellow grapefruit, orange peel, touches of mango, dried compost and pine needles. Little bits of skunky weed, but mostly and mix of tropical fruit with a citrus punch. I had the last batch on tap and I remember the smell being much more intense.
Lotsa pine, grapefruit rind/pith, mango and pineapple. Really nice blend of citrus bitter and tropical sweetness. Not outstanding by any means, but very nice.
Really nice, but nowhere near a perfect blend of citrus/pine/caramel/tropical. Bitter enough, but still lets the fruit shine thru.
I'm not overly impressed with this IIPA. At $16/4-pack it's not at all worth it IMHO. I'll take Resin or Big A over this anyday of the week! Not bad, but not at all worth it either. Get on the hype train.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:13:58 | More by Thickfreakness
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crystal clear golden color. Massive amount of thick mouse like white foam. Leaves decent amounts of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

S - aroma is intense and just teaming with hops. Strong notes of lemon rind and zest along with hemp oil. Candied orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple follow while a background of grass, flowers, and toasty bread round out the nose.

T - light crusty bread flavor up front which is quickly demolished by strong rindy bitterness. The bitterness of grapefruit rind is balanced by fleshy orange pulp notes. Floral flavors on the backend with more grapefruit bitterness which linger long past the finish.

M - crisp, lighter-medium bodied. High, bubbly carbonation emphasizes the crisp character.

O - This is a fantastic DIPA. It just hits all the high notes for me. It might just be how fresh it is but this is going down as one of the best DIPAs i have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:01:28 | More by Teleweizen2
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4.20.13 version (this one's for the smokers)

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a huge white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity piney hop up front, grapefruit, lime, citrus, pine

T: insanely bitter, grapefruit, sticky pine resin, huge floral hop finish

M: full bodied with high carbonation, oily finish

O: HOPS dominate, malt takes a back seat, it is delicious though

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:21:24 | More by M_C_Hampton
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chickenflea

Florida

3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Opened 2 days before "drink by" date. Clear dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Initially upon opening, there is a nice hop aroma, but it attenuates slight soon thereafter. Big malt profile that overpowers the hops. No doubt that this is a double. Some apricot in the nose, but mostly hops and malt. The flavor is good, but the bitterness is a little harsh. Palate is perfect for a double. Medium carbonation that rapidly dissipates. It's a big beer. Well done, but a little heavy-handed. I like what Stone is trying to do here. I just prefer an IPA with a bit more balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:23:54 | More by chickenflea
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obywan59

Virginia

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottled 10/4/13, enjoy by 11/12/13. Purchased on vacation at Poseidon's Pantry Gourmet on Chincoteague Island, VA.

Crystal clear light gold to orange with a strong 2 1/2 finger off white head. Amazingly thick, clingy lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Very fresh hugely hoppy aroma. Very herbal. Grapefruit and peel, pine and freshly cut wild herbs like homeopathic medicinals. It smells healthy.

Bitter homeopathics and grapefruit peel repeated and elevated compared to the aroma. Slight taste of alcohol early on. A fleeting hint of almost cinnamon in the back of the mouth. As the beer warms, the bitter characteristics mellow out and the sweet malts blend with the hops to mimic a tropical fruit punch.

Medium thick, not quite creamy. Peppery with light syrup. Very warming.

Incredible aroma and taste. My favorite double IPA ever. Even better than Firestone Double Jack.

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Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:01:04 | More by obywan59
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4-20-14

A: Pours a bright and clear golden/orange. Large thick off white head. Good retention
at first, but this does not last. The lacing is also not much to talk about.

S: Strong and fresh. Citrus. Pine. Hops. Resin. Pineapple. Hops. Dry. Malty. Hops.

T/M: Not unlike the aroma. Citrus flavors such as grapefruit and pineapple. Strong dank
hops. Pine. Hop resin. Bitter, but balanced well enough with malts. The finish has hop
bitterness and a linger of citrus. An alcohol taste comes through slightly.

O: World Class. Delicious. Hop Bomb. Great citrus flavors. Not too extreme which helps
with the drinkability. This beer is a must try if you're a Hophead.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 17:30:00 | More by mnrider
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