Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -12%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours goldenrod with a medium long-lasting white head.
S: Citrus, pine with a good shot of pineapple, the Nelson hops are apparent.
T: Big juicy hop flavour, unique tasting. Pineapple, kiwi, white grape. Mild malt flavour, something to certainly be drunk fresh.
M: Medium-bodied, creamy at times, resiny, crisp carbonation.
O: Quite an enjoyable DIPA; it didn't blow me away, though I was taken aback on the first sip. I haven't seen any bottles around here yet, hopefully they'll show up, so I have something to compare with the on-tap version.
08-25-2012 18:45:23 | More by Halcyondays
4.68/5 rDev +5.6%
Appearance: orange amber in color with a 1" head that fell to a spotty surface foam.
Smell: load of caramel, citrus, pine, and some floral hop bitterness was very easy to detect and extremely pleasant on the nose.
Taste: big caramel profile with a load of pineapple and lemon citrus, a strong but balanced bitterness, and a late floral component that really rounded this out nicely. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrived late. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: a really well balanced DIPA that pushed the limits before breaking it. Easy to quaff despite the high alcohol content. Super fresh on draft and improved as it warmed. Great beer I hope they brew again.
11-30-2012 18:17:46 | More by Gavage
3.28/5 rDev -26%
"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.
02-28-2013 05:03:54 | More by kojevergas
3.78/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
08-26-2012 01:59:42 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -11.3%
22 oz bottle, thanks Richard.
Pours a light, clear golden amber with a finger of white head that fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Aroma smells like Stone beer with Nelson and floral hops, citrus and earthy bitterness, lingering herbal notes. Flavor is more bitter than expected, strong malty body, sugar and chewy with resiny citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium thick and chewy, well carbonated. A solid Stone IPA, so...
09-08-2012 20:42:36 | More by yourefragile
4.33/5 rDev -2.3%
Enjoy by 05.16.14: made it with 2 weeks or so to spare. 22oz bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.
Beautifully clear pale golden colour, with a very fine, sticky and white head that subsides in streaky lacing. Body is fine and sleek, holding plenty of static fine carbonation at its swirled. Big and bold.
Yeah, the nose is big. This is the point of that date blasted on the label. This is fresh, bright and hectic: big pine and herbal characters, crushed and pressed into aromatic bliss. "Devastatingly dank", it says as well, and there's certainly a dank organic character to it, giving a funky overhopped mass. Impressive stuff—just what you expect from a super-fresh Stone beer.
Taste is also superb. Clean, bright and fresh, with a solid smooth malt underpinning that never gets in the way. The bite comes in the back, with a firm bitterness gilded and caressed by a smoothness from the malt and the slightly higher ABV. Aniseed and piquant herbal notes complete the picture on the back, coming through move strongly as the beer warms slightly. It's a really great brew.
Feel is smooth and light with a slickness to help propagate the hop characters.
It's a big beer, no doubt, and yet it manages to be so surprisingly drinkable at the same time. After a while, I can feel the 9.4% ABV, but to be honest until I'd drunk most of the bottle, I didn't really notice it. That's the sign of a really good (or at least really distracting) beer.
05-04-2014 04:27:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
12-02-2012 20:15:27 | More by barleywinefiend
4.43/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-26-2012 22:50:54 | More by Billolick
4.56/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-24-2013 19:15:14 | More by Georgiabeer
4.34/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-16-2014 19:38:45 | More by stakem
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
Served on tap at Cork City Pub at Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface if the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Strong aromas of pine hops with lighter amounts of citrus and grapefruit hops. Very light hints of alcohol and some caramel malt sweetness.
T: There is light caramel malt body for this beer that imparts a light amount of sweetness. There is a strong flavor of pine hops with some more moderate amounts of citrus and grapefruit hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers. Very delicious.
M:Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.
O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink. This is probably the best beer that I have ever had from Stone and glad that I live in one of the three states getting this beer. Hope I get to have another one of these before the enjoy by date. Little bit of a palate wrecker
08-28-2012 00:51:15 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -9.7%
(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.
11-27-2012 14:25:42 | More by rhoadsrage
3.95/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
12-07-2013 23:34:32 | More by jdhilt
4.04/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
08-24-2013 01:42:58 | More by Zorro
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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...
10-20-2012 02:11:30 | More by DoubleJ
Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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