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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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1,306 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,306
Hads: 9,804
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 705
Gots: 2,427 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012

Listing for all Stone Enjoy By xx.xx.xx IPA beers.


You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.
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Photo of cnbrown313
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought 2 of these bombers for $6.99 each, because that's all that my store would sell me. But if this stuff was readily available, I would buy it by the case at that price. Moving on...

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a 2 finger off white head.

S - (This was my favorite part) A HUGE waft of piney and citrusy hops hit you right away. There is a little bit of a biscuty malt smell, but mainly just lots of fresh hops. I always thought that the emphasis on drinking extremely fresh west coast IPAs was a little over exaggerated, but this is pretty awesome.

T - There is a huge hop presence and plenty of grapefruit and pine flavored hops hit you as soon as you take a sip, but I was shocked that this didn't really taste very bitter at all - considering how "big" of an IPA it was. IT went down dangerously easy and had an IPA flavor that I have never really experiences before.

M - Mouth feel was pretty typical for a west coast IPA. Medium body, pretty heavy carbonation.

O - I wish this beer was more widely distributed, but if you see it in your store... tackle it. Especially at $6.99 a bomber...

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Photo of Fibrillator
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic representation of west coast ipa, but fresh for an east coast guy.

Importantly, my beer colleague who is a stout maven ( usually bourbon barrel or coffee) liked it.

He was able to cross over because of the beauty of this fresh, floral, settling beer.

Being an ipa nut, I found this exceptional and can't wait for next iteration.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful yellow-orange oy, excellent clarity, scattered carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of white various sized micro-bubbles. Gorgeous drippy lacing.

Aroma of oranges, apricots, hints of grapefruit and lemon. Clean, fresh, inviting.

A small sturdy caramel foundation is quickly engulfed by an explosion of fresh juicy citrus. Nice bitter snap at the swallow. Big bitter tingles in the afterglow. Very fresh taste overall.

Smooth steady medium mouthfeel.

Another terrific Stone IPA, and the freshness angle comes shining through. Grab a few of these if it comes to your area.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle being enjoyed nine days out from bottling. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Stone's Enjoy By IPA pours a translucent tangerine, with some goldenrod highlights. Two plus fingers of frothy white foam cap the beer and show some decent staying power. Lacing reveals the head to be fairly sticky, but it doesn't absolutely coat the glass like the best do. The nose is absolutely fantastic. Waves of mango, pineapple, and gooseberry come through, with just a little bit of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. If the aroma was just a bit more pungent, it would be perfect. Each sip greets my palate with just a little bit of malt, some light caramel and bready notes. The hops are a little more unbalanced here, with lots of mango and white wine grape here, and just a little bit of the more citrusy flavors. The Nelson Sauvin hops actually get just a little overbearing at times. Still though, the flavor here is one instance where I wish scoring was in quarter point increments so I could give this beer its full due. The mouthfeel is superb, highlighted by an unbelievably light and lean body. I've had 6-7%ABV IPAs with heavier/chewier bodies than the one I find here. The carbonation, while lively, could stand to pop a little more. I love the idea behind Stone's Enjoy By IIPA, and this super fresh hop bomb lives up to its promise and then some. I'm just glad NJ was one of the markets to receive it.

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Photo of aquaphiliac
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clean, golden color with a thick, modest-in-size head. A steady stream of carbonation is visible pouring from the bottom of my tulip glass. Pretty standard for a DIPA... nothing to hint at any distinctive qualities.

The smell is where this beer starts to get interesting: awesomely complex for an IPA. Usually, even in "sweeter" IPAs, the hops really dominate the smell but in Stone's Enjoy By, there is a wonderful mix of citrus flavors fused with the Hops. Scent is thick; I can tell that this is going to be an intense beer flavor-wise. Easily one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

The taste is complex. Right off the bat I get fruity notes; first sweet... some lemon, mango mix then bitter fruits... BIG grapefruit taste accompanied by orange rind. It is on the back end of the sip that you get hit by the hop flavor. While this doesn't pack the hop punch of Ruination (also by Stone), the sheer amount of juiciness and flavor in this beer MORE than makes up for the decreased bitterness (which I happen to love).

This beer continues to stand out in the mouthfeel. The thickness; dare I say "chewiness" reminds me of something like Founder's Double Trouble (to be reviewed in the near future) and that is a very, very good thing. Great fullness in the body of this beer which compliments the fruitiness that is on showcase. Maybe not the most drinkable beer in the world but beers this flavorful rarely are. A good amount of carbonation rounds this beer out.

For $6.99, I thought this was a great deal but maybe that was in light of my [unfortunate] trend towards buying more expensive bottles of beer lately. Bottom line, was easily one of the best beers I've ever tried and possibly my favorite.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of Etan
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours an absolutely translucent light gold with a big white head.

S: Aroma loaded with tropical fruits and citrus. Huge sweet pineapple and grapefruit, mango, vanilla, pale malt wafting out behind.

T: Doughy, slight grassy and herbal bitterness, a bit of alcohol, pineapple and orange. Juicy. Sweet yet balanced. A little resinous (earthy onion) as it warms.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Really great DIPA. The aroma is fantastic (reminds me a bit of Lagunitas Sucks) and I like the concept behind the beer as well.

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Photo of noahfree
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewey for $15...Nelson on steroids! If you appreciate both Alpines Nelson and Stones Ruination then you will love this crazy beer. Never thought Stone would brew this but they continue to amaze me. Tastes like a small batch brew, but from a big ol' brewey. Keepin' it real....Amazing beer, buy it if you can get it before 9/21/12!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Those crazy guys at Stone. First they tell mi I'm not worthy, then they tell me when to drink my beer. It's mine now, I bought it. Sure it was yours back then but this is now. So I drink this NOW of my own choice, not through any Stone coercion cause I don't play that game if you know what I'm sayin'.

Bomber poured into a globe glass after a bit of warming from fridge temp. Pours a clear golden with a nice boil of carbonation from the base. Offers a nearly white cap which shows decent retention and light lace.

Nose of citrus, pine and a hint of shallot/onion but subtle in that regard. Not picking up on the tropical notes at all. Lightly bitter and subtle as the bitterness lingers through the finish.

Flavor tends back towards the citric hops in the mix. Quite light in the malt substance yet the ABV is deceptive nonetheless. Good taste but not earth shattering by any means. Decent feel with a moderate linger of the light malts and a good spritzy carb. level. Overal a bit mixed. Good but not worth the media nor the price.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very fresh bomber on 8/25/12...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of tight creamy eggshell head, body is a gorgeous glowing and just slightly hazy light yellow orange amber. Gorgeous intricate webbed lacing coats the glass at the end of the session.

Smell - OMG!! Huge grapefruit, pine, light tropical fruits, orange peel, rich oily hops!

Taste - Starts with huge oily grapefruit peels and pine, bright green sticky hops, green grass, floral hops, lavender...in the back and into the finish there are huge herbal hops, fresh cut green onion, chive, and even a hint of basil, finish is more of the same with dried grapefruit pith - just incredible!

Mouthfeel - Actully on the lighter side of medium, this feels light and bright with an almost silky smoothness in the mouth - carb is nearly medium but not harsh, carb begins smooth but then has some bright, nearly sharp edges near the back of the tongue. Finish is on the dry side with a few poine needles and hop oils in the mouth corners.

Overall - The complexity of hops here is beyond description - huge citrus flavors, but not sweet at all - also alot of floral and herbal hop flavors here too. DON'T let my mention of lavender, onion, chive and basil throw you - you have to taste this to believe it - it's like a perfect symphony of super fresh pungent bright green hop nuances, especially citrus, floral and herbal - and there is a slight sweetness here, but its seems completely natural, the level you might get from a slightly under-ripe yellow grapefruit. This is what hopslam would taste like without the honey. Your mouth will be alive after each sip, I'm going to purchase alot more of this!

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of ControlledBurn
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean, clear amber brew with a foamy white head that pares down to a thin head.

S: Piney, hoppy with a hint of tropical fruit.

T: Very hop forward, bit of malt, but the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body, not much carb feel, dries quickly leaving a light stickiness.

O: Very tasty, easy to drink despite being the ABV. I'm interested to see what Stone does next with what I can only assume will become a regular thing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TrackZero
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another excellent beer by Stone, shame they're so hard to find & will only be around for a month.

Inhale deeply right after a fresh pour, and the hops will blow you away. Like a freshly-mowed field of hops. "Is there anything in here *besides* hops?" you'll wonder...

A touch more carbonation than I like, but I got over it.

The 9.4% really sneaks up on you...the alcohol is well concealed. I'm still not sure where it was hiding.

Overall, great beer, well worth the hunt. I'll be sad to see it disappear.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hops Batman!

A Nice copper color with nice foam that thin. The brew is really clear too.

S Big hops with citrus smells, even the bottle cap had the same smell.

T Big flavor of hops, citrus, with a slight tinge of alcohol at the end, very nice.

M Really big full flavor of heavy flavor, good intense taste, just damn good.

O Wow, I will getting more of Enjoy by Date if there is any left.Awesome!

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Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like what Stone is doing with this branding... definitely educates the consumers and retailers about the necessity of freshness. Anyway... poured into glass, crystal clear brilliant gold appearance with soapy white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is pungent and fresh with tropical hoppy goodness along with some pine, sap, orange, apricot, and grass. Taste starts with moderate tropical fruits and caramel sweetness, followed by piny bitterness along with and herbal and syrupy component. No booziness here, nice balance. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, one of the better IPAs I have had from Stone. Super fresh and super delicious.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber - bottled 1 week ago - picked this up at my local Binny's - the bottle was still cool to the touch as I picked it up from a short stack of cases - fresh off the truck I presume!

Enjoy By 9.21.12
Huge plume of floral hops at the first crack of the cap, (4.5) the ale pours a brilliant golden copper with amazing clarity, frothy white head holds good retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. (4.5) Aromas are bold floral hops, grapefruit zest and pith, vegetative, pungent, biscuit. (4) Tastes are fresh, resiny, piny hops, pungent grapefruit, herbal, earthy, biscuity, some tropical notes, faint caramel, faint onion? (3) Mouth-feel is rather thin, moderate carbonation, resiny feel, finishes dry and bitter. Alcohol is non-existent. I couldn't believe it when I saw 9.4% on the bottle after I had drank 3/4 of the bottle! (4)Overall, I was super excited to try this one, especially as fresh as it is. I felt it could have used more of a malt backbone as the hops really stand out, although I know that's what the brewer was going for here. Still very well executed and worth the try - fresh of course.

Enjoy By 12.21.12
Seeing as I seem to have had a different experience with this batch compared to 9.21.12, I figured I'd add this to the review. This one will be abbreviated a bit even though I preferred this batch to the previous. (same recipe?) (4.5) Pours a brilliant amber, excellent clarity, the frothy, ivory, head leaves some lacing on the glass. (5) fresh hoppy floral bouquet of citric hops, pineapple, mango, Citra hops?, grapefruit, caramel malt, pine, did I mention fresh? (4.5) tastes are tropical fruits - juicy pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit pith, earthy pine, booze, white pepper, faint creamed honey. (3) Mouth-feel is resiny but smooth, thinner side of medium.
(4.5) Overall, this experience seemed to be better than the last Enjoy By IPA, but if they're the same recipe, then who knows. My palate isn't perfect.

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Photo of beerbully
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

A-hazy golden hue white foamy head about 1/2 inch; thick lacing

S-got a burst of citrus hops from about two inches away as I was checking the appearance of the brew...gives off a ton of aroma...tropical fruit bomb quite floral...smells great

T-follows the nose...citrus hops...grapefruit, mango, lemon, delicious

M-chewy, juicy hops, slick feeling, medium body

O-great beer, very drinkable given the abv

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Photo of digdug1810
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/17/2012

A: Gold with an orange hue to it.

S: Lots of tropical fruits.. hops.. typical of a juicy cali DIPA

T: The tropical fruits from the nose hit me first with idk.. mango.. papya.. pineapple.. grapefruit.. etc... then some malt.. then what was the turnoff for me.. onion

M: good mouthfeel.. refreshing at first.. then a bit sticky from the hop oils

O: Cool idea from Stone getting the beer out to markets so quick.. was very excited to try it and glad i did... would i go out of my way to get it again.. probably not.. enjoyed their 10th anniversary ruination a bunch more, still another quality release from Stone

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I stopped into my bottle shop today and found out about this one. I'm on the final few sips and I hope there is more at my shop tomorrow. I'm not an expert reviewer nor very familiar with DIPA. This is probably my 9th or 10th. I'm not really a big IPA fan...But this DIPA does the trick. Minimal malts, beautiful citrus, floral, and slight tropical fruit from the hops, and a bit of heat coming in but slapped around by the hops. My favorite DIPA and probably Top Five (of 400+) in my young beer drinking career.

Get it while it's fresh! Thanks Stone!

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Photo of jdhende
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 8/17/2012 into a FW tulip.

A: Golden orange with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of pine at the forefront followed by nice fruity and citrus notes Alcohol goes fairly unnoticed.

T: Hops, Hops and more hops. What more would you expect from a DIPA. Following the nose nice juicy fruits also hit your pallet. I also taste a little to slight malt backbone.

M: very easy to drink and very refreshing.

O: What a cool concept by Stone and great execution. This is my favorite Stone offering I have had to date by a landslide. As others have noted this beer reminds me a lot of Nelson. Which is perfectly fine by me as that is a stellar beer. Get this while you can if you can.

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Photo of Matt
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

spent most of wednesday, 08.22.12, searching for this beer. i live in san diego too! bottle on date: 08.17.12

i want to compare this to pliny for some reason - maybe it's because both beers strive on how close to the bottle date you can get your hands on it - plus they both have green labels gloating that you better not age this behemoth.

it's not as pretty as pliny, but its as inviting of an appearance as the best of ipas.

cold, this ipa smells of a mango and orange marmalade version of a fresh pliny - so far very different. closer to RT, this may be the best smelling ipa of all time - this is coming from the guy that singly-handily consumed 6 ruinations on the sole purpose of smelling each freshly cracked bottle...

the taste isn't stone. they must have contracted this beer out - it cant be a stone beer. if it didn't hit me like a 9.4%, i would drink this all day long - in fact i'd take a vacation day just to do so. a bunch of green and orange tropical fruits come to mind, plus a basket of spring flowers take over - not descriptive enough, well too bad because this is what came to mind.

the mouthfeel is spot on - they filtered it and forced carbonated it so it could be as fresh as possible - plus i think bottle conditioning actually deteriorates the natural hop freshness - either way they naturally artificially carbonated this perfectly just so i can see a bottle on date of 081712 and drink it on 082212.

i'm going to spend most of thursday trying to get my hands on more bottles - seeing how i feel like i exhausted most of the stores that are suppose to carry it. great work mitch steele et al. ...

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.