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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: 9,805
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 25.23%
Wants: 706
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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Reviews: 1,306 | Hads: 9,805
Photo of BikeChef
5/5  rDev +13.6%

A DIPA that absolutely gets it right. Too many just don't have strong enough hop flavors and the malt ends up taking over, making them more like a hoppy barleywine. Enjoy By brings the huge, dank hop smells and flavors that unmistakably put this in IPA territory. Also appreciate the novel way to focus unavoidably on freshness through the prominent date on the bottle.

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Photo of y0tommyb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottled on 11/13/14 Enjoy By 12/26/14 enjoyed on 12/2/04

A: Very light for a double ipa slightly orange but mostly a blonde clear amber nice lacing and thin head.
S: Fresh Hops, Pine, hints of tropical fruit
T: Fresh hops right up front but not bitter, citrus. Easy drinking for a 9.4% beer
M: Almost spicy with hops but smooth for such a high %
O: Try this beer if you love fresh hopped ales I thought it was delicious and I don't usually go for high % beers.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Picked up a case of twelve bombers enjoy by 12-26-14. Bought it 11-26... Five days old! Super dank and juicy. Nice unfiltered hazy yellow. Has a unique creamy undertone that I only recall from fiddlehead mastermind. Super high end shit. A privilege!

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Photo of SjEzE
4.75/5  rDev +8%

One of the best tasting beer that I've had. N: the kick of the citrus smell right away and hoppy. H: thick and frothy and leaves a lace. T: so delicious, that citrus note hits hard, with the hop kick in the end. This beer tastes fresh and I had it a week after the just by date. Overall such an awesome beer!

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Photo of embass
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 12/16/14; bottled on 11/13/14.

Actually had 3 of these on separate occasions. 2 were great; 1 was completely overrun by a smell and taste of onion.

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Photo of double_dipa
3/5  rDev -31.8%

I really enjoyed the 10-31-14. I would give it 10-31-14 a 4.5.

The 12-26-14 not so much. Missing are citrus smells. It smelled more like an wet sock with a slight hint of skunk. And the taste wasn't much better. I actually poured the 2nd half down the drain.

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Photo of LouZ
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a family member ship me a case of 8.16.14 from the east coast. Totally worth it. Wonderful IPA demonstrating notes of citrus, pine, sweet. Balanced with nice carbonation. Truly enjoyable.

Tried to 12.26.14 on draft. Still a great IPA, but did not have all of the pronounced scents and flavors as the 8/16 version.

Recently downed some 4.20.15 - wonderfully dank and piney. Absolutely delicious, and went down too easy for such a big IPA.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 12-26-14

A - crystal clear bright amber orange, frothy one inch plus whit head with great lacing.

S - Dank oranges, citrus, piney......perfect balance of the three.

T - DANK tropical fruit, DANK lemony orange, clean pine.

M - explosive hops, very fresh and good carbonation.

O - Hoppy, Clean, Dank, Awesome........I love this beer and always look forward to the MA release.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

"You gotta try this" - the truth

Also, the beer does change from release to release, but stays in the same vein - very delicious, fresh, floral and slightly piney. If you grab this past the enjoy by date, don't drink it. Remember, they're always releasing new batches so don't sell yourself short. Grab the freshest and go to town. Grab two if you can, and always enjoy with a hops loving friend. Especially if you're a malt person. They'll steer you straight.

-hop head alter ego

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Photo of LosMythos
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Enjoy BY 12-26-14

Really Amazing clarity of this beer. Impressed by the lack of hop haze given the aroma. Big aroma maybe simcoe? Has that hint of cat pee aroma but pleasantly fresh. Light malt backbone and big hop resin flavor. Really drinkable fresh IPA simplistic in it's goodness. -cheers

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Photo of The_Jerk
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

This was the 12.09.14 batch..IMO all these beers start to taste the same and I cant tell anymore whats so special with the hype in this series.. Im prolly done with this series at this point.

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

12.05.14 version. Pour from a 22. This one seems to have more tropicals than citrus profiles found in earlier versions. Not sure if they tweak the contents for different batches, or if I am under the influence of what I ate before drinking this. The hop profiles were, as expected and hoped for, the dominant flavors early and across the tongue. Finish had a little boozy element to it. Would rather that be less pronounced (beer was at good temp, not too cold). Looking forward to next batch.

4.20.14 version: also tropicals up front but with a nice grapefruit in the finish, but with a boozy little pop right at the back announcing the 9+ABV.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Golden orange in color. One and a half eggshell white head. The nose is not as present as i remember in the past. Orange juice, lemon, pine, pepper, there is a subtle earthiness and a small amount of malt sweetness. The taste is very thick and juicy. Earthy hops and sweet malt. Less citrusy than i remember. Great ipa.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. Review from 7/4/14. Enjoy by 7/4/14.

Color clear gold with a thick white head. Nice sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops. Just a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is very hop forward on the palate. Lots of resinous hops and tropical fruit. Finish is long and bitter hops. Medium body with a lot of hop oiliness. A very delicious DIPA that I've had before and will definitely be having again.

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Photo of daveg36
4/5  rDev -9.1%

12.26.14 WTF???????????????????? This version was awful. What did you guys do here? Grapefruit notes completely missing in the taste. No balance, just bitter. Totally off flavors. Would have gotten a zero if I had not liked the other versions. This current iteration was a miss.

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Photo of FLima
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a thick head with good retention.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, mild pine and white wine.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, resin, tea leaves, pineapple, earth, spices, honey and grapes.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.4% abv is incredibly hidden.
Excellent IPA, yes, fresh does matter. Very well balanced with the characteristic search for perfection by Stones brews.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I doubt I've ever met someone who feels as strongly about freshness as Stone CEO Greg Koch. I made the mistake once of mentioning to him that there was a lot of stale-dated Stone bottles floating around the Western New York market and it costs someone their job. It's no surprise this be the brewery to pioneer the concept of putting the 'best before' right in the beer's name...

And it's not only common sense that tells you it was a good idea - the aroma makes probably the strongest argument of all. Nevermind the fermenter, it smells like my glass was dry-hopped! Granted, it's not like Stone to make nondescript beers but this bouquet is flat-out over-the-top herbal, earthy, and fruity. There's vividly bright notions of lemon, mango, and pineapple.

The flavour makes me think of kiwi skins and orange peels; this fruit smoothie has an unmistakably tropical profile. It's not all juice, however - skins and piths clearly made it into the blender too. It also tastes like a handful of matcha green tea powder was thrown in as well. The beer is almost hauntingly dry, with an uncanny synergy between power and quaffability.

Enjoy By is dank and reminiscent of a wet forest after a spring rain. It has overwhelming leafy and herbal qualities that, especially in the finish, drop onto the palate and detonate like bombs. There is some maltiness to help temper all that bitterness; the grain has a certain 'crunchiness' to it and strong notions of caramelization that mask both the IBUs and the alcohol (9.4%).

The obvious point about Enjoy By is that freshness matters. The more important thing to take away from this fantastic Double IPA, however, is that Stone cares about how their products are consumed - not just how they sell. No wonder everyone is "California Dreaming" - they've tried the IPAs like this one and, most astonishingly, they don't have to pay too dearly for the experience.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.4/5  rDev 0%

Stone enjoy by 7-4-14 A non beer geek friend had this and donated to my fridge. I'm not going to say no because of a giant drink by date on the front!!
A- Hazy burnt orange color that you can’t see through. One finger thick cream colored head that was gone quickly.
S- A nice fruity peach and mango smell with a hint of berries. Also a mix of wheat, grass and bread.
T- The taste is huge! Lots of pine up front with a big bitter kick as well. Tasting some lemon and orange peel. I can also taste a good amount of alcohol at the end.
M- Crispy and smooth, the alcohol seems to cleanse the palate well and prepare you for the next sip.
O- Really good, probably better if I drank it three months ago like the bottle said too, but still good. I like how the flavor profile is so big and each part stands out on its own but somehow remains balanced.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.75/5  rDev +8%

This beer is outstanding.

This was Enjoy By 10/31/14, drank on 10/13/14. It was a beautiful blend of citrusy hops balanced perfectly with just a touch of malt, but not too much so that the beauty and taste of the hops is perfectly represented in all phases of taste - initial and on the finish.

It is all at once so incredibly hoppy yet ridiculously drinkable, don't know how they do it. Thanks Stone.

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Photo of TCJ0100
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Enjoy By 10.31.14 Poured into a cognac snifter. It pours a rich darker orange color that is fairly clear. There is very little head on an agressive pour and it dissipated by the time I got my computer booted.

Immediately there is a large amount of grapefruit on the nose. A great deal of ascerbic/citrusy scent comes up after that. I only can tell the faintest amount of alcohol which is quite impressive with a 9.4%. I would describe the smell as delicate compared to other DIPAs I have had.

The taste is just wonderful. It is supremely balanced and very easy drinking despite its high ABV and what I would imagine is a high IBU count. It's like drinking sweetened grapefruit juice with almost no sense of the alcohol. As it warms up it only gets better, and its one of the few DIPAs I have had that taste great both warm and fresh out of the refrigerator.

The mouthfeel is a prolonged sense of grapefruit on the back of the mouth. It is very pleasent. Usually my issue with DIPAs is that they can be very bitter on the way out, but this mouthfeel is like after drinking orange Gatorade: smooth and completely pleasurable.

This is ranks up with the best DIPA's I have ever had. This is my second bottle, and I plan to get another couple if I can find them in the next week. The price is also quite reasonable, and for an ale that I would probably take over Permanent Funeral. It is well worth the price. This beer could not be made any better.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear yellow with a short white head that leaves some lacing on the way down.

Smell: So much citrus and floral hops! Smells amazing!

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by sharp bitterness and malts, then ending with some piney bitterness. Did I mention it’s bitter? Some faint ethanol taste pops up at the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Hoppy even for a DIPA! The malts never really stand up to the hops, but it doesn’t matter. Explodes with hop aroma and taste. Plus, you know you're getting a fresh one when you grab this.

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Photo of wasso67
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Enjoyed this in a side by side taste test with a Pliny. First time I have had either of these beers.

Poured a lovely dark golden hue with a thick creamy pale head in a Spigelau IPA glass. Aroma was very citrus hop forward and sweet in nature. A little alcohol in the nose. Very aggressive nose.

First sip was bitter with a huge hop hit. Citrus, pine, spice, almost spicy hotness with the hop hit. Followed by a large dose of alcohol with a slight malt backbone. Crisp finish though most likely due to the alcohol. Felt like I was hit with a hop hammer, but I liked it!

Ultimately, I love a beer that challenges my senses and this one does. For my tastes a bit more in my wheelhouse than Pliny. Both great beers, but if I had to choose one forever it would be Enjoy By!

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Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Wow. Good offering. Pours a clear mid amber with little head. Wonderful citrus aroma with pine undertones. Grapefruit is the prominent taste. Medium body that snacks the back of your tongue. One of the better IPA's I've had of last. Good job!

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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice yellow/golden color and crystal clear. White fluffy one-finger head that stayed till the bottom and left some nice lacing.
Smell: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, with a hint of onion and some slight malty sweetness
Taste: just like the aroma, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple - just can't get enough of that flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too much carbonation- feels really nice on the tongue, with a great finish and aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
Overall: Such an outstanding beer, unfortunately we only get about every 3rd release of Enjoy By here in Colorado. I will continue to seek out this brew whenever I have the opportunity.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

First time trying an enjoy by. Poured into a pint glass. Very clear golden amber with about an inch of head. Smell is largley a strong pine with some subtle notes of citrus like grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The taste follows the nose very closely and has a more balanced taste between cirtusy and pine than the smell does. There is a pretty large malty backbone in it as well. Medium mouthfeel with a good hop smooth hop bite on the back end. This beer reminds me a lot of a more hoppy hopslam. Solid brew by stone once again, but a slightly above middle of the road IPA.

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