Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
32oz growler from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 9.49. Enjoy by 4/1/13. Served in a pint glass.
Pours clear golden yellow with a full fluffy two fingers of white head that laces well.
Nose is a blast of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, orange and mango.
The smell wasn't misleading! Huge mango, orange, pineapple, pine, pepper and mild sweet bread. So yeah- lots of fruity hop flavor. And my description doesn't do it justice. This goes down much smoother than you may expect for over 9% abv.
Oily, slick medium body with appropriately crisp carbonation. Dry, bittersweet orangey pine finish.
Wow. I'm mighty glad the Enjoy By series finally found it's way to Georgia. It's a damn fine hop explosion that I would happily drink any time.
03-01-2013 04:40:19 | More by ThickNStout
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours pale clear orange with scant head. Stays as a ring. No lace. April 2013 version
Big grapefruit aroma, even with your nose away from the glass. Nice toasted malt notes as well.
Toasted malt, alcohol, big citric hop notes. A very bright beer. As the flavors clear on the palate, you get a bit of an alcoholic burn on the tongue. Nice balance of hop and malt on the finish. Some pucker and astringency.
Medium to fuller bodied. Funny, a little hot. As much as you want this one fresh, I wonder if another month or 2 would calm this down.
Overall, really nice beer. Brilliant marketing, even if it puts pressure on your favorite liquor store to push this beer before it obviously past prime.
03-01-2013 01:20:57 | More by OtherShoe2
4.59/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Enjoy By 04.01.13.
A: Pours a clear light golden with a dense white head. Fairly slow moving visible carbonation. A spotting of lacing.
S: Instantly hit with a blend of a variety of hops. Spiciness, floral, citrusy, earthy, nuggety smell. Mild malts in the background provide the Stone signature oomph.
T: Very tasty, a complex blend of hops with a fairly decent hop backing. Certainly a bold and bitter beer. Is there alcohol in this? A sweet bready/crackery malt comes through as it warms.
M: Medium body with a nice nectar like quality. Very easy drinking and quite a refreshing brew.
Overall an amazing beer that I am very happy to finally had a chance to try. Certainly very fresh. Quite possibly the best Stone beer and certainly worth the hype.
03-01-2013 01:07:35 | More by CloudStrife
4.66/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
02-28-2013 23:46:30 | More by suspect
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
4.74/5 rDev +7%
Enjoy by 4/1/13 is one of the easiest drinking double IPA i've had the privilege of encountering. Appearance is a golden/brassy blond, with smallish bubbles and little head. This might be due to the fact i bought a second growler to enjoy today following my first liter on the release day. The aroma is outstanding; floral, herbal hops with hints of tropical fruit lingering in the back. This is a fresh IPA to be sure. More tropical notes and some citrus across the palate, and a fine balance between bitterness and maltiness. The 9.4% is completely hidden until you've had a few pours! I love the fact you can detect the potent hop aromas before the glass is in your face. Solid, solid piece of brewing.
02-28-2013 01:27:24 | More by dannydetox
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