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Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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98
world-class

6,712 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,712
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 350
Gots: 737 | FT: 11
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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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cwxc818

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

10-20-2012 13:47:06 | More by cwxc818
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DoubleJ

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:11:30 | More by DoubleJ
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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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nitter

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

10-20-2012 00:27:29 | More by nitter
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a bright crystal clear golden amber color with a nice white head. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is resine, tons of tropical fruits and a bit of hemp smell.

T- Taste is great. Quite a bit of tropical fruits, pine, grass, and spice. A tiny caramel malt backbone that is hardly noticeable.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this brew for sure. I hope it keeps coming. Outstanding job and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 21:31:54 | More by nrbw23
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Tarheel4985

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

10-19-2012 16:41:23 | More by Tarheel4985
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

10-18-2012 19:09:09 | More by imperialking
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

10-18-2012 01:53:03 | More by pogoowner
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Deanstreat

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

10-18-2012 00:15:46 | More by Deanstreat
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.7%

10-18-2012 00:03:21 | More by CoryR
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After searching many places I was able to land 3 bottles!!

Pours out a nice bright and clear yellow/orange with a 1 finger white and fluffy head.

The aroma is full of fresh hops: mango, peach, orange, papaya and grapefruit tropical fruit notes, fresh grassy and floral notes too.

The taste is also intensely hoppy and fresh! A lot of the sweeter tropical fruit notes are up front: mango, peach, grapefruit, papaya, orange along with a nice amount of floral and grassy hop notes. There is a slight malt backbone, but not much. You can't taste or smell the alcohol at all.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Another great beer from Stone! I really like the idea behind this beer and pick it up if you still can!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 22:32:37 | More by JohnnyMc
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Envelopes

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.7%

10-17-2012 18:22:18 | More by Envelopes
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quetzal013

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

10-17-2012 06:59:01 | More by quetzal013
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.7%

10-15-2012 02:13:15 | More by JMBSH
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WesM63

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle 11-09-12 into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a 1finger off white head. Minimal retention with fair amounts lacing.

S: Smells of huge amounts of earthy spicy resinous pine.

T: Close to the nose. Huge spicy, earthy, resinous pine up front. Evolves into sweet bubblegum and malt. Fair amounts of bitterness throughout.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall this is an amazing DIPA. Threw me for a loop, at the smell I was expecting that spicy resin hop, mid taste it evolves into this amazing bubblegum sweetness. I applaud Stone for this delicious brew and idea on drinking super fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:40:59 | More by WesM63
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/12/12

11.09.12

This is perhaps clearer than any IPA I've ever seen. The color is sort of an autumn orange with straw yellow highlights at the stem. One finger of bubbly white foam doesn't last long, leaving a soapy layer. Lace and bubbles hang across the glass.

I wouldn't have expected three days to do much damage, but the aroma isn't nearly as vibrant as when I sampled a bottle earlier in the week. While the first bottle had a wonderful, grapefruit and sugar beet aroma that was a perfect ratio of sweet citrus, the beer in my glass now has a fairly common grapefruit/pine combo and a light, biscuit/dough notion. To its credit, there nose is clean despite readily appreciable hop oils and resins. Alcohol is barely noticeable. At the risk of sounding cliche, you can smell the hops fade as you hold the glass.

The hops are a bit of a let down for the palate. Pine and prickly citrus are surprisingly one dimensional (though I hesitate to call it bland). The hops don't have the same zeal as the earlier bottle (or from the tap). Bitterness is moderately high. At least most of the flavor is still there. Thankfully, malts are sent to hiding; just some dusty biscuit and cracker notes.

The body is trim, maybe even thin, considering the style. Carbonation is rather light. While I generally like low carbonation, in this case it makes for a weak feel overall. It doesn't help that alcohol slickness trumps the hop oils.

My overall impression is that Enjoy By is pretty much a gimmick. Purposefully making a product that deteriorates rapidly and pushing distribution to get it across the country? Sounds like Stone has quit being arrogant and gone to being obnoxious. Nevertheless, sometimes gimmicks can turn out alright, which is the case here. At the very least, Stone should be commended for making a DIPA that isn't a complete sugary booze bomb.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:25:50 | More by Ryan011235
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justinlaz

Arizona

5/5  rDev +12.9%

10-13-2012 19:46:32 | More by justinlaz
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beerhan

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11-09-12
Bomber

I have very little to say about this beer except that it was nothing special. Average beer at most and that I have plenty of better options available year round.

A- pours a murky golden color with a thin head with almost no lacing.

S-musty? Pine and resin. Pineapple and gasoline. A mix of things that do not mix well together.

T-complete pine and resin simcoe bomb. I can't taste anything else.

M-for what it's worth this is a smooth beer. Easy going down, creamy and drinkable.

O-I am glad to have tried this but I guess I was expecting something a little better. The flavor was just nothing unique. If you are going to give a beer so much hype and it's own website it needs to deliver something unique. This reminded me of a slightly more piney weyerbacher double simcoe.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:05:10 | More by beerhan
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gather this is the second release of the Enjoy By series. A set of beers specifically designed to be enjoyed within a month of production. I say 'set' and 'series' but the beers are all produced with the same recipe, as best as I can tell the only difference being the production date and the markets into which they are released. This is done to add a level of control over the distribution time-frame that is usually not as closely tended to. The reason for all of this attention to detail is the beer is heavily hopped in the first place and burst hopped in the second.

'What is Burst hopping' you say? Well it is the brewing practice of adding a large quantity of hops very late in the boil in order to accentuate the aromas and flavors present within the little luplin carriers. Instead of having hops at the beginning of the boil, say 60 to 90 minutes from the end, you add hops only near the last part of the boil, closer to 15 minutes before the finish, and then at the flame-out and whirlpool stages. This technique accentuates the flavors and aromas of the hops used while deriving bitterness at slightly lower levels. Stone combats this drop-off in overall bitterness by using a Super-Galena extract during the early stages of the boil.

Enough about the brewing and distribution, how about the beer? It pours (into my belled beer glass) A light gold and has a light-tan head that is not so thick as to belie a extra helping of proteins, which dissipates rather more quickly that I had hoped and leaves little lacing.

The nose is big and complex and weighed-down with alcohol. There is a bit of melon-stink (I don't really like most melon), some really-bright citrus, brown-spices like nutmeg and allspice, and maybe a hint of bubblegum. There is more but I will revisit to get into the depths. It has a freaky-big nose, and I like it.

Tastes are well-balanced bitter and sweet with a little tangy hint. The bitterness is not lacking and the sweetness is not lingering. There is a bit of dried grass that presents as I taste this ale. I notice now it is in the nose as much as the flavor but the nose is so bright and fruity that it was obscured before.

Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is a lingering, but not sweet, hop experience. It is not quite dry but attenuation is high enough not to leave a cloying experience in its wake.

There are definitely new sensations to be had in the nose, and the flavor is likewise deep and novel. This is a great beer for so many reasons: flavor, aroma, technique, and attention payed to distribution. I liked the 10 Anniversary Ruination better on a pure flavor/experiential basis but this is a great idea with so much potential that is cannot be overlooked as a harbinger of greatness-to-be (not that Stone has anything to prove, just that they have more to do).

There is a lot of beer in this beer, and that is a good thing. Flavors and aromas are abound.

Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:14:19 | More by meeekyh
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-13-2012 03:10:19 | More by bbadger
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-13-2012 03:00:01 | More by Ohiovania
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle , this is the 11-9-12 version.

Appearance - Light tan/golden yellow with a white 1/2 foamy head , nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Strong hops, very floral, pineapple, mango, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some dry hops mixed with cascade and cenntenial. Light malts, and some yeasty sweet sugar aroma at the end.

Taste - Very fresh piney hops at first sip. Loads of fruity greatness mixed with some spices and alcohol The cascade/pine flavor gives it that ruinination flavor There are some bitterness from the dry hops, and alot of citric flavor from the cenntenial and whatever hybrid hop combo they are using. Alcohol adds warmth in each sip, and yeasts add sweetness to mix with the fruity hops and counter the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Hops are strong, piney and bitter, nails tounge, drys it, bitters it then coats palate with hops, sugars and some light caramel malts. The finish is dry, bitter and warm.

Overall - Nice idea, great to know im drinking a very fresh beer. Loads of hops, nice balance of sweetness and bitter. From first drink along with the whole drink fresh as possible marketing that this beer has, makes me feel like this is a pliny clone. Its simular in flavor being so piney, though different still. Tasty and glad i scored a bottle, would like to try next batch to see if its the same beer or not. If you can locate this buy for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:19:34 | More by wvsabbath
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated in large letters "Enjoy by 11/09/12".

Pale, gold, clear elixir poured into DFH chalice. Thin, white head forms a solid , thin ring. Thick dollops of lacing coat the glass.

Floral hops mingle with tropical fruits and sticky pine. Reminds me of last years Surly WET. Nice.

Nicely bitter, resinous hops, mango, spice, some earth tones. A bit of alcohol comes through at the end.

Nicely carbonated, medium body, pleasant aftertaste.

There's a lot going on with multiple different hops coming through. Certainly a simcoe tinge. Overall a nicely done IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:26:48 | More by CaptCleveland
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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoy By 11.09.12. Poured in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass for sexiness.

APPEARANCE

This is what those in the advertising business call "Sex Appeal". This beer just looks good. Crystal clear, yellow-orange-amber in color, resting under a slightly off-white head... Yeah, this is the kind of beer that makes mouths water. I love the look of a good IPA, and this beer has got that look. If this beer was a female, I would try my best to "holla". If this beer was a painting in an art gallery, I would stare at it intensely and occasionally nod my head so everyone around me knew how much I knew about art or whatever. If this beer was a Big Mac, it would be the one in the picture and not the one you get when you order it. If this beer was a... Ok, you get my point.

SMELL

There are definitely some New Zealand hops in the nose. Notes of grapes, flowers, mango, citrus, earthiness, and a smidge of everyone's favorite "cat pee" fill my nostrils. There is a deep, dank smell that reminds me of a quaint but "lived-in" basement which adds a bit of charm without being unpleasant. There's even a bit of hop spice aroma to even things out. There is a good amount of sweet malt, but there's no mistaking it - this beer is all about the hops.

TASTE

Follows the nose very closely. Once again, the first thing I notice is the deep, dank, resiny hop character. There is a bit more pine on the tongue than on the nose, which at first I feared would be the dominating character. As I sip, however, more of the citrus and tropical fruit comes out. The New Zealand hops make another appearance and bring some earthy grape notes with them. As far as bitterness goes, this beer is on the medium side. Sure, it's bitter, but it's not a tongue splitter (I rhymed!). There is almost no alcohol flavor whatsoever. This beer has a ridiculous amount of hop character, and there is a slight muddling of flavors which is a tad disappointing. Overall, this beer is pretty tasty but nothing I'll be craving.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel really is one of the highlights of this beer. The carbonation and body are both medium, and considering the ABV this beer is not a struggle to drink. The beer coats the mouth with hop resin - the kind that kind of makes you smack your tongue for no explicable reason.

OVERALL

You may have noticed that a word I didn't use in this review was "bright". If you did notice this, I would say "Wow, you were really expecting me to say that word!". Anyway, many IPAs have a bright, refreshing crispness that fellas like me go nuts over. This beer, however, has a somewhat muddled flavor that makes me feel like it's more of an English IPA than an American IPA, which is crazy talk considering all the American hop flavors. That's not to say this beer is bad, because it's not at all! It's really an excellently balanced IPA, and it drinks more like 6% than 9.4% ABV. That being said, I'm drinking this beer as fresh as possible and it still has a layer of "meh". Is it worth buying? Yes, absolutely! Is it the IPA to end all IPAs? Not this time. Don't feel too bad if you missed out on this one (or if you drank it on 11.10.12 or something).

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:53:47 | More by MaxSpang
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denver10

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a yellow hue, slight white head and lots of effervescence. A pretty nice aroma; huge sweet and juicy citric hops on top of a slight malt underbelly. Similarly wonderful flavor. Huge citric hops that are so juicy and sweet, a touch of some hoppy resin, all on top of a thin malt underbelly. A nice crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I'd have to put this as the best Stone ipa offering I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:56:58 | More by denver10
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