Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured into one of my half-liter german mugs, this is a bright amber-gold beer with a thick creamy head atop it. The nose offers very pine-resiny hops, in great abundance in fact. The taste: it's fair to call it a hop bomb, with massive grassy, piney flavor hops, and a fairly goodly amount of straight bittering hops. Some sweetness comes through, but the body is surprisingly light given the strength. The finish, bracingly dry.
Good beer. Though I'd have soon had one half its strength that I could get in a six back and down in abundance.
11-28-2012 01:29:45 | More by allengarvin
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
From the brewery that celebrates everything arrogant and brash, this might be their boldest move yet! As many breweries avoid bottle dating, in fear of turning consumers away, Stone Brewing Company embraces it. In fact, the design of this "devastatingly" fresh IPA has only a 35 day window of consumption. Not that the beer won't be fantastic after that, but the supreme freshness of this beer captures all of those volatile hop compounds that are fast fleeting in even reasonably fresh examples. By the way, if you have an adverse reaction to the word "fresh" you may want to avoid the following review:
As with most IPA, the deep golden hues hinge on light amber and quickly shakes loose its arid, cottony white head. With the substantial hop oils, the beer retains a persistent foam stance and laces the glass sticky as the beer falls.
Simcoe, citra, motueka, amarillo, super galena, delta, cascade... Oh, my! With seven examples of American hops at their disposal, the aromas cover the gamout of all things IPA: citrus, tropical fruit, acidic, herbal, candied, dank, catty, spicy, stemmy, pine, resinous. The mere scent of the beer makes the tongue sweat.
...and the flavors carry over from there. The upstart of thin honey and caramel is short before being pile-driven into the glass by the hoppy onslaught to come. A variety of grapefruit pulp and skins have an arsenal behind them that start with zesty tangerine, lemon, apricot, mango, and pineapple for a citrusy and tropical tag-team. As the beer tramples the middle palate, the fruit turns dry and the grassy notes of lemograss, freshly muddled lawn grass, cannabis, and earthy-catty notes emerge in the most sticky of tastes. Finishing with the bitter taste of pine resins and chlorophyll, the beer simply throws the malt present to the wayside and dries the palate and gullet to the bone.
Medium-light in body (yes, light(ish) for an imperial ale), because the malts are a shaddow of sweetness that merely gives the hops a candied impression and little else. Instead, the hops dry the beer from the early palate to the aftertaste with complete dominance. The textures are warm and fleeting and never waiver or water. There's the creamy powderyness from hops that saturate the soft tissues of the mouth with no appologies.
This IPA showcases all of the character of hops like few can. What starts as pungent aromas bridge seamlessly into subtle fruit taste, then to spicy earthy notes, and then as sharp resinous bitterness late. The beer is simply a show unto itself and is a must try for anyone who dares to call themselves HopHeads.
11-27-2012 18:16:39 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
A. This beer is crystal clear, dull rust bronze color. It has a big foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. There are sporadic bubbles that make their way up the glass.
S. Extremely hoppy scent. A bit of weed. Cascade hops?
T. Very interesting flavor. It is a fruity IPA. It has a solid hop taste. There's a grape taste and a caramel sweetness. Perhaps the fruity taste is more of a citrus, as the aftertaste would indicate.
M. It has a medium body and a smooth carbonated feel to it.
O. Absolutely wonderful, complex flavor. Balanced and tamed...doesn't go over the top...which works perfect.
Recently had the 9.13.13: Also fantastic double IPA with a wonderful grassy taste and caramel hops.
11-27-2012 02:54:55 | More by Amalak
4.83/5 rDev +9%
Enjoy by 12.21.12
Bottled 11.16.12, exactly 10 days old
Poured from a bomber to a pub style 16 oz glass
A- Amber, 1/2" bubbly off white head
S- Intensely floral, dank, earthy, spicey, as it warms i also get citrus, mango, & apple cider
T- Follows the nose, plus grapefruit bitterness, caramel bready malts, and slit alcohol twang
M- Oily, low carbonation, pleasing alcohol heat
O- I'm loving this brew! There's so much going on here and as it warms, i'm offered more and more aromas and flavors. Fresh out of the fridge, i'm adorned by floral, dank, earthy, spicy, hops. The taste is much the same with an added bonus of grapefruit bitterness and a slit alcohol twang that melds nicely. As it warms, citrus, fruit, and sweet malts become more apparent. Citrus and mango show up to the party with sweet bready malts as their entourage. All this comes together with an alcohol twang that melds perfectly with the rest of the flavors and leaves a tingling feeling at the back of the throat, spiciness lingers on my lips long after it's gone. If i had to compare it to anything i would say Drake's Aroma Coma. Both show light on a new evolution of west coast IPA's. A glorious future is yet to come.
11-27-2012 02:44:43 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
4.95/5 rDev +11.7%
Enjoy By 12-21-12! A welcome new addition to Houston. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a transparent golden orange color- not much head. Smell- PINEY goodness. Some citrus elements as well. This aroma is world class- I get some buttery sweetness (honey?) behind the pine aroma. Guessing Simcoe was a key dry hop used here. The citrus aroma is orange rind. Smells terrific. Taste- the fresh piney hops pop off my tongue, followed by a mildly sweet (not syrupy) honey backbone, finished by a lasting and delicious bitter piney finish. In my book, this is an absolutely delicious and world class Imperial IPA. Up there with the best on them. For the ABV, there is absolutely no hint of it being 9.4%, esp because the backbone doesn't have that bruising sweetness that you normally expect to achieve that ABV. The piney hops are delicious. Really think this is wonderful, significantly better than Ruination 10 in my book.
11-27-2012 02:01:38 | More by lnashsig
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
Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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