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Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5536
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%


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:
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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zachary80

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third batch - 12.21.12

ours with a good white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass; good retention. Orange body with a brown hue, similar to DCT.

Huge fruity aroma from the hops. Tropical fruits, mango, lots of sweetness from the malt here as well. Really a fan of the aroma on this one.

The flavor has some of that tropical fruitiness, with some pine to it as well. Very sweet - too much for my preference. Bitterness comes through at the lingers and lasts a while.

Heavier body from the malts, good level of carbonation, very minor alcohol presence.

Overall this is a good DIPA, too heavy on the sweet side for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:02:15 | More by zachary80
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hats off to my brother deranma for bringing this over! Enjoy by 12.21.12...

Bright, clear copper with a mediocre head that reduces to a frothy ring around the glass.

Big mango and pineapple on first whiff. Pine and grapefruit as well. It even smells like its going to be sweet. Herbal grassiness beyond the fruit aromas. A whirl of it brings just enough caramel to remind me there are malts in it too.

As soon as it hit my tongue I thought it was going to be really sweet from all of the tropical fruit flavors, then it finishes smooth with a hint of bitterness and a warmth of alcohol. I know its intentional, but I actually wish for a bit more bitterness.

Smooth as can be and drinks like a pale ale. Excellent carbonation.

This beer is a sensory experience for sure. A must try, although if you dont have it already, you probably wont be trying it. I was lucky to get a share of this. Hope you get to try it too.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 02:19:01 | More by phiberoptik
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Enjoy By
Batch: #3 (Enjoy By 12.21.12)

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a gorgeous translucent melted copper color with some awesome gold hues. Soooo bright and clear, pretty impressive. A delicious and perfect 1 inch white head forms. The head is soo dense and soapy as well. Amazing looking brew. If only it was slightly hazy to me it would’ve been perfect. (4.5)

Aroma is juicy. Citrus notes of grapefruit and some awesome orange rind blast the nose. Tropical notes a plenty with some nice tangerine and mango as well. Grain is definitely present. Some nice pale malt with some biscuit notes and some nice slight caramel notes can be perceived. (5.0)

Taste starts off with a perfect blast of citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange and tangerine starts things off, citrus west coast notes. Awesome bitterness follows with some grassy and herbal hop notes as well. There is soo much balance. Nice biscuit malt with some nice slight caramel hints in the back end that are balanced so well the juicy hop notes. I just had Alpine Nelson a couple hours before at a tasting and this brought back memories. So fresh and juicy. There is some mild piney resins in there as well and it finishes with some nice dankness complete with a dry nice bitter finish. As it warms more tropical notes come out and fill the palette with juicy and resinous goodness. (4.5)(5.0)

Overall this is a delicious brew. Great balanced brew! The hops are intense and resinous; citrusy and bitter. Grassy and fresh but there is some nice malt backbones that allow the beer to not overwhelm. Maybe my palate is used to big IPAs but this is so smooth and drinkable the 9.5 ABV is not even a player. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:49:51 | More by JoEBoBpr
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second batch Enjoy By 11.09.12. Bright orange color, super head and lace. Super juicy citrus and hops in the aroma, definite west coast. More citrus, pine, bitterness, typical west coast and typical stone. This is a good DIPA and I would expect nothing less from Stone. I sure hope we get another batch of this in Colorado at some point. Winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:19:24 | More by ArrogantB
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from Johnny Ramirez. Enjoy by 12.21.12 - the "end of the year" version... Sweet! Pours a golden amber color with excellent clarity and a small white head. Decent lacing - something I've now always come to expect from Stone brews. Heavy pineapple on the nose, grapefruits, tangerines, slight lemon zest; floral hops, perfume fragrance, wet grass. Very nice - it has a "juicy" smell, the smell you'd expect from biting into a fruit. If that fruit was loaded with hop oil.

Taste is, of course, hoppy; slightly peppery, a little leafy, ashy, kind of dry. Heavy dose of malt and yeast; biscuity with some warming alcohol spice on the roof of the mouth and the back of the tongue. Over the course of the sip, the hop profile grows and expands, it starts taking on a very dank, resinous, and musty flavor and aroma. Interesting and very complex. Weedy overall, with some onion notes in the back that are kind of strange, but not necessarily off-putting, just a little strange. The malt sweetens things up a bit, and the yeast helps out too - bread, crackers on the end of the sip. As mentioned, the flavor follows right along with biting into a tropical fruit soaked in hop oil. Aftertaste is a bitter and spicy hop flavor. Thick body, sticky, wet, medium carbonation.

It's rare that I'm disappointed by Stone beers, and this one is no exception. Excellent IPA with a very complex profile - very tasty all around. In my opinion, probably the best Stone IPA I've tried. Too bad this one doesn't come to Michigan, because I'd always try to find the latest release.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:20:18 | More by tectactoe
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed the 12 21 12 version here in chicago...

Appearance: Pours a crisp deep golden color, pretty transparent…some bubble action happening in the middle…off white head forms and lasts…does look a little watery…

Smell: Citra hops galore…orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple explosion…some sweetness and a touch of paleness…this is all hops… smells like the fresh orange juice I just did in my breville like an hour ago…this thing is fresh…it’s a mouth watering aroma…

Taste: Massive citrus hops…orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, earthiness…some bitterness, but it’s nice…some dryness, like a persimmon…there is some floral hop bitterness in the after taste…sweet, pale malt is present, but definitely overwhelmed by all the hops…does add a nice backbone though with good flavor…

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…medium carbonation, nice fluff does form, leaving citrus bitterness all over my tongue…long lasting citrus hop flavor and bitterness in the after taste…smooth and refreshing, leaves my mouth watering for more, and I’ll ablidge…

Overall: Awesome! One of the best brews I’ve had in a long, long time…the taste is very fresh, crisp, light, full and awesome…enough hops to satisfy any hop head out there…citrus and pine hops galore, the malt does add some balance, but this is for the lovers… there is so much fresh zest to this, it lives up to the “drink by” concept…definitely head of the class in this ever expanding “west coast/american” pale ale and IPA genre…if you see this, buy it…then drink it…

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:55:50 | More by SerialHiker
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/21/12

Pours clear gold with a moderate foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing down the glass is solid.

Super dank aroma. Tons of pine and grapefruit with a little orange rind and some tropical fruits peeking in from time to time. Almost smell a little rye like spiciness although I don't think i tcontains any. Malt side smells like fresh baked bread and a little honey.

This one is potent in the hop department as most Stone beer are. Grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits up front. Malt profile is a bit doughy with some honey or molasses sweetness although still very much on the bitter side. Finishes with a huge dose of pine. I would've preferred a little more complexity in the finish as the profile lowered drinkability a bit, but still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is solid. On the light side of medium with appropriate carbonation. A little above the sweet spot ABV wise for a DIPA so alcohol is slightly present.

Very solid beer. Not sure it's all that much different than Ruination, but glad to see the freshness date stamped on the label and from a marketing angle, I love this beer. Taste is good if not excellent, but at only $5.49 a bomber, very good value.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 13:57:39 | More by jmarsh123
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick break in the middle of dead week at school: time for a big, badass beer. Fortunately, Stone specializes in everything big and badass.

Still have about three weeks left: “Enjoy By 12.21.12” is emblazoned right on the front of the bottle. I love the crusade for fresh beer, and this idea, especially – no way this beer will ever be picked up past its prime.

A: Superb: brilliantly translucent gold body with a foamy white head three fingers high. Retention is smooth and frothy; ropes of lacing all around.

S: Dank as hell: taut pine and spicy pepper with some notes of crisp citrus rind and juicy pineapple emanate as soon as I open the bottle. Strong and uplifting, this is one of the best hop aromas I can imagine. The malt character seems solid, as well, balancing the hops with sweet scents of pie crust, cherry, nougat, and honey.

T: A sharp, darkly bitter flavor is propelled across the palate to start, stinging with spicy rye and pepper, pine needles, and chili powder – a deep, lasting hoppiness that reminds you not of citrus, but of something richer. As it dries the palate, a soothing malt profile of soft white bread, cracker, and caramel mixes in to give the beer a chewy, rounded palate. And there’s a floral note to it all, too, herbal and almost soapy with tastes of lavender, tangerine, rose water, and sage; lofty notes of complexity. The aftertaste is, surprisingly, only a moderately dry, lemony hoppiness, still showing sweet, smooth malts.

M: Solid malt + just the right amount of drying hops = a rich, full-bodied DIPA. Hop bitterness dries in a light way for such a hoppy beer.

O: This beer represents a lot in the fresh beer campaign, and even with that going for it, it still rocks. It reminded me of Ruination at nearly every sip, but hey – who said greatness had to be totally original? This is great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 05:44:15 | More by BarryMFBurton
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

enjoy by 12/21/12 because if i dont the bottle will blow up right? thought about not drinking this till after the enjoy by date to be a prick but i needed a beer now.

Faded golden hue with a big sticky white head. Pungent west coast ipa nose, grapefruit, prominent sweet citrus fruit, and pine. Got a faint underlying tobacco smell as well with very faint sweet malts.

Tastes like an amped up stone ipa with a slicker body, more alcohol, more tannins, and less acidity. This beer is good but nowhere near out of the ordinary with the so called "freshness" not playing a role to me, i've had plenty of brews that taste as fresh as this one well beyond the maturity of this brew. I think the high ratings of this beer really come from the marketing that stone did. On the distribution and retail end of things, stone doesn't do much in the way of out coded beer for the consumer so I guess this is their way of moving through beer quicker without complaints. If this enjoy by series ever gets stale i'm sure stone will never really come personally pull them off the shelves and eat the costs.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:37:54 | More by jtierney89
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bottle poured into tasters - 12.21.12 version - thanks alex/cj

Pours a clear golden color with a thinner white head. Fades out fairly quickly into some bubbled film and spotty lacing on the glass.

Vibrant and pungent hoppy presence in the nose, driven by bitter grapefruit and resinous pine. Faint sweetness from caramel and fruit with a faint notion of a malt backbone. Light alcoholic punch.

Crushing bitter hoppiness right up front with an absolute avalanche of grapefruit and sticky pine. The hops dominate the profile from nearly top to bottom, only momentarily allowing for a brief notion of toasted grain/caramel malted backbone. Finishes bitter and dry with grapefruit followed by a boozy warmth.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and sticky on the tongue. Stone makes some really tasty West coast style IPAs, but this one is easily the most expressive and flavorful without going completely off the rails. I'd drink this regularly if possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 14:16:26 | More by xnicknj
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These bottles all explode horrifically at midnight on their expiry date, Silver Shamrock style.

Not being a fan of having my face devoured by lasers and then eaten by worms, I took the smart route and decided to crack this fucker open right away.

Smells like a fresh, strong IPA with big nodes of flowers and pines. Tastes equally fresh and hoppily strong, but the flavor is tame and a near total lack of burn belays its elevated ABV. Lots of double IPAs attempt to back up intense hops with thick, syrupy malt. Other, better doubles balance out the hops with sweeter malts and interesting yeast complexities. Here, the hops don't get too out of hand, but they're still lush and variegated enough to balance themselves, making it so all the malt needs to do is provide a decent bready backend. and that's what this one does, gorgeously.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 05:27:20 | More by mynie
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zeff80

Missouri

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

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange, fresh cut grass, pine and caramel. Great nose!

T - It tasted of pine, orange, grasses and sweet caramel. There was a nice burnt toast maltiness in the background.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Yea, end of the world!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 02:01:50 | More by zeff80
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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

Enjoy by 12.21.12 enjoyed on 12.03.12
Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Nice gold with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

Nose
This smells ridiculously good! Pineapple juice, papaya, mango, tangerine, lemon juice and candy sugar.

Taste
Luckily all that tropical fruit is still accounted for. Pineapple juice, papaya and mango along with lemon juice and navel orange. A touch of booze quickly follows. Candy sugars and a thin layer of drizzle caramel. A light breadiness. It gets a little more resinous towards the finish with pine sap and florals as well as some grapefruit zest and tangerine.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, juicy, warming, crisp, dry and surprisingly clean.

Overall
This is easily one of the best Stone beers that I've had. Definitely better than the Ruination 10th Anniversary. Leaps and bounds beyond Lukcy 13asardt. Very tropical and balanced. This does not shred your taste buds like all that other garbage that they put out. Some booze is apparent but it's worth it. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:15:55 | More by justintcoons
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks! Served in tulip.

A: Lovely golden color with a thin lacing after a semi-aggressive pour.

N: Sweetened hop juice. Aromatic pineapple and mango. Some spruce tips. Very tropical. Clementines and mandarin orange. Doesn’t have the nose shriveling bitterness, which I quite like.

T: Bitter spruce extravaganza. Tons of pine and earth floor from the hops. A little sweetness and some mandarin orange. Some biscuit and malt. There’s more pineapple and grapefruit as this warms.

M: Full mouthfeel with a lot of hop resin. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: I will be drinking this entire bottle and enjoying it all the way through. A complete beer. Has that very distinct Stone IPA quality about it (you'll know it when you taste it), but it's got some extra components. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:38:53 | More by writerLJBerg
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/21/12
22oz, bottled 11/16/12 (drank on 11/29/12)
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a beautifully clear light orange color. Lots of carbonation. Forms a faint thin head of bright white that fades quickly.

S: Tons of bright fruity hop aromas that I smelled as soon as I popped the top. Mango. Papaya. Some grapefruit. Also some piney notes.

T: Hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Getting those delicious fruity hops that were on nose. Bitter grapefruit. Mango. Orange pith. It's a big hop bomb, but in the back of the palate there is some balancing malts. Dry crisp hoppy finish. Lingering hop flavors dance in your mouth. Not boozy but as first beer I sort of feel it. Tastes lighter than 9%.

M: Medium bodied. Nice bitter mouth coat.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:01:40 | More by inlimbo77
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srandycarter

California

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clean clear light copper. Small near white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Cat pee, malt. Perfume.

T - Malt hits first, but is surrounded by the cat pee hops and the perfume.

M - Medium body, good carb, almost oily slick, nice residual flavors and balance.

D - Pretty tasted and happy to have tried it.

3.4.12 - Tried the Enjoy by 4.01.13 tonight, which is a newer version. Body is heavier, more citrus in the smell and taste, taste is bigger. I think this one is better!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:42:23 | More by srandycarter
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nova009

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden copper, a fluffy one finger white head appears an slowly dissipates to a thin covering, nice ring of lace left on the glass

S- hop hops hops, strong grapefruit aroma,a slightly sweet caramel note as well, slight bready malt notes as well, hops pretty much dominate the nose

T- wow, the hops kick you hard in the mouth, strong grapefruit notes, bitter citrus peel, sweet caramel, a touch of vanilla, very powerful DIPA

M- medium body, smooth and creamy, slightly high carbonation that I wish would have been a little lower, hops put a beating on the palate

O- if you're a hop head and generally like Stone beers this is for you, a very solid DIPA with a really awesome concept, end of the world with an extremely short shelf life, I'll probably try to grab one more bottle if I get the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:11:17 | More by nova009
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear light orange, some carbonation, two finger head with near perfect lacing.

S-Hop bomb, mix of grass/dirt with citrus and grapefruit.

T-Incredible balance. Hop flavors of grass mesh well with the citrus notes and ends with good bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated with hop resins.

O-A wonder DIPA, great balance with nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:07:01 | More by rlee1390
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Only pop in for an occasional written review these days and this beer deserves one. I picked up 5 bottles and this is my last one.

The head is white and a bit soapy/frothy. Good lace sticks to the glass. Beer is a bright gold with a touch of brass in it.

Aroma is borderline perfection. So bright and fresh it hurts. Huge juicy citrus notes with a touch of green grass. A tropical note or two as well.

Tropical blast more apparent in the flavor vs. aroma. Again a blast of fresh citrus. Lots of tangerine and oily citrus from the peel. Just fantastic. Reminds me a touch of the pineapple Lifesavers.. (positive reference) Light cracker malt just to provide some balance, but this is about the fresh hops.

Light, refreshing and fresh body. Vibrant.

Great concept, great beer. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:57:42 | More by Reagan1984
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a transparent yellow with a nice white cap, good head retention which leaves nice lacing, bubbles and layers of bubbles clinging to the glass

S: Big pine needles, citrus in the way of light, very light lemon and orange peel, some tropical fruits and little bit of booze stings the nostrils

T: This nearly tastes like a what I would expect an imperial version of Stone IPA. Pine and tropical fruit with a nice little booze and IBU hit the palate immediately. The pine and citrus carry on to the finish along with a some bittering, stinging with some hop oil goodness.

M: Medium bodied, full flavor, well carbonated.

O: Very well done. Bi IIPA all the way, No complaints from this guy and would love to have seen this on shelves in the PNW!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:15:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin, citrus and tropical fruits from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it seems to have a little more tropical fruits (mango in particular) and citrus but less pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It has an interesting strong mix of aromas and flavors from the hops.

Note: Batch #3 – Enjoy by 12.21.12

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 13:50:26 | More by metter98
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Macadoodles in Pineville, MO

Pours honey colord with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & semi-good lacing

S: Ruby red grapefruit & other citrus, doesn't finish as strong as it starts

T: Follows the nose, some pine, lemons & biscuitty malt up front. Some honey malt, pineapple, grapefruit & slight dryness as this warms, juicy as well. Finishes with grapefruit, a bit of pine, a touch of lemon grass

MF: Medium body/chewy, fantastic balance, warming

A fantastic DIPA, this is worthy of the Mayan Apocalypse, I liked this one a lot. Through the roof drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:24:18 | More by russpowell
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and just a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuit. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops with some good bitterness, some sweet caramel and bready malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile with good bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:25:45 | More by ngeunit1
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kaseydad

California

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

Finally made it's way to the Bay Area and gotta drink it fast cuz the end of the world is right around the corner. Would suck to have this in the cellar after without popping it after my...er...our demise. Cool beer name.

Pours a clear peach/yellow ale with a white foamy head and nice lacing.

Getting a lot of cirtus fruits with a dankness in the background. Pine, orange juice and a touch of malt.

First taste reminds me a tad like Pliny. The fresh hops are present though there is a touch of orange in the finish. Grapefruit salivation. A little on the sweet side if you like your DIPA this way. As it warms, the malt backbone is present in the finish. Works well.

Pretty quick finish.

Overall I liked it. Maybe I'm spoiled by my proximity to Pliny, but this was just a likable (not loveable) beer to me. Nice take in the DIPA family, but probably the last time I'll purchase it. Plus I'll be dead in a couple weeks anyway. Onto my cellared Double Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:49:08 | More by kaseydad
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 11/16/12, drink by 12/21/12
Glass: Tulip

Stone's "Best By..." is a fairly standard west-coast DIPA with hints of pine resin and more pronounced maltiness than I find in typical expressions of the style. A decidedly solid and well-produced beer, as I would expect from Stone, but not something that seems to set itself apart from others in the style or even Stone's other offering. Glad I could try this, would get it again if I was in the area, but not something that's offering much new or breaking ground.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of fine, small bubbles. Retention is average, and over its decline, the head leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass in assorted thick lines and shapes. Each sip also reveals excellent sheeting and cascading from the descending foam. Head eventually falls to a thick ring around the glass and a wispy island of foam atop the center of the body. Body is a light caramel brown color, transparent, with light bringing out very nice, bright, orange and yellow hues. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the class, visibly and aggressively.

Aroma of peach, mango, and grapefruit rind; typical for a west-coast IPA. In general, a very nice, assertive and clean hop aroma. Not dank or excessively heavy with hop scent: refined, if you will.

Surprising pine resin flavor upfront, considering that I didn't detect this in the aroma, along with the expected hop bitterness. Mid-palate of grapefruit, and milder pine resin, with plenty of generic hop bitterness atop an actually sweet, slighty bready, and noticeable malt body. Back of palate picks up continued hop bitterness with some bright mango and grapefruit flavor with a splash of spicy ethanol as well. Lingering flavor of grapefruit rind, generic hop bitterness, cracker-like malt and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation that is medium to high. This results in a mouthfeel that is prickly at first, eventually fading to a pleasantly tingling feeling across the palate that melds well with the attendant bitterness and ethanol burn. Aftertaste is expectedly dry, from the substantial hopping and ethanol presence. There is also some substantial stickiness around the corners of the lips.

Serving type: bottle

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