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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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1,265 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,265
Hads: 9,613
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 25.45%
Wants: 690
Gots: 2,317 | FT: 20
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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Photo of NO_FRILLS
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- golden to amber...
S- super concentrated, layered hop explosion... loads of citrus and tropicality with some of the earthy esters of pine cone, and forest as well
T- a bit alcoholic, bursting pine and lemon pith, fruity notes of ripe pineapple, bubblegummy cherry and berry notes, slight savory notes of dank cheese and garlic
M-Little hot, but super complex and full on the palate
O- Will wait until closer to the enjoy by date for the next one feel like the beer was perhaps still a little disjointed would love to get a rounder feel from the malt bill which felt a bit obtuse and not yet fully settled in the bottle (is bottle shock possible in beer like wine- this is what i feel may have been going on here). Very Good, about on par with a Green Flash Imperial...

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz 02.14.14 bottle shared between three people in three wine glasses. Happy to see this in Michigan on the (relative) cheap, $7.99/bomber. I'm much more willing to buy this at a reasonable price in MI than I am at $10 in NY.

A - almost transparent, extremely translucent, beautiful oranges and yellows, one of the clearest IPAs I've ever poured. Very little foam on the forced pour. No carbonation bubbles, despite the lacing that gets left up the side on every swirl.

S - huge citrus on the nose, lots of orange, some fruits that balance between acidity and sugar, pineapple coupled by grapefruit, kiwi/mango coupled with some earthier greens, arugula, swiss chard, and butter lettuce. There's something a little fishy here too, an empty, lager-like sweetness; isopropyl alcohol. It doesn't last. The lasting impression is rubbery.

T - sweeter than expected, cloying honey and sugary tones, with only a hint of the fruity hops that back them. The sweet ephemeral fruit notes of pineapples, kiwi, and orange give way to some emptiness that isn't especially pleasant. Big and boozy.

M - there isn't a ton of balance. There's a lot of booze and a lot of sugar that fight each other the entire time. The alcohol is relatively hidden, but not entirely absent. Enjoy By coats the tongue.

O - I love the gimmick, I think it's got a good message. Some of the fruitier tones are somewhat diminished by the rubbery tones. I like the strong booze presence, but it doesn't benefit the taste in any significant way. Enjoy By is good, definitely worth <$8 /bomber, but not any more than that.

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Photo of eandersen
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A truly beautiful beer. Ever so slightly hazy to let you know that this is indeed filled with hop resin. Golden honey colored. Poured into a tulip glass with about a 1 finger head, doesn't stick around for too long but leaves great lacing.

S - Zesty citrus notes up front...lemon peel, over-ripe orange, maybe a little pineapple. Followed up with a nose clearing piney/resinous note. As the beer warms you get a bit of the alcohol. Smell is not as in your face as I would expect.

T - Taste comes in almost the reverse order of the nose...strong pine notes up front with a slight alcohol note. By no means a burn but you notice the 9.4%. The beer finishes with the citrus notes mentioned in the smell and a slight sweet bready maltiness.

M - Very light for the style. Often IIPA in the 9+% abv range become fairly viscous; not the case here.

O - Great IIPA, one of my favorites. Love the concept of "Enjoy By"

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Photo of gabedivision
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a tulip glass

A- crystal clear golden amber, with a 2 finger pillow head, decent lacing

S- pine, grapefruit, lemon, skunky weed, very dank

T- sharp lemon, grapefruit peel, massive fresh citrus, alcohol, and more bitter grapefruit on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, extremely bitter, very dry

O- lived up to the hype, just an incredible hop monster of a beer with still enough malt to make for a great body of beer, just amazing, a testament to what fresh IPA's ought to be.

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Photo of nootch23
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fifth batch, 4.01.13. Had on 3-7-13 Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A - pours a nice golden, amber with a fingers worth of head on it.

S - hoppy smell right off the bat. Piney dankness with sweet notes of grapefruit.

T - there is a lot going on in the taste of this beer, all good. Right up front there's a sweet yet sharp tartness to it. Notes of mango, bitterness, grapefruit with a little booziness to it but not strong and overpowering as with most Stone beers. Very easy to drink with a dry, bitter finish.

O - I've never been a huge fan of Stone's stuff because the taste of the majority of their beers are very overpowering to the point where I can't drink it comfortably. This one, however, is completely different. Very easy to drink yet still maintaining that strengthness thats become a hallmark of Stone. A complex mixture of flavors going back and forth with each sip. Excellent beer and very well balanced. I really love this beer. I had it on tap in Waterbury, VT and it was just as delicious and refreshing as the bottle. Complete success with this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fifth batch, 4.1.13. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, golden-orange coloring with a slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbles and a thin, filmy, bright white head that recedes into a surface coat that clings to everything it touches. Aromas of resiny and piney hops fill your nose on every sniff. Tropical fruit and grapefruit sweet and tart ribbon through the aromas, also. Smells green and tasty. Flavors are amazingly balanced. Green, resiny, hoppy punch initially, with a dose of bitterness that quickly washes into a tropical fruit blend of mango and grapefruit. Resiny and bitter at the end of the palate, with a slightly roasty and tangy sweet caramel backbone coming through. Hoppy and peppery spiced aftertaste, with a bitter feel that leads to the clean, dry finish. Smooth and clean in mouth. This beer is tremendous.

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Photo of Titans77
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4.1.13 on 3/7/13

A - Golden/Bronze/Copper/Orange hue. Mild carbonation coming from the bottom of the class with no head to speak of. Lots of lacing and some alcohol legs.

S - Hits right up front and hits hard! As soon as you open the bomber, immediate citrus, pine and a slight astringency. Very power typical IPA smell.

T - More big citrus notes up front. Some pine and a very mild malt background. Not really balanced, but it works very nicely for a DIPA.

M - Par for the course with what I expect from a quality DIPA by Stone. Nothing that screams amazing, but certainly not bad. Drinks very nicely for 9.4% abv.

O - A great DIPA by stone. Better than 10th anni Ruination? Not a chance. A very good beer none the less. Also, a very cool concept for beers that need to be consumed fresh. If it ever stayed on the shelves long enough, it would drive stores to dispose of old IPAs

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Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of the 4-1-13 batch.

This poured out as a clear yellow color with a white head on top. The retention was good as well as the lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with fresh hop aromas, big floral and citrus notes with a subtle malt sweetness in there as well. The taste of the beer is very good as well. The malt balances the bitter hops quite well giving this more of a sessionable flavor in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth with a bit of oiliness to it. Overall I wasn't thinking this was an Imperial IPA, I was thinking it was just an amped up standard IPA. All in all it's a good brew and I'm glad to have tried it. Worth checking out if you want a quality brew.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4/1/13 batch

A: pours a crystal clear amber with a good amount of carbonation 2 fingers of a bright whit head good retention and lacing with a slight showing of alcohol legs

S: lots of dank resin on the nose hints of earthy pine and citrus very complex nose

T: bitter up front hints of grapefruit and pine good malt backbone lingers in on the backend with some hop astringency

M: well carbonated full bodied which,lingers fora good amount of time

O: great double ipa not as dry as I would like to see an ipa but none the less excellent overall and anyone hat is an ipa fan should get it if they can

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Photo of Ford
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok people.. I'm not a huge IPA guy... I keep saying that.. but more and more I'm starting to enjoy IPA's...

Anyway... I tend to like double IPAs more than singles.

This one is GREAT!!!

The smell is pure citrus awesomeness... and it is one of the clearest beers I have ever seen.. pretty amazing.


The hops bitterness is there at the end, but it is smooth bitterness if that makes sense.. and so much lovely grapefruit.. man I love this beer. I'm going to go buy another one tomorrow... period.

This is just a great beer and anytime it hits Texas from now on, I am all in.... drinking it fresh and drinking it often when I can.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By 04.01.13 batch, bottled February 22nd. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a two finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing and settles to a small cap.

Aroma is hoppy with a little bit of everything, pineapple, lemon citrus, floral hops, pine, dank, onion, apricot, alcohol, some bready and caramel malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is at first a big blast of oniony hops and lemon, then some pineapple, citrus rind, resinous hops, pine, decent caramel malt backbone, minimal sweetness, great bitterness and a fairly aggressive solvent alcohol punch at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with sharp carbonation.

Pretty good Double IPA. Pretty dank. Very hoppy, although a fair bit of malt and booze as well. A nice treat to try, glad it finally made its way into the Georgia market.

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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 04.01.13 poured into DFH IPA glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, floral, pine, some wet grass.

T- Pine, grapefruit, resin, floral notes, bitterness lingers in a good way, well balance, just enough malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body, good carbonation.

O- A well done DIPA that showcase why you should drink IPAs as fresh as possible. I would probably pick this up again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a guinness 20oz glass.

5/17/13 version

Had this on draft a few months ago and wasn't overly impressed. Picked up the bottle version for a second try and was a bit more impressed, though not blown away. Pours a beautiful copper color with a moderate head. smell is HOPPY. to be expected from a 10 day old beer. Taste is the normal west coast DIPA taste...very bitter and very hoppy. Enjoyable. Moderately carbonated. Overall not a world class brew as others would have you believe, but worth picking up and trying if you see it. I prefer Stone's regular IPA, Cali-Belgique and Ruination to this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy By 4/1/13 enjoyed on tap the Old Toad in Rochester, NY, about 3 weeks before the enjoy by cutoff. Served in a snifter.

Pours like a great IPA should- a honey-colored hazy orange. One inch head off-white head, significant sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell and tastes are relatively the same here- juicy, succulent fruit flavors intermixed with dank, herbal hop tones. Some piney bitterness doesn't overtake the tropical and citrus tones given off by the heavy-handed use of hops. Fruits noticed include grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Very bright flavors.

Medium bodied, very dry, well carbonated.

Stone's best hoppy beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Golden with a nice white head

S-best smelling IPA I've ever had. Pure grapefruit goodness. Somewhat floral. Pure awesome.

T-comes in with an amazing flavor of crisp grapefruit hops and grains and smooth bitterness. It's a beautiful IPA. Very smooth and refined. After-taste of tropical fruity hops. Great one.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-extremely impressed and pleased. I tell you I was craving quality hops like no other and this satisfied that craving as well as possible. Such a big smile drinking this. The high abv is lost. Tasting light and smooth.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 4/01/13.

Poured into a Bruery chalice, produces a thick foamy head over an absolutely brilliantly clear golden body. There is some lacing at the outset. Eventually the head fades to a slight ring. Really looks like some slick commercial hi-production beer.

But one whiff tells you it is not. Loving the nose with sweet light caramelized malt, orange fruit, and fresh basil. Smells a bit like pesto, it is a bit cheesy as well. I immediately think I want a pesto pizza with this. Definite pine as well.

This tastes terrific with a light nutty sweet maltiness that is just spot on in balance with the fantastic orange and vegetal (basil)/pine/cheesy flavor. It is a seductive hop assault that is never harsh, with flavors that expand on the palate and last for a very long ride.

This has a terrific mouthfeel too, with a medium body and moderate carbonation, all the taste buds are instantly excited and they stay that way for the very long ride. Orange and light pine hoppy bitterness envelops the tongue, with just a tad of stickiness.

This beer exudes nuanced, well balanced flavors that just ride on and on. It is very tasty and the ABV at 9.4 is hardly noticeable, so it could pull you under quicker than a rip tide. I definitely want some more, but this is a beer that is best consumed in moderation with food and friends.

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

22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by 4/01/13.

Clear, deep golden to medium copper body. Lighter edges. Tall, rocky, whipped, light beige to off-white head. Great lacing. Loads of fresh hops on the nose. Tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, resinous funk, and even a little cat pee.

Taste actually starts out with cookie-ish, fruity malts. Light toasted edge. Herbal, numbing hop bitterness quickly ekes in, but then big tropical fruit hop notes take over. Pineapple, mango, and mandarin orange stick out. Undercurrents of grapefruit and citrus peel. All this hoppy goodness sits over a solid bedrock of fruity sweet malt. Still, this is definitely a hop-forward beer. Finish dries out some, with lingering notes of tropical fruits, pine, and spicy alcohol. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very drinkable; I just wish I had more :).

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger and a half of white head.

S: Pine, citrus, mild notes of "cat urine" that are so prevalent in Stone IPAs. Not bad, just very pungent.

T: Hoppy, with hints of citrus, pine and saltiness. Relatively mild for a DIPA.

M: Nice mouthfeel, well carbonated, but nothing special.

O: Overall this is a nice beer, but I'd rather drink a regular Ruination. It's certainly not up to the standards of Ruination 10th Anniversiary. Good, but not worth the hunt IMO.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fifth batch - 4.1.13

Wow. Hop heaven. Lots of citrus. Lots of sweet and salty pine. Superb balance between all. Lasting flavor. The only indicator that this is a iipa is the mild burn I get on the back of my palate. This defines what an excellent beer is and should be. Big time kudos to Stone for this one. Worth a drive or a trip to get to try.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 4-01-13 into a Smutty pint.

Appearance- Beautiful clear gold with thin head that left gorgeous lacing.

Smell- Wet grass, super herbaceous hops, some apple and peach, and something woody. All over the place, but beautiful none the less.

Taste- Tons of layers here. Earthy/grassy hops (along the lines of heady topper), smoething funky which I can't describe, fruity apples and peaches, and finishes with a great crisp bitterness. No sense of alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and clean. Good carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Lighter body.

Overall- If this wasn't 9.40%, I feel like I could drink this all day on a hot summer day, but it would totally creep up on me quickly. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am super excited for this beer... One of my favorite breweries making my favorite style super fresh, and it only comes every few months. I had the pleasure of having the 12.21.12 but didn't have a BA account at the time, so I am looking forward to reviewing it.

Enjoy By 04.01.13: It pours an absolutely gorgeous, and perfectly translucent copper tinged gold with tons of effervescing bubbles and a thick, light head. The smell is simply staggering; lemon, orange, grapefruit, tons of pine and hops, sweet mango and pineapple. Traces of malt. It really is an amazing smell; breathe long and deep. The taste is a wave of citrus and hops. Tons of lime and orange peel, buttery caramel, lingering grapefruit and hops left on the palate, slightly peppery. Everything you want out of a good IPA is here. Perfect amount of boozey heat for 9+%. Mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation really helps bring the flavor to life and accentuates the pepper and citrus. Balanced, amazingly hoppy, a great aroma, this is definitely my favorite beer from stone, and one of my favorites of all time.

Enjoy By 09.13.13: I was afraid I was going to rehype this too much for myself, and set myself up for disappointment, but it was just as good as I remember it. Amazing beer, and the smell is simply exquisite. Freshest hops of any brew I can think of.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Pours a golden copper color with a fingers worth of head that recedes to a thin cap within a few minutes

S: Floral, fruity, and piney hops come through the most, with a spicy maltiness and very light additional fruitiness from the alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a barrage of citrus, pine, and floral hops with a light spiciness from the malts and alcohol. Able to stay balanced even with the amount of hops, but still nice and bitter throughout and into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This beer is WAY too easy to drink for a DIPA, and it will always be fresh. Props to Stone for really making it clear when to drink this beer, aka RIGHT NOW! Don't hesitate buying this beer whenever you see it, as you won't be let down

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Photo of Premo88
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber 22 oz. bottle poured into tulip

the 4.1.13 version

L -- possibly the coolest pour i've yet seen in a beer ... I'd swear it percolates, like watching fresh-roasted, fresh-ground coffee beans in a French press. at least an inch head of off white THICK foam on top of a gold medal. crystal clear. and no amber. this thing is yellow gold, and the head is not tan but just a bit off of white.

S -- GRAPEFRUIT! really stout, too, and honestly, I think you could trick people blind-folded on which is the beer and which is the grapefruit juice.

T -- make a meatball out of hops, drop it in a pitcher of grapefruit juice and you've got it. damn good. relatively easy to drink despite the big Stonesque hop bite and 9.4 ABV. it's yummy.

F -- nothing noteworthy in any direction. just good. good carbonation without feeling overly heavy or light.

O -- I'm not smart enough nor experienced enough with beer to say if this lives up to the hype, but they sold me. I love it. And I've got a feeling I'll always partake.

I want to compare this one side-by-side with Stone IPA, because let's face it: That is the ultimate test for this particular beer.

But however it compares, I love it.

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Photo of HiltonHeadMike
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler by the fire on this unusual 39F night in SC.

A - crystal clear, golden yellow with just a hint of orange hue, nice white head and subsequent lacing

S - pine, citrus, orange blossom, lemon, tropical/juicy fruit gum

T - resin, pine, vanilla, SC sweet tea, rose petals, broiled grapefruit with carmelized sugar on top, pineapple

M - uncannily mellow for the ETOH level, balanced, perfectly appropriate carbonation

O - what more can be said...how can one mark points off on this beauty?

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Photo of tdm168
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle. 4.1.13 enjoyed on 3.2.13

A - clear orangish gold with a big, thick, pure white head

S - huge floral aroma, some sugary notes

T - herbal, floral, light bready malt, spicy hops, bitter finish, alcohol warmth

M - clean, smooth, crisp, medium to full bodied

This was delicious. The malt is a bit sugary and sweet which blends perfectly with the intense hop character. There is such great balance here. It also has tremendous drinkability for the ABV. This is an IPA that all beer fans should try.

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.