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Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Enjoy By IPAEnjoy By IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,493 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5493
Reviews: 923
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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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour is a transparent golden yellow with a relatively small white head, dissipates fast, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

Aroma is the first sign that this beer is going to be great. The Hops stand out. Fresh hoppy citrus smell...what fruit or citrus is a mystery to me.

Taste is very hop forward...hops...hops...mysterious fruit flavor , hops. As strange as it sounds that this is a good taste, I also feel as if I could clean my oven or scrub my shower with this stuff. A fresh , clean taste that lingers on the palate... amazing.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that leaves a resinous feeling ...and again, the fresh hops linger!

I am very impressed with this offering from Stone. Not many beers live up to the hype, but Enjoy By is Legit. If you see it on the shelves, scoop it up because it won't be there long.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:23:25 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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CHickman

New York

4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stone Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA: Pours crystal clear gold color with bubbles racing up the middle and a very nice 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of tiny bubbles which dissipated slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. A good looking head, better from a growler than the bottle.

Wow, the hops aroma jumps out and smells very fresh up front; the smell is a combo of piney hops, citrus like pineapple, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and orange peel, biscuit, tobacco, herbs and floral hops. The citrus hops smell like the oil was squeezed out of this, and while it’s hop dominant and extremely fresh smelling, there is just enough grainy and caramel balance to make this outstanding. Later whiffs seem to have mint and tea leaf, like a crazy hop potpourri.

Taste is lipsmackingly good. Even though it starts off bitter and herbal, as the flavor washes over your tongue it seems to coat the tastebuds with resinous hop oil like a napalm bombing just laying down the hop attack. This is very much like the nose, but more complex, with fresh piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, orange peel, coriander, mint, tea leaf, biscuit, tobacco, roasted grains, pepper, grass, herbs and other light spices, floral hops, some candy or brown sugar sweetness, earthy notes and very mild alcohol which is basically covered up by the piney and citrus hops. The malt comes through, but the feel is odd as it’s dry and slightly bitter with a textured herbal feel to it. Very hoppy, but not obnoxious hoppy, so it was surprisingly easy to drink with the 9.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel is on the slick side, with a medium almost chewy body, a grainy or herbal feel like the liquid is thicker than it looks, and a slightly bitter and yet dry finish. How a hopped up IPA can end so clean is a masterful brewing trick and the drinkability just may be the most impressive part of this brew considering the ABV.

Overall this was as good as I hoped it would be and I hope they keep making these “Enjoy By…” beers and shipping them to NY so we can be treated to such beer excellence. This beer is up there with some of the all time greats from Stone. If you read this review than get your ass out to the best beer distributor nearby that might have some and buy a bottle of this.

NOTE: A week after having the bottle of this masterpiece I was able to get my hands on a growler, which I shared with my brothers. We all agreed that the aroma was better and fresher out of the growler, with the hops giving off strong oily notes, and while the flavor had more alcohol bite to it, overall it was just as good and maybe even better on tap/from a growler. Complex, fresh and extremely hoppy, this was an outstanding beer.

SECOND NOTE: On 5/7/13 I had the Stone Enjoy By 05.17.13 on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours cloudy orange gold with a very nice 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Amazing grapefruit, mango, floral and citrus hop nose that is perfectly balanced with the malty backbone that has nice hints of caramel. Tastes as good as the 04.01.13, with strong grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, citrus hops, pine cone/piney hops, tangerine, lightly roasted grains, fresh juicy hops and then a malty caramel backbone to allow for the ultimate smooth drinkability that completely hides the ABV - this is a masterpiece, almost DIPA perfection and up there with some of the best ever.

THIRD NOTE: On 10/29/13 I had the Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 on tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington and like the versions before this it was near perfection. It was fresh and crisp and poured with a great head and excellent lacing, so the rating/review went up overall.

ROUND FOUR: Had Stone Enjoy By 02.14.14 on tap at The Lark in East Northport and this batch had a lot more pronounced grapefruit and what seems like mint or very dry floral/herbal hops; it was very tasty and full of fresh hop flavor still, but it just seemed different from the other versions. Looks and smells great and was just as easy to drink, once again masterfully hiding the ABV.

ROUND FIVE: Had 04.20.14 on tap at The Lark and once again it was delicious. Looks great, fine sticky lacing leaving rings, huge grapefruit and juicy hop nose and of course a ridiculously tasty hop bomb that's full of citrus, grapefruit and dank resinous hop juice like hops were squeezed out if the cones from a vice. This shit is awesome!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:51:51 | More by CHickman
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wr3ck00n

North Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

(First ever public beer review.. apologies in advance!)

Use by 9.13.13
bottled 8/9, enjoyed 8/23

Appearance- Lovely amber color. Nice, thick, lingering foamy head.

Smell- citrusy floral scent, pine undertones, strong grapefruit when inhaled deeply, vaguely sweet in a pleasingly heavy way. Memory stirring, puts me in mind of summer and honeysuckle bushes.

Taste- Beautiful. Very dry with a strong hoppy tang, yet smooth. Somewhat tart but with a slight sweetness, like a hint of honey with citrus. Alcohol is noticeable, but not in an unpleasant way. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, but not too dense. Fills your mouth and washes pleasantly over the tongue, leaving a nice lingering tingle.

Overall- Love it. This is an amazing taste that hits all my happy places for an IPA. SOOO glad I was able to get my hands on these. Definitely worth the hype. Wish I had been able to get more than two!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:40:13 | More by wr3ck00n
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoy By 02.14.14 poured from a 22oz bottle into a Lost Abbey embossed Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass.
->Bottled 1-10-14...received in VT (at retailer) 1-21-14...consumed 1-24-14

A- Crystal clear, blood orange beer accompanied by a modest, 3/4 finger's worth of a white, frothy head...moderate retention. 5.0

S- An absolute assault of sweet, tropical fruit (and sweet citrus) aromas that I can only define as Hawaiian or Tropicana Fruit Punch: Pineapple, Passionfruit, Guava, Mango, Apricot, Honeydew melon, Orange/Tangerine, Ruby Red Grapefruit and any others that come to mind. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts, I am picking up some herbal notes...onion and garlic. This makes Lagunitas Sucks (which ranks perfect on my palate) seem quite pedestrian. 5.0

T- As fruity on the palate as in the aromatics. The finish is a ruby red grapefruit rind up front followed by a significant piney bordering-on-astringent bitterness. At 9.4% ABV, there is no discernible alcohol whatsoever. 5.0

M- Adequate carbonation gives this monster a mouthfeel that belies its strength. A significant malt backbone helps buttress the hops yet never gets cloying...this is a clean and refreshing offering. In a phrase, this is 'dangerously drinkable.' 4.75

O- I have had the fortune of having the following in the series of Enjoy By IPA: 02.15.13, 09.13.13, 10.25.13 & 11.12.13...and now 02.14.14. Although I am of the impression that this is the same recipe and just released into select areas, I am now beginning to rethink that theory, as this last batch is absolutely (and hands down) the best of what I have sampled. Thankfully for me (and many of you in the areas that this batch was distributed), has access to one (if not the best) batches of Enjoy By IPA since its inception. 5.0

PS- For those of you who think this beer is "skunked" after the Enjoy By IPA date, you are mistaken...like all other IPA's in the marketplace these days, this beer will be delicious for AT LEAST 90 days from the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:55:40 | More by threeviews
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lnashsig

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:01:38 | More by lnashsig
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Auraan

Arizona

4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Based on the 08.02.13 batch. Poured a gorgeous clear amber, with a half finger white head. It looks fantastic poured into a tulip. Scents of pine, citrus, especially grapefruit, pineapple, slight tropical fruit and a bit of malt. The scent is fantastic and entices you to drink. Each sniff made me want to take the first sip more and more. Flavor begins with a burst of bitter citrus and grapefruit pith moving into a blend of grapefruit and bitter pine and finishing with a nice resiny pine flavor and aftertaste. A hint of malt sweetness in the middle blends wonderfully with the hop flavors and a noticeable alcohol presence hits at the end. An amazing double IPA flavor profile, comparing favorably with the best of the others of it's style I've tasted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's standard, but not bad. A sublime double IPA. Full of hop flavor, with an extreme bitterness and citrus flavors. It slams your palette with it's assertive flavor and doesn't relent. Well worth getting, a fantastic beer and a great showing from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 05:26:03 | More by Auraan
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cfspartan

Vermont

4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably fresh, aromatic, and deliciously balanced IPA befitting the ratings it's received here. I'm looking forward to trying it on draft soon. The notes of fruit are apparent immediately and the finish is undeniably smooth. Up there with Heady Topper with my favorite IPA so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:39:48 | More by cfspartan
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dseanv

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a growler at the Whole Foods in Addison, TX. Nice.

A: Nice golden amber color appealing to the eye.

S: Piney, hoppy, and yeast / bread like aroma. Not much fruit, but very clean and fresh smell.

T: Smooth balance between bitter and sweet. Great flavor of a caramel malt.

M: Clean and fresh mouthfeel. Crisp tasting.

O: Great beer. Thanks Stone.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2014 20:38:09 | More by dseanv
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OTB

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone continues it's roll. This innovative release program rewards those who keep it fresh,and move it quick. After all the videos and how too's I finally get my hands on a fresh specimen today. Having enjoyed, very much I may add, the Ruination Anniversary as a youngster, and thought the 16th was OK I really had no idea what I was about to fall into. This pours a pale copper, the cap is dense, white and recedes rather quickly. My first inclination that I'm into something special is when I bring my tulip to my nose. Seriously, the most intensly aromatic nose I have ever enjoyed from Stone. Very Alpine Nelson meets KRBC Citra nose, totally intoxifying. It just gets better as the flavors fall in line with the nose delivering sweet mango, tangerine, lemon, orange and white pepper notes. There is a beautiful bitter blast from the enormous hop bill, just enough malt to keep it all in balance, remember this is totally a west coast variation, so were talking hops, dry and fruity. The mouth is dry, clean and utterly refreshing, there is absolutely no detection of the 9+ abv lurking underneath the entire package. Gains complexity as it warms and never is hot. This would be Stones biggest seller by a land slide if made available year round. If you can find a fresh bottle now do what you have to, it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:30:19 | More by OTB
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Fibrillator

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic representation of west coast ipa, but fresh for an east coast guy.

Importantly, my beer colleague who is a stout maven ( usually bourbon barrel or coffee) liked it.

He was able to cross over because of the beauty of this fresh, floral, settling beer.

Being an ipa nut, I found this exceptional and can't wait for next iteration.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 05:23:24 | More by Fibrillator
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Hatzilla

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by 12.21.12. Consumed today.

A: A clear golden pour with a small head and minimal lacing.

S: Incredible tropical fruits and citrus - lots of mango, passionfruit and red ruby grapefruit as well as some pine needles.

T: Wow! Like the nose, the beer tastes tropical/citrusy with a nice malt backbone. Pine needles again make their presence known.

M: Medium-oily with a piny, dry long-lasting finish. Beer is a tad less than medium carbonated in my opinion.

O: A SUPER DIPA in my opinion. Tastes better than Pliny and I hope Stone makes this a regular offering. Grab one while they last.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:01:42 | More by Hatzilla
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-A nice golden color with low carbonation. A very clear pour.
S- It has a nice balance of pine and citrus aromas> Smells clean.
T- For a taste it has a wonderful full flavor of hops to begin, then it follows with a clean finish just as the nose does. The bitterness lingers for a moment and then leaves your palate begging for more.
M-The mouthfeel is slightly full bodied but the finish cleans it all up. Carbonation is low but still apparent. One of the best balanced IIPAs I can remember.
O- Overall I love this IPA. I could drink this baby a hundred times before it expires. Good fucking job.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:19:21 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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BeerHo

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic IPA! Great aroma and color as soon as you tap it! Had the privilege of enjoying it on tap at the Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA. This beer rivals Pliny The Elder or Firestone Double Jack IPA. Great citrus from the first sip and great hops throughout with a good malty finish. This is a top flight beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 22:23:51 | More by BeerHo
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was the 11.12.13 vintage. Beautiful pour from a growler with a nice head. One of my favorite things when sipping this was the smell each time I put the glass near my mouth.
I have a weakness for Stone beer and consider them probably the best brewery out there. But this double IPA was as smooth tasting as if not more than the other Stone Beers I have enjoyed. Factor in that is 9.5 ABV but you do not taste the alchohol makes this a rare treat. If you have a chance to get this fresh beer, jump on it.
Please note that the 4.75 on overall instead of 5 is only due to the cost.
But hey you have to spoil yourself every now and then.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2013 19:35:14 | More by Wrigfen
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jrnyc

New York

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Heavytaste for sending me two of these, an awesome Beer Advocate and great trading partner.

I really looked forward to getting this one. Smell was amazing , is this really a Stone beer? If I didn't know better I would have thought I was drinking an Alpine.

Tasted very good, very Alpine like.

Hats off to Stone for a great beer and also for fighting the fight of freshness. Awesome marketing campaign. Other brewers , take note, your beer may be equal to or better than Stone, but I will reach for Stone every time because of the enjoy by date and the commitment for IPA lovers to get fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:48:56 | More by jrnyc
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a 4.01.13 version. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Beautiful golden/light copper color, crystal clear, nice carbonation, decent head. Lots of lacing.

S - Best part! Very hoppy, grassy, some spice. Makes you want to drink slowly and savor every scent.

T - Hoppy and piny, some initial sweetness. Still developing my palate but as such I can still say this is one of the best-tasting IPAs I've had.

M - Not light but not terribly heavy. Smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall - Easily the best IPA I've had. Pick some up if you get a chance. The local liquor store limits these to 1 per customer due to scarcity--now I understand why.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:46:06 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5.17.13 - 9.13.13 - 11.12.13 - 2.14.14 - 4.20.14

A: This beer pours a beautiful perfectly clear amber with huge amounts of bubble swelling from the bottom of the glass. Not a very big head even on a dead drop pour maybe 1 finger but leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit.

T: A Light sweet note up front followed by a little pine and GRAPEFRUIT! (9.13.13 was a bit more piney)

M: Medium bodied with fair carbonation and a very dry finish

O: This beer is simply amazing, it is not only one of my favorite IPA's but a favorite beer period.... If you haven't had it you need to this beer is well deserving of the hype it has gotten.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 04:45:45 | More by xShoWTeKx
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Walletsworth

North Dakota

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best beer I have had since I started to get into craft beers. I have always loved skunky beers and this beer has tremendous hoppy flavor, but it also has a piney slightly skunky flavor. I've had Pliny the Elder and I think this beer has an edge on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:56:42 | More by Walletsworth
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A beer, I have been wanting to try...that doesn't come along so much anymore. I'm not saying it's hyped up but I love fresh IPA. The concept was something I fell in love with the date is 8/24/13 the bottle says to drink by 9/13/13. Look it's expressive in appearance, copper bright body almost an orange layered hue to the beer with cream almost white head forms thick. Fine speckled lacing I'm again in love, why does this have to be the beer, one which sells out quicker than stores can get it in. Aroma has bright grapefruit, citrus notes that expel any notion of less than fresh hops. It's actually an explosion of hops withheld in a room of fresh hops, earthy qualities are dumbed down by bright citrus. Each gulp goes down smoother than the next, beautiful beer I'm drinking each sip thinking where is the next drink coming from that's a strong hook that radio DJs look for in every overproduced song on the market. This is not overproduced it's just the best quality beer of every quality IPA you have ever tried. Slick oily mouthfeel leads to expressive carbonation levels soft and excellent between every twist and turn get me a case and I will drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 16:39:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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obywan59

Virginia

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottled 10/4/13, enjoy by 11/12/13. Purchased on vacation at Poseidon's Pantry Gourmet on Chincoteague Island, VA.

Crystal clear light gold to orange with a strong 2 1/2 finger off white head. Amazingly thick, clingy lacing. Carbonation is evident.

Very fresh hugely hoppy aroma. Very herbal. Grapefruit and peel, pine and freshly cut wild herbs like homeopathic medicinals. It smells healthy.

Bitter homeopathics and grapefruit peel repeated and elevated compared to the aroma. Slight taste of alcohol early on. A fleeting hint of almost cinnamon in the back of the mouth. As the beer warms, the bitter characteristics mellow out and the sweet malts blend with the hops to mimic a tropical fruit punch.

Medium thick, not quite creamy. Peppery with light syrup. Very warming.

Incredible aroma and taste. My favorite double IPA ever. Even better than Firestone Double Jack.

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Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:01:04 | More by obywan59
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rievelx6

Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured into a tulip glass with a copper orange color with a white head.

S- Loads of hops citrus and grapefruit with pines.

T- The taste is very similar to the scent of this beer. Lots of hops citrus and grapefruit pines.

M- Good carbonation pretty smooth, hops on the palate.

O- Overall this is by far my favorite IPA or double IPA quite possibly my favorite beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 21:48:45 | More by rievelx6
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winningwes91

North Carolina

4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this puppy on tap at bottle revolution in Raleigh NC. Was so much better than I remembered.

Appearance- Beautiful sunset orange with lots of bubbles streaming up to the top with about a half finger of egg white head that disappeared quickly. Awesome.

Smell- Wow. This is amazing. Smells like I'm sticking my nose in a bag of tropical fruits and hops. What I get is hops, mango, peach, grapefruit, slight bread malty notes. Just epic smells.

Taste. Holy crap this is so much more fruit-forward than the October 2013 version. Follows the nose precisely. Tastes like hopped up fruit juice. Just an amazing, and probably my favorite IPA currently.

Mouthfeel- Super carbinated and drinks dangerously well for a 9.4 % beer.

Overall- This is easily Stone's best beer. And that's saying a lot. Amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 01:52:41 | More by winningwes91
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The3rdbeer

California

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

Poured into Bruery tulip with an initial 1 finger of white head that after 3 minutes still lingers in a thick lacing.

A- absolutely clear light amber color with white lace on top looks fresh!

S- fresh hops in full! So resinous it's amazing, perfumed with pine and tropical fruit it smells crisp and clean very little malt in nose.

T- floods in with tropical notes over waves of pine and hop resin. Malt sweeps it up with a little candied mango at the end fantastic!!!

M- medium carbonation and crisp upfront mouth coating hop resins make this a fuller side of light body

O- really tasty and fresh oh so fresh! Hides the 9.4% ABV perfectly. So glad I have another! Great if you can get it. Good luck

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 07:08:10 | More by The3rdbeer
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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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zoober911

New York

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Copper in color. Clear with no haze. Nice lacing that holds onto the glass.

Smell: Initial smell of grapefruit, citrus. Strong smell of pine to follow.

Taste: Nothing short of what was expected. Citrus, hops, pine, grapefruit. Everything that you want to taste. Very clean and crisp. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Another great beer from Stone.

If you have the chance to pick one up, I would recommend it. I had one of the earlier releases and it tastes better than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

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