Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,504
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 666
Gots: 2,219 | FT: 19
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012

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.
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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours light to darker golden bronze. Gets hazy towards the top. Nice fluff of white foam sits a top. Strong pine nose but fades out quickly. Real firm hop bitter blasts out and holds throughout. Really fresh tasting, but nothing mellow about it. (301 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Opened 2 days before "drink by" date. Clear dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Initially upon opening, there is a nice hop aroma, but it attenuates slight soon thereafter. Big malt profile that overpowers the hops. No doubt that this is a double. Some apricot in the nose, but mostly hops and malt. The flavor is good, but the bitterness is a little harsh. Palate is perfect for a double. Medium carbonation that rapidly dissipates. It's a big beer. Well done, but a little heavy-handed. I like what Stone is trying to do here. I just prefer an IPA with a bit more balance. (584 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy bronze color with an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of pine and citrus.

Flavors of both bitter citrus zest and sweet candied citrus peel. There is also a strong pine presence.

Medium bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation and a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very nice display of hops. Would definitely try again. (444 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of 9.13.13 variety. First review on 8/23. 2nd review on 8/31 Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

A - Amber/light orange color. Small head on first pour. Medium head on 2nd our as bottle had warmed. Pleasant appearance.

S - Detected grapefruit and tropical fruit hints.

T - Citrus/apricot hints followed by bready bitterness, lasting long after finished drinking. Unfortunately, feel that beer is missing something... lacks complexity of flavors I was looking for.

M -Clean/crisp. Nice tingle on the tongue.

O - Disappointed on first attempt. Usually a big fan of Stone products, so I gave it another try. Had a better impression the 2nd time around, but still to do not believe this beer lives up to the hype. (721 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good but not great. Had the enjoy by 420 and it a typical west coast ipa, if that's your style. Seems to be a step behind pliny but overall a decent brew!! (155 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 7.4.15. Great floral nose and a little sap in mine. Color a nice light copper. Taste, delicious. A little sweet as it warms but Has a nice long lasting after taste of citrus, mouthfeel very light. 9.4abv non detectable. Really glad I got to try it as its my first stone enjoy by. Cheers! (297 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance - large frothy head, beautiful yellow orange color and great lacing. what an IPA should look like.

smell - lots of floral and bitterness in this one.

taste - like the smell this one is quite bitter from a ton of hops

mouthfeel - those hops are aggressive and don't leave your mouth right away. pleasantly carbonated as well.

this is a very fresh hop bomb. stone sure knows how to make a hoppy beer (415 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09.13.13 version. Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is nearly sweet grapefruit and some pineapple, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. (347 characters)

Photo of GrumpyBeer
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the 2.14 bottle and more recently on tap. From the tap this beer was great. Pour amber orange with white head. The smell was outstanding with a good balanced pine and orange, grapefruit. The taste on this pour was wonderful with hoppy citrus forward and the bitter back end but the malt shined through and finished with some orange. I will say the bottle I had was not even close to this on draft. It was much more bitter and the taste just not as good. On draft this was great overall. (492 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/17/13 bottled 4/12/13

Pours a beautiful sunset orange into my DFH glass. Chewy, foamy, white head billows atop this crystal clear copper brew. Not as much carbonation as I expected. The head fades rather quickly but leaves gobs of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Overripe pineapple, lots of yellow grapefruit, orange peel, touches of mango, dried compost and pine needles. Little bits of skunky weed, but mostly and mix of tropical fruit with a citrus punch. I had the last batch on tap and I remember the smell being much more intense.
Lotsa pine, grapefruit rind/pith, mango and pineapple. Really nice blend of citrus bitter and tropical sweetness. Not outstanding by any means, but very nice.
Really nice, but nowhere near a perfect blend of citrus/pine/caramel/tropical. Bitter enough, but still lets the fruit shine thru.
I'm not overly impressed with this IIPA. At $16/4-pack it's not at all worth it IMHO. I'll take Resin or Big A over this anyday of the week! Not bad, but not at all worth it either. Get on the hype train. (1,038 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bomber went fast at the Big Guys, but found a few bottles hanging around out-of-the-way shops, so picked one up. I believe the best by date is 5/17/13, if I'm reading the arcane coding right. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is one hundred percent pureed mango; I can almost imagine the pulp hiding in the dense liquid. Nose lovely right at the pop, pure-bred tropical fruit & citrus with an underlayment of sweetness. That's good.

Enjoy by 5.17.13 succeeds in pushing hops straight up your nose; they're everywhere your palate turns. The nose leans into the taste with large-bore tropical fruits & liberal dose of citrus up front. The middle brings a low yield of grassy dankness, which isn't my thing in IPAs, but the bitter clean-up blast that follows mitigates my mouth somewhat. Bitterness sticks like pine tar. Alcohol isn't noted, & this is easy to sip. I'd buy this in a Big Gulp.

Brilliant marketing ploy aside, this is a very good IIPA, but not worth the premium price tag. Glad I tried it. (1,021 characters)

Photo of TheHopBrewKid
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long time craft beer drinker and enthusiast, but this is my first review on Beer Advocate. This review is for 9.13.13.

A - Pours a nice dark copper like a solid Imperial IPA should. About half a finger of head which dissipated a bit quicker than I expected. Some nice lacing.

S - Piney. Like walking into a nursery during Christmas time when you're looking to purchase that perfect tree. Somewhat grassy, but the aroma is deeper than that. Cannabis like in a way as well.

T - Pine, all pine, in a really, really good way. Hits of rosemary. Definitely not citrusy. Again, it's way deeper than that. Almost woodsy but not earthy. Strong hop flavor but surprisingly not bitter. Great finish.

M - Harsh somewhat at first, but finishes extremely smooth. Not as silky as something like Heady, but very good in its own right. A bit of carbonation, a little more than expected. Amazingly, like others have said, very drinkable. Not sessionable by any means, but definitely a beer you can enjoy a few times in a day or night.

O - Just an excellent Imperial IPA. One of the better I've had in awhile. It kind of gets everything right, but the tad bit of harshness before it mellows out stops it from being exceptional. But, truthfully, that's nit picking as this is a tremendous beer when compared to others in its style. (1,317 characters)

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 07/04/15. This is a complex IPA. Large gulps taste of caramel and oranges with a floral hint. Smaller, contemplative, sips reveal a resinous bitterness. (161 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I had the Enjoy By 05.17.13 and to be honest it was just good. I'd heard a ton about this beer and was really looking forward to this brew. Poured a bomber into a tulip, and the head dissipated rather quickly. The color was a perfect pale gold, and the head was a nice white/pale straw. The aroma didn't do much for me, a touch of spice, and sweet and earthy/flowery smell. The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting and, although I appreciate west coast IPAs, this one didn't really have the malt character to balance out the appreciable hops. After all of that being said, I did enjoy this Enjoy By, and will probably pic up one of them again, but likely in late fall if they put one out around then. (703 characters)

Photo of mudbug
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review of the 4-20-14 Batch:
From the bomber into a standard pint glass results in a very bright,clear golden body capped by a one inch head that slowly falls into a very determined cap of foam with sticky lace all over.
Aroma is pungent pine resin, marijuana,fresh cut grass, not overpowering but substantial.
Taste is upfront hop bitter with a pronounced malt sweetness for balance, but here is where I get off this train, there is a very strong medicinal alcohol flavor that for me is distracting.
On the juicy side. More of a sipper than a refreshing drink
One and done for me, I prefer my DIPAs to hide the alcohol better, Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas Sucks and Boneyard Hop Venom do it better. All that said It's a very good beer and if the other ones are not available I'd never turn this down (804 characters)

Photo of JPatrick_Sweeney
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from: 22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint.

Appearance: Clear, golden/copper color, adequate lacing on the glass, decent head retention.

Smell: grassy, floral hops, reminiscent of a cut lawn on the Fourth of July

Taste: Aggressively hopped, sweet pale malt taste, citric dryness followed by a VERY subtle Anise/licorice note

Mouthfeel: dry, without coating the mouth. Refreshing finish with a touch of sting on the tongue.

Overall: An American Double IPA which succeeded in providing what it intended to provide: A full bodied hop-headed delight just in time for the 4th of July. The taste could really only be described as "Fresh" with plenty of herbal hop aroma and taste, but with an undeniable malty sweetness to balance the more assertive flavors of the hops. I personally enjoy this one more than Stone's "Enjoy by 4.20.14 IPA", despite that being an excellent brew. Perfect complement to the dog days of summer, in the midst of job and apartment hunting, just hoppy enough to keep me awake. Intending to purchase again prior to Independence Day.

Cheers,
~JPS (1,081 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent sudsy mouthfeel. Handsome orangey, golden amber in the St. Bernardus globe. A nice foam that renews with each small pour. Spicy aroma and huge flowery, resiny nose.

I guess they're not going to tell us what hops they use, but this is the weirdest, fruitiest hop smash-up. It's sort of a spoiled fruit flavor, like really ripe mangos going black and that pineapple you forgot about. Plenty piney as well. Fortunately the bitterness is remarkably restrained, so this is kinid of a unique hop overdose without the usual tongue-pickling. A little sweet, which I'm grateful for.

Add the ridiculous alcohol and you have an experience you have to try to believe. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. At nine bucks it's pricier than virtually every other Stone brew, but what tha zzz. (810 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle of this states enjoy by 12-21-12 (tasted on 11-24-12). Interesting marketing in this regard--absolutely in your face about when the beer will start to fade. In Boston, my favorite store had only two cases available. Both were kept in back for the "regulars". Good idea to produce just enough for us beer geeks.

Solid three finger head that settles slowly leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is nearly clear with a neutral gold color.

Strong evergreen aroma with a bit of citrus; some white pepper...all from hops! I cannot detect any smells from the malts. Still, this is inviting.

Starts with a mild pale malt flavor. This is completely gone once I swallow--a complete hop bomb with an expected never-ending aftertaste. If you love your beer very bitter, you'll love this one. The body is relatively weak when compared to other DIPAs. The high carbonation adds to this effect. (909 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 2-15-13. Drank at NWI super bowl tasting

A - Light orange yellow with a small white head

S - Mango, tangerine, light grapefruit, and bitter pine

T - Bitter grapefruit with light pine up front. Light mango and honey syrup that provides a nice sweetness to it that keeps it from being too bitter up front.

MF - Light body with slight syruipiness to it. Light body with nice resin remaining in the tongue

O - Solid DIPA that has a nice balance between the bitter hops up front and the sweeter, more tropical fruit flavors. (534 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 800th review! "End of the World" batch 12.21.12. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours a frothy, 2 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is thick, layered and stringy with great cling. Phenomenal in every aspect.

Nose is intense citrus, pine with a sappy hop presence and some cane sugar to finish things off. Nice and clean.

Opens citrus, pine, cane sugar and a light hoppiness. A slight astringency at the start that mellows into some sap hop bitterness. Middle is more citrus and grapefruit with a bitter finish and a hoppy, fruity aftertaste. Really balanced.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively but smooth in the mouth and warm and aggressive going down. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering aftertaste. Hides the ABV exceptionally well.

This is just a very well crafted, all-around solid IIPA. Great look, clean nose, balanced flavor profile and an excellent feel. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one. (989 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 4.1.13. A bit old but its the only one I am going to find in the area. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a soapy off-white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is hoppy, shocker. Big grapefruit scent with some pepper and a touch of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple.

The taste is fairly grassy but still has some notes of grapefruit. Some tropical fruit notes but not too sweet, which is good. A bit peppery and earthy. The malt base is a touch bready but mainly sits in the background. A nice hoppy beer but it probably faded a bit.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not in a crushing way. Its a big beer but its not sticky or thick.

Enjoy By was enjoyable, wish I could of had it fresher. Good hop profile with a nice light malt base. (798 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear orange with a medium super foamy head. Plenty of tiny bubbles.

S: Pine. Flowers. Peach.

T: heavy grapefruit. Pine resin. A little sweet malt character. Alcohol tones. Heavy bitterness.

M: medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: BIG IPA. Huge hops. Big alcohol presence. A little too much for me. But good for sure. (350 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked a few of these up for me at her work.

Appearance- clear golden color, very thin head

Smell- piney, grassy, citrus hops

Taste- piney, grassy, and slight citrus hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This is definitely a very good beer. I really like it a lot. (283 characters)

Photo of MrBoh
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger head into my DFH IPA glass. The head has a strong resemblance of clean sea foam, if there ever was such a thing. Pretty deep amber, almost glows.

Scent of grass, followed by a little pine. Lemongrass, grapefruit and a bit dank. Hardly any booze smell, just a little sweet. The smell is so exciting that I took a sip before I intended to... The high aroma rating more so for the excitement it provided than it being spot on for the aromas I like in the style...If that makes any sense?

A tad sweetness at first, a little earthiness and grassiness. Pine and grapefruit are present here, but much more subdued. Overall just very...meaty. Makes me crave a steak.

Finishes pretty dry and bitter. Strong excitement long after each sip due to the carbonation.

Despite this being bottled two weeks ago, it seems to just be missing some freshness. The flavor profile isn't what I prefer with the style, but it kind of works. But, it's still pretty drinkable. I will have no problem polishing off the bomber myself. (1,028 characters)

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.