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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,763 Ratings
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98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,763
Reviews: 1,254
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 564
Gots: 1,710 | FT: 19
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.

 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 kynap55
3.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

had on tap, smell was good but taste was way too bitter, maybe this was a bad batch

Photo of blee0891
3.12/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.21/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/12/12

11.09.12

This is perhaps clearer than any IPA I've ever seen. The color is sort of an autumn orange with straw yellow highlights at the stem. One finger of bubbly white foam doesn't last long, leaving a soapy layer. Lace and bubbles hang across the glass.

I wouldn't have expected three days to do much damage, but the aroma isn't nearly as vibrant as when I sampled a bottle earlier in the week. While the first bottle had a wonderful, grapefruit and sugar beet aroma that was a perfect ratio of sweet citrus, the beer in my glass now has a fairly common grapefruit/pine combo and a light, biscuit/dough notion. To its credit, there nose is clean despite readily appreciable hop oils and resins. Alcohol is barely noticeable. At the risk of sounding cliche, you can smell the hops fade as you hold the glass.

The hops are a bit of a let down for the palate. Pine and prickly citrus are surprisingly one dimensional (though I hesitate to call it bland). The hops don't have the same zeal as the earlier bottle (or from the tap). Bitterness is moderately high. At least most of the flavor is still there. Thankfully, malts are sent to hiding; just some dusty biscuit and cracker notes.

The body is trim, maybe even thin, considering the style. Carbonation is rather light. While I generally like low carbonation, in this case it makes for a weak feel overall. It doesn't help that alcohol slickness trumps the hop oils.

My overall impression is that Enjoy By is pretty much a gimmick. Purposefully making a product that deteriorates rapidly and pushing distribution to get it across the country? Sounds like Stone has quit being arrogant and gone to being obnoxious. Nevertheless, sometimes gimmicks can turn out alright, which is the case here. At the very least, Stone should be commended for making a DIPA that isn't a complete sugary booze bomb.

Photo of FFreak
3.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoy By 2/14/14 - Burlington, VT

A - beautiful light copper orange with thin light cream head that drops fairly soon

S - Some fruity hop smell, but a somewhat disconcerting and dominant oniony/garlicky aroma. I was not expecting that.

T - The onion/garlic aroma translates somewhat into the taste and did not do it for me. This fades somewhat as the beer warms

M - excellent body and mouthfeel

O - The dominance of the onion/garlic hop aroma and flavor are not what I appreciate in a good beer. This was very disappointing for me as I've heard so many positive reviews for this beer.

Photo of ColdSmoke
3.24/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.24/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of dense white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

S: Intense and complex hoppiness in the aroma of this beer. I get strong citrus followed by pine, resin, and onion. A bit of caramel sweetness shows up, but this beer certainly does not smell sweet.

T: Caramel sweetness comes out much more in the flavor than the aroma. Resiny hops come out with a bit of onion. Bitterness is quite strong. Booze is surprisingly also quite strong.

M: On the thick side with adequate carbonation.

O: A very nice aroma, but the hop flavor is muddled and booze is quite strong for the style.

Photo of Jbats
3.24/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This years offerings so far have taken a serious nose dive! Had the release for Feb and now the March. Bittering is much milder and seems to be off balance now. Flavor is still solid but it is missing the 'grapey' (nelson sauvin?)finish I thought made this beer so unique. Dank hops are much more noticeable in this version. Not sure what has happened to the recipe or if hops used are no longer cost effective but it is not the awesome hop head offering it once was in 2013. Too bad this was definitely one of my favorite readily available IPA's in my area.

Photo of fenlop54
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of wildcatboy
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of Rwang
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Tried the Enjoy by 12.26.14 on Dec 13 - nothing spectacular here 3.25

Photo of TexasZach
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of thefluker
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of thebeeler
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of BobD567
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of The_Jerk
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

This was the 12.09.14 batch..IMO all these beers start to taste the same and I cant tell anymore whats so special with the hype in this series.. Im prolly done with this series at this point.

Photo of Bob402
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of muraco3
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of J1mmyB09
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of HookemHops13
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 8,763 ratings.