Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

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98
world-class

9,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,432
Reviews: 1,439
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 654
Gots: 2,187 | 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 brureview
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2-14-14( tasted 1/30/14)-
Having tasted this beer twice in the past- once on tap 12/12, and 9-2-13, I was expecting the same quality and taste/mf/aroma profile.

The current brew doesn't have the strong aroma of the 9-2-13. The latter had more tropical fruit, and a more bitter, hoppy finish.

The current Enjoy By is more conventional- tastes similar to other West Coast IPAs. Lots of grapefruit, more sweetness, the same vanilla presence, and less hoppier finish.
I would like more tropical fruit in future brews.

An excellent beer, but I prefer the previous style.

9-2-13

I was to lucky to find a bottle of this sought after beer.

Poured in a tulip: beautiful copper color with carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
1F head.

I could smell the fruit without putting my nose to the glass. Very tropical: orange, some grapefruit, and surprisingly, vanilla, which I don't usually smell in an IPA.

What sets this IPA apart from others: the fruits are highly tropical. Not your typical grapefruit, or citrus rind. Very tropical with orange. Very little grapefruit.

The aroma carries to the taste. A good sign of a balanced beer. Loads of tropical fruit. No vanilla. A blast of carbonation in the mouth feel enhances the overall experience of the beer.

Intense bitter hops at the finish- a Stone signature.

Great beer. I tasted it only once before in December. Fresh A+ IPA!

Photo of Beerds
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4-20 from the tap on 4-12 was my first experience. Did not disappoint one bit. Only offerings in my area were draft and bombers and by the time I had it all the bombers were gone. Don't let it pass you by.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was a bit past the date so got it cheaply. Solid anyway. I will be visiting this beer again.

Photo of barknee
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.21.12 pours a shockingly intense 24 karat gold color with generous carbonation and a thin but frothy head. This brew is quite unctuous, bonding to the glass with a sticky resinous coating.
The nose soars with aromas of grapefruit. mango, guava and passion fruit.
Moderately bitter with concentrated hops offering up flavors of lime zest and turbinado sugar, the aftertaste rides on for several minutes.
Honestly, if you closed your eyes and put your nose above the glass, you'd swear that you just crushed a double handful of Cascade; hop heaven!
Unless your conducting an empirical study on longevity, there is no reason whatsoever to delay gratification and enjoy this right now.
Is this brew all about freshness? - You bet it is!

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the 12.21.12 version on 12/22/12.. oops!

A = Golden amber, pretty clear, with medium-light carbonation and a thin head of light foam.

S = Even one day late, full of vibrant, fresh hops. Citrus, grapefruit, west coast hops.

T = Lots of hop flavor, though maybe not quite as much as the aroma would imply. Citrus, tropical fruit, a bit resinous. A decent amount of sweetness and malt to balance. Not particularly caramely.

M = Just right, medium body with a drying finish. Yum.

O = This is a great beer, that I need to get next year even fresher.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours an orange tinted golden, excellent clarity, a finger or so of white head, very good retention but not much lacing.

S: Smack of toffee with delicate undertone of citrus hops.

T: Lots of sweet, luscious caramel, some bright citrus tries to peek through, piney kick, and mild scrubbing bitterness on the backend.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation with some bite.

O: Excellent DIPA, but less hoppy and more caramelly than ideal. Maybe the hops are already on the downhill.

Photo of BrianJohnson
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this in the store today and had to pick it up, given all the talk about this beer on BA. I must agree that it is most definitely an enjoyable IPA. However, I think it may be lacking some of the malt character that would balance this out a bit more. I would definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to replace all my DFH 90-min with this one.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks to the good doktorzee for schlepping this back from Vegas for me. Enjoy By 04.20.14 was enjoyed on 03.26.14 - that still gets me in four weeks or so under the gun (and it was bottled only 10 days ago).

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some blotchy streaks of soap sud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty wet vegetation - ok, 'dank' - piney, leafy, and grassy, all - over-aged orange, lemon, pineapple and kiwi citrus rind, and a fairly laid-back bready, kind of crackery pale and caramel maltiness. The taste is pretty much the same, except noticeably more bitter - muggy pine resin and cones, acrid leafy notes, a citrus pith key party, some gritty, and near-overwritten bready and caramel malt, a touch of crispy biscuit, hints of tropical fruit, and the mere suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is decently tight and frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and weirdly smooth, what with all that hop bitterness running around like the proverbial chicken (I'm not insinuating anything poultry-like at all about this offering). It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops stuttering just a bit, but re-setting and driving forward in no time flat.

Fresh, and yet dank, in the same physical space - wow! A five-week enjoy-by window, is ballsy, is what it is, but it does make its point about freshness and point of origin and Stone's hubris just fine. I wonder what it would be like to be able to try each successive release of this - probably, like anything, one would just get bored of it. Or not - this is one tasty, tasty DIPA, the hops large and in charge, and the near 19 proof booze significantly less 'fresh' and in your face.

Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well done Stone! Well done! Personally I have not been overly impressed by the 'Enjoy by' series since its inception. Coerced by 2 very reliable sources I went ahead and did enjoy this dbl ipa by 7.4.14.

Beautifully crafted with a slight grapefruit-y hop smell, it is a medium bodied double ipa that does not overwhelm nor intrude. Pairs well with a delicious summer salad... or a Jameson neat.

Well done Stone. well done. please brew more.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name Enjoy By 07.04.14 (can not get a better date then that)

A - Poured out a crystal clear light golden orange, with a nice white two finger head which leave nice legs.

S - I could smell this bad boy from the moment I poured it two feet away. Smells of pine and citrus, dankness, tangerine, mango, slight caramel notes and a bit alcohol. It tickles the nose slightly.

T - Loads of hops then bitterness, some residual sweetness. I get more dankness on the flavor, with some citrus and resinous pine, then the lingering bitterness comes through and the burning alcohol after it goes down. Quit enjoyable.

M - Soft medium body with a slickness and good amount of carbonation. Leaves relatively dry but does have a nice sweet middle note.

O - Pretty awesome double IPA from Stone. Its great to get a bottle that you know is fresh without having to search for it or gamble on it. If you want a hoppy double IPA that wont disappoint pick this one up soon. Only downfall with this brew is the relatively high price at over 8 dollars, so I had to reduce the overall score from 4.25. Keep making great beer Stone, cheers!

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

4-1-2013

A - Poured from a bottle. Poured with a decent one finger, bright white head. Head faded rather quickly leaving no visible lacing. Pretty light orange, not as dark as I was expecting for such a strong IPA. Crystal clear with nice bubbles floating to the top of the brew.

S - Very astringent hop smell. Reminds me of the Green Flash West Coast. Lots of pine and a little lemon rind. Smells very bitter.

T - Sooo smooth for the ABV. This is very, very impressive. Strong initial bitter bite that quickly recedes to pine and a zesty floral taste. Very nice flavor and tastes really fresh.

M - Very crisp and dry. Leaves you wanting another drink. Very nice carbonation.

O - Another excellent showing of hops from Stone. Very fresh taste. I really hope stone continues these drink by beers and can't wait to see what's in store.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma was potent right from lift off. A hop bouquet of citrus, mostly of sutle tangerine and maybe pineapple. Malts are sweet and bready.
Equally enticing is the appearance. Brilliant clarity in this autumn amber. A fine head sits on top which has a dense and solid body. Retention is good in that the head lingers and refreshs easily with a gentile swirl. Sticky lacing on the glass as the beer level drops (which is common when I drink) and gentil carbonation.
Taste is sweet and bitter. A very hoppy ale and is equally bitter, sweet malts counteract the bitters a tad.
Flows easy across the palette with minimal effort and finishes again sweet and bitter that lingers well into the aftertaste.
Everthing works for this beer, aroma appearance and taste. I applaud Stone for thier attempt to ensure fresh beer. I get tired of buying premium beer at premium prices only to have it stale or old. PUT THE DAMN DATE ON THE DAMN BOTTLE.

sorry for the salty talk

Photo of Kerfluffel
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear bronzy gold. Head off white, tight bubbles.
S: Aroma smacks of hops. tropical fruits dominate with notes of pine resin grass, and slight citrus, malt is subtle. Dank.
M: Medium body and smooth. Dry as can be.
T: Taste is soft in the beginning with notes of toast, light caramel, and soft malt. Hop flavor is intense and follows aromatics. Grassy, pine resin, and more of citrus character. Bitterness takes over the finish and lingers long.
O: Great brew, a true hop forward experience.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First reviewed in January, 2014; revisited as available. This review is Enjoy By 04.20.15.

Pours a deep gold color with a thick white head. A really good-looking beer. Good retention and lacing. Really citrusy, moderately bitter but not in-your-face about it. Medium body, nice level of carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden.

I first had Enjoy By at Poe's Tavern on Sullivan Island SC, and it was an almost religious experience. Enjoy By is good from the bottle, but I think draft is superior.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle best consumed before Boxing Day. No obstacles there. Dark yellow amber with a finger and a half of creamy, slightly frothy off-white head. On the light side visually speaking. Aroma dominated by tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, mango, passion fruit), tangerine, lemon, and peaches, with a subtle pine undercurrent. There is more pine on the palate (along with a decent blast of booze), with the nose skewing fruitier, although I am still getting copious quantities of tropical nectar and peach. Slight hint of onion. Very light malts, just a tinge of toffee. Comes off as well-attenuated, with little to conceal the generous hop bill. Somewhat woody and herbal on the back end but lacks the potent green notes one can get in less refined fresh hop ales. Less body than expected for such a "big" beer, dare I say on the light side, with just the right amount of mid-range fizz. I am temped to deem this Go To IPA's big brother, although that comparison does not quite capture the nuances. Suffice to say, this is a powerful brew yet somehow sophisticated in its lack of coarse bitter notes or green off-flavors. Nothing but tropical muskiness, citrus rind, and pleasant floral alcohols to nourish the beer geek soul.

Photo of Slipweasel
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twas a great night. Started with the Stone so from what I remember. Was exceptional. Had a fridge just stocked for a good night of decent beers. Between the Dogfish Head and the local IPA from shipyard (Black and Monkey Fist), This was a spectacular night of great beer. 02.14.14 from Stone was highlight and also the 2nd to last trip to local packy. She sent me for smokes one more time, damn. But came home with a nice lil 5 spot for the night. The Stone was the star but you cant beat 90 min. from Dogfish Head. It's epic and we all know it. The fact i had a Sixer of the the local Shipyard IPA was a bonus and that Black IPA is real damn good. Stone continues to deliver and to be fair I live out in nowhere ME so the fact I'm getting this beer is just plane awesome. Wow I got min of 84 to go and all I can think about is that damn meatloaf i just microwaved. I shall go now and chow. drink well my friends Ü

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus and slight vegetal hop matter. Light tropical fruit, bright and zingy. Some sweetness and almost a buckwheat honey character.

Appearance: Deep gold to almost copper color. Huge white head with tight bubbles. Brilliant.

Flavor: Slightly sweet at first but not much, fading quickly to a dry middle and finish. Borderline astringent end, but manages to stay drinkable. Some light caramel malt notes, but not actually sweet. I do get a orange pith flavor and strong bitterness. Some muscat grape as it warms.

Overall: Very drinkable due to dryness but lacks a certain balance that I have found in my top examples.

Photo of Dools9
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: It pours a golden orange, initially a two finger head that receded to a skim. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass and some alcohol legs.

S: Very dank, there's a lot of resinous pine hop aromas maybe some grapefruit. As it warms, the sweeter tropical hops come through, and I'm also getting some mild cat piss/garlic which sounds weird, but it blends nicely with the sweeter hops aroma. Not a lot of alcohol, maybe a light whiff.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Hops are earthy and very resinous with pine, grapefruit and more of that onion and garlic thing. There's also some tropical fruit hops flavors that blend with the resinous hops. The beer is pretty bitter and the flavor leaves a resinous lingering bitterness.

M: Medium, slighlty sticky feel especially as it warms up.

O: This one got much better as it warmed up and more flavors started to pull through. I was however slightly let down by this one especially with all the hype around it. I thought it was an excellent beer, but (and I hate to make comparisons) I prefer a DIPA like Sucks for the immense drinability and tropical flavors to the more resinous/dank that Enjoy By has. That being said, brilliant idea by Stone.

Photo of GregSVT
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip Third batch - 12.21.12

A: Pours a nearly clear golden orange with a small white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is an immediate blast of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and apricots. Dank like a bag of cheeba and hop forward for sure. There's a bit of malt in there as well but it is one of the most fruit forward DIPAs I've ever smelled and I love it!

T: The taste is not so fruit forward and actually is balanced by a good hop bitterness. There are flavors of mango and apricot but there are also big flavors of pine and grapefruit. It's actually dank in the taste which I don't think I've ever experienced before...very interesting. The taste is good but it's not as impressive as the nose.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: I like this and I hope they keep this series going. I would buy this all the time if it was available year round.

Photo of wtkamp
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer around 1/26. Very interesting and very enjoyable! Although, the aroma and finish have a grassy, almost bandaid-like undertone. It smells like Mosaic or Azzaca hops which have a hint of that aroma profile.

Photo of msquared36
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light copper color. Thin head with no lacing.

Aroma is piney and musty.

Tastes exactly like it smells.

Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is substantial without being syrupy.

Great beer for a hop fan. Not the best DIPA, but definitely worth grabbing a bottle or two before the enjoy by date (after which, I assume, Stone's fairy god mother spell expires and the beer magically transforms into skunk Natty Light).

Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear yellow gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a bubbly ring with good lacing.

S: grapefruit, pineapple, dank weed, and pine dominate the nose.

T: similar to the aroma, grapefruit, pineapple, and dank weed dominate with some piny notes as well. Light bitterness.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer has a nice body while avoiding being too sticky or oily.

O: a delicious IPA overall. Lots of juicy and dank hop notes.

Photo of vandemonian
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the fourth batch of Stone Enjoy By. It was a very interesting and delicious IPA. It's a bit different in the sense that it emphasises weed and umami flavours.

A: Yellow orange with a 5 mm head. 4

S: Spicy hops and some sweetness. 4

T: Spicy hops and malty too. Basically, it tastes a lot like weed too. There is also some really strong umami flavour. Some lemongrass hopiness in there too. 4.5

M. Foamy. 4

O: 4

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.21.12, bottled on 11/15.

This one pours a light bodied, very clear bright orange gold in color with a soapy, off white one finger head. The clarity is great. The nose is very fresh, pungent. It has notes of light pine, slightly oniony Nelson, maybe some Simcoe, maybe some Centennial and has a light and clean malt bill. It's just really clean. The flavors too, very clean. The pine and onion are in proper ratios, favoring the light pine significantly. There is also a nice bitter citrus character. It drinks very, very light in body and is quite sessionable for both the style and abv because of this. This is a really nice DIPA. The price was certainly right on this. I like this idea, force feeding freshness is very effective. Well done Stone, well done.

Photo of Nathan401
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12-26-14 immensely. It was odd to drink a hoppy IPA that smooth and without bite. 2-20-15 is also good but I unfortunately agree with the onion comments.

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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