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

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,507
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 666
Gots: 2,218 | 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 hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(Batch 4-1-13) Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass
Chill-hazed apricot/gold in color, with a big cloud deck of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Big juicy, dank hops
Taste-Fruity peach and apricot, piney, resinous hops abound. Grapefruit, fresh-squeezed hops. High ABV not evident. Full-on hops, big character and bigger flavor. A powerfull, full-flavored Double IPA. (368 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fourth batch. On-tap at Fat Head's Pittsburgh.

Great clarity. Amber/orange in this light. Soppy little foam cap. Quaint look.

Tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. Papaya, grapefruit, orange, and grated lemon. Biscuit malts are in attendance, as well.

Dank citrus and tropical fruit hops pour out grapefruit, lemon, and papaya. Resinous oils remind of sappy pine. Malts have a mellow pale sweetness. Bitterness is surprisingly mild. Just an excellent DIPA.

Drinks smooth, with a light bitter burn in the throat. Carbonation creams the beer a bit. Plus feel.

Kickass stuff. Feed me another. (591 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated in large letters "Enjoy by 11/09/12".

Pale, gold, clear elixir poured into DFH chalice. Thin, white head forms a solid , thin ring. Thick dollops of lacing coat the glass.

Floral hops mingle with tropical fruits and sticky pine. Reminds me of last years Surly WET. Nice.

Nicely bitter, resinous hops, mango, spice, some earth tones. A bit of alcohol comes through at the end.

Nicely carbonated, medium body, pleasant aftertaste.

There's a lot going on with multiple different hops coming through. Certainly a simcoe tinge. Overall a nicely done IPA. (572 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle of a special(one time?) brew.

Pours a very clear bright yellow with nice white head and lacing.

Nose is really nice with pine and tropical fruit.

Taste is great. Leans more to the tropical side than most I have ever had. Good and resiny. Some grapefruit to finish it out. I am not up on my tropical fruits. I would guess guava or papaya.

Mouth feel is on the creamy side. Nice and slick finish.

Overall, this is unique special beer. A nice price as well. $6.29 for a 22 is not bad these days. (515 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fourth Batch 02.15.13 Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright yellowy orange color. Crystal clear with many medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to small one finger head. Head is a tad bit off white and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking just a bit and does an okay job down to the bottom.

Smell is wonderful!! Lots of citrus, orange, pink grapefruit. Some pineapple and even some mango. Pine sap as well. Some kind of sweet malt smells but no hint of earth or grass. This is about as close of a nose to Abrasive I have smelled. Quite nice.

Taste is very bright and fruity. Juicy I would like to say. Many of the tastes are as the nose pointed me. Sweet orange, and pineapple. The grapefruit is more on the bitter side of a yellow grapefruit. There is a big tongue lashing pine resin to it and sweet as well. I am not getting any of sources of the sweetness like huge malts. There is just a hint of the alcohol at the end.

Mouth is wonderful. Creamy feel with medium carbonation. Body is smooth and rich. Finish is quite long with just a smidge of alcohol burn. Fantastic mouth!!

Overall I must say this is fantastic IIPA. Stone has made a statement with this brew and that is to get an IPA out to distro and into my belly as quick as possible. They don't win if this is successful I do. And the beer is fantastic with huge hop profiles that scream fresh West Coast IIPA. Cheers to Greg and the crew! (1,417 characters)

Photo of cooler4life
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 12/21/12

A: Poured a half finger off white head that settled to sparse islands of moderately sized bubbles. Color is a hazy orangey peach. Copious amounts lacing decorate the glass.

S: Explosive. Tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, molasses, fresh Christmas pine.

T: Prepare to be gunned down from an arsenal of hop varieties. The flavor is fruity, spicy, grassy, and oozes with fresh hops. Black pepper, mango, cloves, fresh cut grass, pineapple and sweet toasty sweet malt leave you wanting more.

M: Coats your insides with hop resin like ornaments on the tree. Carbonation is very delicate and the ABV is nowhere to be found. Finishes wet and slick.

O: I am willing to become a fallen soldier, a casualty to the freshness this beer offers. This is really what matters when it comes to a great tasting IPA. (819 characters)

Photo of pigc
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 12-21-12. Bottled 11-16-12. Consumed 11-21-12

A - Pours a light golden blond with one finger snow white colored foam head. Lacing clings to sides of glass.

S - Mango, orange, tangerine, pine, pineapple and just tons of tropical citrus notes.

T - Waves of tropical citrus and stinging pine needles immediately appear on initial sip. Touch of alcohol heat and then a dryness finishes things off.

M - Medium bodied with a lingering dryness.

O - Hats off to Stone on this one. This a like a tropical party in your mouth with all the flavors of a world class IIPA. More of a dry finish than other IPA's but it just keeps you going back for the next sip. Worth seeking out. (681 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Served in a tulip. Clear gold with rich white head. Robust look. Big floral and piney nose with underlying tropical fruit. Plenty of bright citric bitterness and resinous notes tempered by herbal and tropical notes on the edges. Full on hop flavors here with incredible balance and drinkability for a 10% DIPA. Sign me up for a glass of this anytime! (385 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Enjoy By 04.01.13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with a bit of bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some lemon peel, floral hops and a bit of onion. There's an enjoyable bitter hoppy finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and sticky with moderate carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew overall, I hope Stone keeps making it (and Ohio keeps getting some). $6.99 a bottle. (703 characters)

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

5 17 13 22oz bottled on 4/12/13 (7 days old) from Quality Liquors in Salem, MA. Poured into a 14oz water goblet.

A - Crystal clear yellow with a minimal head, hardly any foam. Does leave a nice cascading lace around the glass. Not much carbonation.

S - Ganja skunky (in a good way) hop smell. Dank sharp heady hop smell. Really get a sense of the freshness of the beer once it is exhaled.

T - Stanky clementine flavored draw. Vanilla and scotch malt notes make for a sweet, complex experience. Heady hop taste with a fresh bitterness.

M - A little thinner than some of Enjoy By's Past batches. Very little carbonation. Very little kickback from the 9+% alcohol.

O - Yet another exceptional Enjoy By shipped fresh by Stone. One of the best experiences you will have with a pure West Coast IPA. Still, both April Enjoy By batches were a bit better. (855 characters)

Photo of rockaroo
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

(07.04.15) Initially turned off by soapiness and light mouth feel. After I got over that I got into the great hops and will be buying more tomorrow (hopefully), one of the top DIPAs this year so far for me. I think it drinks better out of the bottle (sixer) than poured. (271 characters)

Photo of Titans77
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (895 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: This was the 2/14/14 version of Enjoy By. It was from a bottle swap with a friend, enjoyed it out of a chalice style glass.

Appearance: A dark golden color with a whitish head. The head doesn't persist all that much but it's still nice looking. A lot of very small bubbles throughout.

Aroma: Grassy hops are the primary aroma of this one. I like it but it's a little bit much. I want to pick up some of the other aromas like the malt and some fruits but this is really just a grassy hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation levels

Taste: This one tastes like it smells. There is a slight alcohol touch to it but really the biggest, in your face flavor are the grassy hops. There is a little malt backbone that stands up a little bit to the hops but it's definitely an IPA

Overall: It's not bad, not my favorite beer but certainly something that I would have again when it comes out next time. (929 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was for the 7th batch, reviewed in early May. Light tan head. creamy, one finger high. Good retention and lacing. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Crisp, pungent, and fresh hops. Mango, citrus rind, tropical fruits, pine, and notes of grass. The taste is much the same with plenty of tropical fruits/mango, big citrus kick, pine, loads of bitterness, grassy notes, with a light malt backing that adds just a nice rounding to the barrage of hops. The mouthfeel is great. Not too full at all. Moderate carbonation works well to keep it lighter feeling, light-medium and filmy consistency, medium body, and a nice and bitter crisp finish.

Overall another REALLY great IPA from Stone. They have not disappointed me yet, and I was even more thrilled with this IPA than I expected to be. Just fantastic. I will certainly be getting another few of this batch and will get any subsequent batches that are released in my distribution network. Fantastic idea with the series and done completely right! (1,029 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 05.17.13. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, light orange, honey color with a finger of an off white head. Body is somewhat hazy, with some light carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Big bitter citrus aromas, pine, resin, mango, grass, with a slight malt sweetness underneath it all.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, orange zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Bitterness is high, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a very well balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry but with just enough malt sweetness to balance things out.

Overall: While I enjoy IPAs, they're generally not one of my favorite styles. This beer could make me reconsider that stance. I had previously had the 12.21.12 and it seems as though the tropical fruit notes in this batch are not as prevalent. So while that does detract a little from its overall score, this is one of the best IPAs I've had and is definitely worth seeking out. (1,005 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 07.04.15

Look: Crystal clear pale gold. Finger or two of head has nice retention.

Smell: Dank hops, earthy malts, and lemon citrus

Taste: Exceedingly bitter plays nicely with the alcohol, nearly masking it entirely. Grapefruit from the start turns to lemon by the finish. Certainly very dank. Very much like wet straw.

Feel: Excellent body. Slightly dry finish. Carbonation dances about the mouth long after the finish. Very refreshing.

Overall: Really great. Always a must get when it hits my shop. Not a whole lot to criticize this beer for. Its right up there with some of my favorite beers. (609 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into Newport Storm snifter.

A - Transparent gold/orange with a couple fingers of head that quickly dissipates into about half a finger.

S - Sweet malts, citrus fruits, herbal hops.

T - Lots of vegetal/garlicy hops with a bit of citrus and caramel malts. The alcohol doesn't come through at all in this one. Very aggressive hops, but not to bitter.

M - Thick and resiny with a lot of carbonation. Only other beer I've had that makes your mouth tingle this much is Heady Topper.

Very nice, but I'll probably stick with Ruination and Sublimely Self Righteous due to cost and availability. Great hop-forward DIPA though. (646 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 11/12/13.

Appearance: Pale honey with good clarity and an off-white cap of foam.

Aroma: A hop bouquet of tropical fruits, with an emphasis on mango, and just a hint of dank hop juice. It has that great almost musty aroma that is synonymous with west coast IPAs, in my opinion.

Taste: This one definitely has the 'it' factor. The flavor begins with some crisp piney bitterness up front that morphs into a tropical ride for your palate. The hop character hits the perfect mix of pine, west coast fruits, and that touch of dankness that all the great IPAs balance so well. Speaking of balance, the malt is basically nonexistent here--which works in its favor. The 9.4% ABV is likely what is keeping the hops in line, but it is very hard to detect any alcohol presence. The 88 IBUs really make the most of their power, diminishing slightly in the finish before blasting through to echo around in the aftertaste for a very long time. It's not difficult to enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body which is quite a feat for an imperial brew. The carbonation keeps things lively but is just a tad excessive (nothing a vigorous pour can't fix). Suburb drinkability which is dangerous given the ABV but makes taking down a bomber no problem.

Final Thoughts: I was lucky enough to try an earlier batch of Enjoy By on-tap in Colorado in a flight next to PtE a couple months ago and Enjoy By was the better of the two (albeit by a narrow margin). The lack of malt flavor makes this beer even more impressive because there are no detectable flaws in the flavor and it seems to be consistent from one batch to the next. The Enjoy By series proves that Stone gets it. They understand that the consumer wants a fresh product, which means a lot coming from such a large brewery that doesn't need to be doing this kind of thing to survive in the vastly expanding craft beer industry. I have the utmost respect for Stone because they have respect for the consumer. The fact that Enjoy By is such a fantastic IPA is just the icing on the cake in this situation. Would I drink it again? Yes, anytime I can get my hands on it. (2,130 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler Fill from the source (past weekend).
Multiple pours into a Ruination pint.

*I will start by stating the hop aromas were impressive and overwhelmed the entire fill station.

A: Look is a pale golden ale with good clarity and a firm stack of near white head. Nice retention noted. Lacing leaves just a sticky mess and dries up to a light etching along the glass.

S: A ménage of fruity tropicals. Peach, mango, white grape, gooseberry, and a hint of pine. No real malt character detectable in the nose. The aroma is stellar and just doesn’t quit.

T: Fruity as all get out! Gooseberry is pronounced with a nice mango and pineapple tropic mix. White grape is a bit more subdued in the flavor. I get a bit of danky floral and grass notes with a suggestion of green onion towards the end. Very hoppy albeit overall bitterness is moderate with little to no astringency. Peaks towards the back of the palate. Malt is secondary and imparts a dry saltine cracker base with just a touch of caramel sweetness to carry through the hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden. This tastes remarkably similar to some of my latest homebrewed IPA’s which is just the way I like ‘em. Seems to have a good influence of Citra and Nelson with some supporting characters most likely.

M: Feel is remarkably light and smooth in texture with a big drying effect and crisp finish. Hop oils linger about wanting for the next sip.

D: Hats off to the Stone Pilot crew. One of the most satisfying growler purchases in a long time. Probably my favorite Stone offering thus far.
A must try. (1,572 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 5.17.13 version that was bottled on 4.12.13 and enjoyed on 4.17.13

Appearance: Slight copper color, very clean looking body. Above average carbonation which was very active throughout. Just below a finger of head on the pour which was light and fluffy. Sticky lacing left on the glass while drinking. Enjoyed out of a tulip shaped glass.

Smell: Extremely bright and fresh hops hit right away. There is a very strong malt backbone which became much more of a player as this beer warmed up a bit. Very rich syrupy tones provided great complexity for this aroma.

Taste: A touch of lemon, prairie grass, spices, and some sugary hops. The hops are light and exotic, much different then other DIPAs. The body takes a heavy turn and the malt backbone felt in the aroma comes in hard on the finish of this brew. The transition from light fresh bones to saturated malt is outstanding. Feels like two different beers. Some spices are also felt on the aftertaste along with waves of hops still hitting the palette.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation is light on the palette. A good mixture of dryness and sweetness.

Overall: Little doubt at this point that these Best By IPAs by Stone are the real deal, no gimmicks here. Having this beer reminded me of my first experience with IPAs when I was getting into craft beer (the Stone IPA), felt like firecrackers going on in my mouth. So many things going here, just oustanding. Credit to Stone for continuing to be innovators in the field and just another example of their masterful craftsmanship. (1,539 characters)

Photo of stuppy
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 2-14-14

Appearance:golden color, good white head, good Clarity

Aroma: very resiny, and piney hop aroma, some citrus, no malt

Flavor: nice piney hop , high bitterness but supported well, some alcohol warmth, some Light caramel

Mouthfeel: med high carbonation, med body, Some Alcohol warmth, but not harsh

Overall: very piney, good amount of bitterness as expected for style, but not harsh (402 characters)

Photo of BeernDrum
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is great. First time I've ever had the enjoy by IPA. Nice amber color. Very clear. Nice citrus smell and the taste...awesome nice bitter punch in the mouth with a full pineapple orange grapefruit flavor. Excellent beer. Get it quick. I was told once it's gone, it's gone. (282 characters)

Photo of jmac11420
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First BA check in:

A: Golden orange
S: Best part, citrus, pine, mint, hops, slight malt
T: Very bitter and crispGrapefruit,
M: perfect carbonation, bitter
O: I love this series and am never let down. Very well balance beer! A great west coast IPA, Stone is boss (270 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.5 bright golden with less than 1 finger of white head
S: 4.25 super hoppy, strong malt back bone
T: 4.5 same as smell, strong hops with the backbone to support it.
M: 4.5 carbed well, smooth
O: 4.5 this brew does not disappoint. Very happy to find it on draft, hope these keep coming out in Indiana! (336 characters)

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