Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,248
Hads: 9,503
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
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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 sinstaineddemon
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 4.01.13
on tap at Plan B in Springfield, MA - 3.5.13
A - This brew arrives a plae gold hue with a thin lacey bubbly ring that sticks to the glass.

S - Hoppy hoppy hoppy! Very big on the floral hops, spilling into the pine part of the hop spectrum, but mainly floral. Some candied sugar background gives it a balanced aroma.

T - More hops than in the aroma, didn't think that was possible. Floral and piney and piney and floral. This beer is hoppily delicious. The candied sugar didn't back down, its their forcing in some awesome balance. Its kind of an unflavored rock candy taste.

M&D&O - Yes! More please! A fantastic DIPA. Hop bombs like this rarely have this kind of balance. Try this if you can. (716 characters)

Photo of classytom
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/14/14 Iteration - Bottle poured into DFH IPA Glass

A - Pours a deep amber with a slight haze...Lively 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.

S - Hops hops hops. Citra hops...more fruit notes than previous variations.

T - Follows the smell...hops from beginning to end, with a surprisingly smooth finish. Slight malty aftertaste. Sticky and fresh.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - Superfresh hopbomb...expected nothing less from Stone. Always delivers. (480 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to EgadBananas for this bottle.

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours clear orange golden with a thick, slowly retreating white head and lots of tiny streaming bubbles. The beer has a bright aroma of grapefruit, mango, and peach, but also hints of pine and sweet malt. Flavors of grapefruit, peach, mango hit the mouth up front with the piney bitterness hitting in the back. Further sips bring in more piney bitterness, though this is milder than some of the West Coast hop bombs, and more of that malt backbone. Make no mistake about this one. This is geared towards hop heads, so you're not going to find an extremely balanced IPA here. Still, the malt profile is bready and has light caramel sweetness. Because of the lack of malt balance, this is a bit thinner than many DIPAs. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate. The finish is slightly dry and the hops provide plenty of aftertaste. The drinkability is very high since the alcohol can't be tasted. This is an excellent beer for what it is. I can admire what Stone is doing for the marketing gimmick, reminding people that beer should be enjoyed fresh. (1,145 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger bright white head on a slightly hazy golden with slight amber hue. Aroma is as good as it gets with full nose and all hop character varieties including citrus, herbal, earthy. Flavor is nicely complex and near perfectly hopped with pine, tart citrus, earthy hops. Only knock is just a little less malt presence but those that are there are musty and semisweet. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little too dry but the aroma is excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to it being less complex and malty than I wanted but still very good. (566 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this gem from Carson Street Deli on the South Side of Pittsburgh. Specifically, this is the "9/13/13" edition. Poured the first one into a snifter. Don't judge me, but I drank the whole bottle myself. Good decision.

A: Pour resulted in a finger of an off-white head which faded within a couple minutes, kissing the glass with beautiful lacing. Heavens to Betsy, what a beautiful color this beer has. A brilliantly clear amber-orange that invites one to dive right in. Another beer that has a glow. As I drank, this beer continued to leave it's mark on the glass.

S: An incredibly floral beer with dominant pine aromas. Of course, in pure "West Coast-ian," Stone fashion, citrus also tickles the nose. As the beer warms, sweetness becomes more present. This is, undoubtedly, one of the better smelling beers I've enjoyed. I'd never leave a woman's side if she smelled like "Enjoy By."

T: Follows the nose wonderfully. Fresh hops right off the bat. Sweetness makes its presence known as I swallow. Another rush of hops at the end of the sip. Heavy pine in the after-taste mixed with citrus flavors, most notably, grapefruit. At 9.4%, this beer is sneaky. Alcohol is hidden well. Hardly any presence in the flavor other than it's warming presence down the throat. I just about cried when I came to the last sip of this beer.

M: This beer will not leave you alone as hop oils cover the palate. Carbonation is hardly noticeable giving this beer a great mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. I should know. I imbibed 22 oz. of it quite easily.

O: A brilliant beer from Stone... yet again. The freshness of this beer just made it that much more enjoyable. Maybe I'll be generous enough to share my second bottle with a friend. A very good friend. A thoroughbred hop-head. (1,796 characters)

Photo of eandersen
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A truly beautiful beer. Ever so slightly hazy to let you know that this is indeed filled with hop resin. Golden honey colored. Poured into a tulip glass with about a 1 finger head, doesn't stick around for too long but leaves great lacing.

S - Zesty citrus notes up front...lemon peel, over-ripe orange, maybe a little pineapple. Followed up with a nose clearing piney/resinous note. As the beer warms you get a bit of the alcohol. Smell is not as in your face as I would expect.

T - Taste comes in almost the reverse order of the nose...strong pine notes up front with a slight alcohol note. By no means a burn but you notice the 9.4%. The beer finishes with the citrus notes mentioned in the smell and a slight sweet bready maltiness.

M - Very light for the style. Often IIPA in the 9+% abv range become fairly viscous; not the case here.

O - Great IIPA, one of my favorites. Love the concept of "Enjoy By" (917 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Enjoy By 04.01.13.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a dense white head. Fairly slow moving visible carbonation. A spotting of lacing.

S: Instantly hit with a blend of a variety of hops. Spiciness, floral, citrusy, earthy, nuggety smell. Mild malts in the background provide the Stone signature oomph.

T: Very tasty, a complex blend of hops with a fairly decent hop backing. Certainly a bold and bitter beer. Is there alcohol in this? A sweet bready/crackery malt comes through as it warms.

M: Medium body with a nice nectar like quality. Very easy drinking and quite a refreshing brew.

Overall an amazing beer that I am very happy to finally had a chance to try. Certainly very fresh. Quite possibly the best Stone beer and certainly worth the hype. (803 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 6 (Enjoy By 4/20/13)
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: Pours an awe inspiring goldish amber with a 2 and a half finger tall thick, white foamy head that lasts forever. It leaves absolute curtains of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Wow, what an absolute hop bomb! Big dank hops just positively leap out of the glass towards your nose as soon as you start to pour. Tropical hop notes up front; Pineapple, kiwi, suggestions of mango and papaya, and the typical grapefruit and pine needles. A soft and gentle malty sweetness provides some nice contrast to the nose.

Taste: As soon as the beer touches your tongue, the hops absolutely explode on to your palate; notes of grapefruit, oily and resinous pine, mangoes, juicy kiwis, cantaloupe, lemon and fresh picked red berries. There is a nice, slightly bread-y maltiness to help balance out this incredible hop monster. Finishes Superbly dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Very Drinkable for 9.4%.

Overall: Wow, the closest beer that I have had to tasting like Pliny the Elder(gotta love the burnt plastic taste from the insane amount of drying hopping), while still maintaining it's own identity. It honestly reminds me of a more over the top Pliny with a stronger emphasis on the more tropical side of hops. The previous batch I had,"Enjoy By 2/15/13" tasted a bit less convoluted hop wise, but Stone really, really impressed me with this one. Still no Pliny killer/contender, but this is damn close. I'm definitely going to try to snag this FRESH as much as I possibly can! (1,582 characters)

Photo of ghonickel
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I feel that this beer series is amazing. I have now had two different of the Enjoy By brews. One was in a bottle and the other was on tap. Both times they were still good. They are definitely worth trying and I don't feel someone would be disappointed. (261 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours golden with a delicious looking creamy head. Where are the bubbles?! Very few are surfacing. I see through this and the body appears lighter than I would have guessed based on the abv.
Juicy citrus apricot hop greatness. Inviting pine and resin. This smells fresh and fantastic.
Tastes dank and and delicious. More oily pine than fruit in the taste, unlike the initial aroma of this brew. And with a spicy bitterness leading up to the finish, in a lemon-like way. Finishes more abruptly dry.
Smooth and prickly.
Highly enjoyed. Highly recommended. (562 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/21/12 bottled on 11/16, enjoying on 11/27/12
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger white head with fair to good retention. Crystal clear brass/copper liquid. Pretty and practically perfect.
S: Wow. Dank. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Allium definitely, pine too. Ever so faint esters. So lushly hoppy! Amazing. Not man-candy, but so good.
T: Bitterness right up front is strong but quickly countered by a robust yet lightly bready malt base with a kiss of sweetness. Savory hop and piney too. Great balance between malt and hop-heavy tending towards the hops.
M: One downside is slight cloying. Bracing hoppiness finishes on the savory side. Breathy alcohol is also a negative.
O: One of the best beers of 2012. A terrific IPA. Glad to get this from Des Moines. I'll definitely drink it when it gets to MI! A testament to the value of freshness in IPAs. (854 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seventh batch -- Enjoy by May 17th

Crystal clear gold with an orange tint. Nice, foamy white head. The smell is simply intoxicating. I'm not sure I can verbalize fully; hard to distill the qualia.

Dank, citrus rind permeates my palate in the freshest and meanest way. The flavor is eye-rolling good -- wonderful balance of rich malts and a sexy melange of hop notes. Grapefruit, tropical fruits, and resins resonate throughout and are fully supported by an appropriate body and mouthfeel. Piquant grassy notes poke through here and there as well. Smooth and devilish for the ABV. Rich grains and toasty caramel notes play in the secondary. Prickly, peppery resin notes linger toward the finish, which is nice and dry. Medium to full-bodied and a sheer joy to drink.

Absolutely delicious. And I love the concept of promoting fresh beer; most beers do not need to sit in your 55 degree closet. So happy to find this release here in VA. Thanks to Bon Vivant in Smithfield for stocking this. (992 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite Double IPAs! The first batch I bought was 04.20.14 and I absolutely loved it. Currently, I am drinking the 07.04.14 for this review. It pours wonderfully with a light bronze color and thick foamy head. My first inhale hit me with a dank citrus, pine scent with undertones of an earthy, fruity base. The beer itself is smooth and round with a crisp bite of citrus. Its fresh, bold and I love it! (422 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-light color with a very creamy looking head with good cup lacing
-very bright hop scent light citrus/ tropical
- amazingly crisp hoppy beer, slight bitter bite at end
-perfect slight dryness leaves the mouth watering for more
- one of the best beers i have had in the ipa style (278 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 10.25.13, consumed on 09.30.13

A: Very bright, crystal clear gold. No haze of any kind. Decent head that dissipated fairly quickly, nice lacing.

S: Huge tropical fruit, sweet citrus, as well as some underlying pine resin. Malt comes through as a neutral bready character with a little candy-like sweetness that binds with the hops. The aroma is explosive, intense even for the style.

T/M: Big, smooth hop bitterness that lingers all the way through, it is soon met with huge resiny tropical fruit, citrus and pine notes with underlying spicy, oniony complexities. The malt makes an appearance as well, giving a slightly sweet, bready backbone to the beer that works beautifully with the fruity hop notes. Hops just blast through the bone-dry finish.

Overall: Wow... wow. Big-time west-coast hop-bomb! The hops explode in this beer, and while that is getting more and more common, this one does it with incredible complexity and subtlety. You can pull out a huge array of hop flavors, and they all stand distinct, without a messy overall character. The balance is extraordinary, and that is an accomplishment in the West-Coast IPA style. The concept of this beer is awesome, get it to the customer as fast as possible and teach distributors about the importance of fresh IPAs. But, the execution was even better, Mitch Steele nailed this one. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mendo059
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Definitely a piney smell and tasting imperial IPA.
I consider this as one of Stone's best creations to add to the list of top brews they create.
Taste: fairly muggy hoppy looking (classic IPA look), nothing out of the ordinary.
Smell: incredible piney with strong hoppy notes ( much more than their Stone IPA)
Taste: rush of quality hops up front, smooth taste, and great finish for a solid imperial.
Feel: Ive had a fair share of Enjoy by's. I had their enjoy by 420 ( one of my favorite)
Had another later in 2014. Same feel and finish, but hoppy notes weren't as piney as id hoped. (588 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 4/20/13

A: 1/2" creamy white head that left a nice lacing over murky amber liquid with a lot of fine carbonation.

S: Pine, evergreen, grapefruit rind, lemon, lime.

T: Pine, evergreen, grapefruit rind, lemon, lime, grass, flowers and herbs over light caramel malt.

M: Thick resinous viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying.

O: Very thick and tasty. Stone seldom disappoints. (407 characters)

Photo of sketchpunx
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 4/1/13 batch.
Poured from bomber to a snifter. Dense 1 and a half finger head, sort of beige in color. Minimal lacing on the initial pour, but more as I get further into the bottle.
The smell is very unique on this beer. Very Piney and dank, kinda has a garlic nose almost. There is some citrus fruit in here, but almost masked by the other scents to me.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and and yet extremely creamy. Really excellent! this might be my favorite aspect of this beer. The taste is very well balanced with a strong floral hop forwardness. Loads of pine hit first with a twinge of oil and spicey vegetable. A bit of sweetness in the malt hold the beer together well. A bit peppery with a long satisfying dry hoppy finish.

Overall a very unique beer with some scents and flavors I have never tasted in a beer before. Absolutely not what i was expecting but good nonetheless. (894 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04.01.13 on 3/5/13, which is four days after it came into local stores. Pours a nice bright medium honey tone. Looks pretty clear, maybe a touch of haze. Medium white head. Fine bubbles. Some lacing. Aroma is full of bright hoppiness. It's a mix of floral, sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Some things that come to mind: sweet grapefruit, tangerine, honeysuckle, peach, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, lavender. Very nice. Little to no malt contribution. Maybe just a bit of simple sweetness. The taste is chock full of hop flavor, and the bitterness is tuned just right for my palate. There's no bland bitterness to this beer. It's always complex and delicate hop flavor. Absolutely wonderful taste. Mouthfeel is light. Gentle carbonation. Long-lasting hop finish. No booziness. This is an excellent DIPA. I tried the first version and was less impressed, but perhaps, I didn't have a big enough pour or something. This beer is tasty. If you like hops, I can't recommend it highly enough. Kudos to Stone. (1,004 characters)

Photo of James773
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had the 12/2013 version. I've never really been blown away by a beer like this. Color and appearance was good (orange-gold), smell was nice (floral? it was a while ago)... but the flavor! The sheer ecstasy of this brew's first greeting to my taste buds seared itself into my mind and to this day has yet to let go. An incredibly balanced blend of citrus (orange, tangerine), warm bread, spices and hops... every flavor in perfect proportion, bold and up front and yet somehow sharing the stage equally with all the other elements going on - absolutely divine! If you ever see this, buy as much as you can and share it with good friends quickly. (646 characters)

Photo of BarRoomHero88
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy By 4/20/14
Had a few other ones, all fantastic. Figured I'd finally give it a review. Serving type: 22oz bomber poured into my Tree House Brewing tulip

A: Super clear orange. Very small head. Decent lacing

S: Even through a cold, DANK is delivered as promised. Smells like I'm smelling a bag of hops. Pine, grapefruit....big delicious hop aromas.

T: WOW. Big flavor without being bitter or overpowering with the hops. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine. Again, not overpowering or super bitter. Delicious. Sweetness, but not cloying. Big flavors all around, but the balance is unreal. Found that as it warms up, the tropical flavors and aroma come forward a lot more. Fantastic.

M: Perhaps a bit overcarbonated at first, but not bad at all. Medium mouthfeel, a bit thicker than a lot of IPAs. Surprised at how dry it finishes with the amount of sweetness it has.

O: Just a fantastic beer. Have had 3 or 4 of the Enjoy By series, and they all impress me. A perfect example of what an IPA should be, at least to me. I love them like this, big tropical fruit, with enough bitterness to know it's there. (1,109 characters)

Photo of dpkpr
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 20 oz Beer Club Member glass at Mellow Mushroom in Southlake, TX. Pours a cloudy amber color with two finger head that slowly dissipates and 20 minutes later remains to create lacing. Lots of floral notes in the nose. The taste is surprisingly balanced - I was expecting my taste buds to get knocked around by the hops, but they survived. The alcohol is well hidden so be careful! (393 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus bomb! Mango, mango, mango.....crisp, hoppy, piney finish...this is a classic! This was the Enjoy By 3-14-15. So far every Enjoy By has a nice citrus base with a crisp, hoppy mouthfeel. (191 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received the bottle of "02.15.13" in a trade from Jeremy6566. Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger of off-white head that has some real staying power.

S - Big earthy hops in the initial smell. Sharp pine and pineapple lead the assult.

T/M - Big earthy hops come thru in the taste just as the smell suggests. The malt profile is pretty carmel-ey, and a little smokey...? I love the hoppy resinous aftertatse that stays with me. Medium slick mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - Stone does IPAs like Ferarri does sportscars! This one, like many others from Stone, doesn't dissapoint at all. A hoppy DIPA that hits all the right notes. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. Great hop profile that's not shy to stick around for a while.

Thanks again to Jeremy6566 for sending this one my way! Cheers! (867 characters)

Photo of kismet
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW...this beer is really really FRESH! i have never tasted a cleaner, crisper, more pure beer in my 2 years of enjoying craft beers. this brew is extremely bright and clear with a rocky head that laces all the way down the glass. the aroma is off the charts fresh and pungent...it goes beyond citrus rinds and gets into the meat of the fruit. the scent seemingly filled the entire room.
the taste was absolutely stunning. the hops popped on the tongue with a freshness and fullness that i have not tasted before. i LOVED schlafly TIPA this past winter, and this brew reminded me of tipa on steroids...everything was amplified. so much fruitiness, so many hops, and so little booziness...this brew simply disappeared from the glass with absolutely no effort on my part. if you want to introduce a friend to the world of double ipas, this is your gateway...i loved drinking this brew.

p.s. i finished the 22 oz bottle in one night and found myself more than a little dizzy,,,checked the abv and it was 9.4% would have NEVER guessed it!!! this stuff is eerily easy to drink, (1,073 characters)

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