Stone Enjoy By IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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98
world-class

8,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,338
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,369 | FT: 17
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: nrs207 on 08-21-2012)
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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn. 12.21.12 version, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, resin, pine hops, fruity malts, and some tropical fruits. Very nice hoppy nose with a lot of citrus and orange; really like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, and some fruity and caramel malts. Taste is very bitter; hop bomb for sure.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter bite to it.

o - Overall a really nice IPA from Stone. The nose is amazing and hoppy, and if you like bitterness in your DIPA's you'll love this one. Would love to have it again.

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Enjoy By 12-21-12 version.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange with some resin and a bit of pineapple thrown in. The flavor is similar. The orange and pineapple notes really come through nicely, adding a nice juicy flavor. There is also some biscuit malt to keep the bitterness from being too high. The alcohol is also a bit noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Enjoy By 04/01/13 IPA." Acquired last night at my local beer store. Identifies as a DIPA on the label. 9.4% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its reputation, but I'm not a big Stone fan. Still, I do enjoy some of their beers from time to time - which are often collaborations. Hm. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A good brief hiss as I opened it. No issues with beer surging out or anything.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, decent cream, nice thickness, and rather good (5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Lacks the appealing froth I'd expect from the head of a good Imperial IPA. Light sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a surprisingly pale yellow-copper; it lacks the vibrance of other good beers in the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Overall, it's above average but there's nothing unique or special here. Transparent and translucent.

Sm: A bit soapy, with assertive grapefruit but none of the grapefruit bite of inferior IIPAs. Floral and piney, with light nectary character. Sticky pale malts form the foundation and seem to be of good sweetness to balance the hops. Some oily hop notes. A pungent, pleasing aroma. Appealing if a bit too assertive. The soapiness bothers me, but hopefully it's just an aromatic flaw. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral and nectary, with pleasant grapefruit throughout. Unfortunately, untamed bitterness strikes in the late second act and climax, joined by an unpleasant overly sweet malty character that unsuccessfully tries to hide it. Up front, it's refreshingly creamy just after the open - a great welcome to the refreshing pale malt body. Amplitude is relatively low, especially for the style. And light soapiness indicates this spent too long in primary. Little pine comes through - a missed opportunity. The intrusive bitterness really kills the balance, but it's not a severe issue. The beer is still pleasant throughout. It's got depth of flavour, but lacks complexity or subtlety. The finish feels weak and somewhat muted compared to the open and body. Structurally, then, it's a bit problematic. Some tame grassy character about the climax. Somewhat resiny in the second act. I don't get yeast character. There is a bit of alcohol presence, but it's by no means boozy or hot. All around an enjoyable beer in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely nectary/oily. A touch overcarbonated - surprising for a beer so clearly intended to be consumed shortly after leaving the brewery. Palate presence is pretty good; I get all of the flavour easily. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: This Imperial IPA misses the most important feature of the style - balance. The bitterness is not well hidden enough. It's somewhat refreshing, but the presence of alcohol in the flavour profile reduces drinkability. I'm not impressed with the choices of hops either; the floral character feels generic, grapefruit is too prominent, and there's little pine. Additionally, the soapy character is a clear indicator of a brewing issue. Though this is one of the better beers I've had that's brewed by Stone alone, I definitely don't think it's worth seeking out. The gimmicky marketing doesn't affect my score, but it's definitely a trend I hope to see fade. Many will love this beer and defend that love with a curious argument about types of Imperial IPAs. So be it. I wish I enjoyed this as much as those individuals do, but I look for balance in every beer - regardless of style - and Imperial IPAs do not get special treatment because of an ostensible regional take on the style. (And while we're on the subject, Alpine and Port are both West Coast breweries that reliably churn out very balanced Imperial IPAs). In any case, Stone didn't fall as far from the mark as I anticipated when beginning to review this. Drinkable but not without its flaws. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends.

B-

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium long-lasting white head.

S: Citrus, pine with a good shot of pineapple, the Nelson hops are apparent.

T: Big juicy hop flavour, unique tasting. Pineapple, kiwi, white grape. Mild malt flavour, something to certainly be drunk fresh.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy at times, resiny, crisp carbonation.

O: Quite an enjoyable DIPA; it didn't blow me away, though I was taken aback on the first sip. I haven't seen any bottles around here yet, hopefully they'll show up, so I have something to compare with the on-tap version.

Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange amber in color with a 1" head that fell to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: load of caramel, citrus, pine, and some floral hop bitterness was very easy to detect and extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel profile with a load of pineapple and lemon citrus, a strong but balanced bitterness, and a late floral component that really rounded this out nicely. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrived late. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a really well balanced DIPA that pushed the limits before breaking it. Easy to quaff despite the high alcohol content. Super fresh on draft and improved as it warmed. Great beer I hope they brew again.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Cork City Pub at Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface if the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of pine hops with lighter amounts of citrus and grapefruit hops. Very light hints of alcohol and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: There is light caramel malt body for this beer that imparts a light amount of sweetness. There is a strong flavor of pine hops with some more moderate amounts of citrus and grapefruit hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers. Very delicious.

M:Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink. This is probably the best beer that I have ever had from Stone and glad that I live in one of the three states getting this beer. Hope I get to have another one of these before the enjoy by date. Little bit of a palate wrecker

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Richard.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a finger of white head that fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Aroma smells like Stone beer with Nelson and floral hops, citrus and earthy bitterness, lingering herbal notes. Flavor is more bitter than expected, strong malty body, sugar and chewy with resiny citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium thick and chewy, well carbonated. A solid Stone IPA, so...

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a matching Stone pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden copper color. A white finger appears atop and fades back leaving patchy lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger effortlessly.

The aroma is quite juicy with hops. Very tropical smelling with herbs and pine to give depth. A little catty, dank and floral character is also thrown in there. Really a lovely bouquet of hop aromatics that doesnt really leave any room for other attributes like malt or even alcohol.

The taste is all hops. The flavor runs the entire hop gauntlet from tropical fruits and grapefruit to pine resin, dank herbs and even catty quality before getting rindy and pithy. This is so hoppy that is has a dusty hop flavoring that is slightly vegetative towards the finish but in a good way.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite displaying a ridiculous amount of hop flavor, it is not overly bitter. For being more than 9% abv, the alcohol is hidden really, really well. I would most certainly drink this again.

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ. samples on 8.24.12.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Dank and über fresh floral hop aroma with earthy pine needle and spicy, grassy hop notes countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes.  Really tropical with mango, papaya and pineapple along with orange peel, tangerine and curaçao.  Pale malts underneath with biscuit and grainy graham cracker.

Chewy full body that's much heavier than anticipated.   Slightly hurts the drinkability.  Dry bitterness up front with dank, sticky hops that linger over sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish.  Spicy hops, grass and earthy pine are slightly floral but countered by sweet fruit notes.  Not as tropical as nose suggests with some grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.  Pale malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with strong biscuit and graham cracker graininess toward the finish.  Also, there's a strong perfumy booziness that gives off some distracting sweetness toward finish.m ABV is decently masked for 9.4 but it's still a bit strong for me taking away from the hops.  Overall, this beer has some nice hop flavors but needs more tropical/citrus fruit sweetness, a  lighter body and less booze.  Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1700th review! 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pineapple, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, tangerine, orange rind, peach, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical and citrus hops with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, tangerine, orange rind, passion fruit, pine, floral, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, tangerine, orange rind, passion fruit, pine, floral, and light caramel on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity of big citrus/tropical hop flavors with surprisingly light pine presence; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA as expected. All around awesome complexity of tropical/citrus hops; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the ABV. An extremely delicious offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-21-12 Bomber, from Fairway Express in Yonkers, NY

The pour is on the lighter side, a dull shade of darker golden. Near clear, looser off white head, stays nicely at the one inch mark, then very slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves ample fine spots and webs of lace.

Capital P Pungent hop loaded nose. Booming with grapefruit, tropical fruit, and some pine. Hopalicious...

Fruity, citric, flavorfull hop soaked goodness on the tongue and palate. More dense, pine, grapefruit, resin soaked hop notes. I'm also getting some minty, basil, herbal qualities.

Hop Heads delight.

Another of Stone's interesting and worthy innovations/concepts. Great marketing. This one lives up to the hoppy hype. Glad I tracked down a few bottles and got to enjoy this obviously super fresh and quite tasty treat.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Enjoy by 12.26.14 bomber.
Very good looking beer when poured into the glass but the aroma was a bit weak considering this is a Stone IPA. Decent hops taste but nothing overly special, but what really turned me off was the soapy like aftertaste this beer leaves behind. Looking back for an extra dollar I could have bought a six pack of some other IPA that's better or at least just as good. I personally am getting a bit tired of companies thinking that just cause they put their beer in bombers makes it priceless when they don't make the beer itself worthy.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

batch 5- Enjoy by 4/1/13. What a delightful beer- I really love the whole idea of the lengths they've gone to encourage freshness in an IPA. Nothing like a fresh IPA! Wonderful delicate floral aroma with some citrus blossom and a touch of floral honey. The taste is beautifully balanced with citrus, floral, herbal, and a touch of pine in the finish. Vibrant and fresh tasting with just enough sweetness to keep things zippy. A touch soft, but just a great beer all around.

Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 8,338 ratings.