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Stone Enjoy By IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

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.

Added by nrs207 on 08-21-2012

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Crystal clear solid gold body. Creamy cap of white foam has nice retention and ok lace.

S - Bright, funky green hop. Plant stems, root beer, cilantro, bubblegum.

T - Bold and incredibly smooth. Green hops, honeyed tarragon, dandelion, lemon zest, resiny rosemary.

M - Awesome mouthfeel. Silky smooth, full frame, perfectly balanced carbonation.

O - This beer starts fantastic and gets better as you go. Great flavor and incredible mouthfeel. Well worth the hype.

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

Cracked a 4-20 open last night.

Pours a light golden, clear body. Head is sticky and fluffy white goodness.

Aroma is hops, as one would expect. Grapefruit, some mango, pine, persimmon, floral. Not a whole lotta malt going on. Soft biscuit. For a dIPA the balance isn't there, but it's not a bad whiff

Taste is the aroma. Hops. Floral, citrus, some pine. A bit of spice and biscuit get trampled. For a dIPA this misses that mark. Sure, loads of hops, but no balance and it's really not that intense, as far as the feel goes. But, this is a beer meant to be imbibed fresh, so I take that into consideration.

As a result, the difference between this fresh beer and other non-fresh IPAs isn't all that great. Sure, it's a very nice beer. Which characteristics suffer with age, and to what extent? We'll never know...or will we?

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review will be for the version with the 11.09.12 date. We're going 22 ounces split multiple ways on a Sunday afternoon. On to the beer:

The pour yields a beer which is a lighter gold, looking most resemblent to the color of cider. A small head is formed on top, and a few spots of lace are left on the glass. I figuered that the nose would say hops, cuz this is Stone and it's an IPA, but I wasn't expecting this. HOPS!! Fruity, delectable hops. I haven't looked into the hop bill of this recipe, but I want to say New Zealand hops are the majority in this one. Big fruit salad notes, also big on canteloupe, pine, passionfruit, and mango. This could be good.

For a beer with 9.4%, this beer seems much lighter than that, yet retains all the good flavor of such a strong beer. The alcohol is hidden extremely well, and flavors similar in the nose are coming out in full force in the taste; passionfruit, orange, canteloupe, sweet varieties of tropical fruits. And for such a hoppy beer, it's not bitter at all. The beer's body is medium-full, with a very smooth texture and appealing finish.

Where did this come from? And where was I in California when this was released? I was exteremly impressed with Stone on this creation. Time to set the clock when the next version will be released...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Slightly hazy medium yellow. One finger of bright white head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Huge pine aroma up front with some grapefruit, peach and spice aroma present as well.

T - Big bitterness up front. Grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange zest and a touch of pineapple. The malt bill is barely present.

M - Light to medium body. full of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass and than some.

Enjoy by IPA looks pretty clean inside the bottle, no sediment. Once outside the liquid is an olympic gold medal color with much clarity. Surprisingly with a stealth pour I only mustered about a quarter inch of frothy foam up top that dissipated and left no cling, a rather lifeless looking beer. Enjoy by has a healthy musk to it. I get swarmed with citrus scents and some bitter pine backing. A nice malty backbone as well, the alcohol does not seep through. Smells more on the tropic fruit side with some bubblegum coming up with room temp. Taste is what you would expect with a IIPA, rich tropic fruit flavor, mango, orange, grapefruit, a smidgin of pine, a nice crystal malt presence. This tastes more like juice as it comes up to room temp. Not as bitter as most stone IPA'S go. Body is a healthy medium with a pleasant bitterness, but more of a juicy finish, No heat from the 9 plus percent. Carbonation is surprisingly low from the get go, so perhaps I had an off bottle. This was drinkable, but something that i have had a hundred times over in different forms.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hops oils, slight floral hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good body, and decent complexity.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a deviation from my normal reviewing style because I wrote the following in a thread about your personal favorite beer (please read edit at end):

It's a crystal clear pale amber with a bounteous white head of tight bubbles. Just gorgeous to look at! The aroma is what I would imagine heaven would smell like, with wave after wave of wild flowers, tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit, pineapple, papaya), peaches, citrus (tangerine, grapefruit), lemon-grass, FRESH dank hops, and just enough caramel malt to keep it balanced. Almost every time I drink this I have trouble taking the last sip because I know I won't be able to smell it anymore if I do! Then you have the flavor, which, unlike many top rated DIPAs, actually delivers what you smelled with just as much punch, with even more complexity and balance to boot! Every aroma noted is present in the taste in a big way at some point, with additional flavors such as onion grass (a surprising but pleasant addition), a big malt backbone in the middle (but not so big as to take away from the plentiful fresh hops that are on display), and a mild to moderate bitter hop bite at the finish (may be moderate to heavy for some people, but with all the hop bombs I've had it doesn't feel like a ton to me!). This beer is just perfectly balanced, and quite frighteningly drinkable at 9.4%! I could drink this all day every day if it was available and I was rich enough to not have to work! =P

edit - After the last 2 batches available in NJ were just nowhere near as good as the first 3 I had I felt it necessary to alter my scores from the perfect 5s across the board that I had given it. Please realize that I felt those first 3 batches deserved that score, but inconsistency has made me change my mind. I hope they can match the brilliance that was those earlier batches in the future!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Enjoy By: 10.31.15
Bottled On: 09/25/15

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a very nice citrus/pine notes, very nice sweetness. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another great brew from Stone.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color. Aroma of citrus, pine and dank herb. In the taste, pine and mango like tropical fruityness. Bright citrus and tropical fruit profile with some strong bitterness. Little hint of alcohol but quite bitter with a honey like malt profile. Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation and smooth overall feel. This is a great imperial IPA, but much too exclusive.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a few pours of this one tonight at the "Stone Tap Takeover" at Bier Thirty in Bown. Greg got the 1st pour, but I am pretty sure I was within the first 10. :-)

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden.. nice white head and lacing.

The brew is a tropical fruitbowl... but has some other hoppiness going on.. Summit? a bit of onion like aromas that I would never had picked out had Inflatablechair (Fucking SAM!!) NOT made the suggestion... Smells fantastic.

Flavor is about what you would expect.. very hoppy... finishes remarkably dry given the ABV... just enough maltiness mid palate to really deliver the hops.

Body and carbonation are as expected.... Drinkability is great... I really enjoyed it.

Big props to everybody who made the 1st ever Stone Tap Takeover happen.

All 4.25's.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2.15.13 version. Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head that slowly dissipated to a thin film with a thick ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma dominated by herbal, earthy and almost dank hops, a bit of sweet malt in the background. Taste follows aroma with very complex herbal and piney hops with a hint of citrus hops. Supported by solid sweet malt, orange and citrus rind, finishing with a moderate hop bitterness and residual herbal flavors from the fresh tasting hops. Does not overwhelm with hop bitterness, but delivers intense hop resins and esters. Medium bodied. Definitely delivers on what it promises: as fresh and intense a hop experience as possible without excessive bitterness. A hop lovers dream. I have to say the presentation of this really went over the hype boundary, even for Stone, but it does deliver. I was so intimidated by the instructions to drink quickly that I drank this the evening after it arrived in town. I do not regret that.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber golden colored ale with a puffy white head. Surprisingly light colored.

Smell is all hops.

Sweet smelling with gobs of tropical fruit aromas. Pineapple, Mango, orange, papaya, cinnamon and passion fruit. Malt scent is pretty much pineapple juice here.

Starts out sweet and savory. Good bitterness and orange rind. Flavor is not as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale but not quite as good as the smell promises.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I doubt I've ever met someone who feels as strongly about freshness as Stone CEO Greg Koch. I made the mistake once of mentioning to him that there was a lot of stale-dated Stone bottles floating around the Western New York market and it costs someone their job. It's no surprise this be the brewery to pioneer the concept of putting the 'best before' right in the beer's name...

And it's not only common sense that tells you it was a good idea - the aroma makes probably the strongest argument of all. Nevermind the fermenter, it smells like my glass was dry-hopped! Granted, it's not like Stone to make nondescript beers but this bouquet is flat-out over-the-top herbal, earthy, and fruity. There's vividly bright notions of lemon, mango, and pineapple.

The flavour makes me think of kiwi skins and orange peels; this fruit smoothie has an unmistakably tropical profile. It's not all juice, however - skins and piths clearly made it into the blender too. It also tastes like a handful of matcha green tea powder was thrown in as well. The beer is almost hauntingly dry, with an uncanny synergy between power and quaffability.

Enjoy By is dank and reminiscent of a wet forest after a spring rain. It has overwhelming leafy and herbal qualities that, especially in the finish, drop onto the palate and detonate like bombs. There is some maltiness to help temper all that bitterness; the grain has a certain 'crunchiness' to it and strong notions of caramelization that mask both the IBUs and the alcohol (9.4%).

The obvious point about Enjoy By is that freshness matters. The more important thing to take away from this fantastic Double IPA, however, is that Stone cares about how their products are consumed - not just how they sell. No wonder everyone is "California Dreaming" - they've tried the IPAs like this one and, most astonishingly, they don't have to pay too dearly for the experience.

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Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

5.17.13

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was god retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured tropical fruit and pine.

The taste consisted of ripe pineapple, apricot, pine and white pepper atop a firm grainy malt.

The taste was round with a dry finish and no hint of heat.

Overall a superior hop bomb that hides it's ABV very well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smokin Joe's the other day.

Enjoy By pours a golden amber color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. Have to say, this is a nice looking IPA from Stone. The nose is every bit as attractive, as I pick up considerabley dry citrus, white pepper and pine. There's a slight skunky aroma as well, along with some light soap. This beer has all the tell tale signs of a serious hop bomb. On the palate, this is just the way I like my IPA's. There's barely enough malt to handle the intense hoppy bitterness in this beer, and so the mouthfeel actually seems bit lean and thin. However, for this style of beer I think that's fine, though a touch more malt wouldn't have been such a bad thing. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, and the finish is long and bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly I was surprised to find this is such a big beer (really do not get much sense of the 9.4% abv., though certainly you can tell it's up there a bit).

An altogether excellent, impressive beer from the talented folks at Stone. Definitely a beer made with hopheads in mind.

There seems to be some variation from edition to edition (which one would expect). Just tried the Enjoy by 9/13 version, and while good, I thought it paled in comparison to the version I tried back in 1/13. So glad I just ordered a half pint of it at 16 tons.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. This is the Enjoy By 12.26.14.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam, leaving a nice lace on the glass. Not bad at all.

Smell: fresh, sweet, grassy, green hops; lighter than I was expecting in intensity, but the freshness is just superb.

Taste: big fresh hops really make all the difference. Lightly citrusy, grassy and just a little bit tangeriney; quite well done indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is quite a good beer. Something about the composition of the hops isn't my favorite, but the freshness and craft quality cannot be disputed. Kudos on that.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from bombers, 12 oz bottles and from draft on many occasions. Look is bright gold hue with a thick frothy head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, floral, lemon zest, sweetened pear juice, pine, grass and a hint of tobacco. Taste is floral, grapefruit, lemon, pear, pine resin and grass with some sweet grain malt flavors in the background. Feel is medium in body that is bitter yet smooth and a little slick in the finish.

Enjoy By 07.04.16 tasted from a 12 oz bottle on June 12, 2016.
Enjoy By 04.20.16 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 23, 2016.
Enjoy By 12.25.15 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 13, 2015.
Enjoy By 10.31.15 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on October 11, 2015.
Enjoy By 07.04.15 tasted from draft at Emil's on June 12, 2015.
Enjoy By 04.20.15 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 29, 2015.
Enjoy By 04.20.14 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on April 1, 2014.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/21/2012

Bottle purchased from South Park location after being charged for a piece of glassware I didn't want and wasn't told I was buying. Rad. Snifter.

A: Orange with perfect transparency and two fingers of beige froth that linger for a few minutes, eventually receding in craters, caverns, and chasms. Lots of lacing.

S: Dank marijuana with a dash of onion. Lots of tangerine and orange. Grainy malt lingering beneath with a pretty strong Nelson hop presence, redolent of white grape and gooseberry. Evident honeydew and a little alcohol.

T: Juicy apricot and tangerine with lots of honeydew and cantaloupe. There's a firm Nelson presence with notes of white grape and gooseberry. Bitterness is at a moderate level and devoid of astringency. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Lots of hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Light malt influence and a faint sweetness that wards off palate fatigue.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: This is nice. It's not only good but it also breaks away from the typical Stone house character, which I appreciate. Enjoyable and difficult to fault.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly hopped IPA, dark golden with small creamy head. Piney hops with a hint of citrus, smooth malt backbone and slick mouthfeel. Mild dry bitterness lasts on the tongue. Excellent! Rated: 2-4-14, 12-26-14, 4-20-15, 7-4-15, 10-31-15, 12-25-15

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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