Enjoy After Brett IPA | Stone Brewing

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Enjoy After Brett IPAEnjoy After Brett IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are "over time." For those of you who are impatient or like to experiment, the earliest we recommend sampling this beer is one year before the date on the label. The beer won't be fully carbonated until that date. Ideally, you'll want to cellar the beer up to—or beyond—the Enjoy After date to help it reach its full evolutionary potential. At that point, some facets of the Brett characteristics will have mellowed, while others will have become more profound; it all matures into a fascinating and delicious culmination. Individual results will vary...and that's both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.

Added by socalbrewlvr on 09-29-2014

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of DaPan
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank the 07.04.16 on 01.23.18. Came off like a very strong saison, with a very acidic characteristic on the backbone.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely bubbled white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: funky lemon;

T: nicely balanced between the funk and hops; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: veey nicely done;

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Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's and odd brew, and I cellared it a bit long, but now is as good a time as any to drink this (while "snowed in").

It's fizzy and clear. Light yellow. The aroma is kind of soapy and not super appealing. The taste is funky. Dry, slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is foamy and surprising.

Not recommended. This was an odd experiment.

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Photo of stadmo1
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like minerals and funk, with some lemon zest and unripe apricot.
T: It tasted like minerals and funk, with some lemon zest and waxy hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a nice beer with fairly basic scent and taste. Well balanced but not delicious. The body was decent, and the finish was relatively smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. More age would probably help. Fresh was ok to try but not super impressive.

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Photo of atlandy
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got to try this one at a beer festival, glad I didn't have to plunk down cash for an entire 22oz bottle of something that didn't sound like something I would be into.

Pours looking like a normal Stone ipa, a hearty yellow and gold leaning towards light amber, about 1/3" white head. Aroma was largely devoid of hops and brett, in a brett ipa. . .

Taste has plenty of the malt notes, caramel and toffee wind their way through the river enjoy after without getting sticky or hefty. There is some hop bitterness, but not really anything resembling hop flavor. Brett? Can't find it. Its like, devoid. You could have told me this was an overhopped alt or an amber ale. It did finish dry though.

I don't really get this beer. Didn't have the brett going for it. I thought that was the point?

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Photo of colts9016
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Enjoy after is 12/26/2015, it is 12/19/2017. I undid the wire cage, turned my head and the cork went flying. Definitely under pressure waiting for the moment to pop its cork. Poured into a pint glass. A massive three finger off-white head. The head is billowy, airy, and foamy and has a steadfast retention.

The head tatted lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold color and the clarity is hazy.

The Brettanomyces note is the first aroma that graced my nose. Additional aroma is citrus, floral, crackers, champagne yeast, barnyard funk, fruity, and earthy notes.

Wow, the Brettanomyces is aggressive with the other hop flavors. The hops profile is citrus, floral, pine, and tropical fruit. Additional flavor are earth, barnyard funk, earthy, crackers, and lightly toasted malt,

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and astringent. A medium body, a medium-plus carbonation, and a full finish in the beer.

This IPA is different the flavors are aggressive. The Brettanomyces adds depth to an aged IPA. I like this beer.

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Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with lots of fountain like carbonation rising in spirals. Topped with 4 fingers of rocky white head.

Smells immediately of Brett and floral tropical fruitiness, like a leis and fresh cut pineapple welcoming you to Hawaii.

Tastes of Brett and tropical fruitiness, and a grapefruit pith bitterness. Light sweetness, but not overly jammy like some Brett ales. Less complex than the nose, but still beautiful.

Medium, light body with champagne like carbonation. Dry and tannic, but also somewhat fruity.

Great brew. Drinking the 07.04.16 version, December 1st, 2017. Must try, amazing nose on this one, and overall very pleasant.

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Photo of idiotwind
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy After 10.31.15 - I may have waited too long to drink this beer. It's still good, but it feels off. Still has incredible amounts of head and carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy after 4/20/17 version, enjoyed about 6-7 months after the target date

Large bottle, caged and corked

This is a great looking beer, starting form the large and lasting off white head. Medium haze on the lighter, near golden liquid. Leaves world class sheeting and webs of lacing on the glass.

Ginger, pepper, lime, yeast, soap on the complex nose.

Delicious, brett influenced IPA, more ginger, more yeast. more soap, mild funkiness, barnyard, sweaty clothes, yum....did I say delicious....I'm a sucker for a well crafted and complex Brett brew and this one simply did not disappoint. Yeasty/nutty final pour and I'm in beer heaven.... I'm gonna buy another bottle, next time I see one and start this fun experiment all over again....go get some

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkist
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mine is a 07.04.16 and had it well over a year after the Enjoy After date.
Was very pleasantly surprised after I had my fight with the overflowing head and managed to pour it in a glass. I was afraid that it would be like a lambic (that I don't like) but despite the slightly sour yeast this IPA can retain its Stone intensity, or rather its STONEtensity.
The way it's made up was: first you get the sour yeast in the nose. Then you let it sut for a while and then you recognize that this is a rich West Coast Stone IPA with all those glorious hops - buried under a layer of wild yeast. Is it a pity? Even though I do not prefer spontaneous yeasts, I say no, it is quite an excitement.
The wild yeast creates natural carbonation that foams like no other, soft but intense. It kind of pushes all the hops into your face. Very playful.
Although the hops remain much more subtle than in your regular Stone, it is a very dynamic, progressive drink - keeps changing its quality as you back it down.
I'm not saying it is like the Citracado or the Ruination that you would welcome again and again but this one certainly gives you a unique and great experience! Recommended and not just for the lovers of wild yeast!

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Photo of sparx1100
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LanceH
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Enjoy After Brett IPA from Stone Brewing
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