Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Enjoy After Brett IPAStone Enjoy After Brett IPA
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Stone Enjoy After Brett IPAStone Enjoy 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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Photo of LanceH
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy after 7-4-16 poured into goblet to enjoy a year and a month after enjoy day and at cellar temp, never refrigerated like bottle recommends:

Poured into goblet and cork ripped off with lots of power like it was champagne, and hate to state this but lost a bit as it hit off quickly and was a bit slow on pouring in glass and even with that beer poured out of it. Had a big mess to clean up but lost less than a fifth of it. So in a way the pour was a lot of fun.

Look is a bit like piss. It's yellowish orange piss color with foamy piss head and warm just like piss. Thank God it doesn't taste or smell that way.
Foam of this also reminds me a bit of Duvall as the champagne foam continues throughout the whole journey.

Aroma is funky with mild fruit tart smell like a wild ale would be and smells super fresh despite being aged. Almost smells like Skittles.

Feel is medium to light dank and thin and creamy. Does not feel like your typical Stone IPA

Taste is nugget, slightly hoppy, earth, floral, spicy, lemon, grape, banana, melon, mildly piney.

Overall super interesting. Very Belgian like. Does not really taste like and IPA but halfway through it starts to shine. I also have to give Stone credit as it really is it's own unique beer as it's the first of this type of flavor beer I've had and still don't quite know what to make of it. So just going to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of threeviews
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml cork & muzzled 07.04.16 bottle (~40F) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - [Initial & Conservative] pour reveals a crystal clear, gold color with a 3+ finger white head and a consistency of sea foam...great retention. (5.0)

S - Bright, fruity and refreshing with aromas of lemon citrus, green apple, green grape and a nicely restrained dose of that classic Brett (musty) funk. The smell is very reminiscent of Orval and (to a lesser extent) Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage. As it warms the linoleum and "horse blanket" characteristics really start to burgeon. (4.75)

T - The comparisons to the legendary Orval and hop-forward Anchorage beers continues. Fruity flavors hit first and which transition into that dry, musty Brett funk and old, citrus hop finish. Great flavors but the transition is a bit too quick. (4.75)

M - Very light on the palate and drinks under the 7% ABV. Lively carbonation adds to the dry finish and wonderful drinkability. (5.0)

O - Really, really good beer that reminds me more and more of Orval after each sip. At ~$12/bottle, it is roughly the same price-per-ounce of both aforementioned beers. However, since Orval is more readily available than both and is delivered in a smaller volume package, I will be more than happy to purchase a couple bottles of Orval when the mood hits. Interesting experiment and well-executed. Like Orval and Anchorage beers, the additional age on this bottle has suffered no ill-effects. (4.75)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5th Edition Enjoy After 10.31.16 tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 9.36 fl oz bottle on July 14, 2017. Lots of Brett funk, spice and acidity. I am glad I cellared this for so long. It was worth the wait.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, pale gold beer with a really fluffy, white head that leaves random spots of lacing about. The aroma is lots of Brett funkiness with a little sweetness and tropical fruit notes. The taste is quite bitter, lightly sweet with mango, papaya, melon and spiciness. There is a bit of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste that I wish was more prominent when drinking it. Overall it is an interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: poured a clear yellow with a fluffy, three finger head, which quickly subsided to nothing. Light lacing clung to sides.

Smell: very subdued hints of spice and earth.

Flavor: sweet maltiness, caramlized sugar, light citrus fruit, spice.

Feel: lingering bitterness, crisp, highly carbonation, dry.

Overall: decent experiment that made for a nice, porch-sitting beer.

Would have loved to get a couple other bottles and tried one early, and saved one for much longer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy After 4.20.17

Appearance: golden yellow in color wth a 2" head that falls to a thin surface covering.

Smell: light citrus and some brett comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, grapefruit, brett funk, and a bunch of earthy tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: the brett mellowed enough here to be a compliment to the IPA and did not over power it. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden-amber with a thick white foam leaving sticky foamy sponge lace.

Smell is really hoppy--shocker!--almost fusile, with Brett funk and a sharp burnt rubber sting.

Taste is bitter onion, full of grapefruity hops, yet tart and almost gassy, with a frothy body and semi-dry finish.

Enjoy After 4.20.17

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The IPA has died, and looming perilously above its withered form is the hazy, menacing image of a giant beast, brett. It simultaneously clobbers and dries the palate, and offers little of the funky pleasures it adds to saisons. No good.

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Photo of LeRose
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was awesome. Hazy deeper gold color with a stunning pure white, dense, three finger head that lasted forever. Superb cling of lace to the glass.

The aromas are tantalizing...not super-intense but a promise of goodness to come. More wild ale than IPA, there is an assertive level of funk on the initial sniff, but a counter-melody of pineapple and orange and grapefruit comes in, and just the faintest touch of floral and resinous hops remnants float over the top. This is me it has just the remnants of an IPA and the beer has certainly taken a unique direction.

The taste follows. While not bursting with boisterous levels of barnyard funk, it delivers an up front earthiness that is assertive, but quite under control. It seems the brett character has mellowed and the IPA has blended into it, if that makes any sense. I could see this being quite jagged in the flavor profile if not aged, but the two opposites have melded and morphed. There is no sweetness, but there is a very Belgian character in the finish which is mildly spicy and definitely peppery. Mild bitterness underneath.

It feels abrupt in that you taste it and there is plenty of flavor and body, then it vanishes. And it makes you want more. Only a mild peppery tingle remains. Quite dry, at least medium bodied,

Overall, I like this beer quite a bit, but restrained myself from giving it a higher score for the overall. Those expecting a face-blasting fresh IPA with developed brett character - this wont be their thing. For me, this oxymoron works. It isn't two styles blended - it is something else entirely.

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Photo of whatname
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattycliff47
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy after 4/20/17, a nice floral Brett but the bitter and flat finish cap this potential

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Photo of Khaack
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle served at 8-16 degrees Celsius (straight from the fridge to start off and finishing with closer to room temperature) into a snifter. Enjoyed more than a year after the "enjoy after" date.

Look: When cold, this is an aesthetically pleasing beer. When warm, it'll generate an annoying 4-5 fingers of head with the gentlest of pours. Gold in colour with some haze (more haze with each additional pour). The first pour created a three finger, puffy, white head with decent lacing and a 6+ minute retention.

Smell: Medium intensity and well-balanced. It smells more like a farmhouse ale than an IPA. Yeasty funk with tropical fruit (pineapple) and citrus (orange and grapefruit). Nominal floral and resinous hops. Faint tartness and some pale malts. It's complex and I really like it.

Taste: Follows suit with the nose. Strong, funky barnyard character with tropical fruit and citrus. There's practically no sweetness in the flavour. A phenolic peppery character is also detectable. The finish is short, dry, and bitter with a hint of minerality.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Drying, prickly, slightly sharp, and fizzy. The mouthfeel makes this beer easy to drink by leaving your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Overall: An interesting beer no doubt. After more than two years in the bottle, the hops have faded and the bretts have taken over; it comes across as a tart saison/farmhouse ale. At the current price point I won't be picking up another bottle for cellaring but I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of n2185
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy After 04.20.17
Light to moderate pour yields a one and a half inch white head over a light amber body with very nice, sticky lacing. Nose of funk, light hops and light malt sweetness with a little spice. Taste mirrors nose with an okay mouthfeel with a slightly thin finish. Overall, an interesting beer which tastes very similar to some dry hopped saisons I've had.

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Photo of wpreynolds
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA from Stone Brewing
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