Enjoy After Brett IPA
Stone Brewing

Enjoy After Brett IPAEnjoy After Brett IPA
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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #40
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,803
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
382
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 12, 2022
Added:
Sep 29, 2014
Wants:
  66
Gots:
  281
SCORE
87
Very Good
Enjoy After Brett IPAEnjoy After Brett IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle into a goblet. Enjoy after 12.24.16 edition.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Hazy glowing golden amber body. Good streams of carbonation. Massive bright white head persists in very good form throughout leaving layers of lacing

Floral nose, bordering on perfume. Very mild funk.

Then the taste. Bitter. Spices. Mild funk. Somehow manages to be mouth watering and refreshing. The floral notes try to break through the lasting bitterness. Incredible complexity.

Mouth full, finish a lasting bitterness.

Overall, the vast difference between the nose and the taste is initially jarring. However, the strong bitterness is not an unpleasant one. And the mild funk and floral notes trying to break through make for a very interesting drinking experience.
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drinking the 10/31/16 version on 2/6/22. I tried another Brett beer before this, a 2015 New Holland Mischievous, and I couldn’t take two sips without pouring it out. I was wrong. Very interesting. Brett presence works well with the IPA characteristics. Maybe I shouldn’t have let it age five years, but experiments are experiments for a reason.
Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared 750 ml corked & caged bottle. Golden colour, large white head. Aroma of fruity hops and brettanomyces / farmhouse. Very nice flavour, brett and American hops galore, yeasty, but still very well balanced.
May 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.82 by Duhast500 from Rhode Island

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a 13 oz thin tulip glass best after 4/20/2017. Pours a very attractive clear straw yellow with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin lace, with impressive retention. 4.5

Smell funky must, champagne, smashed grapes, clove, and pear. 3.5

Taste follows musty, smashed grapes, clove, pear, and champagne. 3.5

Mouthfeel is about medium, plenty of prickly carbonation, a tad dry, and at 7% loaded with flavor, but not a necessarily a pleasant flavor. 4

Overall I am grading this knowing I am not a fan at all of this style and I struggle to understand why anyone is or could be. It is still attractive and well crafted, but sorry not my jam...... 3.5
Jun 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by BeerMeCJS from California

Apr 04, 2020
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Rated by adab123 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had one from many years ago. Tart, acidic, and yeasty, though not so much to be off-putting.
Jan 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Enjoy after 10-31-16. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Look - A hazy golden body with an explosively lively head. I was fighting to keep it under control.

Smell - Sweet and funky, a little bit of lemon meringue pie going on. Also fairly light and easy going, not an overpowering smell at all. Simple for a sour.

Taste - A weird mix of bitter hops and funky sour. Initial taste is a bit of an assault, but the aftertaste mellows a bit. Not as crazy as I'd expect for something that's been sitting around this long, pretty tame and mild.

Feel - All of the carbonation must have escaped in the bubble eruption while pouring. It's sitting at a good level though, medium chewy body that goes down easy.

Overall - Good enough, but nothing crazy. Found it at the liquor store the other day, so who knows how it's been stored all these years. I can get with this, but it's not my favorite.
Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by jtormey1 from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: hazy gold. Poured into a snifter. Good head on the beer as expected with the Brett.

Smell: smells like a Belgian. Bread and yeast. Not a lot of IPA going on.

Taste/mouthfeel: full taste, good carbonation. Get a bit of hops with the Belgian taste. Little bit like a Brut IPA. Dry.

Overall: stuck this in the basement for a while and then migrated to the refrigerator where I forgot about it. Pretty happy with the aging. Wish I had more.
Aug 24, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served in a snifter glass from a vintage Enjoy After 04.20.17 bottle.

Appearance: Comes off a semi hazy gold color with medium to full bubbles to the body creating an ultra thick white head rising over a finger's length.

Smell: Heavy yeast and hops. Comes and goes in the nostrils.

Taste: comes off sour right off the bat with doses of hops and malt. calling this in IPA is a little tough considering how heavy the yeast properties are. Think of lemon skin with bread and doses of bitterness.

Mouth: comes off dry and extra bubbly with a full body.

Overall: drinking this beer for the last 20 minutes and I feel like I am drinking kombucha tea with a super dose of alcohol. It is a good beer but personally I would use it as a palate cleanser or starter beer for the night. Always in a glass Salud.
Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jun 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by rand from California

Apr 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoy after 7/14/16, shared with rudzud
Pours a giant fizzy foamy fluffy head, decent retention, brilliantly clear honey blond color

Nose big Brett, little tart but very funky, farmhouse funk but not horse blanket, mild sweet malt, toasted malts, some grassy floral hops, little spicy fair fruity

Taste big Brett funk, farmhouse and quite cheesy, little barnyard but not quite horse blanket level, nice toasty blond malts, not sweet and fairly dry, grassy spicy floral hops, some fruit too like apple pear, medium bitterness getting spicy late, super super dry finish, with big bitterness and a little yeasty note

Mouth is med bod, tons of effervescent carb a bit too much actually,

Overall great Brett, hops have fade quite a bit, but a solid beer
Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 07/14/16

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a big fluffy two finger head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of really big bright funky brett. Really strong and aromatic. Hops are faded but grassy. Really fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of funky brett notes. Good crisp grassy notes with a long lingering light almost astringent bitterness. Rather pleasant but incredibly dry.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this was a very solid wild ale. Great brett notes but super dry.

Serving Type: bottle
Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by mamaraza from Texas

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Puffy over hazy gold; soap!; wheat, a pile of nettle, some wax, an apricot skin comeback, numbing grassy end; smooth.

4 4 4.25 4 4.5

Epic depth. Both Brett + IPA at play. Converts punters in an instant. Still missing that Bretty pineapple, though.
Jan 07, 2019
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Reviewed by VRH from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I'm enjoying the 12.24.16 edition. Very intriguing and a lot of fun! The appearance is remarkable, pouring a clear golden amber with a massive frothy head. The nose is enjoyably complex: funky, spicy, chamomile, white grape skins. The taste is similar to the nose and reminds me of a dry champagne with hints of clove and white pepper. Nice feel with lots of drying into the finish and continued funky spice on the aftertaste. Well crafted and intriguing.
Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
6th edition best after 4/20/17 poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip
A: Hazy light orange with a billowy 2++ finger head
S: Bretty, tropical fruit, hints of citrus and pine
T: Basically matches the nose. Brett throngout with all those secondary notes
M: Medium-bodied, funky
O: This has aged well. Not something I’d drink often but definitely worth a try
Oct 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Roberto11232 from New York

Oct 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by hopkrid from Florida

Sep 21, 2018
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank 1 fresh and another 8 months past the enjoy after date. Definitely better with some age on it.

Hops, Brett, funkiness, band aids, high carbonation with an effervescent, dry finish. Drinks pretty easy. Would have again without hesitation.
Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, with a heavy duty and rocky head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells basically mostly of Brett- whatever strain they used just took this beer over. There's lots of pineapple, prickly grass-like funk, and pine.

This is not the most deft take on the style ever, the IPA characteristics are just about buried here, except for a bit of piney bitterness. There's sweaty pineapple and chalky, grassy funk. It's a decent Brett flavor that's developed, but it's just too strong to truly enjoy.

This is medium bodied, with a very high level of carbonation- definitely too prickly. It's not all that drinkable.

This doesn't seem like it was done with a whole lot of care and subtlety.
May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Samlover55 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
25.7oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
No bottled on date Enjoy after 4/20/17
L- 1st pour is a clear light orange with big fluffy white head, subsequent pours are a bit hazy
S- pineapple, brett funk
T- slighlty sweet crackery malt character, tropical fruit with pineapple notes, brett funkiness, followed by a dry and bitter finish
F- medium-bodied, average carbonation, normal feeling untill the dry finish
Overall this a very good tasting beer, but I feel it is missing on the IPA aspect
Apr 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2018
 
Rated: 2.49 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.53 by pkalix from California

Jan 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.66 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jan 27, 2018
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Rated by GarthDanielson from Virginia

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.
Jan 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Jan 08, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

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;
Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

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.
Dec 31, 2017
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