Enjoy After Brett IPA
Stone Brewing

Enjoy After Brett IPAEnjoy After Brett IPA
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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #47
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,003
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
525
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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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Photo of cardfan212
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jtormey1
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of VRH
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of CTHomer
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -0.8%
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 Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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 +13.4%
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 patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -12.6%
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 +12.9%
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 monkist
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Benjolovesbeer
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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 threeviews
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
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 -2.6%
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 +1.3%
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 IBUBrew
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Enjoy After Brett IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 525 ratings