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 Brett

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.

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Ratings: 512 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by gatheredwaters:
Photo of gatheredwaters
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of jooler
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy after 10/31/15. Today is 11/I15/15. really had high expectations for this brew. Smells like a good Belgium IPA. The taste is sort of like a Belgium but it is pretty malty. Not what I expected

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With all the expiration dates for hoppy beer, the "what happens" when the perpetual aging advantage of wild yeast enters the fray, the struggle becomes how soon to retain hops versus how late to promote funk. And that struggle is not resolved until neither is good. So, with an eighteen month brew date under its belt, Stone's Enjoy After 07.0416 now hits the glass.

Bright and bubbly, the pour erupts with arid honeycomb froth and a long, lacy, hazy gold appearance. Its scent musty with dry woods, tropical fruit and citrus, its earthen perfume is both funky and fresh. Light honey, wafer, dry caramel dance lightly on the front of the tongue but then erupts in a carbonated sweetness of cotton candy and bubble gum- I shit you not.

As the funk of the barnyard lifts, so does the sweetness and the middle palate is soon awash with dry grain, honey and dough. Papaya, passionfruit, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel and play out on the estery and hoppy side of balance while white pepper, oak, burlap, cedar and the light taint of cork plays out late on the palate. Bitter and playfully dry in taste a hint of sawdust graces the finish with an afterglow of woods and hay looming.

Medium-bodied for sour ale, the remnants of IPA remain. Hoppy with a firm bitterness that oddly displaced with funk and souring, the beer finishes with dried tropical fruit, grapefruit peel and a finish of powdery oak, peppercorn and perfumy cedar.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 7/4/2016 edition. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, light cracker/bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops, fruity/spicy/funky brett, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, peach, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, light cracker/bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, pine, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, fruity/spicy/funky brett, and light pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, fruity/spicy/funky brett, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 lazydayspoiler
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

For the betterment of mankind, and the interest of science, opened on 11/2/2014, poured in a tulip glass:

A - Golden amber haze, tick frothy head with heavy lacing, and an endless stream of gorgeous Champaign bubbles

S - Peach, apricot, yeast, fresh apples, spice

T - Grass, farmhouse, orange rind

M - Well carbonated, with a long and complex, but not overwhelming, bitter hop finish

O - Solid Beligian IPA in the spirit of Poperings Hommel Bier. Standard Belgian spices, and very drinkable. Not sure I'd throw into heavy rotation, but definitely worth seeking out. Curious to see the difference in a year.

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Photo of hman43
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours light golden with a full white head. The aroma is yeasty with basement aromas. There are also hints of spice and citrus. The initial flavors are of yeast and spices. The are hints of citrus. There is a moderately bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, enjoy after 7/4/16. Pours slightly hazy bright yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet buttery malts and acidic brett with some soft fruit and a little bandaid.

The flavor is sweet fruity bretty malts with lots of acidic harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, a bit harsh with some off notes. I'm saving another for the best after date.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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 mctizzz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesmk48
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Meyers1023
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one is messy. It pours a golden yellow with so much head that takes a long time to dissipate. The smell is almost all brett with citrus, very belgian. Taste is follow the nose as the brett definitely comes through and you get some citrus in there as well as some bitterness. The feel is highly carbonated and tingles your tongue. I love the idea of this beer and will get a few more in the series to see how they evolve.

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Photo of JC333
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like this was better in theory. Very foamy. It needs to be a big bottle just to accommodate for all the foam on each pour. Taste was okay. I was just impressed with the hops keeping their bitterness. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color and moderately hazy. There's a serious amount of carbonation with this beer. Moderate lacing. Despite my initial efforts of slow pouring, half of the glass was dense, off white foam. I smell light sourdough malt and a faintly sweet Brett aroma. This smells more like a saison fermented with Brett. The taste is a vastly different experience. I'm getting vinous Brett, Sweet Belgian Candy Sugar, and floral Belgian hops. The mouth is very carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice. 07.04.16 bottle opened exactly a year before intended but I have another bottle in the cellar I will compare notes with next year.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with big hints of Belgian style spices, fruit, and Brett. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, peppers, coriander, and a big presence of wild Brett yeast. Big fruit presence with hints of lemon zest, orange, green apple, mango, and banana. Hints of bubblegum. Grassy and floral hops. Malt hints of straw, wheat, biscuit, cracker, and grains. A very solid yeasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian IPA style taste with big notes of spice, fruit, and Brett. Belgian yeast with notes of peppers, clove, and coriander. Big funky taste of Brett yeast. Fruit notes of lemon, green apple, orange, mango, and banana. Also some sweet notes of bubblegum. Good presence of grassy and floral hops. Soft malt notes of wheat, straw, biscuit, grains, and cracker. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian IPA. Good mix of spices and zesty fruit esters. This is really good now. It will be interesting to revisit it in a year.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12.26.15 version. Huge billowy thick white head. Took about 10 minutes for the head to fade to a drinkable level, then stayed at about a quarter inch until the end, which left some great lacing. Aroma was horse blanket and leather up front, with some citrus notes in the background. The taste was very much like the smell, I'm a fan of the Brett yeast and its taste in an aged beer. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, very dry on the finish. Overall, quite nice. I have another one aging in the cellar, going to give it a bit more time to see what other magical thing the Brett will do to this beer.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samtrillo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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