Enjoy After Brett IPA | Stone Brewing

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3.85/5
Very Good
516 Ratings
Enjoy After Brett IPAEnjoy After Brett IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,836
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
516
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
278
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 140
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the 12-26-15 batch.
Appearance: Very nice to look at. iridescent gold and orange. Crusty white head with nice retention. Lacing is light and spotted. Tiny champagne bubbles.

Nose: Sweet lemon, rosemary, a little spice and sharp yeast.

Taste: Perfectly balanced. An excellent mouthfeel, not too crisp, and not flat. The finish is yeasty and metallic. It opens with some smooth malt. I gave the taste a lower score than I think I would if I cellared it as recommended. Smooth malty sweetness mixes with yeasty dryness very well.

Notes: This is a beer you should buy two of. Drink one, cellar the other. Remember how much fun Vertical Epic was? Stone has this part of the market cornered.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jooler
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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 ONUMello
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

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Photo of lazydayspoiler
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 hman43
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Furlinator
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy After 12/26/15.
The cork popped by itself as soon as the cage was removed. Slow poured and a massive 4 inch pillowy head formed that took ten full minutes to recede. Slightly funky smell with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit. Well balanced flavors of bitter hops, sweet malt and accents of fruit.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewduder
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle, 07.04.16 version. Imma bout halfway between the earliest suggested consumption date, and those big fat numbers on the label, so I sez, let's rock and/or fucking roll, already!

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves a few random instances of splattered snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly and evenly subside.

It smells of musty, but generally agreeable funky yeast (hey Brett!), grainy and lightly bready pale malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, muddled overripe apple and Bartlett pear fruity notes, equally hard to pin down domestic citrus peel, a slight phenolic astringency, and more tame earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The taste is zingy piney/leafy/herbal green hop bitters, more acrid than funky yeast incursions, a battened-down pale and caramel maltiness, middling white and black pepper dust, zippy lemon and orange citrus rind, and a further earthy and mildly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are rather active and consuming in their thoroughly pervasive and mouth-filling fizzy and frothy measures, the body medium-light in weight, and as smooth as you want to convince yourself of right now - cognitive dissonance at your service! It finishes quite dry, the yeast, hops, and wan inherent malt seeing to it.

A much better offering than I was expecting lo these many months that I have so far stared at this offering sitting patiently in my cellar. The Brett is certainly still more than palpable, but hardly overwhelming, and the very Stone-worthy hops continue to prove their time-worn mettle. My only issue here is the pithy assertion that this is an 'American' styled IPA - I'm guessing that a few Belgian IPA aficionados would be more than willing to weigh in on the matter, yeah?

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy After 12.26.15. Hey, that's today!

Murky yellow body with a dense, soapy bone white head that leaves sudsy residue throughout the glass. Brett aroma with some funky citrus and earth aromas. Bright and zesty on the palate. Hop character is remote but some hoppy bitterness still persists in the finish. Good stuff. I'm glad I picked this up over a year ago. It has a similar character to Orval, which I thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of MrDarcy
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MykeJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenMind
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
1.84/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of nmann08
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Enjoy After Brett IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 516 ratings