Enjoy By Black IPA
Stone Brewing

Enjoy By Black IPAEnjoy By Black IPA
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Style:
American Black Ale
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
531
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Enjoy By Black IPAEnjoy By Black IPA
Notes: Just like its golden envelope-pushing counterpart, Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is intensely hoppy and should be enjoyed über fresh to experience its vibrant stone and tropical fruit flavors and dankness.

This double IPA’s dark-colored malt canvas comes from German Sinamar and from Patagonia Black Pearl barley, which adds a pleasingly smooth taste. The hop profile is predominantly Australian, featuring down-under wonders Vic Secret, Ella and Galaxy. Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is shipped immediately to ensure hopheads get their hands on it as soon as possible, as it is brewed specifically NOT to last.
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Reviews by Dbrulet:
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a big, fine two finger light khaki head that keeps building for a while after pouring. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, orange family citrus, hints of tropical fruit and light toasted malt. Flavor is well melded dark toasted malt, citrus, mixed fruit, citrus and piney hops, with a very interesting lightly estery fruit, toasted malt and hop finish. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess and mouth feel. I was pleasantly surprised by this; I am a fan of Cascadian dark ales, and wasn't sure what to expect from Stone's version, although I figured it would be hoppy. This is much more integrated and interesting. The hops bill from Enjoy By is here, but somewhat muted by the darker malts, but there is a very interesting fruit flavor that develops in the finish from the interaction of the malt and hops that I really like a lot. Smoother, somewhat sweeter and less adventuresome than the Northwestern versions, this is a very nicely made and interesting black ale. A great balance of strong flavors. This is my favorite of the Enjoy By series.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is Enjoy by 2.14.16

L - Dark brown/black with 1 full finger of head and nice lacing left all over the top of the brew and glass all the way down

S - Huge hoppy aroma of goodness, pine, citrus

T - Like the aroma, a well balanced blend of hop goodness and earthy malt tones. Not overly bitter, perfect mix of pine and citrus. Tasty!

F - Well carbonated and medium body.

O - As good as a fresh BIPA can get in my opinion. Well done! Should become a regular in my rotation if they continue it. 9.4%? Totally hidden which is a sign of a great brew

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for Sublimely Self-Righteous and this is not. Pitch black color with a nose of something off that doesn't smell like any style of beer. The taste follows the nose with a really weird taste. You can kind of tell its malty but its really salty and overall weird. The feel and finish all follow suit. Honestly, not a good beer.

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Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a replacement of Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, this is inadequate at best. Nothing like the Enjoy By "Pale IPA" version. This one starts out bitter, with a mineral water quality that is almost astringent, which I guess are the hops, and then a slightly roasted malt character comes through mid-palate. The drinkability here is very low because of the high 9.4% alcohol content combined with the discord of flavors. I wish they would just bring back the Sublimely Sef-Righteous.

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Photo of tempest
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tropical aroma and a dry cocoa-on-grapefruit finish. It's a damn tasty beer. The dark malts never overpower the hops (like too many black IPAs). They add a touch of toffee to the aroma and the slightest roast to the flavor. Best combination of black roasted barley and hops I've tasted yet.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy of mine managed to snag one of these. This release was very limited so happy that I got to try. L: walnut color. Minimal head. A: it smells kind of wierd. Subdued hops, some dark malt, and...bologna. It literally smells like bologna. T: still trying to put this together...i do taste the hop profile, and im getting the same nice spicy notes as i do in regular enjoy by. Actually the flavors are coming out as it warms up, and it does so pleasantly. I taste a bit of coffee flavor that is complimenting the hops. F: medium. Pretty lively feel. Overall: I like it. However, i have to measure this against the fallen "sublimely self righteous ale"....it does not hold a candle to that beer.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Note I drank this on 2-14-16, I just wrote a review on paper as I was not at home. I'm just now getting to adding it on here.)

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep dark brown, nearly black till held to light. Head is one finger of frothy tan color that retains for a couple minutes and leaves behind some nice lacing. Nice looking brew but not exactly the appearance I was expecting.

S: Citrusy aromas of tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, papaya, and lemon, blend perfectly with earthy hop aromas, slight hints of pepper and dark roasted malts. You also get slight notes of burnt toast, coffee, and chocolate. Overall very complex yet balanced, easily one of the best smelling Black IPA's I've encountered.

T: Wow this brew is fruity and hop forward, but is blended and balanced almost perfectly with the roasted flavors you would expect. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, and papaya, meld together with slight hints of pine, cocoa, and coffee to greet your tongue initially. Then you get big flavors of roasted malts, black pepper, and earthy hops. Finishes with lingering flavors of roasted malts, roasted pineapple, orange peel, and a dank herbal hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink with a nice bitter finish. Also to my surprise very little alcohol is detectable given the ABV yet it does provide a subtle warming quality as you drink it.

O: This is a absolutely terrific brew. I personally really like well done Black IPA's and this certainly passes all my criteria. (I will admit I can be very picky when it comes to the style, but when done right they tend to be some of my favorite brews.) This is a near world class example of the style in my opinion as it perfectly blends the hop forward idea that hopheads crave with the intense roasted malt backbone that I personally love. This one goes down as yet another incredibly solid offering from Stone that I will grab a few of every time it is released, I would recommend that any fan of the style do the same.

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Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

$7.99 bomber, I believe. Enjoy by 2.14.16 bottled 1/9 and poured 2/12.

Appearance: A clear ruby brown color ... almost black. Not what I was expecting, especially for the ABV -- I was looking for a pitch or near pitch black colored beer. Nice half finger of a creamy off-white head and a bit of lacing. Looks nice, just not what I saw coming.

Smell: Dem dank ass hops. Very resinous. A little citrus rind in there. Very fresh smell. For the "black" characteristics, there's a subtle underlying roast character, but it's definitely in the back -- the hops are what's shining in this beer.

Taste/feel: Pretty much all hops. Midway through and more-so into the finish there's a roasted -- almost ashy -- malt flavor that's definitely more complimentary than anything. Finish has a very nice balance between hop bitterness and roasted malt bitterness. I'm digging the hop flavors, but the roast is fainter than I was expecting. As it warms up, the roast presence intensifies in flavor and bitterness, adding more depth. The feel of this is medium bodied with a lively carbonation. This doesn't drink like it's 9.5% in any way. A little more body would be better, I think, but it's still very nice.

Pales in comparison to regular old Enjoy By IPA, but it's a tasty little change-up. The flavors, as with most beers, develop a lot more as the beer warms up, so don't drink this too cold. I enjoy this, but I'm not sure I'd say it's a must-try. At the same time, if you can get it fresh, it's definitely worth $8 for the bomber. Another great beer from Stone, but it doesn't replace the discontinued Sublimely Self-Righteous, which had a much better/more pronounced roasted malt profile.

EDIT: In part due to intoxication, I'm sure, but also the beer warming up ... I like this more than I originally thought. Not sure what I'd like from it that it doesn't provide -- maybe more roast -- but there's more than when it was fridge temp, I think. Bumping the taste and overall rating by .25.

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Photo of brayton
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadLatvian
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Didier
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Papa_Marsh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesMN
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 2/14/16.

Appearance: Dark brown and a bit murky with a solid light tan head.

Aroma: I can smell it from a foot away! Gushing with pine, melon, guava nectar, and Australian hop goodness. Also a dash of cream and chocolate from the malt.

Taste: It's not often I have a good black IPA. It's so infrequent that when I do encounter one it seems to reinvent the style while remaining in the guidelines. The huge aroma translates to quite a piney hop character with an unrestrained bitterness. The dark malt actually adds to that bitterness. There is a perceived melon and fruit sweetness from the hops that does a good job of keeping the palate from getting burned out too quickly. The finish is surprisingly smooth and ends with an aftertaste of sizzling dark chocolate and pine. I almost forgot this is a whopping 9.4% ABV until the subtle heat started creeping down my throat. Really well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with vibrant carbonation. It's simultaneously highly drinkable and a bit of a sipper.

Final Thoughts: This was the second best black IPA I've ever had. Amazing aroma and nearly belligerent use of buttering hops. There are a lot of reasons this particular black IPA was a winner right out of the gate where others fail: the brewers, the recipe (i.e. available hops), etc. But the big thing here is clear bottle dating. That goes a long way in making me feel confident with my purchase. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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Photo of hoyagus
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.27.15 bottle. Porter style smoothness and bitterness. Piney hop, no real tropical notes here. Smokey but bright and fresh at the same time. Will be great to tackle that turkey with if you can find and not drink before then.

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Photo of WDJersey
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anon
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So glad to finally get my hands on one of these bad boys after the discontinuing of Sublimely. Enjoy by 01/01/16. Bottled 11/25, consuming just a tick under a month later.

Appears faded black on the pour, the light revealing a deep ruby/mohogany hue. Finger head and sticky icky lacing. Smells crisp and clean. Floral attributes and piney hops dominate the nose with a nice undertone of roast and malt.

Lots of roasted grain, char, barley and malt up front on this one. Excellent. Pine resin bitterness and tropical fruit. Juicy and tasty. Dank and delicious. Hop juices flowing like a rushing river, building a nice backbone for this brew. Good amount of carbonation, balanced perfectly. Hope to pick up the next release of this one and try it even fresher, but this one was still fantastic.

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Photo of Claydoe4
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 531 ratings