Stone Enjoy By IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Listing for all Stone Enjoy By xx.xx.xx IPA beers.

http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Added by nrs207 on 08-21-2012

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pDev:
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Photo of beerpadawan
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a lively light gold; the head is just off-white and has a few big bubbles bursting. I get a big, juicy aroma from 10-12 inches away. The head settles within a minute or two to a light covering, and after a few sips to a light ring, leaving the beer looking a bit too quiet, or too much like apple juice.

I smell grapefruit, green apple, mango, pineapple; subtle floral, sweet, and spice notes. Definitely mango and tropical fruit.

Mild carbonation, very smooth feel in the mouth, medium body with lingering tingle of bitterness. The hops flavor is not as intensely fruity as it is on the nose; rather more spice and green flavors emerge with the bitterness. The beer has marvelous balance and perfect harmony of flavors. A nice peak of malty sweetness crests just as the hop bitterness begins to settle in, and they both exit smoothly and slowly, allowing each sip to be fully enjoyed for a full, happy moment.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

05.17.13 batch. Hot dang this is fresh (10 days old).

Picked up a few bottles, opened the first with a friend. Poured into a tulip. Pours an absolute crystal clear pale orange with a large rocky white head on top. Retained well and left bits of lace stuck to the glass. Huge amounts of citrus in the nose - pineapple, grapefruit, mango, honeysuckle. The aroma is so sweet and fresh. Wow. I'd love to scent my home with this.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Great carbonation really drives the flavor in this one. A wallop of fresh citrus washes over the palate. Grapefruit, passionfruit, orange - with a really sweet finish. Bitterness is there, but this is so fresh and flavorful, that the bitterness is tamed down in a way. This is dangerously drinkable. One of the best DIPAs I've had the pleasure of having. Keep sending these to NC!!

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Photo of anarchia
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the prettiest IPA I've ever seen: absolutely transparent, beautiful golden color, small head that dissipates but I'm still pretty psyched about the color and clarity of this beer. Smell is massive grapefruit hops, some citrus, random hints of random fruits. Insane hop flavor right away! Heavy floral hops, then grapefruit, then citrus, then the massive bittering kicks in. Absolutely coats the mouth. The bitterness is a little higher than I usually like but the fresh hop character is astounding. Aside from the lingering bitterness, the finish is really crisp and dry on this - I just realized this is 9.4% abv and now I'm even more impressed. Way too easy to drink considering its strength. It's easy to love stronger ales but this one really deserves it.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 5.17.13, bottled on 4.12.13
This beer was bottled 1 week ago from today, and has made it from the brewery in SoCal to a shelf in my local beer shop in Atl, GA in 1 week. Not sure that has ever happened before!

A - Yellow golden hue with a tiny bit of clarity. Whats impressive here is the 3-4 fingers of head and lace left all over the glass!

S - Ok, this aroma is off the charts. Pine cone galore! Fresh hops. Almost burns your nose hairs off its so pungent. Beautiful

T - Like the smell, off the charts piny hops. Sweet, smooth, well balanced. Delicious!

M - Oily and slick. Well carbonated.

O - A fresh hop lovers dream. Glad to have the last 2 series, after finding the 4.1.13 in NYC last month. 2 in a row have made it to ATL, hoping that trend continues!

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Photo of mcflypie
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone Enjoy By IPA 12.13.13

A: Light to medium copper/golden in hue. Generous lacing.

S: Very piney, with resinous floral hoppy smells.

T: Citrusy with resinous pine tastes. Bitter and fruity with large floral character.

M: Crisp and very fresh tasting.

O: It tingles with freshness, this hoppy piney brew is fantastic!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 5/31/13.

Appearance: Pours a warm, clear golden honey color. Ample carbonation is apparent. About 1.5" of eggshell white head forms, which has great retention and lacing. Very good looking IPA.

Smell: Extremely dank on the nose. Bitter grapefruit and some pineapple and mango notes. Very fresh and clean hop smells. Some bready and caramel malt notes peek out as well, but the hops really shine.

Taste: Bready malts do show themselves initially, as well as perhaps a bit of caramel. The remainder is very sticky, and very dank hop flavors. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and sticky hop resins are apparent. Overall, the beer is fairly sweet which is not surprising for a 9.4% ABV beer. However, the finish is pretty dry, which is a nice quality.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with ample carbonation. Very nice. Overall, I thought this was an outstanding IPA. The hop character is very resinous and very pronounced, but all in all the beer has a nice balance. Super.

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Photo of phishgator
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide tulip glass. Big lacy white head, very much like a Belgian blonde. Big nose of grassy, earthy, and floral hops. The taste has much of the fruit and straight bitterness of their mix of hops. There is a slight green taste in the glass. Certainly a slick feel and syrupy amount of malt. The body is a little on the thinner side and carbonation medium at best. Neither detract anything from the beer; they allow the hops and all of their glory show through. This was the latest incarnation, 4-20-16. Each release seems to be close to the same recipe, IMO.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

LOOK: Clear gold with a finger of eggshell white head, that leaves rings of lacing.

SMELL: Holy hops! Super dank, juicy, and tropical. Grapefruit, apricot, peach, pineapple, earth, grass, onion, pine, and resin.

Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Tastes of a mix of citrus and tropical fruits--grapefruit, orange, apricot, peach, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, guava, and mango. Takes a sharp turn for acidic, oniony bitterness on the finish, but then smooths out nicely leaving a citrus-pine aftertaste in your mouth. Alcohol is present but barely noticeable for 9.4% abv.

FEEL: Medium-feel, crisp carbonation, with a long resinous finish.

OVERALL: Ridiculously good double IPA. Buy it fresh whenever you're able!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Potent aroma of citric, floral and grassy hops. Taste is so fresh like the hops are still floating in the beer. Bitter but not lingering bitterness on the tongue. This beer is smooth as it it but especially for a beer over 9%abv. Loved it and so did the people who shared it with me!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 2FH that dissipates, foamy, lacing, amber, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit, citrus.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A little carbonation, dry, lingering, astringent, effervescent, crisp.

VALUE - $8.00 for 1-oz draft. OK.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Another winner from Stone.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 12/25/15 poured into a pint glass.

Clear, orange/golden with a beautiful white creamy/foamy head.

Scents of fruit, tropical, mango, pineapple, citrus, pine.
Amazing smell.

The hops are noticeable in the taste but not overpowering. An amazing IPA. The clarity, the smell, the taste, the mouthfeel.... its all there. Also the alcohol is well hidden. Tastes like a 7% to me.

Loooooove it.

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Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this brew for a long time. Just had a bottle of Hop Stoopid so I'll probably be comparing the two. Here goes:

A: Not what I was expecting. Pours a one-inch head, but this readily dissipates. There also doesn't appear to be a ton of carbonation. On the good side, the beer has a ton of lacing and it pours a nice orange-amber color.

S: Whatever the appearance lacked was quickly made up by the smell. This one's a beauty. Straight up pine and citrus, however the pine is spectacular. Probably the pineyist beer I've ever smelled. Tons of grassy floral notes as well. Like being in a pacific northwestern forest.

T: Taste follows the nose, making it spectacular. Lots of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. There's also a lot of malt to balance out the hops, making the beer extremely balanced. Although this beer is rather limited and somewhat expensive, buying it was one of the best decisions I've made in a while.

M: Nice and thick, but not overwhelming. Maybe could've been more carbonated.

O: A spectacular rendition of the WC IPA.

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Photo of pearljam118
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy By 02.15.13 bottled 1/11/13
A : perfect clarity. tiny bit of head. gorgeous orange straw color.

S : Big sweet and piney west coast ipa nose

T : Pine hop character and huge bitterness up front. Orange citrus in the middle with nearly equal sweetness finishing up to really balance the hopiness well.

M : Great mouthfeel for a DIPA. Carbonation is right on if not a tad high but the body is perfect for the style.

O : Excellent DIPA and that is terrific across the board. Definitely not just another hopped up west coast double.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a review of the 09.13.13 IPA. Drank it on 09.04.13.

Got a growler of it from Oliver's Brew Crew in Albany, NY, poured fresh from a keg. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. light copper/golden in color and crystal clear (flitered?) with a thick white head that fades to lacing on the glass. This one is an amazing double IPA. Smells of passion fruit, grapefruit and some mango in the background. Little to no malt in the aroma. The taste starts off slightly sweet and explodes with citrus flavor up front: grapefruit and passion fruit with just enough sweetness to balance it out, but nothing to stand in the way of the hops. Middle gets a bit more fruitiness form the hops: mango. Finishes with a touch of piney resinousness and a light lingering bitterness. A touch of alcohol heat, but it in no way tastes to be the 9.4% it claims.

Overall, just what a DIPA should be. It's a high octane beer that drinks easy. This one is focused intensely on hop flavor and aroma with just enough bitterness and malt to balance the beer out and hide the alcohol content. One of the best DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-reviewing this yet again because now I am now drinking batch # 7 on 4/20/13. I figured since the hop is a cousin of the cannabis, a very fresh IPA was a very appropriate beer for me to enjoy on 4/20/13. Poured into my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass, this batch of this beer poured a clear medium golden color, certainly much clearer than the other 2 batches of this beer that I have had the pleasure to drink. Initially with lots of little bubbles rising up to the surface of the beer and a white head about an inch thick initially when poured that settled pretty quickly to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some swirls of foam here and there covering the beer's surface. Decent lace, but I do also notice that the head retention and lace aren't as good with my serving of batch # 7 as they were with the other 2 batches of this beer that I've drank. Crisp aromas of piney and citrus hops and some nice floral notes as well. Has the nice aforementioned and very fresh piney and citrus resinous hops along with a nice slightly toasted caramel malt flavor. Also has hints of brown sugar, mango, and honey. Very nice and a bit of a different flavor profile from the other 2 batches of this beer that I drank. Has a somewhat crisp and smooth, chewy, somewhat oily, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth nicely and doesn't leave any time soon. Very drinkable for a 9.4% ABV beer. Excellent!

Below is my second review of this beer written on 4/13/2013 for batch # 5

ST bottle A-4 S-4.5 T-4.75 MF- 4.5 O-4.75

Re-reviewing this because I am drinking batch # 5. So, even though I did not enjoy this bottle of this batch of Enjoy By by the enjoy by date of 4/01/2013 and am drinking it 12 days late, I think I am still in for an awesome beer drinking experience here Poured out of a bomber into my snifter, this beer pours a clear, but slightly cloudy/hazy, deep medium golden color with a slight copper hue when held up to the light. has a white head about 1 1/4 inch thick when poured that settles fairly quickly to a nice thick white ring lining the inside of my glass with a nice big swirl of foam that covers most of the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Aromas of citrus grapefruit, apricot, earthy hop bitterness, perhaps a hint of pineapple, rounded out with some malty caramel sweetness. Flavors of citrus grapefruit and apricot, earthy hop bitterness, and the hint of pineapple that is all rounded with with some slightly toasted, biscuity caramel malt undertones. Has a very crisp, yet somehow still somewhat smooth and even slightly creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not the easiest beer to drink per say, but easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be!

Below is my initial review written on 10/31/2013 for batch # 2 of Enjoy By 11/09/12

ST: bottle A-4 S-4.5 T-4.5 MF-4.5 O-4.5

Poured into my tulip glass out of the bomber. This beer pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a white head that is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured. Surprisingly clear and light in color for a double IPA and for a beer from Stone. Head settles pretty quickly to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with spotty little clusters of foam dotting the surface of the beer and a decent amount of lace lining the inside of the glass. I wish it had had better head retention. Aromas of potent piney, citrus, grapefruit hops along with touches of mango. Very nice! Has a nice citrus, piney, somewhat earthy hop bitterness upfront that gives way to some nice toasted caramel sweetness. Not as upfront with the hop bitterness as a lot of Stone's other beers are. This beer is incredibly smooth for a beer with 9.4 % ABV. Has a slightly crisp, smooth, and somewhat prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink for a 9.4% ABV beer. An excellent beer and I hope to somehow drink this again somehow!

Eric

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Photo of MCain04
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 12.13.13, consumed 5 days after bottling, poured into DFH IPA glass. Have enjoyed this many times before, but owe it the full review.

Pours a clear golden body with 100% clarity, a big frothy head of medium and large-sized bubbles, with great retention and lacing, a gorgeous pour.

Smell is very west-coast IPA, with heavy pine needle notes, grapefruit and citrus, floral, somewhat but not overly sweet and malty on the nose.

Taste is bitter right up front with a wave of pine needle hop flavor followed closely by juicy grapefruit and citrus notes, bitterness lingers throughout, sweetness on the back end is evident, not bready though, no alcohol burn to speak of, and bitter aftertaste on the follow-through. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, moderately carbonated, smooth but not creamy, sticky and dry finish.

Overall, this is one of the best DIPAs out there and for the price point there are really few, if any, which are better options. Drink this as fresh as possible, the hop flavor is beautiful and balances the bitterness, which is necessary given the heavy malt backbone. This is Stone's best beer, for sure.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

09.13.13

P: A vivacious clear pale copper orange body with a crown of jiggly off white froth.

S: Smells like your hands after peeling an orange. Crisp citrus hop explosion. Orange, melon, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, and toasted malts.

T/M: Orange peel, lemon candy, mint, grapefruit juice, and mango. A sting of alcohol graces the tongue and leaves it tingly. Buttered toast, bubblegum and toasted caramel. Medium-full bodied with a great tingle of carbonation.

O: Crisp bold hops that engulfs your palate and sweeten it with a toasted malt base. I have been waiting to get this as fresh as I could. This is a huge statement for freshness. I love this beer and I can't wait till the next one.

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Photo of MikeSchieve
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Enjoy By 4/20/2015
This is fantastic. It smells and tastes spectacular. I can't wait for the next release and hope it's dist'd to Illinois.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very fresh bomber on 8/25/12...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of tight creamy eggshell head, body is a gorgeous glowing and just slightly hazy light yellow orange amber. Gorgeous intricate webbed lacing coats the glass at the end of the session.

Smell - OMG!! Huge grapefruit, pine, light tropical fruits, orange peel, rich oily hops!

Taste - Starts with huge oily grapefruit peels and pine, bright green sticky hops, green grass, floral hops, lavender...in the back and into the finish there are huge herbal hops, fresh cut green onion, chive, and even a hint of basil, finish is more of the same with dried grapefruit pith - just incredible!

Mouthfeel - Actully on the lighter side of medium, this feels light and bright with an almost silky smoothness in the mouth - carb is nearly medium but not harsh, carb begins smooth but then has some bright, nearly sharp edges near the back of the tongue. Finish is on the dry side with a few poine needles and hop oils in the mouth corners.

Overall - The complexity of hops here is beyond description - huge citrus flavors, but not sweet at all - also alot of floral and herbal hop flavors here too. DON'T let my mention of lavender, onion, chive and basil throw you - you have to taste this to believe it - it's like a perfect symphony of super fresh pungent bright green hop nuances, especially citrus, floral and herbal - and there is a slight sweetness here, but its seems completely natural, the level you might get from a slightly under-ripe yellow grapefruit. This is what hopslam would taste like without the honey. Your mouth will be alive after each sip, I'm going to purchase alot more of this!

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Photo of Turst3Since1987
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the stone company store in Pasadena Ca

Gold, bright orange in appearance.

The nose is strong over the top pine and citrus.

I am reviewing the 4-1-13 batch and I have to say its the best so far, much more balanced out then previous ones, this time around it was scary how smooth it was. Mango, peach, citrus, 30 minutes later I was still tasting it in the back of my mouth.

Medium body but extremely smooth

Overall it seems that every batch just gets better and better I have not gotten my hands on the latest 4-20-13 batch but I have one bottle of the 4-1-13 batch that I'm saving for the day before the enjoy by date to really wait to the last minute to see how much it changes. If u haven't had it yet what are u waiting for? Amazing!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 12/21/12 batch, consumed righteously on the 12/12/12. This is written from my notes. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

The color starts as a slightly clear orange, but quickly melds into a golden amber tone with a decent amount of carbonation and head altogether. A ring remains at the top during the entire time. Lovable amounts of lacing stick to the glass, and the hop resin makes the beer appear shiny and colorful overall.

The smell is an unbelievably fresh aroma of hop bliss, with extremely floral notes, yet a zest resembling an earthy, well maintained orange grove. The hops aromas appear to stick to the nostrils and never let go, with the high alcohol taking a back seat here, but which nevertheless causes an intense sensation of both sweetness and spiciness. There's something extremely earthy about this smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Could it be the toffee like malts melding with the hop oil, or simply the fresh hops themselves? Either way, it's excellent.

There's a similar, fantastic experience that goes with the flavor as well. Definitely this beer has achieved the freshness that it claims to aim for. This is a plethora of hop freshness in ways that must be tasted to be believed. There's a strong hop zest, but fresh in the sense where it not only is explosive in flavor, but seems to almost melt on the tongue after every gulp. The hop oils are very lively here, and the malts are balanced in very well with them. Other than that, the alcohol finish may be a bit too much here, and it gets slightly thinned as it warms up too much, but the flavor is definitely beyond perfection here.

Remarkable stuff from Stone - I haven't had too many other hoppy beers this fresh before. The price tag is a bit high, but it's definitely an unforgettable experience of sorts for hop and citrus fanatics in beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After searching many places I was able to land 3 bottles!!

Pours out a nice bright and clear yellow/orange with a 1 finger white and fluffy head.

The aroma is full of fresh hops: mango, peach, orange, papaya and grapefruit tropical fruit notes, fresh grassy and floral notes too.

The taste is also intensely hoppy and fresh! A lot of the sweeter tropical fruit notes are up front: mango, peach, grapefruit, papaya, orange along with a nice amount of floral and grassy hop notes. There is a slight malt backbone, but not much. You can't taste or smell the alcohol at all.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Another great beer from Stone! I really like the idea behind this beer and pick it up if you still can!

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Photo of Matty412
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best releases of Enjoy By in a long time! Delightfully aromatic, very smooth and coats your tongue like Mad Hatter IPA. Nice hoppy finish, not overpowering in any way

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Liquors on Connecticut Ave. in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but enjoy by 11/12/13, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" glass dated 15 June 2013, drank 10/25/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, impressive clarity as per usual for a Stone IPA (can both see or read through), initial soapy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 11/12 - as expected from a Stone IPA, there's heavy citrus fruit - grapefruit, pineapple and apricot - hop character likely from "C" hops; as the beer warms, some dank piney-resiny aromas punch through; pils malt character in the background for balancing but the hops totally shine through in the aroma, which is most impressive because this bottle shipped across the U.S. and was kept at RT behind the shelf in the store!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, tropical/citrus fruit like bitterness predominates; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with some pils balance and muted alcohol flavors; finishes drier than the already-dry Stone IPAs; aftertaste is a pleasant citrus flavor that invites sip after sip...after sip (if I had more!)

M: 4/5 - moderate body with resiny hop oils sitting on the tongue tongue, the alcohol is present but I definitely don't get 9.4% ABV; impressively high carbonation for a ~10% imperial IPA that does not detract from the flavor profile

O: 9/10 - another major win from Mitch Steele and hop bursting; as much as I enjoy RuinTen, I think that this one even surpasses it; it reminds me a lot of Founders Double Trouble, and it's up there with the best DIPAs in the world (HT, PtE, Abrasive et al.); I have had an older version in the greater D.C. area but I don't recall it being this great; I'm excited to brew a huge modified hop burst DIPA with Amarillo, Bravo, Centennial, Citra and Zythos after this beer has whet my appetite; and, for $9.99 in an expensive beer city like D.C., I cannot think of a better beer bargain in the DMV; please come back to us soon!

TOTAL = 45/50

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Writing my first "Add Beer" here on my Birthday for this beer, well, Enjoyed By 09.02.15! While there is another category for the larger "Enjoy By" series, it is my belief that each one is different, so that is why I am reviewing this particular one. That, plus it's my birthday!

Poured into an over-sized glass, it came out the color of the approaching Fall, a late-September Orange like you would see on the descending leaves as they touch the Earth. A simple sniff both from the bottle or the glass will pronounce the Hops which are evident, a West Coast IPA, and in keeping with Stone's excellent tradition.

The 9.4 ABV is not all that noticeable due to the complex flavors which seem to hit your mouth simply by tipping the glass in the general direction. A perfect pairing to the smell, the taste too is dynamic yet understood; defining in one glass the last 36 years of my life.

Overall this beer is a perfect transition from Summer to Fall and from 35 to 36. A six pack may be asking a bit too much but one in the afternoon certainly couldn't hurt. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels smooove, a remembrance of things past and what awaits in the future.

As is the case every year, good things come on September 2nd...

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
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