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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 | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,425
Ratings:
10,426
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%

"You gotta try this" - the truth

Also, the beer does change from release to release, but stays in the same vein - very delicious, fresh, floral and slightly piney. If you grab this past the enjoy by date, don't drink it. Remember, they're always releasing new batches so don't sell yourself short. Grab the freshest and go to town. Grab two if you can, and always enjoy with a hops loving friend. Especially if you're a malt person. They'll steer you straight.

-hop head alter ego

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Photo of LosMythos
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Enjoy BY 12-26-14

Really Amazing clarity of this beer. Impressed by the lack of hop haze given the aroma. Big aroma maybe simcoe? Has that hint of cat pee aroma but pleasantly fresh. Light malt backbone and big hop resin flavor. Really drinkable fresh IPA simplistic in it's goodness. -cheers

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Photo of The_Jerk
3.25/5  rDev -26%

This was the 12.09.14 batch..IMO all these beers start to taste the same and I cant tell anymore whats so special with the hype in this series.. Im prolly done with this series at this point.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.05.14 version. Pour from a 22. This one seems to have more tropicals than citrus profiles found in earlier versions. Not sure if they tweak the contents for different batches, or if I am under the influence of what I ate before drinking this. The hop profiles were, as expected and hoped for, the dominant flavors early and across the tongue. Finish had a little boozy element to it. Would rather that be less pronounced (beer was at good temp, not too cold). Looking forward to next batch.

4.20.14 version: also tropicals up front but with a nice grapefruit in the finish, but with a boozy little pop right at the back announcing the 9+ABV.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Golden orange in color. One and a half eggshell white head. The nose is not as present as i remember in the past. Orange juice, lemon, pine, pepper, there is a subtle earthiness and a small amount of malt sweetness. The taste is very thick and juicy. Earthy hops and sweet malt. Less citrusy than i remember. Great ipa.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. Review from 7/4/14. Enjoy by 7/4/14.

Color clear gold with a thick white head. Nice sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops. Just a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is very hop forward on the palate. Lots of resinous hops and tropical fruit. Finish is long and bitter hops. Medium body with a lot of hop oiliness. A very delicious DIPA that I've had before and will definitely be having again.

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Photo of daveg36
4/5  rDev -8.9%

12.26.14 WTF???????????????????? This version was awful. What did you guys do here? Grapefruit notes completely missing in the taste. No balance, just bitter. Totally off flavors. Would have gotten a zero if I had not liked the other versions. This current iteration was a miss.

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Photo of FLima
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a thick head with good retention.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, mild pine and white wine.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, resin, tea leaves, pineapple, earth, spices, honey and grapes.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.4% abv is incredibly hidden.
Excellent IPA, yes, fresh does matter. Very well balanced with the characteristic search for perfection by Stones brews.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I doubt I've ever met someone who feels as strongly about freshness as Stone CEO Greg Koch. I made the mistake once of mentioning to him that there was a lot of stale-dated Stone bottles floating around the Western New York market and it costs someone their job. It's no surprise this be the brewery to pioneer the concept of putting the 'best before' right in the beer's name...

And it's not only common sense that tells you it was a good idea - the aroma makes probably the strongest argument of all. Nevermind the fermenter, it smells like my glass was dry-hopped! Granted, it's not like Stone to make nondescript beers but this bouquet is flat-out over-the-top herbal, earthy, and fruity. There's vividly bright notions of lemon, mango, and pineapple.

The flavour makes me think of kiwi skins and orange peels; this fruit smoothie has an unmistakably tropical profile. It's not all juice, however - skins and piths clearly made it into the blender too. It also tastes like a handful of matcha green tea powder was thrown in as well. The beer is almost hauntingly dry, with an uncanny synergy between power and quaffability.

Enjoy By is dank and reminiscent of a wet forest after a spring rain. It has overwhelming leafy and herbal qualities that, especially in the finish, drop onto the palate and detonate like bombs. There is some maltiness to help temper all that bitterness; the grain has a certain 'crunchiness' to it and strong notions of caramelization that mask both the IBUs and the alcohol (9.4%).

The obvious point about Enjoy By is that freshness matters. The more important thing to take away from this fantastic Double IPA, however, is that Stone cares about how their products are consumed - not just how they sell. No wonder everyone is "California Dreaming" - they've tried the IPAs like this one and, most astonishingly, they don't have to pay too dearly for the experience.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Stone enjoy by 7-4-14 A non beer geek friend had this and donated to my fridge. I'm not going to say no because of a giant drink by date on the front!!
A- Hazy burnt orange color that you can’t see through. One finger thick cream colored head that was gone quickly.
S- A nice fruity peach and mango smell with a hint of berries. Also a mix of wheat, grass and bread.
T- The taste is huge! Lots of pine up front with a big bitter kick as well. Tasting some lemon and orange peel. I can also taste a good amount of alcohol at the end.
M- Crispy and smooth, the alcohol seems to cleanse the palate well and prepare you for the next sip.
O- Really good, probably better if I drank it three months ago like the bottle said too, but still good. I like how the flavor profile is so big and each part stands out on its own but somehow remains balanced.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

This beer is outstanding.

This was Enjoy By 10/31/14, drank on 10/13/14. It was a beautiful blend of citrusy hops balanced perfectly with just a touch of malt, but not too much so that the beauty and taste of the hops is perfectly represented in all phases of taste - initial and on the finish.

It is all at once so incredibly hoppy yet ridiculously drinkable, don't know how they do it. Thanks Stone.

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Photo of TCJ0100
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Enjoy By 10.31.14 Poured into a cognac snifter. It pours a rich darker orange color that is fairly clear. There is very little head on an agressive pour and it dissipated by the time I got my computer booted.

Immediately there is a large amount of grapefruit on the nose. A great deal of ascerbic/citrusy scent comes up after that. I only can tell the faintest amount of alcohol which is quite impressive with a 9.4%. I would describe the smell as delicate compared to other DIPAs I have had.

The taste is just wonderful. It is supremely balanced and very easy drinking despite its high ABV and what I would imagine is a high IBU count. It's like drinking sweetened grapefruit juice with almost no sense of the alcohol. As it warms up it only gets better, and its one of the few DIPAs I have had that taste great both warm and fresh out of the refrigerator.

The mouthfeel is a prolonged sense of grapefruit on the back of the mouth. It is very pleasent. Usually my issue with DIPAs is that they can be very bitter on the way out, but this mouthfeel is like after drinking orange Gatorade: smooth and completely pleasurable.

This is ranks up with the best DIPA's I have ever had. This is my second bottle, and I plan to get another couple if I can find them in the next week. The price is also quite reasonable, and for an ale that I would probably take over Permanent Funeral. It is well worth the price. This beer could not be made any better.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear yellow with a short white head that leaves some lacing on the way down.

Smell: So much citrus and floral hops! Smells amazing!

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by sharp bitterness and malts, then ending with some piney bitterness. Did I mention it’s bitter? Some faint ethanol taste pops up at the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Hoppy even for a DIPA! The malts never really stand up to the hops, but it doesn’t matter. Explodes with hop aroma and taste. Plus, you know you're getting a fresh one when you grab this.

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Photo of wasso67
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Enjoyed this in a side by side taste test with a Pliny. First time I have had either of these beers.

Poured a lovely dark golden hue with a thick creamy pale head in a Spigelau IPA glass. Aroma was very citrus hop forward and sweet in nature. A little alcohol in the nose. Very aggressive nose.

First sip was bitter with a huge hop hit. Citrus, pine, spice, almost spicy hotness with the hop hit. Followed by a large dose of alcohol with a slight malt backbone. Crisp finish though most likely due to the alcohol. Felt like I was hit with a hop hammer, but I liked it!

Ultimately, I love a beer that challenges my senses and this one does. For my tastes a bit more in my wheelhouse than Pliny. Both great beers, but if I had to choose one forever it would be Enjoy By!

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Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Wow. Good offering. Pours a clear mid amber with little head. Wonderful citrus aroma with pine undertones. Grapefruit is the prominent taste. Medium body that snacks the back of your tongue. One of the better IPA's I've had of last. Good job!

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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10.31.14
Appearance: Nice yellow/golden color and crystal clear. White fluffy one-finger head that stayed till the bottom and left some nice lacing.
Smell: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, with a hint of onion and some slight malty sweetness
Taste: just like the aroma, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple - just can't get enough of that flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too much carbonation- feels really nice on the tongue, with a great finish and aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
Overall: Such an outstanding beer, unfortunately we only get about every 3rd release of Enjoy By here in Colorado. I will continue to seek out this brew whenever I have the opportunity.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

First time trying an enjoy by. Poured into a pint glass. Very clear golden amber with about an inch of head. Smell is largley a strong pine with some subtle notes of citrus like grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The taste follows the nose very closely and has a more balanced taste between cirtusy and pine than the smell does. There is a pretty large malty backbone in it as well. Medium mouthfeel with a good hop smooth hop bite on the back end. This beer reminds me a lot of a more hoppy hopslam. Solid brew by stone once again, but a slightly above middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Enjoy by 10/31/14 poured from a bomber. Poured golden with little to no head. Smells piney with some citrus. Smells great. All the good taste of a double without the bitterness. Just enough bite to it. Great beer. Glad I got a hold of one.

Wife's Review: "It is pretty good but I would drink anything right now."

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Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Dodo2step
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this one...however I am drinking a few days past the enjoy by date.

A- crystal clear amber color that has a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Spiderweb lacing and mountainous peaks.

S- a nice dank piney leaf smell with hints of citrus smell. The combination is aromatic and pleasing to the nose. like a citrus pine needle.

F- strong citrus and pine with a slight malt base. The hops are juicy and sticky.

M-hoppy and light bodied. Dry in the mouth but crisp and refreshing.

O- great beer and a def spot in my top 10 beers. I am thinking it could be a lil better if I would have got it before the enjoy by date.

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Photo of DaveHopSculp
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Stone's Enjoy By IPA is like an experience one would have with a virgin and her first exploration into coitus. It is one to savor, and not too pound.

This is my favorite DIPA, and one to savor.

Complex, but inviting tropical aromas pervade the nostrils.

Taste is bitter with the notes following through.

This is one of the best DIPA's out there.

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Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Enjoyed multiple versions, and always buy any one that I can find. Enjoy By 4-20-2014 was the best batch.

A - Orange hue, slightly off-white head that hangs around like a well hung bull.
S - Fantasticly fresh, everybit of a grapefruit, citrusy, lemony aroma that lingers like a bad hangover. Except every bit of this smell was well taken.
T - Impressive malt backbone from a brewery that seems to skimp out on that aspect with IPA's and favor the over-usage (but welcomed) of hops. Great balance.
M - Creamy, almost as if they used oats within the grain bill but the brew is exceptionally clear, so that didnt happen. Perfectly carbonated.
O - Among the other festivities that usually take place on 4/20 this was by far the most memorable... I think. Can stand up to the very best in the IIPA world.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

From notes on 4/12/14

Enjoy By 4.20.14. Bright orange body. Thick white fluffy head. Earthy hop aroma. Very bitter grapefruit taste. Actually a little sweet. This beer does have a good amount of malt taste. Very delicious. I’d totally buy it again if I’m in Chicago. Can’t get Stone in Madison.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Enjoy by 12-26-2014, poured from a bomber into a tulip

A: golden, dehydrated urine color with minimal head

S: piney, dank, ripe pineapple, citrus

T: I was surprised by the big juicy pineapple and citrus up front. Dank but smells more piney than it tastes. Sticky tropical aftertaste! 2nd bomber definitely had a strong orange rind taste

M: smooth all the way through with a sticky mouth feel

O: this beer is awesome. Most reviews I read said big pine and dank but I got more tropical fruit with a little dank. Would love this as a year round offering

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 1PT 6FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy By 09.20.14 IPA (bottled on: 08.16.14 per website - this is indeed "devastatingly fresh" at just over three weeks old!)

Appearance: Pours a clear bright pale body with a nice white head. Significant lacing.

Smell: Bright citrusy wonderful. Even the bottle cap had a fantastic aroma.

Taste: One of the better, if not best tasting IPAs I have ever tasted. If indeed this recipe hasn't changed over time, then I think all of the major players (and favorites) are there: Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy? Stone has hit all of the high notes for me. This is fantastic!!

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, no complaints.

Overall: I hate giving a beer a perfect 5, and don't think I have ever done so thus far, but this could possibly be the best tasting beer I have ever tasted. This is my first time trying this beer and I always thought of it as kind of gimmicky or more of a sarcastic marketing response to the beer nerd community. More than anything though, this is a fantastically crafted, amazingly tasting Double IPA. It has a huge burst of tropical hop flavor and is not overly bitter. I could drink this all day!

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.
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