Stone Enjoy By IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
98
world-class
10,709 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,709
Reviews:
1,486
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
814
Gots:
3,101
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 10,709 |  Reviews: 1,486
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger bright white head on a slightly hazy golden with slight amber hue. Aroma is as good as it gets with full nose and all hop character varieties including citrus, herbal, earthy. Flavor is nicely complex and near perfectly hopped with pine, tart citrus, earthy hops. Only knock is just a little less malt presence but those that are there are musty and semisweet. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little too dry but the aroma is excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to it being less complex and malty than I wanted but still very good.

 566 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some peach and apricot aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, earthy and herbal hops, and a malt finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid herbal hop flavors.

 555 characters

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dont know how or why this beer has haters? it is amazing. the pour is an unassuming clear apple juice color with an average white head that leaves some thick lacing. the smell is incredible fresh hops. a little floral, but mostly citrus flavors here. grapefruit and sappy dankness. the flavor is just as potent. its nvery fresh beer, alive almost, light in the mouth, but uniquely hopped. theres some lighter malt that turns a bit sweet as it warms, and the alcohol comes out then too, but when ice cold from the fridge this is a special article. its it a wet hop beer? it sure seems like one. if this was an everyday beer on the shelf i would buy it regularly. one of the freshest and most complicatedly delicious ipas around right now. certainly stones best work to date in my opinion.

 787 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of the 4-1-13 batch.

This poured out as a clear yellow color with a white head on top. The retention was good as well as the lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with fresh hop aromas, big floral and citrus notes with a subtle malt sweetness in there as well. The taste of the beer is very good as well. The malt balances the bitter hops quite well giving this more of a sessionable flavor in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth with a bit of oiliness to it. Overall I wasn't thinking this was an Imperial IPA, I was thinking it was just an amped up standard IPA. All in all it's a good brew and I'm glad to have tried it. Worth checking out if you want a quality brew.

 713 characters

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine resin, citrus and tropical fruits from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it seems to have a little more tropical fruits (mango in particular) and citrus but less pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It has an interesting strong mix of aromas and flavors from the hops.

Note: Batch #3 – Enjoy by 12.21.12

 796 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery that celebrates everything arrogant and brash, this might be their boldest move yet! As many breweries avoid bottle dating, in fear of turning consumers away, Stone Brewing Company embraces it. In fact, the design of this "devastatingly" fresh IPA has only a 35 day window of consumption. Not that the beer won't be fantastic after that, but the supreme freshness of this beer captures all of those volatile hop compounds that are fast fleeting in even reasonably fresh examples. By the way, if you have an adverse reaction to the word "fresh" you may want to avoid the following review:

As with most IPA, the deep golden hues hinge on light amber and quickly shakes loose its arid, cottony white head. With the substantial hop oils, the beer retains a persistent foam stance and laces the glass sticky as the beer falls.

Simcoe, citra, motueka, amarillo, super galena, delta, cascade... Oh, my! With seven examples of American hops at their disposal, the aromas cover the gamout of all things IPA: citrus, tropical fruit, acidic, herbal, candied, dank, catty, spicy, stemmy, pine, resinous. The mere scent of the beer makes the tongue sweat.

...and the flavors carry over from there. The upstart of thin honey and caramel is short before being pile-driven into the glass by the hoppy onslaught to come. A variety of grapefruit pulp and skins have an arsenal behind them that start with zesty tangerine, lemon, apricot, mango, and pineapple for a citrusy and tropical tag-team. As the beer tramples the middle palate, the fruit turns dry and the grassy notes of lemograss, freshly muddled lawn grass, cannabis, and earthy-catty notes emerge in the most sticky of tastes. Finishing with the bitter taste of pine resins and chlorophyll, the beer simply throws the malt present to the wayside and dries the palate and gullet to the bone.

Medium-light in body (yes, light(ish) for an imperial ale), because the malts are a shaddow of sweetness that merely gives the hops a candied impression and little else. Instead, the hops dry the beer from the early palate to the aftertaste with complete dominance. The textures are warm and fleeting and never waiver or water. There's the creamy powderyness from hops that saturate the soft tissues of the mouth with no appologies.

This IPA showcases all of the character of hops like few can. What starts as pungent aromas bridge seamlessly into subtle fruit taste, then to spicy earthy notes, and then as sharp resinous bitterness late. The beer is simply a show unto itself and is a must try for anyone who dares to call themselves HopHeads.

 2,603 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks to the good doktorzee for schlepping this back from Vegas for me. Enjoy By 04.20.14 was enjoyed on 03.26.14 - that still gets me in four weeks or so under the gun (and it was bottled only 10 days ago).

This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some blotchy streaks of soap sud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty wet vegetation - ok, 'dank' - piney, leafy, and grassy, all - over-aged orange, lemon, pineapple and kiwi citrus rind, and a fairly laid-back bready, kind of crackery pale and caramel maltiness. The taste is pretty much the same, except noticeably more bitter - muggy pine resin and cones, acrid leafy notes, a citrus pith key party, some gritty, and near-overwritten bready and caramel malt, a touch of crispy biscuit, hints of tropical fruit, and the mere suggestion of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is decently tight and frothy, the body a sturdy middleweight, and weirdly smooth, what with all that hop bitterness running around like the proverbial chicken (I'm not insinuating anything poultry-like at all about this offering). It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops stuttering just a bit, but re-setting and driving forward in no time flat.

Fresh, and yet dank, in the same physical space - wow! A five-week enjoy-by window is ballsy, is what it is, but it does make its point about freshness and point of origin and Stone's hubris just fine. I wonder what it would be like to be able to try each successive release of this - probably, like anything, one would just get bored of it. Or not - this is one tasty, tasty DIPA, the hops large and in charge, and the near 19 proof booze significantly less 'fresh' and in your face.

 1,812 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Enjoy By 04/01/13 IPA." Acquired last night at my local beer store. Identifies as a DIPA on the label. 9.4% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given its reputation, but I'm not a big Stone fan. Still, I do enjoy some of their beers from time to time - which are often collaborations. Hm. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A good brief hiss as I opened it. No issues with beer surging out or anything.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, decent cream, nice thickness, and rather good (5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Lacks the appealing froth I'd expect from the head of a good Imperial IPA. Light sticky lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a surprisingly pale yellow-copper; it lacks the vibrance of other good beers in the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Overall, it's above average but there's nothing unique or special here. Transparent and translucent.

Sm: A bit soapy, with assertive grapefruit but none of the grapefruit bite of inferior IIPAs. Floral and piney, with light nectary character. Sticky pale malts form the foundation and seem to be of good sweetness to balance the hops. Some oily hop notes. A pungent, pleasing aroma. Appealing if a bit too assertive. The soapiness bothers me, but hopefully it's just an aromatic flaw. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral and nectary, with pleasant grapefruit throughout. Unfortunately, untamed bitterness strikes in the late second act and climax, joined by an unpleasant overly sweet malty character that unsuccessfully tries to hide it. Up front, it's refreshingly creamy just after the open - a great welcome to the refreshing pale malt body. Amplitude is relatively low, especially for the style. And light soapiness indicates this spent too long in primary. Little pine comes through - a missed opportunity. The intrusive bitterness really kills the balance, but it's not a severe issue. The beer is still pleasant throughout. It's got depth of flavour, but lacks complexity or subtlety. The finish feels weak and somewhat muted compared to the open and body. Structurally, then, it's a bit problematic. Some tame grassy character about the climax. Somewhat resiny in the second act. I don't get yeast character. There is a bit of alcohol presence, but it's by no means boozy or hot. All around an enjoyable beer in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely nectary/oily. A touch overcarbonated - surprising for a beer so clearly intended to be consumed shortly after leaving the brewery. Palate presence is pretty good; I get all of the flavour easily. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: This Imperial IPA misses the most important feature of the style - balance. The bitterness is not well hidden enough. It's somewhat refreshing, but the presence of alcohol in the flavour profile reduces drinkability. I'm not impressed with the choices of hops either; the floral character feels generic, grapefruit is too prominent, and there's little pine. Additionally, the soapy character is a clear indicator of a brewing issue. Though this is one of the better beers I've had that's brewed by Stone alone, I definitely don't think it's worth seeking out. The gimmicky marketing doesn't affect my score, but it's definitely a trend I hope to see fade. Many will love this beer and defend that love with a curious argument about types of Imperial IPAs. So be it. I wish I enjoyed this as much as those individuals do, but I look for balance in every beer - regardless of style - and Imperial IPAs do not get special treatment because of an ostensible regional take on the style. (And while we're on the subject, Alpine and Port are both West Coast breweries that reliably churn out very balanced Imperial IPAs). In any case, Stone didn't fall as far from the mark as I anticipated when beginning to review this. Drinkable but not without its flaws. I won't be buying this again or recommending it to friends.

B-

***
10.09.15: (enjoy by 10/31/15):

Still nice but not great. Not sure why the hype is so huge for this one, but the marketing gimmick is nothing short of genius.

Low B-

 4,401 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-infused golden color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Grapefruit, pith and a hint of onion

Taste: Strong grapefruit and citrusy hop flavors, up front, with just a hint of a malt base underneath; a hint of mango and a bit of onion creep into the mid-palate, but they add an angle rather than dominate; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to have snagged a bottle from the release (4/1/13) that made it to NC; really tasty and avoids the stickiness that I have encountered with some other beers brewed by Stone

 630 characters

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 12/21/12 batch enjoyed on 12/17/12. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a mostly clear amber color with a finger of very fluffy off white head that fades to a nice layer on top of the pour and leaves some great lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet hoppy note right off the bat, lots of citrus peel, but also pineapple and other sweet citrus fruit. There is a sweet malt note along with some pine needles as well.

Taste: Quite similar to the smell, but not as sweet. More grain sweetness than juicy citrus fruit. The hops are aggressive and remind me of citrus peel with some pine needles. There is enough malt to balance out the hops, and just a touch of alcohol. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is another winner by Stone. I'm really glad I got to try this and I'll pick up some more if they do a release in my neck of the woods.

 973 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

05.17.13
Just had this on tap, and it was better than I remembered.

Peachy, sunny orange with a gentle haze. Drippy lacing forms a halo around the edges of the glass. A finger of foam settles to a delicate skim with a cirrus pattern to it.

Pungent hoppy aroma, not without some pale malts bleeding through. Flavor is big on bitter citrus rind, grapefruit pith and orange zest, vague traces of cantaloupe. Smooth with a hint of pale malt or wheat. Bitter hop resin sticks to the teeth a little. Medium bodied but fairly light for a DIPA. Overall very solid and drinkable.

 574 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green fresh hoppy notes with light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by floral green hoppy notes with grassy notes and residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Glad to finally try this and it is indeed very enjoyable.

 379 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale gold body capped by a big frothy head.

Smell: Holy nelson and galaxy. The NZ hops really shine here, and they smell fantastic. There's a ton of tropical fruit here, along with gooseberry, cat piss, onion and honeysuckle. It's faintly sweet, but malt is non-existent.

Palate: Spicy, fruity, oniony. A ton of floral and gooseberry hop notes. Bit of white grape and cardamom. The body is medium-light and booze is completely hidden. The finish has a clean, pleasant bitterness.

Overall: Best Stone beer ever? Probably. This is a great use of nelson.

 600 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
4.4 out of 5 based on 10,709 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe