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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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 04.01.13 poured into DFH IPA glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, floral, pine, some wet grass.

T- Pine, grapefruit, resin, floral notes, bitterness lingers in a good way, well balance, just enough malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body, good carbonation.

O- A well done DIPA that showcase why you should drink IPAs as fresh as possible. I would probably pick this up again.

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Photo of zimm421
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 4/20/14 poured into a tulip. Appears a beautiful hazy orange color, with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. The head has great staying power, and leaves beautiful lacing as it dissipates.

Nose is full of loads of citrus, pine, and some dank notes as well. This is very resinous, and citrus almost takes a back seat, but is still very present. There is almost no malt to speak of in the nose. The taste follows along these lines, but the citrus, specifically grapefruit is more of a focal point. The resinous and dank pieces are still there, and blend wonderfully with the barely present touch of caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than medium bodied, with good active carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. This goes down just like a DIPA should, but maybe a touch too heavy for me. Overall, this is an excellent DIPA that I look to get every time it comes in the distribution area. I love the concept of the naming / labeling, and wish more dates were clear like this. The citrus and pine work together beautifully, and the nose is an absolute hop bomb. Definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a monster! "Hop-o-liciously fantabulous" is what American hop-heads would call it. "An over-hopped abomination" is what a few European / British friends of mine might call it. I'm more in the former camp myself, as I find it hard for stone to do any wrong, regardless of how much hops they manage to fit into any given beer. But don't be fooled, this is a hoppy one! If you're one to think this week's English ESB is a bit over the top, this one's a bit out of this world.

Orange tinted tan and clear, 2 finger head drops off after a couple mintues, lace is sparse.

Taste and aroma - well if you didn't guess "hoppy" by now, there's ot much hope for you, and we should just head on down to the corner store and grab you a fourty.

Body is medium with a slightly slick finish and a resinously hoppy linger.

Overall - it's Stone. The name alone says it all.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: tons of tart grapefruit;

T: earthy, with tart grapefruit behind it; ripe grapefruit comes in mid-palate; grapefruit rind bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish; ABV well hidden;

O: if you like grapefruit, this is your beer;

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Photo of schnarr84
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

enjoy by 7.4.14 650ml poured into snifter. enjoyed 6/17/14 so half way to "expiry"

nice citrus and floral nose. has some slight bitterness on the nose. really hop forward taste, loads of citrus, floral notes, and a slightly bitter and astringent finish. also notice an odd flavor I cant pinpoint in there but it doesnt detract from the fact that this "devastatingly fresh" ipa is ridiculously good. thanks to @64vdub for the hookup!

Enjoy by 10.31.14 opened 10.20.14 at Craft Beer Market with Jodi from the Stone sales team. Much like the previous with a nice malt profile, gteat citrus taste and not a harsh bitterness

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the bottle (Enjoy By 12.21.12, Third Batch) at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a clean yellow golden. No head was noted, but spots of lacing were left dripping down the glass. Carbonation appeared average, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma was gritty as hell. The nose was filled with earthy hop bite, metallic and soured yeast, and sweet nectary hops of grapefruit and soap. With warmth came plastics and light booziness, mineral, and an enhancement of those paler, toastier malts. Peach sugars blended in as well, giving nice and syrupy depth to the vast array of hop varietals. Our first impression was that there was a huge hop variety through all the bitterness, but things were exquisitely juicy. The flavoring opened with dirt and grit of pine resin, mineral, booze, pale malts, and faint caramel sugariness. The middle came to a peak with softer pine, massive juiciness of citric flesh, more pale toast, and biting yeasty metallics. Citric hops washed through the finish, with juiciness of peaches, nectarines, apples, and flesh of grapefruit, mixing for an ultimate blend without any lingering or puckering extreme bitterness of hop. The aftertaste breathed of soap, pine, and grapefruit cleanliness, with spicy black pepper booze on the far back. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was high. There was nice slurp, cream, smack, froth, and pop, with a slick coating. Pucker eventually came from the astringent, grapey dryness to the palate, in the absence of intense bittering from the gloriously juicy hops. The abv was fine, and the beer drank way easy.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was how everything was all about the hops. There was such a nice bite and grit to the opening act, with a beautifully balanced cleanliness of soap, pine, and massive citrus. Despite the variety, the depth of bitterness never really catches up with you, as the flavoring stays sweet, nectary, and insanely juicy throughout. This is one of the best Stone beers we’ve ever had.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange clear body with a bone white contrasting head. I swear this thing would glow in the dark.

Smells of juicy tropical fruits, dank grass, and pine. Tons of aroma.

Ahhh the joys of fresh ipa. Mango, floral, piney, and a light onion finish.

Mouthfeel is about right. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Very clean.

I loved every minute of this beer and quite possibly Stone's best beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. 10-31-15 batch. Pours clear bright copper orange, thick white head, great retention and gobs of lace. Great looking brew. A lot going on in the aroma, floral and fruity, pine notes, touch of alcohol. Very clean taste of toasted malt, resiny pine and flowers. Balanced well but leaning on the sweet side, a little different than I recall the earlier batches which I believe we're more dank and hop forward. But could just be my palate after so many great DIPAs. Mouthfeel is thin to medium but slippery. Semi dry finish, bitterness lingers just right amount, tad of alcohol comes out. This is a very good DIPA that's readily available when it hits, always have to try it.

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Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone is back in WI and I get to have my first ever Enjoy By! 7.4.16 bottled about a week ago. Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A clear dark gold with streams of bubbles ascending to the 3 finger white pillowy head. Retention is amazing and leaves a cap with very thick lacing on my glass. Aroma is very fruity with some nice citrus and dank hops. Sweet tropical notes. Flavor is more tropical and juicy with faint notes of bubblegum and a bitter finish. Feel is medium with an oily feel, but slightly dry on the finish. I had no idea this was close to 10% ABV! What a treat, glad to finally try one.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring a bottle for me. Truly epic.

12.21.12 bottle

Consumed 12/12/12

Appearance: Clear, light orange gold - pretty - slightly off-white, lively head - moderate size, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Loads of citrus, with a ton of wet, dank pine - oily citrus, orange flesh, grapefruit rinds, and resiny pine - some tropical touches, like pineapple - hoppy, but not remarkably aggressive (especially given the brewery) - some pale malts in the background

Taste: Citrus and pine, who would have thought? - orange flesh, tangerine juice, grapefruit rind, with some sticky pine - some slight herbal elements (lightly leafy), light tropical elements (pineapple), and mint - wet and juicy - hoppy, but only a medium level of bitterness - pale, lightly grainy malts - very light touch of alcohol - could actually be a bit maltier (although it almost pains me to type that)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, oily, nicely carbonated

Overall: Enjoy.

The commitment to freshness inherent in this beer is quite charming. Oddly enough, perhaps the flaw here is that it's brewed by Stone... And I honestly prefer Stone's easy to get, year-round Ruination to this. On another note, I'm not sure if I believe the 9.4% ABV. This is absurdly easy to drink.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack while in New York State. Enjoy by 10.31.15. The reputation of this series precedes itself, so I had to buy while I saw it. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Bottled September 24, 2015 and Enjoyed October 20, 2015.

Appearance - A moderate pour yielded a clear dark golden cooled beer with minimal bubbles. A finger and change of long lasting white head rests on top. Good rings of lacing left behind.

Smell - tropical explosion on the nose, with an underlying dankness to the beer. Plenty of citrus with pineapple and mango being the stars and some support from oranges and grapefruit. Quite inviting and tropical.

Taste - pronounced bitterness to start which quickly turns sweet. The deliciousness of ripe tropical fruit hits the palate in all sorts of appealing ways. A slight booziness to the flavours, but it's not too pronounced.

Mouthfeel - smooth, sweet with modest carbonation. Not quite sticky or cloying but the flavours will definitely settles in the corners of your mouth providing long lasting satisfaction. A little hot to finish.

Overall - everything comes together in a way that is a little greater than the sum of each of its individual parts. Honestly one of the best double IPAs I've ever had, and enjoyed fresh this is delicious and delightful. A definite must try.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/21/12
22oz, bottled 11/16/12 (drank on 11/29/12)
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a beautifully clear light orange color. Lots of carbonation. Forms a faint thin head of bright white that fades quickly.

S: Tons of bright fruity hop aromas that I smelled as soon as I popped the top. Mango. Papaya. Some grapefruit. Also some piney notes.

T: Hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Getting those delicious fruity hops that were on nose. Bitter grapefruit. Mango. Orange pith. It's a big hop bomb, but in the back of the palate there is some balancing malts. Dry crisp hoppy finish. Lingering hop flavors dance in your mouth. Not boozy but as first beer I sort of feel it. Tastes lighter than 9%.

M: Medium bodied. Nice bitter mouth coat.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear gold pour with a white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is grapefruit, pine and malt sweetness. The taste is grapefruit, peppery mango and massive piney hops. There is a nice sweetness and this lingers with the finishing bitterness. This is a quite tasty beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone balloon glass. 7-04-15 edition.

Look: The beer is a clear rich honey color. An eggshell colored head recedes to a thick soapy film. Random light lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The beer seems to have a nice malt backbone, but that is immediately covered in spicy hops. There's hints of dry cedar, and only maybe some onion, but the onion note seems to be a non-issue. Dry, spicy, earthy hops in the finish.

Taste: Much like the aroma but midway through very bitter grapefruit rind emerges. There is a lot of dry, spicy heat from the alcohol content. Finishes really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy. This is a sipper for sure.

Overall, I updated my review to the latest batch. There was little or no onion element to this beer unlike the last one I had which was 11-12-13 edition. This is a good bitter, thick, strong IPA.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer number 501

This beer looks great golden with orange and honey and a nice three finger head that lasts for a few minutes before breaking. The smell is mostly pine with some citrus as well and malts. The taste is high pine hops and a nice malt support. Mouth is slick, which I found surprising, and carbonation is medium.

All in all a damn fine beer. Perhaps the best from Stone 8 have had, and one of the best in the style I have enjoyed.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Enjoy By
Batch: #3 (Enjoy By 12.21.12)

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a gorgeous translucent melted copper color with some awesome gold hues. Soooo bright and clear, pretty impressive. A delicious and perfect 1 inch white head forms. The head is soo dense and soapy as well. Amazing looking brew. If only it was slightly hazy to me it would’ve been perfect. (4.5)

Aroma is juicy. Citrus notes of grapefruit and some awesome orange rind blast the nose. Tropical notes a plenty with some nice tangerine and mango as well. Grain is definitely present. Some nice pale malt with some biscuit notes and some nice slight caramel notes can be perceived. (5.0)

Taste starts off with a perfect blast of citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange and tangerine starts things off, citrus west coast notes. Awesome bitterness follows with some grassy and herbal hop notes as well. There is soo much balance. Nice biscuit malt with some nice slight caramel hints in the back end that are balanced so well the juicy hop notes. I just had Alpine Nelson a couple hours before at a tasting and this brought back memories. So fresh and juicy. There is some mild piney resins in there as well and it finishes with some nice dankness complete with a dry nice bitter finish. As it warms more tropical notes come out and fill the palette with juicy and resinous goodness. (4.5)(5.0)

Overall this is a delicious brew. Great balanced brew! The hops are intense and resinous; citrusy and bitter. Grassy and fresh but there is some nice malt backbones that allow the beer to not overwhelm. Maybe my palate is used to big IPAs but this is so smooth and drinkable the 9.5 ABV is not even a player. (4.5)

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.91/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a 4.01.13 version. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Beautiful golden/light copper color, crystal clear, nice carbonation, decent head. Lots of lacing.

S - Best part! Very hoppy, grassy, some spice. Makes you want to drink slowly and savor every scent.

T - Hoppy and piny, some initial sweetness. Still developing my palate but as such I can still say this is one of the best-tasting IPAs I've had.

M - Not light but not terribly heavy. Smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall - Easily the best IPA I've had. Pick some up if you get a chance. The local liquor store limits these to 1 per customer due to scarcity--now I understand why.

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Photo of jacewg
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Washington DC

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, golden Orange. Head fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: huge citrus and tropical fruit. Some cattiness and grassy, vegetal notes. Not quite the best smelling dipa ever, but damn close.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Outstanding stuff. Huge Citra citrus presence and Nelson Sauvin garlicy/onions. Not overly bitter for such a monstrosity.

Feel: Well-carbed. Good for style. Not syrupy or cloying.

A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear rich gold with two fingers of ten minute white head. Lacing is plentiful.
Smell is tropical fruits and biscuit malt.
Taste is tropical fruits mango grapefruit hop resin and very good amount of biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a slightly wet and bitter finish.
Overall a very nice DIPA that hides the 9.4% abv quite well so steady on.
I did not enjoy by 10-31-15 it five days past that. Great beer anyway. You can reform the head anytime with just a swirl of the liquid.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13oz tulip.

A - Very light colored, clear DIPA. Solid 2 and 1/2' head, excellent lacing throughout, active in the glass and a small head remains throughout. Near perfect.

S - Pine resin, tons of white grapes and lemon citrus.

T - Not as good as the nose suggests but still good. All the same aspects I mentioned in the nose, but this is all about a white grape, almost dry white wine hoppy flavor. Very unique. Never had a DIPA flavor profile like this. Solid.

M - a little prickly finish from the hops, and not as bitter as it is dry. Malt almost non-existent. Really, this beer is like a white grape DIPA finishing as a dry white wine would. Not very sticky and resinous as you'd expect from a West Coast DIPA or a big Stone IPA.

O - Very unique brew. Mind-blowing? Not for me but very good. I can easily see how this unique profile could be mind-blowing for others though. I can appreciate this beer for sure.

Suggested. It's a hope lover's unique experience of what can also be done with hops...

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Photo of Docrock
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - nice golden color with a clean white thick head with good retention, nice amount of lacing.

S - obvious pine and grapefruit aroma, yeast is indetectable. hops more noticeable than malt or alcohol, but it is not overpowering.

T - tastes just like it smells, abundant hops with hints of tropical fruit and pine. Malt more present on the tongue as it balances out the hops. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish.

M - medium body, carbonation is just right, minimal warmth from alcohol.

O - a very solid beer, good example for the style, would like this to be more readily available.

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Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale clear orange color with lots of bubbles sticking to my glass. Nice fluffy off white head that falls to a ring with some nice lace.

Aroma is bright citrus, pine fresh hops. Not much malts. Overall not what i would expect from Stone descent but not mind blowing.

Taste is like the aroma not much malts noticed just bright hops fruity mango, tobacco notes with pine resin notes in the finish. whole thing seems light for Stone even hops are not over the top body even seems light, would of never guessed this one was more then 6%.

Mouthfeel is light for a double IPA carbonation is light side.

Overall not bad just not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.21/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/12/12

11.09.12

This is perhaps clearer than any IPA I've ever seen. The color is sort of an autumn orange with straw yellow highlights at the stem. One finger of bubbly white foam doesn't last long, leaving a soapy layer. Lace and bubbles hang across the glass.

I wouldn't have expected three days to do much damage, but the aroma isn't nearly as vibrant as when I sampled a bottle earlier in the week. While the first bottle had a wonderful, grapefruit and sugar beet aroma that was a perfect ratio of sweet citrus, the beer in my glass now has a fairly common grapefruit/pine combo and a light, biscuit/dough notion. To its credit, there nose is clean despite readily appreciable hop oils and resins. Alcohol is barely noticeable. At the risk of sounding cliche, you can smell the hops fade as you hold the glass.

The hops are a bit of a let down for the palate. Pine and prickly citrus are surprisingly one dimensional (though I hesitate to call it bland). The hops don't have the same zeal as the earlier bottle (or from the tap). Bitterness is moderately high. At least most of the flavor is still there. Thankfully, malts are sent to hiding; just some dusty biscuit and cracker notes.

The body is trim, maybe even thin, considering the style. Carbonation is rather light. While I generally like low carbonation, in this case it makes for a weak feel overall. It doesn't help that alcohol slickness trumps the hop oils.

My overall impression is that Enjoy By is pretty much a gimmick. Purposefully making a product that deteriorates rapidly and pushing distribution to get it across the country? Sounds like Stone has quit being arrogant and gone to being obnoxious. Nevertheless, sometimes gimmicks can turn out alright, which is the case here. At the very least, Stone should be commended for making a DIPA that isn't a complete sugary booze bomb.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key componenet of many beers- especially big, hoppy IPAs- but we've taken it further, a lot further with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We've gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!" Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. First released in late 2012, this is a beer that comes around in small batches with a clear date printed on the bottle to consume by. This review covers the 04.20.14 batch compared to a 02.14.14 batch (roughly 2 months out of date) for a comparison on how fast a beer like this could fall off.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pastel white frothy cream head over a golden amber body with a mild haze and meager carbonation. Retention is very nice and lacing is medium thin and tiered. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is rich with hoppy complexity; piney, herbal and resinous with a bold grapefruit aroma and a bite of spicy hop character for an aggressive hop front. Lesser hop notes include tropical fruit and earthy hop notes and the hop bitterness is bold in the aroma. Malt presence is slightly milder led by a syrupy grain caramel and a moderate cracker and biscuit malt sweetness. The aroma of this beer overall is phenomenal on the hop front, there's just so much to behold and the complexity is so rich, the potential for these characters to rapidly fade may be the main drive behind the dates on these bottles. 4.5

(Taste) The malt profile was a bit overstated in its sweetness from the aroma. In the flavor, it is very rich in flavor and body but the sweetness is muted and mellow. The hop profile is very forward with herbal and resinous hop character with a strong bitterness. Although the flavor is very similar to the aroma, I didn't pick up on as many hop subtleties as I did in the aroma, or they aren't as well carried into the flavor as I had hoped. The finish is distinctively herbal with a touch of hoppy must and pepper before trailing with long-lasting tropical fruit. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly chewy, oily, slick. Carbonation makes for a soft, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for a Double IPA and medium/high amongst all beers. Balance is bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, masked by the assertive hop character. 4.25

(Overall) While the malt profile of Enjoy By IPA is nothing special, the real bravado is that of the hops on display- so many flavors and subtleties that listing them all may exceed my character limit. One of the most enthusiastic and adventurous DIPAs you can get on the market, Enjoy By manages showcases the hop flavor potential in all its glory. It's highly recommended that you go out of your way to pick up at least one bottle. 4.25

Notes on the 02.14.14 batch, 2 months, 6 days past enjoy by date:

A trained eye can immediately notice a difference in clarity at this date, as the beer is far more hazy, the retention poorer and the carbonation more prevalent. The aroma is also different; while the hop profile is nearly as potent as before, many of the more herbal hop notes are fading and the more predictable Double IPA notes of citrus, piney resin and tropical fruit are thus gaining ground. The flavor of this batch is slightly sweeter and more balanced with the hops than the fresh batch, and the hop notes of herbal, grapefruit and resinous hops are still incredibly bold but collectively not as sharp and bright as those of the fresher batch. The mouthfeel is nearly the same although I much prefer the balance of sweetness to hops in this batch in particular. I recognize it could be a batch inconsistency, but the carbonation plays much better with some pairing malt substance and sweetness to back it up. To the novice craft enthusiast, there aren't severe enough differences to make drinking Enjoy By on time mandatory, so don't fret if you miss the date by a month or so. To the seasoned palate, understand that this beer loses an exponential part of its hop potency from the moment it's bottled, so it's worth trying one as soon as you can and not to hesitate. I preferred the fresher batch by nearly every measure, so it's not just marketing- them hops are truly fragile!

Stone Brewing Company's
Enjoy By IPA
4.3/5.00

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Photo of Celtics76
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On 12/16, with 5 days to spare I was finally able to give this a shot. Most anticipated beer of 2012. Enjoyed during Pats-Niners. What a game.

While I was pouring into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass, the first thing I noticed was the powerful aroma. Extremely piney and Christmas tree-like. How appropriate. It's transparent gold in color, with a half inch of head that quickly reduces to a thin, somewhat bubbly foam.

Like the aroma, the pine flavor slams the taste buds and doesn't let up. There's also some grapefruit notes but it's very subtle. There's an excellent hop bite as well - like most well made, fresh DIPAs, I feel like I could chew on the hops - Founder's Harvest is another example of this phenomenon. Despite this, the hop presence is well balanced and lingers after every sip. Also of note is a higher than normal sweetness to the flavor - I didn't mind but it could be a turnoff to some.

What's not to like? All the elements of a great DIPA are here, and it's done to perfection. All this plus at 9.4% ABV, which is scarily well hidden.

I will always be on the lookout for this one. The Pat's may have lost, but I still consider myself a winner.

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