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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,705
Reviews:
1,486
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
814
Gots:
3,098
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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Photo of arizcards
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tracked down a 05.17.13 version yesterday at the Happy Valley BevMo for $6.49.

Beer poured the clearest of light orange with a decent white head. The clarity is quite good.

Nose is primarily citrus.

Taste is fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with some mango. Finish leaves a lingering pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated moderately.

Overall an excellent brew. This is very close to being right out of the tap the freshness is that good. A tough brew to track down but definitely worth chasing!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from vissai in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
04.01.2013
Review is from notes kids...

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Perfectly clear gamboge orange, though more amber when held to the light, with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leavs some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel on the nose. Floral elements with some melon and a touch of caramel. Really bold and heavy on the citrus and grapefruit quality. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Lots of pine, grapefruit, lemon and citrus flavors for sure. Floral and piney bitterness at the swallow with a big but dry finish of bitter citrus and floral hops, pine and a touch of caramel sweetness. The hops are great and it's very flavorful, though I'd appreciate a slightly bigger malt profile as balance. Still very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: Another good IPA from Stone. This is a fun series and I ask myself whether any of the collectors are putting together verticals of this bad boy. I would like to see a little more malt presence here so as to add another dimension to the beer, but the hop profile is quite lovely as the centerpiece anyways. High quality and would gladly drink again. Cheers vissai.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Whole family swung up to Plymouth yesterday (13DEC14) to see daughter #1 and get a tree. After cutting a fresh Christmas tree for the first time, we stopped into Biedermans for lunch. I actually ordered a Stoneface IPA, but was served a Stone Enjoy By... This is the 12.26.14 version, and I believe I was (mis-) charged $4.00 for it.

My shaker pint held a slightly cloudy, bright, medium golden brew. Carbo was slow and scattered, and the head was a creamy, fluffy layer of marshmallow white foam. It lasted well, with some nice stick left on the glass. The aroma had some solid rindy hop action mixed in with some sweet, tangerine-like sweetness. Body was medium-plus, and it was quite smooth going down.

Flavor began with some fruity sweetness; a bit of tangerine and apricot hitting the palate. Then it was mostly hoppage, with some grapefruit and pineapple melding together in a rindy, piney bitter mix, which lingered quite well. Oddly, as the bier warmed it seemed to get hoppier and not more malty. Quite a pleasurable bier!! Prosit!!

4.20/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.15 | feel: 4.25 | taste: 4.20 | drinkability: 4.20

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review on Enjoy By 04-20-14 - Bottled on 3/12/14. Poured into a chalice.

Complex. One of the best IPAs I have ever had.

A - Light honey colored, crystal clear, rocky half-finger white head, good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, floral, citrusy, piney

T - Citrus, resiny, a pale malt background that does not come without some contemplation, hint of sweetness.

MF - Sharp, fizzy, leaves my mouth feeling clean and bright, but also with a smooth creaminess. (edit - 6-11/15)

Also had:
Batch #3 - 12-21-12
Batch #7 - 5-17-13 - Bottled on 04-12-13
Batch # 10 - 9-13-13
Batch #12 - 11-12-13
Batch #14 - 02-14-14
Batch #15 - 04-20-14 - Bottled on 03-12-14
Batch #?? - 07-04-14 - Bottled on 05-30-14
Batch# - 02-14-15 (definitely tasted different - less malty sweet)
Batch # - 07-04-15 - Bottled on 05-28-15 (first time I had this beer in 12 oz bottles)

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent golden yellow body; great clarity; thin white head; appears decently carbonated. Citrus, lemon, pine hop aroma; gently sweet. Beautiful combination of tastes initially: light caramel and crystal malt flavors with a gentle hop bitterness; bitterness comes on more strongly at the finish and lingers along with a creeping alcohol heat. Clean dry finish. Medium body with a soft, light sugary feel.

Powerful and tasty with a fair complexity and generally good balance of flavors and scents. I wonder how this one might age despite Stone's claim to have brewed it "not to last". Indeed! I think it would still be a great beer if tried long past its bold 'enjoy by' date on the bottle...Overall 4.0/5.
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EB 4-20-14: Bottle sampled 4-24-14 - Better head retention, retains outstanding aroma and flavor, slightly better mouthfeel; I'd probably bump this bottle's rating up to 4.25/5.00.
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EB 12-26-14: Bottle sampled 12-31-14 - Excellent IPA! Upped Look (from 3.5 to 4.25) and Feel (from 3.5 to 4.0) and Overall (from 4.0 to 4.25) from original review.
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EB 7-4-15: Sample 7-1-15 - Mouthfeel was outstanding and will bump that rating up to 4.25 yet will keep overall the same (4.25).

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with the bottled on date chipped and smeared away. The 10th batch of this beer, and the first I've managed to get my hands on. Stone Enjoy By 09.13.13, a more than obvious vintage date. I've been sitting on this bottle for about a week now, so I don't see the need to wait any longer! Exponentially stoked to have gotten this.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a bronze-orange-gold colored body with just over a finger of bubbly off-white head that settles down to suds pretty quick. Second pour yields a good two fingers of creamy doughy off-white froth. Impressive clarity.

S - Nose is actually quite tame compared to what I was expecting. Some fresh cut grapefruit, apricot, blood orange, some soapiness, and a buttered biscuit malt backbone. Alcohol is barely detectable for being such a high abv beer. Smells pretty 'ordinary', but spot on.

T - Taste brings more of the same. Extremely well-balanced, and not the ridiculous hop bomb one might normally expect from Stone. The bready malts pair well with the fresh grapefruit hops.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, creamy, and clean. This is clearly a fresh beer, and even the mouthfeel reflects that fact. Dry bitter hop resins clinging to the palate. I feel like this would pair well with some cheese, and I wish I had some.

Overall, I was initially sort of let down by the 'tame' nature of this beer by Stone's standards, but this is remarkably smooth, creamy, well-balanced, and drinkable for having such a high 9.40% abv, and that is most likely due to the freshness factor. Call it a gimmick if you want, this is the pinnacle of fresh imperial IPA's.

Stone Enjoy By 09.13.13 IPA ---4/5.

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3.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased June 3, 6 days after bottling. Purchased at Total Wine in VA. for $8.49. Color is an amazingly clear, gold color with about two fingers of creamy white to off-white head. Allowed to sit and breathe for a bout 10 minutes, head is now almost completely gone and left in it's place is an average amount of lacing, nothing to really talk about. Aroma is pineapple, fresh squeezed orange juice, creamsicle and a small background of hop pineyness. During the second whiff of this on the second pour, I get a ton of ONION, wow, not my favorite, This aroma changed very fast from juicy citrus to fresh cut SCALLIONS... This version is quite a bit different, IMO, from the others I have had. I get a lot of hop bitterness right up front and the citrus now takes a back seat. I still get some pineapple, but it is subdued by the piney hops and the bitterness. I definitely can feel the alcohol a lot more than in previous Enjoy Bys. it really bites and lingers on the palate. Finish is pretty short, but the bitterness and alcohol remain for quite awhile and so does the smell of onions, weird !!. Of the three different Enjoy Bys I have had, this one is my least favorite because of the cloying, persistant alcohol remnants that refuse to leave and the lack of that burst of fresh citrus that were in the others. Overall, nice but not spectacular. Slightly disappointed !

OK, opening another one of these to see if maybe my taste buds were off a few days ago when I had my first one. Pour is the same, with a clear gold color and a finger or two of head. Aroma, this time around is right upfront with the onion and some pineapple. Taste is abundant with alcohol feel and I don't get a lot of fresh citrus like I would like, even though there is a touch of pineapple. This beer is gonna be what its gonna be, a bittery, oniony beer that is definitely not the dank, citrusy beer that was the past enjoy bys..Oh well, gave it a second shot, Ill wait for the next one........

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
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