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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
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 rand
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes from their first batch, on tap at the Ritual Tavern in San Diego, 08.25.12.
Actually pasting my notes as I drink Enjoy By 04.01.13, which matches this review

From tap to tulip

A: copper-tan in color, clear. Small head leaves patching lacing everywhere

S. lemony, earthy in the front. Lots of vege scents, onion especially. Ample alcohol lifts the dense bouquet.

T: Typical IPA flavors at first - rind-y citrus, but the vegetable notes pop to the front. Onion, celery, bouillon. Sharp lemon-pepper blends well with ample alcohol. Everything resonates well. Completely unique IPA profile but still a distinctively West Coast style. Suprisingly short finish.

Possibly the best beer Stone had come up with. Someone told me this was a Pliny clone, as Stone distributed for Russian river in ca, but its got its own groove. Same West Coast style, but definitely unique.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had many variants of this, this particular review is based on Enjoy By 4.20.15.

A: Dark orange, see through with a nice finger of head.
S: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, some danky garlic/onion in the background. Some sweet background notes from the malt.
T: Pop of bitterness right up front. Little bit spicy in the middle mouth with garlic/onion notes mentioned before. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel.
M: Full bodied with a dry finish. Nice carbonation that complements the taste well.
O: Great offering everytime I have it. The fresher the better!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey / light Amber color. Has aroma of citrus peel & resin. Flavor is citrusy and piny. Good balance with a nice aftertaste of hops. Overall pretty good IPA, I enjoyed it

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Photo of korguy123
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 4.01.13
Enjoyed 3.04.13

Crystal clear gold pour with two plus fingers of soapy, snow white head. Lacing is excellent. This was poured into my new DFH "IPA" glass and the steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom has me mesmerized.

Bright juicy grapefruit, sweet clementines with some fresh peaches. There is a grassy wetness with bitter pine. My mouth just watered lol.

Bitter pine up front that transitions to a tongue coating sweetness like a simple syrup. Juicy citrus than makes way for a bitter dry finish. Zero alcohol in the taste.

Light body with a high carbonation prickle on the tongue.

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Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2-14-14( tasted 1/30/14)-
Having tasted this beer twice in the past- once on tap 12/12, and 9-2-13, I was expecting the same quality and taste/mf/aroma profile.

The current brew doesn't have the strong aroma of the 9-2-13. The latter had more tropical fruit, and a more bitter, hoppy finish.

The current Enjoy By is more conventional- tastes similar to other West Coast IPAs. Lots of grapefruit, more sweetness, the same vanilla presence, and less hoppier finish.
I would like more tropical fruit in future brews.

An excellent beer, but I prefer the previous style.

9-2-13

I was to lucky to find a bottle of this sought after beer.

Poured in a tulip: beautiful copper color with carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
1F head.

I could smell the fruit without putting my nose to the glass. Very tropical: orange, some grapefruit, and surprisingly, vanilla, which I don't usually smell in an IPA.

What sets this IPA apart from others: the fruits are highly tropical. Not your typical grapefruit, or citrus rind. Very tropical with orange. Very little grapefruit.

The aroma carries to the taste. A good sign of a balanced beer. Loads of tropical fruit. No vanilla. A blast of carbonation in the mouth feel enhances the overall experience of the beer.

Intense bitter hops at the finish- a Stone signature.

Great beer. I tasted it only once before in December. Fresh A+ IPA!

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

Pours crystal clear light yellow with white head that lingers and leaves lacing. Lighter than I expected.

Nose has grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit.

Taste follows nose. Grapefruit citrus bitterness. Has a peppery finish. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected.

Great beer.

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Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 05.16.14, thanks very much to Rohan for bringing back for me.

Big pine when I crack the bottle, pawpaw, bit of rubber, general tropical smells. There's also a strong spice contingent to this- Thai curry spices. Also notably floral. Over time these meld together deliciously over a nectarine malt backdrop. Candied/stewed fruits. Alcohol at times. Slight corny note.

Taste is a well-poised balance of malt and tropical fruits, and more of those spices and nectarine. Still a fairly harsh finish at times- hops and alcohol are kinda present.

Good tropical mouthfeel featuring malt, and a bit of booze.

Also tried this same batch 2 weeks and 2 days ago. I remember the hopping being harsher (duh). It's mellowed out with the extra few weeks and the hops and malt are more integrated. Ideally I would have had this earlier but it's also been interesting to compare a two week vs month old DIPA. I definitely feel it's changed a bit even in such a short timeframe, but it's pretty hard to judge objectively.

At times the aromatics are great, but its ABV is in what can be a danger zone for DIPAs. A big, bold, spicy and aromatic beer, whose ABV could easily sneak up on you.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a yellow orange but look a bit light. An ok amount of head and lace, maybe a bit avg. The smell is phenomenal. Great hoppy smell that is not quite like any other double IPA. Maybe based on the the smell my expectations were extremely high. The taste was a very slight let down from the smell. Hoppy yet, not nearly what you would expect from the smell. The feel was a bit thin too. I felt like for this double IPA, the hoppy presence peeks very quick then fades into more of a watery mouthful. Overall, I do like this beer but was expecting more from it. It did fall short of being a world class beer but I still enjoyed it. I do have another bottle that I will try as the first beer of the evening to see if I've been thrown off by the other beers.

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Photo of yamar68
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to finally try this one... Enjoy By 5.17.13

Great looking beer. Clean gold body accented with steady beading and a frothy finger of bone white head which laces perfectly.

Lush citric hops and loads of tropical sweetness... just a touch of prickly conifer... classic West Coast IPA aromas.

Big, bright hop flavors that show little to no abrasion. Bittersweet orange zest, pine and mellow mango. Dynamic, balanced, and surprisingly drinkable.

I seriously hope this one returns to MN in the future.

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

huge hop and citrus nose, taste that follows the nose. this is a big hop IPA that delivers. The appearance and feel were right there as well. One of my favorites from Stone. this was Enjoy By 12/26/14.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into chalice

Bubbly, frothy two finger white cap quickly settles into a nice layer of bubbles with decent lacings. Clear golden orange color with scant carbonation streams.

Aroma of pine, resin. Grass.

Bitterness on the sides of the tongue, bitterness on the tip.Taste of the hops with pine the dominant flavor. Smooth carbonation on the tongue. Gentle but present bitterness on the aftertatse.

Clean fresh IPA. STONE does a great job in producing beer and this is another fine example.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. Enjoy By 04.01.13.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a dense white head. Fairly slow moving visible carbonation. A spotting of lacing.

S: Instantly hit with a blend of a variety of hops. Spiciness, floral, citrusy, earthy, nuggety smell. Mild malts in the background provide the Stone signature oomph.

T: Very tasty, a complex blend of hops with a fairly decent hop backing. Certainly a bold and bitter beer. Is there alcohol in this? A sweet bready/crackery malt comes through as it warms.

M: Medium body with a nice nectar like quality. Very easy drinking and quite a refreshing brew.

Overall an amazing beer that I am very happy to finally had a chance to try. Certainly very fresh. Quite possibly the best Stone beer and certainly worth the hype.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.12.13 reviewed here

A- Ok, orange-yellow with negligible head. Decent lacing.

SMELL
Citrus, slight pine. Smells fresh.

TASTE
slight citrus w equally slight malt backbone. Hoppy & bitter with dry finish. No alcohol aftertaste despite high abv.

MOUTHFEEL
Medium bodied, smooth bitter hop bomb.

NOTES
Drinkable even at 9.4% (had 3). Wow! Get it while you can. Fresh IPA defined.

Poured into an 12 oz wine glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had a few versions of this brew, but tonight I had the 9-13-13 version twice on tap at the Global Brew Tap Room in O'Fallon, IL. Served in a Boulevard tulip both times. Clear body, dark yellow with slight orange tint. About a one-finger head and decent lacing along the glass.

Nice aroma that starts with a strong note of citrus hops that trend toward a light pine cone aroma. A light, sweet, caramel malt to finish.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the hop blend is superb. Citrus, pine, light tropical notes, and just enough bitterness to have a decent bite. The hop/malt blend is nearly perfect for a DIPA - just enough sweet malt balance to the hops.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel, with very little notice of the alcohol. This might be the best Stone beer I've ever had. RuinTen is close, but both are exceptional DIPAs.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the fourth batch of Stone Enjoy By. It was a very interesting and delicious IPA. It's a bit different in the sense that it emphasises weed and umami flavours.

A: Yellow orange with a 5 mm head. 4

S: Spicy hops and some sweetness. 4

T: Spicy hops and malty too. Basically, it tastes a lot like weed too. There is also some really strong umami flavour. Some lemongrass hopiness in there too. 4.5

M. Foamy. 4

O: 4

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Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; freshness date is, well, pretty clear on this bad boy. My understanding is that this was bottled on February 22, which would therefore make this beer seven days old. Yep, it’s fresh as shit.

Appearance (4.25): A solid three to four fingers of just-off-white, cream-colored foam rises from the pour, capping a crystal-clear, 24ct gold body. Quite handsome. The head devolves slowly to a raised cap in the middle, looking like a big meringue nipple, and leaves behind scattered, widely-spaced splotches of dense foam in little archipelagos. It has pretty nice retention, though, leaving some chunky stuff well into the glass, and leaves some fat collars which I like quite a bit, too.

Smell (4.25): Juicy, sticky, citrusy nectar (mango, papaya, apricots, and passionfruit) melds with a resinous, piney-dank tone that suggests sweaty nuggets of hops and marijuana. The malt does come through a bit underneath, mainly sweet biscuit scents mixing with rich, fresh-baked bread, like a brioche—a bit sweet, a bit rich, very soft and tasty.

Taste (4.25): As expected, the hops character is almost all flavor and almost no bitterness: sweet citrus again (pineapple with some lemon juice), covering a really very slight, resinous bitterness underneath. Some citrus pith, too, and red grapefruit flesh. The malt is again bready and sweet in that rich way, like brioche or challah, but carries a sweetness that mixes with the hops like iced lemon bundt cake. While it’s all flavoring and aroma hops, it seems, I will say that it’s quite good (liking it more and more as it warms, actually) but it’s not blowing me out of the water, either. But still, quite good. The dank hops flavor actually comes out as more and more bitter, with some spicy notes, actually, as it warms. Some booze, but it melds with that resin character well, so points for that.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Soft carbonation giving a silky texture to a generally medium-weight (at most) body—the head sticks around long enough that some soft pillows pass the lips. It finishes definitively dry, but not parchingly so—still easy enough to drink in every regard that it’s hard to take it slow.

Overall (4.25): This is a well-above-average DIPA, no question there. And it definitely delivers what it promises: the short shelf-life flavor and aroma hopping is here in spades, but I’m surprised at how little bitterness there is. Compare this to Ruination, for example, and the difference is clear as day. But this beer is very, very good, and I’m glad to have tried it. And super kudos to Stone for latching onto an idea (with the freshness initiative, as it were) and running with it to its logical extreme—who else would do that so well?

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 6/28/2013
Enjoy By: 08/02/2013
Enjoyed on: 07/08/2013

The beer pours a dark amber color with a few centimeters of nice foam. Super fresh hops emerge from the aroma: pine, orange, and grapefruit. Alcohol clears the sinuses along with a wee bit of caramel in the background. Medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy, but for the carbonation Lots of hops in the flavor, as expected. Piney resin and citrus both contribute, but pine is the biggest contributor. A hint of malt brings it all together. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jonada
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 05.17.13. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, light orange, honey color with a finger of an off white head. Body is somewhat hazy, with some light carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Big bitter citrus aromas, pine, resin, mango, grass, with a slight malt sweetness underneath it all.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, orange zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Bitterness is high, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a very well balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry but with just enough malt sweetness to balance things out.

Overall: While I enjoy IPAs, they're generally not one of my favorite styles. This beer could make me reconsider that stance. I had previously had the 12.21.12 and it seems as though the tropical fruit notes in this batch are not as prevalent. So while that does detract a little from its overall score, this is one of the best IPAs I've had and is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jhavs
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT in their snifter. Enjoy by 7/4/2015
A= Great golden amber with straw colored lasting head.
S= Lots of hops, citrus, pine, resinous, get some alcohol.
T= Tropical, citrus, and pine, all balanced with malt and masking the 9.2 ABV.
M= Full bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation.
O= Very tasty, high fresh hop flavor comes on strong and lasts, but remains balanced and easy to drink, could be dangerous at 9.2% (or perfect).

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Enjoy By Date: 3.14.15
Wow, this is a pretty excellent brew. I have never had the chance to try this one, as I am from Missouri, when all of a sudden I visited a local liquor store and a stack of this was sitting in between a couple other stacks of 12 packs. It would have been extremely easy to walk right past this and never even know it was there.

This is a awesome IPA, extremely fresh, and tropical flavors and hop bitterness dominate. There is a great level of balance here between those two main flavors. I would have considered this one an even higher rating if it wasn't for a slight pungent onion flavor in behind it all. As it warmed, this flavor became more pronounced and quite present over the other flavors.

Drink this one cold and it is awesome, if it warms too much though, you will regret it.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again.

Bottled Enjoy By Date: 4.20.15
This one is more dank and much more bitter. Still delicious though.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemmed wineglass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Orange/ light copper,2 finger head without much lacing.

s: Floral, citrus one of the best smelling beers I've had.

t: Citrusy but also a little piney and balanced. Nice bitterness, magnum bittering hops? Outstanding.

m: Moderate body, a little creamy nice carbonation.

o: Excellent beer, Nice balance between the piney bitterness of an old school southern CA ipa and modern citrus hops.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.20.15. Very good. Right on point with its price equivalents/ peers, sculpin and 90 min. I enjoyed it from a 6 and looking forward to the rest by 4/20.

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Photo of joecast
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sooo looking forward to this one. Probably hyped it up too much. We'll see.

Big hoppy, citrus aroma. Not too sharp or overpowering. Like a quality standard IPA. Sometimes you can get some alcohol character from something of this strength but this one is nicely restrained.

Taste too is smooth but still big on bitterness and hop flavour. Very well integrated with the malt allowing for a big abv while not detracting from a fantastic fresh ho character.

Wow! One of the best double IPAs I've had. Certainly comes across as a big beer without smashing you in the face to let you know it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.14/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
05/01/2015
Bottle to pilsner glass. Enjoy by 4.20.15. I'm a week or so late, but this should still be good. Appearance: big white head. Hazy medium yellow. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, light grasses and pine. Taste is mostly hair spray, some lemon and pine. Medium carb.
Not impressed, though I rarely am by a hyped ipa.
**

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a pretty golden yellow with a thick, white head and lacing. The smell is a very nice - floral, hoppy, pine, with abundant grapefruit and sweeter fruits. The taste really follows the nose. Dry, bitter, biting, with both grapefruit and sweeter fruit. This is a classic West Coast IPA: big, bold, bitter, hoppy, and delicious! It is pleasantly carbonated and easy to drink. This is a great IPA!

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