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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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4.39
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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Macadoodles in Pineville, MO

Pours honey colord with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & semi-good lacing

S: Ruby red grapefruit & other citrus, doesn't finish as strong as it starts

T: Follows the nose, some pine, lemons & biscuitty malt up front. Some honey malt, pineapple, grapefruit & slight dryness as this warms, juicy as well. Finishes with grapefruit, a bit of pine, a touch of lemon grass

MF: Medium body/chewy, fantastic balance, warming

A fantastic DIPA, this is worthy of the Mayan Apocalypse, I liked this one a lot. Through the roof drinkability

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts and just a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuit. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops with some good bitterness, some sweet caramel and bready malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile with good bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally made it's way to the Bay Area and gotta drink it fast cuz the end of the world is right around the corner. Would suck to have this in the cellar after without popping it after my...er...our demise. Cool beer name.

Pours a clear peach/yellow ale with a white foamy head and nice lacing.

Getting a lot of cirtus fruits with a dankness in the background. Pine, orange juice and a touch of malt.

First taste reminds me a tad like Pliny. The fresh hops are present though there is a touch of orange in the finish. Grapefruit salivation. A little on the sweet side if you like your DIPA this way. As it warms, the malt backbone is present in the finish. Works well.

Pretty quick finish.

Overall I liked it. Maybe I'm spoiled by my proximity to Pliny, but this was just a likable (not loveable) beer to me. Nice take in the DIPA family, but probably the last time I'll purchase it. Plus I'll be dead in a couple weeks anyway. Onto my cellared Double Bastard.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 11/16/12, drink by 12/21/12
Glass: Tulip

Stone's "Best By..." is a fairly standard west-coast DIPA with hints of pine resin and more pronounced maltiness than I find in typical expressions of the style. A decidedly solid and well-produced beer, as I would expect from Stone, but not something that seems to set itself apart from others in the style or even Stone's other offering. Glad I could try this, would get it again if I was in the area, but not something that's offering much new or breaking ground.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of fine, small bubbles. Retention is average, and over its decline, the head leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass in assorted thick lines and shapes. Each sip also reveals excellent sheeting and cascading from the descending foam. Head eventually falls to a thick ring around the glass and a wispy island of foam atop the center of the body. Body is a light caramel brown color, transparent, with light bringing out very nice, bright, orange and yellow hues. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the class, visibly and aggressively.

Aroma of peach, mango, and grapefruit rind; typical for a west-coast IPA. In general, a very nice, assertive and clean hop aroma. Not dank or excessively heavy with hop scent: refined, if you will.

Surprising pine resin flavor upfront, considering that I didn't detect this in the aroma, along with the expected hop bitterness. Mid-palate of grapefruit, and milder pine resin, with plenty of generic hop bitterness atop an actually sweet, slighty bready, and noticeable malt body. Back of palate picks up continued hop bitterness with some bright mango and grapefruit flavor with a splash of spicy ethanol as well. Lingering flavor of grapefruit rind, generic hop bitterness, cracker-like malt and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation that is medium to high. This results in a mouthfeel that is prickly at first, eventually fading to a pleasantly tingling feeling across the palate that melds well with the attendant bitterness and ethanol burn. Aftertaste is expectedly dry, from the substantial hopping and ethanol presence. There is also some substantial stickiness around the corners of the lips.

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Photo of Philousa
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 12/21/12 version imbibed on tap at Tony's Darts Away & Original Gravity SJ. This is a review of the OG pour. Also consumed from bottle, negligible difference imho.

This is a clear copper brew, shiny beneath a dense white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is not what I expected, but it may be because this was served colder than normal. To say the hop aroma is strong would be an understatement. The biggest aroma is pine, but there's some grapefruit, floral, and lemon notes in there too. If there's a malt aroma, it's buried deep beneath all the hops, as it should be in my opinion. After a swirl, I get a solid biscuit aroma. The taste starts off coppery with white bread crust. The hop flavor is dominant as well: very vinous, earthy, and somewhat grassy. Bitterness comes smoothly, but it's unmistakably oppressive. There is some spiciness in the bitterness too, perhaps from Amarillo. Beer finishes coppery, earthy, and vinous. The taste delivers what the aroma promises. After all that, I thought: "what about the malt?" As in every good Triple IPA, this malt is just a stage for the hops. It's reminiscent of white bread and unseasoned oatmeal. The feel is balanced and finish dry. Although it's not malty, this is surprisingly balanced. This is a damn fine brew. Dare I say in line with Pliny!

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Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange amber in color with a 1" head that fell to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: load of caramel, citrus, pine, and some floral hop bitterness was very easy to detect and extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel profile with a load of pineapple and lemon citrus, a strong but balanced bitterness, and a late floral component that really rounded this out nicely. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrived late. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a really well balanced DIPA that pushed the limits before breaking it. Easy to quaff despite the high alcohol content. Super fresh on draft and improved as it warmed. Great beer I hope they brew again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 800th review! "End of the World" batch 12.21.12. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours a frothy, 2 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is thick, layered and stringy with great cling. Phenomenal in every aspect.

Nose is intense citrus, pine with a sappy hop presence and some cane sugar to finish things off. Nice and clean.

Opens citrus, pine, cane sugar and a light hoppiness. A slight astringency at the start that mellows into some sap hop bitterness. Middle is more citrus and grapefruit with a bitter finish and a hoppy, fruity aftertaste. Really balanced.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively but smooth in the mouth and warm and aggressive going down. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering aftertaste. Hides the ABV exceptionally well.

This is just a very well crafted, all-around solid IIPA. Great look, clean nose, balanced flavor profile and an excellent feel. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass and than some.

Enjoy by IPA looks pretty clean inside the bottle, no sediment. Once outside the liquid is an olympic gold medal color with much clarity. Surprisingly with a stealth pour I only mustered about a quarter inch of frothy foam up top that dissipated and left no cling, a rather lifeless looking beer. Enjoy by has a healthy musk to it. I get swarmed with citrus scents and some bitter pine backing. A nice malty backbone as well, the alcohol does not seep through. Smells more on the tropic fruit side with some bubblegum coming up with room temp. Taste is what you would expect with a IIPA, rich tropic fruit flavor, mango, orange, grapefruit, a smidgin of pine, a nice crystal malt presence. This tastes more like juice as it comes up to room temp. Not as bitter as most stone IPA'S go. Body is a healthy medium with a pleasant bitterness, but more of a juicy finish, No heat from the 9 plus percent. Carbonation is surprisingly low from the get go, so perhaps I had an off bottle. This was drinkable, but something that i have had a hundred times over in different forms.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, enjoy by 12.21.12 version. This pours a clear golden orange color with a small short lived white head. The smells are mostly pine and some alcohol, lighter than expected. The feel is medium, with a mouth coating resin. The taste is pretty good, plenty of hop bitterness, some floral hops, some caramel, good tasting stuff.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 11/16/12, Enjoy by 12/21/12.

Pours sparkling clear coppery gold with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat with torn sheets of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with mild hints of pear, peach, pine, cracked garlic, and grapefruit. Dank and fruity but not very pungent. Surprisingly subdued for such a freshie.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Bright citrus, pine, and light malt start the palate. Very low, smooth bitterness and dry with plenty of dank resin and pine-spiked fruit.

Finishes with lingering garlic, pine, and grapefruit. Slighty warming with hop aromas visiting again after each belch.

Tasty IPA and I'd be very happy to be able to drink this on a regular basis. The nose is a bit lacking though given the freshness and pedigree of the beer and compared with other freshies that I've had out of So Cal.
Pretty awesome though that I'm able to enjoy this beer just inside of two weeks old when I've never even been able to try a local bottled beer that fresh!

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Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip glass. Enjoy by 12-21-12, batch 3.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber color with a one finger of height pure white head forming on the pour. It dissipates to a frothy collar that leaves some sticky lace behind.

S: Some grapefruit, orange and lemon peel citrus. Sweet malts and just a touch of green onion in the periphery.

T: More green onion up front, but it doesn't hinder the overall flavor profile. Sweet malts, some citrus zest and sticky grapefruit. As the beer warms it definitely takes on more of a sauteed vidalia onion taste to it.

M: Clean and crisp with a light medium to light body. Medium carbonation level.

O: It was better when it was colder, but as it warmed the onion-like qualities became more pronounced. The alcohol was really hidden though and I would have guessed it was 7% or so.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tulip
Enjoy by 12-21-12
Enojyed on 11-28-12

A- Pours cristal clear golden orange/yellow. A one finger of a white head. Slight alcohol legs.

S- Holy hops! A massive citrus. Pineapple and lime and pinecone like you cant believe. All extenuated by a slightly sweet malt backbone.

T- A sharp bitterness up front that fades quickly to a semisweet malt backbone. Hop flavors take over and dominate the beer. A ton of citrus notes, Pineapple, lemon, lime, grapefruit, papaya. A strong pinecone flavor. Not much of a malt backbone, this beer is hop forward obviously. Although this beer isn't thick or bold flavored, the alcohol presence is hidden quite well.

M- A lighter body for 9.4. Not as bitter as other stone IPA's. Easy drinking and slightly warming.

O- This beer is genius! It shows off the potential of fresh beers. A unique flavor, especially unique to bottles. Get some!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.21.12
Thanks for the hookup Brian.
Pours a crystal clear medium amber color with a decent sized white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Citrus and pine fill the air as soon as I pop the cap on this one. Upon closer inspection my nostrils are delighted by hints of bread and caramel that have been devastated by an onslaught of hoppy goodness. Pepper and green onions mixed with grapefruit pine and resin round out the nose nicely. The flavor is a bit sweeter than I imagined based on the smell. Solid shot of caramel sweetness up front followed by a hint of alcohol and a smattering of pine citrus and onion. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice IPA, but I found the body a bit thicker than I normally expect and a hint more sweetness than I prefer.

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Photo of Rfunk
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Have had several of these in 22oz bottles then served in tulips. First and foremost it was most similar to Pliny the Elder. I sensed a lot of Cascade and Simcoe hops, with most of the aroma coming obviously from the Cascade. The beer is way hoppy and has a touch of sweet midway through, and finishes crisp. A great drink overall.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my review for the Enjoy By 12 21 12, on draught.

This beer is my favorite of the moment. Tremendously tasty.

This pours a warm glowing-amber golden in color with thin foam & lacing that lingers around for the long haul. Great aroma, full of orange citrus and marmalade, some tangerine, a bit of pine. It’s pleasing & hoppy, big & vibrant, fresh smelling and full of gobs of hops.

Tastes amazing—the flavor is layers of hop heaven with a bitter bite at the end of each sip. There’s pine and citrus and tangerine and orange and grass and an underlying dankness which I just love.

There’s enough of a malt profile to hold up to the hoppy assault with a light toasted biscuit note that emerges as it warms. Holds up as a sipper but its also an easy drinker and hides the ABV well.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Third Batch: Enjoy By 12.21.12. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear bright gold with half a finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly. A few spots of lacing left behind.

Aroma is beautiful, juicy, resinous pine and tropical citrus. Lots of floral hints as well as a bit of onion and garlic. Malt backing seems lighter and drier than a typical Stone beer. A hint of alcohol.

Flavor delievers the juicy hops no doubt, although there's a little more sweet malt than I was expecting from the nose. Very well balanced. Bitterness has a rounded sharpness and lingers on for days in the aftertaste. A decent amount of alcohol sneaks through in the aftertaste as well.

Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Overall dry. Right on for the DIPA style.

This beer stands on it's own, but it's certainly as close to a RR style IPA that I've tasted from Stone. Great stuff.

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Photo of 395er
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Enjoy by 12-21-12 poured from a growler into a Duvel tulip

Color is a rich amber, with crystal clarity. Lacing leaves intricate rings and trails that cling and hold. Smell is powerful dank resiny pine. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp. Taste is really something. Big citrus, with a slight sweet-but-not-DIPA-syrup finish. Dangerously drinkable at 9.4%. A new favorite. I hope they continue to release it.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at RIBCO in Rock Island, Illinois

Very clear, pale golden, average head, not much retention, decent lacing.

Resinous, oniony/cat pee, citrus, pine, and very faint malt presence. Smells fresh and gooey, but the onion and cat pee are unattractive attributes.

Citrus, pine, medium bitterness, and some malty sweetness poking through on the back end in a balancing role.

Good carbonation, medium body, with a drying and bitter finish.

The grain bill leaves a pretty clean slate upon which the hops can and do shine bright. To me it would be better if they had used some other hop varieties that don't impart the onion and cat piss. Still a pretty damned good dipa.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my half-liter german mugs, this is a bright amber-gold beer with a thick creamy head atop it. The nose offers very pine-resiny hops, in great abundance in fact. The taste: it's fair to call it a hop bomb, with massive grassy, piney flavor hops, and a fairly goodly amount of straight bittering hops. Some sweetness comes through, but the body is surprisingly light given the strength. The finish, bracingly dry.

Good beer. Though I'd have soon had one half its strength that I could get in a six back and down in abundance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip
Enjoy by 12.21.12
drank on 11.26.21

A- This beer pours a clear bright copper body with a thin white film of bubbles that last a bit. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The full fragrant aroma of cat pee hops is followed by some pineapple weed hops aromas. It is bright and full in the nose.

T- The green pungent woody herbal hops has some green pine resin flavor and a dry fruit cocktail hops flavor that starts to come through. There is a sweet malt flavor that is cut short by a nice dark green pungent hop bitterness in the finish that lingers. There is only a very gentle note of bitterness that lingers in the after taste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz finish and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The big hop flavors have a nice complexity and good depth. I'm not a fan of cat pee hops but it subsides as other flavors/aromas outshine it. Very good at hiding the alcohol as this is very smooth to drink.

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Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. This beer is crystal clear, dull rust bronze color. It has a big foamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. There are sporadic bubbles that make their way up the glass.

S. Extremely hoppy scent. A bit of weed. Cascade hops?

T. Very interesting flavor. It is a fruity IPA. It has a solid hop taste. There's a grape taste and a caramel sweetness. Perhaps the fruity taste is more of a citrus, as the aftertaste would indicate.

M. It has a medium body and a smooth carbonated feel to it.

O. Absolutely wonderful, complex flavor. Balanced and tamed...doesn't go over the top...which works perfect.

Recently had the 9.13.13: Also fantastic double IPA with a wonderful grassy taste and caramel hops.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 12.21.12
Bottled 11.16.12, exactly 10 days old

Poured from a bomber to a pub style 16 oz glass

A- Amber, 1/2" bubbly off white head

S- Intensely floral, dank, earthy, spicey, as it warms i also get citrus, mango, & apple cider

T- Follows the nose, plus grapefruit bitterness, caramel bready malts, and slit alcohol twang

M- Oily, low carbonation, pleasing alcohol heat

O- I'm loving this brew! There's so much going on here and as it warms, i'm offered more and more aromas and flavors. Fresh out of the fridge, i'm adorned by floral, dank, earthy, spicy, hops. The taste is much the same with an added bonus of grapefruit bitterness and a slit alcohol twang that melds nicely. As it warms, citrus, fruit, and sweet malts become more apparent. Citrus and mango show up to the party with sweet bready malts as their entourage. All this comes together with an alcohol twang that melds perfectly with the rest of the flavors and leaves a tingling feeling at the back of the throat, spiciness lingers on my lips long after it's gone. If i had to compare it to anything i would say Drake's Aroma Coma. Both show light on a new evolution of west coast IPA's. A glorious future is yet to come.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoy By 12-21-12! A welcome new addition to Houston. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a transparent golden orange color- not much head. Smell- PINEY goodness. Some citrus elements as well. This aroma is world class- I get some buttery sweetness (honey?) behind the pine aroma. Guessing Simcoe was a key dry hop used here. The citrus aroma is orange rind. Smells terrific. Taste- the fresh piney hops pop off my tongue, followed by a mildly sweet (not syrupy) honey backbone, finished by a lasting and delicious bitter piney finish. In my book, this is an absolutely delicious and world class Imperial IPA. Up there with the best on them. For the ABV, there is absolutely no hint of it being 9.4%, esp because the backbone doesn't have that bruising sweetness that you normally expect to achieve that ABV. The piney hops are delicious. Really think this is wonderful, significantly better than Ruination 10 in my book.

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
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