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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.


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.

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Photo of rkf1976
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 09.13.13, Enjoy By 11.12.13, Enjoy By 2.14.14, Enjoy By 4.20.14, Enjoy By 12.26.14, Enjoy By 02.14.15, Enjoy By 4.20.15, Enjoy By 7.5.15, Enjoy By 10.31.15

A - looks great, like an IPA should.

S - smells wonderful, just as a hop head like myself had dreamed of.

T - out of this world!

M - hardy and full of citrusy hops.

O - this is up there with the best of 'em my friends. Stone has knocked another one out of the park, not too many competitors able to touch this one! Simply amazing.

Post Initial Review Note: 09.13.13 was close to a perfect 5! 11.13.13 not as good, recommendation is to try many releases as possible and often! 2.14.14 closer to 9.13.13 release, great stuff Stone! 4.20.14 release was superb, really not digging the 12.26.14 release, maybe next time! 02.14.15 was excellent! 04.20.15 amazing! 07.04.15 just okay. 10.31.15 getting back up there, great stuff!

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Photo of Davidstan
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sip wow what an amazing combination of flavors. I really liked the whole experience and worth the extra cost. Dank, citrusy and fruity with a finish with balance and no aftertaste negatives.

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Photo of Swongler
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dank, dank IPA. Very good. I have had several of the enjoy by batches, and have loved every one. Best consumed on a warm day straight from a pint glass.

A - Standard color for a top-quality IPA. A dark gold with some small sparkles raising in the glass after the pour. A thick finger and a half of off-white head rounding off the top of the pint glass.

S - Like a douglas fur christmas tree. Rosemary, cannabis, cut grass, and grapefruit. Unmistakably an imperial IPA on first whiff.

T - Grapefruit, basil, fresh pine come to mind. Like I said, dank. Strong, yet unoffensive taste. Easy to enjoy. Hops are strong with this one.

M - This feels ridiculously good upon first sip. I was comparing this to RuinTen, which I love, but this just feels better.

O - If I had a choice between this 17th Anniversary, or RuinTen, I would take this beer without hesitation. I enjoy it more than the 17th anniversary... and even more than the 16th Anniversary. I would put this up with the best-of-the-best double IPAs out there. Double Jack, Pliny the Elder, Cafe Racer 15 - Enjoy By is definitely in the big leagues. One of my favorite IPAs. Easily.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/20/2013 aka 420-2013 batch. Poured into tulip glass.
Appearance is very nice in this double IPA at 9.4 abv.Pours somewhat cloudy body, with a thick lacing 2 finger head; shiny penny tone(new copper).Smells of "sour-diesel"/piney scent. Nice fresh aroma of hops bitter notes. Skunky in flavor up front, with cherry and white grapes on the stringent finish. Pine-tar like consistency on the palate, and a lingering hoppy dry,almost rubber essenece on the finish. Overall, I like this hop bomb, from one of the Masters in the game. Green is written all over this one!

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with the 05/16/14 "Enjoy By" date right on the label. Served in a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Perfect clear, bright, gold color. It develops a robust head that quickly goes away and leaves just a thin ring. The lacing is incredible, covering the whole glass and slowly sliding away.

Smell: Big citrus, hop aromas of pine, grapefruit and spices attack the nose. The smell is very good and very important to the overall experience.

Taste: The citrusy grapefruit taste is right at the front along with some pine and spicy pepper notes. There's also an alcohol sting at the end thanks to a 9.4% ABV that gets stronger and more noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. It's smooth and very refreshing when cold. It only gets smoother as it warms up.

Overall: It was a big deal for Puerto Rico's craft beer scene getting this. Believe the hype, it's simply incredible in every aspect. Hophead or not, you need to give this beer a try. It should be noted that in order for this beer to be enjoyed fully it should be had slowly. The taste and texture both change the warmer it gets.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received in trade with iguenard - thanks! Batch 5

Appearance - Clear amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, resin, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with apricots and a bit of booze. It ends with a resiny/hoppy above average bitterness.

Overall – This beer packs a punch in both booze and hops. It's missing just a bit of the limp smacking sweetness that I find in Sculpin/pliny, but it's still a world class beer for sure. There is no reason to buy ruination if this is sitting on the shelf as well.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Enjoy By 05.17.13

A Transparent gold/amber. Thin slightly foamy head that disappears quickly. Fizzy carbonation. Nice lacing follows halfway down the glass.

S Piney. Flowery. Hoppy. Grapefruit. Intoxicating aroma. Just how I want an IPA to smell.

T Boozy. The 9.4% isn't hiding. This gives way to a refreshing hop bite. Do not pick up the fruitiness of the smell. Bitter aftertaste.

M Nice and chewy. A little bready. Once the carbonation settles, a very nice feel. Warm boozy finish.

O Extremes all around. From the powerful aroma to the bitterness and warmth of the taste and aftertaste. I do not get much complexity in the taste. However that may not be the intended vision behind this beer. Good powerful West Coast slap in the face! I did enjoy this.

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Photo of Mojo
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a cloudy medium gold at first, eventually clearing, with a small white head, not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S - lemon, oranges, mangos, grass, bread

T - sweet caramel malt followed by a citrusy hop finish. There is a slight warming at the end, but by and large the alcohol is well hidden for a beer this big.

M - good carbonation, medium thick, very slight aftertaste

O - what's not to love!!!

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

Pours a bright copper color. Aroma of citrus, pine and dank herb. In the taste, pine and mango like tropical fruityness. Bright citrus and tropical fruit profile with some strong bitterness. Little hint of alcohol but quite bitter with a honey like malt profile. Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation and smooth overall feel. This is a great imperial IPA, but much too exclusive.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very nice golden orange, with a two finger off white head that stays for a bit, a nice lacing around the glass as you sip this one.

S : A great nose on this brew, lots of citrus and pineapple, and breadyness as well, very tropical smell, and slight hints of alcohol as well.

T: This one was bitter for me, but tasted just like the nose, the hops are so fresh on this one, any IPA drinker will definitely enjoy this brew. Great floral notes and slight hints of alcohol.

M : Medium bodied and perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA.

O: this was a great IPA, Stone is amazing, thank you for another great beer!

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

Enjoy by 05.16.14: made it with 2 weeks or so to spare. 22oz bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.

Beautifully clear pale golden colour, with a very fine, sticky and white head that subsides in streaky lacing. Body is fine and sleek, holding plenty of static fine carbonation at its swirled. Big and bold.

Yeah, the nose is big. This is the point of that date blasted on the label. This is fresh, bright and hectic: big pine and herbal characters, crushed and pressed into aromatic bliss. "Devastatingly dank", it says as well, and there's certainly a dank organic character to it, giving a funky overhopped mass. Impressive stuff—just what you expect from a super-fresh Stone beer.

Taste is also superb. Clean, bright and fresh, with a solid smooth malt underpinning that never gets in the way. The bite comes in the back, with a firm bitterness gilded and caressed by a smoothness from the malt and the slightly higher ABV. Aniseed and piquant herbal notes complete the picture on the back, coming through move strongly as the beer warms slightly. It's a really great brew.

Feel is smooth and light with a slickness to help propagate the hop characters.

It's a big beer, no doubt, and yet it manages to be so surprisingly drinkable at the same time. After a while, I can feel the 9.4% ABV, but to be honest until I'd drunk most of the bottle, I didn't really notice it. That's the sign of a really good (or at least really distracting) beer.

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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 JoshuaMason
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2014
Appearance: Transparent, Liquid Gold; Foamy, White Head; Medium Lace; Minimal Carbonation
Smell: Pine; Grapefruit; Dank; Honey Dew; Herbal Hops
Taste: Follows nose in character and order.
Mouth-feel: Medium Body; Big Carbonation; Resinous; Long, Bitter Finish
Overall: Fucking Awesome, as always.
Comments: One of the best DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is done from notes. I had this brew while on vacation in South Carolina. I seem to have trouble finding Stone special releases at home. Anyways...

This review is specifically from a 9.13.13 bottle

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color with one finger of white head. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Big smell of pine, some floral hope and sweet citrus.

T: All the flavors found in the smell but not as potent as I would have expected. The background flavor is of biscuit and pineapple.

M: Medium, creamy body with a lighter and softer carb.

O:These "Enjoy By" brews are wonderful. Also tried a Enjoy By 4.21.13 on tap in prior experience and was very impressed. 9.3 abv and you can hardly tell. A very smooth DIPA that is great to sip on. I would definitely go out of my way for one of these.

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Photo of bsp77
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 11.12.13

Appearance: Clear burnished gold with moderate white head, leaving light lace.

Smell: I smell hops and hop oil, but can't pinpoint the actual aroma very well. Citrus, pine and tropical notes seem to be blended together.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt core with loads of fresh hops on top. Orange, grapefruit, mango, peach, pine - lots going on but individual characteristics are hard to separate. Finish is spicy and piney, but only somewhat bitter.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy and oily. Mostly dry finish.

Overall: I absolutely love the concept of this beer, and the execution mostly lives up to the concept. A little more distinct aroma and a little more dryness, and this could have been a home run. I will settle for a triple however. Great stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone "Enjoy By 12.26.14 IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle
$7.99 @ Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA

I felt remiss in not getting to this beer sooner and as I've had it for over a week and I've only got 24 days left so I figured I'd have to try it even though I wasn't really in the mood for a double IPA. I wasn't looking for something heavy and bitter, but if Stone actually went to the trouble to make sure this beer got out so quickly then I owe it to them to drink it !!!

Fortunately for me it's not a heavy, bitter, and alcoholic double IPA. It's actually golden in color, and it's got a medium-full body with a moderate carbonation (kind of English in character). The malt is pleasantly straightforward and just lightly sweet and subtly biscuity and caramelish. Nor is it overtly bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's got bitterness to it, but it's not that harsh and raspy bitterness you sometimes get. What I was in the mood for, and probably what really swayed me towards opening it tonight, was hops - and it's got 'em, but again, I was surprised, I thought I'd find it drenched in resinous, piney, and citrusy hops but it's actually quite smooth and refined. All of those attributes are present but they're not "in your face", even in the aroma. It's also a bit minty, softly grassy, earthy, and gently leafy or tea-like, but the mildly citrus pith and gentle tropical fruit are what really define it in the flavor. It's really rounded and supple, leaving it remarkably drinkable for the style. The one thing that reminds you that it is a double IPA is the alcohol which peeks out here and there, especially as you progress through the serving. Still, this is one dangerously drinkable beast.

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Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass. The 11/12/13 batch.

A: Pours a beautiful light golden color. Crystal clear with 1-2 finger off white head. Some lacing.

S: Massive fruity hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, oranges.

T: Slightly sweet with big fruity hops. Citrus flavors are prominent with a nice bitterness.

M: Nice body. Refreshing with a nice bitter finish.

O: Really nice IPA. Really excited that I got a chance to grab a bottle, and even more so that 12/13/13 is coming to Alabama.

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Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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 weeheavybutdieting
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 5/17/13 served in a New Belgium tulip.

A: It serves up a nice light orangey tan color. What really creates the visual appeal is the beers ability to keep a nice cloying thinly ribboned head far up the glass.

S: Fresh grapefruit and piney scent. Expected a little buttery notes from the appearance but it is all fresh and crisp.

T: When I think of "fresh" hoppy beer I am thinking undeveloped and waiting to reach complexity. Instead of that bitter dry hopped taste this beer, surprisingly, is more mellow on the bitterness and esters. It has a really nice balance with a hint of non-malty sweet on the back end that comes through more as it warms. Never fear intrepid IPA'ers it keeps it's hops profile full and upfront.

M: The only small downside to this beer is the oily feel it leaves. A trade off to the pretty cloying head. Not as thin and crispy as you might expect. Which is a good thing in my book.

O: I am not a huge IPA fan, though a double is better. I do have to say this is one of the better representations of the style. Stone always provides a quality product and this is no different. What really impresses me is the ability to weigh in at 9.4% without getting wacked up side the head with the alcohol taste. I will be back to hunt down the next batch.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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 flexabull
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 2.15.13.

Shared one of these yesterday at a tasting, sitting down with a bottle for a review tonight.

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a pretty nice white head. Nice looking beer.

Aromas are great, pineapple, pine and floral notes. A just a general fresh green resin smell.

Taste is slightly sweet up front, sugar, cream, and hard candies. Finish is bitter, with some resin, green floral fresh hops, pineapple, white wine, and earthiness. Tastes good, but I like the smell a bit better.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, a very nice fresh IPA. One of the better Stone beers I've had in awhile.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 05.17.13 -- Poured from a bomber into a sam adams perfect pint. Bottled on 4/12/13.

Pours a light gold, with hints of copper. Bone white head which goes away pretty quickly. A nice looking DIPA. Candied lemons, sour fruits, fresh grass, a little orange, and even some maltiness are all coming through on the nose. My nose was a little stuffed up while drinking this unfortunately so I wasn't getting as much aroma as I would have liked. Taste is very balanced for such a strong and fresh-hoppy DIPA. Really nice hop profile, lots of IBU's but it's balanced very nicely by a pretty solid malt backbone. The maltiness really compliments the hops and makes this beer more than just another extreme over the top hop bomb: the hop profile is pretty intense and great, but it's balanced nicely, which I like. The 9.4% alcohol is nowhere to be found in the aroma or the taste which is great but dangerous. I don't doubt I will be feeling that by the end of this bomber.

Overall an awesome beer. Super fresh and super delicious. My only "complaint" (not really a complaint just a comment) is that for a beer that advertises itself as super fresh and hoppy, it could be a bit more of a hop bomb. Compared to something like heady, the hop profile is not that insane. Still and amazing beer though.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

02/14/04 Version - Poured from a fresh growler from F McD's into a tulip glass.

A - Pours and absolutely clear orangish ruby with a one finger head. Dissipates to a thin lace, which hangs on the slide on the glass throughout.

S- Even with a cold (I am hoping this is the cure), a good waft of strong grapefruit, with some pine and sea salt.

T - Bitter hops at the forefront and through the finish. Grapefruit (though much milder than in the nose), sea salt, pine, and some crushed pepper.

M - Pretty spot on for an IPA. Crisp, but not overly so.

O - Stone has been one of my favorite brewers for quite some time. Good to see a brewer willing to put an expiration date right in the name rather a cryptic bottle code. Having it available in a growler was a bonus.

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Photo of Cheynem
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had a few of the new Pi Enjoy Bys over the past several days. The interesting thing about this series is that it's actually pretty different every time. This time it's super heavy on the garlic/onion hops, which honestly I don't prefer. It's still a great beer though regardless of where they take it each iteration.

I would really like to see a return to a more floral/tropical kind of thing that they had going on more in the early bottlings, and seem to have less of now, but that might just be my bias talking.

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Stone Enjoy By IPA from Stone Brewing
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