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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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 Bisco42
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 2.14.15
Very good IPA right here. Poured vigorously into a Palm tulip with a 3 finger head bursting with the aroma of grapefruit and a bit of alcohol. The taste is very full and filled with complexities reminiscent of grapefruit and florals. The alcohol isn't hidden but is subtle enough to be quite enjoyable. The lacing remains for the entirety of the glass and remains until completion. I will be purchasing another bottle of this before the 'expiration' date.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4.20 Honestly when I cracked it I hated it. Syrupy sweet finish. It killed it for me. Fortunately as this warmed up it came around in a big way.The warm citrus hops came through beautifully. Big IPA and delicious, among the best.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Buck89
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear golden with a frothy white head. Aromas of onion, orange, pine and resin. I get a lot of oniony dankness on the palate, followed with some citrus and pine. Nice clean bitter finish.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By 5.17.13

A: The body is insanely clear. Almost yellow in color, the beer looks very inviting. The two-finger head is white in color and laces the side of the glass nicely. 4.5

S: The aroma is all fruit. Citrus and grapefruit mostly. I'm surprised there isn't more bitterness, but I'm not complaining at all. 4

T: The taste begins with all citrus, but is followed by grassy, bitter hops. I swear there's a dank character in there as well. Slightly weed-like, not going to lie. A very slight amount of booze is there, but it certainly isn't unpleasant. 4.5

MF: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean with a really nice bitter finish. It's very drinkable for the high ABV. 4.5

O: Great beer, love the freshness and the hoppiness. I will search and destroy all of the future releases of this. 4.5

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Photo of jpro
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz from Total Wine. Enjoy By 4.01.13 - still good for a couple of weeks! Poured into a DFH "IPA glass"...

A: Pours a golden orange, with a three-finger, cotton white head; sugary sheets of lace line the glass - very impressive; a steady stream of bubbles keeps the retention and slight headiness firmly intact.

S: Resinous hops; piney; tobacco; citrus rind - mostly grapefruit; a tad husky / grainy. Hops dominate and are very nice... but not quite as hoppy as I was expecting from a Stone Double IPA.

T: Again... resin. Piney hops. Some light citrus in there to brighten things up, but hop flavor is mostly of the "dank" variety. There is some light malt character... rustic grains / bread crust / almond skin. But that's about it. Some alcohol on the end as the sip comes to a close.

M: Near full-bodied; high carbonation; lively, textured mouthfeel. Very impressive. Not overly oily - and also not really THAT dry. A nice balance of feel, carbo and wetness for an imperial IPA.

O: Not too shabby, although I'll be honest... I was expecting something more along the lines of Ruination. That being said, this is still a really nice DIPA. It's not super bitter or dry, which helps its drinkability. Would love to have it again, if it comes around!

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Photo of JAFoley
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale body with thin head of medium size bubbles. Not too much retention or lacing.

S - Citrus but not a ton of aroma

T - Huge pine hops with a deep earthy malt base. Alcohol is there but everything is so balanced I wouldn't expect 9.4%. Everything finishes with the lasting taste of citrus and pine.

M - Fairly high carbonation and fine enough that the beer drinks smooth but with a good bite.

O - A shock goes through me every time I see the "Enjoy By" label appear on the shelves. I then proceed to clear the rack. This has everything I want in a big IPA; deep bassy malts, intense bitters, and a strong abv.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer before, about 2 years ago and really loved it. This review is enjoy by date of 10-31-15. Pours with a small white head and golden color. Nose is hoppy, fruity, some tartness, pine. Lovely. Taste is tangerine, hops, resin, grapefruit and orange pith, and tropical fruits. Very little alcohol detected. Finish is rather dry and begs for another sip. Hard to believe this beer is 9.4%. Wonderful balance between the hops and malts. Usually, with high abv DIPA's, I always seem to notice some green onion and garlic. Not here. Very impressed and this might possibly be the tastiest Stone offering I've had.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from Johnny Ramirez. Enjoy by 12.21.12 - the "end of the year" version... Sweet! Pours a golden amber color with excellent clarity and a small white head. Decent lacing - something I've now always come to expect from Stone brews. Heavy pineapple on the nose, grapefruits, tangerines, slight lemon zest; floral hops, perfume fragrance, wet grass. Very nice - it has a "juicy" smell, the smell you'd expect from biting into a fruit. If that fruit was loaded with hop oil.

Taste is, of course, hoppy; slightly peppery, a little leafy, ashy, kind of dry. Heavy dose of malt and yeast; biscuity with some warming alcohol spice on the roof of the mouth and the back of the tongue. Over the course of the sip, the hop profile grows and expands, it starts taking on a very dank, resinous, and musty flavor and aroma. Interesting and very complex. Weedy overall, with some onion notes in the back that are kind of strange, but not necessarily off-putting, just a little strange. The malt sweetens things up a bit, and the yeast helps out too - bread, crackers on the end of the sip. As mentioned, the flavor follows right along with biting into a tropical fruit soaked in hop oil. Aftertaste is a bitter and spicy hop flavor. Thick body, sticky, wet, medium carbonation.

It's rare that I'm disappointed by Stone beers, and this one is no exception. Excellent IPA with a very complex profile - very tasty all around. In my opinion, probably the best Stone IPA I've tried. Too bad this one doesn't come to Michigan, because I'd always try to find the latest release.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright crisp golden yellow. Inch or so of head. Light lacing and retention.

Very tropical. Lots of fruit and sweetness. A bit dank and heavy.

Similar to nose, although more dank and resin like. Tropical fruit dominates. Light citrus. Faint malt.

Fairly easy. Never overpowering from the bigger malt profile. Drinks easy and almost a bit light.

Never got old, booze was hidden really well. Complex.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Friend gave me several bottles because, you know, they were outdated. This was still a first class imperial IPA. The hop character was unique, exceptionally dank, and outstanding. No complaints at all. So if you are well past the date.... don't throw it out. Give it to me.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 23, 2015

22 oz bottle, tulip

02.14.15. Edition

A – Light to medium amber and highlighted orange. About an inch of slightly off-white foamy head with moderate to long retention. Mostly clear.

S – A bomb of grapefruity hops and some bitter citrus, like dried lime. Lightly grainy-sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Very smooth.

T – A ton of grapefruit with a touch of acidic bite, papaya and lime zest also in the mix. Malt mostly provides a strong backbone, light bread crust. Waves of hop bitterness come in and stay through the finish.

M – Very high bitterness, assertive, but high carbonation and enough malt sweetness to hold it up. A hop assault, but a very balanced beer, considering. Moderate to full body. Moderately dry.

O – When I think of the quintessential American Double IPA, this is basically what I’m thinking of. Huge hop bouquet and flavor with strong hop bitterness, and the malt body to hold it all up. Excellent.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice looking gold/straw color with a .5in white head. Looks pretty inviting and very nice for the style.

Smell is a blast of citrus and juicy hops. The immense dry hopping here is very evident. Complex? No, not really, but for this style this is about as good as it gets (for me anyway).

Taste is slightly bitter up front, then delves into a juicy citrus (grapefruit/orange) middle and then a nice dry finish. The slightest bit of harshness starts coming through over time, but never in a bothersome way. No real sense of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick while maintaining a sense of crispness. Good for what it is.

Overall this is a really great IPA and a great concept. Tons and tons of hop juicyness without any intense bitterness. I hope they continue producing this and keep it relatively easy to get.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 4oz. pour off tap at Back Bay Tavern (Newport Beach, CA) on 20-Jun-15

Tasted this against Ritual's Art of Dankness and Noble's Wakatu Showers.
This one was definitely the piney-est and grassiest of the three, and in a good, balanced way. Enjoy By's will always be a solid DIPA option, but I actually enjoyed the Wakatu Showers more, which was more citrusy.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 12.21.12 iteration

A - Body is amber honey colored. Crystal clear. a 1/2 inch of head forms but dissipates quickly.

S - Floral, bitter citrus, minimal pine/resin, as well as some pleasant tropical fruit aromas.

T - Incredibly balanced DIPA. The hops take center stage all the way through, but this isn't a nearly unpalatable bitterness-bomb like some i've had. Sweet, juicy citrus from the hops mix with the subtle caramel flavors of the malt up front. More grapefruity bitterness and some more earthy hop notes dominate the middle, but the finish has a nice snap of lemongrass and orange peel. Overall, though the flavors never seem out of balance. Smooth and lovely all the way through.

M - Medium bodied with incredible drinkability for a 9.4% beer. Very smooth and the finish is quite dry and clean.

very impressed.

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Photo of beergoot
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 05.17.13 being enjoyed on 4/24/13. Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pours a light amber/gold and leaves a pretty smell white head - less than one finger. Extremely transparent beer.

Smell: Very strong pine as well as some earthy notes and hints of citrus. Definitely on the stronger side for a DIPA.

Taste: Strong pine and other earthy notes, this one's all hops. Notes of citrus can be found as well as some tobacco, and light grassy flavors. Finishes with more bitter pine as well as some alcohol.

Mouth-feel: Low level of carbonation, light to medium body with a bit of a syrupy texture but pretty light.

Overall: A solid Double IPA, emphasis on the double. The hops explode with flavor and this is definitely not a session ale - this one packs a punch. For hop lovers, this is a must try.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 05/17/2013
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: Bottled on 04/12/2013 & best by 05/17/2013
Glass: Half Acre Tulip

Ironically, I was getting ready to watch the Penguin game #2 against the Senators and was shopping for a good beer to drink at a store in Brooklyn and stumbled across this bottle. Now, I am watching the best team in hockey from my hometown and drinking best by 05/17/13 on 05/17/13. Life does not get much better than this!

Poured a golden in color w/ a big 2 finger white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma was of a massive amount of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and earthiness. The taste was big grapefruit up front, leading into medium amounts of resinous bitterness, finishing w/ vanilla mixed w/ an herbal quality.Medium bodied and somewhat dry. This, like most DIPAs was pretty drinkable.

Overall, a great DIPA from Stone! It was nice to see Stone's concern on freshness and innovation despite how large this brewery has become. This one just has a slight vanilla note on the end and the fact that it needs to finish drier that prevents it from being all-world. In the end, a well made DIPA that did not have many holes, but Stone should thank the Pittsburgh Penguins for filling the rest by winning 4-2.

Go Pens! Stanley Cup number 4 is around the corner.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer on draft at Churchkey, kegged 5 days ago. Served in a becher of sorts. I've been very excited to try this beer and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to do so on draft. A phenomenal IPA for sure. I would definitely have this again. At the time of this review, this is #29 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate, a well deserved spot.

Beer is amber to yellow / orange and clear with moderate to low carbonation and a white head, some lacing, moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is earthy, dank, sulfury, hoppy...that is all.

Beer is medium in body, thins out on the finish leaving just hops, just bitterness, earthy strong, chewy hop presence in the midpalate, a strong beer throughout, an in your face Stone hop experience. I love it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally...Enjoy By 4.01.13

A: Crystal clear, golden-yellow with a huge, bubbly, bright white head that leaves behind decent lace and retention. Nothing crazy.

S: Massive hop profile. Like, nostril assault. Heavy resin and pine. Some citrus. But mainly the sappy, thick, pungent, fresh hop vine aroma. Astringent and strong like freshly cut citrus. Makes my eyes tear a bit...from the nose and from the beauty of the hope profile.

T: Super dry and heavy on the resiny, piney side of hops. No fruit or floral character if you're looking for that. Straight West Coast hops that slap you in the face with dry, resiny hops. Heavily hopped and reminiscent of Lagunitas' brews but without enough malt in the finish to balance it out.

M: Craaaazy hops. A bit cloying in the finish. Very dry and properly carbonated. Skunky, earthy, sizzly, hoppy of course, and ultimately palate-changing.

O: Pretty f'n awesome. Worth the hype? Yes. Top notch? For hop heads. Up there with the best? Nahhhh. It's great but it lacks balance and true character. Really a one-trick pony.

Update: 9/13/13 on draft...awesome! Massively bitter, huge hop aroma and flavor, dry, not much of an alcohol presence...everything a hop bomb should be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dont know how or why this beer has haters? it is amazing. the pour is an unassuming clear apple juice color with an average white head that leaves some thick lacing. the smell is incredible fresh hops. a little floral, but mostly citrus flavors here. grapefruit and sappy dankness. the flavor is just as potent. its nvery fresh beer, alive almost, light in the mouth, but uniquely hopped. theres some lighter malt that turns a bit sweet as it warms, and the alcohol comes out then too, but when ice cold from the fridge this is a special article. its it a wet hop beer? it sure seems like one. if this was an everyday beer on the shelf i would buy it regularly. one of the freshest and most complicatedly delicious ipas around right now. certainly stones best work to date in my opinion.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seventh batch Enjoy By 5.17.13

Appearance: A nice growing light orange with a little gold thrown in. A one and half finger white head that dissipated fairly quick.

Aroma: Mango, pine, and some citrus. Very slight floral.

Taste: Mango, tangerine, pine, grapefruit, slight orange, and a little mint at the end. Plenty of sweetness. A little caramel is detected. Very light breadiness. Bitterness is actually soft and barely lingers. A nice balance between the two. Surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Good full feel. Goes down very smooth. Feels a little sticky.

Overall: A good Imperial IPA. I look forward to when it come out again. Since I missed out last time and now finally got a bottle.

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Photo of halo3one
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/4/14 bottle

A - Light gold, inch of froth, fizzy

S - Strong, piny, aggressive, very fresh

T - Like being in a forest, lemon/lime/bitter citrus, hops hops and more hops

M - Medium bodied due to carbonation

O - This is a very fresh, very aggressive, hoppy beer. Great beer if low on energy as it will definitely wake up your senses.

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Photo of claytong25
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of hype and expensive, so you would expect the very best. Well its not the very best but its darn good. Enjoyable would be an understatement. This is a very fresh beer and I like it!

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with an obvious freshness date. 12.21.12

LOOK: Bright golden hue, towering froth

SMELL: Ruby red grapefruit, asian pear, evergreen, tobacco, fresh cut grass, lemon pith crackers, clean alcohol

TASTE: Medium bodied, smooth, a little slick, hop bitterness, warming alcohol, grassy, pithy, hop resin, guava, peppery, rose water, nutty grain, estery, long hoppy finish

Absolutely love the concept, I've have earlier versions both fresh and after their "Enjoy By" dates and the age sets in relatively quick. Impressive from start to finish, a hell of a lot of fun drinking this ale.

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