Stone Enjoy By IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Enjoy By IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Listing for all Stone Enjoy By xx.xx.xx IPA beers.

http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Added by nrs207 on 08-21-2012

BEER STATS
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1,445
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10,569
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My wife-to-be suggested dinner near a wine and beer store that is normally out of the way, so this was something I picked up. I got a bottle of the 7th batch, Enjoy By 05.17.13. The pour is a translucent flat yellow with orange notes. A fluffy finger and a half of cream colored head sits on top.

Wow, the nose is an intense blend of citrus and pine. Further inspection does yield some malt in there, but the grapefruit, mandarin orange, and pine car freshener smell are very strong.

Mango starts off the fun, then grapefruit and pine step in, pineapple, mandarin oranges... this is a hoppy festival in my mouth. Swallowing gets you a little malt, then its back to the pine and grapefruit.

This beer is perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, and goes down way too easy. There is no alcohol detected, and it's very refreshing. Only lightly sticky and not as drying as expected. Very juicy.

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Photo of socon67
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #7 5/17/2013

A - Translucent orange with a forthy white foam head that retains very well. Nice rings of lacing. Very impressive looking beer.

S - Scents of tropical fruit. Tangerine, mango, and grapefruit hit the nose. There is a residual scent of hop resin and pne tar. Good complexity of smell, and you get the sense that this is a robust beer.

T - Tartness in the initial sip. Then there is a medley of sharp and bitter hops. Citra and cascade perhaps, but honestly a guess. The finish still holds citrus notes and a rich body of grain and malt.

M - Clearly a robust beer. The mellowness and balance tempers the ABV and bitterness. Actually a beer you could have a few of if you had the time to recuperate.

O - My first crack at an Enjoy By beer. It is a high quality IPA and worth a try for any hophead. If this is the new standard in fresh IPA's I'd say Stone has set a benchmark for others to reach.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bomber went fast at the Big Guys, but found a few bottles hanging around out-of-the-way shops, so picked one up. I believe the best by date is 5/17/13, if I'm reading the arcane coding right. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is one hundred percent pureed mango; I can almost imagine the pulp hiding in the dense liquid. Nose lovely right at the pop, pure-bred tropical fruit & citrus with an underlayment of sweetness. That's good.

Enjoy by 5.17.13 succeeds in pushing hops straight up your nose; they're everywhere your palate turns. The nose leans into the taste with large-bore tropical fruits & liberal dose of citrus up front. The middle brings a low yield of grassy dankness, which isn't my thing in IPAs, but the bitter clean-up blast that follows mitigates my mouth somewhat. Bitterness sticks like pine tar. Alcohol isn't noted, & this is easy to sip. I'd buy this in a Big Gulp.

Brilliant marketing ploy aside, this is a very good IIPA, but not worth the premium price tag. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of AltBock
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with a large silk screened forest green label. In the middle of the label is the head of the Stone gargoyle. The back of the bottle has the usual Stone novel. This version was from the 7th batch, 05.17.13. This beer was enjoyed on May 6th.

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this Stone beer was a crystal clear golden apricot orange color. There's gold in this beer! On top of this golden brew was a small 1/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. It had acceptable retention that left behind a tiny string of rings and a few spots of lace around this beer.

There's gold in the color and pine in the aroma. Right up front in the aroma was a wall of pine. It didn't smell like a Christmas tree garden. A little less than that. Waiting for the pine to pass was this aroma's fruit orchard. There were citrus fruits and even a few tropical fruits. My nose picked up on bitter grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, and even a drop of pineapple. I'm not sure what kind of hops were in the aroma. Smelled like it was a mix of floral and citrus hops. Doesn't matter what they were. They smelled great! I couldn't pick up any malts in the aroma. I'm OK with that. It didn't need it.

If I had to describe this beer in one word, I would use the word "hoppy." Was it super duper hoppy? Just a shade under that. This beer didn't want to mess around. Right off the bat was the bitter citrus hops. These hops stick around for a while before it lets through the pine forest and fruit orchard. The fruits in the aroma had more of a variety. The taste only had bitter grapefruit, a pinch of orange peel, a drop of lemon zest, and a splash of pineapple. At the finish line was a subtle and I mean subtle taste of toasted malt.

This was a medium bodied Imperial/Double IPA that had a good level of carbonation and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. This aftertaste had its fair share of bitter citrus hops, pine resin, bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, and some floral notes. This aftertaste was so bitter than it will cling to the roof of your mouth and on the surface of your tongue for a long time. It will take an entire lake to get rid of this aftertaste.

A very good and fresh Imperial/Double IPA from Stone. I had high hopes for this beer and it actually exceeded them. Would I drink it again? That's a stupid question! Of course I would! I hope I don't have to tell you this. Don't sit on this beer. Drink it fresh like the label says. You won't be sorry.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

05.17.13
Just had this on tap, and it was better than I remembered.

Peachy, sunny orange with a gentle haze. Drippy lacing forms a halo around the edges of the glass. A finger of foam settles to a delicate skim with a cirrus pattern to it.

Pungent hoppy aroma, not without some pale malts bleeding through. Flavor is big on bitter citrus rind, grapefruit pith and orange zest, vague traces of cantaloupe. Smooth with a hint of pale malt or wheat. Bitter hop resin sticks to the teeth a little. Medium bodied but fairly light for a DIPA. Overall very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is clear golden orange with a fairly tight white head. Nose is hop forward with a light grain malt balance. Herbal and citrus hops with a touch of sticky resin behind. Taste is a huge hop punch and quite syrupy and resinous. Sticky feel, assertive carbonation balances, tons of citrus and grapefruit. Some bitterness in the finish that lingers a bit. Overall not bad, very syrupy and hop forward.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an IPA glass.

A - The beer is a lighter, transparent gold.

S - tropical fruity notes, some citrus.

T - nearly full flavored sweetness up front that is followed by a bittery and resiny aftertaste. A nice dry finish. It hides the booze well for a 9.4% beer. Some biscuity sweetness on the front end before the tropical fruit kicks in.

M - Not overly aggressive on the taste buds, but a very pleasant, drinkable double IPA with a very nice dry, bitter aftertaste.

O - Enjoy By is one of my favorite IPAs. It isn't the hop symphony that a beer like Heady Topper is, but Enjoy By really hits the hop appetite. I'm more of a bitter, dry tasting IPA guy, and Enjoy By certainly falls under this category. For me, it hits all the spots.

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Photo of RoyBatty
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This offering by Stone is definitely incredibly fresh. It pours a beautiful golden yellow color onto a teku glass. The angel is fruity, lemon, musky, but also contains strong notes of onion and chive. The chive and sweet vidalia are quite strong, and carry through on the taste which is also permeated by bitter hops and slight malt.

Overall, if you like Sorachi Ace hops, you'll dig this beer. If not, you should probably pass. Personally I find it flavorful, unique and enjoyable. It is definitely different than many other stone offerings, and I'm interest to try my second bomber.

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

5.17.13

Wow this beer is fresh! Lots of grapefruit and slight tropical fruits on.the nose. Taste matches the smell alot of grapefruit comes thru with some pine followed by a slghtly spicy finsh. Body is just a little thinner then other dipas. This is what a dipa should.taste like.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Seventh Batch - 05.17.13 served in a tulip glass

Light golden orange colored beer. Nice head. Decent retention. Great lacing

Fantastic aroma! Tropical fruit and citrus hops. Pungent and resiny Very strong and pronounced hop aroma. Some sweet malt, too. This is how a double IPA is supposed to smell like!

Great flavor. So much hop character! A nice balance of hop flavor, malt flavor and bitterness. Again, tropical fruit and citrus hops. A little spicy. Really nice flavor.

Medium bodied. Carbonation and bitterness is pretty harsh on the tongue. Everlasting dry, bitter finish.

I've recently realized the importance of drinking hoppy beers when they're fresh. This is a fantastic beer. I like the idea of having an "Enjoy By" date so prominent. For a hoppy beer, anyway. Hopefully I can snag a bottle or two from the next batch.

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

Enjoy By 5/17/13 (bottled 4/12/13)

Pours a clear gold with two finger thick dense creamy head. Thick rings down the glass. Smell: quick melon note, floral, grapefruit, pine, dried apricot, alcohol. Taste: fleeting biscuit and melon then big hop blast - pine, grapefruit peel, grassy. Oily into drying into sticky. Really good SD style DIPA. Thanks for sending this our way - probably the freshest Stone to hit FL.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent, fruity, fresh hops. Yeah.

T - Sweet malt and lots of hop character up front. Tropical fruit and pine hop character in the middle and through the finish with modately strong bitterness,

M - Medium body, modately carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nice, lots and lots of hop character in the aroma, the flavor is nice as well, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma. If there is any room for improvement it is that it is a touch too dry.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger bright white head on a slightly hazy golden with slight amber hue. Aroma is as good as it gets with full nose and all hop character varieties including citrus, herbal, earthy. Flavor is nicely complex and near perfectly hopped with pine, tart citrus, earthy hops. Only knock is just a little less malt presence but those that are there are musty and semisweet. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little too dry but the aroma is excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to it being less complex and malty than I wanted but still very good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Sticky lacing accompanies great retention.

Smell - Juicy and citrusy hops. Orange and tropical fruits. Sweet sugars from pale malts. Just a hint of a green pine aroma.

Taste - Less intense hop flavor, but still high quality. Orange and tropical fruit flavors. Sweetness is pretty strong, but not overpowering. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, smooth, medium low carbonation. Low bitterness.

Overall - Very nice. Just shy of great. Maintains a green hoppiness throughout.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 7th batch (5/11/13) Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, light golden with a white half-finger head that sits a bit. Light lacing.

S: Grapefruit, grassy hops

T: The hops cascade with a smooth presense. Light malt backbone.

M: Light to medium

O: Very smooth IPA. Love these limited batches.

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

5/17 batch poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pure transparent orange with a 1.5-finger head that lingers
S: A perfect balance of citrus & pine hops with a solid caramel/malt backbone
T: Bold & balanced; caramel/malt up front compared to the nose, but again citrus & pine hops to finish
M: Medium-bodied, both crisp yet smooth
O: Another winner from Stone. I am drinking this midway through its limited shelf life; I would be curious to try it both on its release date and its drink-by date to see if it changes during that time

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Photo of tastybeer
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/17/13

Appears to be an orange gold, clean beer, with a white pooofy top. Lace is gluey. Aroma is clean, orange soaked pulpy juicy layers, sweet deep spice, tea and nutmeg. Taste has a massive pile of orange, spice, and pine. Bursting with juiciness and flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy, dank, bitter. Body is big. Deceptively very delicately carbonated. Overall this beer is essentially a hop flavorfest and to no surprise another treat from Stone.

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Photo of peensteen
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Rutager for this

Enjoy By 4/20/13. Consumed 4/19/13

Lightly hazed golden orange colour, one finger of white head, good amount of lace on the glass. Huge citrus upfront, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango and a faint lemon, a bit of sweet honey dew like malt but certainly not shortage of hops in this. Taste is citrusy, grapefruit and pineapple, a bit of dank piney flavours, solid bitterness throughout , starts off dry and hoppy with a touch of sweet malts toward the end. Light dry carbonation, medium bodied and fairly oily as well. Just incredible stuff, cartainly something I would love to have again and again.

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Photo of shand
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stone Enjoy By (batch 5/17/13) pours out a hazy golden color with a smaller head that retains very well. The nose is crazy hoppy. Tons of tropical and grapefruit hop flavors with an undertone of piney bitterness. The taste presents a literal ton of tropical fruit and grapefruit hops, with a strong hop resin aftertaste. One-note, but tasty as hell. The mouthfeel is on the light side and fairly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, Stone Enjoy By is an extremely tasty and enjoyable IPA. A little more depth to the hop blend would make it absolutely best in class, but as it is it's one of the best IPAs on the shelf for sure.

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Photo of BrianJohnson
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this in the store today and had to pick it up, given all the talk about this beer on BA. I must agree that it is most definitely an enjoyable IPA. However, I think it may be lacking some of the malt character that would balance this out a bit more. I would definitely drink this beer again, but I'm not going to replace all my DFH 90-min with this one.

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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 mverity
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I had the Enjoy By 05.17.13 and to be honest it was just good. I'd heard a ton about this beer and was really looking forward to this brew. Poured a bomber into a tulip, and the head dissipated rather quickly. The color was a perfect pale gold, and the head was a nice white/pale straw. The aroma didn't do much for me, a touch of spice, and sweet and earthy/flowery smell. The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting and, although I appreciate west coast IPAs, this one didn't really have the malt character to balance out the appreciable hops. After all of that being said, I did enjoy this Enjoy By, and will probably pic up one of them again, but likely in late fall if they put one out around then.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seventh Batch - 05.17.13

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - chill hazed bright brass color with a white head that thins out leaving a few spots of thin lacing.

S - sinus clearing tropical and citrus fruit blast to the brain.

T - sweetness and bitterness all wrapped up together in each delightful sip.

F - medium bodied, it drinks pretty easy for the ABV, slow down!

O - very good beer that I will seek out in future <FRESH> releases.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Enjoy By IPA pours a soft golden amber color. It is quite transparent, with visible carbonation rising up from the bottom of my glass into a robust off-white cap. This exhibits great head retention and leaves a few spiderwebs of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is the strongest aspect of this beer. Sweet and juicy mango and tropical fruit hop notes waft out of the glass first, with some candied grapefruit, dank, and pine notes coming through as well.

Even without seeing the label, it would be easy to tell that this is a Stone beer. Brazenly hopped, there is still a great transition from sweet to hoppy, which is a progression that separates the best IPA’s from the rest. A bit of honey and caramel lead nicely into the caramelized grapefruit hop notes, with tons of mango, peach, apricot, pine, and herbal hop flavors as well. The finish is bitter, but the flavors help to grow the bitterness over the course of the sip.

Stone also brews its beers with an understanding of keeping the ABV, flavor, and body all in line, and this is no exception. A high ABV by IPA standards, the flavor really masks any suggestion of booziness, and the smooth body and creamy carbonation work to keep each sip fresh.

With a robust addition of hops across a wide range of flavors, this is a great addition to the Stone family. I also appreciate their effort to encourage hoppy beers to be labeled fresh for immediate consumption.

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