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
Reviews:
1,481
Ratings:
10,681
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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Photo of Capsfan90
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on the 2/15/15 bottle. Poured a two finger off white head in a snifter. A clear amber color with decent lacing. The smell of citrus lasted from smell to taste. I throughly enjoyed this beer, up there with DF 90 minute. I could easily drink several, thankfully the 9.4% ABV will remind me how many I can drink. Truly a delight.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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 PieOhMy
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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 regspeir
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured (into a tulip) almost the color of a single malt with smallish head that quickly disappeared to nothing. Nose was wonderful - citrus (especially orange and grapefruit) grass and some other herbs in the back. Taste is, at first, pretty dry and bitter but quickly gives way to sweet citrus notes of lemon, mango and grapefruit. Finish brings in just enough malt to balance this nicely. Alcohol warming is there as you would expect with the ABV, but not excessively. Carbonation is fairly low but present nevertheless. Mouthfeel is medium but doesn't present an overly cloying or sticky feel as you might expect. All-in-all, this is a delicious west-coast style IPA I hope Stone shares again.
9-13:"Enjoyed" from a bottle purchased from Pinocchio's in Media and served in a snifter. Poured a light golden orange with a one-finger head which dissipated almost immediately to a thin coating. While there was light lacing, it marked the glass throughout. The nose was oranges, lemon, grapefruit, mango, and pine. The taste was wonderfully hop-centric, with oranges and lemon predominating but the malts in the background ALMOST come forward for balance. The finish was only slightly bitter, moderately dry and slick. Beer was medium in body and somewhat oily with nice carbonation. None of these descriptors would necessarily suggest my conclusion that this was a GREAT DIPA. I wasn't prepared for HOW good, given my previous experiences with Stone's other Enjoy By offerings. If you like hoppy beers, you MUST try this!

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into Newport Storm snifter.

A - Transparent gold/orange with a couple fingers of head that quickly dissipates into about half a finger.

S - Sweet malts, citrus fruits, herbal hops.

T - Lots of vegetal/garlicy hops with a bit of citrus and caramel malts. The alcohol doesn't come through at all in this one. Very aggressive hops, but not to bitter.

M - Thick and resiny with a lot of carbonation. Only other beer I've had that makes your mouth tingle this much is Heady Topper.

Very nice, but I'll probably stick with Ruination and Sublimely Self Righteous due to cost and availability. Great hop-forward DIPA though.

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Photo of smanders
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Total Wine for <$9.00 USD for a 22oz bomber; unbelievable! Poured into a British-style imperial pint glass.

A: Crystal clear with a cotton candy foam head. Beautiful!

S: What is one of the best scents in the world for you? Yes, that's what this beer smells like!

T: Remember the first time your hop-head self enjoyed a real I.P.A.? Want to relive that moment? If yes, buy this beer. The bitterness and citrus flavors are spot on; I wouldn't change a thing about this beer. So smooth, yet so flavorful/complex/fresh. Awesome!

M: Perfect

Overall: I am so disappointed I only bought one bottle. I actually looked at real estate in Escondido today in an effort to live closer to this brewery. Thanks Stone; this beer is awesome!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
L: Nothing remarkable. Frothy white head, which dissipates. Nice golden sheen, a note darker than your typical lager. Little bit of lacing.
S: As soon as I popped off the bottlecap, I could smell this beer. Straight up fresh hoppiness In the glass, there is a really nice maltyness. Hop aromas are very floral and sweet, as well as fruity aromas. No alcohol aroma either
T: As good as the smell, sweet, fruity, and floral. Almost juicy in nature. Malt is present and quite welcome to bring everything home and provide balance. So tastey
F: Definately a little biting bitterness, but it is so well balanced. Actually surprised by how easy this one goes back. Smooth as hell
O: An awesome beer. Straight up really impressed with what Stone is doing with this beer.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 10.25.13, consumed on 09.30.13

A: Very bright, crystal clear gold. No haze of any kind. Decent head that dissipated fairly quickly, nice lacing.

S: Huge tropical fruit, sweet citrus, as well as some underlying pine resin. Malt comes through as a neutral bready character with a little candy-like sweetness that binds with the hops. The aroma is explosive, intense even for the style.

T/M: Big, smooth hop bitterness that lingers all the way through, it is soon met with huge resiny tropical fruit, citrus and pine notes with underlying spicy, oniony complexities. The malt makes an appearance as well, giving a slightly sweet, bready backbone to the beer that works beautifully with the fruity hop notes. Hops just blast through the bone-dry finish.

Overall: Wow... wow. Big-time west-coast hop-bomb! The hops explode in this beer, and while that is getting more and more common, this one does it with incredible complexity and subtlety. You can pull out a huge array of hop flavors, and they all stand distinct, without a messy overall character. The balance is extraordinary, and that is an accomplishment in the West-Coast IPA style. The concept of this beer is awesome, get it to the customer as fast as possible and teach distributors about the importance of fresh IPAs. But, the execution was even better, Mitch Steele nailed this one.

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

4-20-17 ventage. Pale gold appearance with minimal white head. Strong very clean citrus fruit aroma with hops. Taste is strong citrus fruit and hops but very smooth and without any hint of alcohol.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a tall Riedel Pilsner glass.

Pours crystal clear with a nice bright white head. Lots of lacing. Smell is unremarkable. Moderately sweet up front, followed by a sharply bitter back. Bitterness is akin to grapefruit peel. Has a great texture and weight -- crisp due to great carbonation with a medium body.

This is a great beer, but lacks aroma. Tastes very good, but that 'something special' is missing to make it a great beer.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- golden orange, virtually no head

S- pungent dank cat piss, piny, caramel

T- follows the nose, citrus, grainy malts, grapefruit bitterness

M- medium body, above average carbonation, tongue curling bitterness

O- i had this about 3 weeks ago and it was way better. When stone says drink it now, they mean it. This bottle is 4 weeks old, and it's already going south.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For such a readily-available beer, this one is never a letdown. A classic within the style from a brewery that is known for producing many, high-quality IPAs, Enjoy By is based on the premise of drinking hop-forward beers as soon as possible. When consumed before the enjoy by date, this beer is juicy, full of tropical aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, orange color with a little over a finger of white head. The smell is fantastically strong from the moment the bottle is opened. Strong smells of tropical fruits, especially citrus like tangerines and oranges, some smell of peaches. Dank. Smells delicious. Taste is solid, hoppy bitterness from the start, not overpowering but it's there. Sweet and citrus, some pine notes, alternates a lot with the malts. Nice, medium body beer. Has a lingering bitterness to it. Overall its solid and nice, glad I grabbed a six pack, might get another one.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very pale amber, almost too pale in my opinion but looks aren't really important at all.

The scent of this beer is wonderful you just smell wonderfully aromatic hops as soon as the cap comes off.

Taste wise I can only describe it as a cascade of various hop flavors working in harmony.

Generally flavorful and enjoyable

Overall this beer reminded me a lot of the loose cannon Hop^3 IPA by heavy seas. If you like one of these beers you will like the other.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally score a bomber from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Being a discriminating hop head, I'm very excited to try this baby. Enjoy by Feb 14, 2014, sampled on Jan 17, 2014, aka extremely fresh.

Look: Light amber color with a thin head. Excellent carbonation. Looks like angels dancing!
Smell: Welcome to the grapefruit jungle! Picking up some piney notes as well.
Taste: Outstanding, this is what we want! Hops and more hops, without being kicked in the head by an unbalanced beer. Even my wife, who is typically turned off by IPA's, enjoyed this. Maybe it's the fresh beer concept.
Feel: Just about perfect on the tongue. Nice crisp bitter feel, without the lingering, overpowering, aftertaste many unbalanced IPA's and DIPA's tend to include.
Overall: Thank you Stone. I will definitely seek this one out again. A DIPA that drinks as smoothly as an IPA. Love it!!

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Photo of Emersonio
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour: On draft at Smoke and Barrel in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Deep amber. Clear. Good looking white head with lacing present. Aroma: Slight hop and juicy citrus...very subtle. Taste: Pepper up front. Anise-like licorice. Juicy hop and citrus on the back. Warming alcohol. Aftertaste: Huge anise kick lingers then recedes into a warming and juicy AIIPA. Overall: Very good - 4 out of 5.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? Perfect Pilsner-like color* For those who would argue that it should be more appropriately copper colored... *The first officially designated American craft brewed IPA was Grant’s, and it contained Pilsener malts of this golden hue. The nose is an exquisite melange of grapefruit, Mandarin orange, tangerine, pinapple, mango, kiwi, and lemon/lime. The flavors follow suit, and the body is medium to full with just the right amount of malt backbone which is more of a textural thing, in this case, than a flavor enhancer. The hops are given free reign to truly shine here. The balance is nearly flawless, right through the long, dry finish which is crisp, and remarkably refreshing. Wow!

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Photo of JAFoley
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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 hops202
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Dogfish spiegelau glass. Enjoy by 4/20/14 - Best Day Ever!

Appearence is a great transparent honey color. Aroma is one of the best DIPA smells around. Great balance of citrus , sweetness - maybe honey, slight pine and floral features. Taste is incredible and follows the nose. This release tastes even better than I remeber the last one being. Buy them all!!

Update - Enjoy by 7/04/14

Super floral - even more so than the 4/20 release. Still delicious, but a little dryer than I remember.

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Photo of utfiero
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02.14.14 by Stone

Tasted on 2/14/14, a perfect Valentine!

Color- cloudy honey gold. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- hops, hops, and more hops; hints of evergreen bushes and fresh cut grass.

Taste- A hoppy and complicated brew. Starts with a raw hoppiness that isn't citrus or evergreen, it's more like a raw, bitter weed from the field. Then transitions to a mild buttery mid body. Finishes with a long, lingering pungent hoppiness. Very different from other offerings by Stone. The high ABV is fairly well masked. An excellent imperial IPA.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass),

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: A light amber color with very little head. Typical for the style.

Smell: Holy dank! This beer smells as piney as a Christmas tree. Picking up a ton of tropical fruit; papayas, mangos, pineapple maybe some stone fruits and a ton of grapefruit. Smells great!

Taste: Amazing. Super piney and fruity! Getting a slightly floral note that isn't as pronounced as the tropical fruits. Delicious!

Feel: Feels pretty typical of a double IPA; slightly chewy and very mouth coating. Drinks really smooth for the relatively high ABV.

Overall: Stone really hit a home run with this beer! With a little more refining, this beer could compete with the likes of Pliny and Heady Topper. An amazing feat for a large brewery. Glad this beer is widely distributed and not entirely expensive.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
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 thegodfather1076
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: Awesome looking bottle with extremely eye-catching painted on graphics and font. Gives really nice back-story on the beer, web info, ABV info, bottled on date(4-12-13), states “Enjoy Now”, “Live For The Now, The Present”, “There Is No Better Time Than Right Now To Enjoy This Beer”. Awesome!

Appearance: Allowed to warm for 10min before pouring into a 16oz snifter from 22oz bomber. An aggressive pour lead to a very clear yellowish orange beer with a 2 finger tightly packed off white head of a medium density. Head retention was 4min 12sec before fading to a thick bubbly coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very fresh with a dominate citrus hop aroma. Hints of lemon, orange, and sweet grapefruit. Also has strong pine resin and grassy scent with slight hints of tropical fruit, maybe mango.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is fresh and exceptional with hints of pine resin hops and a slight bready malt backbone that turns juicy with a lemon citrus hop flavor on the finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly chewy with a perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: FRESH!!! 05.17.13 version. For me Enjoy By is rivaled only by the fresh Stone IPA that I tasted while visiting Stone Brewing Company in 2011. The alcohol is undetectable in the nose and palette. Any IPA lover will be in heaven with Enjoy By. Classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA @ 9.4% ABV. Consumed 4/25/2013.

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Photo of DevWand
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying an Enjoy By...have to say I'm impressed

Emptied the bomber into a chilled glass and was pleasantly surprised at how well the head held up (considering it being an IPA). Color is on point with what you'd expect from the style: Orange/amber.
Smells pleasant, reminds me of a christmas tree. Great flavor with Pine, Citrus, and a slight Floral after bite.

Overall a fantasitc IPA - - - Has that fresh hoppy flavor you'd expect, yet isn't overly bitter, which gives each one of the flavors a chance to be noticed.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was for the 7th batch, reviewed in early May. Light tan head. creamy, one finger high. Good retention and lacing. Pale golden color and crystal clear. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Crisp, pungent, and fresh hops. Mango, citrus rind, tropical fruits, pine, and notes of grass. The taste is much the same with plenty of tropical fruits/mango, big citrus kick, pine, loads of bitterness, grassy notes, with a light malt backing that adds just a nice rounding to the barrage of hops. The mouthfeel is great. Not too full at all. Moderate carbonation works well to keep it lighter feeling, light-medium and filmy consistency, medium body, and a nice and bitter crisp finish.

Overall another REALLY great IPA from Stone. They have not disappointed me yet, and I was even more thrilled with this IPA than I expected to be. Just fantastic. I will certainly be getting another few of this batch and will get any subsequent batches that are released in my distribution network. Fantastic idea with the series and done completely right!

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