So if you don’t know the story yet, this beer has been released a few times until different names. 09-21-12, 11-09-12, etc. Stone is basically telling you to enjoy this beer as quick as you can. What’s cool and frustrating at the same time is that not everybody gets this beer. Basically they pick and choose their distribution area for this beer even though say my area gets Stone all the time, we only got this latest version. I usually wouldn’t care but damn this is a fine beer. I wanted more than this one bottle I was able to pick up.
Enjoy By is a 9.4% DIPA. It pours a clear copper color. Small white head with good lacing throughout. As soon as you put your nose up this beer you’ll know why Greg and the rest of Stone wants this beer drank as fresh as possible. It smacks the nostrils with West Coast IPA greatness. The aroma is mostly citrus. Huge amounts of it. Mixed in there is some other tropical fruit notes and ends with some pine. Lovely Lovely taste.
When it comes to taste, I haven’t had an IPA like this in a while. Tastebuds are attacked with hoppy greatness. Citrus is just everywhere. Orange Zest! It’s so hoppy that it kind of gives an earthiness off, like you’re chewing on hops. It’s hard to explain. It’s just big and brash. Tropical fruits are there again, pine, and biscuit malt backbone. Just a huge taste here. So good.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated and slightly bitter. But not as bitter as I thought it might be.
Top notch here and an early contender for my 2013 best of list. This is the best IPA Stone has put out in my opinion.
Found: Grape and Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA
Price: Around 7 dollars a bomber
What the company says: 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 bottle, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and beer fans. 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.
Other beers to try from this brewery: Stone Old Guardian, Stone IPA
Other beers to try within the same style: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Hill Farmstead Abner