steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoy by July 4. Cheesy, sock-like aroma that dulls out. A bit harsh, but smooths out as it warms. Slightly chewy, which I don’t mind. Not sure about this bottle or this particular date. I remember having an earlier date with a more typical kind of huge hop profile that was pretty pleasant. This is around decent.
RussianDragon (331) - - JUN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy By 07.04.14 22 oz bottle. I’ve had this many times, and am finally sitting down to write some notes. The beer pours a clear bright golden amber/orange. The head diminishes quickly to a bubbly wisp on the meniscus, with little lacing left, although suds to cling to the glass. The bottle states that this beer is "Devastatingly FRESH" - while true, this should read "Devastating DANK". Aroma is wonderful and aromatic: Citrus with focus on orange and grapefruit, pine, and hoppy complexity. Flavor is fresh hop bitterness, sticky pine sap, and citrus complexity. Does this beer contain alcohol? It would appear not - completely hidden. Carbonation is active on the palate, and is perfect. Silky, oily mouthfeel, which seems to be a new twist for this beer. Delicious.
atlrizzob (152) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden with a hint of orange and average white head. Has the aroma of hops, malt and orange peel. A slightly complex yet delicious combination of hops, orange, some grapefruit, with a kind of grassy finish. Very nice.
Roser (21) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4-20-14 Enjoy By
Appearance- fairly clear (a tad hazy), copper, orange hue. Appealing.
Smell- excellent nose. Pine!!!! Some grass, too. Some floral notes to boot.
Taste- big full wallop of resin (and that pine), lingers throughout. Bitter soon follows and strengthens at the end. Didn’t note much of the citrus thing, unfortunately, compared to some the other reviews.
Mouthfeel- big, full, dry.
Overall- I’m a sucker for Stone (love Ruination!), and easily fall prey to the "enjoy by" campaign, so I’m a lock to try each offering. Not sure how long they’ve been doing this (started last year, I think), but I really, really liked the one I had in ’13. That said, I’m glad I bought the 4-20-14. I "enjoyed" it, but won’t be picking up another. A quality IPA, indeed, but not worth another round. Look forward to future offerings.
Seanamonica (4) - Ontario, California, USA - MAY 28, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As a general rule there is no perfect beer. However, in my short craft brew career this one is pretty damn close. Let my brother-in-law try it on a whim. He always says "I hate craft brews. I’ll take a Bud Light any day." Had him try this one...and I quote "That is the best beer I have ever tasted." If you haven’t had the pleasure, find a local store who had it and GET IT! You won’t regret it.
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoy by 5-16-14 bomber from CANBIF 2014. Clear amber with a faint off white head that mostly fades. Lots of tropical hops, some lighter citrus notes, semi-sweet with some booze, fairly malty, moderate+ carbonation with a full body, nice combination of sweet and bitter, slightly astringent, boozy, tasty, mmmmm.
jamonsk8 (2) - - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super intense and fresh IPA. It doesn't get much better than this when it comes to IPAs. You don't even notice that it's almost coming in at 10% ABV.
tsadich (3) - Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The pour is nice and crisp. The head is nice and light, and quickly fades but leaves a nice ring in the glass. The taste this year on the Enjoy By 4\20 is tops of my hoppy love. I really don’t think hopslam too far behind but the finish is great as well. Recommend sooo highly!
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber shared by Jeff. solid IIPA done in the classic profile. not a lot different then Ruination. would not pay bomber prices for it.
1evil1 (3) - - MAY 5, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big bold citrus hops with a nice mellow lingering bitterness. Big and beautiful. Well done