kdm1984 (724) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Pale yellow with good head, but weak lacing. Aroma is too pine-forward, though sweet caramel and popcorn malts keep it from being totally gag-worthy. I was worried this might be another Wookey Jack pine-bomb, but thankfully, Stone balances the pine with delicious malts in the flavor department, and the palate/body are just perfect. In-your-face hops for sure, but not one-dimensional by any means. Kind of your classic strong DIPA in most ways, actually. Ruination is much better, but this is by no means a bad DIPA. DECEMBER UPDATE: This sat for about another week, and it got absolutely awful - total drainpour. Pine and cat urine. NASTY. I DID have it by the recommended date (12/3 vs. 12/21), but the longer it lasted, the worse it got. BLECH!
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper color with lots of bubbles and a sticky white head. Very floral hop aroma. Smells like something that is perishable. The taste is impeccably bitter with a touch of sweetness in the finish. The aroma gets a little danky as the beer warms and the bite is pretty stiff. A real palate pleaser. This beer has some indescribeable additictive quality.
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Comes a clear dark gold with a decent white head. Big aroma of citrus, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, lemons, pine, grain, florals, and malt. Exceptional.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Nick! 12/21/12. Clear straw pour with lively carbonation in the body and an ample frothy white head. Earthy dank manurey hops with hints of garlic and scallion, giving way to evergreen resin and biscuity caramel in the flavor. Medium body with medium carbonation, finishing off dry. Very nice!
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle and on tap - 12/21/12 version.
Clear golden amber brew with some fluffy white head. Nose is incredible and up there with some of the most complex imperial IPAs out there - tons of hops, citrus, herbs, fresh cut grass, floral. Punches you in the face! Flavor is citrus and pine forward - wonderfully balanced.
fiveacestx (666) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (12/21) - Deep gold pour with average head. Has an aroma that hits you in the face from a distance. Superb hoppy flavors of orange and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel and not too dry. Would love to have another but glad I got to have one!
Odysseyalien (46) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 Edit 12-3-2014 for the Enjoy by 12-26-2014 release. This one was the most flavorful of all and this was my 4th or 5th. The taste was like sipping on the juice of an exotic melon laced with bubbly alcohol. Really a special beer, even for this series. Big bravo to Stone for this one!
This was tasty and enjoyable. A quality brew from Stone. Nothing too different from their current IPA offerings though. Probably one of the freshest tasting beers from a bottle. Seems more of a marketing endeavor. Very good beer but nothing I’d write home about.
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thirdeye11 (5644) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bomber 12/21/12 batch) clear rich gold, soapy offwhite bubbles that fade quickly. Nose of candied citrus peel, super fresh and fragrant, floral, grains, grapefruit, honey, complex, you can smell all the components in this. One of the best smelling IPAs for me in recent memory. Taste is also nice, grains, caramel, grapefruit without being too bitter, great malt backbone. Palate is oily from hop resins but also dry. Linger of citrus, bitter resins, thick body, carbonation that plays nice to clear things up.
Crispy34 (422) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle, 12/21/12. Aroma is hoppy, but also very floral. The appearance is a burnt gold, with some white lacing. The taste starts with a burnt hop flavor, almost a citrus that end up in your nose. Some malt almost seems present, but is quickly replaced by a strong fresh grapefruit flavor. Almost catch some dankness at the bottom of the flavor. Finish is of fresh grapefruit. The palate is fantastic if you enjoy a good, sweet grapefruit. Overall, a very interesting beer. One of the top five ipas i have ever had, easily. Buy it now, while you can!
P.S. I think i tried the last enjoy by ipa at gabf as well, but after all those great brews who can remember?!?! Ha!
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hivemind (716) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hop Devil with e. 12/21/2012 (yes!) Batch. Glassy clear amber, pure white head, lingers in strands. Nose is grapefruit and pine hops. Stronger pine. Palate is the same - really fresh. Great hop flavor, almost bursting with pine needles. Glad I got to try it before the world ends.