GTAEgeek (1537) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste of a 22. oz. bottle, thanks to Ian! 07.04.14 version, so it’s a couple days expired. Pours clear gold, with a small, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is strong floral and earthy hops, light caramel, cloves, and resin. Strong bitterness, with just a touch of citrusy sweetness. Medium to heavy body, acidic, sharp, and astringent. Overall, this is a strong, bitter beer. Very little balance, but still pretty tasty.
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 30th, 2012 - Notes for the 12.21.12 batch. This is my first of many run-ins with the Stone Enjoy By brews, and it has all the marks of a Stone Brew, to be sure. The nose is filled with lemon, lemon feel, lemon zest, lemon grass and even the high, bright and unmistakeable sugary fingerprint of lemon pez. That is real lemon sugars with some flavor that comes a little closer to the HFCS variety, and lighter, airier touches of dandelion petals, too. Light and citrusy is the taste, with more lemon acidity than grapefruit acidity defining the taste, and the higher, blander sweetness of white sugar, with fewer but still noticeable chunks of dark maple syrup adding to the carousel of sweets. Overall, with the hops and sweets all roped together, this is a brew that is bright and cheery, with that distinctive Stone strength and robustness across the nose and palate.
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Enjoy by 7/4/14): I am enjoying this a day late. Pours golden amber with a frothy white head, nice resinous, hoppy aroma, taste is medium to heavy on the bitter side from the hops, fairly bitter finish too.
4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma of citrus, floral, caramel and pine. Great hoppy citrus flavor that goes on and on.
WillemsUrenkel (1016) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 1 Pint, 16 fl oz, just in time opened after the firework in Abington, PA, in a hotel room nearby. Clear dark golden in the glass, small head. Hopy grapefruit on the nose. Starts very hopy, but also with a fruity sweetness. Pleasant bitterness, malt in the background. Very complex. And you don´t smell the 9,4% alcohol! Good one!
beersorcerer (39) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber, Enjoy By 7/4/2014 (following Enjoy By 02-14-14 & Enjoy By 09-13-13).
Today: Seriously, there’s very little comparison...
to other fresh hops in a bottle or can, this seems where it all started - from the perspective of a SouthEasterner from the "not-of-late" Florida beer wasteland.
But seriously: I have ENJOYed this beer from the first pouring.
A near perfect package. In a bottle or on tap. And I am a big fan of packaging: ask my friend Madge, the Malt O’ Meal line manager...
...so go and GET the next one; open it by the prescribed date (you can’t miss it); pour it into a suitable beverage drinking container and ENJOY!!!
trollcat (20) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whole lot of awesome hops packed into a fresh brew that isn’t overly malted. However, the 9.4% abv gives it a real unnecessary booziness that takes away from the flavor. Could definitely stand to be a lower gravity beer and pack the same fresh hoppy punch.
Would normally associate that kind of gravity with a sweeter maltier imperial IPA having less focus on immediate freshness.
Really good, but something short of great.
Gachupines (1107) - USA - JUL 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Golden with a thick white head. Aroma is fresh hops, a bit of pine with an almost woody character. Flavor is fresh hops, pine with a tiny bit of malt. A little resinous with a bit of sweetness. Very clean, not sticky at all and very tasty.
Pieboss (6) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft. Ruckus Cary. By far my least favorite of the series. Maybe it is too close to the date as this is one of my favs. Just not very good comparitivly.
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh this is a hop bomb. Aroma sells out. Lots of pine, caramel-malt, floral, grapefruit, peach. Some onion. Right up there on the aroma Richter scale.
Reminds me an awful lot of Magic Rock’s Unhuman Cannonball in taste as well...Medium/full body but becomes a little watery on the back-end. Really quite sweet initially: honey, stone-fruit. Pine resin barges it out the way and balances caramel tones. Finish is moderately bitter and offers some medicinal honey. Great beer, wonderful sipper on the porch at night. Thoroughly enjoyable.