b3playr (1) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At home from a 22-oz. bottle, 07.04.14 edition (bottled on 05/28/14). Arrowine - the fantastic wine/beer/cheese shop in Arlington, VA - had this beer reduced from $8.99 to $6.99 due to it being past expiration. However, it’s still really tasty, as to be expected. I’ve had this on draft in its youth, and am well aware it hasn’t really aged all that much. In fact, I’m loving it more now than ever. Consider it context influencing my rating...
Aroma: fresh grapefruit, juicy overripe pineapple, almost the sweet notes of durian (in a good way) - this is a classic California IPA! Hoppy and boozy, there’s no mistaking what style this is.
Appearance: mellow gold, clear with gentle bubbles that keep things lively, fine white head.
Taste: well-balanced with the hops and sweetness to keep you going back for more, though may be missing a bit of the bite from it pushing a couple months in the bottle. Still, surprisingly easy to drink at 9.4% ABV.
Palate: full body, a bit oily in texture (no doubt thanks to the fresh hops), an average carbonation to keep things fresh, and a nice long finish that’s quite satisfying.
Overall: this is a great beer, particularly yummy with the rotisserie chicken from neighboring Crisp & Juicy. I’m awfully glad I bought two!
CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From San Diego. Completely translucent honey amber pour with sudsy white head and no legs. Smells very, very strong - floral and piney hop like a punch to the nose. Some juicy malt and spice/pepper as well. Tastes similar (so much hop!) though more drinkable than the aroma might have you believe, and less malty. Body is oily but crisp. Like the 8 Wired Fresh Hopwired but with every flavour - especially the hop - amplified. Big and enjoyable.
HKdIPA (227) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stone Tasting Room in SD at home. Clear light amber pour with thin foamy head. Piney hops aroma - very piney. Taste is super sharp piney hop explosion followed by enough sweet malt to...not balance it (at all) but even things out. Lasting bitterness. Hard to believe this is 9+% alcohol - it's actually quite drinkable. Despite the intense hoppy bite it's pretty easy going. Would be interesting to taste alongside other fresh IPAs like Fresh Hopwired. Would definitely get again.
Leafs93 (1671) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/4/14 - Pours clear gold with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit and floral...all hops. Taste is bitter throughout with a lingering tart finish. A touch of citrus sweetness.
sudomorph (578) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 650ml bottle. 07.04.14 bottle drank 07.11.14. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma has big juicy notes of resin, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is bitter but balanced. Resin, pine, citrus, slight pineapple and tropical fruits, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall really tasty. Lighter body than I would expect. Pine, resin, and citrus. Yum. Now to find a bottle before the enjoy by date.
Evolutionary (279) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mellow mushroom. Nose is sweet and hoppy. 2014 version. Real strong floral hints at first but super smooth body and floral taste doesn't overpower. Very satisfying despite being 3 days late. Really smooth.
---Rated via my mouth
GTAEgeek (1202) - 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 (1023) - 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 (788) - Queens, 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 (90) - 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.