eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy By 04-01-13, draft, part of March Madness outing. Pour was golden to slight straw orange hues, weak head and lacing. The aroma was grapefruits and pine, some faint tropical notes. The flavor was pine and citrus, not nearly as bitter and bright as I was expecting. Mouthfeel was moderate with perhaps light carbonation. Like Stone a lot. Liked this dIPA. But it wasn’t top notch.
maxwelldeux (3070) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a very slight white head. Nose is almost spicy with the intensity of the hops; floral and pine notes com through. Taste is much the same, with some nice bitterness in the flavor there. Good brew...
Chad9976 (1082) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Amber to light orange hue. Clear for the most part but slightly cloudy. Forms a large, ivory, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus pith. A hint of herbal/earthy character, but no alcohol presence.
Taste: You may have to take this review with a grain of salt as the beer was enjoyed less than two weeks shy of its "expiration date." Not that a Stone double IPA is going to have any trouble holding up for a few months. This is a brewery know for their hops and "Enjoy By" definitely delivers. While not as overtly bitter as Ruination, this beer definitely has a strong hoppy taste and accompanying bitterness sans the sharp intensity.
The palate opens with dry bitterness which gets a little stronger until it peaks with a strong hop bite. Tropical fruit flavors can be found lurking throughout the first half of the palate and they’re actually quite refreshing while the beer is in the mouth. As it descends, the fruit fades and the raw hop character envelopes the palate. There’s mild garlic and onion flavors present right as it finishes and in the aftertaste, though they not distracting at all. As for the malt side, it’s mostly a general pale malt character with no discernible notes other than a hint of honey at the beginning of the swig.
All-in-all it’s an excellent beer, but not a Hall of Famer because it’s missing a "wow" factor since it seems so familiar to me.
Drinkability: Though big and bold, Stone Enjoy By 4.01.13 is not a challenge to drink. The body is full, but comfortable in the mouth. Relatively soft texture with a crispness to it. Not sticky or syrupy or cloying and is easy to drink in sips or gulps. The 9.4% ABV is well utilized as there is no trace of warmth or heat anywhere, nor does the beer overwhelm me. Drinking an entire bomber alone was easy.
anders37 (15557) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ 13th Bistro Double IPA Festival, Hayward, CA. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a floral citrusy piney hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit hoppy piney citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.
NeuroPliny (91) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden yellow. Aromatic hops. Well balanced hops and citrus. Best enjoyed fresh!
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Stone has been pushing bs beers on us for years. They have the same problem Oskar Blues does. They r they’re worst competitor. Hoppy hoppy hoppy. This is ok, not amazing,over the top or worth a tick.
Bring back some fourpack’s of the 10th anniversary or enjoy by with that recipe and now you’re talking.
Hoppy beer co’s that go after hops big get boring.
vipinvelp (1889) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light yellow with lacing off white foam head. Aroma is quite bitter with some yellow. Fruit present. Taste is slightly bitter with sweet fruit tones. Short aftertaste. (Houston 201303)
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, enjoyed well before the 2-15-13 Enjoy By date, but just finding notes now.
Aroma: Dank, citrus, pine, fresh. Feel like I’m about to stick a plant in my mouth.
Appearance: Crystal clear, light amber/dark gold. Offwhite head, dissipates to wisps on the surface, leaving splotchy, irregular lacing.
Taste: Follows aroma, but nice sweet backbone. Long-lasting dank, weedy, bitter finish. Alcohol well-masked.
Palate: Medium body. Long finish.
Overall: I apparently need to place more value on IPA freshness -- this is really delicious.
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a very dank beer .. . deep tan .. mild head but amazing lacing .. . just tons of greenery in the mouth .. . just a fantastic beer! .. . and be careful if you ever get a sleeper hold. the next day your anus will really hurt.
DougHnut70 (58) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 Enjoy by 4-1-13 on tap @ First Street Alehouse (on 3-15) with a B.L.T.A. Clear, golden brew with a thin white head. Smelled like a very fresh DIPA, floral and fruity - great aroma. Typical DIPA tastes of citrus, grapefruit, then earthy, hoppy, with a slight bitter hop aftertaste - typical Stone brew. As it warmed it did get a slight malt backbone which balanced it nicely. Would have never guessed it was a 9.4%. Could have kept drinking these all afternoon...
9/2/13 - Changing my rating from a 4.1 to a 4.2 after drinking a bomber of Enjoy By 9.13.13. Oh my goodness I wish this was cheaper to buy. Loved it!
On tap @ Tap25 9/4/13. The best of the all the tasters tonight! I’m raising this brew to a 4.3 after having a fresh one on tap. Person sitting next to me said this is the best IIPA they have ever tried. Smells are incredible!
Enjoy by 9.13.13 in a tulip from a bomber on 9/16 after winning the office football pool. Is this a the closest thing to Pliny the Elder? Just sayin’... Raising my rating to a 4.4!
Enjoy by 12.13.13 from Tap25. Now changing the rating to a 4.5! Put it up against other beers in a taste test and it is a winner! The smell of this beer is the best. Pliny the Younger? Just sayin’...
Enjoy by 4.20.13. 4.20??? Oh yeah. I love love love this beer. Costco had these bombers for $5.59. That is a GREAT deal. Comparisons to Pliny the Younger valid yo...