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RATINGS: 1253   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers- especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs- we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the bottle, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and beer fans. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Batch List:
Enjoy By 09-21-12   Enjoy By 02-15-13   Enjoy By 02-14-14
Enjoy By 11-09-12   Enjoy By 04-01-13   Enjoy By 04-20-14
Enjoy By 12-21-12   Enjoy By 04-20-13   Enjoy By 05-16-14
                                Enjoy By 05-17-13   Enjoy By 07-04-14
                                Enjoy By 07-04-13
                                Enjoy By 08-02-13
                                Enjoy By 09-13-13
                                Enjoy By 10-25-13
                                Enjoy By 11-12-13
                                Enjoy By 12-13-13


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Clear copper color. Small off white head. Strong citrus hop aroma. Same flavor with moderate bitterness and moderate malt. Moderate bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (611) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Appearance was orangish golden with white creamy lasting 3 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are sweet crystal, pale malt backbone. The hops are abound citrus, tropical fruits with clean yeasts. Taste are slight sweet backbone malts, lovely hop of grapefruit, lemon, melon, pineapple,orange. Clean bitterness with hops resin and no alcohol present. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting fruity hoppy malty finish. A wonderful DIPA west coast style.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Gave the 8.2.13 version the same exact score. 4.20.13 version. Has the sweet hoppy aroma found in so many Lagunitas beers. Tons of hops but it sits really well. A bubbly spiciness that is quite tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap. Crystal clear golden yellow color. Thin white head. Mind blowing hop, pine, grass, citrus nose. Just amazing. Attack is even better, bright, hopy, grassy, pine, citrus. Crisp dry finish. Yumm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4-20-13 batch. 22 oz bottle. Aroma of mango, grapefruit, jasmine, honey. Flavor is grapefruit, mango, floral, with a hint of pine in the finish. A wonderful citrus and tropical fruit Imperial IPA With aroma to match the flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
04.01.13 This is totally awesome. Big thanks to Rich who brought this over from California/Bay Area and thanks to Josh JLizard for hooking us all up together to share in these beery delights. This is such a treat for my UK palate, to be able to taste such a fresh IPA. This beer totally sings with hop goodness. No doubt many of you raters are from the US so are used to fresh if not super fresh IPA’s but at best we here in the UK consider a month old as fresh what with lead times on orders etc. Anyhow, to Hoppopotamus in Santa Cruz, (no offence meant) but this beer is anything but nondescript in terms of Hop Aroma. The 04.01.13 stinks of quite possibly the most uniquely perfumed hop out there: Sorachi Ace. The tell tale signs are the waxy, jasmine and citrus notes you get. This may very well and most likely is a very well blended hop-bill, but Sorachi takes the lead as it tends to, as it has such a dominant aroma/flavour. Behind that there are classic aromas of sticky resin, lemon zest, lime skin, and rubber (in a good way) the faintest trace of cereal and honey and caramel. Flavour hits you with a bang, citrus flavours to the fore remind me of a combo of Sorachi and Centennial with huge waxy notes, giant citrus fruit, ripe lemons, ripe pink grapefruit, hints of mango sweetness - at once tropical but resinous, sweet but savoury. Grapefruit rind and lemon peel take you to the finish with herbal nuances, more jasmine tea and a wonderful creamy yet prickly mouth feel which keeps the beer lively and hides the alcohol in masterful way. A real pleasure to drink. Eaten with home made Fajita’s, Home made Guacamole & Habanero Hot Sauce. A real delight all round.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (878) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 4.1.13 Pours clear with some white head, aroma is massive hops with resin, pine, and citrus. Taste is very smooth with nice bitterness. Hides the alcohol extremely well! Delicious. #100 rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FalconsFever (40) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Excellent citrus hop and extremely smooth for a double IPA. One of the best beers I have had in a while. Enjoy by 4.1.13 tasted in growler pour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Bomber. Enjoy By 04.20.13. Drank on 3.22.13. Thanks to Enoteca in Post Falls, ID for setting this aside! Pours a clear old gold with a long-sustaining off-white head with great retention; after it recedes, it leaves sheeting lace and a constant skiff of foam. Aroma is full of hallmark IPA notes: first off comes the catbox, then pine, then grapefruit--classic; I’m also getting some not-as-common, but always welcome peach. Taste is bittersweet with lots of citrusy notes followed by pine; I also get some bready malt after it warms up a bit. What I taste is an IPA that still has its hop credentials firmly intact before the natural malt invasion that occurs with age inevitably takes place. This is a pure hop vehicle, the malt present but restrained. Too many times with this style, the malt overtakes the hops, due in most cases to age, leaving behind only a shadow of the original beer’s true potential. That isn’t the case with Stone’s freshest of fresh hop ales. Hopheads have a nice beer to savor here. 4-20, the holiday celebrating Humulus lupulus’ cousin cannabis--this can’t be a coincidence, considering this is one of the ’dankest’ beers I’ve ever had. P.S.: don’t use the word dank in the forums unless you want your ass chewed by beer geeks!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emorriss (14) - Huber Heights, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Awesome hoppiness, good nastiness. Flows well across the palate with earthy goodness and grassy finish


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