ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 3/10/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a freaking gorgeous golden amber shade with perfect clarity. The head is a three finger white shade. Everything is good here - retention, texture, and the lacing down the glass. This beer makes Sofia Vergara look like a damn horse in comparison.
S: There is a distinct savory note from the hops that reminds me of onion/garlic. Otherwise, this one comes off as being bitter just from the nose alone; there is a lot of grapefruit peel, black pepper, mango, papaya, pine, and guava. It really smells damn great, but perhaps it’s not quite to my preference for an IPA.
T: At first, there’s some slight maltiness (in an earthy expression) before it finishes both dry and bitter. Transitioning between the vaguely citrusy opening and piny, bitter ending is a strong midtaste of onion and garlic; I actually like this portion of the flavor profile the best. But the biggest problem here is how boozy this one seems. Maybe it’s some of the earthy and oniony qualities coming through on the back end, but there’s a real distinct sharp heat to it that doesn’t strike me as being hop-derived. Certainly it feels every bit its 9.4% ABV. To be fair, this note helps to rein in the bitterness somewhat, so it’s not all bad, I guess.
I’ve got another one on standby that I plan to serve more chilled than this one - maybe this will tone down the booze some? Regardless, what a letdown.
M: Typical Stone IPA: bone-dry, clean, astringent, and bitter as fuck. Well, maybe not ’as fuck’, but it does have a good lingering bite to it. Something like this should be spectacularly drinkable - thanks to all the poorly concealed alcohol I taste here, I’m reduced to vegging over this one for a moderate length of time. Drinkability is actually okay because the general feel is quite good - but then again, I expected something fantastically chuggable.
O: I really thought this was going to be a world-class DIPA, but instead I find it kind of harsh and meh. I hate to say it, but this has nothing on some of the local DIPAs I can get fairly readily (Evolution Lot 6 DIPA and Troegs Perpetual IPA); and let’s not talk about how badly Lagunitas Sucks pounds this one into submission. Absolutely worth trying, though - hell, I seem to be only one who doesn’t love this. But Stone, unless the second bottle I drink manages to make me shit out rainbows and sunshine the way I expected this one to, you are back on my naughty list again.
sudomorph (498) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. 07.04.14 bottle drank a week late. 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 (270) - 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 (1142) - 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 (988) - 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 (784) - 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 (86) - 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 (421) - 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 (26) - 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 (850) - 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.