Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Pours light cloudy orange amber with medium tall white head. Aroma of resin, grapefruit, peach, mango, very fruity. Taste is an excellent balance between bitter and sweet, starting off slightly sweet before a big bitter kick, then the two balance out before a long resinous finish. Body is light to medium, very smooth with soft carbonation. b3playr (1) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
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 (767) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
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 (850) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
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 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
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 (1190) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2015 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.
Updated for 02.14.15 bottle. Very similar to 07/04/14. Big juicy notes and very easy to drink. Evolutionary (525) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2014
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 (2411) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2014
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 (1657) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2017 February 5th, 2015 - This is a question I keep asking myself and never look up: do the Stone Enjoy By recipes change for each date? At this point I like living in ignorance. It's a test to see if I can detect differences between the iterated brews. As for the 2.14.15 version, it begins with a fresh and lightly dank aroma, laced with pineapple and gratuitous amounts of grapefruit. In other words, the hops aroma is strong and insistent, and coupled with a lovely and gentler taste. Both sweet and hoppy, the aroma's pineapple dimension makes a grand return, fruity and sweet, and decorated with an orange slice. In many ways it reminds me of a tiki drink disguised as a beer, which covers several of my favorite dimensions in the drinking world.
June 15th, 2014 - Another entry in the local favorite, the Stone Enjoy By series, imploring drinkers to drink often and drink early. This aureate beer teases the nose with an extremely fresh smell of pine, white grape juice, and that cottony, soft sweetness of a delicate angel food cake. The taste is mild at first, so much so that I am taken aback by the relative temerity of this brew. Is this truly Stone? To add to the shock, the flavor gets smoother as it warms, and as my palate acclimates, with a long, low mild aftertaste. This feels as foreign to Stone as humility, though some of the sugar profile from the apple, white grape juice and champagne is familiar. While it may not be true to form (a black sheep amongst demons) I think it is quite lovely, and invites slow sipping even if it isn’t battering my tongue with a baseball bat wrapped in thorns and hop cones.
November 30th, 2012 - (3.8) Stone’s next iteration in the expiration series demands a pre-Christmas consumption. The color is the standard grain colored gold with a white head and a short statured head, and from this we catch touches of a bright and weedy smell. Grassy memories of soccer matches as a kid and clumsy face first tumbles into the turf are conjured here in the scent, with some spurts of pineapple juice, and even a bite or two of fresh, peppery mango. The flavor is milder than expected, given the nose, with a balanced mellowness. The intensity of the flavor is flat and predictable, consistent from beginning to end, but hoppy and well colored. It’s that Stone hop profile that’s practically Koch’s signature, but it works well here, with all its marijuana and orange overtones, and once again, I am inclined to drinking this well before its date. 7/3/8/4/16
November 30th, 2012 (3.7) - 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 (923) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
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.