Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Stone Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

Stone Enjoy By 04.01.13
9.4% ABV
The Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, San Diego County, CA
22 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Reviewed on 3/9/13
Appearance: Pours an almost clear golden color with a slight tint of amber.  Quite lively with carbonation.  Has a slightly off-white head that has good retention.  Good lacing.
Smell: Hops, wood, citrus, some malt, floral, herbal, spices, slight pepper, slight breadiness.
Taste: Strong, dry hops, citrus notes particularly grapefruit and perhaps some orange, floral, herbal notes, some spice, some pepper.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry, accented by a touch of bitterness.  Flavors come together quite well.  The hops come off strong at the front, but they recede nicely and don't overwhelm.
Overall: Super hoppy and dry IPA that's quite fresh and tasty.  On the front, strong dry hops with citrus, floral, herbal, and some spice notes coming through.  The strongness, though, recedes nicely and doesn't blast the palate.  Quite distinct, and a quite nice IPA.  If you like hoppy IPAs and happen to catch any version of the "Enjoy By" series, grab it--it won't disappoint.

My score: 96

1 comment:

  1. Recently, I've also had the Stone Enjoy By 05.17.13 and it's just as good as the 04.01.13 version. This stuff seems to fly off the shelves, though, so if you're interested and see it, be sure to buy it.