Beer of the Week: Stone Enjoy By IPA – 05.17.13
This week’s featured brew is Stone Enjoy By IPA, my particular bottle being for 05.17.13. If you haven’t acquired your bottle by now, don’t despair – there should be more batches available soon (if not already). This is the seventh batch of the Enjoy By IPA, and it’s extremely popular so I’m sure there are many more to come.
“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 label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. 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.”
Tasty Mug Review
Appearance: Pours a clear pale to medium amber with a nice, frothy head and nice retention. Lots of lacing around the glass as you drink.
Smell: Hops, hops and more hops! Definitely some notes of citrus and tropical fruits with perhaps a hint of floral. Very nicely aromatic.
Taste: Starts off very bready then rolls into the fruity sweetness. Finishes with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palette.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy beer with nicely balanced carbonation and crispness.
Overall: This is a solid IPA from Stone. Comes off very fresh in flavor and is very enjoyable to drink. There’s virtually no hint of the amount of booze in this brew until you start to feel it from sipping your way through the beer. Stone is one of my favorite breweries and this beer doesn’t disappoint.
Tasty Mug Rating: 4.11 / 5
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Original Gravity: Unknown
Malts: Not listed
Hops: Not listed
Special Ingredients: Not listed
Availability: Rotating (to encourage drinking in a timely manner it is released in batches with labels that clearly indicate the “drink by” date)
Food Pairings: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Grilled meat, fish or barbeque
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Aging: Enjoy this beer to the fullest by consuming it before the “enjoy by” date on the label
Where to get it:
A bit hard to come by; this is a beer that often requires you to be on friendly terms with your local beer store. I personally picked my bottle up at Northwest Wine & Spirits because the gentleman at the counter was nice to me. 🙂