Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stone Brewing "Enjoy By" 07.04.15

Beer Name: Enjoy By 07.04.15
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%
How sold: Six-packs of 12 oz. bottles; 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.29 for 12 oz. single

Bottled on Date: May 28, 2015
Date Purchased: June 6, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: June 7, 2015

What's on the Label: "You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key component of many beers -- especially big, hoppy IPAs -- but we've taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We;ve gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!"

When brewed? One-time batch. Stone Brewing makes fresh batches of a different "Enjoy By" beer for various special dates. Look for more information here.

Where distributed: Stone Brewing gets even more international in shipping this beer! It appeared in 39 states, two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta), Japan, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Good carbonation with barely any head; went from fridge to glass in under a minute. Not a lot of lacing remained on the glass. 4/5

Smell (25%): Inviting aroma of hoppy grapefruit and other tropical notes. An aroma I would enjoy all day. 5/5

Taste (40%): Mostly a dank tropical experience at the start, which smooths to a pleasing citrus aftertaste. A controlled bitterness lingers. To me, this is every bit as impressive as the "Enjoy By 03.14.15." Helps to enjoy this a mere ten days from bottling. Another must-try if you're a Double IPA fan. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Like its "Enjoy By" predecessors, a medium-body, malty experience. The tongue enjoys every last ounce of citrus hop. Dry on the tongue at the end. Still refreshing. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): Outstanding Double IPA. For me, it's a beer that drank just as smooth as the 03.14.15 and not as dank as the 04.20.15. An impressive easy drink for 9.4% ABV, and it took me a while to detect the alcohol flavors. Stone hits yet another home run with the "Enjoy By 07.04.15"! 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.725/5

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