Friday, May 27, 2016

Stone Brewing Enjoy By 05.30.16 (Tangerine IPA)

Beer Name: Enjoy By 05.30.16
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%
How sold: Six-packs of 12 oz. bottles; 22 oz. bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)
Price: $8.49 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled on Date: April 23, 2016
Date Purchased: May 10, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: May 17, 2016
IBUs: 90

What's on the Label: "Our all-important, hop-driven quest to deliver the most devastatingly fresh IPA on the planet facilitated a paradigm shift in 2012 with the launch of Stone Enjoy By IPA. Not only did we brew this beer with more than 10 different hops, we brewed it specifically NOT to last. Acclaimed for its groundbreakingly short shelf life, this intense double IPA brought forth a whole new concept of what constitutes "fresh" - guaranteeing fans the ultimate level of hoppiness. For Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA, we added the tangy zeal of a mandarin fruit's juicy nectar. The result...freshness has never tasted as ripe for the picking as this does right now."

What's on the Website: "After brewing this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops and consistently delivering it faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, we decided to do something different with this Stone Enjoy By IPA - we took it to another level, again. Pureed tangerines were added to the batch to create a devastatingly fresh IPA with a tang of tangerine. The flavors yielded by this addition to the recipe meld beautifully with the bitterness of the hops. True to this series, Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and should be enjoyed within 37 days." Read more here!

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 has shipped this beer to most U.S. states. Check to see whether this beer can be found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear dark golden into a pint glass. Off-white head. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Amazing sweet citrus. Getting tangerine and mandarin orange in there. Also slight dankness. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Extremely juicy citrus blast of tangerine and mandarin from start to finish - and also in the aftertaste. Hop-forward. The dankness blends in wonderfully here. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied and very refreshing. Very juicy that sticks to the tongue and engulfs the mouth. Some carbonation. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class Double IPA. I've had several beers in the Stone Enjoy By Series, and this is by far one of my favorites to date. The abundance of juicy tangerine and orange in this made me an instant fan. Enjoyed and savored every sip, down to the last drop. For me, it even drew favorable comparisons to Block 15 Sticky Hands, which is one of my local go-to beers. Well done, Stone Brewing. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.675/5

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