Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stone Brewing Enjoy By 07.04.16


Beer Name: Enjoy By 07.04.16
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%
How sold: Six-packs of 12 oz. bottles; 22 oz. bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $3.49 for 12 oz. bottle (single)

Bottled on Date: May 29, 2016
Date Purchased: June 12, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: June 12, 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. This devastatingly independent batch you have in your hands is no different. It, like its predecessors before, is a celebration and declaration of the fresh beer revolution."

What's on the Website: "Our 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. The devastatingly independent batch you have in your hands is no different. It, like its predecessors before, is a celebration and declaration of the fresh beer." Read more here!

When brewed? One-time batch. Stone Brewing makes fresh batches of a different "Enjoy By" beer, each made specifically for drinking before the stated date. Look for more information here!

Where distributed: Stone Brewing has shipped this beer to nearly all U.S. states and British Columbia. Check to see whether this beer can be found in your area!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head and remains sudsy at the top. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical dankness, mainly pineapple. Some malt. 4.25/5

Taste (40%):Very hop-dank upfront. Noticeable octane and malt. Pleasing and smooth aftertaste, bringing in pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and slight floral note. Frankly, not my favorite of the Enjoy By series, but still solid. They've already been killing it in the past anyway. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Fairly dry on the tongue/mouth. Might want to be friends with octane (at least a little) to fully appreciate this. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A solid Double IPA. I obviously cannot help but compare it to the other Stone Enjoy By beers I've had. Enjoy By 07.04.16 had two distinct parts to the drinking experience, a more assertive blast initially, followed by a tropical IPA mellowness. While I wouldn't necessarily say this one was a home run in the series, it's undoubtedly still a hit. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.2/5

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