Friday, October 16, 2015

Stone Brewing Enjoy By 10.31.15

Beer Name: Enjoy By 10.31.15
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: $2.99 for 12 oz. single

Bottled on Date: September 25, 2015
Date Purchased: October 3, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: October 4, 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 has shipped this beer to 40 states, two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta), Japan, Puerto Rico, and Sweden.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Good carbonation with barely any head; sudsy surface. Very minimal lacing on the glass. 4/5

Smell (25%): Inviting hoppy grapefruit, other tropical notes, and some alcohol. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Mostly dank tropical experience initially, with a pleasing citrus aftertaste. A controlled bitterness lingers. Again, enjoyed this a mere nine days from bottling. A bit of alcohol detected. Excellent. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Like its "Enjoy By" predecessors, a medium-body, malty experience. Citrus hoppy. Refreshing. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): Outstanding Double IPA. This version was probably just as dank as the 04.20.15 variety and packed a similar tropical punch as all its predecessors. Very drinkable for 9.4% ABV. As I stated, more alcohol detected on this one than the Enjoy By 07.04.15 version. Stone has released a damn good beer again. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.45/5

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