Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stone Brewing Enjoy By 05.29.17

Beer Name: Enjoy By 05.29.17
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%
How sold: 12 oz bottles; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: N.W.I.P.A. (Portland, OR)
Price: $9.00 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled on Date: April 22, 2017
Date Purchased: May 15, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: May 19, 2017
IBUs: 90

Food Pairings: Stone Brewing suggests guacamole, kimchi, gumbo, Thai drunken noodles, carrot cake, and peach cobbler, among other dishes. It also goes well with Parmigiano-Reggiano, extra-aged cheddar, and Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue cheeses.

What's on the Label/Website: "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." 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 shipped this beer to 33 U.S. states and D.C. Check to see whether this beer could be found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head; some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Wonderful balance of tropical citrus, pine, some floral, hoppy, and dank. Getting trace peach, mango, and stone fruit. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Mostly balanced tropical citrus and pine hop experience. Some dank. Full of flavor throughout. Has a bit of floral on the aftertaste. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; good carbonation. Slightly dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. I felt this Stone Brewing Enjoy By variation was largely a success, although I certainly enjoyed the 04.20.17 version more. Yet again, I recommend having this beer with hot sauce. I had quite the adventure trying to track this down here; the usual spots sold out of their quota in a couple days, and I nabbed the last one N.W.I.P.A. had in stock. Reasonable price here. Another quality brew from Stone Brewing. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.325/5

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