Monday, August 14, 2017

Stone Enjoy By 09.04.17 Unfiltered IPA

Beer Name: Enjoy By 09.04.17 Unfiltered IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%
How sold: 12 oz bottles (6-packs); 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $8.83 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled on Date: July 29, 2017
Date Purchased: August 4, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: August 7, 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. For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA, we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go unfiltered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and its peach and tropical fruit hop aromas are intensified. So though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep." 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 48 U.S. states and D.C. Unfortunately, it is not in North Dakota or West Virginia. Check to see whether this beer could be found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly hazy golden into a pint glass. Sediment settled to the bottom of the bottle. White head; some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Slightly dank tropical and stone fruit. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Starts out dank peach/stone fruit with some octane for most of the experience, with lovely citrus orange/tangerine aftertaste. Similar to what I recall from the Enjoy By 07.04.17. 4.25/5

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

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. As noted above, it struck me as very similar to Enjoy By 07.04.17, mainly on the dank peach/stone fruit start. If you loved the previous beer in the series, you'll love this one, too. Basically the same rating from me. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.263/5

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