Monday, April 15, 2019

Stone Brewing Enjoy By 04.20.19 IPA

Beer Name: Enjoy By 04.20.19
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 9.4%

How sold: 12 oz cans; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.63 for 12 oz single can

Date Canned: March 14, 2019
Date Purchased: April 13, 2019
Date Drank: April 13, 2019
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 Website: "Consistently delivered faster than any bottled or canned IPA on the planet, Stone Enjoy By IPA facilitated a paradigm shift in respect for and enjoyment of hoppy beers by ensuring craft beer fans the ultimate level of freshness. We brew this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops, employing hop-bursting and dry-hopping techniques to amp up the peach and tropical fruit notes and overall hop factor. Brewed specifically NOT to last, this devastatingly fresh, golden beauty should be enjoyed within 37 days."

"We took the opportunity with this beer to use several interesting techniques we've learned during your many years of brewing great double IPAs. The result is an intense, dry beer with very little malt sweetness, but with plenty of malt flavor to provide a background to the enormous...or shall I say 'ginormous' hop character. Hopping, as might be expected, was over the top. First, the brew was mash-hopped with Ahtanum, one of our favorite hop varieties, after which we kettle-hopped with a very small dose of Super Galena hop extract for bittering. Then, using a technique known in homebrew circles as 'hop-bursting,' we loaded up very heavily on the flavor hops at the end of the boil and in the whirlpool. Simcoe, Delta, Target, and Amarillo were used in the late kettle hop. Simcoe, Amarillo, Calypso, and Cascade were used for the whirlpool hop. As you can clearly tell, this beer was super hoppy even before we dry-hopped it, but then we went for it...dry-hopping with primarily Southern Hemisphere hops, including Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Helga. Drink extra-super-tasty Sonte Enjoy By IPA well before its shelf life to maximize the pungent glory that this beautiful, intense hop profile provides." 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 nationwide (within the United States). 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. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Balance of pleasing dank, grapefruit/stone fruit, and hops. Dank is more the star than the others. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Dank forward, with back end of resinous grapefruit and stone fruit. Citrus peel aftertaste. Refreshing. 4.25/5

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

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. I thought this was improved from last year's version, which had been perhaps too dank heavy. More balance here, and refreshing. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.25/5

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