Stone Enjoy By IPA

Reviewed by on October 15, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Escondido, CA, US

  • Rated On: October 15, 2015

  • Best Before: October 31, 2015

  • ABV: 9.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

While not specifically a seasonal release, Stone produces this version of their Double IPA to be consumed in the shortest sales window possible, and put the so-called expiry date right front and center on the label.  The current iteration is 10.31.15 – in other words, drink this one before midnight on Hallowe’en!

This 22oz bottle pours an ever so slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some blotchy streaks of webbed soap sud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of musty, wet vegetation – ok, ‘dank’ – piney, leafy, and grassy, all – prominent over-aged orange, lemon, pineapple and kiwi citrus rind, and a fairly laid-back bready, kind of crackery pale and caramel maltiness. The taste is pretty much the same, except noticeably more bitter – muggy pine resin and cones, acrid leafy notes, a citrus pith key party, some gritty, and near-overwritten bready and caramel malt, a touch of crispy biscuits, hints of tropical fruit, and the mere suggestion of nosy metallic alcohol. The carbonation is decently tight and frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and weirdly smooth, what with all that hop bitterness running around like the proverbial chicken (for the record, I’m not insinuating anything poultry-like at all about this offering). It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops stuttering just a bit, but re-setting and driving forward in no time flat.

Fresh, and yet dank, in the same physical space – wow! A five-week enjoy-by window is ballsy, is what it is, but it does make its point about freshness and point of origin and Stone’s hubris just fine. I wonder what it would be like to try each successive release of this – probably, like anything, one would just get bored of it. Or not – this is one tasty, tasty DIPA, the hops large and in charge, and the near 19 proof booze significantly less ‘fresh’ and in your face.

Brady White

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