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Stone Enjoy By IPA

Rating: 4.7

Now for a beer that I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now and one that’s been recommended to me as “the best beer I’ve ever tried” which the main reason I justified paying £15 for a bottle when I found out that Brewdog’s BottleDog shop in London was selling it when I was visiting the city last month. Despite the fact I’m only getting round to uploading this review now, I did manage to drink this one before the 4th of July freshness date a couple of weeks ago. I’ve noticed Brewdog selling this beer on a couple of occasions in the past and the hefty price tag has been enough to dissuade me but this time I thought I’d treat myself and give it ago, it does get excellent online reviews after all and I thought it’d be nice to compare it to Brewdog’s own Born To Die beer that I tried a few weeks ago and one that was inspired by this one. This one will be my fourteenth beer from Stone brewing and yet again the brewery delivers, here’s what I thought of it.

Stone Enjoy By (07.04.15)

Appearance (5/5): Medium amber with orange tinges and a relatively clear body and it was topped with an amazing looking, foamy and very slightly off-white head that sat about a centimetre and a half tall with pretty much no movement at all over the opening couple of minutes. I thought this one would be good but it’s off to a flyer even when compared to my expectations; outstanding stuff.
Aroma (9/10): Really hoppy with a tonne of tropical fruits on the nose straight off the bat, there’s some mango, orange and passion fruit with some apricot following on behind. There is a lot of resinous pine and huge bitterness to this beer with a grapefruit backing and some grassy hops too. This is partially balanced out by some touches of caramel and a few sweet malts but it’s the hops and bitterness that dominate with some very faint alcohol as well.
Taste (9/10): Following on well from the nose, this one comes through with a lot of grapefruit and pine hops that have a real kick to them thanks to a little alcohol showing early on. The beer is bitter with a lot of tropical fruits from the nose carrying through the taste with some citrus and orange along with a bit of mango and apricot to begin. These fruits are followed by some pineapple giving it a really juicy taste before some floral flavours add yet more bitterness. Background malts and hints of caramel sweetness start to come through near the end as with the nose and there is a hint of alcohol there too but it’s an excellent tasting beer.
Palate (5/5): Quite a smooth beer with a medium body and medium carbonation as well, coming in at over nine percent there was naturally a nice kick to the beer and it had a slightly warming, boozy feel given it was such a big bottle. The balance was exceptional and it was ridiculously easy to drink for such a strong offering, really juicy and refreshing with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall (18/20): A truly outstanding beer from Stone right here, I was expecting a lot from this one going in (particularly given how much the bottle cost) but it definitely delivered and then some. There was tonne of hops and bitterness to kick things off with some touches of alcohol appearing too but it still managed to remain drinkable and well-balanced with a really refreshing and highly drinkable palate; this one was well worth ever penny I paid for it. Outstanding stuff and a couple of steps above Brewdog’s attempt at the concept with their Born To Die IPA.

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: Stone Enjoy By 07-04-2015 IPA
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 9.4%
Serving: Bottle (650ml)
Purchased: BottleDog (London)
Price: £15.00

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