Brewed in: San Diego California USA
Style: Double IPA
HOPS: Calypso during the mash; Super Galena hop extract for bittering; Simcoe, Delta, Target, and Amarillo for flavor; Motueka, Citra, and Cascade for aroma; Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy for dry hopping
Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 is a beer that tells you exactly when you need to drink it by. Stone threw everything but the kitchen sink into this heavy hitting beer on the hops front. It pours out of the 22 oz bottle amber in color with a generous white foamy head. On the nose, it is a heavily floral dose of hops.
For all of the scent, it does little to prepare you for the blast of hops that assaults your tongue. This is a heavy handed hoppy tasting beer. The finish is dry and overall it is big and bold with little subtlety. Unlike many hop beers, this one does not change as it warms and you work your way through the bottle. Each drink is similar to the first with lots of pine and citrus hops.
Enjoy by is a great beer to have once in a while to remind you what hops can do. Just don’t try to follow it up with anything else. Your palette will need the night off after this one not to mention at 9.4% you won’t need much more.
(3.75 out of 5)