Some of you may remember that I mentioned back in March that the Stone Enjoy By IPA would be making an appearance in Louisiana. This IPA is brewed specifically not to last. The version we got here in Louisiana is the Enjoy By 05.17.13 and was bottled on April 12th, which was 2 weeks ago as of this writing. Stone then shipped immediately to all the markets that were to receive this beer and over the past week, it’s been showing up in bottle shops and tap houses on a very limited basis. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few bottles of it, so I figured I’d share my thoughts.
This IPA pours a golden orange color and has wonderful clarity. There isn’t a whole lot of head on it, and even that dissipates rather quickly, but it does leave some nice lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is full of fruity hops, with mango and even peach hints. There are big fruity hop flavors immediately on the first sip, which mellow into a very light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium without a big resinous finish that many Stone IPAs are known for. And for me, this is a good thing. The label says this beer is 9.4% ABV, but I’m hard pressed to find much booziness at all. In fact, it’s really really easy to drink. The hop forward flavor shines through and it’s somewhat unbalanced in that there isn’t a lot of malt sweetness. Again, that’s good for me. I’ve really enjoyed this beer both times I’ve tried it over the past couple days.
This one is a definite 4.5 out of 5 bottle caps!
I look forward to enjoying this one over the coming weeks. For those of you in Baton Rouge, The Chimes East has it on tap right now, and The Pelican House will have it when they open on Monday, April 29th. Be sure to tweet about it so Stone will bring it back to our area. Use the hashtag #EnjoyBy #NOLA or vote on the Stone Enjoy By website.
Have you tried Stone Enjoy By IPA yet? What are your thoughts?