Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA. I received this bottle as a gift yesterday and promptly poured, drank and reviewed it seeing as I had little time to enjoy this beer by.

From the Stone Brewing Company website: “You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a huge white head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical and pine hops and a slight malt sweetness scent.
Taste: Grapefruit, tropical fruits and orange are followed by pine hop flavors. Sweet and bready malts then hit my palate followed by more hop perfection.
Overall: Supremely drinkable, Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA is a beer to covet.  This beer totally lives up to the hype and represents everything that’s good about the style.  Dare I say it is the perfect IPA?  I don’t know…but it certainly is close.  At 9.4% ABV the alcohol was extremely well hidden.  If you find it, buy it.  You’ll be glad you did.


Mark Harvey
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