Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stone Enjoy By 4.01.13

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (832) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber to light orange hue. Clear for the most part but slightly cloudy. Forms a large, ivory, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus pith. A hint of herbal/earthy character, but no alcohol presence.

Taste: You may have to take this review with a grain of salt as the beer was enjoyed less than two weeks shy of its "expiration date." Not that a Stone double IPA is going to have any trouble holding up for a few months. This is a brewery know for their hops and "Enjoy By" definitely delivers. While not as overtly bitter as Ruination, this beer definitely has a strong hoppy taste and accompanying bitterness sans the sharp intensity.

The palate opens with dry bitterness which gets a little stronger until it peaks with a strong hop bite. Tropical fruit flavors can be found lurking throughout the first half of the palate and they’re actually quite refreshing while the beer is in the mouth. As it descends, the fruit fades and the raw hop character envelopes the palate. There’s mild garlic and onion flavors present right as it finishes and in the aftertaste, though they not distracting at all. As for the malt side, it’s mostly a general pale malt character with no discernible notes other than a hint of honey at the beginning of the swig.

All-in-all it’s an excellent beer, but not a Hall of Famer because it’s missing a "wow" factor since it seems so familiar to me.

Drinkability: Though big and bold, Stone Enjoy By 4.01.13 is not a challenge to drink. The body is full, but comfortable in the mouth. Relatively soft texture with a crispness to it. Not sticky or syrupy or cloying and is easy to drink in sips or gulps. The 9.4% ABV is well utilized as there is no trace of warmth or heat anywhere, nor does the beer overwhelm me. Drinking an entire bomber alone was easy. 
Grade: 9/10