Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 - Tom #4

Hello everybody, I know its been awhile but the dust has settled and I am finally back. So for my long awaited next review I am going to do a follow up to Gus's review of Stone's "Enjoy By 12.21.12". As a recap Stone handles its distribution itself so this has allowed them to develop this Enjoy By series in which you see a super fresh IPA being brewed and released only to certain states each time. The concept behind this is to release these IPA's super fresh and enjoy by the date in which the beer is named after and is printed very largely on the front of the bottle (not like your typical microscopic date usually printed on the back of the bottle). I shared this bottle with my cousin Matt on 11/30/12 to assure that I shared one last bottle before the end of the world! (No I didn't believe it!) So here is my take on the Enjoy by 12.21.12.
How it rates with others:

YouTube review:
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Information from the brewery's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  Double IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  9.4%
IBUs:  88
Serving:  22oz Bomber
Bottled On:  11.16.12
Enjoy By Date:  12.21.12

"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 level, to be overlooked by all but he 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."

This was poured into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass

 Appearance:  This poured a very deep golden yellow that was clear through.  On both pours it produced about a finger width of marshmallow like fluffy head. The lacing was steady around and the retention was solid for a little while and eventually gave way to a thin layer. The lacing lasted through out the drink. The carbonation was moderate and not over baring.

Aroma: I think Gus nailed it right when he said it was absolutely HUGE on the nose! From the pop of the cap you could instantly smell the huge citrus notes that alike of Pliny the Elder. Through the nose you easily get hints of orange peel, grapefruit, resin, piney hops and a sweetness from the malts. It also had a huge barnyard hay smell to it from the piney backing. The nose on this beast was huge and there was zero alcohol that I could pick up.
Taste:  Mmmmmm from first sip it was heavenly. Huge citrus notes just like the nose indicated and a little lemon zest came into play. From first sip the citrus takes over with the presence of the strong piney and resin notes close behind. Again this was super similar to Pliny the Elder in which I actually thought was a lot better. This is truly a hop heads dream come true right here. The sweet malt backs everything up so well at the end. And again as the nose indicated the alcohol completely hidden in this gem.

Verdict:  Hands down this brew battles my top 5 IPA's. Single handed the best IPA by Stone. This IPA definitely contends with the big boys like Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper. Having it be so fresh really helps boost the power this brew has and really stands out from the crowd and should be consumed as quickly as possible. Would easily pair great with spicy foods. This easily gets an A+ and a 100 across the board! Stone nailed it for sure.

This is truly a winner and with its restricted distribution if you were able to get it you were definitely treated to something special and if not, keep your eyes peeled for other Enjoy Series that may be popping up at your local stores soon such as the 2.15.13! Remember to subscribe, tell your friends and follow us on Facebook now!