Monday, May 13, 2013

Nobody does IPA better than Stone, IMHO, and I was glad to finally get to sample their Enjoy By IPA, which is specially brewed to be enjoyed as fresh as possible. This stuff gets a ton of hype, and it's another Stone brew that really lives up to that hype. I had the Enjoy By 05-17-13 on 5-13-2013, on tap at Blue Five in Roanoke, VA. I sampled it first as part of a flight and then had a full pint with my lunch. Blue Five has a great bleu cheese and bacon burger that I always enjoy, but it took a major backseat today to this delicious IPA. Enjoy By is a glowing orange color with not a lot of head on my glass, but the aroma hits you from a mile away. It smells great. It reminds me of Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA, but brighter and really crisp. Grapefruit was the dominant note for me, but there were floral and grassy qualities as well. This thing hits the nose like a train and then doubles down in terms of flavor. I absolutely loved it and hope the Enjoy By series keeps finding it's way to restaurants and stores in my area.