So, if want to experience all of the full flavor and juicy hoppiness, then you better get ready to drink that puppy right away! There is no better time then now. Respect the almighty hops and consume your beer when it’s fresh. If your beer is all about the hop aroma and flavor, then aging does not have a place in it’s lifetime, which should be relatively short. Many other non hoppy beers will possibly benefit from some aging, as you will find with many imperial stouts that breweries commonly release for anniversary ales.
The most noticeable to jump on this bandwagon is Stone with the Enjoy By series. It's a huge one, at 9.4% ABV and 88 IBU's. This double IPA has 11 different hops, so it's no surprise this beer is to be consumed within a month of its release. This insane beer is amazingly balanced. At first taste you can’t possibly realize the time they put into each hop variety and what it has to offer this beer. After that you realize the large amount of hops are masking the huge 9.4% ABV tag! Following that monster ABV you notice the beautifully crafted malt character. Last, and certainly not least, you notice this is without a doubt the most complex and devastatingly beautiful double IPA you've found!
To give you a better insight on the hop character in this beer, check out this clip from Stone's brewmaster Mitch Steele: "Hopping, as might be expected, was over the top. First, the brew was mash hopped with Calypso, a beautiful fruity hop that we also used in our Stone 16th Anniversary IPA, after which we kettle hopped with a very small dose of Super Galena hop extract for bittering. Then, using a technique that I’ve seen some homebrew circles call “hop bursting,” we loaded up very heavily on the flavor hops at the end of the boil and in the whirlpool. Simcoe, Delta, Target and Amarillo were used in the late kettle hop. Motueka, Citra, and Cascade were used for the whirlpool hop. As you can clearly tell, this beer was super hoppy even before we dry-hopped it, but then we went for it…dry-hopping with 1lb per barrel EACH of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin and Australian Galaxy."
Look out for the next wave of Enjoy By to hit the shelf. We hope you are just as excited as we are for this super dank and devastatingly delicious IPA. Let us know what you think. Also make it a point to drink those hoppy beers right away. Remember, don't let it last too long, and respect the almighty hops!
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