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Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

 (RETIRED)
overall
98
91
style
Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our latest anniversary beer, starring an all-German cast of malt and hops, is yet one more glorious example of a Stone IPA brewed outside the box. Our brewers have brought their experiments with German hops to fruition, leaving convention behind to create this hefty IPA entirely with pilsner malts. These provide a superbly crisp mouthfeel, while a unique mix of noble and new-school hop varieties adds layers of bright, bitter flavors. Despite the daunting name, this beer isn’t designed to bring about the end of the world, but it just might destroy some of your preconceived notions of what an IPA can be.

Hops bill: Bitter-hopped with Magnum Late kettle additions: Herkules, Merkur and Opal Whirlpool: Emerald (aka Smaragd) and Strisselspalt from the Alsace region of France, which is just a stone’s throw across the Rhine from the German border. Dry-hopped with a 50/50 blend of German Hersbrucker and Sterling

Malt bill: Weyerman Pilsner Malt, Briess GoldPils Vienna


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Zipps, nice golden orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus and lots of grassy notes. Taste is similar, light citrus up front, nice piney bitter finish. A rather interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Served in Spiegelau tall pils glass. Herbal, grassy and floral aroma. Crisp mouthfeel. Light biscuit maltiness offsets the floral, herbal and slight poire william flavor. Nice balance, I had no idea this was 9.5%. This is the imperial pilsner I have been waiting for.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle to spigleau. Clean gold pour with a huge white head that laces all the way down. Nose is a good mix of fresh citrus hops with a touch of bready pilsner malt. Taste is sweet up front quickly backed up by grapefruit hop bitterness back into a sweet bready malt body that finishes bitter again. Good, maybe a touch too sweet?

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Beautiful blonde color with creamy head. Nice lacing and a gentle hoppy aroma. Balanced full flavor without being overwhelming. Really amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Aroma begins with some sweet notes including honeydew melon followed by subtle floral and lemon zest notes.Bottle poured a clear golden with a small soapy white head and notable lacing. Taste is all malt upfront followed by a slightly overwhelming floral flavor leading to a bitter hoppy finish. Floral and spicey hops linger on the palate. I would label this as a miss.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Golden yellow, clear, not much foam but a thin layer stays on the surface. Light aroma, hay and hops. Flavor brings the same character. Lots of hay and grass malt with a decent dose of bitterness in the vein of other stone IPAs. Very crisp, as advertised. This is a slightly askew beer, very literally a cross between the pilsener and IPA styles. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours bright and clear. Gleaming. Golden straw color with a frothy lasting white head of foam that left delicate lace. Nose is spicy, floral and noble hops. Honey like malt that reminds one of sweet flowers. Grass, tea and spice. Earthy and raw.

Taste is soft fruits dazzled by honey. Grass and spice comes in mid palate. Lots of round hoppy flavor then a sharp and very careful bitter. Resiny and and a bit of alcohol coming in on the nose. There’s some orange. Medium full body with a dry spice. The sweetness is very short lived and the bitterness lasts. There’s some alcohol on the palate too and it’s warming in the drink. Caramel in the malt as it warms. Crisp, refreshing and even a little peppery.

I thought the caramel was a little too heavy at first and then I got into the glass. I think I understand what they were trying to accomplish with this and it wasn’t ill conceived. This had elements of a pilsner or a lager and elements of an IPA. It was executed well but it had a little too much heaviness in the malt for me in places and a touch too much sweetness. The saaz lent some spice to the IPA style that is not what you are expecting but it drank well. As it drinks it’s friendlier and before you know it the glass is empty. Stone has taken a chance here and some people will like this. Some may not understand.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2013
When I die I want to come back as a Stone Brewery. This is easily one of the best I/DIPA’s I have tasted. It’s nice to see Stone remains on the cutting edge. Stop reading this and go buy it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kgpagel (2) - Redlands, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013 does not count
This tastes fantastic. Nice take on a style that is overdone without many standouts. Very good citrus notes and decently smooth. All the taste of IPA without the huge bite that turns off some. Head is white with light lacing, color is golden. Taste is grapefruit and pine, but very easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1650) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours transparent light amber with a thick frothy white head. Aroma of hops and lemon peel. Taste of strong hops at first that dissolves into a slightly bitter mixed fruit feel.


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