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Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyalFlushing (324) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (532) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhclem (403) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1517) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4213) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
Tap @ brewery. Pours clear pale golden amber with a small lacing off white head. Aroma is fruity hoppy citric malty. Flavor similar to aroma very balanced bitternesd with malts and sweet fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours a golden amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of spicy noble hops, citrus, bready malt. Flavor of spicy hops, citrus, bready malt. Dry, crisp and a great hop profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Yah Germany, this is solid, tons of hops, pure tasting, heady beer, hop prfile is pretty perfect front to back, awesome balance with a great fruity/piney flavor as well....awesome brew, how stone continues to churn out so many solid IPAs at once is beyond me, without sacrificing quality, abv barely detected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maddog (478) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2013
A good beer, a little strange, just not great. The pour is clear gold with very little head. This beer is very hoppy and bitter, definitely over 100 IBUs! I love the idea of over hopped beers using German style hops, but I like Imperial Pils better. As it warms, the pine really comes out.

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