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Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a mildly hazy amber color. There’s a pretty good head crowning the body, about a finger high, barely off-white, and rather foamy. Retention is pretty decent, and lacing is downright plentiful. S: Not as different as I expected. Orange marmalade helps counteract some of the grassy, floral hop notes. There also seem to be additional apricot and sulfur (not detracting) scents, as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected a radical aroma, because on its own it’s quite enticing. T: This seems to be a two part brew: first comes a large wave of floral bitterness, followed up by a surge of orange marmalade sweetness, with augmenting hints of apricot and peach. Some flavor definition exists within the bitter start. The distant aftertaste is probably the biggest problem of this brew - it’s not far off from being soapy tasting. Everything up to that point is damn good, and even the finish isn’t horrible. Hell, it even has some depth; granted, it isn’t the most refined or harmonious complexity by any means. M: It has a medium body, with carbonation that isn’t necessarily STRONG, just poking through the texture well. The off-dry finish helps give it decent drinkability, and the sweet linger helps conceal the alcohol. O: I think this tastes much like an IPA Victory would make - no, I’ll go one further, this isn’t far off from Hop Wallop. Ergo, it’s a super solid example of the style. Congratulations Stone, you’ve redeemed yourself for making the crappy 16th anny IPA. As a caveat, the soap really wore on me as I drank more of it. I won’t chalk it up to bad brewing, but to a fault of the German hops. For that, I’m still going to give it a very good score. Just share it with someone - problem solved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7230) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Draft at Dutch’s (also 22 oz bottle) from backlog notes. Pours a clear orange golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have big Noble hop character; floral, herbal, grassy, pine with big pilsner malts, caramel, toasted bread, moderate bitterness, medium plus body, good carbonation, this is an interesting imperial pilsner ipa hybrid that was good enough to have more than once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 2.75 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking and just a wisp or two of lacing is left. Weak for an IPA. 3.75 S: Hop forward and I would expect nothing less. Piney and floral with notes of tropical fruits including mango and papaya. Some earthiness and perhaps grassiness as well. Not much to say about the malts other than that they had to put some in. Neutral maltiness with a moderate sweetness. 3.5 T: Again the focus is hops. Moderate bitterness. Piney and earthy from start to finish. Floral in between. Mango and papaya are spotted here and there. Pretty straightforward taste. Not a lot of complexity and not a lot of maltiness other than the neutral sweetness that has to accompany a beer this big. 4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy with a subtle lingering bitterness. 3.75 D: Good beer. No complaints. Fairly standard. ★ 965 characters DavoleBomb, Aug 25, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3008) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Flavor was lightly bitter with citrus, pine, floral, grass and grapefruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Akfan (22) - USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Poured great gold color, aroma was piney but ohhh so good. Then of course the dank hop just did me in. Great mouth feel. One fav here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6091-20131203] Bottle. Mild grassy pine aroma. Clear, bright light orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter grainy citrus flavour has a long aftertaste. Medium body. Good, nice bitter brew. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9

[6162B-20140131] Bottle. Citrus resin hops aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Bitter resiny hops flavour has a grainy grass base. Medium body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
Overheard: "Here’s my monocle."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1477) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Raw beer. Strong aroma of citrus and floral and spiciness. Orange copper color that was not clear. White foamy head. Medium weight but coated the mouth and high carbonation. Strong harsh bitterness up front that continued but didn’t overwhelm. Good malt backbone with a slight sweetness. Big and bold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
22oz bottle - Sweet. Why’d it have to be sweet. OK, so the lines subject is "snakes" in the movie quote, but it just wouldn’t do for this review. This beer is sweet, but it’s also hoppy to. A good dose of pine needles on the sniff, a touch spicy, alcohol, but also lots of fruity cocktail syrupyness. I get a lot of tropical fruity character like mango and pineapple on the flavor, some underlying vegetal bitterness like carrots or bell peppers combined with pine sap and wet leaves. Finish is long and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (865) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, pine. I thought this was good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2055) - - SEP 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-22-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a small white fizzy head. The head fades fast leaving a persistent bubbly foam on the surface of the brew and a little bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big of a grassy and grapefruit citrus hop as well as lots of sweeter fruit aromas. The sweeter fruit smells are a mix of orange and tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and papaya. There is a lighter bready malt aroma there as well, but this is relatively light in comparison the fruit aromas, which overall dominate the smell and overall create a pleasant tropical fruit and lightly hopped aroma. Taste – Unlike what would have been expected from the nose the taste begins with a rather malty taste of a cracker and bready flavor. A small amount of tangerine sweetness is present upfront, but not nearly as heavy as would have been expected from the nose. Upfront along with the lighter sweetness and malty taste is a moderate showing of a grapefruit and light grass hop taste. As the flavor advances the grapefruit gets more and more intense and bitter while the sweetness fades. At the same time a bit of pine comes to the tongue, all while the hop flavors get more resinous and bitter toward the end. In the end with the bittering of the hop and the lightening of the sweet a somewhat drier and rather biting bitter flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 9.5 % abv. with the carbonation level being on the rather average side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been slightly more fitting, but overall it was alright. Overall – A decent double IPA, but nothing all that fantastic. A little to bitter for bitter sake with not too much balance. A nice one to try, but not one I will likely go back to over and over again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rustbucket0873 (318) - Krikville, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
pours a hazy golden color with white fluffy head. the aroma is grapefruit, citrus, earthy, and some malt. the flavor is bread, grass, earth, citrus, and really sweet. the flavor is definitely unique. very complex flavors.

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