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Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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RATINGS: 615   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

mrhoppy's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
On tap the pour is an almost clear bright golden color. Tight white foam. Hoppy aromas comprised of citrus, herbs, resin, and pine dominate. Hints of bread and cereal. Favor is intense hoppiness up front with a malty backbone to balance the bitterness. Herbal, floral, citrusy flavors explode forward with toasty malt flavors playing the support role. Clean flavors. As someone who prefers American hops, i am a fan of this beer. Well balanced and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (292) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - NOV 29, 2015
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a hazy yellow with a white lively head. Nose is huge hops, floral, piney. Taste is medium bodied, bitter. Finishes clean on the palate, lingering taste. Stone always comes through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Floral, grassy aroma with a complex hop profile that’s countered by a biscuit-y pilsner malt backbone. Some resinous oils with a spicy, grassy saaz character as well as some summit like onion scent, earthy pine, spruce tip and straw. There’s a touch of citrus/tropical fruit but the hops are more resinous and earthy. Pale malt backbone with biscuit and bread as well as a little bit of toffee and caramel. The nose kind of reminds me of a DIPA/imperial pils hybrid. Slightly chewy mouthfeel that’s on the fuller end of the spectrum with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a boozy, dry finish. The hops are much stronger than the nose suggests, but unfortunately it’s not as complex as expected. Dry, bitter and earthy with sticky resinous oils, grassy saaz, pine needle and dank, sticky buds. Just a touch of the summit-like onion flavor but it’s lacking in sweetness/citrus character. The malt backbone is stronger and sweeter than expected. Not picking up much pilsner malt flavor. Feels more caramel like with bread, biscuit and toffee. Not much heat but there is some noticeable boozy sweetness in the finish. Overall, this is an interesting direction to take the style but it doesn’t completely work for me. The malt presence is a bit too strong and the hop flavor is a bit one dimensional for my liking. I could feel the German pils influence in the aroma but its lacking in the beer’s flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7458) - 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 (3062) - 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 (7712) - 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 (1548) - 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 (904) - 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

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