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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Draft... Clear amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of toffee, honey, tea biscuit and peppery hops, and. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with metallic bitterness to go with the honey and toffee malt sweetness. Finishes bitter, metallic and a bit alcoholic. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tendency (25) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
hmm..basics: pours thick golden..nice head and retention when poured properly. strong malt backbone like good pennsylvania steel. you know you’re driking a 9.5% beer with this one as the booze is not well hidden at all. beer has a definite hard on. malt burst through at front of mouth touch sweetness then the hot bitter hop bite. however, well, shit ill just say it: it kinda tastes like a super hopped budweiser on steroids. very bitter kudos for that but the flavor profile is too restrained and a touch bland for my taste. complex, nuanced hop feel lacking this drank more like a punch to the mouth and get the hell out attitude.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland. Herbal, onion hop aroma with a lighter underlying malt sweetness. Some metallic character and a little yeast ester character. Transparent pale golden body with a medium whitish head. Good retention. Starts herbal, and fairly bitter with decent hop flavors. Becomes a little sweeter and chewy in the middle. Finishes with more herbal and earthy hop flavors. Ethanol is hidden well. A decent beer. Nothing too exciting, though. Surprised this is 100% Pilsner malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (265) - - SEP 15, 2013
Pours clear amber with light head and tart aroma. The beer will please hop-heads, but I think that the bitterness can come across as overpowering (not surprising, given the beer’s name). Sweet citrus flavors come through, but they’re dominated by the hops. A good beer, but not as mind-blowing as other reviewers seem to suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3664) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draught. Pours a hazy copper color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is quite hoppy and pleasant, with some floral and grassy tones coming off it. Taste was weird, though - while it was nicely bitter, it seemed very dirty, like there was just a bit of soil thrown in with the beer. Made it feel a little gritty and unpleasant as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours a nice, pale gold. Quite clear, filtered. Medium white head. Some lacing and decent retention. The aroma has a lot of floral hops with some grass, herbal and light citric notes. Interesting minty edge to the hops. There’s also a fair bit of sugary caramel malt, more than I’d like. It’s sweet and perfumey. Everything seems rather sweet, and the sugary malt just pushes it all over the edge for me. The taste is similar. Lots of floral, herbal-dominant hops with bready, caramel-y, sugary malt. I like the sweet hop flavor, but the malt sweetness seems to throw if off balance. It’s sweet on sweet. Somewhat cloying. There’s little hop bitterness, just a light pine resin bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is not too heavy for the abv, but it’s fuller than I normally like in the style. Fairly slick. Overall, I’m not a big fan, and unfortunately, it’s not getting better as it warms. With a drier malt character, I think this would be much improved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Ah, Stone. Always upmost among innovation and extremes, they have made some of the greatest beers I have ever tasted, along with some of the absolute worst (tending more toward the former than the latter). I wondered what was in store for me with a bomber of Gotterdammerung. Upon first sniffs, I detected pine, orange fruits, and some strong sugary malt. Powerful stuff; good upon modest sniffs, but gaggy upon deeper whiffs. Head is nice, though dying down quicker than I might expect. Lacing a little better, albeit not outstanding. Flavor: IBUs assault! Alcohol assaults! Sweet malts assault! Burps assault! Second sip: sweet malts. BITTERNESS! Gaggy alcohol. *cough* Third sip: *GAG* Bitterness and alcohol! Tasty stuff beneath all that, though - lots of flowers, like dear Ruination. I need to eat and take a break; I cannot just drink this like a nice fruity IPA or a nice Saazy Pils. There; had some nice burger soup with a slight jalapeno kick. Ah. Took the edge off the high-powered flowers. Great pairing. Took another big bite just for balance. Another whiff: GEEZ LOUISE BITTER MALT SUGAR HOP ASSAULT. *deep breath* Okay. Another smell: orange juice gag. *deeper breaths* I will take another big sip now. *cough* *burp* Mmm, bitter orange juice. AGHHH ALCOHOL BURN *COUGH* Seems higher than 9.5%. Bitterness lingers nicely, though. Still, need more burger, green bean, tomato, celery, and jalapeno soup. Ahhh. Several gulps later, I am ready to face once again this German Gotterdamnwhatever from Stony. Smell: women’s perfume, orange juice, and ... another smell: BLECHperfumeOJ. *clears throat* Time to drink. *burp* Big sip and three more gulps - *COUGH*. Grapefruit now. Mmm. Booze *cough/throat-clear* Geez, I am really congested now, but - flowers and grapefruit are now lingering. mmm. Still, need more soup to offset this powerful stuff. Mmm, burger soup. I have two sips left, I think, from this serving size. OKAY HERE WE GO: Two big gulps OMAY GAGGING ON FLOWERS AND BOOZE! If this thing weren’t so freaking *burp* harsh...*burp x3*. Several more burps. Just too much here, ladies and gentlemen - I want my Ruination. Almost done with both soup and beer, but let’s try to get rid of this beer first - one last drink: *COUGH* yeah, too much. Just too much. Sorry, Stone - this is not one of your best. It’s not as catty and urine-like and bad over-the-top as some of your worst offerings, but it’s still too much for me. I think there is enough good going on to finish the bomber, but not without the assistance of balancing soup. Thank you for your *burp* time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a bit hazy, dull golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, cream, sweet grain, bread in the nose all with a bit of spiciness. A little chewy, toasted bready, cracker, slightly tangy, herbal hoppy, slightly dank flavor with a slight veggie note. Probably my least favorite IPA released by Stone to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADesenberg (592) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft: clear orange with a nice white head. Aromas of sweet flowery citrus. Flavor is bitter, citrus, but a super light body to it. Good... But I want more body. Still very tasty, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Smells of malt. Medium retention and some lacing. Not overly hoppy or malty. Smooth in the finish, but bitter in the aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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