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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tendency (26) - 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 (3490) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdm1984 (813) - 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 (10070) - 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
GnarlyGnome (773) - Fairfield, 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 (321) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Hazy golden-orange body, medium sized off-white head, minimal lacing. toffee, orange marmalade, honey, biscuit, citrus. Odd blend of flavors. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, assertive bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (2019) - - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma and taste are bitter with tropical fruit notes. Pilsner malt does not make an appearance as far as I can tell. I like the concept but the execution is lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Wtf! IPA? Hello Imperial Pilsner. Blah. I expected a lot more from Stone for a 17 year anniversary batch. Disappointed. Call this what it is, and I would rate it much higher! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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