Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

 
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.5
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Draft. Copper pour, off-white head. Some retention/little lace. Aroma of earth, spicy noble hop, biscuit, caramel. Taste is bitter, spicy, earthy, biscuit. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish

3.8
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Shared a 22oz bottle with friends and co-workers. This one poured a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was plenty of hops, lots of German hop notes - cereal characters on the nose that remind me a bit more of a pilsner than an IPA. Flavor had notes of sweet citrus, nice grain balance in here. Alcohol is pretty well masked for tettering at 9 and a half. Pretty darn good, I liked it.

4
douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A sweet fruity hop nose with some honey. Big flavor of German hops, and it noticeably so with deep sweet lemon and honey, very grainy. Frischen Aromen. Ich konnte viel trinken. Vielleicht werde ich. Auf jeden Fall ist es gut. A big fluffy palate. Superbly drinkable.

3.7
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Overall a unique beer that brings some new hop aromatics and malt flavor’s. not many meet this .

3.6
Jerm719 (193) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Decent head. Light golden. Balanced. Earthy hops, some pine, biscuity malt, slightly creamy. Fairly long earthy bitterness on the finish. Pretty good for what it is...

4.1
Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle. Bright, golden pour. Bit of a fizzle, not much. Very nice viscous mouthfeel. Drinks like the better American IPAs I’ve ever had, but without any over the top, acidic hoppiness. Instead, this is an exceptionally well balanced, malty beer with some evident pilsner-like characteristics, yet some resiny burn of a big IPA. I love the finesse. (#5209, 8/24/2013)

3.8
oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Battle from capitol beer and taproom. Color is yellow with white head. Taste is very fruity

3.8
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bright 24 karat pour with a massive ivory crown that left excessive lacing inside the glass. Evergreen, lemongrass, and leafy crisp hops along with grapefruit pith and bitter orange peel. Honey, caramel, and candied citrus in the backbone. The German profile is definitely unique and distinguishable. Quite different than west-coast varieties but a nice change of pace. Solid.

3.7
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Clean, clear golden orange body, clarity off the charts. Foamy white head gone in seconds to a collar. Aroma very grassy and fruity like Fruity Pebbles. Tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too, with heavier hops. Hop oil, lupulin strike with zesty fruity and citrus collage. Mildly bitter, more towards the back end. Oily and a little sticky, heavy carbonation. Interesting but quite tasty.

3.5
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Grabbed a bottle of this today. Clear golden color with a tight eggshell head on top. An herbal, biscuity malt aroma, with grass, spruce, and some grapefruit. This is very bitter and hoppy; sharp pine, a little grass, and lots of crackery malt flavor. The pilsner malt is definitely prominent and provides an interesting twist to a Double IPA. Dry, bitter finish, spruce notes and biscuits linger. There is a sharp alcohol bite so the 9.5% doesn’t hide. It’s a good beer but something is missing to make it a great one. Maybe it’s just I feel I’ve had the same beer from Stone for years now with just a little twist each time to make it different. I think I’m just bored with Stone Double IPAs.


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