Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

 
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
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RATINGS: 610   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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3.1
DrinkinWell (389) - - 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.

3.9
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Clear golden pour with a white head. Aroma of grass, melon, honey and herbs. Flavor features many of the same notes, plus a long, herbal finish. This is an excellent beer, and I would love to see some more German IPAs.

3.9
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber. Pours a light cloudy orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is a citrusy apricot pine. Taste is a fairly complex mix of hop forward grapefruit pine and citrus. I found it to be a smoother drinker for a hoppy IPA. Nice work Stone!

4.3
coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2013
strong caramel and corn on the malt sidean almost abrasive pine sol and grapefruit on the hops side..yellow with a tinge of amber dissipating white head..tastes strongly bitter and astringent with spice grapefruit lemon pepper and pine..palate medium bodied tingly fizzy and dry...overall its so unusual and over the top on the bitter hoppiness that it is very unique aned being a hop fan I like it but its STRONG

3.8
ozarkspops (368) - - SEP 24, 2013
Pretty clear golden pour. Medium white head with good lacing. Aroma is very herbal and spicy. Sharp citrus. Flavor is very similar. An herbal flavor. Grassy. Bright tart citrus. Clean mostly dry finish. ---Rated via iPhone

3.6
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours copper with white head. Floral, pine, some sweet fruit hops. Hoppy bitterness cuts through some slight malt. Very carbinated almost biting. Finish is strongly bitter. Good.

4.1
Maltser85 (363) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours a nice orange straw color. The beer is clear. With a progressively aggressive pour, we get a two and a half finger slightly off white thick head. Aroma is dank. Big citrus, pine. Sweet fruit notes, peach, strawberry. Notes of sweet bready malts. Excellent smelling beer. First thing I notice about this beer is how much body it has. This is a full bodied beer. I can almost chew it. Slight delayed carbonation at the tip of the tongue. Sweet fruit flavors are right there. I get a lot of strawberry, maybe some peach, some apricot. The malt is there, but it takes a back seat to the hops. Immediately after the sweet fruit flavors you get an intense bitterness in the sides and back of your tongue. Very piney. Very bitter finish. As I continue to go back, the finish brings up some grassy notes and the strawberry sweetness from the front seems to carry through a bit more, accentuated by the malt. Amazingly as this beer warms, there continues to be absolutely no trace of the 9.5%ABV hidden in this beer. This is a very good very well made Imperial IPA.

4.7
wildbeercat (359) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22floz/650ml bottle into a tulip. Served cool.

Aroma: Very citrusy hop profile; not really piney like Stone’s brews usually are. Almost sweet. Really good!

Appearance: Clear dark orange body with a full, creamy, white head.

Taste: Gottdam! Wow that is something else. Quite hoppy, but not bitter. Flowery! Leafy! Wow this is a game-changer!

Palate: Full body. Lots of presence but not oppressive. Light on the tongue, slightly warms, and very refreshing.

Overall: Game-changer. Blows my mind. Happy Anniversary, everyone at Stone! Thanks for all the great brews; here’s to many more years!

4
DMLINAZ (358) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Flavor is earthy hops, pine, resin, slight floral notes. Enjoyed 22 ounce bomber and decided not to share it with anyone. ;-)


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