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: 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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3.9
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head, Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit flavor with pine. Medium bodied. Very good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light earth and light tropical fruit.

3.6
solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Nice IPA with German hops. Makes for an interesting American style with German hops. Pours golden with good head and lacing. Malt has a great profile here. Caramel malt and big booze presence. Soft carbonation. Tap at Novare Res.

4
arminjewell (9728) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with eggshell white head, aroma brought notes of big white fruits, lots of dank weedy hops, hints of biscuit, more orange, grapefruit, touch of earth. Taste is a big mix of dank hops, pine, grass, hints of orange, slight white fruit, more biscuit, finishing fairly bitter. Your typical stone IPA, very well done.

3.6
czar (9614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
pours hazy bright golden with a nice white head, soem retention and lacing. floral and spicy - almost perfumy, bit of dank hops, pine needles and ginger snaps, pils and deceptively sweet malt bill, tripel-like, booze. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - oily and sticky, bittersweet piney-spicy-citrusy medium long finish. aroma is quite unique and interesting, i just wished that it had been less heavy. a nice modern german-like ipa.

3.7
bytemesis (9510) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a small white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of citrus, pine, spicy herbs, caramel, perhaps a touch of butter. Flavor is the same, medium spicy as if rye were present, light sweet, light plus bitter, with bitterness lingering to the far finish. Medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel. My overall impression is that it is a nice beer, but a bit harsh, and lacking the hop juiciness of my favorite IPA’s

3.2
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. I intended to scroll past this one but the forum talk about possible diacetyl and sensitivity to flaws made me curious enough to actually read about this beer. Pilsner malt and German hops? I’m interested. Sometimes they work magic in Anglo-American styles, but with 100+ IBU and Stone making this thing, I had a guess how this would smell and it’s mostly correct: cheese rind and cheesecloth / whey is a character I get in beer which overuse German hops (Keserű Méz is a great example of this smell and flavor but it’s not a beer you can find without going to Hungary so it’s not a good recommendation, but it’s what I think of when I smell these sorts of Westernized beers with German hops). Aroma has mild touches of that distinct German pilsner malt sweet baked bread and biscuit character but mostly the nose is hops, no surprise (give them credit for some malt expression in the aroma, more than you get in typical double IPA). A little game-y and somewhat like banana candies (runts), but the primary notes are floral / pepper / cheese rind / BO, again typical of using an absurd amount of German hops. The light lemon character and the stronger pepper and floral scents and all that, I see that as what you get with Hersbrucker and Sterling and Strisselspalt. Not so much citrus fruit character as you would expect given the Hallertauer and Opal and other hops used. A small bit of garlic and onion is there as well, which reminds me of Simcoe, and funny enough some descriptors I found online for two of these strains that I’m unfamiliar with mention Simcoe as a substitute. As for diacetyl? Not at all. Perhaps something in this beer varies wildly bottle to bottle but I would not guess diacetyl, and I consider myself very sensitive to it - for me it doesn’t manifest simply as butter, but as rancid foot sweat and popcorn flavoring (which uses diacetyl). It also manifests as an oily solvent-like texture on the palate. I get oiliness in this beer but it’s not solvent-like and there is no rancid character. Instead, guess what, it tastes like a high-gravity pilsner malt beer made with loads and loads of German hops. So maybe the American DIPA drinkers are seeing this German hop character as butter, the thing that I call cheese rind, must, BO, etc. Sweet, medium to full bodied, some pear and white grape-like esters, some bubble gum and pineapple rind and citrus peel show up as it breathes but it’s not pulpy or juicy. At 10% it’s very boozy for me, and the hop acids linger in the mouth while the alcohol burns the throat feeling like acid reflux. I’m not a fan of the hot alcohol or the excessive bitterness, but the aroma and the approach are pretty enjoyable, though I’d take a 5% version at 35 IBU any day over this version. YMMV.

4
b3shine (9271) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent light orange with white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; a nice balance of hops with a sweet but mild backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer; I really like what the pilsner malt does to this beer.

3.7
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
8/25/13. 22oz bomber from Five Points. Lightly hazed orange pour with a nice khaki head that cuts in half but lasts and laces quite well. Really nice, fresh floral hop aroma, like my nose is deep into a colorful flower, with grass, straw, pungent citrus, and doughy malts. Rich, bitter flavor, doughy malts, resin bitterness and a citrus kick, lots of grass, lingering doughiness and grass. Nice.

3.3
nimbleprop (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4oz pour at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a hazy, dark gold with one ring of white head. Malty nose, lemon, pine, soap, kind of earthy. Flavor is sweet, malty, lemon, white grape, some light grapefruit, a little vinous. Clean finish. Decent.

4.4
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a crystal clear deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma is . . . hello rich Noble hoppiness. I get floral and dank spicy onion notes as well as earthy grassiness and some sweet candied lime. The taste starts by tossing up a load of rich deep sugary malt sweetened Noble like hops at ya all at once. These are Noble hops at a robustness and smoothness rarely attained, if ever, IMHO. I get floral, lime candy, earthy tea and some smooth dank onions that unleash loads of hop flavor and hop bitterness. Wonderful rich vibrant bitter and flavorful brew. Well executed. Love it.


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