17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.11/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a dark gold with orange and yellow highlights. A beautiful head of slightly creamy, white bubbles sits a finger’s-width above the glass and seems to last. The head leaves a sticky, tight packed lacing along the sides of the glass in sheets. In body the beer is clean of any particles or haze, with a pure translucence to it. On the nose, this beer starts to show its character. Right as the beer hits the nose you are struck with deep juicy fruit notes, mixed with candied hops and plums. Herbal, Noble spices touch the nose, but the thick, candied fruit smell is the big player here, and it is complex and just lovely on the nose. At the very back of the sniff there is a slight dank, earthiness to the beer, along with just a ghost of stale malt. The more you stick your nose in this beer, the more scents you pick up. This thing is layered and rich, and the Noble parentage of these new hops definitely shows itself as the beer warms, bringing more spice and grassiness to play with the stone and tropical fruits that are already whopping my nose. This may be one of my favorite smelling beers of all time. It smells like fresh hops and fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially candied sweet, but this mellows into a smooth, drying bitter that slowly bites down on your mouth. An alcoholic burn can also be briefly felt as the beer musters its way down the back of the throat, and a light bready sweetness can also be felt. The most surprising part of this beer is the almost tart feeling that the hops portray on the mid palate. In flavor, the beer begins as fresh, candied stone fruit with touches of grape must, sweet mango, and cloying alcohol. This flavor builds to a lovely crescendo of bitter pine and grapefruit, which reminds the palate that this is a Stone beer. The finish is incredibly long for hops, giving nuanced, fruity character as the bitters build into a proper strength. The only problem with the taste is the cloying alcohol, which hits mid palate and but then leaves. The aftertaste is pine bitter, but with an odd, yet pleasing flavor of maple syrup on the back of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels thicker, sitting on the heavy side of medium with a middling carbonation that provides a gentle scrub to the tongue. The mouth is left dry yet full of saliva trying to cancel out the almost puckering sense of hops. Overall, this is one of my favorite and most unique smells in a beer. It’s rich, it’s old world, its new world, and it is very pleasing. The flavor starts off along the same strain, but loses a little something to the cloying alcohol and the excess of fruitiness in this beer. This is a great beer, but I would love to see Stone do some tinkering with it and turn it into an extraordinary one. This is my favorite Stone beer so far.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2013 01:47:03 | More by Maxwell
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3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My former high school classmate and current drinking buddy, Mike, stopped by to help me in my ongoing bottle eradication. He spied this one and suggested that I break it out since it was already older than the brewery would have preferred. This is all part of the reason that I will not be buying many bottles in the future - it just becomes too easy to get inundated and backlogged by the dang things!
From the bottle: "August 2013 Release Drink Fresh"; "Stone 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA [-] Life is never dull at Stone, but the last year has been one of the most eventful yet. We threw open the doors to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, our second decidedly eclectic brewery restaurant, installed in two historic Naval Training Center buildings (including the original mess hall). We outfitted it with a 10-barrel brewhouse, 40 taps serving Stone and guest beers, a huge outdoor garden area, and 650-plus seats. Hey, 'small' is for other people. Well, come to think of it, we do have our own version of 'small' in our brand-new-as-of-August craft beer-centric Stone bar and eatery in Terminal 2 of San Diego International Airport. At any rate, plan your trip accordingly. And we doubled the size and production capacity of our brewery, built the new Stone Packaging Hall and, oh yeah, found out we're now the 10th largest craft brewing company in the country. We can hardly believe we fit all that into one paragraph, much less 12 months. Through all that growth, like hop bines rooted in fertile soil (see what we did there?), we kept our feet securely planted on terra firma, remembering that it's all about the beer - we'd be nothing without it. and so, as we prepare to celebrate 17 years of straining the seams of the ale envelope, we again focus squarely on beer via our annual anniversary offering, while at the same time laying to waste long-held concepts of what German hops can and cannot do, as well as what the world has come to know about San Diego IPAs - thanks much in part to our family of beers."; "Inspired by new experimental German hops, our brewing team is celebrating our 17ten Jahrestag by taking palates on an unconventional tour of Deutschland by way of Southern California. In doing so, we used a grain bill comprised exclusively of pilsner malts and German hops with crazy awesome names: Herkules, Hersbrucker, Magnum, Merkur, Opal, Smaragd & Strisselspalt. Dry-hopping with Sterling, a U.S. hop with Saaz parentage, lends a bit of familiarity, but be forewarned, this is a unique beer that takes the IPA - a style we've already pushed far beyond its previous limits over the years - to interesting new territory. Schumpeter chose economics; we chose beer. Our creative destruction has been aimed squarely at the previously-held-dear conventions of what beer can and should be. Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is the latest in a long line of innovations, but nowhere near the last. Not by a long shot. [undersigned] Greg Koch CEO & Co-founder [,] Steve Wagner President & Co-founder".
Whew! I poured for both Mike and I, netting three fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a solid gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very grassy with an underlying honey sweetness. [Bear in mind that I had not read or transcribed the above when I took my notes. My notes are direct.] This is an IPA?!? I would have guessed a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sharp and grassy, more like an Imperial Pils. There was also a fairly hot fusel alcohol bite to it. Finish was dry, with a grassy, slightly minty coolness on the extreme finish. Wild!
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 14:24:15 | More by woodychandler
17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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