17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.86/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle date was smudged, but rest assured, this bottle is VERY fresh, as it was just released two days ago to the public.
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.
Pours a gorgeous pale gold/straw yellow that is crystal clear. A towering, creamy, 3 finger tall white head sprouts quickly and has good retention. The head leaves some spotty lacing down the edges of the glass.
Wow, definitely a different smelling IPA then what us hop heads are used to smelling. Huge floral and herbal European hops presence; fresh cut grass, mint, orange zest, lemon rind with a certain underlying pine-y resinous dankness. in between these spicy, floral notes, there is an interesting peach presence; I'm not sure which of the German hop varieties that comes from. Underneath the hops there is a soft, bready maltiness. As the beer warms, some alcohol does peep through the 'wall' of German hops.
Spicy hops slap your palate immediately with notes of lemon and orange peel, fresh cut grass, peach, and light apricot. The hops have a big floral quality about them. The hops dominate the flavor profile through out the beer until the dry finish, where your palate is kissed for the briefest moment of time by bready pilsener malts. The very bitter finish leaves long lingering notes of mint, pine resin, and lemon rind on your tongue. As the beer warms, a light alcohol presence comes out and further accentuates the natural minty flavors of these German hops.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Pretty crisp for the size of the beer.
Yet another very solid and unique IPA from Stone. This year for their anniversary beer, Stone chose to take 100% German hops and malts and make a giant Imperial IPA out of them. They succeeded, this beer definitely is an Imperial IPA through and through, but after drinking this beer, I am still left yearning for some tropical and citrusy Pacific North West hops I'm so used to in IPAs; I can't help but think of how awesome this beer could be if these German hops had some good ol' Simcoe and Amarillo hops thrown in with them. That said, this unique IPA is definitely worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 04:08:01 | More by flayedandskinned
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