17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by udubdawg:
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
22 oz bottle
nose is nice, difference between the overly citrus or tropical IPAs is immediately noted. At first sniff I don't think the overall hop kick is as strong, but mostly that is due to the pungency of the hops and their fruits represented. It's actually quite strong. 5 years ago we'd probably even call it intense. interesting minty quality mixed with the spices and flowers - I look for the label but no, none of the ice candy Polaris I'd hoped to find. fruitiness is there but not dominant. Malt struggles to shine through, as I would expect. A couple times I think I find the honey/light dough notes of Pilsner malt, but they are quickly overwhelmed. Alcohol - yeah there is some here. Can't help but wonder if a 7.5-8% beer might be a touch more in balance with these less-than-intense German varietals.
light gold color, bright and vibrant. Just Pilsner malts? more color than I'd expect. Head is off white, firm, high and lasting to the bottom with decent lacing. Nice looking Stone beer; no surprise there.
Flavor mostly follows aroma. alcohol is everpresent, just short of hot, but not. Harsh? - probably no more than your standard Stone IPA, actually. I think alcohol is doing more to balance the hops than any malt is to be honest. Nice hop flavor. hint of citrus/lemon. overall flavor is strong but not dominant. ample flowery/spicy hops here - yeah, it seems more noble-ish than any of the "new" German hops I've reading about and occasionally brewing with. There's a decidedly Saaz-ish spice here. I'm frankly disappointed a bit - not that it isn't great, but when I read about new German hops, I wanted to taste more of them. where's the mandarin orange and the aforementioned ice candy? No Hallertau Blanc? Oh well. Otherwise your typical Stone IPA with firm, lingering bitterness, no off flavors, nothing in the way of the hops (and alcohol). Solid all around.
Hints of numbing though less than Ruination, for instance. Ample warming on the palate - obvious this is a big beer. Touch stickier than I expected, and while I appreciate the dry finish, I wouldn't mind it being a touch cleaner. FG might be a bit higher than I expected with just Pils; it seems to work here to help balance the hops. there's malt there, it's just nondescript.
I'm enjoying this, more than I expected to. The hops are on point, and the high alcohol without any real malt character to balance it just makes enjoyment less than it could be otherwise. It's not the ridiculous "hop juice" of some of the session IPAs out there but I can't help but feel it needs some time. Yet I can't age it into anything smoother. Close to greatness...
if I were making this I'd age it cool for probably a year, THEN dry hop it and bottle, just like I'd treat a big English IPA.
08-19-2013 21:06:17 | More by udubdawg
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3.98/5 rDev +1%
Great to see thi Finally here in my area.Poured into an imperial pint glas a clear rich medium golden with a half finger white head that leaves two broken rings of lace as it settles.Leafy and mildly citric hops in the nose along with some malt, and alcohol fruitiness.The flavors are pretty complex,yeah you get some citrus and leafy hops but there is malty, almost dark fruit flavor as well along with some sugary sweetness and alcohol,the bigger chewey feel for the style is unique and pretty cool.Stone made a different beer here for their anniversary and I like it,to me it's not a big hop bomb but a DIPA with nice complexity and nuance.
08-26-2013 21:46:02 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Another new Stone beer, another new IPA. Who saw that one coming? I kid, I kid. I was excited to try this "American-ish styled and brewed IPA with German experimental hops"... Sounds interesting and different enough. Clean and clear golden-orange body - clarity is second to none here with a foamy white head that quickly disassembles into a thick collar and foamy film. Surprisingly low amount of lacing when compared to nearly every other Stone beer.
The aroma is quite grassy and contains a melange of all sorts of fruits, backed up by some mild grain and malted barley notes. Dare I say... Fruity Pebbles. Yes, the aroma smells like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. This is a Fruity Pebbles IPA. But, strangely enough, I am okay with that. Leafy, grassy,and full of citrus, lemon, honey, tea, melon, honeysuckle, and even some fruity, berry-like aromas. It still retains its "IPA" smell, though, with a constant, injecting bitterness in the nostrils.
Hah, whooda thunk it? This fucker tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too. Only with a much heavier hand on the overall hoppage. Hop oils; dense hop oils overtake the senses as Stone's 17th anniversary beer unleashes its mad lupulin strike. Zesty fruits, citrus collage - some orange, lemon, cherry-ish notes even? I taste a little bit of wheat, too, maybe... Then again, maybe not. There's a lot of stuff going on here. I'm quite taken back by these crazy German hops.
Only mildly bitter, especially for a DIPA, though it does creep in on the back end and hits your uvula with a left jab after each sip. Oily and sticky and resinous with some very, very light Pilsner malt in the finish. Heavy carbonation that snaps the roof of your mouth and tingles your lips each time you bring the glass to your face. Nice, crisp, and clean in the ending.
You tell me, hey, try my new homebrew. It's a Fruity Pebbles flavored DIPA. I immediately shudder in thought of what that horrendous combo might taste like. But you know... it actually turned out to be pretty damn tasty. A very nice combo of fruit and herbs and hops with a good amount of tantalizing bitterness, never delving into excessive sweetness (a la RuinTen). Maybe I'm weird, since I'm the only one who enjoyed Stone's 16th, as well, but this was quite tasty.
09-22-2013 14:01:14 | More by tectactoe
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
A: A deep golden beer with good clarity and a long lasting head of fine white bubbles that leave fine lacing on the glass.
S: Sort of an Imperial Pilsner meets IPA having a medium-strong aroma of earthy, spicy hops with a medium amount of Pilsner malt aroma. There is some lemony citrus in the back along with a light floral alcohol aroma.
T: An aggressive hops bitterness with an explosion of Continental hops flavors where the spice hops flavors dominate with a strong earthy component and a moderate amount of citrus. A moderate Pils malt flavor having a graham cracker character and faint malt sweetness. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with an linger hops bitterness.
M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth.
O: This beer gives the impression of an aggressively bitter, German IPA and a well made one at that. Definitely worth finding if you like hops.
09-01-2013 02:10:48 | More by MadScientist
3.96/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Great golden IPA color. I poured it fairly gentle and got about a finger on the head.
S- Piney, floral, grapefruit, grass and a little something sweet... Honey possibly?
T- Nice! ...Can definitely taste the difference in this IPA. The malt is there followed by your classic IPA bitter finish. No heat from the alcohol in this either.
M- Good carbonation with a very slight syrupy feel on the way down.
O- A SOLID IPA... Glad I bought more than one, Stone does it again.
09-11-2013 22:36:37 | More by npala86
4.21/5 rDev +6.9%
This was a visually pretty beer. In the pint glass the beer was a clear golden color. It poured a thick white head with abundant lace.
First whiff gave off a piney, herbal aroma, followed by citrus. A sweet malt background.
On tasting, first up was resiney pine, then grapefruit. Sweet bread, like challah.
Mouthfeel slick and oily, contrasting with sweetness.
A very enjoyable beer.
09-25-2013 22:07:52 | More by lordofthewiens
3.08/5 rDev -21.8%
22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/26/13. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts, ripe fruits and floral, grassy, slightly resiny hops with some alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet fruity toasted malt (slightly soapy) with a big floral, grassy, slightly resiny bitterness in the finish. There are some notes of cream ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an OK DIPA, I think going German was not a wise choice.
08-28-2013 04:26:17 | More by Beaver13
17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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