17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
Pours a nice, pale gold. Quite clear, filtered. Medium white head. Some lacing and decent retention. The aroma has a lot of floral hops with some grass, herbal and light citric notes. Interesting minty edge to the hops. There's also a fair bit of sugary caramel malt, more than I'd like. It's sweet and perfumey. Everything seems rather sweet, and the sugary malt just pushes it all over the edge for me. The taste is similar. Lots of floral, herbal-dominant hops with bready, caramel-y, sugary malt. I like the sweet hop flavor, but the malt sweetness seems to throw if off balance. It's sweet on sweet. Somewhat cloying. There's little hop bitterness, just a light pine resin bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is not too heavy for the abv, but it's fuller than I normally like in the style. Fairly slick. Overall, I'm not a big fan, and unfortunately, it's not getting better as it warms. With a drier malt character, I think this would be much improved.
08-19-2013 04:35:14 | More by popery
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.
A - This one pours somewhere between a deep straw and a pale orange. Perfectly clear beer. A single finger of pure white head forms and sticks around for a little while. Tons of very fine bubbles streaming up from the nucleation site at the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly little lacing.
S - Sweet malts right up front. A bit of hop in the background, but it's not a full-on hop assault. The aromas that are there are very grassy and bright, though. A bit of apple, apricot, and bread in the finish.
T - Definitely interesting, but not hitting all of the right notes for me. It's hoppy, but it leans too much to the syrupy sweet side for my liking. The German hops come through big time, but they don't really fit perfectly for this style. It's an experiment to be sure, but one that falls just short. Grassy, herbal, spicy, and at the end of the day just too sweet.... borderline medicinal.
M - Thick, syrupy, but somehow lively at the same time. Well-carbonated, finishes surprisingly dry for how sweet this brew is.
O - A bit of a disappointment. Not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, it just doesn't live up to the last few years of the anniversary brews. The marriage of German hops in this kind of volume with an American-style DIPA just doesn't work out as well as I had hoped it would.
08-19-2013 04:15:24 | More by ESPNman
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours out a very nice, clear gold. 3/4 inch of head to start, great lacing.
Pine sap, fresh cut grass, floral hops, and caramel combine up front. Slight caramel in the back. I expect an unbalanced hop bomb.
Too much clashes right up front. Pine resin, caramel, soap, lawn trimmings... a hop explosion with not much balance and too much booze in the finish. Goes down thick and hot.
I like Stone, but not this beer. It isn't awful, but nothing I'd try twice.
08-19-2013 02:40:18 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
22oz bottle $7.99. Bright yellow color, good head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is an odd hoppiness, hard to place. Flavor is super hoppy but the flavor is like earthy hops you woudl find in a pilsner and in fact the whole beer feels like a pilsner crossed with Enjoy By IPA. Grassy, minerals, pretty interesting but not something I will revisit. All in all another good anniversary offering from Stone.
08-19-2013 00:23:22 | More by ArrogantB
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
This one proved a little hard to get. Luckily, the clientele at my grocery store doesn't know good beer.
A 22 oz bomber and I poured it into my big wine glass. Got bright gold clear body with lacing and nice white foamy head.
Nose was strong enough I could smell it without sticking my nose in the glass. Extremely floral.
Taste has plenty of hops but once again there is floral notes. Pretty creamy mouth feel. Goes down way too easy for a strong one. As usual, Stone knows hops.
08-18-2013 21:49:04 | More by daledeee
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Götterdämmerung, or in English, “TWILIGHT OF THE GODS:” probably the most badass name for a beer that I’ve ever heard. No surprise coming from the badasses at Stone; cheers to 17 years!
Brewed this month, with a Best Before date of 10/17/13 (two months after the date of this tasting).
A: Pale copper body, nearly transparent, with a sticky white head. Spider webs of retention and chunky lace remain throughout.
S: The nose is full of stone fruits, a juicy peach and apricot purée plus notes of strawberry jelly and tangerine. Probably the most fruit-forward nose I’ve come across, and it’s incredible. Slight hint of lemon cake toward the back end, bready and sweet.
T: The first taste that comes across the palate is an unmistakable pilsner maltiness: crisp cracker and grain husk tastes with just a light sweetness. Hops stand out even more, then, bursting in with a wild mix of the nose’s peach, apricot, and red grape and a resinous pine and herb - a thick hop bitterness. Slightly boozy toward the end. Finishes with that slick hop dryness, coating the tongue with bitter hop oils.
M: You can tell it’s a big beer upon first sip: the thick, hearty body is hardly countered by the light carbonation.
O: I was expecting a little more from what promised to be a German-style beer, but when you add that many hops, flavor variations can be masked. In all, though, the hop choice gave it one hell of a nose and the pilsner malt diminished the sweetness, making the beer more palatable than a comparable West Coast caramel-malt-fest; after finishing the bottle without much trouble, I can certainly say it was a flavorful, (relatively) drinkable IPA.
08-18-2013 20:23:51 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
appearance: apricot colored. Mostly clear with loads of rising bubbles. Thick swath of near white head and messy lacing.
smell: Piney hops up front on a bed of sweet candied malt.
taste: Much drier than the nose would indicate. Piney hops with some malt at first. a dry and slightly bitter finish.
overall: very different than other Stone IPA's I've had. Better than the sum of it's parts. Kudos to Stone. They've always been great at IPA's but most were much like each other. This is a stretch. I like it.
08-18-2013 19:46:49 | More by cindyjeffsmith
17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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