17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA | Stone Brewing

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by new experimental German hops, our brewing team is celebrating our 17th 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 it's previous limits over the years–to interesting new territory.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear molten gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a small ring with a faint wispy cap. Spotty lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet and fruity for something laced with German hops. Some sweet mango and bubblegum. Earthy and slightly spicy with a clean gritty thing going on. Pilsner malts are incredibly clean and light. Some lightly toasted and bready elements. Sweet and bready. Some backing hints of bitter pith. Orange.

Taste: Oddly sweet. Bubblegum and dirt. Earthy with some lingering bitterness on the finish. Malts are light and clean, offering a mild sweetness. Strong floral push with some slight hop spiciness. Warming bumps the sweetness up a bit past enjoyable. Candied hops at times. Oily and herbal. Aggressively hopped, big surprise. Biscuity with some backing alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Oily medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Lingering bitterness tamps down on an otherwise clean finish.

Overall: Gotterdammerwhut?

Stone seems to have a hit or miss strategy with their anniversary beer. This isn't quite as odd as the Emperial IPA (14th), but it's still a miss overall. The hop profile is all over the place and it just never mixes with the lighter malt base. It's confusing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at me local HEB grocery this morning; it was delivered yesterday so freshness is guaranteed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and branded pry-off cap served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Enjoy by: 11/13/13. Reviewed as an IPA (not an Imperial IPA) because it identifies as such on the label's description as well as in the name and on Stone's website.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average to above average (about 2-3 minutes).

Body colour is a clear somewhat pale copper of average vibrance. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an IPA. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Pale malts, hideous lavender, graininess, honey, pilsner malts, floral hops, vague lemony citrus hop notes, and a soapiness indicative that the beer spent too much time spent in primary. Honeysuckle. Astringent tea. Caramalt. Doughy yeast. Boy, that lavender ruins it. An off-putting aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol is detectable. A bad aroma overall for the style.

T: Horrendous lavender - ugh. Lemon citrus esters, artificial lemon grass. Inappropriate Saaz-esque hop notes with a pilsner-like graininess and obnoxious bitterness. Honey. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Caramalts. No piney, nectary, or juicy hop notes. Somewhat resinous. Build is simple; this really needs some complexity and subtlety. Subpar balance. By no means a gestalt beer. Has some cohesion, though. Lightly doughy yeast; that doesn't suit the style at all.

Subpar depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some alcohol presence does manifest.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Body isn't ideal. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come across as custom-tailored to it by any means; there's not a marriage of texture to taste here.

Not oily, hot, boozy, harsh, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable for the decently-hidden ABV. I wouldn't get it again, especially at this price point. It's more of a German Lager-meets-IPA than a true IPA. Pretty average overall; nothing to write home about - certainly not unique or special. Another mediocre brew from Stone. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I'll kill this bomber without issue. I can't say I'm disappointed; this is the level of quality I usually expect from Stone. The whole "new experimental German hop" thing is a nice gimmick, and I expect it'll help this beer sell quite well. Stone's marketing is incredible; I just wish their beers were too.


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Photo of SierraFlight
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy copper with thin head that fades quickly. Apricot, grapefruit, butter, pine on the nose. Orange cream and grassy bitter flavors up front fading into a long bitter floral finish. Oily/soapy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation that cuts through.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle.

A: Clearish copper with a 1/2" white head. Nice legs.

N: Earth and peppercorn. Some mandarin orange and pineapple. The former is the first to hit me, with the latter becoming more dominant as this warms. Leafy pine in there as well.

T: Very bitter and almost salty? Marijuana and ashy cigarettes at the end. Tons of hops here, but they aren’t good ones. Some citrus notes mixed with ample sweetness.

M: Really dry and scraping. Very sticky, but this has far too much of Stone’s patented booze.

O: A passable DIPA that’s hyper-aggressive, but not actually very good. Wouldn’t have this one again.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Chill haze in a yellow glass, holds a thin white cover that gives up some lace.

Smell: Different; a bit worty with a lemon citric hop note. The worty base really comes through, not a lot of hops, not what you would expect for a IPA.

Taste; Hops come through more in the taste, mostly noble/German hop tastes, bit earthy, a bit peppery, a bit leafy, not really the profile I personally care for, but not bad. The sweet finish comes across as a little under attenuated (worty).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit oily, firm carbonation but not fizzy.

Overall: A different animal, as if Germans had decided to jump on the hop craze train that seems to be taking American brewers. Not really what they do, and doesn't really showcase the style of hops they grow. Think I'll pass if I see another; probably one of my lowest rated Stone beers.

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Photo of HopBomb515
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was a miss for me. In fairness it was a while ago that I had it so some if this is from memory. It was my least favorite Stone offering. Nice classic IPA appearance, nothing but hops in the nose and bitterness that dominated everything else. Prickly mouthfeel I didn't care for and a long lingering overly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of smanders
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hadn't seen this at the LBS, so I thought I'd give it a shot considering it's coming from such a stand-up brewery.

A - Clear copper with minimal (1 finger) head. Average lacing.

S - lots of pine and a little sweetness. You can almost smell the warmth from the alcohol.

T - Starts out with an almost chewable bitterness followed closely by sweet citrus. The alcohol is very evident--immediately.

M - Medium bodied.

Overall - An appropriate example of the DIPA style. Not bad.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: poured into a 20oz imperial pint glass. If the beer was filtered it is bow suffering from chill haze (I assume stone filters all their IPAs). I was expecting a brilliant crystal clear gold color after learning that the brew is nearly all pilsner malt. Head was white and was gone fairly quickly.

S: aroma is slightly funky and off putting. I get subtle honey aroma but mostly earthy muddled vegetative aroma.

T: bitter to the point where it is unenjoyable. The hop flavor is completely out of balance in my opinion. The bitterness from the German varietals is unclean and dominant. Overly-earthy.

M: well carbonated and fulfilling.

O: overall I was pretty disappointed in this offering from Stone. I loved the concept of taking German super hops and making an IPA with Pilsner malt. I am afraid stone missed the mark for me on this one. Love their other IPAs though. I really felt like this beer needed better clarity, as well as a much cleaner hop profile. Bitterness was over the top in all the wrong ways.

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Photo of dave10mm
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This seemed old.. not discrediting stone.. but probably how it was stored.. wish I'd of liked it more. Malt malt malt malt. Not hops.. had a bad after taste. No real aroma.. just the smell alone. I knew it was not stored right.. wish I'd of had it fresh. Stone makes great ipas this one was just a bad particular bottle.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For the first time since Stone 11th, one of Stone's Anniversary Beers has disappointed me.

Decent copper-like appearance with some hops in the nose and a bit of malt.

Taste leaves me flat. There are some spicy and floral hops present with a bit of bready malt, but there is something here that doesn't mesh.

Mouthfeel is ok, but seems heavy.

Pass on this. Not Stone's best showing.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Idiotic 22oz bottle format. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy straw gold color with about 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was certainly hop- forward, a blend of pine, citrus and floral tones, with a low malt background. There was a subtle skunkiness in the back of the scent. On the tongue, the story was very similar, with the addition of an unpleasantly bitter finish.

The body was light-medium for the style, and a bit stickier than you'd expect with such a low malt bill. The longer I went between sips, the more bitter and unpleasant the brew got. Drinkability was OK, despite the harsh bitterness. Overall, a beer that ends up on the low side of average. One was enough for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying this beer on tap I decided to invest in a bottle for better evaluatiion. Thus this 22 oz. bomber gets poured into a globe glass. Pours a clear deep golden color with your standard fleeting cap of off white foam. Does show decent lace once things settle down yet nothing special here.

Aroma is hoppy with floral and spicy notes domiant. Not much as for dank/citrus. Pleasant and intriguing but lacking a bit as for depth as the hops are there but you need to seek them out. Bit of garlic/shallot through the foam.

Touch of lemony bread on the flavor, slightly coarse and deceptively slight as for the ABV. No real bitterness on the finish though the beer does display a dry tannic finish to a degree.

Feel is neutral and dare I say a bit boring. Yet the ABV cloaking sweetness is evident on the finish. In the end this beer is a bit of a mess

Sans the aroma this beer misses the point. Different yet mediocre, gimme a Ruination...

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Photo of charlzm
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed August 29, 2013 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a clear burnished copper/medium amber hue with a fine, one-finger off-white head that is very sticky, leaving lace and sheeting on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is slightly soapy with a dash of citrus (mainly lemon).

Far maltier flavor than I expected from a Stone IPA! Caramel/crystal malt flavor very strong up front. Hops are subdued and bring up the rear with some bitterness but not much flavor.

Medium-bodied and slightly drying on the tongue.

The "smallest" 9.5% ABV I think I've ever had, and quite balanced. Strange how the flavors weren't bold or complex...

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Photo of teromous
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy medium shade of golden orange with a thin fluffy white head. Some lacing.

S: It has a nice faint tangerine scent. There is a herbal scent that reminds me a bit of EKG. The scent is nice but very faint.

T: There's a pine flavor at first and that is taken over by a citrus rind flavor. It is plenty bitter but it has this fullness to the beer that cuts it down. It's like drinking a grapefruit smoothie...but not quite that thick. It has bitterness for miles, but the malt doesn't come through at all. It has a very "west coast US" flavor. It is not as herbal or earthy as I had expected.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thick and finishes slick.

O: Overall this really wasn't a beer I was too fond of. It has a good citrus flavor and it's a decent beer and all. When I bought it I expected something new and refreshing using new hops. Instead I just got more of the same old Stone. It's a good beer if you're looking for that strong citrus west coast flavor. If you saw the name Götterdämmerung and expected something that tasted a bit more European influenced, you probably won't be satisfied.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 9/7/13

Appearance: Crystal clear dark gold - pours with a medium sized, creamy white head - fades to some wisps, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Yeah, this is weird - very hoppy in a unique way - grassy and herbal, with some wet, sweet notes - loads of pine, mint, and some wet resin - not much citrus (not that I expected any) - some tropical notes - caramel, sugar, candy - big, oddly sweet malts in the background - grains and some dirt

Taste: Spicy grass clippings and sweet malts - big hops, strange in a big way - grassy, herbal, minty, piney, peppery, and spicy overall - some lightly tropical fruits, kind of wet and juicy - seriously earthy with some dirt - big, overly sweet malts - cooked, caramelized malts and grains - oily and sticky - above average bitterness, which makes sense - booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, wet and sticky, finishes boozy

Overall: Ühhh...

Given the experimental nature of these Stone Anniversary beers, I can't say I'm too surprised that they eventually decided to make a DIPA with German hops. But this really tastes like an experiment. The hops are really out of their element here with the big, borderline syrupy malts. It's not bad, but it's really not great. Regardless, as long as I don't wake up tomorrow sweating uncontrollably with a splitting headache, this is still better than the Stone 16th Anniversary lemony mess.

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Photo of Premo88
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(11/18/13 enjoy by date)

L: pale orange, almost peach, no amber; thick 3/4- to 1-inch head of white foam off a big percolation -- it's a show, this pour, for it seems to have an afterburner burst of percolation that kicks in about halfway into the first big burst. not 100% clear but not opaque, either ... relatively clear for a DIPA; some good stick off head, a little bit of lacing on the way down

S: grassy to begin with ... quickly turns into the standard caramel/tropical fruit of a typical DIPA

T: hint of peach, huge bitter bite, slight bit of spice/black pepper -- there is definitely a little something different about this one, but like the smell, it turns into another caramel/sweet/tropical fruit DIPA with huge bitter hops up front

F: solid ... watery enough to drink easy but full of carbonation, so it never truly feels watery

O: 5 for the effort ... but frankly, the idea of mixing any other style with the American hop salad is misled -- it always turns out to be just another American hop salad. and the idea that there is something truly German about this brew misses the mark by a lot. all I taste is massive bitter hops. i don't taste malt, the spicy hops notes disappear within seconds ... ultimately, I feel like I'm drinking one of 10 different American imperial IPAs I've already had.

it's a great brew. I love it and might give it a couple more tries. but the only thing I detect that's German about it is the name.

so 5 for effort, 1.5 for delivering on the label's promise

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Photo of jeonseh
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

S - Orange nose, tangerine and a bit of German malt

T - Tangerine, orange, light alcoholic kick. Light lemon in the finish as well with the booziness to it

M - Medium slightly syrup body. Finish is astringent from the booze.

O - Reminds me of Enjoy By but the booziness in this one really adds a bitter bite that I don't really like with the other flavors

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden-amber colored ale with a tall white colored head. Remarkably light colored beer for what it is.

Smells strongly hoppy as expected. Bready and minty at first. Strong hop with a slight onion smell. Grapefruit and pine with a little eucalyptus. Mildly floral in scent one you acclimate to it.

Starts out strong grassy and bitter flavors. Quite bitter and earthy, not full tasting it because the IBUs have pretty much overloaded my sense of taste. In the end it is nothing but strong and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I don't need another. Nothing but sky high IBUs without a point to it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

From notes. Pour is hazed straw yellow with a white ring. Nose is bready with a fair bit of dough, notes of tangerine and citrus hops. Taste is also doughy, lots of doughy malt with a balance of citrus hops and some golden fruit. Moderate bitterness through the highly carbonated finish with a medium body.

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Photo of harrymel
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 31OCT13

It's a toasted gold ale with a central weak cap of whites. Really looks like it could be flat. Smells like blueberries and cream oatmeal. Just so happens I fucking dig that oatmeal. A little vitamins, some resiny almost cigarette smoke smells also (Marb's though, not Camel's). Flavor is a little grainy for me up front, the bitterness is plain and evident but not nearly as one stroked as the coconut IPA. There are some bits of corn and maybe orange peel. Medium on light bodied with moderate yet spiky carb and an off dry finish. I like this beer, but not buy it again like this beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

August 2013 bottling. best before 10/17/2013. bomber into tulip.

A: a slightly hazed orange body. head is frothy and just a shade darker than white. good retention and some sticky lacing.

S: a good deal of oxidation. trying to work through that I am getting a rounded malt body, vanilla notes. pine and herbal hop aroma.

T: similar to the nose, oxidation hammers the palate. hop flavor notes include resin, pine, citrus, herbs. a warming malt presence with minor caramel notes as well. a lingering bitterness.

M: mild carb on a full body. works well.

D: wish this didn't oxidize so quickly, but not too surprising with the quantity of hops they threw at this thing. cant say too much more than that except I would pass if you see any hanging out on the shelves these days!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy bright orange body. I kept the head small due to glass-size issues, but it kept a small white head nicely. Laces well, too.

Smell - I didn't really know what to expect, but its aroma is a familiar citrus. Some spicy notes. I want to say herbal, but that's not quite the right word. The pilsner malt is huge, though. Very distinctive.

Taste - Citrus flavor is brief here. Much more of the pine and spicy hop flavor. The spicy hop flavor builds into the finish with a more distinct German hop earthy flavor. Resinous in the back end, but it's incredibly sweet. Almost no malt complexity to it. Just straight pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel - Finishes quite bitter after the sugars die off. Medium carbonation but sweet and heavy for the style.

Overall - I had been planning on drinking this for a few nights, but never got around to it. I pulled it out of the fridge thinking I'd be able to drink it while doing some chores, but damn it's sweet and an unnecessarily high 9.5% ABV. At this point I question whether I'll finish half of it before I get fatigued, but we'll see. My knee-jerk reaction is to pan this for not being anywhere near as exciting as I'd hoped, but I can't deny that Stone always makes a good beer.

Irrelevant side note: Listening to the eponymous opera does not improve the drinking experience.

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Photo of CCStix
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting take on an IPA. I was not expecting a typical west coast IPA, but must admit this is pretty bland, especially for the price. The smell is piney and there is not much nose here. The look is very nice and clear with a beautiful golden hue, the lacing is exceptional. The malt taste is indicitaive of a pilsner but with a good hop bitterness and a nice warmth from the high alcohol content. The mouth feel is a little thin for my liking. Overall it's just OK for me, its clearly a high quality brew but the flavor and nose are lacking. Glad I gave it try but overall not impressed with this one.

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Photo of JRed
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear orange in body with thin film of white head. Aroma is fantastic: wet grass with diced clementines, herbs, and some plastic. Taste throws me in the ocean without a life raft: citrus with rind, plastic-wrapped candy, grassy, mint leaves, light honey, and warming booze. Medium bodied with light carbonation. The booze and these flavors make for an offensive frontline. Could've held back on the ingredients and made a wonderful beer...next time, next time.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
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