Monday, September 23, 2013

Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (973) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
I split a 22oz bottle with a friend. It had an enjoy by date of 10/31/13 and cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright orange, apricot-skin hue. Mostly translucent but slightly hazy. Carbonation can be seen wafting up the side of the glass. Pours to a small, off-white, frothy head which leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Slight tropical fruit aroma, but strong spicy/earthy/bready notes. Noticeable alcohol presence as well.

Taste: What’s interesting about Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is that it’s an American-style imperial IPA, but is brewed exclusively with German malt and hop varieties. In that respect it’s quite novel and interesting to say the least. However, that’s not to say the net result is as impressive as the recipe. The malt character here is bit odd, and the hops are spicy - not piney or citrusy. A good beer, but not an amazing one.

Up front there’s a strong malty core. Vanilla, butterscotch, and whole wheat bread are all prominent flavors. The palette changes on a dime as the swig hits the apex. Immediately I’m inundated with a spicy sensation of rye bread and dry bitterness. It’s almost salty, actually. Hops are definitely the star of the show here, but since they’re all German it’s nothing dank or citrusy, but rather pure spiciness with a touch of earthy character. The aftertaste is dry as well. I liked the taste, but after half a serving I was content.

Drinkability: It’s no surprise that a big beer like Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA would be quite intimidating on both the palate and the psyche (the German word roughly translates to "the end of everything."). While the mouthfeel itself is comfortable, there’s a lot of weight and energy to this beer. The 9.5% ABV potency is definitely noticeable, imparting a constant warmth that gets stronger and drier as the beer warms. While it’s smooth going down, there’s so much body to this brew that it’s filling and heavy. Drinking more than a single serving is rather challenging. 
Grade: 7/10