Publisher: Stone Brewing Co.
Genre: Imperial/Double IPA
Print Length: 22 oz. bottle
ISBN: Not applicable

Stone Brewing Co. celebrates its 17th anniversary with a German-inspired creation that defies the traditional IPA norms. The Götterdämmerung IPA is a daring experiment, showcasing an all-German cast of malt and hops, pushing the boundaries of what an IPA can truly be.

Unveiling the Hefty Elixir

The visual allure of this anniversary brew is undeniable, pouring a clear amber-tinted gold with a robust white cap that dissipates gracefully, leaving behind intricate lacing. The aesthetic presentation sets the stage for what lies within.

Aroma: A Symphony of Hops

The olfactory experience is dominated by a bold hop presence, emitting fragrances of lemon essence, grass, and fresh herbs. As unconventional as it gets, the aromatic profile also introduces notes of butter toffee and a touch of fancy herbal-scented hand soap.

Tasting Beyond Expectations

Diving into the flavor profile, the Götterdämmerung IPA reveals layers of complexity. A foundation of sweet toffee-like malt provides a counterbalance to the onslaught of hops from all directions. Pine, grapefruit, and herbal notes dance on the palate, creating a mouth-coating bitterness. The imperial burps, a testament to its strength, remind drinkers of the formidable nature of this 9.5% ABV beer.

Numbing and Full-Bodied Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel is a sensory journey in itself—full-bodied, fairly smooth, and almost numbing from the intense hop bitterness. The lingering bitterness, coupled with the apparent but fitting alcohol presence, adds to the overall immersive experience.

The Verdict: A Confounding Yet Enjoyable Journey

In the realm of big, bitter, and malty beers, the Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA stands out. Initial confusion gives way to appreciation upon closer inspection. While not a typical fan of Imperial Pilsners, the reviewer found himself captivated during a solo session with this beer. Stone’s bold decision to challenge preconceptions about IPAs paid off, as this creation transcends labels, standing tall as a commendable hoppy ale. Once the IPA blinders are lifted, a good beer, complex and satisfying, awaits discovery. Cheers to Stone Brewing Co. for another milestone in brewing innovation.