Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

Inspired by new experimental German hops, our brewing team is celebrating our 17ten Jahrestag by taking palates on an unconventional tour of Deutschland by way of Southern California. In doing so, we used a grain bill composed 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 its previous limits over the years—to interesting new territory. Schumpeter chose economics; we chose beer. Our creative destruction has been aimed squarely at the previously-held-dear conventions of what beer can and should be. Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is the latest in a long line of innovations, but nowhere near the last. Not by a long shot.

August 12, 2013
Double IPA
9.5%
Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft
102
Magnum
Herkules
Merkur
Opal
Emerald (aka Smaragd)
Strisselspalt
German Hersbrucker & Sterling

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours deep gold and brilliantly crystal clear with an off-white colored head.
Aroma
Focused on hoppy, with herbal and stone fruit hop aromatics.
Taste
European hops—herbal, floral, spicy, peppery and resiny, balanced by very clean, intensely bitter, beautiful subtle malt flavors, and just a hint of alcohol.
Palate
Crisp and bitter. A very refreshing beer; well suited for the summer!
Overall
A very fun beer for us to brew. Through a series of intense dry-hopping trials that we have been running over the past couple of years, we found several newer German hop varieties that we thought were unique and different from the citrusy American hops and fruity New Zealand hops that we have been using so much of this year. An interesting twist on a double IPA (a German IPA, perhaps?), brewed with malts and hops traditionally used to brew German lagers and European pilsners. Some of the hops we included in this recipe include Strisselspalt, which has long been one of my favorite noble hops, with a delicate floral character and hints of citrus; Sterling, a U.S.-bred hop with Saaz heritage and a hop we haven’t used much before, but we just love the intense resiny and spicy pure hop flavor; Herkules, a newer high-alpha German hop variety with intense stone fruit and tropical fruit characteristics; and Hersbrucker, a classic German aroma hop with intense floral and stone fruit flavors.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Honey-ginger chicken skewers, crab cakes, grilled peaches with blue cheese, Marcona almonds
Salads
Citrus with goat cheese, summer fruit, Thai seafood, Waldorf
Entrées
Rotisserie chicken, Cajun shrimp and grits, tofu stir fry, cedar plank salmon
Cheeses
Grana Padrano, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Green Mountain blue cheese, Point Reyes blue
Desserts
Peach cobbler, carrot cake, rhubarb pie, lemon squares
Cigars
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli, Montecristo Platinum Churchill, My Father Flor de las Antillas Toro, Illusione Epernay Le Martin