I love German beers but always wondered why you never see any German IPAs or double IPAs?
They don’t violate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law that prohibits anything but water, barley or hops, but none are commercially available in the U.S.
But now, thanks to the Stone Brewing Company, we may get a look at what a German double IPA may look like. They announced earlier this week the release of the new Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA, a 9.5 percent alcohol by volume IPA which is made with malts and hops typically associated with German beers.
The hops used are Emerald, German Hersbrucker, Herkules, Magnum, Merkur, Opal, Sterling and Strisselspalt.
Stone says the beer will have an “intensely hoppy character and floral, stone fruit, herbal, spicy, peppery flavors to the beer.
Götterdämmerung is often used to refer to a disastrous set of events, and Stone said they purposely chose the name because “by unceremoniously mashing” together the German tradition with Stone’s hoppy traditions could be “the end of everything we thought we knew when it came to the range of uses for German hop varieties.”
The Götterdämmerung was released on Tuesday, and it should make its way to the east coast in the next week or so. All of New England will be receiving this beer. Prost