Monday, September 2, 2013
Stone's 17th Anniversary IPA is called Götterdämmerung, and as the name implies, it's a real Teu-Tonic. (Ha! You see what I did there? I kill me!) I don't like this as much as the lemon-toned 16th Anniversary IPA, it's not as all-out drinkable... not quite as much of a summertime thirst quencher. But 17 is a unique, complex beer, and I enjoyed it. The typical Stone hop overload is right there, but this thing is really all about the pilsner malts, and there is a lot going on there. Kay said she thought the flavor was oaty and rich, and I picked up on that big-time right up front. In the finish there was a slightly sweet, bready caramel thing going on, too. I hate beer reviews that just throw descriptive words out there, I think that's pretentious as hell. But some of the words I jotted down trying to describe this beer were cereal, grapefruit, pretzels and hay. Yeah, it's complex. I didn't love it, but I liked it a lot, and I'll probably get another bottle before they're all gone.
Game Changer is the new pale ale brewed by Redhook exclusively for Buffalo Wild Wings. It's pretty good and goes well with wings. It's a cloudy peach color and a lacy head. The aroma has a mildly hoppy, salty, apple character. There's a mild but undeniable, pleasant malt in the finish. It ain't the best beer I ever had, but I go to B-Dubs primarily for the wings. I'll have this with wings again.