17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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very good

1,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 29
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Inspired by new experimental German hops, our brewing team is celebrating our 17th Jahrestag by taking palates on an unconventional tour of Deutschland by way of Southern California. In doing so, we used a grain bill comprised 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 it's previous limits over the years–to interesting new territory.
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Ratings: 1,790 | Reviews: 331
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with medium-bubbles and actively deteriorating head. Pale, cloudy orange body.

S- Piney fresh, citrus and hints of alcohol. Well-rounded hops. Hides its alcohol content surprisingly well.

T- Booze hits hard here, along with the piney-bitterness from maybe Centennial and Cascade hops. Lemon peel is present and bitter.

M- Rich body with a watery finish.

O- Very good beer, balanced for the high ABV.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great to see thi Finally here in my area.Poured into an imperial pint glas a clear rich medium golden with a half finger white head that leaves two broken rings of lace as it settles.Leafy and mildly citric hops in the nose along with some malt, and alcohol fruitiness.The flavors are pretty complex,yeah you get some citrus and leafy hops but there is malty, almost dark fruit flavor as well along with some sugary sweetness and alcohol,the bigger chewey feel for the style is unique and pretty cool.Stone made a different beer here for their anniversary and I like it,to me it's not a big hop bomb but a DIPA with nice complexity and nuance.

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new Stone beer, another new IPA. Who saw that one coming? I kid, I kid. I was excited to try this "American-ish styled and brewed IPA with German experimental hops"... Sounds interesting and different enough. Clean and clear golden-orange body - clarity is second to none here with a foamy white head that quickly disassembles into a thick collar and foamy film. Surprisingly low amount of lacing when compared to nearly every other Stone beer.

The aroma is quite grassy and contains a melange of all sorts of fruits, backed up by some mild grain and malted barley notes. Dare I say... Fruity Pebbles. Yes, the aroma smells like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. This is a Fruity Pebbles IPA. But, strangely enough, I am okay with that. Leafy, grassy,and full of citrus, lemon, honey, tea, melon, honeysuckle, and even some fruity, berry-like aromas. It still retains its "IPA" smell, though, with a constant, injecting bitterness in the nostrils.

Hah, whooda thunk it? This fucker tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too. Only with a much heavier hand on the overall hoppage. Hop oils; dense hop oils overtake the senses as Stone's 17th anniversary beer unleashes its mad lupulin strike. Zesty fruits, citrus collage - some orange, lemon, cherry-ish notes even? I taste a little bit of wheat, too, maybe... Then again, maybe not. There's a lot of stuff going on here. I'm quite taken back by these crazy German hops.

Only mildly bitter, especially for a DIPA, though it does creep in on the back end and hits your uvula with a left jab after each sip. Oily and sticky and resinous with some very, very light Pilsner malt in the finish. Heavy carbonation that snaps the roof of your mouth and tingles your lips each time you bring the glass to your face. Nice, crisp, and clean in the ending.

You tell me, hey, try my new homebrew. It's a Fruity Pebbles flavored DIPA. I immediately shudder in thought of what that horrendous combo might taste like. But you know... it actually turned out to be pretty damn tasty. A very nice combo of fruit and herbs and hops with a good amount of tantalizing bitterness, never delving into excessive sweetness (a la RuinTen). Maybe I'm weird, since I'm the only one who enjoyed Stone's 16th, as well, but this was quite tasty.

Photo of MadScientist
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A deep golden beer with good clarity and a long lasting head of fine white bubbles that leave fine lacing on the glass.

S: Sort of an Imperial Pilsner meets IPA having a medium-strong aroma of earthy, spicy hops with a medium amount of Pilsner malt aroma. There is some lemony citrus in the back along with a light floral alcohol aroma.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with an explosion of Continental hops flavors where the spice hops flavors dominate with a strong earthy component and a moderate amount of citrus. A moderate Pils malt flavor having a graham cracker character and faint malt sweetness. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with an linger hops bitterness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O: This beer gives the impression of an aggressively bitter, German IPA and a well made one at that. Definitely worth finding if you like hops.

Photo of npala86
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great golden IPA color. I poured it fairly gentle and got about a finger on the head.

S- Piney, floral, grapefruit, grass and a little something sweet... Honey possibly?

T- Nice! ...Can definitely taste the difference in this IPA. The malt is there followed by your classic IPA bitter finish. No heat from the alcohol in this either.

M- Good carbonation with a very slight syrupy feel on the way down.

O- A SOLID IPA... Glad I bought more than one, Stone does it again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a visually pretty beer. In the pint glass the beer was a clear golden color. It poured a thick white head with abundant lace.

First whiff gave off a piney, herbal aroma, followed by citrus. A sweet malt background.

On tasting, first up was resiney pine, then grapefruit. Sweet bread, like challah.

Mouthfeel slick and oily, contrasting with sweetness.

A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/26/13. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts, ripe fruits and floral, grassy, slightly resiny hops with some alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet fruity toasted malt (slightly soapy) with a big floral, grassy, slightly resiny bitterness in the finish. There are some notes of cream ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA, I think going German was not a wise choice.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with best before dating.

Pours lighter amber, near clear, typical lite tan head, leaves a quality looking tiny bubble film, collar and nice looking strands of lace.

Fresh hoppy nose, with notes of mint and basil coming to mind.

More minty hops on the palate, caraway and rye malts, snappy hopped up finish with more mint. Tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Orangish-yellow with good-sized, stark white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Apple, hay, lemon, orange, and spicy & herbal hops.

Taste: Definite Pilsner characteristics with hay and apple, but with loads of hops. The hops are somewhat German with more spicy and herbal notes than a standard American IPA, but for German hops there were also nice levels of lemon and orange. Fairly bitter finish.

Feel: Medium to full body which is fairly smooth and creamy. Very dry finish. Certainly feels more like a DIPA which is slightly off putting because of the Pilsner-like notes, but still a very nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Nice DIPA / Imperial Pilsner hybrid. These hybrids are often muddled, but this one really worked for me.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1.9er into a pint glass.

Dehydration piss yellow in color with a throwback baseball jersey off-white head.

Smells fruity and floral, aromatically.

Tastes interesting. Had to think about it after a few sips 51% malty, 49% hoppy. Tastes very bright and floral. Doesn't taste European at all, ironically. Tastes very... west coast. Very good.

I recommend this beer to other people who enjoy beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden to light amber brew. A nice white millimeter of foam rests on top. Great clarity. I get a nice whiff of citrus hops and pale malt. First sip is amazingly bitter! I feel a bit misled by the aroma. Thought it would be subtle, but I guess that's a foolish thought knowing Stone. I swear it is like biting into a grapefruit. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky, true to style. You get a bit of malt backbone, but not until after the long bitter fade ends.

Photo of PZUCKER
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

rich amber color gives this beer a very good look in the glass, Slight acidic bite when tasted do to high alcohol content cool thin mouth feel adds to the enjoyment of this slow sipping beer. Overall N enjoyable smooth beer with a strong alcohol kick

Photo of dropitlikeitshot
4.96/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smell: Smells of floral and slight citrus right after popping the cap. The smell after you pour into a glass is sweet as if crystal malt was used. Also there are several other hop smells that are nor immediately recognizable. I guess that's because most micro beers are using the four Cs.

Taste: Starts of sweet like a barleywine then taste likes its has been in a bourbon barrel and then finishes bitter from the hops. Amazing.

Color: copper in color. crystal clear.

Overall: My current favorite non: IPA, Barleywine, or Stout

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says enjoy by 10/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hop forward aroma with lots of earthy and floral hints along with some European malt. Earthy hops upfront with some grass, pine resin, and lots of floral hints. Mint like spice. Citrus hop esters of orange, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and lemon. Bready pilsener malt presence with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, straw, and cracker. Slight honey like sweet scent. Aroma is very earthy and pretty spicy. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very earthy hop forward taste with good floral and citrus notes along with Euro malt. Earthy taste of grass and spicy pine resin upfront. Big floral and herbal notes. Juicy and bitter citrus fruit taste with notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and apricot. Bready presence of European malt with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, crackers, and yeast. Hop forward and fairly bitter with a nice Euro style twist. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium/high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy and fairly bitter but pretty smooth. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid twist on a IPA. Good earthy and citrus flavors. It could very well be called a "German IPA".

Photo of DFlynn
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clean pint glass. Let it sit open for about 10 minutes before pouring.

A - clear, amber- yellow with 1/4" white head. I was expecting a lot less translucence, so it was nice.

S - sweet hops come through loud and clear

T - the sweetness is the first thing that caught me a little by surprise. I was ready fora bitter bite, but the mellow sweetness (faint Fruity Pebbles) really tasted good to offset the nicely dry, bitter finish.

M - I really enjoyed the smooth, coating experience of this beer in my mouth.

Overall, this is a great change of pace for IPA.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; gorgeous golden-orange, translucent, with a modest off-white head fed by lots of bubbles going up the sides of the glass. Some slick spotty lacing is left as it fades.
Smell is clear pilsner malt followed by hops; earthy, herbal and pine dominate, with citrus rind, sweet fruit and floral supporting.
Taste is very interesting; clean lightly grainy pilsner malt covered by hops. But the hops are the interesting part. It starts off with the usual bitter pine, but moves quickly into uncharted territory (for an IPA). Earthy herbal hops abound, with nifty notes of bitter citrus rind, followed by sweeter fruit flavors. After the sweetness dies down, a hefty dose of bitterness is left to clean off the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slick, lots of hop oils.
Overall, I love this beer. It's got great hop balance between the pine, citrus, earthy, fruity, and bitter flavors...and the pilsner malt lends a good deal of clarity to the beer, allowing the hops to shine. This beer breaks the rules without breaking the beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, it's a beer amongst beers that I can't explain. Imperial IPA with a blast of German hop varieties, I could tell by the first sniff. Looks great copper golden beautiful beer with a slightly off white cream colored head. Extreme German hops, earthy, grassy, and citrus peel come to mind. Full on German, hop assault all pilsner malt. Goes down way too easy, drinks like a session beer, big hop bitterness but it doesn't assault the palate. Lingering bitterness between sips tends to sit on the palate, grapefruit peel acrid bitterness let's up to the bready pilsner malts. Very interesting hybrid DIPA, I give them props for keeping this style so innovative they are no becoming stagnant to the consumers palate which is a very hard thing to do when you're selling extreme beer styles. Overall I couldn't be happier with this Anniversary ale from Stone I bought two bottles of this and the Enjoy By 9/13/13. Both are excellent products from artisanal and marketing point of view.

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a SA lager glass.
Pours with a durable, well-proportioned white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: enticing, featuring fruity and herbal hops.

Taste: less fruity and more herbal/earthy than the aroma. Massive and complex hop bill leads to a rich hop profile, but so well integrated the complexity is not at all obvious. Moderately bitter and lasting aftertaste.

Feel: crisp and dry with the high ABV partly hidden.

O: Excellent.

Photo of jeonseh
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

S - Orange nose, tangerine and a bit of German malt

T - Tangerine, orange, light alcoholic kick. Light lemon in the finish as well with the booziness to it

M - Medium slightly syrup body. Finish is astringent from the booze.

O - Reminds me of Enjoy By but the booziness in this one really adds a bitter bite that I don't really like with the other flavors

Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce brown bomber into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Orange-copper color, a creamy white head. Exceptionally tight bubbles, similar to what you'd see on a German Hefeweizen. Some soapy lacing.

Smell (4.25/5): Very fruity and pretty aggressive: Peach, apricot and orange. Really very unusual for a German hopped beer. Amazingly different scents, as I was expecting an amped up Noble hop presence.

Taste (4.25/5): Big tropical hop flavors. Citrusy, grapefruit pith, hints of peach and passion fruit, the sweetness of the malt comes on in the middle after an initial rush of bitterness. The flavor resolves into a bitter, bone dry, totally West Coast finish. Peach and passion fruit and pineapple. I'm very impressed by these German hop varieties.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Exceptionally dry, medium carbonated, medium body. The mouthfeel is totally on point on Stone's Götterdämmerung.

Overall (4.25/5): I usually expect great things from Stone's anniversary beers. While last year's lemony monstrosity left something to be desired, Götterdämmerung does not. This thing is a an absolute hop bomb that showcases the amazing potential of new experimental German hop varieties. An impressive beer by a brewery that continues to pump out great, aggressive, boundary-pushing beer, 17 years into its life.

Photo of Auraan
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous clear orange with a half finger off-white head. It looks like the normal, beautiful Stone DIPAs. Quite nice. Scents of grassy hops, a bit of honey, slight floral hops, slight earthiness and very slight citrus rind. It's quite mild for a DIPA, even more so for a Stone DIPA. Flavor begins with a big hit of floral flavors and herbal notes, with some citrus thrown in. It's not near as much citrus as expected from a DIPA. A lot of spicy hop flavors, similar to what you get in a German pilsner. There is also a bit of pine. However, the hop character is mostly herbal and floral, with a bit of spice and grassy hops. The finish in particular is quite like oversteeped tea, very bitter, yet floral. Malt wise, there is a bit of sweetness and a dry, grainy malt on the finish. It finishes dry, which is nice. Overall, the flavor is herbal, spicy and floral, with a bit of citrus and grassy hops, and a nice hint of malt to help balance the hops. It's a nice flavor, complex, with all sorts of flavors going on, all of them different, especially from the usual Stone DIPAs. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a nice resin. It's a typical DIPA mouth, pleasant, and easy to drink, which may be bad for a 9.5% ABV. Overall it's an excellent DIPA, that brings quite a bit new to the table, while keeping a slight bit of pine and citrus that makes it familiar. As long as you don't approach it as though it was Ruination or Scuplin, you can probably enjoy this unique DIPA.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A German DIPA? This could work.

The color is a medium yellow, though there's a darker sort of thickness in the depths of this beer. It's opaque despite its lighter color. The head is just off-white and reaches barely over one finger at its peak. When it recedes, it's to a firm, thick foam that lasts the remainder. Lacing is in pretty good quantity, mostly patchy.
There's a definite Noble hops presence in this beer, but surprising honey and citrus notes too. Otherwise, there's a soft spiciness under a floral backbone with some earth and herb.
Dough and citrus give way to floral and leafy bitterness with a very interestingly earthy middle going pithy but not too harsh. ultimately it is the flora and the leaf that leads the way, but earth comes out in such a way that, combined with the leafiness, a tobacco note comes out in the back of the tongue in a noticeable way. Malts provide a touch of sweetness and their support, but certainly give way to the hops.
This medium-bodied brew mingles smoothness and crispness nicely in the feel. It's dry at the back of the tongue, where the leafy and tea-like elements are their strongest, but isn't astringent or chalky and melds with the softer character the little sweetness provides.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a somewhat dense white head. Average visible carbonation in the body. Nice lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Hops are certainly the most dominant characteristic of this beers smell. Fairly light citrus with a backing of pine and earthiness. The german malts do come through nicely giving it a pilsner appeal.

T: Interesting hop profile on this beer gives it unique taste for an IPA. Malts are pretty sweet and attempt to balance out this beer. Hops linger in the aftertaste with a touch of citrus. Would be like an imperial pilsner blended with a german IPA.

M: Medium body with a sticky resinous mouthfeel. Pretty low carbonation. Finish is acceptable as it gives a bit of a nectar like quality.

Overall another solid IPA coming out of Stone. Glad to see they have made it another year. I dig the blend of pilsner malts and hops used as if you were creating a west coast IPA.

Photo of rdilauro
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours sort of like a dirty blond, almost as if it was a wheat beer. Very small, very fast disappearing head.
Outstanding bouquet and aroma. Putting my nose deep into the glass and immediately my senses were full. There were hops, but not over hoppy, so that the citrus/grapefruit smell was there but not hitting me in the face. Even though this had an IBU of 102, it didnt seem that way. But there was definite signs of lemon, fresh alive almost like lemon grass. Again, hoppy, but didnt taste all that hoppy My immediate senses put me into a fresh German beer or Czech Pilsner.

The taste was full and bold. I tasted my hops here then I did during the smell phase. The beer finished beautifully. Left me fine just wanting another sip.

I felt like a had a cross of a fast forward but friendly Hop beer mixed in with a fine German brew.

I was always a fan of Cali-Belgique IPA , now this beer to me has the combo of IPA-German Malt.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, thanks to the good doktorzee for picking this up for me on his recent sojourn to Orange County. A fine name for a beer bent on destroying hearts and minds and tastebuds (glad to see the cultural taboo about Germans and mayhem finally waning). Maybe this could be paired with La Fin du Monde, spiritually, and yet stylistically opposing.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a broad swath of tornado touchdown lace around the glass as it slowly sinks into oblivion.

It smells of semi-sweet bready, doughy caramel malt, restrained pine resin, a bit of musty field honey, tannic black tea leaves, and earthy, somewhat demonically spicy floral hops. The taste is rather bitter right up front, as the acridity of the pine cone hoppiness kind of hits a standing three-bagger straight off. A seemingly meek, yet gritty caramel maltiness emerges a bit haltingly thereafter, amongst some more understated sourdough, and gradually emerging spicy, leafy, and decidedly un-perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, mostly just manifesting in a teasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually smooth, with a certain 'the end is near' fear knocking at the door from the swirling, yet polite enough hops. It finishes just off-dry, the grainy, bready caramel malt not willing to give up the ghost as yet, while the earthy, leafy, and piney hops do well to level off and remain stoically content in their fate.

S'funny, the only thing omitted in the small-type (I'm not that freaking old) musings on the standard Stone back label, is actually the only thing missing in my walkthrough here - that being the booze. They don't talk about it, and I don't sense it (taste-wise, that is). This is indeed a DIPA, one full of too many funny-sounding German hops to take any sort of stab at identifying, but the overall effect is of a pleasantly even application of bitterness in a well rendered west coast iteration of the style. The gods may be crazy, but might this not at least make them a bit more willing to just get along?

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.