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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,623 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1623
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-14-2013)
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nsheehan

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA
Stone
20130925
Unopened 22oz to Duvel tulip, only poured ~12oz.
9.5% ABV
August 2013 release, bought ~20130920.

A – Hazy but somewhat transparent and translucent gold; no obvious reason for the haziness, just an absorptive character. Some head is sticking around, it’s a pretty light off white.

S – A citrusy, danky IPA aroma, but I think I pick up something buttery. There’s a brightness to the smell for the most part, something I like. Orange and a bit of a lemon-grapefuity smell. Some grass and nearly flower-stalk smell contribute to a light-smelling dankness, and you can really pick up some light herb dankness at the end of the smell. Nice, but there’s something off. As it warms I can get whiffs of what it aspires to be, but it is off.

T – First sip: Good, but there’s something off. I taste a not very clear mixture of citrus and plant. There’s something not crisp about it, I really hope 2 months hasn’t kicked it down the hill. The aftertaste is tasteful but a bit rough. The taste is muddled, with bits of citrus, grass, and a grungy earth coming through. As it warms it becomes a bit more enjoyable, but is pretty much the same thing.

M – It’s carbonated but comes off as somewhat smooth on the tongue. It’s a bit chewy, which is not great. Medium bodied overall with a slightly wetter finish than expected/desired.

O – I’d really like to like this, but either it was bottled with off-flavors or fell off with age/heat exposure in the Texas warehouses where it sat waiting label approval. It seems like Stone’s attempt to make a Noah’s ark of boiled hops didn’t end excellently.
4.5, 3.75, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75; 3.67.

After reviewing, I looked at BA, and perhaps with so many hops of this type it should be grungy tasty and a bit oily feeling. But I stick with my analysis as not great for me. I still look forward to trying almost anything Stone brews though, duh.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:21:09 | More by nsheehan
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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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