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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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Reviews: 330
Hads: 1,793
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a fairly high amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of citrus, herbal, and peppery hop aromas and flavors that make this one easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: no head really on a hazy dull golden with light copper hue body.

S: aroma is mild with wet socks, grapefruit, soap, tangy tropical fruits and lemon zest

T: bready malts, orange peel, tart apple and grapefruit for citrus, resins and generic earthy flavors but it comes across as fairly simple but its just the right amount of sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one wasnt very special. I may just have very high expectations for Stone IPAs.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Queen's Kickshaw, Astoria, NY

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Strong aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with strong amounts of bitterness, which overshadow the flavors of grapefruit citrus. The bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an "in your face" hoppy beer that is not for the faint of heart. It packs in a lot of hops, but the bittering hops really seem to stand out the most.

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

a real interesting glass of beer here, and I love the idea of featuring german hops in an ipa style of beer, bolder and more hop forward than most of the more traditional and expertly balanced beers of the region. this has a glowing golden color, dense and a touch hazy, with a soft white head on top that looks like melting vanilla ice cream. I smell grassy elements here, not so much of the citrus or bitterness of the American ones, more gentle but equally flavorful is how I see it. some hints of lemon in there too, not like a sorachi ace hop, but subtle and less oily. I love the lighter grains which support but allow these hops to really shine. this would be exceptionally cool as a deconstructed series, each featuring just one of the german varietals (can you hear me stone?). a bit of an alcohol bomb at close to 10% abv, but it seems to fit fine, a pint is a lot of this. clean finish too, and a good body for the color, north of medium. everything about this beer is well executed, and it is another hoppy wonderland from stone. worth seeking out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Verging on golden, the liquid displays an amber hue; the cap was a couple of inches high and the lacing was adequate

Smell: The German hops exude a grassy aroma with hints of American citrus; underneath are bready malts supporting the hop bill

Taste: Bready malts building in sweetness with the hops bringing both grassy and tropical fruit flavors in the middle; increasingly bitter through the finish, though the malty sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body (slightly sticky) with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Like many Stone beers, this one has that sticky aspect delivered by the malts; interesting difference in the hop bill, but I would much prefer a dryer, lower ABV version of the same beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deconstructing the German Lager, rearranging its pieces and putting it back together is what has happened to Stone's latest birthday beer. Its proportions now resemble the more recognizable Imperial IPA.

Bright gold in its appearance, the beer is stuck between the bolder look of Bohemian Pilsners or Dortmunder Lagers and lighter Pale Ale. Void of any haze, the ale gleams with straw highlights. Its steady carbonated streams build a froathy white head that easily outlasts the session and laces delicately with every sip.

Spicy and floral, the nose it front and center with Noble hop character. Woven together with honey-type malt aromas, the scent rounds into a wonderful honeysuckle note. Still, a background of spiciness is earthy, grassy, and tea-like. Its rustic and raw sweet scent tugs at the nose in much the same manner as freshly hung tobacco.

Thin caramel, honey, crusted and doughy sweetness greets the front of the mouth, just ahead of the soft fruitiness of hops. But as the middle palate develops, the malt sweetness is easily overtaken by the grassy, spiciness of those Noble German cones before a sharp and resinous bitterness builds in its finish. It's a stright-forward dialogue of hop dominance and malt support- just like American IPA. But uncharacteristic lager flavor and fauna are used instead of those more typical pale characteristics.

Medium-full on the palate, the texture is dry, racy and spicy- particularly after its short-lived sweetness runs its course. This leaves the finish with grassy chlorophyl-full astringency, spicy warmth and sharp crispness. Its a refreshing ale despite its peppery bite.

The beer might be just as well an Imperial Pilsner that utilizes the full 70 IBUs that IPA enjoys. Its a fantastic way to celebrate a very Cali-Bavarian 17th birthday!

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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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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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head of white foam on a lightly hazy golden brown body. There is an aroma of pine and orange with little else. Orange and grapefruit hop character up front with some sweet malt in the middle. Finishes with moderate bitterness, light toast, and mo of the same hop character. Not bad, but kind of one dimensional. Orange hop character and little else.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

No matter how good or bad new Stone anniversary beers are, they always just remind me of how much I miss 12... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy golden-amber topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, mild toffee, pine resin, grapefruit peel, flowers, and a hint of lemon rind. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decently powerful vein of lime zest and green apple. These hops work really well with the mild-mannered malt backbone, I must say. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice IPA, a shift for Stone anniversary hop-bombs in my eyes, as the hops aren't trying to drown, blind, and hobble me with their epic brute force. Nice balance for a hop-forward IPA and a tasty hop combination.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Crystal clear copper with a rocky bright-white head. This stays robust, leaving back a healthy coasting of sticky lace. The aroma smells piney, herbal and earthy, with a ripe and tangy mix of fresh citrus and sweet malt along the back. The taste is similar, with an initially mellow blend of herbal, citric, tropical and leafy flavors before this finishes fairly aggressive with heavy resins and pine that stick to the tongue. Those German malts add a good bit of balancing sweetness to this but then also give the backbone a smooth tightness that goes down relatively easy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy (and slightly oily) carbonation that surrounds a more general crisp feel. Alcohol is a bit pronounced, which brings out both the assertiveness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts .This was interesting. It was mild in spots and then really aggressive in others. Despite the high alcohol, this still went down pretty well. It’s nothing mind-blowing but I still feel it’s worth a look.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, quite clear honey orange color.

Nose brings lots of nice hops, a mild citrus with nice tropical fruits and general fruity aromas, hint of a grassy piney hop with that too, hint candied orange peel with the sweet malts that come through, bit of a candy malt, fairly big malt sweetness, and typical stone base hop and yeast as well with touch of esters in the booze, fluffy malt too.

Taste brings fresh hops, a varied hop character with more noble like hops at first, a little grassy slight earthy and piney, juicy hop character and bitter hop oil that is almost like a hop extract, bit leafy and almost chewy too. Then a bit of citrus but again not much, just a touch of a candied orange peel hop and malt combination, and bit fruity hops. Malts are juicy big sweet malts, little doughy, but not a lot of anything other than big pale malts. Fair bitterness with malty sweet balance, and hint of booze with touch of esters. Finish is drier but sticky, more malty sweetness lingering, lots more hops and fairly bitter this time.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze, decent carb.

overall not bad, but just another big IPA from stone, which most of their IPAs are similar, this had a bit of a noble hop at first, but then just becomes a big sweet malty big hoppy balanced Stone IPA.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong floral German hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at me local HEB grocery this morning; it was delivered yesterday so freshness is guaranteed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and branded pry-off cap served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Enjoy by: 11/13/13. Reviewed as an IPA (not an Imperial IPA) because it identifies as such on the label's description as well as in the name and on Stone's website.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average to above average (about 2-3 minutes).

Body colour is a clear somewhat pale copper of average vibrance. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an IPA. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Pale malts, hideous lavender, graininess, honey, pilsner malts, floral hops, vague lemony citrus hop notes, and a soapiness indicative that the beer spent too much time spent in primary. Honeysuckle. Astringent tea. Caramalt. Doughy yeast. Boy, that lavender ruins it. An off-putting aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol is detectable. A bad aroma overall for the style.

T: Horrendous lavender - ugh. Lemon citrus esters, artificial lemon grass. Inappropriate Saaz-esque hop notes with a pilsner-like graininess and obnoxious bitterness. Honey. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Caramalts. No piney, nectary, or juicy hop notes. Somewhat resinous. Build is simple; this really needs some complexity and subtlety. Subpar balance. By no means a gestalt beer. Has some cohesion, though. Lightly doughy yeast; that doesn't suit the style at all.

Subpar depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some alcohol presence does manifest.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Body isn't ideal. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come across as custom-tailored to it by any means; there's not a marriage of texture to taste here.

Not oily, hot, boozy, harsh, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable for the decently-hidden ABV. I wouldn't get it again, especially at this price point. It's more of a German Lager-meets-IPA than a true IPA. Pretty average overall; nothing to write home about - certainly not unique or special. Another mediocre brew from Stone. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I'll kill this bomber without issue. I can't say I'm disappointed; this is the level of quality I usually expect from Stone. The whole "new experimental German hop" thing is a nice gimmick, and I expect it'll help this beer sell quite well. Stone's marketing is incredible; I just wish their beers were too.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Real strong salty tone on this. Way too much really as it robs the beer of any degree of balance and just throws it into that salty IPA territory. It is kind of there, almost there, approaching being "there", but just doesn't get there. Promising but not pulling through in the end. Definitely a nice drinker, but the salt needs to get toned down quite a bit in order to let other aspects of the beer shine.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 11/13/13; tasted on 9/8/13

Starts with a moderate, rocky head. Settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace. The beer is gold in color with a mild haze.

Perhaps the freshest hop smell I've ever had. It reminds me of a time where I had picked hop cones and crushed them in my hand. A bit of grapefruit with attractive pale malt in the background. Spectacular.

The flavor is also superb--soft pale malt base that holds up until the swallow and then there's a white pepper hop bitter kick. The aftertaste increases in intensity for a couple of seconds and then slowly dissipates. I note a bit of creaminess in the swallow which provides some balance. The alcohol is nearly hidden. Full bodied and well-carbonated.

An exceptional beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/26/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of tropical/citrus/earthy hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of tropical/citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 11/27/13 notes. 8oz. pour on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

a - Pours a bright orange color with once inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Loads of fresh hops and fruit, the nose is very good.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, earthy malts, floral hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and grains. Not quite as hoppy, some light pine on the end, and a little bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth, great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA. Nose is awesome and the mouthfeel is great, with a lot of citrus and oranges to it. Worth checking out, especially if you like their other IPAs.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Stone Old Guardian glass, one of my favorites currently from them, new style. I did not obtain the mug...oh well.

Beer is amber and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles, medium retention, no lacing really, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, grassy, a little minty.

Beer is medium to light in body, pretty bitter, the hops are floral and mildly fruity with a slight flavor of mint in there. It is fine, interesting "German" IPA but probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA wishuwerebeer for sharing this bomber. Poured into a matching Stone pint glass, the brew appears a clear copper coloe with a white finger of head. Spotty to pathy lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The smell is herbal and almost minty with hops. It is somewhat dank and grassy with a mild alcohol inclusion that blends to give it almost a tropical fruit feel to the nose. Overall nicely done.

The flavor is bitter and rindy with pith and zesty fruit components. The more I sip on this, the more catty the hops become with a very faint grain presence across the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and awesome. I would have liked to have seen some of that tropical aroma transcribe over to the taste but no complaints here. I wouldnt mind having this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Rustico in Ballston.

The beer is golden and clear with a small white head. The aroma is easily
the best aspect of the beer. Lovely fresh hops with a strong German presence. The flavor is an interesting marriage of the two. Alcohol presence well disguised. A solid offering. A unique beer. I would have this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My former high school classmate and current drinking buddy, Mike, stopped by to help me in my ongoing bottle eradication. He spied this one and suggested that I break it out since it was already older than the brewery would have preferred. This is all part of the reason that I will not be buying many bottles in the future - it just becomes too easy to get inundated and backlogged by the dang things!

From the bottle: "August 2013 Release Drink Fresh"; "Stone 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung IPA [-] Life is never dull at Stone, but the last year has been one of the most eventful yet. We threw open the doors to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, our second decidedly eclectic brewery restaurant, installed in two historic Naval Training Center buildings (including the original mess hall). We outfitted it with a 10-barrel brewhouse, 40 taps serving Stone and guest beers, a huge outdoor garden area, and 650-plus seats. Hey, 'small' is for other people. Well, come to think of it, we do have our own version of 'small' in our brand-new-as-of-August craft beer-centric Stone bar and eatery in Terminal 2 of San Diego International Airport. At any rate, plan your trip accordingly. And we doubled the size and production capacity of our brewery, built the new Stone Packaging Hall and, oh yeah, found out we're now the 10th largest craft brewing company in the country. We can hardly believe we fit all that into one paragraph, much less 12 months. Through all that growth, like hop bines rooted in fertile soil (see what we did there?), we kept our feet securely planted on terra firma, remembering that it's all about the beer - we'd be nothing without it. and so, as we prepare to celebrate 17 years of straining the seams of the ale envelope, we again focus squarely on beer via our annual anniversary offering, while at the same time laying to waste long-held concepts of what German hops can and cannot do, as well as what the world has come to know about San Diego IPAs - thanks much in part to our family of beers."; "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 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 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. [undersigned] Greg Koch CEO & Co-founder [,] Steve Wagner President & Co-founder".

Whew! I poured for both Mike and I, netting three fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a solid gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very grassy with an underlying honey sweetness. [Bear in mind that I had not read or transcribed the above when I took my notes. My notes are direct.] This is an IPA?!? I would have guessed a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sharp and grassy, more like an Imperial Pils. There was also a fairly hot fusel alcohol bite to it. Finish was dry, with a grassy, slightly minty coolness on the extreme finish. Wild!

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that quickly falls to surface bubbles. Some large bubbles remain for a while.

Smell: pine and grapefruit are most notable.

Taste: grainy malt presence with caramel, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and some alcohol are up front. Bitterness is strong and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: despite the high alcohol levels, this beer is very drinkable albeit a bit on the slow side. Defintely an enjoyable big DIPA worth getting your hands on.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.