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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,714 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 98 | 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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-15-2013 01:56:06 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:43:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-06-2013 02:19:02 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 00:49:53 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:20:50 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-18-2013 15:03:04 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:24:47 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-08-2013 21:14:53 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

09-21-2013 18:20:53 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-17-2013 04:50:21 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

09-22-2013 13:46:05 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-14-2014 16:30:23 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:46:48 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 21:46:02 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-01-2013 06:10:40 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-15-2013 02:25:44 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:33:20 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-18-2013 21:03:33 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

12-04-2013 04:26:07 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-17-2013 20:05:39 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:38:34 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-08-2013 17:23:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:40:21 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:33:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:18:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.