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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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1,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 104 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-14-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mgobrew, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 19, 2013
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- It appears a clear golden color and has a very nice head retention.
S-Here it begins. It has a nice piney, green, and almost spicy aroma. Clean, smells tasty.
T- It has a nice finish. The flavor is hop forward and full of a bitterness which lingers as it finishes with a vanilla bite. Nice pint.
M- The mouthfeel is medium light and right in line with the characteristics of the style.
O- A nice Imperial IPA. I'd be interested in the malt components, but they really would take away from the hop character of the style if pronounced any more. They nailed it.

BeerAficionadoMCMXC, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

DeutschesBier, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mpayne5, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JDizzle, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

hnandez, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

stakem, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

dcguitar, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mendvicdog, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mhbarber, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

TonyY, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

12owls, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

BeerBeast, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

APB, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

zestar, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Dirtinabottle, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

drewone, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, pale gold. Quite clear, filtered. Medium white head. Some lacing and decent retention. The aroma has a lot of floral hops with some grass, herbal and light citric notes. Interesting minty edge to the hops. There's also a fair bit of sugary caramel malt, more than I'd like. It's sweet and perfumey. Everything seems rather sweet, and the sugary malt just pushes it all over the edge for me. The taste is similar. Lots of floral, herbal-dominant hops with bready, caramel-y, sugary malt. I like the sweet hop flavor, but the malt sweetness seems to throw if off balance. It's sweet on sweet. Somewhat cloying. There's little hop bitterness, just a light pine resin bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is not too heavy for the abv, but it's fuller than I normally like in the style. Fairly slick. Overall, I'm not a big fan, and unfortunately, it's not getting better as it warms. With a drier malt character, I think this would be much improved.

popery, Aug 19, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A - This one pours somewhere between a deep straw and a pale orange. Perfectly clear beer. A single finger of pure white head forms and sticks around for a little while. Tons of very fine bubbles streaming up from the nucleation site at the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly little lacing.

S - Sweet malts right up front. A bit of hop in the background, but it's not a full-on hop assault. The aromas that are there are very grassy and bright, though. A bit of apple, apricot, and bread in the finish.

T - Definitely interesting, but not hitting all of the right notes for me. It's hoppy, but it leans too much to the syrupy sweet side for my liking. The German hops come through big time, but they don't really fit perfectly for this style. It's an experiment to be sure, but one that falls just short. Grassy, herbal, spicy, and at the end of the day just too sweet.... borderline medicinal.

M - Thick, syrupy, but somehow lively at the same time. Well-carbonated, finishes surprisingly dry for how sweet this brew is.

O - A bit of a disappointment. Not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, it just doesn't live up to the last few years of the anniversary brews. The marriage of German hops in this kind of volume with an American-style DIPA just doesn't work out as well as I had hoped it would.

ESPNman, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Chuck_25, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Wrex68, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07Bigben01, Aug 19, 2013
17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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