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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

1,783 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 29
Gots: 110 | 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: 1,783 | Reviews: 329
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of popery
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a very nice, clear gold. 3/4 inch of head to start, great lacing.

Pine sap, fresh cut grass, floral hops, and caramel combine up front. Slight caramel in the back. I expect an unbalanced hop bomb.

Too much clashes right up front. Pine resin, caramel, soap, lawn trimmings... a hop explosion with not much balance and too much booze in the finish. Goes down thick and hot.

I like Stone, but not this beer. It isn't awful, but nothing I'd try twice.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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