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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

1,719 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 100 | 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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rawfish

California

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brassy, golden, identical to most of Stone's other IPAs, clear with good head retention and minimal sticky lacing left on the glass.

Candy spun sugar, white bread, mint, pine resin and faint nectarine. Unlike any other ipa out there, the German ingredients and dry hopping with Sterling give this beer a clean yet earthy character.

Very clean, pilsner-like malt, barely detectable under a cascade of floral and grassy hops, a bit of pinching astringency with black pepper and mild stone fruit. Bitterness is steady and leaves a fine mouth coating. The malt and hops are delicately balanced and shun out the alcohol well.

The body is average with a good amount of carbonation, complementary to the pilsner crafted malt and German hops. The mouthcoating provides bitterness and a crisp feel but only when drunk cooler. Alcohol present but controlled.

Stone showing their brewing prowess but also playing with fire. Make no mistake that this is an IPA but with lager cleanliness and intricate balance. The malt and German hops featured here are currently in a fragile waltz providing a clean and bright taste and experience. Drink this one colder like a lager and once the hops begin to fade (especially since the aroma is average to begin with) this could fall off quickly. But fresh it's left me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 03:32:15 | More by rawfish
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-15-2013 02:05:23 | More by Fusebuddy
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Swik

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-15-2013 00:57:44 | More by Swik
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RaulMondesi

California

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yeah buddy! Raul up in tha joint: Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA, and straight to the honey hole: Stone 17th. And let me say, Fritz Lang would be proud! Like currywürst that only your oma could make back in Köln, this thang is poppin! Malty like the Baltic, but also hoppy like the Danube.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 00:33:01 | More by RaulMondesi
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mscudder

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-15-2013 00:02:57 | More by mscudder
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random846

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-14-2013 23:50:56 | More by random846
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brywhite

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2013 23:32:26 | More by brywhite
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errantnight

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As long as you have your mind set for "Imperial Pilsner" and not "Imperial American IPA" I think you'll find this to be superb, and maybe the best of that "style" to date.

Radiant, golden hued, virtually identical to Enjoy By in adjacent glasses (literally I'd be unable to tell them apart), clear, frothy, sticky head with nice lacing.

Aroma is pungent, stone fruit and mint, earthy pine in the background. That this is just a touch muted is my only real criticism.

On the palate this is exceedingly dry and bitter, super clean, the pine notes leaping forward with some interesting fruit on the edges. A solid, classically pilsner malt (almost a tootsie roll) sweetness plays through.

Barely a hint of alcohol as it warms. Medium bodied, but really well put together. Nice lingering in the bitter complexities at the finish.

Overall exceedingly more drinkable and pleasant than the other Continental Imperial IPA they attempted (14th Anniversary), perhaps not quite as interesting, but with subtle complexities and superb dryness and structure. This will be fantastic with a ton of different types of food. Could drink this for days.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 23:20:34 | More by errantnight
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laminam

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2013 23:11:55 | More by laminam
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surfotog

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-14-2013 22:58:56 | More by surfotog
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Theseanlewis

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- pours straw gold with a thin head that dissipates at a medium rate. Looks like a good balance between a pils and an ipa. Clear, clean, golden.

A- smells like candy, plain and simple. Bubblegum, taffy, cotton candy, the closer to the beer ones nose gets, the more earthy and boozy the flavor gets.

T- taste was disappointing, the beer still retained sweetness but the hop flavor shifted to intense bitterness and slight floral flavors. Just like a German lager this beer tastes much smoother and more crisp when a bit colder. With warmth comes tension between the malt and strong hop flavors.

M- thick, viscous and sticky, prefect for the double ipa side if this beer, but once again a let down when mixed with the flavors. The more harsh flavors of the German hops stick around a bit to long while the more pleasing aromas are subdued.

O- a fun style to try and an interesting outcome. This beer was extremely enjoyable when chilled...crisp, not to big, a hop lovers lager. When warm the beer became a bit harsher but still drinkable. I would definitely give it another go.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:31:02 | More by Theseanlewis
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-14-2013 22:25:18 | More by bca115
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2013 22:21:05 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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biertrinkenja

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-14-2013 20:59:25 | More by biertrinkenja
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jpaulsen

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-14-2013 08:55:06 | More by jpaulsen
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Rollzroyce21

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

08-14-2013 05:24:09 | More by Rollzroyce21
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anson42

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-14-2013 05:11:14 | More by anson42
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP tonight for $5.99... shared tonight with the Tuesday night crowd... Mixed opinions, but I think Stone set out with a mission and accomplished it.

Pours very clear sorta dark golden... short lasting foamy white head with decent lacing.

Nose is really damn hoppy of course, but not for the timid... Don't expect any "C" hops... this is about the heavy grassy and catty hops.

Flavor is aggressively bitter... astringent throughout... with warmth some heavy grassy/catty hoppiness comes out hard and leaves a bit of black pepper and even some apricot fruitiness... just enough pale maltiness to carry the hops/bitterness but just BARELY... finish is really dry and so astringent it is almost tannic... a lite peppery note hangs on for a while.

Medium body with a good carbonation...

Very interesting... I want another bottle right away... Drink this one fast, I suspect it is going to fall off fast.

Overall an interesting take on Continental hops, but the aromas and flavors IMO just don't translate well on an "imperial" scale.

3.75/3.75/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:58:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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