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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

1,755 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 25
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

midnitesun11, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

BoRaeCho, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of davey101
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/17/2013. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden body similar to that of Enjoy By or RuinTen. Two fingers worth of white foam slowly creeps away leaving behind ridiculous amounts of whispy lacing and some solid retention. Swirling it just starts the process all over again.

S - Bubble gum, peaches, honey, earthy spices and hibiscus are intermixed with some notes of grass and pine. Light bready dough on the finish. Really soft and fresh smelling. This is really different and super aromatic. If this were a Yankee Candle I would name it "Fresh German Countryside Summer Laundry"....or something....

T - Shares the soft bubblegum/honey/stonefruit trifecta found in the nose but it finishes with dank resinous piney hops with a pretty considerable level of bitterness. The very end showcases some bready malts and grass/hibiscus but the bitterness is pretty intense. Mouth feel is slick and coating, well carbonated. Alcohol gets more noticeable as it warms.

O - A really different beer. I was expecting an imperial pilsner or something but instead its a floral/stonefruit heavy amped up European IPA. Just wished the hops were turned down slightly to better showcase the "German" flavors.

davey101, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

LoFiDave, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

virinow, Aug 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

zachary80, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ramblinwreck101, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ambruns1979, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date was smudged, but rest assured, this bottle is VERY fresh, as it was just released two days ago to the public.
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a gorgeous pale gold/straw yellow that is crystal clear. A towering, creamy, 3 finger tall white head sprouts quickly and has good retention. The head leaves some spotty lacing down the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (4)
Wow, definitely a different smelling IPA then what us hop heads are used to smelling. Huge floral and herbal European hops presence; fresh cut grass, mint, orange zest, lemon rind with a certain underlying pine-y resinous dankness. in between these spicy, floral notes, there is an interesting peach presence; I'm not sure which of the German hop varieties that comes from. Underneath the hops there is a soft, bready maltiness. As the beer warms, some alcohol does peep through the 'wall' of German hops.

Taste: (3.75)
Spicy hops slap your palate immediately with notes of lemon and orange peel, fresh cut grass, peach, and light apricot. The hops have a big floral quality about them. The hops dominate the flavor profile through out the beer until the dry finish, where your palate is kissed for the briefest moment of time by bready pilsener malts. The very bitter finish leaves long lingering notes of mint, pine resin, and lemon rind on your tongue. As the beer warms, a light alcohol presence comes out and further accentuates the natural minty flavors of these German hops.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Pretty crisp for the size of the beer.

Overall: (3.75)
Yet another very solid and unique IPA from Stone. This year for their anniversary beer, Stone chose to take 100% German hops and malts and make a giant Imperial IPA out of them. They succeeded, this beer definitely is an Imperial IPA through and through, but after drinking this beer, I am still left yearning for some tropical and citrusy Pacific North West hops I'm so used to in IPAs; I can't help but think of how awesome this beer could be if these German hops had some good ol' Simcoe and Amarillo hops thrown in with them. That said, this unique IPA is definitely worth seeking out.

flayedandskinned, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of rawfish
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.

rawfish, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GRG1313, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Fusebuddy, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Swik, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
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!

RaulMondesi, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mscudder, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

random846, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

brywhite, Aug 15, 2013
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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.

errantnight, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

laminam, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

surfotog, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Theseanlewis
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.

Theseanlewis, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

bca115, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

biertrinkenja, Aug 14, 2013
17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.