17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA | Stone Brewing

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA
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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,801 |  Reviews: 335
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(11/18/13 enjoy by date)

L: pale orange, almost peach, no amber; thick 3/4- to 1-inch head of white foam off a big percolation -- it's a show, this pour, for it seems to have an afterburner burst of percolation that kicks in about halfway into the first big burst. not 100% clear but not opaque, either ... relatively clear for a DIPA; some good stick off head, a little bit of lacing on the way down

S: grassy to begin with ... quickly turns into the standard caramel/tropical fruit of a typical DIPA

T: hint of peach, huge bitter bite, slight bit of spice/black pepper -- there is definitely a little something different about this one, but like the smell, it turns into another caramel/sweet/tropical fruit DIPA with huge bitter hops up front

F: solid ... watery enough to drink easy but full of carbonation, so it never truly feels watery

O: 5 for the effort ... but frankly, the idea of mixing any other style with the American hop salad is misled -- it always turns out to be just another American hop salad. and the idea that there is something truly German about this brew misses the mark by a lot. all I taste is massive bitter hops. i don't taste malt, the spicy hops notes disappear within seconds ... ultimately, I feel like I'm drinking one of 10 different American imperial IPAs I've already had.

it's a great brew. I love it and might give it a couple more tries. but the only thing I detect that's German about it is the name.

so 5 for effort, 1.5 for delivering on the label's promise

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new Stone beer, another new IPA. Who saw that one coming? I kid, I kid. I was excited to try this "American-ish styled and brewed IPA with German experimental hops"... Sounds interesting and different enough. Clean and clear golden-orange body - clarity is second to none here with a foamy white head that quickly disassembles into a thick collar and foamy film. Surprisingly low amount of lacing when compared to nearly every other Stone beer.

The aroma is quite grassy and contains a melange of all sorts of fruits, backed up by some mild grain and malted barley notes. Dare I say... Fruity Pebbles. Yes, the aroma smells like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. This is a Fruity Pebbles IPA. But, strangely enough, I am okay with that. Leafy, grassy,and full of citrus, lemon, honey, tea, melon, honeysuckle, and even some fruity, berry-like aromas. It still retains its "IPA" smell, though, with a constant, injecting bitterness in the nostrils.

Hah, whooda thunk it? This fucker tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too. Only with a much heavier hand on the overall hoppage. Hop oils; dense hop oils overtake the senses as Stone's 17th anniversary beer unleashes its mad lupulin strike. Zesty fruits, citrus collage - some orange, lemon, cherry-ish notes even? I taste a little bit of wheat, too, maybe... Then again, maybe not. There's a lot of stuff going on here. I'm quite taken back by these crazy German hops.

Only mildly bitter, especially for a DIPA, though it does creep in on the back end and hits your uvula with a left jab after each sip. Oily and sticky and resinous with some very, very light Pilsner malt in the finish. Heavy carbonation that snaps the roof of your mouth and tingles your lips each time you bring the glass to your face. Nice, crisp, and clean in the ending.

You tell me, hey, try my new homebrew. It's a Fruity Pebbles flavored DIPA. I immediately shudder in thought of what that horrendous combo might taste like. But you know... it actually turned out to be pretty damn tasty. A very nice combo of fruit and herbs and hops with a good amount of tantalizing bitterness, never delving into excessive sweetness (a la RuinTen). Maybe I'm weird, since I'm the only one who enjoyed Stone's 16th, as well, but this was quite tasty.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A deep golden beer with good clarity and a long lasting head of fine white bubbles that leave fine lacing on the glass.

S: Sort of an Imperial Pilsner meets IPA having a medium-strong aroma of earthy, spicy hops with a medium amount of Pilsner malt aroma. There is some lemony citrus in the back along with a light floral alcohol aroma.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with an explosion of Continental hops flavors where the spice hops flavors dominate with a strong earthy component and a moderate amount of citrus. A moderate Pils malt flavor having a graham cracker character and faint malt sweetness. The balance is very bitter. The finish is dry with an linger hops bitterness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O: This beer gives the impression of an aggressively bitter, German IPA and a well made one at that. Definitely worth finding if you like hops.

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Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of npala86
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great golden IPA color. I poured it fairly gentle and got about a finger on the head.

S- Piney, floral, grapefruit, grass and a little something sweet... Honey possibly?

T- Nice! ...Can definitely taste the difference in this IPA. The malt is there followed by your classic IPA bitter finish. No heat from the alcohol in this either.

M- Good carbonation with a very slight syrupy feel on the way down.

O- A SOLID IPA... Glad I bought more than one, Stone does it again.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a visually pretty beer. In the pint glass the beer was a clear golden color. It poured a thick white head with abundant lace.

First whiff gave off a piney, herbal aroma, followed by citrus. A sweet malt background.

On tasting, first up was resiney pine, then grapefruit. Sweet bread, like challah.

Mouthfeel slick and oily, contrasting with sweetness.

A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/26/13. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts, ripe fruits and floral, grassy, slightly resiny hops with some alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet fruity toasted malt (slightly soapy) with a big floral, grassy, slightly resiny bitterness in the finish. There are some notes of cream ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA, I think going German was not a wise choice.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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