17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA | Stone Brewing

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Reviews: 334 | Ratings: 1,799
Photo of dropitlikeitshot
4.96/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smell: Smells of floral and slight citrus right after popping the cap. The smell after you pour into a glass is sweet as if crystal malt was used. Also there are several other hop smells that are nor immediately recognizable. I guess that's because most micro beers are using the four Cs.

Taste: Starts of sweet like a barleywine then taste likes its has been in a bourbon barrel and then finishes bitter from the hops. Amazing.

Color: copper in color. crystal clear.

Overall: My current favorite non: IPA, Barleywine, or Stout

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Photo of xILevelerIx
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Its been nearly 2 years since i had this beer and I still long for its super piney and dank aroma. This is the best IPA i have had. Wish they still made it.

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Photo of davidsumner
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent crafted beer. For me it's really a grail beer. I love German Pilsner and I love West Coast IPA's and Imperial's. So this is really great combination. I also love Weihenstephaner Pilsner; and so Stone has really done something that I personally would have dreamed of. Taking an excellent Pilsner and making it better. This is definitely a champion Imperial Pilsner and will be a constant in my beer fridge.

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Photo of santomark
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shallow gold, orange, off white head. Very little head, light lacing. Very hoppy, very WIPA characteristics, but the body is like that of Deutschland. This pilsner crispness at times. Grassy, mango, pineapple, orange, citrus, cat piss. Medium body, nice burning going down. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer poured a crystalline tan-gold in color.

There’s a sharp aroma of lemon and lemongrass in spades. Clear, bright, crisp and clean. I’m liking it already.

The flavor comes off equally brilliant, with a hoppy handful of lemony zest and a bittering that is surprisingly enough easy going given the strength. It hides its ABV a little too well, as this went down all too easily. I’m hooked.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 10-17-13

Wasn't sure I was going to bother to review this until I saw how underrated this is by others.
This is a fabulous change of pace to European malts and hops by Stone. Has a delicious Pilsner-like taste combined with Rye breadiness, but then a nice and unique complex of hops explodes mid-palate and in the finish. Like an English IPA on steroids in the best way you can imagine. Much better than the last couple of Stone anniversary brews.

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Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Colors are very well done. When held up to light, I can see a strong blonde hue along the sides with a golden center.

Mango, grapefruit and pine seductively tickle the olfactory gland, hinting at an even greater bouquet within.

This is exactly how I imagined it. A harmonious cross between the pine-heavy East Coast IPA and citrus-heavy West Coast IPA. So much flavor to go around.

Bitter and dry, coating the entire mouth and leaving a tasty buttery malt imprint on the tongue, followed by pine resin. I believe that a spicy entree would benefit from this fine DIPA.

Stone have outdone themselves this year with this fine entry. It's definitely at the top for me.

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Photo of smcolw
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 11/13/13; tasted on 9/8/13

Starts with a moderate, rocky head. Settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace. The beer is gold in color with a mild haze.

Perhaps the freshest hop smell I've ever had. It reminds me of a time where I had picked hop cones and crushed them in my hand. A bit of grapefruit with attractive pale malt in the background. Spectacular.

The flavor is also superb--soft pale malt base that holds up until the swallow and then there's a white pepper hop bitter kick. The aftertaste increases in intensity for a couple of seconds and then slowly dissipates. I note a bit of creaminess in the swallow which provides some balance. The alcohol is nearly hidden. Full bodied and well-carbonated.

An exceptional beer.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours with a healthy head and light color. Can see the carbonation with very little lacing. Good transparency and a desirable appearance overall

S- grass, hoppy and very slight must. I have to Eco other posts agreeing that it comes off as a slightly hoppy pilsner vs your normal IPA

T- you really are able to pick up the German influence with the taste. With the hop on the smell you expect the awesome hop blast Stone creates but this is actually muted to fit into the unique style. Pilsner with hops in short

M- Little to medium mouth with lot of carbonation. Easy drink

O- Not your traditional American hops but a nice elevation to an traditional style. Stone did a great job taking the carbonation and dry hop that I love and blending it with the Koch and pilsner malts. Worth s try for anyone that can find one!

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: light yellow and strawy

smell: light, citrusy and hoppy, but not overwhelmingly hoppy.

taste: at first it comes across as a very light body strawy and citrusy ipa, but then the
pilsner body starts to become apparent. this is followed by a very well crafted hop
pallet. and for once a different choice of hops for stone, which definitely restored
some faith in the brewery.

mouthfeel: light bodied for an ipa, smooth with a nice crisp amount of carbonation

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Götterdämmerung IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange with one finger of white puffy head.

S - Incredible, Sweet orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, hops. Some candied qualities as well. I'm ready to dive into this one.

T - What a welcome change from the original West Coast Style IPA. It really does have more of a sweeter flavor than most. Apricots, orange, smooth citrus. Yeah, it has some grapefruit, and pine in there but not overpowering at all. I really like the flavor profile of this IPA.

M - Just about perfect here, silky smooth, medium carbonation, with medium leaning towards a heavy mouthfeel.

O - Pleased, to say the least. Will be running to the store to grab a few more of these. Thanks Stone for making yet another delicious IPA. Cheers!!

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Photo of sabinelr
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this today (Sept 20) at my favorite wine and beer dealer (plug: All Things Wine, Renton, WA). Stone did it again, balancing hops, malt, and alcohol in an ale that is taking me 2 hours to finish (22 oz. bottle). At least I think it is 2 hours, I am losing track of time, listening to Shake the Shack and sipping this masterpiece that could kick Arrogant Bastard off the pinnacle of being the Owsley acid of beer, except this is limited release. A sneaky flavor that comes and gets you a minute or two after knocking back a swig. I thought it was cloudy in the bottle, but that must have been the condensation on the bottle. I have it in a pint glass, and the last bit of it is perfectly clear. It has a strong smell that warns of amazing things to come. Again, Stone has almost perfectly balanced the hops, malt, and alcohol into a deceptively smooth sip, followed by a malt-hop aftertaste that just makes you reminisce happily about all the good beers you ever drank. I hope you can find this before it goes out of circulation.

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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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: S: Smells like a fresh mown lawn and a pine tree. T: A moderate malt bbackbone supports yeast driven fruit and a big grapefruit and grapefruit rind hop bitterness. F: Medium to medium full body, medium to medium high carbonation. Soft palate. O: A big, exeptional IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy yellow, with a quarter inch white head, leaves traces of lace. Smell is mango, pineapple, hints of fruit loops, pine, and apples. Taste is all of that with some grapefruit and lemon in the finish that lingers on the tongue and throat. Body is medium large, with the perfect amount of life, a little dry, and easy drinking. I really like this, a different DIPA for sure. If you see you must purchase

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Photo of Celtics17
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really "Enjoy by" when I can get that. I'm not in love with Ruination, or Stones I.P.A. I do like this 17th Anniversary though. Enjoy by is my favorite IPA, and this one has some of the same notes. This beer is full of pine, and I taste some pineapple notes, which I enjoy in IPA's. The piney taste is more dominate then the grapefruit.

Smell is floral grapefruit. Citrus and some earth tones. The looks is a great golden color. One of the best IPA's out there, and I can't wait for 18th.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like crisp unripe apricot and honey, with some grapefruit and herbal hops.
It tasted like sweet honey malt and candied apricot at first, followed by bitter grapefruit zest and dank herbal hops. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a surprisingly solid IPA, with excellent scent and taste and body. The alcohol was fairly well hidden, but the finish was really strong, so it was better to sip. Great brew.

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Photo of Alex_Hanley
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt bottle.

A- light golden brown, decent head with some lacing.

S- very strong smell. Deep hops and grassy smelling.

T- good hop taste but not too overpowering.

M- smooth hoppy taste with some citrus too.

Overall- good beer, nice to look at it, good tasting and goes down smooth. Something ill have to drink again not just a one time test beer.

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Photo of errantnight
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance (4.25) - Served from a 750ml bottle into a 10 oz stein. Pours the color of apricot skin, slightly hazy, with two fingers of white foamy head. Looks quite good. Love the color and I'm a big fan of a little haze in my IPAs and DIPAs. As I drink, plenty of chunky lacing is left down the sides of the glass. Not in any particularly beautiful pattern, but still great lacing.

Smell (3.5) - The smell is somewhat imperceptible. Almost like a hot lager, but with grassy hints, and a little bit of orange dreamsickle sweetness. Totally strange. Nothing offensive, though. For an IPA there's hardly any "traditional" hop presence making itself known (traditional for an American IPA anyway), though there are a smattering of sweet biscuit-y malts.

Taste (4.75) - Wow. This is good. Incredibly unique. At first all I taste are powerful, delicious, candied floral notes. The bitterness you'd expect is there, but it's all flower petals and no citrus. The maltiness is much better than I'd expected coming from 100% pilsner malts. It's sweet and delicate. Next comes that dreamsickle flavor out of nowhere. My guess would be that it's generated by the combination of so many pils malts and the addition of Sterling hops. It's odd, but not off-putting. It's strange, but combined with all of the flower flavors, this orange dreamsickle rounds into an almost peach yogurt. The beer finishes with a plethora of different herbal hop notes and freshly cut grass. Clean and bitter in a refreshingly different way. This beer never punches you in the face with extremes, but it still has the clean finish that leaves you wanting for more.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - Light to medium bodied, with minimal carbonation, Gotterdammerung feels creamy, slightly oily, and wet (in my opinion always a good quality for DIPAs). This mouthfeel also does something to bring out that almost ephemeral peach yogurt thing. This gets huge kudos from me for being at once so light and so creamy. Very nicely done.

Overall (4.75) - Though the smell could have been a little better, I'm almost happy that it didn't give too much away. And with a beer like this, the flavors are so unique and compelling that I could see how they might not translate as aptly into the aroma. Perhaps with a little tweaking, this recipe could be made into something mind-blowingly good. I was surprised and very satisfied with this release (not that Stone ever really releases a bad IPA).

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Photo of ISmith87
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance - 4.5 - starts off with A finger of head, the beer itself is a very clear golden color.The lacing on the glass is nice with perfect rings.

smell/aroma - 4.0 - definitely some citrus e orange grapefruit hops, but also a lot of alcohol, I'm actually a little bit disappointed with how much alcohol I can smell

taste - 4.5 - definitely a lot of grapefruit and pine from the hops, balanceD with a caramel, bready malt. Citrus zest. Bitter.

Mouth feel - 4.75 - pleasant warming feeling and bite from the hops, medium carbonation, bitter aftertaste

Overall - 4.50 - good beer, I love it when I go to Total Wine and stone has a new IPA for me to try, I I was actually looking for a new beer by The Bruery today to add to my list of reviews, but as usual I had to go with one by Stone brewing

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just another great ipa following the Stone Smuttynose Clusters Last Stand collaboration. Bright beautiful pale golden color, nice hoppy aroma classic German hops. Crisp, clean tons of hop bitterness. Nice mix of citrus and pine. Drinkable with long lingering bitterness just the way I like my favorite ipas. I like this one alot more than RuinTen or the Enjoy By series, both which I find a chore to finish 22 oz. This one, 32 oz growler dissapeared in no time at all, flavors stayed consistently bright and bitter the entire way, which I attribute to the Pilsner malt base. Definitely one of the most bitter beers Ive had, loved this one. Did I mention this beer is bitter?

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; gorgeous golden-orange, translucent, with a modest off-white head fed by lots of bubbles going up the sides of the glass. Some slick spotty lacing is left as it fades.
Smell is clear pilsner malt followed by hops; earthy, herbal and pine dominate, with citrus rind, sweet fruit and floral supporting.
Taste is very interesting; clean lightly grainy pilsner malt covered by hops. But the hops are the interesting part. It starts off with the usual bitter pine, but moves quickly into uncharted territory (for an IPA). Earthy herbal hops abound, with nifty notes of bitter citrus rind, followed by sweeter fruit flavors. After the sweetness dies down, a hefty dose of bitterness is left to clean off the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is slick, lots of hop oils.
Overall, I love this beer. It's got great hop balance between the pine, citrus, earthy, fruity, and bitter flavors...and the pilsner malt lends a good deal of clarity to the beer, allowing the hops to shine. This beer breaks the rules without breaking the beer.

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A brownish orange color with a good bit of transparency, a huge two finger white head at the top that leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Pine hops right off the bat, with a little tangyness from the malts, a slight presence of grapefruit and mangos, and some spice in there as well.

T: A sweeter taste compared to the nose on this one, some orange up front with honey, and some kick from the hops as well. This one is pretty smooth the alcohol is not to much, easy to drink.

M: Dry finish, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation

D: Stone makes great IPA's so this one doe the same thing, nice simple DIPA, well balanced and easy drinker.

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Photo of stevoj
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much more to say on this one, one smooth double IPA. Buttery, velvety texture and taste. Malt comes through, not covered by, but in concert with the hops. Very well done indeed.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
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