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 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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Ratings: 1,800 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with hints of orange in the mix, clear like Stone IPA's. Nice white head falls to ring good lace.

Aroma is nice fresh hops grapefruit , pineapple, passion fruit, mango but with hints of yogurt. The malt is nice kind of a nice change to smell pilsner malts. The strange Yogurt like aroma coming from the European hops maybe?

Taste is bang lots of hops nice pine in flavor more so then the fruit that's in the nose. Some citrus notes and a lingering grapefruit rind mingled into the finish with the pine. Malts bready with a touch of sweetness. Good flavor nice malt profile alcohol well hidden, enjoining the change.

Mouthfeel is on par for the style medium with medium carbonation.

Overall just different enough to be interesting without being to different. I found it enjoyable and would purchase again if they didn't sell out so quick around here.

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Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Averwo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of gr0g
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in color with a fairly nice two-finger head, but there's hardly any lace formation to speak of. Aroma is not effusive like you'd expect in a good IPA, but I like what's there. Very zesty citrus quality to it. Sweet aromas of malt sugars and fruit. Another BA review mentioned blueberry, and oddly enough I'm getting that too.

Fairly malty sweet, not unexpected at 9.5%, with a zesty hop bite as on the nose. A bit of grassiness, too. Carbonation fades pretty quickly, while the mouthfeel is otherwise too prickly. Slick, slightly oily texture. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish, but it's well short of a massive fuel note. Despite the all pilsner malt bill, this has a pretty hefty malt backbone. I've seen this likened to an imperial pilsner, but I've never had a pils over 9% before.

Appearance and mouthfeel are let downs and sully an otherwise great DIPA. This is an otherwise a well-made hop bomb with some interesting nuances. Much better than that lemon abomination that was the 16th Anniversay IPA.

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Photo of pieface22
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AdamElb
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of moonknight31
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mrchrisray
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a golden color with a bit of orange.

The aroma has lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and pine along with lots of bready caramel malt.

The flavor follows with tons of bitter grapefruit and resinous pine, then there's a bready malt character that has some spice behind it. Lots of pine drying on the finish.

The beer is a very hoppy beer with a medium malt backbone. If I didn't know it was made with German ingredients, I couldn't pick it out.

In the end, it's a very well crafted DIPA. I would have wished if it was more different and did not taste so much like a "Stone" beer.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ronin926
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of harrymel
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 31OCT13

It's a toasted gold ale with a central weak cap of whites. Really looks like it could be flat. Smells like blueberries and cream oatmeal. Just so happens I fucking dig that oatmeal. A little vitamins, some resiny almost cigarette smoke smells also (Marb's though, not Camel's). Flavor is a little grainy for me up front, the bitterness is plain and evident but not nearly as one stroked as the coconut IPA. There are some bits of corn and maybe orange peel. Medium on light bodied with moderate yet spiky carb and an off dry finish. I like this beer, but not buy it again like this beer.

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Photo of Aimo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 7/26/13 lasered on bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very clear honey-light amber with ample 1-2 finger, frothy, off-white head with decent retention and a nicewavy line of lace.

S: Lemon pepper, honeysuckle, and grassy herbal aromas with a weedy, spicy nature combine with a mild crackery malt backing aroma. Hops are head and shoulders above. No yeast aromas except for a very faint hint of sulfur.

T: The flavor is a straight-on spicy hops assault with peppery, spicy, herbal, and floral hops blasting away at your palate. The maltiness is substantial, as it should be in a 9.5% ABV beer, but it can't quite save this beer from a bit of a cardboard, woody flavor. There is a little bit of honeyish sweetness on the back end, but all in all this is a tongue punisher, but not totally in a good way. The bitterness seems way above and beyond 70 IBUs and it sticks around for a very long time. This leaves a grassy, herby, woody aftertaste that is not the greatest. The alcohol is bitter but not that apparent. I don't get any yeast flavors or hot alcohols.

M: A slick but heavy beer, carbonation could be taken down a half-notch and help drinkability a little bit. The body is medium-full and it finishes pretty dry but is puckeringly bitter with a fair amount of tannin feel built into the bitterness, and there is some aspirin bitterness in there too.

O: Stone 17th is a beer worth trying once to see what they could do with this idea -- the conclusion is not too much. I think the hoppiness is muddled byt the sheer number of different European hops varieties they used. I have never been a big fan of Sterling which doesn't help. Again, Stone has to push the ABV way up -- this beer may have been a little more drinkable at 7.5 or 8% with fewer hops varieties. Interesting but not one I want another bottle of.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a glass.. Crystal clear golden yellow color with a thin white head that bubbles away pretty quickly. Very little lacing. Has a musty alcoholic scent that im not really digging... some hop characteristics come through in the aroma but they are not very prominent. On to taste: very malty, some definite alcohol presence, slight hoppy pine and bitterness coming through but again not particularly prominent. Strangely refreshing for a 9.5% beer though.

Overall I would say this beer is weird and kinda interesting and i think that is all stone was trying to achieve on this one. I enjoyed it but it really doesn't look, smell, or taste like an IPA. It tastes like a very strong ale brewed with some funky euro yeast and even funkier euro hops.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with some sweet undertones.

Tastes of a nice hop character with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with a nice pine and grapefruit note leading into a big spicy note. Moderately bitter then undercut by a touch of sweet malts. Caramel malts come through with some sugar along with a bit of toastiness. This ends with a bit more earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer and the German really add a peppery bite to everything.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,800 ratings
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