17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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).

EDIT (2017): Stone, pls. You've re-brewed so many worthy beers. This. Beer. Is. Worthy! Super unique and incredibly delicious. Bring it back, Greg!

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Photo of ChipMurray
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mythaeus
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/26/13. Poured into a Pateros Creek pint glass. Cool bottle art.

Appearance: An average to aggressive pour produced 1'' of cream colored head. The color of the beer is golden-amber. Clarity is clear. This beer is beautiful. Tons of lacing, nice creamy head, great clarity and color, and lots of streaming bubbles. Great!

Smell: Prominent smell is light pine, the tiniest bit of orange, and a floral / grassy type hop character. Malts are noticeable as well, with some bread, grain, and sweet malty notes.

Taste: Taste is quite bitter with pine, but also has some sweet orange (though, not much). Flavor duration is long, sweetness is light, and bitterness is heavy to harsh.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium, with a thin and oily texture. Carbonation was average to lively. Finish is BITTA! There is a slight warming.

Overall: A bit bitter / piney / grassy for me. Good for what it was, but certainly not a favorite.

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Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, Beautiful golden orange with a nice white head that lingers leaving good lacing, very slightly hazy

S: Floral hop bouquet, very fruity, pineapple, mango, sweet tropical fruit, citrus

T: taste falls short of nose, more bitter hops up front, quite pine resin, grapefruit peel, good but none of the sweet fruit from above

M: full, good carbonation, alcohol present

O: Interesting DIPA with non standard ingredients

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ONUMello
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass
A: Light, bright orange with a two-finger head and a steady stream of carbonation
S: Very nice, with fresh flowers, potpourri, roasted grain and orange peel
T: Not quite as strong here. Again floral, some hops, but it's a bit sweet & quite malty
M: Medium bodied, a light crispness but also a touch of glycerin
O: Solid yet one of my least favorite of the numerous Stone beers I've had. Then again, 17 is an awkward age so no harm no foul

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GJ40
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Tasty Beverage.

A - A lighter shade of golden with incredible clarity and a small white head. A slow but steady rise of bubbles.

S - Spicy, zesty and lemony hop notes with hints of orange.

T - A nice balance of hop oils, hop flavor and hop bitterness. Spicy but almost citrusy at times. Complex and deep with a clean, crisp finish. It's a great combination of a German lager and an American IPA but in such a unique way with the German hops.

M - A low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

O - A very interesting beer. I really like what they got out of those hops.

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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%

17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,800 ratings.
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