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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Minimal amount of head that doesn't go past a finger. My guess would be that it is pure cotton white but it had no retention at all. The body is a pale amber/honey that seems a bit weaker in the light. No real lacing.

Nose- Surprisingly weak or at the very least, exceedingly weak. I get honey, flowers, and nectar but nothing traditional as far as hops go. I realize this is experimental but it is odd to smell a DIPA that doesn't overwhelm you with citrus, pine, and resin. I got a bit of grassiness and an earthy character from the bottle. A weird smokiness when I revisit the bottle. I love the honey from the glass.

Taste- Spice seems to dominate at first but I'm having a hard time parsing different notes. Lots of wood, pine, and resin followed by some melon and honey. Very spicy ending- these German hops are very interesting. It seems as if the spice levels of old school hops have been ratcheted up a level. I can't say I can complain. This beer may suffer from the lack of any real malt bill. Very dry finish- it's a weird blend of a DIPA, a pilsner, and a India Pale Lager. No alcohol is present even though there are no real dominant flavors to subdue that. This is easily one of the oddest beers I've had (and I've had gruits and sahtis and kvasses) but I like it. This seems like a mix between an imperial pilsner and an IPL. It is certainly better than any imperial pilsner I've had. There's lots of grass and earth and herbs where your normal wood/pine/resin finish would be. Some chalkiness as well. Gypsum even. This is a nice change from your typical DIPA. Very dry on the finish such that it cleans your palate each time. I'm a little impressed with this beer. It's definitely a good to almost great beer. Some weak citrus starts to come through as it opens up more.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Some aspect of syrup but not really. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability- This beer could be devastating. I think I could give this to someone and tell them that it was a dry-hopped pilsner and they might gulp it. It's dangerously sessionable. The dry finish with chalk and mineral puts it over the top.

Overall- This is a really good beer that I think will be misunderstood by a lot of people. This is not supposed be your traditional American hop bomb. If you have a palate for German and English hops, you will understand this. I like the shift. Stone has definitely done a service with this beer. It's not their best but it may be the most interesting (that I've had).

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying this beer on tap I decided to invest in a bottle for better evaluatiion. Thus this 22 oz. bomber gets poured into a globe glass. Pours a clear deep golden color with your standard fleeting cap of off white foam. Does show decent lace once things settle down yet nothing special here.

Aroma is hoppy with floral and spicy notes domiant. Not much as for dank/citrus. Pleasant and intriguing but lacking a bit as for depth as the hops are there but you need to seek them out. Bit of garlic/shallot through the foam.

Touch of lemony bread on the flavor, slightly coarse and deceptively slight as for the ABV. No real bitterness on the finish though the beer does display a dry tannic finish to a degree.

Feel is neutral and dare I say a bit boring. Yet the ABV cloaking sweetness is evident on the finish. In the end this beer is a bit of a mess

Sans the aroma this beer misses the point. Different yet mediocre, gimme a Ruination...

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mainbrew.

Pouring a clear orange with a dense, off-white head with nice retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is a riot of hops. In contrast to the Enjoy By that I had last night, this is a lot more aromatic, a lot more floral, a lot mintier and with plenty of herbal and wet wood notes. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Lemon zest is prominent, as is white pepper. Malt character is moderate, with the all-pils malt base lending a doughy sweetness that complements the German hop bouquet.

The palate opens big, juicy and hoppy with a moderate bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. There's lemon, earth, spruce, mint, grass, a woody resin note and some sweetness. The balance here is towards a medium-light sweetness that's doughy and mildly bready. The resin lingers on into the finish that's got flavors of mint, lemon and a mild sweetness. Medium in body, this beer has a moderate level of carbonation and is great on the palate. This German DIPA is pretty darned enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
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