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 sil1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Beerlover
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer but kinda a let down from stone.... much better than last years odd offering but at least last year was unique and different. This is just another i.p.a. Does it taste like anything else I've ever had? No. but that's the beauty of i.p.a.s if its a good one its not going to taste like anything else, diversity is the key with i.p.a.s On the down side it's just too normal to be a special anniversary ale, I mean you only have one 17th in your life stone come on!

smell: smells moderately hoppy, some citrus hops some earthy hops and...this is going to sound crazy but im getting some kind of gummi aroma... like gummi worms or gummi bears or gummi octopi....gummi something its not bad but I have never experienced that aroma in a beer. it does get better as you drink it, the first few sips were lackluster and rather disappointing but it's getting better now...still subpar for stone.

overall: this is my third stone anniversary ale, 15 was one of the best beers I've had to date with close to 600 under my belt in the last 2 years since my awakening to the glorious world of craft liquid gold. It still is the greatest example of an imperial black i.p.a. I've ever had followed not to closely by "Mountain Standard" and "Sublimely Self Righteous" 16 was just not my thing I guess. Im a big fan of Stone, they being in my top 3 brewerys next to Odell and Bells. This is a good beer but don't hype it up before you try it like I did.... I gotta stop doing that! Try this if you like i.p.a., stone or good beer.

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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a fairly high amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of citrus, herbal, and peppery hop aromas and flavors that make this one easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Split three ways. Freshness date is listed as "10/17/13."

Pours a pale golden/amber orange infused color that is definitely a different take on the West Coast style IPA that we've seen from Stone yet. Great carbonation graces the glass, as well as a frothy, thick off-white head about 3 fingers high that sticks around for a good long while. Lacing is pretty much inexistent, for whatever reason, but head retention remains good enough. Viscous, but definitely not intimidating by any means - the restraint is impressive, given the high ABV. Not the showiest beer for an anniversary offering, but well assembled.

The aroma offers something different here as well - rather than a typical, dry-hopped astringent citrus-y Stone profile, there's a lot more of the grassy, lightly floral flavor profile featured in German pilsners - only in this case, turned up to 11. Other than mellow grass, there's fresh squeezed fruity elements EVERYWHERE on this thing, ranging from lemons to tangerines, from green melons to light grapefruit. The pilsner malts bring forth a crisp, sugar cane-like sweetness, as well as a cracked bright golden barley flavor that I always find very appealing. Tremendous balance here - no burn or presence of any high alcohol, and none of these ingredients interfere with each other.

The flavor brings me back to the dry hopped flavors that I always get with Stone, and yes, it's very bitter, but also somehow subdued at the finish. Notes of oranges, pine, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, grass, and tangerines are all over this thing, and then are awash with crisp, sweetened pilsner malts that contain a white grape-like profile, as well as notes of sugar cane and honey. No alcohol anywhere. Extremely flavorful, and yet not too heavy or overwhelming in spite of the diversity of German hops and malts employed here. Carbonation is at the top of the game here, and makes the flavor much better. Dry, but really crisp and bready, with refreshing elements at the finish. Fantastic stuff.

Stone really outdid themselves here in terms of delivering a drinkable beer. If it weren't so dry and grassy and on the boozy side I'd have this for the remainder of summer. Definitely worth the price of admission, and an excellent anniversary offering. I'll probably grab one more bottle, but I'll still make the question to share it with others. After my bereavement with their coconut beer, this shows me that Stone is, and always will be, ahead of the game in craft brewing.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH goblet. Bottle says Enjoy by 10/17/13.

A - Pours a very light golden color with perfect clarity. The single finger of pearl white head shows great retention. Thick frothy lacing remains on the glass as I drink.

S - Smells strongly of ripened mango and papaya. There is also an herbal character that reminds me of basil and freshly turned earth. The malts are complex; sweet honey and a very mild copper twang I usually associate with a crisp German Pilsener. Smells delicious.

T - The flavor is dominated by an herbal bitterness. I attribute this to the hops as well as the malts. The tropical fruits from the nose aren't nearly as pronounced in the flavor. The finish is crisp, dry, and bitter with just a slight alcohol presence. Very good.

M - Prickly carbonation with a medium body. Dry finish. Easy drinking.

O - This one was a bit out of the ordinary for a DIPA from Stone, but I very much enjoyed it. It has a distinctly crisp, herbal, bitter flavor and a delicious tropical aroma. Stone got away from the familiar citrus hop flavors that I love, but this was still a fantastic brew. I will be sure to grab a few more bottles before it disappears.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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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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