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 DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New German hops come in Stone's 17th Anniversary Ale, a sign that shows that Stone continues to go into new territory. I have 22 ounces ahead of me.

A half-inch of soapy head rests top this slightly pale orange beer. The retention appears to be fine. Hoppiness is there, and as expected, has an aroma which is different from one using American hops. These hops bring notes of lemongrass, resin, earth, lycee, grass,

Double IPA or Double Pilsner? With this hop profile, it could be mistaken for the latter. The malt backbone brings notes of honey. The hops meanwhile add a Saaz-like bite and lemon, also grassy, herbal, and raw. I also seem to taste a kiss of diacetyl. Floral. For the American palate, this beer does take a little getting used to, but ends up being a good beer. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to go the Runation route if I were stuck choosing between the two.

Dedicated to my friend Mauro, a Brazilian beer enthusiast who shockingly passed away earlier today. Rest in peach Maurão.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

small thin head that does not dissipate quickly, hazy coppery-gold appearance. Nose perfectly marries bready, cereal grain with spicy noble hop aromas; very balanced nose. First sip is EXTREMELY spicy, herbal, botanical hops winning out and slightly overpowering a sweet, bready malt flavor. Starts with caramel sweetness; that cooked sugar taste, but quickly cut by the bitterness. Ends with grapes, pear, plum fruitiness of the yeast. Medium thin mouthfeel with nice carbonic bite. A unique and flavorful IPA that is very different from what I have come to expect from the genre.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden body, good clarity, topped by five fingers of white froth featuring bubbles in a variety of sizes. Nice drippy lace.

Aroma has a whiff of pine, bits of citrus, some fresh hay, notes of spice and pepper. Very different, very interesting mix.

Strong clean imperial pilsner foundation. Tropical fruits. Big bitterness. Bready undercurrent. Again, a very different, very interesting mix.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

If they lagered it would be a terrific Imperial Pilsner. As it is, a terrific and unusual Imperial IPA from one of the pioneers of the style.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Can't recall the exact date but it was well before the freshness deadline.

Poured from a bomber into a HF tulip. Enjoy by 10/17/13.

A. Pours a clean bronze amber. Modest white head quickly recedes, leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A pretty beer, but I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

O. Rich citrus and pine. Grassy. Very nice and very Stone. Definite grapefruit character, perhaps from the dry hopping.

T. Hops dominate here; they have intensity of a standard Stone profile, but are a bit grassier and sharper. The pilsner malts give it a clean crispness and balances the sharper hops; this beer tastes lighter than 9%!

M. Medium bodied with a slick, oily quality which lingers on the tongue (much like RuinTen). This beer could use a tiny bit more carbonation, as it lacks the effervescence and playfulness of other top notch DIPAs.

O. This was a wonderfully balanced, drinkable beer. I preferred it over RuinTen and R+R Coconut IPA (at least out of the bottle). ...I have also had it on tap and frankly didn't care for it quite as much, though my perspective was probably skewed by the previous evening's 'Enjoy By'. That said, it's really a solid beer and quite a nice twist on the classic Stone IPA. I would look forward to similar explorations of regional ingredients by Stone.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice orange with a one-finger white head.

S - Piney hops with some orange and pineapple.

T - Nice amount of citrus upfront. Bitter piney hops follow with a nice malty sweetness to balance things out.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - Very nice beer. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm getting over a cold as I drink this one, so the flavor and aroma might be a bit dulled.

Got this on tap, poured into a growler, then served in a 16 oz duvel tulip. Pours a rich, hazy copper with a creamy white microfoam on top. Laces the glass.

Smells a bit piney and caramelly. Not a huge hop aroma coming off this one.

Taste is sweet up front, almost a bit syrupy, then it's hit with spicy, piney resinous hops. The hops have an almost syrupy resinousness and chewiness to them. These are definitely nothing like american citrus bomb hops: it comes across a bit more one dimensional--very strong in the pine, herbal side of things, but not in a bad way. The hops are a bit harsher than I tend to get in double IPAs. There's a lingering hop bitterness that helps give it a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A bit of chewiness from the hops and caramel malts. Slight alcohol heat in the finish, but not much hint of the 9% ABV.

Overall an enjoyable DIPA on the west coast side of things (simple malt bill, not too much caramel), but without the west coast hop character. The hops are a bit more one dimensional and harsh than I'd like on a regular basis, but worth trying.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is quite potent, with a tropical fruit hoppiness being the primary aroma. Very mango-pineapple like.

First sip is a nice balance of sweet body with a strong dose of tropical hoppy goodness. Sticky, sweet, and finishing with a nice rush of hop flavor and lingering bitterness. Not harshly bitter at all, and the alcohol is well disguised.

This is a extremely well made IIPA. Great balance and flavor keeps me reaching for more.

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

Been looking forward to this one for a long time.

Served in a 3 Stars glass.

A: Poured a clear gold color with a 1/3 finger head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: Not an in-your-face hop bomb, but with a German name like this, I understood what they were going for. A hoppy beer sprinkled with white pepper.

T: Much fruitier than I was expecting. Malt in a Stone beer? Blasphemy! :) Thoroughly enjoyable and infinitely interesting. Floral bouquet with a honey-like pilsener thrown into the mix. Sure, I'm game...

M: Just like Stone's other hoppy entries, this one gets the job done here as well. Lots of lacing left on the glass and perfect carbonation.

O: I didn't enjoy it as well as "Best By," but that's a pretty high standard. Great beer!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the cellar into my snifter...

This one has a totally transparent, shining golden-honey hue and a kinda fizzy, one-finger white head.

The smell is one of honey, sweet lemons, and oranges. These things dominate. However, there's also a little fragrant pine, and some robust hops too. 's good.

A sip takes me through a spectrum of hoppiness... First is that familiar, tangy citrus kick, followed by honeyed biscuit maltiness, and wrapped up with a bready kind of noble hop aftertaste. A lingering orange-peel bitterness remains too. Wonderful.

The feel is fairly full, and favorable for the flavor.

This may have been brewed with a bunch of German hops not normally used for the style, but I really don't find it THAT much different from Stone's other DIPAs. Anyway, it's solid to say the least.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with medium-bubbles and actively deteriorating head. Pale, cloudy orange body.

S- Piney fresh, citrus and hints of alcohol. Well-rounded hops. Hides its alcohol content surprisingly well.

T- Booze hits hard here, along with the piney-bitterness from maybe Centennial and Cascade hops. Lemon peel is present and bitter.

M- Rich body with a watery finish.

O- Very good beer, balanced for the high ABV.

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Photo of Jree261
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Straw to golden to orange center with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Round and ripe red fruit and cream with grassy hops.

Taste-Scorched grass with burned fruit.

Mouthfeel-Big. Heavy.

Overall-This is probably the lightest Stone I have ever had. That's a good thing. I know I'm probably commiting some sort of beer heresy by saying I want to see something with finesse come out of the folks down there but I'm going to do it anyway. Don't get me wrong, every once in a while I want my palate scorched, but every once in a while I like variety and seeing something different from a brewer.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a glass with a bit of hazyness with an orange.

S- Scents of hops, fruits with herbs.

T- Taste of hops with herbal spices and citrus with some malt with a finish of bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and medium bodied very drinkable.

O- Overall this is a pretty good beer very drinkable being a 9% ABV

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Photo of TCMike
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Beer is a honey color with a finger, and a half of white head.

The aroma isn't real strong. It has a sweet bready smell plus some light citrus. Not just the typical grapefruit....it has a more depth.

The taste was very good. Bolder than the smell let me to believe it would be. Medium carbonation, and an upper medium body.

Overall, a very good beer. ...I would definitely order it again.

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

Looking good.... Glowing tangerine orange with a nice white head atop. Aroma is melons, limes, dank juicy fruit in general. Very tropical with mouthwatering acidic citrus fruit. Malt base is doughy and caramel. Very fun to sniff. Taste is bursting with all of the above. This is a big'n. A bit of a flavor explosion. Getting a bit lost in this beer. Melons everywhere! Bitter but honey sweet. Mouthfeel is slick, full bodied, somewhat syrupy, and kind of chewy. Extensively swirlable in the mouth. This is a pretty in your face but good beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, shining golden color with a loosely fluffy head on top. Big, unusual hop aromas of lime and melon along with spicy, floral, "green" notes and a solid dose of honey-like malt sweetness. Another large helping of honey in the flavor topped with fruity, floral hops. Quite interesting and different. A little pine needle bitterness, grass, melon, and a touch of flowers and a sweet tea finish. Medium bodied and quite dry with a solid bitterness. A well-made hoppy experiment that nearly gets too sweet, but keeps the hops out front.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly rusty golden amber orange with a thick two finger head of slightly off-white foam.

Resinous, piney, dank, noble hop spiciness.

Has that resinous dankness apparent with so many of Stone's brews, but lacks complexity.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, bitter, resinous, dry finish.

Overall, an interesting brew to note, but it's lacking something I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a slight hazy pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. More lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malt forward, alcohol, floral, grassy, herbal, and lemon/lime hops.

Taste: These hops have the characteristics of Sorachi Ace Hopd. Lemony, spicy, floral, grassy and there is a nice compliment of caramel and toasted malts too. Balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, a little chewy, a little dry, nice boozy alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer would go well or as a marinade with grilled chicken, pork, or steak. Reminds me of carnitas and would pair well with it too. Definitely looking for more of this before 11/12/13.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color. The orange-tinted head is fairly large, with a dense and frothy texture. Retention is good, and a lot of soapy lacing sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some faintly sweet, cookie-like malty aroma up front. Hop aromas are primarily herbal and grassy, but there are some interesting citric (primarily lemon) and fruity/perfumey background notes. The hops open up a little as the beer warms, revealing a bit of tropical (pineapple?) and grapefruit aroma.

T: A firm but mostly restrained malt presence initially. A faint sweetness reminiscent of sugar cookies. Hop bitterness crashes in aggressively, with boatloads of herbal, grassy, and spicy flavor. This certainly lives up to its billing in terms of huge amounts of German hops. There's a secondary dose of lemon oil flavor before a bit of alcoholic spice kicks in at the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is a bit lighter than medium. Dryness builds steadily into a bracing, warming, lightly boozy finish.

O: Aside from some faint yeast esters and crystal malt flavors, this drinks like a massively hopped and malted pilsner. It's interesting to have German hops coloring outside the lines a little bit here. My guess is that the amount of low-alpha German hops used here contribute the heavy grassy/herbal flavor. It's not totally out of place, but this isn't your typical West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy amber body topped with a huge frothy off white head that holds excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass
S - rich aroma of grass, caramel, grain, lemon, grapefruit, earth, spice
T - very pungent from the start; earthy, spicy, grassy hops dominate the palate with lingering piny, grapefruity bitterness. Malt comes through as biscuity with faint breadiness and caramel, but this really lacks balance
M - medium body, very resinous, finishes extremely bitter and drying with the earthy, piny hops lingering on and on. Alcohol is very well concealed
O - I love a huge, bitter beer, but it needs to be balanced, and this is not. Some nice flavors do shine through from the unique choice of hops and I do give some credit for trying this idea out, but I was hoping for a better outcome

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Really great looking bottle with awesome graphics in the Stone tradition with graphics and text painted on. Front label gives ABV info. Back label gives a great back story and description of the beer, web info, brewery info, and states “Drink Fresh August 2013 Release”. Enjoy by date 10/17/2013.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bottle into a 16oz imperial pint led to an off white eggshell 3 finger light airy rocky head atop a golden yellow slightly amber clear beer. Head retention was 4min 51sec before fading to a thick coating in ring with great lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of heavy citrus hops with a sweet malt base. Hints of sweet orange, passion fruit, and light peach.

Flavor/Taste: Taste if of tropical citrus with hints of grapefruit, passion fruit, and a nice hop bitterness on the front-end that is balanced at midpoint by a sweet malt presence. Finishes with a sweet citrus bitterness on the back-end.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium carbonation led to a medium bodied slightly dry beer that is very refreshing. Exceptionally drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very impressive beer that continues the tradition of very good Stone offerings. This was very well done with excellent flavors and excellent drinkability. Grab it if you see it and try it before the enjoy by date! Classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA @ 9.5%. Consumed 9/16/2013.

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Photo of Premo88
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(11/18/13 enjoy by date)

L: pale orange, almost peach, no amber; thick 3/4- to 1-inch head of white foam off a big percolation -- it's a show, this pour, for it seems to have an afterburner burst of percolation that kicks in about halfway into the first big burst. not 100% clear but not opaque, either ... relatively clear for a DIPA; some good stick off head, a little bit of lacing on the way down

S: grassy to begin with ... quickly turns into the standard caramel/tropical fruit of a typical DIPA

T: hint of peach, huge bitter bite, slight bit of spice/black pepper -- there is definitely a little something different about this one, but like the smell, it turns into another caramel/sweet/tropical fruit DIPA with huge bitter hops up front

F: solid ... watery enough to drink easy but full of carbonation, so it never truly feels watery

O: 5 for the effort ... but frankly, the idea of mixing any other style with the American hop salad is misled -- it always turns out to be just another American hop salad. and the idea that there is something truly German about this brew misses the mark by a lot. all I taste is massive bitter hops. i don't taste malt, the spicy hops notes disappear within seconds ... ultimately, I feel like I'm drinking one of 10 different American imperial IPAs I've already had.

it's a great brew. I love it and might give it a couple more tries. but the only thing I detect that's German about it is the name.

so 5 for effort, 1.5 for delivering on the label's promise

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Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Passed this by a number of times...wifey finally bought it for me. Thank you!

Pours a hazy light orange/straw colored ale with a billowing frothy off-white head. Good lacing.

Getting some nice fruity whiffs. Lemon, pineapple, light rubber and malt.

The taste caught me off guard. Was expecting a sweet taste but got smacked with a bitter-hop monster. Bitter and just the right amount of hops makes for a pleasant sip each and every time. White grapefruit rind is exactly what the aftertaste is like. I dig it.

Mouthfeel is big.

Overall I have probably never experienced all the different malts and hops in this gem, but I like what was produced. A bitter and hoppy monster that is well worth the find and consumption. A different IPA by all accounts, but beer evolves as should the IPA. BTW...the 9.5% is almost non-existent which enables a full bomber session-pleasure.

Well done Stone. Well done.

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Photo of peensteen
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange yellow colour ring of white head. Smell is lemony and grassy, light citrus hop notes, grainy and fairly earthy as well. Taste is like the nose grassy with cracker malt, light citrusy lemon flavours, moderate bitterness, some sweetness, alcohol comes across a bit strong as well. Medium carbonation, mildly oily, medium full bodied. Ok but not really all that good, drinkable however 12oz. would have been more than enough though.

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17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA from Stone Brewing
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