15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz. bomber poured into a tulip
Pours a shade somewhere in between orange and red with a large, three-finger creme head. Lacing is sticky and web-like in notches. Nice looking beer.
This DIPA smells of fruit, and not in the ways that one would expect from the style. There are hints of cherries and grapes that make for aromas reminiscent of a wine. The oak chips add to that effect with an acerbic element of wet wood. The hops smell primarily of earth and contribute a certain spiciness. One expects the malt to pop out in an aged DIPA, and the sweet, even rich, malt scents on the nose of this beer back up that line of thought.
The hops haven't died out on this aged beer, providing a quick squirt of tangerine and orange lupulin flavors. There is also some slight cherry and cantaloupe. The cantaloupe flavors in particular strengthen as the beer warms (which is fine with me; I adore cantaloupe). Perhaps it is because of my consuming a Boulevard Seeyoulator Dopplebock in the past week, but I can really make out the wood chips (oak) in this beer and the spicy, drying bite that they lend. The wood's effects work with the aged & muted hop flavors to cut through the rich swirls of caramelly, grainy malt. Oak and vanilla round out the finish with no trace of a hoppy aftertaste. The principal word here is "balance." All of these flavors have been crafted to work with each other harmoniously. This is a beer that will do amazing things with cheese.
This beer is sort of undercarbonated for the style, but it works with the heavier malt flavors of this aged beer. The alcohol is well-hidden. I don't envision ever wanting multiple bottles of this in one evening but nothing in this beer (outside of typical human alcohol toleration levels) makes for a difficult drinking experience.
Color me impressed with the flavors of this beer. Now, I'm not one to completely eschew an aged DIPA. They aren't perfect, but I've given scores as high as B+ to an aged-past-its-prime DIPA. Great Divide's 15th Anniversary is not just an aged DIPA, it is one that is designed to be an aged beer and not a fresh hop-monster. If you're looking for a crazy-hoppy DIPA then look elsewhere. If, however, you want a unique experience drinking a refined, sophisticated beer then you'd do well to find a bottle of this.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2009 03:22:17 | More by Reaper16
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3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
have a few of these in the cellar, time to break one out and see what's what...
2 fingers of snowy white head, sticky sticky sticky, this one leaves a bread crumb trail all the way down leaving no doubt where it has been, ample carbonation keeps the head well fed, lovely microbubble sheets roll around, nicely done, this is one good lookin' brewski
citrus and wood... who would have guessed? your first instinct is hops but the wood is definitely toning it down and adding something, there is a mellow booziness throughout, old orange rind, the nose is interesting but I don't love it, the hop florals kind of smelling like termite wood.
strange.. the flavor is of ashen wood with some bitterness, it is exceptionally smooth mouth wise but the flavor is throwing me a bit, some dark honey notes, there is just something off I can't quite place my finger on, perhaps this sat too long (bottled 7/2009).
this has lost it's kick imo, without a more assertive hop profile this kind of tastes like soaked wood, too bad, the look and feel of the brew is excellent.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2012 04:27:33 | More by Ego
15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.