15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by vrazionale:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Very fresh - the bottle reads "Bottled On: June 04 2009."
A - Pours a clear amber body with a fairly thin laced cream-colored head that becomes a webbing of large bubbles strewn across the top of the brew.
S - Beautiful interplay of traditional oak-related smells (vanilla, a touch of sweet smoke, and spices) with bright, floral, citrusy hops. A touch of pine from the hops pairs very well with the oaky aromas.
T - Very complex, but very balanced. Just the right amount of maltiness to complement the oak accents and the hop backbone. The long, delicious finish starts out citrus and hops but soon transitions to the sweeter malt and oaked vanilla flavors.
M - Could use a bit more carbonation, but I'm not really complaining. The big nose and taste make up for it, for the most part.
D - About as good as you can imagine an oak-aged IPA to be. I'm a firm believer that IPAs live and die by their balance, and from the nose to the finish, this brew is well-crafted and delicious. I would pair this with an English farmhouse cheddar or a peppered duck breast. A must-try for oak and IPA followers!
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2009 00:52:58 | More by vrazionale
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev -17.4%
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
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