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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009)
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear copper color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Green oak and pine resin.

Taste - Very woody with a splash of Makers Mark small batch bourbon in the back ground.

Overall - Pretty good. Very strong though. You can really taste the alcohol in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 19:16:32 | More by praufs01
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GarrisWH

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber - Bottled on 6/4/2009

A - Pours a clear, amber color with a frothy, two-finger, light tan head. After 2 or 3 minutes, the head drops down to a moderate cap, leaving sticky lacing as it goes. Nice retention from there.

S - Oaky wood aromas up front with a hint of vanilla. Nice, floral hops in there as well as some subtle, sweet, slightly fruity malt.

T - Very nice balance of flavors with some floral, piney, and spicy hop notes coupled with the oak and fruity, caramel, toasted malt flavors. The wood aging definitely imparts a slight vanilla tone to the flavor and adds to the complexity. Finish is rather crisp and dry and leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. The 10% abv is nicely hidden as well, in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly resinous mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and pretty smooth overall.

D - I really enjoyed this one, and although the 10% abv does make it a definite sipper, I found it to be extremely drinkable. Very nice, complex flavors - the wood flavors are very well done. I will hopefully be able to try this one again before its gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 04:13:21 | More by GarrisWH
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug.

Pours a reddish copper color with two fingers of foam that peak out over the top of the glass. Pretty good retention, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet and malty. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, as I've had more than one wood aged DIPA, but the sweetness from the malt and vanilla leads the way, with the wood and hops providing the backdrop.

The wood aging comes to the forefront in the flavor. The wood and piney hops provide for a really nice bitterness that match up well with the sweetness. The pine isn't my favorite flavor, but I can really appreciate this beer. Really well done.

Body is approaching full. Carbonation level is appropriate. Drying, bitter finish is nice. A little drier than I would expect.

Fantastic wood aged DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 05:36:50 | More by Gyle41386
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allengarvin

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice-looking beer, with a reddish copper color and a smallish very-white head on top. The aroma is very appetizing, with a strong scent of sweet malt (with a lot of caramel), a solid backing of hops, and a nice hint of woodiness, by no means overpowering. The oakiness comes out strongly in the flavor, lending notes of spicy wood and vanilla. There are plenty of hops, pine-resiny and grassy, but what I really like about this beer is the superb balance of taste components; the malt stands up to the bitterness and intertwines wonderfully with it, with toasty, bready caramel, never too sweet. And it finishes with a lovely oakiness, which adds a nice tannicness to the mouthfeel.

One of the best Great Divide beers I've had. They really put a lot of craft into this one. This will make a good Christmas gift to beer friends. Only thing I dislike: this is my 999th review here. The 1000th will probably be disappointing, following this.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:35:42 | More by allengarvin
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GregSVT

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Great copper hue with a big off white head diminishing into a small bubbly layer across the top and excellent lacing on the glass.

S: The hops are apparent along with a sweet malty aroma not much more than that. The smell is great but if there was a bit more to it I would have given the beer a full 5.

T: The first tastes are of citrus and hops along with a nice sweet malt flavor. A vanilla flavor comes through in the finish along with a slight hop bitterness but it's not overwhelming. The alcohol is no where to be found when drinking this.

M: Very thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation when slightly agitated in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth allowing for a long finish.

D: Even though you can't taste much of the alcohol the 10% ABV makes this hard to drink more than 1 but that wouldn't stop me. This is a sipper though...careful.

I couldn't taste any Oak or Wood flavors but the Vanilla hints at it's affect on the beer. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 01:14:55 | More by GregSVT
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ImusBeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz tulip/wine

Appearance: the color is a dark amber, the head a light tan with sticky lace formed on the glass as you drink.

Smell: slight hops aroma (pine?) whiskey alcohol fragrance als spice & malt sweetness

Taste: smokey and oak flavors with a decidedly alcohol bite and a whiskey malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue with some bitterness and an alcohol sharpness

Drinkability: warms to more alcohol whiskey taste and a spicy aftertaste

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 14:11:11 | More by ImusBeer
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 19, 2009.

Nose is malty with hop overtones. It's soft overall with aged-noted of earth or oxidation. Spicy, citric, and floral hops intensify. An oaky vibe does develop after a few minutes and begins to better describe the oxidation notes I noted before. An almost sharp wood note is followed by the long sweeping tail of vanilla-laced oak. Smells quite good.

Pours clear deep copper/amber/brown with ruby grapefruit highlights and a moderate creamy head with mild retention (which is fine for the age and abv). Looks good.

A strange marriage of spicy/floral hops, woody/oaky/earth, deeply rich malt, and alcohol. Some pungent hop and sharp woodiness lurk in the back and are given dimension by a nice pushy hop bitterness; a bit of tobacco and raw leaf sit at the very back. Mild-to-moderate malty sweet foundation. An enter alcohol, first flirting with the pungent and wood characters, now slowly rolling forward - perhaps the foreshadow of a menacing bite. Mild maltiness shows some caramel and roast, to pin it down would be hard for this taster; it's blatantly clear that malt is not the showcase.

More hop feelings/flavors/aromas intertwine with one another creating a thick brush obscuring the view; a plant metaphor here is justified because it rather does tastes like walking into a forest and stuffing a slew of shrubbery, herbs, and groundcover into one's mouth. The leafy freshness is pristine given that it's been aged (not sure how long) and the herbal pungentness is well-defined. Even the sporadic bout of sweetness could be a wayward berry or small piece of fruit devoured in this vegetation orgy.

Some vanilla oak emerges with its sweet dryness. From a malt standpoint, this could be a woody Old Ale (with unusual hoppage). Finishes with pungent leafiness, moderate bitterness, and a blunt dryness. Tastes quite good. Feels quite good. Pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:09:57 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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illidurit

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours deep amber with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is piney and grass with some sweeter oak notes. Flavor starts out big and hoppy with pine, vanilla, and alcohol, and then finishes bitter and tannic. Somewhat astringent. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 19:43:03 | More by illidurit
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pours a hazy pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. This seems to be the usual for wood aged beers. The aroma is a nice balance of wood and beer. The IPA character is of citrus, grapefruit, and hints of pine resin. The oak adds a lot of woody earthiness without taking away anything from the IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I would love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 19:06:17 | More by KarlHungus
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass from bottle.

Two finger off white head, pale amber body. Sticky lacing. Wow flavor is really complex. Sweet IPA, tasty, cedar? nose, light hops there too. Citrus all over the place, grapefruits, wood. Great balance, easy smooth drink. Hope this becomes a regular in their line up.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:27:06 | More by ballewblake
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting offer from Great Divide. This must be the first oak aged DIPA I've ever heard of and I'm very intrigued. Oaked Yeti is phenomenal so I have high hopes for this one.

By looks alone, this one is incredible. It has a great redish copper color with good clarity and huge towering head that sticks around forever eventually leaving lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is a disappointment by comparison. It reminds me of the Denver Pale Ale that they have as a seasonal. Sweet and malty with not nearly enough hop aroma for a double IPA. Some apple and vanilla comes through, probably from the oak.

Flavor is unlike anything I've ever tried. It has a big malt backbone that supports the hops very well. At first it doesn't seem very bitter as there is a lot of biscuit and toasted malts. I get carmel apple with some vanilla and spice. Towards the middle it turns pretty bitter but it never feels overpowered by hops. Pretty well balanced but definately an aged hoppy beer. You can tell this would have been a big IPA before it went into the barrels.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-low carbonation. A slow sipper for sure.

Not a homerun for GD but a really unique variation on a familiar style. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:37:25 | More by GilGarp
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The concept of a wood aged DIPA has beeen interesting to me since I had the pleasure of drinking Burton Baton. This one was a wholly different take on the idea, but enjoyable in its own right.

This beer has a hop note to it, but the most interesting aspect is the vanilla/oak present in the nose and on the tongue. I lost the citusy IPA flavor to the wood and the vanilla flavor after a couple of sips, although it still had a bitter and very dry finish. Slightly creamy mouth feel was nice and unexpected.

Overall, a nice drinking beer, but more of a slow sipper, as it has a big flavor and it comes on strong.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:13:32 | More by bgjohnston
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle is handsomely-labeled in brown, chocked full of ingredient and flavor descriptives, and trimmed in black foil. When poured into my Duvel glass, the vessel yields a rich reddish-copper body sparkling with clarity and capped with a layer of fine-bubbled pale ivory foam. The head stands firm and creamy at two fingers' thickness before coming to rest at a rocky sheet that sticks webby spatters and wide rings of lacing onto the sides of my tulip.

The aroma is sweet and impressively floral with a succulent undercurrent of vanilla caramel. A pleasant bite of snappy citrus adds pungency and heft to the profile.

The taste is malty-sweet and laced with cooling vanilla, but a fair amount of fruity, bitter-citrusy hops cuts right through through the sweetness. Toasted caramel and a splash of oily orange rind are accented with a note of zippy spice and a touch of woody dryness that helps clean up the finish very nicely. Mild and fruity alcohol is prominent in the profile, but just adds more flavor and an assist to the aromatics without being bogged down by any associated chemical harshness.

The drink is fullish in body with sedate carbonation, and is a really superb drinker for a beer this big.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 13:52:54 | More by cvstrickland
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a Duvel glass. Pours a reddish copper with about a finger of off white, fine bubble head. Some piney hops in the aroma with plenty of oak. Oak aroma grows stronger as it warms. Fairly aggressive hop bitterness to start. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Some malt sweetness. Long drying finish from the hops. Vanilla from the oak really lingers. Alcohol is not evident.

Wood aged DIPA is a style that is working for me. It's not overly aggressive with the hops. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 13:45:56 | More by homebrewhawk
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Garnet--darker than I expected for a DIPA; small head, though normal for style

Smell
Sweet and oaky; not especially hoppy; much like a barley wine

Taste & Mouthfeel
Vanilla! solid bitterness, but it starts off with malt sweets and vanilla; medium body with a slightly oily texture; for a double IPA, it's especially malty and tastes a lot more like a barley wine

Overall
Pretty good ale to celebrate their 15 years. It's strong, so drinkability suffers a bit, and it's sweet, especially with the addition of the oak aging. Hops are not as pronounced as I'd like for a double IPA. Good but not great, and I'm not crazy about the vanilla kick from the oak. I'd recommend it as it's an interesting and overall tasty beer, but definitely share this one as 22 ounces would be a lot at once for one person.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:08:23 | More by JEdmund
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a beer mug.

What eye candy this is--rich, ruddy copper hue with gentle torrents of carbonation fueling a stubborn cloud of custard head which drapes webs of Brussels lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma's not half bad either, as rustic, earthen wood comes off as both spicy and sweetly vanillin. The hops suggest pine and musty resin, and balance well with a hefty, sweet backbone of caramel-toffee malts.

First thought: yum. Flavor flirts with becoming an oak-aged barleywine, but curtails the maltiness just enough to let the hops shine through with notes of sticky pine resin and bitter, fresh grass. The wood-aging adds a sharp, tannic dryness to the finish that blends well with a soft kiss of booze. Mouthfeel is on the chewier side of medium, and the uppity carbonation level improves as the beer mellows. Overall, a solid addition to the Great Divide line-up, and the oak is an excellent touch.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:28:23 | More by wagenvolks
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wnh

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, reddish-amber with a creamy light-ecru colored head. Nice spotty lacing all around the glass.

Nose is suprisingly very lightly hoppy. Mild pine hops, oaky caramel, and giving an overall impression of being smooth. Tastes of oak and light pine, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness. Very well balanced, which isn't surprising after Hercules.

Medium to heavy bodied, feeling more heavy the more I drink as a result of the sweetness. Warming alcohol on the finish, but relatively well-hidden.

Overall a good enough beer, but far from what I was expecting, and not up to par with what Great Divide can do. Maybe I was expecting too much, but though this is a good beer, I'm disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:08:27 | More by wnh
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jpaltan

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the very crowded brewery. Straw colored with a thick head that clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is oaky with the hops coming through quite a bit. Taste was quite bitter in the finish, quite floral. Maltiness was there to help balance it out. Was a bit hot from the 10%, but didn't really detract from the experience at all. Mouthfeel was a sticky and chewy clinging to the tongue. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 00:28:16 | More by jpaltan
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split with my dad to celebrate 4th of July.

Poured a copper color with plenty of head. Only a little bit of lacing. Smells like vanilla, bourbon and hints of wood and hops. Taste mimics the smell - lots of sweet vanilla and alcoholic bourbon. They overpower the hoppiness of what should be in a Double IPA. Tough going down.

Overall, this beer needs a little time to mellow - does not resemble a double IPA and the taste is overpowered by vanilla and bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 13:21:22 | More by jdubjacket
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A-Deep amber with a nice about finger head that leaves a nice lace down the glass.

S-Pine and citrus notes with some underlying malt and alchol all notes are pretty defined and not one sticks out far abouve the rest

T&M-Here is where this one was lost on me its got good piney notes to begin with but they just fade away to a near indecticable middle and just an alcoholy burning finish. Body is pretty thin and near oily.

D-Not a terrible hard to drink beer if you like the flavor I could see someone drinking more than 1 in a sitting its not a real heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 12:47:18 | More by SpecialK088
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naterock

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Dokel, deep coppery color with a thick rocky off white head. laces minimally down the glass.

Smell is overly alcoholic with a essence of a strange phenol character. a lot of woody notes with a slight vanilla nose.

An IPA? really? I would call this a wood aged APA. Not an over abundance of hops but a decent piney flavor with a decent vanilla to even it out. a bit of sweet and bitter at the same time. Changes greatly as it warms to bring out the more citrusy hops but this is minimal at best.

Mouth is oily and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is better when it warms and the alcohol presence diminishes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 23:20:42 | More by naterock
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Durge

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color poured cool into a full pint glass at 10% ABV at The Dive Bar in Worcester. The head is decent, off-white, disappating to a thin cover pretty quickly with good lacing. The aroma is an unusual but enticing floral/herbal deal with a hint of minty nut, intriguing. The first taste is enjoyable, a very unusual combination of lavender/pine heaviness and citrus hops in a medium-full bodied brew that feels perfect to the mouth for drinking. The alcohol is notable but not overbearing at 10%. But the herbal quality is bright and pronounced, almost to the point, but thankfully short, of soapiness. There's a touch of berry highlight with a sour background that mellows beautifully as it warms. Probably not the perfect session beer but a real interesting taste treat, quite unique.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 21:20:31 | More by Durge
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Domingo

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came straight from the brewery and was bottled a week ago.
Pours a copper color. The head on this is absolutely huge, regardless of the pour. The foam sticks around and really doesn't want to dissipate. I guess that's good and bad.
Smells pretty oak'y and malty sweet. You can pick up the citrus/tropical hops, but they're definitely not the star of the show.
The taste also features caramel, toffee, bready-malt and especially the wood more than the hops. While I like it...it's more of a barleywine than a DIPA. Pretty unusual that they mention this is based upon Denver Pale Ale, too. There are no doubt some hops that add a citrus rind and pineapple backdrop, but it's somewhat subdued.
At 10%, it's not too boozy and the foamy texture's nice for sipping.
Splitting a bottle (or getting a goblet at the brewery) is definitely enough.

Tasty, but it's an odd middle man. The hops can't touch Hercules and as a barleywine it's not even close to the almighty Old Ruffian. The wood's a nice nuance, but I think I'd prefer wood aged versions of those beers.

Good, but still a tiny bit disappointing. Keep in mind that this beer would still be absolutely amazing from almost any other brewer. GD tends to simply have big shoes to fill with Herc, Yeti, Ruffian, etc.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 14:19:39 | More by Domingo
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aerozeppl

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I had to smuggle across the border from MA.

A: Very nice clear deep copper color. Honestly one of the best classic looking DIPAs that I have seen in a while. A half finger of white head with a nice amount of lacing.

S: Smell is what you would expect. I nice mix between the wood and the hops. I would say the wood has a slight edge but the hops are still there. A nice sweet caramel note in the background as well.

T: The hop bitterness and the oak really play well off each other in this beer. Do do an oak aged DIPA is really hard and usually one end wins out. This is probably the most balance I have experienced out of this style. Finishes with a dry oak notes.

M: Much drier than a standard DIPA. Very light in body as well.

D: Super drinkable. I have had a few oak aged DIPAs and this is probably the most drinkable example of this hybrid I have ever had. Happy birthday great divide.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 00:26:02 | More by aerozeppl
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very bright colored beer. Amber, slight orange/brass tones, crystal clear. Foamy two finger head with mediocre retention. Fair amount of lacing.

First smack of the aroma reminded me of coconut. There was definitely wood. Not so much vanilla, but the oak itself. Light floral hop aroma and some citrus, but not too much.

Really nice flavor. The wood takes center stage and the hop bitterness and flavors take a back seat. More coconut, some almonds, layers of malt and perhaps a touch of vanilla. There is a presence of alcohol, but it's not overpowering.

Medium bodied and light carbonation provide a smooth mouth feel.

Very enjoyable. I am very happy that I chose to try this one.

Good effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 13:32:57 | More by Reagan1984
15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.