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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
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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Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: clear copper color, decent carbonated activity, mild frothy head settles to half-finger thickness, thick frothy lacing
s: sweetness, oak influence apparent and comes through like toasted coconut vanilla smell
t: initial nice sweet coconut burst, quickly followed by heavy alcohol, hoppy bitterness and finishing with a nice mix of smooth maltiness and hoppy bitterness that grows
m: varies from syrupy upfront, carbonated middle and smooth finish, interesting
d: reminded me a little of a barleywine given the alcohol-heaviness mixed with the hoppy finish, with a definite twist that makes for a very interesting brew; just not easy to finish a whole bottle

Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottled on June 4, 2009...about 3 weeks ago.

A - Pours an extremely bright and clear, deep coppper/amber. Thick, creamy off-white head about 1 1/2 fingers thick. Head lingers a good couple of minutes and slowly fades to an uneven but thin layer. Beautiful appearance on this one. Thick lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Citrusy and floral hops and woodiness dominate the aromas. These blend together really well. Has a very smooth aroma, almost a creaminess, it's so smooth.

T - Aromas are smooth and subtle, but there is nothing subtle about the flavors. Lots of oak - this is the dominant flavor. Floral Hop flavor and a solid bitterness are slightly in the background of the wood, but balance nicely. Pretty good malt presence rounds things out. Definite alcohol flavor present as well. Woodiness lingers in the aftertaste for a good long time. Lots going on here - all blends together pretty nicely.

M - Medium bodied, full, fine bubbled carbonation. Flavors coat the entire mouth. Nothing special, nothing wrong either.

D - Well, this 22 is going down pretty easily. The 10% alcohol makes it presence known in the flavor of this one, but isn't overpowering - really wouldn't have thought it was this high. Not really a quick drinker, but definitely not a sipper.

I'm liking this one a lot. I think this one would go really well with food...steak or something that can stand up to the level of flavors in this one.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery for $9. Bottle date is 06/19 so this is only a couple days old. Nice amber-orange color, sticky white head that laces my pint glass. The smell was that of wet wood, oak, wood, pencil shavings, just way too much wood, I couldn't pick out any other aroma save for a hint of vanilla. Thankfully the taste is a little more complex, flowery hops, perfume, vanilla, wood, sandalwood. I have yet to taste a wood or barrel-aged IPA that really works well, seems like the wood just overpowers the hops which in my mind should be the showcase of the beer.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thick, serious sipper. bright orange with clarity, sticky lace. aroma is a bit minty and gluey with sweet apricot notes, pungent hop stench arises with warmth. i feel that sometimes a concentrated citrus/farmy hop smell can border on the aroma of fresh glue. not a bad thing, definitely not airplane glue ALA 120 mins.. flavor is all fresh oaky over a robust dessert-y ipa, providing something closer to an oaked strong ale than you would imagine. this beer delivers on the wood, as well as the overall big beer experience. haters will argue that this is more of a b-wine, but oaked ipa haters will probably appreciate that in the end. this is no sissy beer, and needs to be handled lightly at 10%. overall though, recommended.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty fresh, bottled two weeks ago today. Pours a clear amber color with a soapy white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma is of floral hops, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

This is my first oak aged IPA and it is very interesting how the hops and the oak mesh. The vanilla flavors seem a lot more noticeable than they do on an oak or barrel aged stout. It is definitely an interesting mesh of the floral hops and vanilla flavors. Some caramel, woody and toasted nut like flavors are present. The is some noticeable booze.

I dont know if its the yeast used or the combinations of the flavors but it almost tastes like a Belgian beer with sort of a banana flavor and a bit of spice. Lots of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The more I drink of this beer the more I enjoy it. Prett full bodied, with a very smooth feel.

A very unique beer that I find interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of 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!

Photo of angelmonster
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh on tap at the great divide tap room

Pours a nice 2 finger beige head, translucent amber brown body. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is a nice balance of floral hops and sweet malt. Sweetness of oak wood really blends everything together

Taste is of sweet copper malt and subtle hops. Alcohol is very light for 10 percent abv. The after taste is of sweet, smoky wood. Very complex beer

Mouth feel is of medium carbonation and a slight creamy head. Body also has a good silky mouth feel.

Drink ability is good even though the alcohol is high. Very good beer, sucks that it's only gonna be available for a short time

Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap yesterday. it was a really nice copper color that had a lacey white head. it smelled mostly sweet and vanilla and oaky and then nice floral hops.

this was a great teasting beer. malty hoppy sweet bitter caramel vanilla. really smooth for a DIPA. I wish i could of had more. It had a very creamy mouthfeel and wasnt as boozy tasting as expected.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 52 F/ 11 C.

Bright amber color, small frothy head, fine flecked rings of lace.

Aroma of rich sweet caramel, honeysuckle, vaguely apple-cherrylike fruit, and vanilla-y oak, accented with mild spicy, earthy hops. Very alluring.

Flavors of sweet fruity caramelly malt, vanilla-y oak, and a nebulous complex of hops, are complementary and very well integrated with each other, forming a whole greater than the sum of the parts. The sweetness is balanced by the oak and a moderate dose of bitterness - sweet fruity beginning, sweet caramelly oaky middle, then the sweetness fades in a long toasty oaky finish.

Overly fizzy at first, but several swirls later the texture is rich and smooth, even creamy. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of waltonc
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide tap room. My kind of IPA - not excessively hoppy. Amber appearance with white head. Smells and tastes of floral hops, plenty of malts, oak and vanilla. Really nice flavor combination. Would be nice to see this made a permanent fixture of the Great Divide lineup. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, a high quality beverage. Hopefully I can make another trip to their tap room for more of this before it's gone.

Other reviewers have disagreed about whether this is based on DPA or Hercules. I don't know the answer, but for what it's worth, Great Divide's website says it's based on DPA.

Photo of erikm25
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottled 06/04/2009 with consumption occurring about 830 PM PST on 06/12/2009. Bottle reads "Based on our most award winning beer, Denver Pale Ale..." I have yet to try that particular beer. Pours a fire smoked amber with crisp copper tones. Head is a light brown sugar that creeps up to about an inch. Retention is nice. Lacing drapes bubbled curtains down the glass.

S: Subtle aromas of fresh orchids and vanilla coating. Candy apple and caramel sweetness. Heavy aromas that, while not sharpening, steamroll the nostrils with freshness. As this warms the oak and custard sweetness become more pronounced.

T: This is an interesting combo of oak fired vanilla cream and slightly spiced citrus tang. Has more of a hops profile than what the nose leads on with. Cherries with caramel and sharp pine hops. This beer assaults the taste buds with a coupling of butterscotch sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Even at 10% the alcohol seems relatively subdued amongst the complexity.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to full mouth feel. Very smooth despite the overall ferocity.

D: Picked this up for just under ten bucks and with this price it is well worth the time and change. What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women or trying new twists on IIPA's?

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber Poured into an Ommegang glass. Produced a nice 2 finger head, some lacing not too much. Color is a nice amber. Very pleasant smell oak, floral hops, vanilla, and some booze. This is the freshest beer I've ever had in a bottle, dated 6-4-09 only 6 days old and man does it taste good you can definitely tell it has been aged on oak chips, that and the hops make for a great combo. Goes down smooth with the right amount carbonation. Overall a great beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's their Denver Pale with some twists.
More hops and aged in American and French oak.
Clear copper pour, a bit of ruby in there as well. Medium head, soft and dense.

Yes, oak in the nose. Minimal sharpness to it. Vanilla blends fairly well with the hops and citrus. To say this is a IIPA by smell is, perhaps, a bit of a stretch.
Taste is a bit more hoppy, which is nice. Good citrus and pine, some flower. Nice malt backbone to keep the oak and hops in check. When I think of oak I think of Avery's Samael, which tears me up..a bit harsh. This has a soft presence of oak and vanilla without the sharpness. That is left up to the hops, and they do a fair job. Good finish to it. I could have had another, but went for their Heart of Darkness.

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.