17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle dated March 30 into a tulip. Based on Denver Pale Ale, this DIPA’s aged in American and French oak barrels.
Deep rosewood, clear on the first pour and peppered with some yeast on the second. Both pours beget a creamy one-finger head the color of vanilla that grips the sides in mighty walls as it recedes.
Nice balance in the nose. New oak, hints of grapefruit juice, grass and some floral character blended with sweet caramel and hints of biscuits. A little solvent.
This is quite a bit less hoppy than last year’s, but I do get some earthy and floral notes. The sweet malt is all there, with biscuits and caramel. Also some very subtle hints of oak. I’m not sure I dig it — it’s way not bright enough.
Pillow-soft and silken on the tongue, with a body just a shade under medium. There’s an equal amount of booze in the nose as in the flavor. Carbonation is very low.
Meh. I remember really enjoying last year’s anniversary ale, but this one just seems...dead. Here’s hoping they pick things up for year 18.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2011 05:40:14 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a deep, rich copper colored body beneath the rocky off-white head which is slow to dissolve leaving a dense, sticky lacing in its wake.
The aroma offers a unique blend of earthy hops, sweet caramel and Munich malt, vanilla, and wood notes. I'm sure the two years this beer has on contributes to what the senses detect.
This is quite tasty and two years after the fact the generous malty backbone of caramel and breads malts are a bit more pronounced than the earthy hops. There is a sweetness of dark fruits as well at this point and generous woodnotes and vanilla.
This is a big chewy beer with a dry woody finish and medium carbonation amidst the massive body.
This is a good wood aged DIPA with great elements of hops, malt, and wood notes all well balanced. The woody aspects do not dominate this beer which is appreciated.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2013 02:45:09 | More by CHADMC3
17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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