17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
We pour a vibrant copper colored brew. It puts up a one fingered head of massive eggshell bubbles. This retains decently, leaving a nice congregation of bubbles to preside over the liquid. Thick lacing is left as the head departs. The transparency is clear, free of sediment. Carbonation appears moderate. The aromas that enter the nose are blended beautifully, and arrive as a single unit. If anything were to take the lead it would be the woody oak barrels, imparting a deep musk character and huge buttery diacetyl whiff. There is also a pronounced fruitiness and floral nature to the hops, but they take a relative backseat to the wood and the paler malts. As promised there are flecks of vanilla on the nose, with a final flash of earthy citrus and booze. As we sip, the mouth meets with sweeter malts and citrusy hops. As in the nose, they blend nicely and begin things smoothly. Here, too, the barrel aging first begins to become apparent. It gives a thick woody cape to the beginning. Moving through the middle we get all the bitterness from the initiating components starting to seep out. The wood gives a dryer bite, while the hops follow through with citric and piney bitterness. The buttery diacetyls actively eliminate this bite, and help transition smoothly into the finish. Here there is a balance of fiercely competing strong flavors. The malts are sweet and drive the flavors to the back of the palate, while the bitter hops and ingrained woodiness drag the flavors forward to keep the beer around for a little while longer. The booze stings and the final drops of flavor disappear with it down the throat. The aftertaste breathes with cooked diacetyls, aged wood, earthy bittering hops, and a fatty alcoholic bite. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a nice coating to the mouth, and a big slurp and smack to each sip. This fades as the beer warms, with the mouth left ultimately dried, but with little astringency. The abv is high but appropriate, and the beer drinks relatively easily.
Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the gloriously blended aroma, with a nice subsequent balance to the flavoring. The flavoring was, however, a bit muted and unexpectedly mild when compared to the nose. We were expecting something sweeter, more syrupy thick, and with more depth. This is not to say that we didn’t enjoy this brew, but rather it posted a contrast to what was through to be a sure thing. In the end, this beer is appropriate and within the style’s parameters, and unique as a barrel-aged brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 02:32:54 | More by TheBrewo
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
87 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.