17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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87
very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 179
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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant bronze with a very well defined one finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Toasted oak,vanilla,and caramel aromas overtop of leafy hops,the malty notes to me are much pronounced than any hop presence.The aging gave a real nice full but mellow feel to the beer, unfortunatly it mellowed the flavors a little as well.Oaky vanilla flavors along with big caramel sweetness,not to mention some alcohol induced sweetness,again the hop are leafy and slightly earthy but beneath the wood and sweetness.Its a decent beer but to me has lost most of its DIPA character in its wood aging.

Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled3/30/11; consumed 5/10/11

Pours copper wth 3 fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention bofore fading to a collar and leaves some lacing behind.

Smell is initially sweet caramel malt and toffee followed by faint oak aroma and citrus hop notes. Also present are notes of vanilla and florals.

Taste is initially very strong, drying oak. After the palate adjust to that, caramel malts, floral and citrus hops come through. Finish is hop bitterness and drying oak tannins. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Coats the palate well with a nice, sticky medium mouthfeel. The drying feeling from the oak is a bit too much.

This is definitely oak-forward, maybe too much so for my taste. Still, a pretty enjoyable , malt-forward DIPA.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a fluffy pillowy white head with generous lacing right off the bat. Nose is sweet and malty.

Taste is sweet & malty, nice caramel and chewy dark sugars with a nice helping o hops. I'm sure there's a ton but it's so well balanced it is not a palate crusher by any means. A bit harsh but tasty and drinkable.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes taken 1-7-12:
L: Pours reddish amber with a slight chill haze that clears up as it warms. 1” cream colored foam collar grips the side of the glass.
S: Spicy, floral hops, light citrus, light malts.
T: Starts with rich malt and then rich citrus rind bitter flavors emerge seasoned with vanilla.
F: Medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A big, boisterous DIPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a darker appearance for this beer, maybe the wood was walnut or hickory and the color carried over! Anyways, the wood aspect was apparent in the nose, and there's just not enough wood aged ipa's out there, and when you're using piney hops, its complimented even more, feels like a camping trip.

More of the same in the taste, wood and pine, the hops were in the ample, but not outrageous range, bitterness was in check, alcohol heat was largely in check.

At the end of the day, it really isn't all that complex, but is appreciable. Prolly wouldn't spend $10 on it, but can definitely appreciate this being brought to SDIBF.

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber almost copper color with a thin white lace.

Smells like caramel, oak, and vanilla.

Taste is sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. Not a big hoppy beer at all. The malt and the oak take center stage on this one.
Can tell there is some alcohol kicking around.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Overall is good not great. If I get another one I'd like to hang on to it for a minute and see what happen flavor wise.

Photo of lnashsig
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours about 2 fingers of head that recedes, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Smell- definite wood (oak flavor) on the nose, floral notes, possibly a sweet strawberry tropical, coconut flavor. I love where this is going. The wood aging has definetely sweetened the flavor of this beer, and taken some tropical qualities as well. Taste- the woody flavors are first, followed by a sweet cherry pie(maybe a brown sugar, or maple quality?) but subdued quality. Bitter hop finish to round it out. Hops are here, but the complexity of the malt and oak aging flavors here prevail. Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied, but as it warms, somewhat syrupy in mouthfeel. Drinkability- this one overall is a real winner for me- I am a big fan of wood aged (especially using white oak) IPAs, and a lover of the tropical qualities that it produces.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 29, 2011. Sometimes you have to thank the beer gods for a beer like this NOT selling out at your local establishment, so you can buy it relatively cheaply and rely on someone else to age it for you. There will always be debate whether a hop-centric beer like this should be aged in the first place, but hell, it was already aged before it even got in the bottle (according to the label, and on oak chips, not in a barrel). And you know what? When was a U.S. brewer like Great Divide at its best when sticking to things like RULES and STANDARDS?

Ahem. Onwards...

Pours a hazy, nearly opaque burnt-orange, autumnal brown color. The head is a huge fluffy two fingers of cream at first, but dies to a dishsoap-y skim and crown pretty quickly.

This is my second one in a little over a week, and they both blew me away, especially in the area of aroma. Big vanilla tones float over gooey caramel, hints of oak and just a smidge of alcohol warmth. Hops are sort of threaded in and out of these other characteristics, and I'd say it was just about right to open these bottles, at least going by the smell.

The taste isn't transcendental like the smell, but it does deliver. A cool, nearly spearmint sort of breeziness is folded into a considerable oak personality. All kinds of caramel and toffee notes bring sweetness to the table. Plenty of vanilla too, which goes very well with the superbly creamy, round, slick mouthfeel. Still plenty of carbonation too, although not too much. Just right, feels like. A bitter, woody, semi-dry finish keeps the oak out front.

They could have sold this as a barleywine, as the double IPA characteristics have morphed quite a bit thanks to the oak chips and the time spent in the bottle. No matter what it's called, it's an excellent sipper, and I do mean sipper. It's probably a total headache-inducer if you'd drink it much faster. So, sip I shall...

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the top DIPA. Yellow-golden coloured body with big white off white creamy head, and lacey. Big bitterness followed by fairly big malt. Oak is ever present. Bottled April 28. Creamy, boozy, coconut. More of a sipper. Above average mouthfeel.Ken's bomber.

Photo of Snow81
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a Amber to reddish

Head: Big frosty tan head

Smell: Bright hops with sweet malts and a strong tropical fruits with a subtle amount of heat on the back end

Taste: Big caramel and toffee with sweet malts and a large citric, little heat on the backend

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Hoppy, stickiness on the lips

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

17th Anniversary Ale is copper in color. There’s no haze. It looks a little orange when held to light. A vanilla colored head tops it and rises to a little less than a finger in depth. Retention was definitely short. Lacing was sticky, but a little light in volume.

The nose is weak and lacking in the aromatics department. There are some light malty notes up front. Smells mostly like caramel. The oak aging left plenty of oak and vanilla. Smells a little sweet, slightly sugary. The hop presence is somewhat buried. There are some perhaps light citrus pineapple and pine scents. Alcohol is actually blended pretty well. Honestly – very average.

The flavor is a tad more impressive, enough to warrant a score bump. Caramel malt kicks off the flavor profile. It’s sweet, sugary, and a little heavy on the malt. Flavors of oak and vanilla are very strong in the mix. They allow a little more hop flavor to creep through than I expected. There is a little white grapefruit and pineapple followed by a touch of pine. It’s a tad bitter, but not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is blended pretty well. Finishes sweet and dry with oak and vanilla flavors lingering on the palate.

The body is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is light, but it feels too thin. EDIT: It feels a little bigger with warming. Nontheless, more body would definitely be a positive. It goes down alright, but a bomber’s a bit much. A 12 oz. would be a better presentation.

I really am a big fan of Great Divide Brewing. Have been for quite some time. For such a great brewery, these anniversary releases are just okay. They’re not exactly bad, but the oak aging just seems to be a little overdone. If you’re into malty DIPAs with a strong oak and vanilla presence, you really might get into this beer. Personally, it’s just pretty good.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw these at my local spot today. Weird there is only 1 review so far.

Pours a clear amber. Light tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and oaky. Lots of hops and some noble hop aroma. Some caramel and aromatic malt aroma as well.

Taste is good. Nice and hoppy in the finish with an oaky smoothness. Pretty woody. Some sweet malt flavor too.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bite in the finish. Nice carb.

Overall a tasty beer. Grab one and try it.

Photo of Glibber
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber red pour with a nice off white head that dissipated quickly in my tulip glass. A pretty noticeable hoppy and alcohol smell- perhaps the Bourbon. The others at the bar were really raving about this and the flavor was very distinct with the peppery and smokey taste and even a hint of Vanilla without really being sweet. This was a slow sipping beer and you wouldn't want to drink too many.

Photo of nickhiller
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: coppery, clear, streams of bubbles streak the sides of the glass, thin foam in a ring around the glass.

S: smells exactly like the Great Divide brewery, wet cement and steel, a little bit of industrial cleaner, and then heaps of malt and melony hops.

T: holy hell, oak! So much oak it's almost overwhelming, it's like a whisky and soda water, also candy and brown sugar, orange peel.

M: medium body, sweet syrupy and throat-coating finish.

O: ok, the oak was intense and interesting, but I think it needs some dialing down.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a cream colored half finger head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, pine, pine resin, pine hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, wood, pine resin, pine hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The hop character on this one was definitely in your face the entire time for sure. The sweetness was hardly anywhere to be found. Luckily the citrus was there to help clean it up a bit. The wood was in there as well but came across as a bitter taste to me when combined with the hops. Worth trying however if you can.

Photo of Jaycase
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Copper in color, transparent. Nice lacing.

s: Most immediate smell is the booze. Slight hops.

t: Sweet, sweet maltiness with an intense blast of oak. I wish there was more of a hops flavor than there is.

m: syrupy. low carbonation

o: Thought there would be more of a hop presence here. Disappointing in this regard. The oak was intense. Maybe intense is not a strong enough word really.

Photo of aepb1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- brown body with a big creamy off white head

S- piney hops, oaky and vanilla sweetness

T- wow oaky right off! Moves into piney hops ,and finishes sweet vanilla balancing out the bitterness from the hops

M- full-bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth

O- after the initial oak, as it warms, it gets much better

Photo of machostacos
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my favorite tulip glass. Bottled on March 30, 2011.

A: Pours a dark ruby-hued copper, very clear, with a small and soapy off-white/tannish head that gives way to a thin film. Great lacing. The color and clarity alone make this one delicious looking beer.

S: Dang. Beautiful hop aromas dance across the nose - minty citrus, herbal, floral; it's like a glorious hop garden in a glass. Lots of character from the oak comes through, though it's 100% complimentary to the hops - gives a nice, mellow, earthy character to the aroma. I also detect some lovely crystal malts with a great toasted caramel and candy component. This beer smells fantastic. The alcohol is prevalent.

T: Just as good as the aroma foreshadows. This is a very malt-centric DIPA, and the oak helps to accentuate that fact. Very deep and toasty and sweet, but offset by a bright & juicy floral and citrus hop character with some earthiness. Vanilla and wood notes from the oak aging. A little pepper from the alcohol. Finishes tangy and a little dry - lip-smackin' good. Makes you crave another sip.

M: Oily and slick with lively carbonation. Not super thick, but just the right amount of body, which is helped by the carbonation. It seems that every single little aspect of this beer was pre-meditated to near-perfection.

O: 4.5's across the board. This is a lovely DIPA - so different from the typical light-colored and astringent hop bombs that tend to flood the market. This is a well-calculated, exceptionally well-balanced and potent DIPA that put a big smile on my face. Exactly what an Anniversary Ale should be! Bravo, Great Divide - no doubt I will continue enjoying your brews for a long, long time.

Photo of n2185
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel malts with some notes of citrusy hops. Smells really sweet.

T: lots of sweet caramel and vanilla with some oak notes. A touch of piny hops and bitterness in there. Strong alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Thick bodywith medium carbonation, this heer is sticky sweet.

O:way too sweet to be an IPA. A decent old ale or English barleywine, but not a good IPA.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a tight white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of vanilla oak notes and caramel malt with some pine hops.

Tastes of a strong oak presence up front followed by solid hop notes. A large wave of oak and vanilla notes come first. Hops add some pine and floral notes. All rounded out with a bit of caramel malt. Bitterness is definitely present and there is more than enough sweetness to cut it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style, but in the end the oak detracts too much from the hops for my tastes.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip at Euclid Hall. Thank you Great Divide for the gift of beer!

A: Pours a very nice dark amber with red hues. Thick 1 and 1/2 head off white to egg shell white, sticky, and has great lacing.

S: Touch of vanilla and sweet but not cloying malts. Hops are present but aren't massive and invading. Just a touch of bitterness.

T: Malt is big and balances out the hops, just like the nose. The hops are present and quite large and creep up the back of the palate. Touch of sweetness off the front of the beer- vanilla mainly. A little boozie mid palate and turns to sweet whiskey tones as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied and quite large. Clean coating across the palate with solid carbonation. The finish is long and stunning. As the beer warms the finish goes from bitter and creamy malt to sweet vanilla whiskey.

D: Fantastic beer and a great tribute to 17 years of brewing. Perfect beer to sip while catching up with a friend or just like a great glass of wine- something to sip and enjoy for a longer period of time than a normal beer can give. Excellent for the winter and perfect over the summer.

Photo of sbennett22
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 3/30/2011

A: Creamy, beige head that sticks around. Transparent dark copper in color.

S: Strong scent of the booze. I get a strong hint of cinnamon along with the oak, malts, and vanilla.

T: Heavy in malt and wood flavors. The earthy hops are present but hard to detect.

M: Coats the mouth but not a very sticky after-feel.

O: This is a unique Double IPA. I wanted more of an oaky flavor with stronger hops, but it's still a good beer. Glad I tried it, but probably won't rush out to get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into oversize wine glass
A – 1 finger of dusty blonde foam on top of a beautiful copper red clear amber color, moderate retention time to a thin layer and some lacing 4
S – Hoppy florals, sweet malts, leather, resiny citrus, pine wood and alcohol. A big complex nose. 4
T – My first drink was too big. Oak & pine, orange zest hop bitterness throughout, caramel malt sweetness. Notes of: bing cherry, vanilla, toffee & slight smoke. A big boozy beer. 3.5
M – Smoothness adds a lot to this complex brew. Moderate to heavy body that was sticky, a sipping beer with moderate carbonation 3.5
O – Glad I tried a bomber but won’t be buying another. A good sipping beer with company. 4

Photo of jmarsh123
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well.

Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so.

Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla.

A little bit sticky and good carbonation.

Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn't disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good frothy cottony 2 finger head with a rich amber/dark wood body. Smell is sweet mango and juicy pineapple. No real bitterness in the nose. I can tell this is going to be one the malty IPA's. Just hope not too malty. Good clean earthy/grapefruit tones on the front and a hard but not harsh bitterness coats the tongue on the end. Really good flavor and would score a 5 if the flavor as it is was just amped up a notch. Rich full body on mouthfeel. The beer is a bit hot though. I have been noticing that a lot lately in beers. Especially fresh DIPA's. Still a very solid brew.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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