17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +28.5%
This copper colored ale combines the floral, earthy hops of an English Pale Ale with the big citrus hops of an American DIPA. The smooth balance of hops is complimented by sweet malt and vanilla spices, with a rich woody character from the ale being aged in French and American oak barrels.
07-11-2011 00:08:41 | More by billzav
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
03-30-2011 21:23:40 | More by notyourdadsbeer
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
A- Copper in color with about one finger's width of head. Strong lacing until the very end.
S- Vanilla and wood right in your face. They are the strongest notes, but there are subtler earthy notes which compliment it well.
T- Quite sweet up front, with a woody coffee persistence. These notes persist, but include a constant bitterness in the background.
M- Wow! If this beer has anything down perfectly it is the mouthfeel. There is a great balance of initial carbonation and lingering smoothness. Carbonation faded to a smooth malty feel after about 15 minutes of careful enjoyment.
07-22-2011 02:05:47 | More by silver7447
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
05-17-2011 00:07:04 | More by lnashsig
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
Why does this beer have an average rating of B+ that is outrageous! (first thought that came to mind)
A- it poured out a perfect 2 fingers of head without over flowing my bruery tulip. a beautiful dark copper red, its gonna be a good DIPA
S- Piny and resinous a little spice and vanilla from the wood chips delicious! getting me pumped for the taste!
T- Amazing! hides the 10% ABV with ease, can't believe it. The taste is hoppy but not bitter at all, its accompanied by the vanilla from the french and american oak chips and balanced throughout. all around amazing beer, perhaps one of my favorite DIPA's out there. Usualy I like the more floral DIPAs but this one is my new favorite out of my usual favorites!
M- the Mouth feel was not cloying at all, not thick and syrupy like some DIPA's but rather thin almost lite on the tongue, a lite medium.
O- I will be buying this again, so worth it, even better in bottle than on tap, I recommend this to anyone, getting buzzed has never been more delicious and easy!!! also my first IPA from Great Divide, they are doing a great job!! to another 17 years!!
04-26-2011 05:06:59 | More by The3rdbeer
4.55/5 rDev +17%
Have loved this beer for a year. Not sure why I haven't reviewed it yet.
A - there is possibly a half finger of head. Color is an off tan with a hint of orange. Body is mostly cloudy. A funky indian red/orange in color.
S - just as I remember it. So much malt. Sweet biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar. So good.
T - I think the beer is starting to fall off. Was so much better about two months ago. This is my second bottle like this. otherwise it is just like the nose. Tons of malt, caramel, and bread.
M - spot on carbonation. Body may be a little thin but not bad.
O - still love this beer. Just my style, though from what I can tell it isn't everyone's.
08-15-2012 01:48:45 | More by RuckusDu
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
05-08-2011 05:59:44 | More by machostacos
17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.