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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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179 Reviews
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Reviews: 179
Hads: 306
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber with fluffy off-white head. Great retention, though nothing too sticky on the sides of the glass.

S: Toast, floral hops, caramel, oak.

T: Toast, caramel. Very oaky, with some astringency that segues into herbal bitterness and a drying close. It's not very hop-flavored; at best it's floral, but that character is reserved and understated. I really expect more from a DIPA. Very unsatisfactory.

M: Mildly sticky; the main takeaway is up-front oak that contributes astringency. Hoppy bitterness is mild.

O: I'm getting tired of these $10 sub-standard barleywine bombers masquerading as DIPAs. I almost didn't finish this, but I had nothing better to do.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute on 8/26/11; thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Bottled March 29 2011 (5 month old oak aged DIPA? Whatever...)

Rustic, browned amber; leaning toward copper, perhaps. Thin retention; scattered strands of lace.

Oak, caramel, sweet bread, orange peel, hints of grapefruit and hints of pepper, spice and spice aromas. Easily a sweet malt bomb. Flavors of candied malts, floral hops, caramel, toasted sugars, buried citrus (muted), dry wood notes and an underlying layer of alcohol. Full bodied and rather slick with booze. Lower carbonation results in a plodding feel.

Overall impression - not really my bag; it's pretty meh for a DIPA, regardless of age.

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Photo of BZero007
2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up this bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

Poured a nice hazy amber color with a off white head. Aroma is nice and mild pushing a citrus and warm wood like smell through. By the look and smell I figured this would be an amazing brew. The taste carried a citrus/oak flavor through but is soon and quickly overtaken by an off wood dull medicine like taste. The particular off flavor becomes more prominent with each taste. I have had 3 drain pours in my life and this unfortunatly became the 3rd. I really enjoy Great Divide as brewery and a vast majority of their brews. I will aim to grab another bottle hoping the one I had was bad.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at URGE.

A: Dark reddish amber with a frothy and creamy long lasting cap. Head retains for a ridiculous amount of time. Thick sheets of lacing remain.

S: Lightly spicy (peppery?) with a strong wood profile. The wood seems to subjugate all else. That might be somewhat of a stretch, but it's not far off. Citrus notes are faint, and the malt is somewhere between bread and caramel. Lots of wood, but not a lot of anything else.

T: Bitter and dry up front with a decided wood presence. I don't know much about this beer, but I'm picking up a moderate spicy quality. I'm not sure if they used spices in this or if stems from a combination of wood and booze. Evident orange and tamer notes of grapefruit accompany pine resin and a firm caramel malt profile. There's some midpalate sweetness. Alcohol has a commanding presence in the flavor and is far too prominent for my taste. Wood remains strong throughout, and combines with the powerful booze and firm bitterness to make for a somewhat unpleasant boozy, tannic, and astringent finish. The wood adds nothing positive to the flavor.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and astringent.

Overall: Too much booze and too much wood, with no positive attributes offsetting the negatives. Not at all recommended.

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Photo of beagle75
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Vanilla-accented, vinous, and spirituous--this doesn't smell like ale as much as it smells like a dry brandy. Grain is part of the equation though, appearing as caramel and almonds, and fresh stone fruit is also hinted at.

T: Begins off-dry, with oppressive chemical ethanol and puckering astringency. While spiking acidity is noted, even it is not enough to overpower these other unsavory flavors. Woody vanilla comes into focus toward the middle, softening the early harshness. Fermented grain is featured in the middle where appeal increases somewhat, but is still constrained by the phantom of alcohol. Hops encountered through the middle are mostly earthy, slightly herbaceous, and not very compelling. Astringency lingers in the boozy finish, absent of oak but accented instead by the flavor of cooked apples.

M: Medium viscosity, uncomfortably hot and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While a well-aged IPA is generally regarded as a regrettable mistake, in this case a bit more waiting might have been preferable. With little in the way of hop aromatics to begin with, there would not be much to lose--except for the uncomfortable heat of the alcohol. The unapproachable nature of this beer makes the drinker hesitant to wish Great Divide "Happy Birthday, and 17 more."

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Photo of n2185
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of bballmj2k
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gonna be a contrarian on this one it seems.

Picked up yesterday - bottled on date of March 30, 2011

A - Clear copper/amber with a finger or so of soft soapy head. Nice looking beer.

S - Hm... double IPA? I get oak, woodiness, earthiness, maybe some vanilla. Theres malt there in the back too but hops? I understand its aged but still - a 10% DIPA should have some aroma...

T - Things going downhill quickly. Taste is dominated by the wood. Like I'm drinking wood. Hints of bitterness linger with a sweet backbone but the oak dominates the flavor along with some hints of the alcohol.

M - Creamy and sweet. Carbonation is minimal, almost flat. Again understanding its aged but this beer is pretty sweet and without some degree of carbonation to clear out the palette at the end it becomes cloying.

Really underwhelming. Can't help but think I've been burned by Great Divide's wood-aged stuff before. The base beer here has lost most of its character and acts as a canvas for the wood rather than working together to create a unique taste. Until someone demonstrates otherwise I'm thinking DIPAs shouldn't be aged...

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Photo of charlzm
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed July 2nd, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, medium copper color with a minimal off-white head less than a finger tall. Uninspiring.

Aromas are agreeable: grapefruit hops, caramel, wood and vanilla.

Palate follows sinuses with the addition of substantial but still modulated bitterness. Some trace fusel alcohol notes detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a touch oily, but not overtly so.

Drinkability is fair, though the fusels kind of kill it. Also, gave me a wicked case of gas!

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Photo of dubinsky
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle bottled on 4/25/11 poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a very clear, rusty amber with a nice fingers worth of off white rocky head. Decent retention for a 10% abv beer, but eventually the head receded leaving no real traces of lacing and settled to the edges of the glass.

S – This is definitely a sweet smelling beer. A faint floral hoppiness is present but the barrel smells take over and never give up. Notes of Oak, caramel, vanilla and bourbon come out huge on this beer.

T – The taste follows the nose. Very oaky and a bit boozy. The beer begins and finishes sweet with a noticeable toffee and caramel sweetness. The middle is a bit hoppy, but a tad grassy, and finish is a boozy, bourbon soaked oak taste.

M – Creamy medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is fairly slick and oily with a boozy burn in the back of the throat.

O – This definitely a unique take on this style. I found it to be overly sweet and boozy. I don’t expect bourbon to be the dominate flavor in anything other than a stout. I found it to be utterly lacking in hops and wish it had more of those and less of everything else. At 10% its a definite sipper and at times I felt like I had to choke it down especially as it warmed up. Come to think of it, this would have been better qualified as a barley wine. I don’t think I would drink this again.

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Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Plenty of lace is left behind though.
S: Citrus, floral, hops and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Some oak/wood aromas as well. The hops are very sharp and work at odds with the wood.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of hops ranging from floral to a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Some light sugary sweetness with a burnt wood flavor. Again the hops and the wood to not mesh right. Plenty of alcohol lingering as well.
M/D: A medium body that has good carbonation. Sticky and oily on the tongue. Lots of alcohol and just a strange mesh of flavors makes this hard to drink.

Pretty much like the other Anniversary beers for Great Divide. Nothing meshes right for me, and not something I would recommend.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 3/18/11 into an IPA glass

A - Dark orange with 3 finger think soapy, slightly orange tinted head. Lacing is good down the side of the glass.

S - Weak hop smell which is disappointing in a double IPA. All of the hop aroma is masked by the strong oak flavor from the barrel aging. Some sweet malts play a background to the oak.

T - A lot of wood flavor up front, to be expected from something with "WOOD AGED" all over the front of the bottle. Lots of bready malt and sweetness is counteracted by a pretty bitter backbone. Not extremely bitter, but good bitterness balanced by the malt. I think earthy also fits the bill for this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is average for the style. A little too much alcohol flavor and carbonation on the finish.

O - It's good for what it is, but DIPA guidelines specifically say that "wood aging is not appropriate for the style". Plus, at $10 for 22 oz, I won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away .

Smell: Sweet caramel with some citrus and alcohol.

Taste: Hardly sweet at all. Bitter citrus peel with wood and strong alcohol. Not enough body in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not bad. Would have liked more balance.

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Photo of oregone
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into NB Globe:
A: Looks like a hefty DIPA. Cream colored head of good size forms from a soft pour and is still retained around the edges and surface 30 minutes later. Amber colored body. Very nice.
S: Oak dominant. I want to have some hops here. Smells like coconut and barrel, but lacking the DIPA character. More like a strong ale.
T: Little hop character. I get some bitterness, but that's about it. More sweet and coconutty than anything. Definitly barrel driven, but not to a good end. Nothing wrong, but doesn't deliver a great balance.
M: Very good. Thick without any sense of residual stickiness. Possibly the best characteristic of the brew.
O: This doesn't read at all like a DIPA. Call it a throwback to the original IPA's being shipped in barrels and we're in business. As it stands now, this drinks like a Strong Ale and really doesn't show much hop character at all. Nothing wrong here, but the expectation was for a unique interplay between the hop and barrel components and that didn't happen. A good brew, but for the money I'd go elswhere.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into New Belgium globe
Bottle date 03/30/11

Crystal clear golden orange body. The clarity is quite impressive. Soft two finger vanilla creme colored head is set atop. Head works its way back in short order leaving a slim cap. Spotty lacing left clinging to the glass.

Strong dry oak aroma is very dominant up front. This does throw me off a bit, I did not expect this much intensity from the oak. Citrus, pineapple and floral aromas settle in just behind. Toasted bready malt provides a clean sweet base but remains planted behind the stronger hops and oak.

The flavor is interesting. I believe they nailed the flavors but they are not present in the proportions. The dry oak flavors are very strong up front and bordering dangerously on off putting. Sweet, caramelly malt and a sizable dose of floral hops follow just behind. The sequence of flavors just to not help subdue the strong oak up front. The flavor sees improvement on the back of the palate when a bright citrusy flavor emerges.

Medium bodied beer. Carbonation is moderate. The finish is kind of odd. The oak really lends a dry quality but there is some residual caramel and citrus flavors linger on the tongue. I would like to call it dry but it may be closer to moderate.

Decent but not a great beer. The oak flavors are dominant where I feel they should be complimentary. Perhaps this beer would be best enjoyed super fresh though I can see it mellowing out and drinking well with age. At this point the beer seems awful disjointed.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I'm going against the grain here it seems. This is a nice beer, it looks great and drinks very well for a 10%-er. With that said...

Nice look. Chestnut brown, reddish tones. Good, soft, dense head. Lacing is about perfect.

Aroma was woody. Some soft hints of caramel malt, and maybe some vanilla. But it's wood. No hops detected. And the pizza from Basic Kneads is getting in the way :)

It has a nice taste to it, if you like wood. The wood dominates. It's not harsh or biting. Kind of like chewing on popsickle stick...soaked in beer or something. I dunno, I just sense the wood kills everything else.

Feels a bit syrupy on the end. The soft bite from the wood is picked up by the abv. Warming, but alas the hops are killed.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bomber to tulip

Pours deep amber-red with a finger of disssapating head into lace... a very pretty beer. The smell is definately not what I was expecting, young oak comes, through almost mistaken for a yeasty ester, carmelly malts, more a strong ale or BW nose. Digging in now, Massive tannins and oak... a wood bomb if you will. I should've aged it, this thing will smooth out with some time. There's a good beer in there it's just hard to catch in between the oak flavor. I would not call this DIPA. Mouth is thick, heavy on the tounge, a little booze heat. Overall a good beer but needs some time to get there. Definately an uncommon approach

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Photo of Phelps
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light bronze/copper. off white fairly creamy head that recedes quickly on the pour. Fairly thick and clingy lacing. A handsome brew.
smell: Some piney but subdued hops, a little malt. Fairly subdued all around.
taste: A slight bite of hops that lingers a little. Not much else.
overall: Don't get it. The Rumble IPA is far superior.

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Photo of rtaps
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rust in color with about a two finger width white head. pretty short retention with very minimal spotty lacing.

Smell- oak,floral, vanilla, and sweet. strong smelling brew

taste- sweet and floral malt at first, but then over powering (and unbalanced) bitter hops. with mild hints of vanilla here and there with sips.

mouth feel is much dryer than expected, med bodied

overall not really a fan on this DIPA smells better than it taste.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: tulip

Deep Honey color, a little cloudy. White ring atop the beer. Looks appetizing. Bready, malty goodness playing very well with a fresh resin hop aroma. Papaya, mango and sweetness dominate the nose, not to much alcohol to speak of. The slight woody smell is noticeable but only comes to mind as an afterthought.

The taste is sweet, heavy and seems to hit the 8% ABV mark rather than 10%. Once again, the hops seem mellow, fresh and juicy but the sweet malt and alcohol lend a significant amount sweetness that the bittering hops can't balance. It reminds me of an amped up version of Hop Stupid with a deeper, woody flavored twist.

It's nice but too sweet for me. I'm finding that many of Great Devide's offering seem to be on the sweeter side.

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Photo of bobv
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker than expected with a 3/4 inch head

S: Less oak than expected

T: Hoppy, woody, solid

M: Decent

O: A very nice example although not up to the standards set by DFH Burton Baton,
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard,
Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly

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Photo of sbennett22
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Concordia Alehouse the other day...

This beer pours a solid copper amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly light, but shows the effect of barrel aging, with considerable vanilla, light citrus and wood. The barrel aging really dominates the nose in this beer, as it does on the palate as well. This beer has a very malty and boozy flavor profile, and there's not nearly enought hopppy bitterness to counter it. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

This is a decent enough beer I guess, but I can't help thinking about how much better (not to mention cheaper) this beer would be without the barrel aging.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.