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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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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/18/11.

Pours a crystal clear dark honey brown color with a 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Nice lattices of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of pine/citrus hops, sweet malt, and an earthy woodiness from the oak chips. Taste is of sweet malts, pine/citrus zest hops, vanilla beans, and a woody oak flavor. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a definite alcohol burn in the throat with this beer, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit flat which makes for a thick and creamy feel. Not exactly what I was expecting for this beer. Overall, a good DIPA with an interesting twist with the aging on oak chips.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface and down the edges of the glass. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of oak on the nose along with notes of sweetness and vanilla.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of oak and vanilla along with notes of caramel and hints of citrus hops. There’s not really any bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is definitely a supper given its strength but the complexity of aromas and flavors afforded by the oak barrel aging make this a very interesting and stimulating beer for your senses.

metter98, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.8%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with almost three fingers of head; good retention that leaves strands of lace

Smell: The floral and piney hops compete with the oak and vanilla elements, though the hops win by a nose; biscuity underneath

Taste: Biscuity and oaky, up front, with the hops coming on strong by mid-palate, with a bitter, piney character; the vanilla element comes into the fray after the swallow and dominates the finish, though the hops certainly don't fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is something about the hops and the oak/vanilla that together just doesn't work for me; I recall tasting the 16th anniversary and not being a fan but as I hadn't reviewed it, I wanted to give a fresh bottle of the 17th a try; now I recall what I didn't care for

brentk56, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white thick head. Lots of lace. Clear amber.

S: mostly oak and floral aromas with hop notes.

T: starts off with a floral and earthy hop flavor which fades to light pine and wood flavor and hints of additional hops. Vanilla notes are sensed throughout

M: very smooth. moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: excellent from start to finish. Very drinkable with nice transition of flavors which coalace as oppose to offset.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear dark amber/copper color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. There is a moderate level of oak and just a hint of vanilla. Citrus and floral hop aromas are still present, but definitely subdued.

T: A little bit of pine and bitterness, but fairly sweet. Caramel and toffee are the main flavors, though there is a substantial amount of oak. Some citrus hop flavors, but not super hoppy.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Okay, but I'd like to have it be fresh instead of being oak aged.

womencantsail, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

oberon, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy light burgundy color with a two finger, khaki head. It left behind minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of wood, vanilla and citrusy hops.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with notes of pine wood, vanilla and citrus peel. Nice bitter hop bite is clearly mellowed by the wood aging.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - These wood aged Anniversary beers are always solid and consistent from year to year.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was excited to try this baby. poured a thick orangish color with a lacey head. the nose is sweet hops and definitely oak, the high alcohol content is noticable in the smell as well. mouthfeel is fairly heavy, maybe a 6 or 7 of 10 on the full body spectrum. the flavors imparted by the oak are prominent here, and the booze is strong. i didnt love this one as much as i thought i would. there was some missing element despite the wood. would be hard to have more than one of these bombers.

StonedTrippin, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a very clear, amber-brown body. The head dissipates relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Aromas of woody pine hops, vanilla, and a hint of vegetal sulfur. Some floral notes in the background with a bit of toffee and some barleywine-like earthy notes.

T - Sharp pine hop flavor up front and a lot of caramel sweetness to back it up. Some pine with a hint of grapefruit in the middle and some toffee and syrupy caramel representing the malt. The beer finishes with lots of floral caramel and pine hops that are pushed aside by strong bitterness and lingering, syrupy sweetness. The wood is not as apparent as in the aroma, but it does leave some toasty flavors in the aftertaste and a bit of a vanilla tinge to the caramel while its constant presence in the background accentuates the sweetness throughout.

M - A thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a big beer and that fact is prominently on display throughout the experience. The aroma is full of pungent, even sweaty, hops and wood and while there is just a hint of sulfur in the background it isn't really a problem. The flavor profile never quite manages to live up to the expectations set by the aroma, unfortunately. It has plenty of hop character, but it for some reason never seems lively enough for me and the sugar is just a bit excessive to the point that it is nearly cloying in the finish despite the heavy bitterness. This is one of those DIPAs that is very nearly a barleywine; that malt character is just dark enough that it could be and the hops are barely enough to balance the sweetness. As with other beers that fit into this nebulous category, I am inclined to wonder if this might improve with age. The hops might fade, but this particular combination of sweet and just a bit dark mean that the malt complexity may deepen significantly with a bit of time. It certainly has the bitterness and strength to keep for a few years, and I may well buy another bottle and give it a try.

nickfl, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, crystal clear reddish amber color

Nose nice light earthy hops, citrus, crystal malts, quite a hoppy bitter aroma, light oak

Taste sweet malts, crystal and reddish malts, earthy hops, light citrus and pine, fairly bitter almost spicy bitter, light oak rounding, a bit syrupy, tangerine, sugary, candy orange. Finishes still pretty bitter and sweet, lingering orange candy, sticky, and a weird phenolic alcohol acetyl like flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, touch of warming booze.

Overall eh, not as good as I remember it, hops are not as fresh and dominant, oak is small, too sweet, candy flavors, but a decent balance overall.

jlindros, May 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

oline73, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe glass since I don't have a Great Divide snifter. Beer received in the secret santa BIF from mrcalrizian. Thanks!

Beer is orange with a mild haze, a big off white head of small bubbles, lots of resin and lacing on the glass.

Sharp aroma, mildly alcoholic, woody, earthy, sweet, grinding, hoppy, pine mostly.

The oak in this beer almost acts as another hop. It is nice, sharp on the end with a dry bitterness. I don't really like oak aged IPAs but this one somehow gets it there. I might even have it again, although I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boozy oak-soaked ale.

Lovely red amber in the snifter. Nice head and carbonation. Body is light, relative to other big beers. Serious smell of rubbing alcohol, however. Wonderful rich and crazy melange of sweet and bitter, spice and sugar. Hops are gigantic and leave a big bitter swath through the middle of the taste buds. Alcohol comes on hot and furious.

Bourbon barrels seem to cure a multitude of sins. So much vanilla and sweet wood that it does give balance to the bitterness. Interesting and worth a try for the IPA fan.

mactrail, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

beernads, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a strong oak barrel scent that really dwarfs any IPA aroma or hop character. There is a mild bitterness present, but the wood aroma is definitely the dominant feature. The taste is good as well. It has a solid DIPA base; bitter and warm with a good deal of malt character. The wood aging enhances that malt flavor while muting some of the hop character. It goes down with ease while hiding much of the alcohol warmth. There is a considerable hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer. I like the base beer, but the wood aging adds another layer of depth.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, this is interesting because the 16th I bought when I was in AZ when GD didn't distribute here, and I tried that beer in August. This is almost 4 months fresher, so I've been looking forward to it,

A: Pours a medium red to brown with a firm off-white head, strong lace.

S: Oaky, vanilla, piney hop character.

T: Like being punched by a 2x4 initially, the oak and its tannins are so overt, it's almost overwhelming. Once I got into the beer it died down and became much more balanced. Still a strong oak character with a heavy crystal type malt component, with hop notes of pine, cedar and bitter melon. Light citrus. Interesting vanilla note (from the oak) adds complexity on the finish.

M: Full-bodied, quite smooth, very long aftertaste. Creamy.

O: A different animal than last year's, it's much fresher and it shows. A robust full-flavoured almost barleywine style DIPA, well worth a purchase.

Halcyondays, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.