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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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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
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:
Beer added by: notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beagle75
2.8/5  rDev -28%
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."

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

Pours a lush two to three finger head of dense foam, orange-tan in color, admirable retention, the head is solidly woven enough that the lacing is wispy at best. Copper hued liquid, the red embellished by orange and then brown and yellow tints, clear with a surprising lack of visible bubbles given the volume of the head. Distinct vanillin butterscotch and caramel scents to the nose, touch of bourbon, the energetic herbal matter outlasts the sweeter grapefruit, tangerine notes, mixes in standard pine as well as a patina of chocolate dust. Full-bodied, dense with a slowly churning sort of carbonation. Sweetly glazed bread with honey, ginger and coriander. Then comes the vanilla, caramel, cocoa oak explosion, this cloaks most else. That said, decent amount of peach, apricot fruit to buttress the pink grapefruit citrus. The herbaceousness recedes a bit here and mixes into a leavening earthiness to tame the bitterness factor. Its weight and sticky palate grip makes it such that refreshing of thirst quenching are not phrases likely to come to mind. The malts play an increasing role in smoothing out the mouth feel both towards the finish and as it warms. Steroidal but not misshapen.

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

Bomber poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Beautiful coppery color, fairly clear. Think white head.

Aroma: Pine, a hint of spice, and maybe just a faint bit of the vanilla.

Taste: Very smooth. Citrus, the vanilla comes thru. A little of the alcohol in the finish. But overall a very smooth aged DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Light, little bit of syrup. Just a light carbonation.

Overall: Very in line with a DIPA. Citrus, some hop bite etc. But the wood aging has really mellowed it. It didn't remove the DIPA, but it did blend it very nicely into the beer. Nice.

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/amber in color, with a short head of foam.
Aroma-Citrus hops and spices
Taste-Spicy, oakey,full load of hops, vanilla notes. Dry finish, pretty smooth for the strength. A little aging would do wonders in my opinion to smooth everything out a bit. Worth a try.

Photo of shand
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

Great looking IPA. Pours a fairly transparent copper-red color crested with three fingers of fluffy head that retain well and leave great lacing. The nose on this is also quite good, I can surely smell the oak in here, along with some citrus hops. The taste on this is very good. The oak aging adds a great dimension to a solid DIPA backbone of up-front hops with a fairly mellow malt backbone. A complex and very interesting DIPA for sure. I'm glad they used Denver Pale Ale as the base beer and instead amped that up instead of using Hercules as the base.

The mouthfeel is very thick with a medium level of carbonation. It's a little too smooth for my liking, but otherwise solid. The drinkability is quite good, I could drink this fairly quickly if I wanted to, but this is surely more of a beer to be savored than to be drank quickly, the complexity of the brew really begs for it to be sipped. A great, unique double IPA from Great Divide, which I'm glad for since I was more than expecting this to be poor after my bad Hercules experience.

Photo of AdamBear
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-transparent copper with a good amount of cream colored head that stays with great lacing

S-faint citrus and creamy hops. detecting only a hint of woodiness. smells good though! just not very strong

T-wow! i like this a lot. it hits the tongue with a great amount of bitter citrusy hops and has a good lasting taste of burnt wood. there's a good bit of vanilla in there as well. this is truly a unique and awesome IPA. it has a great hoppy and woodsome after-taste. This is fairly complex and well balanced.

M-very heavy, good and creamy medium carbonation with a bitter finish

D-this is a very well put together IPA, something I've been yearning for for a long time now. its definitely heavy drinking and should be approached slowly. i really appreciate the originality in this one (as far as my IPA experiences go), and i'll be searching for bottles of it as well as recommending it to friends

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 Overlord
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown-ish orange/amber. One inch of off-white foam.

Smells overhwhelmingly of wood/oak. Some pine hints lingering through, and a substantial caramel alcohol warmth, but this is really a woodsy beer.

Taste is obliterated by wood/oak flavoring. The pine, caramel, and boozey maltiness peek through, but the citrus, floral notes, any type of nuance is just absolutely sandblasted by the wood. Nice chewy, sticky mouthfeel.

Tough beer to review. I mean ... it seems to have accomplished what it set out to do, but I have a feeling I would have greatly preferred the base beer.

Photo of srandycarter
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber, near white head stays for awhile. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Hops, malt and wood, but very low volumes of each.

T - Nice malt center, plenty of hops and wood apparent. Nice.

M - A little under carbed and thin for higher marks, balance ok.

D - Even at this ABV, very easy to drink.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the George St ale house in New Brunswick, NJ.

Arrives in a frosted pint glass with one finger of sticky foam that coats the glass thoroughly. Nice clear copper color. As it warms a stong oaky nose develops.

First sip... holy oak! Vanilla oak flavor smacks you hard off the bat. A bit too much. Hop flavor is drowned out by the oak, but there is a big hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel tells me that there is a lot of residual sweetness in this beer, but that is also clouded by the oak.

Well this is certainly not a boring beer. The vanilla oak flavor is really quite good - just a little too potent for my taste. Would like to see the hops assert themselves to round out the flavor profile. The alcohol is an afterthought... it drinks very well for a 10% ABV beer.

Overall pretty nice. Was thrilled to have found this on tap here. George St Alehouse has quickly become my go to stop in New Brunswick.

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.

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A) Red/brown in color. Poured a fairly thick head that never really dissipated completely.

S) I think I smell oak.... it's tough to say.... I caught many scents when I first poured it, but sitting in front of a half glass trying to review it, I find myself struggling to pick out any detectable aromas.

T) There's the oak! Wow.... I don't notice hops at all but the oak is coming through loud and clear.... where the alcohol flavor begins and the oak ends is blurred.

M) No real bite, despite the strong alcohol flavor that this one possesses. Sip after sip, and this one continues to mystify me.

O) Very solid... I'm halfway through the bottle (if I finish the bottle myself, the review would become incoherent) and as I finish the glass, I keep noticing the oak more and more. Much in the way a really hoppy beer "stays with you" the oak is following me around, and reminding me that I will be tasting it for hours to come.

I have several more of these, and look forward to aging some, and certainly enjoying them with my wife.

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 dmsohyea
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BBT in Palm Bay. Pours a reddish brown with a pillowey white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is oak, vanilla and some piney hops.

Taste is vanilla, oak, and some good piney hop bitterness on the finish. Vanilla is pretty pronounced here, some nice woodiness as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side with low carbonation.

A nice oaked DIPA, the oak really smooths out the bitterness, there is very little for a DIPA. The oak and vanilla add nicely to the complexity.

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.

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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

Photo of Nikokristiansson
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a tulip.

a: deep copper, very dark red.

s: earthy, nuts, and a bit of pine.

t: dry hops, wood, booze. very strong.

m: incredible. dry hoppiness leads to malts with a very boozey finish. the wood is apparent all the way through.

o: fantastic. not your typical double ipa. wood aged taste is divine. highly recommended. not that hoppy, more malty, but if you like DIPA's and Barleywines, get this and let your mind be blown.

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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10oz pour into a tulip at Churchill's Pub

A: Looks almost like an amber. Like a burnt caramel color with some ruby hints to it even. Nice little tight khaki tan head capped it with some spotted lacing down the glass.

S: Very faint hints of some sweet malts, vanilla, and some burnt caramels in there. Smokey even.

T: Slightly sweet malts are carried with some real nice bittering here. No distinguishable hop characteristics other than that since the Bourbon really comes in and warms things up quite a bit. Nice oak and earth woods come through. Slight vanilla flavors that really come through as the beer sits. This one will definitely warm the gullet.

M: Nice creamy texture with a present hop bitterness that comes through but finishes all bourbon.

D: For a 10% IPA that is intended to be a sipper this brew is pretty easy drinking. A boozy cream soda. Quite tasty.

A beer that definitely pushes the boundaries of the IPA category. I personally would prefer it a little more toned down however I found it to be quite good. But if Bourbon is not your thing than one should take caution.

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

395th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
650 ML foiled cap. Bottled 3/18/11

App- A ruby amber with some orange highlights. Big fluffy two finger head. Very good cling to this.

Smell- A big malty backbone with a hop aroma that is a little faint. The oak is much more prevalant that I would have thought. A nice malty big smelling DIPA.

Taste- A very creamy malt forward beer. There are multiple layers of flavors on this one. The malts and a small hop are first but the oak comes through nicely. A bit of off putting taste comes in last, I can't put my finger on it. I finished the beer because I wanted to see if it would go away, no it didn't.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Quite malty with a subtle hop note but also a bit caramel/buttery at the end.

Drink- This was another big beer from GD, while tasty it lacked in certain areas for me. I was not that impressed by this one, the mouth and off flavors really let me down. I probably won't return to this one.

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of Lerxst
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle dated March 17, 2011

A-Pours a clear amber with a rocky two finger off white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of sticky lace all the way down. This is a great looking beer.

S-Notes of vanilla are the first thing that hits me-guess its the oak. Then I'm hit with a scent of slightly sweet caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops are also there, but are playing second fiddle here.

T-Slightly sweet and syrupy. The oak/vanilla really comes through as does the sweet malt backbone with the hops fighting to make their presence known in the middle and finish, with a touch more hoppiness (floral/earthy) in the bite of the finish. A hint of booze burn in the finish as well.

M-Medium body, slightly syrupy, somewhat crisp carb bite.

O-A nice enough beer, but there are many other DIPAs I'd rather have.

17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.