17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
This was an impulse buy for me, I hadn't seen Great Divide in this area before so I thought I would try this brew out. I was pleasantly surprised! I really liked this beer, and coming in at over 10%, it was very drinkable.
It pours a dark, cloudy amber, with a small head. It's quite malty, which is different for me to like, but was a good complex beer, and very flavorful. It reminds me of a bit weaker Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA.
Great Divide is pulling out of Michigan, so I will definitely go pick up some more of these!
05-03-2012 22:20:00 | More by MichPaul
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
From 650 mL bomber to Duvel tulip glass
It looks pretty; amber-red with a fluffy two-inch head leaving patchy lacing all over the glass. But when held up to the light, there's a ridiculous amount of suspended yeast, like chunk-yeast. Not sure if that was intended but that's not something I expect in an IPA.
The brew has a nice toffee-candy aroma, and you can smell the depth the wood-aging provides - woody, obviously, but joined with touches of raisin and various ripe fruit. Boozy, and the hops unusually pop in at the rear of the bouquet.
The toffee malts dominate the palate, rich and sweet. There are a lot of fruity nuances for an IPA, which is odd but not necessarily cloying. The booze touches the wood aspects and reminds of spirits. But the hops don't grace the palate until the end, as in the nose, and really don't bring the expected piny-grapefruit characteristics. Finishes sweet.
The ale feels oily and syrupy. Penetrates every crevice of your palate. Not totally unexpected for a 10% brew, but without a snappy hop-bite, the ale feels a little sticky.
Not a bad brew, I'll look for this next year, but I was definitely looking for something more hoppy. I'm not a huge fan of their Hercules either, thought this one might have a crisper hop characteristic.
03-03-2012 07:09:25 | More by rand
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottled on Mar 29 2011. Hope I didn't wait too long...
Tons of suspended particles, what's up with that? This one was stored upright in my fridge. Reddish body with medium white head.
Nose is maltier than I would expect. Hops are there too.
Vanilla and smooth oak are definitely players in this one. Rich malt, with enough hops to not quite balance things out. Maybe more of a true double than usual. Kind of reminds me of Double Crooked Tree as being almost unbalanced to the malt end for a DIPA. Too sweet, but I still like it.
Mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy. Hoppy, but not enough.
Overall is good, but not great. I like this one, but would have brewed it with more hops. A 10% DIPA deserves serious hopitude.
01-30-2012 22:57:04 | More by ghostwalker
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in March of 2011.
A. Pours a deep apple cider, with a 1 finger head that resides to a thin ring with a nice island of foam.
S. Smells of citrus, mild oak, and lots of chocolate. Very different for an IPA. Really interesting!
T. Tastes of tangy citrus, chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Very warm chocolately finish.
M. This beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated and has a dry finish.
O. This is a really good beer. I have liked pretty much everything from Great Divide, but this is really an amazing bee! It has chocolate and vanilla flavors that are normally found in stouts, in a well bodied and sweet IPA. This is really something different from what I was expecting and would expect in a IPA. I really regret not buying more when it came out. This is truly a unique beer and I suggest anyone try it as soon as they can. I really don't know if it will get better with age, but I will be looking to find out.
01-25-2012 02:39:05 | More by MBrausen
17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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