18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
It looks like a beauty, a deep clear copper-red that forms a nice crown on top, thick and about 2 fingers high. The head remains as a thick layer of foam that never fades beyond that and laves a finger-thick ring of lacing then heavy patches the rest of the way down.
The smell gives up the oak, and there's no question it's barrel-aged. Overall it's lighter than I expected but not weak. It's very nice, actually, with the wood and vanilla melding with a pithy, leafy and lightly piney bitterness along with a bit of toast.
When I take a sip, things aren't quite as well put together as I got from the aroma. It's downright salty initially before that backs off and I get the wood, and it tastes like it was in barrels for 4 years. It gets extremely pithy going into the finish. I give it a moment and slower sips reveal a sweetness and, yes, it's got a nice vanilla note to it. In the finish, along with the pith, comes a somewhat cloying edge to the sweetness as well. It almost comes together but it never really loses the saltiness.
The feel is good, crispness light but present to set up a good, creamy smoothness in a clean medium body.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2012 01:36:56 | More by Brenden
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