18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Immortale25:
Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says bottled on: MAR 20 2012

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly fading to an 1/8 inch of head with many small bubbles in a cluster. Sticky, intricate lacing.

S- Musty, herbal hop aroma with some malt holding things together. Notes of oak and a slight metallic smell.

T- The wood comes through a lot more in the taste bringing an astringent flavor to the table that hints at Band-aid and rubber. Alcohol is kept in check quite well as the bitterness ensues on the palate and lingers a good while. Toasty malt comes through here and there but is pretty much overwhelmed by the bitterness and oak.

M- Tight and tingly. Oily and slick, too. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Quite good, but I remember last year's being better. I think some age would do it good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant clear copper with a large two finger sticky pillowey head that settled into a frothy mass after a longtime leaving a few broken "globs" of lace.Aromas are faint with mainly toasted oak and light vanilla,I was a little dissapointed with the nose.Flavors at first are dominated by toasted oak and vanilla, mild leafy hops come thru as it warmed a little as did the sweet alcohol.The hops are really subdued but it's got a nice feel,a great look, and decent flavors.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber - $11.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on Mar 20, 2012 according to the bottom of the label.

Pours darker almond amber, tan head, stays a spell. leaves a nice lower sheet of lace and then bits and strands here and there.

Malty nose, with a rear coating of fresh hops. Nice.

Tasty, densely flavorful brew, with plenty of more malts, smooth and satisfying and then a better then average wave of fresh, piney and citric hops, with a slight minty bite. Also a smooth and lasting vanilla/honey note. Hops not over the top, but providing a nice counter balance to the rich malts.

Very soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Outstanding. Very enjoyable DIPA

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Premium Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured into a goblet. Lovely dark amber-copper in colour, a half inch of fluffy head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing patches.

Nose is oak, caramel, citrus and earthy hops. Almost scotch-like.

Oak adds a unique character to this brew, which I quite enjoy. Opens with a strong blast of oak and lovely caramel, finishes with grain and earthy hops. A touch of citrus hops as well, and a hint of vanilla. Again, similar notes to a nice scotch on the sweeter end of the scale.

Carbonation carries the brew along well after the pour, and coats the tongue nicely.

Great brew, complex, nice use of the oak aging process. Will be back for this one again.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and in a craft beer glass poured from a 22 oz. Bottle.
A: Tea colored amber with a slight chill haze under a 2”pillowy off-white foam collar that produces thick lines of lace.
S: The bottle produces richer aromas than the tap version with earthy, citrusy hops over rich malts and a hint of bourbon.
T: The big caramelly malt flavors joined by the vanilla oak flavors and the big alcohol flavors accented by a dose of grapefruit rind bitterness evoke a bourbon based mixed drink.
F: Chewy, medium carbonation, warming, smooth and creamy.
O: A trifecta of big malt, big hops and big alcohol that goes down amazingly well.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip; translucent darker reddish orange with a thick fluffy off-white head that doesn't fade at all. Lots of carbonation visible, and tons of sticky lacing. Smell is oak, nutty/spicy hops, bready malt, almost rye-like with the nuttiness. Some sweeter fruity notes, like golden raisins perhaps. Taste is sweet, clear malt at first, moving into nutty/spicy herbal and piney hops, mellowed by oak; then the alcohol heat comes and brings bread crust and bitter hop oils. The oak character gets more complex as it warms, revealing vanilla. Mouthfeel is slick and medium.
Overall this is a lovely complex DIPA. Being a year old, the hops have probably faded a bit, but I don't think they do that much. Lots of flavor in this beer regardless; it's a delicious sipping beer. Would be great with sharp cheese.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of lnashsig
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#BOTG number 37!

Poured from bomber into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a dark amber color, some cloudiness. Very dark colored for a Double IPA, I'm guessing from the wood it was aged in. Decent looking beer, but doesn't look like an IPA. Smell- Oak woodiness invades my nostrils, with some nice vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes. This is just so woody. Taste- astringent bitterness, pure sugar sweetness from the malt. The vanilla flavors are there, on the end. This is pretty one dimensional, not a lot of great flavors I was hoping for were there (tropical flavors were there last year: coconut, mango, etc). This is purely sweet, almost cloying, and the hops don't contribute a lot. I wanted more.

Photo of mrelizabeth
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a few bottles from Bottlecraft in San Diego. Incredibly well priced ($8) for an anniversary ale.

a- attractive dark red/amber, cream head. Looks great in a glass.

s- very inviting. hops jump out with a touch of caramel sweetness. one of those beers that really sets you up for its flavor.

t- wonderful. good hops balance, some malty sweetness (caramel/barley), with a great vanilla edge at the end. by the bottom of the bottle, the vanilla was really kicking in for me.

m- easy to drink, no hint of alcohol (great job with that) a tiny bit of softness from the oak.

o- i love red ipa's, and i love barleywines. this one seems to bridge that gap very well. i am curious about how long they age this beer- the hops still taste incredibly fresh, but there is a complexity that belies a youthful beer. love almost everything great divide brews- this one is one of their best.

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - orange amber with a soft off-white head that has decent retention

S - faint wood, earthy, citrusy

T - oaky, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, light bread

M - full bodied, well carbonated, a little boozy

This is a nice, balanced beer. The hops are there, the malt is there, and the woody, earthiness is there. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, floral hops and increasing wood notes from the wood aging as the beer warms.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front and some bitterness from the hops in the finish as well as some warmth from the 10% ABV.

T- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a fantastic brew to celebrate 18 years of brewing some awesome beers. Happy 18th Great Divide! Cheers!

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/caramel with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & ever-so faint citrus, the only area where this beer fell short

T: Pineyness & oakyness up front, grapefruit, dryness up front. Woody, herbal & citrussy hops all play well with breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms. Finishes with an oaky/piney edge, a touch of booze breaking through, & grapefruit

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, great balance

A fairly refined wood aged DIPA, this is the greatness I expect form these guys. This drinks really easy for the style & ABV

Photo of Blargimus
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear golden amber with a finger or two of white head. Lacing doesn't stick to the sides of the glass, which is disappointing.

Lots of pine, but there's a huuuge amount of sweetness in the smell. A fair bit of alcohol, too.

A great deal of oak. Fairly well balanced, though it's a little heavy on the oak for me. Rumble IPA is a better level of oak for me.

Very thick and resinous, though the bitterness doesn't stick in the mouth like some IPAs.

This is solid, but I'd rather drink Hercules or Rumble, depending on my mood. Worth it to continue the Anniversary Series.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just slightly hazy ruby brown, solid off white head retained nicely leaving lots of random lacing
S - big sweet toffee maltiness, light woodiness, just a hint of herbal hops
T - caramel and light leafy hops to start, some dry pine and general woodiness, and a mix of syrupy and alcohol sweetness, a half point deduction here due to the sweetness and maltiness getting the better of the hops
M - medium bodies and creamy start, gets a little dry from both hops and alcohol, the high octane is there but you would not guess 10%, late finish is warmth in the tummy
O - it is a big brew with the wood aging being subtle and complimentary, the only issue I have is that the 'DIPA-ness' of it gets lost somewhere, if i didn't know better i would have thought it was a barleywine, a fine brew none the less but just a little lacking on style

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with great clarity and a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Lovely hoppy nose. Sweet caramel, spicy grapefruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple. Faint oak and vanilla smell wafts along with it all.

Damn that's good. Full body, lots of caramel malt. Well blended flavors. Caramel and oak through out. Alcohol heat is high. Hop presence a little hidden by the massively creamy malt body but overall the beer is deep complex and very good. The wood fruit and caramel all play off each other really well not to mention a minty and floral hop finish which really adds a touch of excitement. This is a really great beer, nothing but the best from a great brewery, heres to 18 more years sipping on this massively bold brew.

Photo of Kevlee722
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a tulip. Lots of sediment sitting on the bottom of the bottle, poured slowly but still developed a nice foamy two fingers of head. Nice amber color with orange highlights, a nit dark for the style but lovely color. Smell is caramel malt, biscuits, hints of citrus, and sweet oak. Taste is both sweet and bitter, you can tell this used to be a DIPA but has evolved into a bit of an American barleywine with the did aging. Vanilla lingers on the finish. Carbonation plays lightly on the tongue. Medium-full body.
An enjoyable offering from Great Divide, doesn't drink like a DIPA, but I wasn't expecting it to with the wood aging. A good beer overall, regardless of the style.

Photo of stampfler07
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark amber with a finger of off-white head, some small suspensions, head is thick and sticky

S- Strong dark malt aromas initially, sweet fruit-like notes, noticable oak

T- Sweet and woody malt to start, light hop bitterness comes in to give balance, oak begins to assert itself then warmth and a slight bitterness on the finish

M- Moderate body, very low carbonation giving it just a slight bite, other than that very smooth and warm

O- Not so sure if I'd classify this as a double IPA, not too much hop flavor overall, plenty of bitterness though, good balance and drinkable for a 10%

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

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear deep amber-orange with have a finger of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts and wood with a little pine and sweet tropical fruits.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt, fresh lumber and a bit of pine, vanilla and mixed fruits and astringent alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, a little bit sticky, medium-low carbonation. A bit warm.

Overall. I love this brewery but this one wasn't one of my favorites. For me it was too sweet and the woodiness wasn't very complimentary.

Photo of Vec2267
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - murky burnt orange, nice off white foam, nice lacing (especially considering ABV)

S - faint, oak, sweetness

T - wood/oak dominates, candied orange marmalade, vanilla/mint notes, only a tad boozy

M - syrupy as expected for the style

O - I was looking for more of an oak accent to a great DIPA, I got an oak dominated beer.

This is probably my taste prejudice, I LOVE oak aged Yeti, where the oak adds a vanilla accent. This beer is dominated by the oak (Cigar City has the same problem with their cedar aged beers). I like the thought process, but don't care for the execution.

Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to tulip:

Pours a nice, clear copper with a healthy off-white sticky head. Zero beading.

Not getting much in the way of the wood on the nose... Sweet citrus, mild spruce, some soft vanilla, definitely a hand full of malts to keep things balanced.

The oak pulls through on the tongue: vanilla, earthy bits, dull bitters. The wood and the hops seem to actually commingle rather than taking their turn on the tongue, which I like.

Quite good I think. An interesting genre that I think deserves some more exploration.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red amber. One finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and muted piney hops. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malt with oak followed by oak and hop bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with wood, vanilla and a bitter aftertaste. Kinda boozy. Medium bodied. A nice oaked IPA; could have a bit more malt support in the finish and I'd like there to be more of an herbal hop component in an Imperial IPA, but I enjoyed this ale and will try it again.

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

Appearance: Amber, clear. Not much of a head but then again for 10%...fairly large bubbles forthe head that lingers.
Smell: very surprised here. The nose is well....tiny. Pleasant enough but almost not there.
Taste: that's more like it. Frankly a little...meh...but some character there. A little hop bitterness, a little malt backbone.
Overall: quite disappointed for an anniversary ale. I expect more from Great Divide.

Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep orange that is almost red into a duvel tulip that is topped by a well retained and quite large off white head
S: pine and hop bitterness with a slight orange in the aroma, a bit of woodyness and a decent underlying sweetness
T: bitterness with a hint of pine, slight woodyness and herbal hop followed by a slight caramel sweetness. good underlying bitterness throughout. swallow brings flavors of wood and herbal hop flavor with a bit of residual sugar
M: soft carbonation with a slightly above medium mouthfeel, slightly astringent on the swallow from the hops and alcohol and a bit drying as well but not too bad
O: pretty solid beer, probably would have been better closer to the bottling date but it has some good flavors.

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with two fingers of off white head that fades to a layer and leaves less lacing than I would have guessed.

Smell: More malt than expected with some fruity notes, I'm
getting some cherry. There are some citrus peel hops as well.

Taste: A strong sweetness from the malt. I'm getting the mild cherry along with some caramel and maybe a touch of coconut. The hops show up later on in the sip. Citrus peel bitterness along with a woody flavor. The finish is bitter and a bit hot from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is fluffy and the finish is quite dry.

Overall: I think this beer would have been a bit better at about 8%. I enjoyed it enough, but I don't think I would want another.

Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide 18th Anniversary

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and some good lacing. 4

Smell: apples, caramel, slight oak, and a slight toffee. 4.5

Taste: hops, caramel, slight apple citrus, and a faint oak finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel: medium. 4

Another great year of the anniversary brings great flavor. I think it falls slightly under to the greatness of the 17th Anniversary's, but still very good.

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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