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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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88
very good

381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012)
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Reviews by alk3kenny:
Photo of alk3kenny
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby color white cream colored head smell is sweet... more like a barley wine then a double ipa pleasant but not very strong... No hops on the nose for me but oak aging is obvious... hop bitterness is present in the taste right away leaves that hop stinging on the tongue but not unpleasant. def tastes like a cross between ipa and barley wine not sure it works for me. Going to let it warm a bit and see but at the moment not something I'd go back for.

alk3kenny, Apr 12, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

oberon, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

ajkiser12, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

bulldogg915, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of NWer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

NWer, May 03, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +2.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Billolick, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

mctizzz, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Seattle_Suds, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

rwilde, May 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

JohnLynch, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dsauter, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of 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.

Brenden, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

RDW, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

lnashsig, May 17, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mrelizabeth, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Griffith, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

whatname, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  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.

tdm168, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.