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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

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by chugalug06 on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 389
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a rough deep bronze that is almost amber in color as you look towards the middle of the body.

S: A very low aroma for a double ipa, yet the pine and grass hops outweigh the deep malt profile

T: Holy crap, i have never tasted anything  like this beer. This IPA is unique, complex and brilliant. The grass hop flavor comes through smoothly as a significant oak character shines through hinting towards mellow vanilla and tasty earth (not sure how to put it into words) from the oak chips

M: Zero heat from the alcohol, and easy as hell to drink due to the dry body

O: I absolutely love this beer. It has brought about a new experience for my thoughts on craft beer. Complex, gentle, flavorful and freaking awesome. 

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Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy, dense tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the head really billows when swirled. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big malt aromas with some floral hops.
t - very woody with some spicy hops and a hint of vanilla. this one was a little boozy but really worked nicely in this beer.
m - very creamy and coating.
o - another winner from GD. really loved this beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A world class ipa as it always is, slightly different every year, atleast i think so. More wood flavors and minus the citrus orange as i remebered. Beuatiful tawny color loads of citrus aroma and big flavors of oak and vanilla. Perfectly balanced good malt backbone and nice hop presence, not over top in any area. Loof forward to trying every year.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one smokes the 17th anniversary! that was way too sweet and did not make a great impression on me. this one however, is remarkable. pours a nearly clear copper color with a good just off white head. smells highly refined. oak is present right away, some caramel malt sugar gets picked up with a very complex earthy hop profile. flavor is rich and robust, wood and hops compete for palate dominance, but i think the oak takes it. english style malt characteristics tie it all together. feel is nice, very mellow carbonation and plenty of bidy without being heavy. the proportions and flavors work together infinitely better than last year's version. this is one of the best beers going right now in my opinion, and i chose it as the winner at the gov's park brewfest this weekend.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is ruby red with an incredibly thick head and lacing that last for days.

Nose is plenty of fresh hops, with baked bread, allspice, and pineapple.

Taste is buttery toffee, with tart cherry, sweet cream, lemon zest, and cinnamon muffin.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation. Every sip is silky.

Overall, this is a great American Imperial IPA that bangs home the sweetness as opposed to the punch.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Mostly clear copper hue with a nice thick two-finger off white head. Serious lacing.

S - Strong woody notes, toffee, and caramel. Not getting the piney hops that I would expect from a DIPA?

T - Very much follows the nose. Oak woodiness is forward, but it's kind of a "toasted" oak if that makes sense; very smooth with mild bitterness. Also hints of toffee, vanilla, and a bit of fruit (other reviewers seem to suggest orange and grapefruit, I am finding more plum and cherry) Earthy hops provide a nice balance and additional bittering. Really good. Complex. ABV slightly noticeable in the very back end of the finish.

M - You feel as if you might need a knife and fork for this it's so chewy. Also has an amazing creamy quality not often found in this style. Throw in some medium carbonation and it's pretty much perfect.

O - I really enjoyed this, not so much as a DIPA, but it's one hell of a beer. Not what I expected. One of the best "wood forward" beers I have had, as a lot of them tend to beat you over the head with bitter astringency. Smooth wood flavor and a great creamy mouthfeel make this a winner in my book.

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Photo of jsulko
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Glass is a dark reddish amber color with a decent off white head.

Smell is citrusy with a carmel sweetness to it.

Taste is predominant with the sweetness to it. Oak flavors come through strongly on the finish.

Finish is a bit thick as well with the sweetness and a syrup like finish.

An interesting brew for a once a year.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 21, poured to pint March 30. The beer arrives crystal clear and a rich ruby color with a nice 2 finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a pleasant mix of oak and citrus hop character with an underlying caramel malt. The hops aren't as dominant as you'd expect from a DIPA, though it is nice, the oak blends well. The flavor builds upon the character let on by the nose. The beer starts with a caramel malt sweetness upon which the oak and hop character builds, medium bitterness. Hints of vanilla and even a bit of roast. Very well balanced and inviting, especially for a DIPA. Finishes with a lingering malty sweet oak hop flavor. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not typically a fan of barrel aged IPAs but this is very good. Recommended.

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Photo of parris
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell - spicy hops, oak, dank, malty

Appearance - copper, light carbonation, descent tan head

Taste - dank hops, malt, a bit metallic, alcohol. The oak might have slipped by if it wasn't advertised on the bottle

Mouthfeel - pretty big bodied, bitterness is noticeable on the back of the tongue

Overall - great beer, solid IIPA, the oak is subtle, but a welcome addition.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber, dark tan head nice lacing overall the appearance.

Smell: hoppy of course, with a nice floral aroma, a nice oak smell completes and nearly covers up the Alcohol.

Taste: malt sweetness, vanilla, a touch of heat from the alcohol, oaky, a nice punch of hops citrusy, its a complex brew.

Mouthfeel: sappy sweetness, oak spice, vanilla, a touch of heat, and a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall: Its a nice DIPA the oak covers up some of the alcohol heat I'm really enjoying the new experiments brewers are doing with aging different styles of beer in oak, and this is a good example.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of off white foam on top of a clear, amber colored body. The head fades away slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A strong aroma of pine hops and caramel malt with oak and vanilla in the background.

T - Thick, rich malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some spicy hop notes in the middle with pine and grapefruit. The beer finishes with more caramel malt and notes of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the base beer carries things nicely and the oak adds a subtle touch of complexity. It is very malty, to the point that it almost comes across like a strong red ale.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 on May 10, 2012 on tap
Had it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 on July 31, 2012 on bottle.
Went with 4.50 | 4.00 | 4.25 | 4.25 | 4.25 on Oct. 7, 2015 with increments

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company. About a finger of head when I got it. Color was rich toffee amber. Reddish tan lacing on the top of the pour. Long-lasting even film on the glass.

Smelled light cedar or pine hops. Also seemed to get some tangerine or orange on the nose. A bit oaky. Clean and some light sweet caramel.

Not as hoppy on the taste as I’d thought it would be. Very malty, caramel leading the way. So smooth, but could taste the alcohol late. Could taste the oakiness, as well as some light cedar notes.

Definitely the feel was the best part of the beer. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long-lasting finish.

Really good beer overall. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but the feel really kills it here. Definitely the best part of the beer.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

! year old, Tasted Feb 6 2013.

A- Poured in a snifter. Head leaves a nice white lacing on glass, amber to ruby red in color.

S-pine, Pineapple, Oak, citrus

T-Medium citrus bitterness, followed by aged oak woodiness, aftertaste is dominated by cotton candy and bubblegum sweetness. Bitters out harsh for being a year old.

M-Medium to medium heavy mouth feel, thick syrupy front with a smooth bitter back.

O-After a year this beer has held its hop characteristics well. Sweet and malty but a huge citrus sweet hop finish. The only criticism is the oak chip age shows, just as in the 18 year, the wood characteristics age poorly, adding a stale taste. That said i would love to taste this beer a year later, the sweet hop notes may stand out even more.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: As expected, this beer had an extremely hoppy aroma, along with some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (no surprise there), citrus (grapefruit, lemon), vanilla, malt, resin, and the advertised oak. The oak aging, as it does in some cases, doesn't take the edge off the flavor. This is a complex, flavorful beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a big beer that's surprisingly easy to drink and easy to like.

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Photo of lsummers
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple times now, It pours an amber red with a slight head that leaves some nice lacing, looks great.

Smell is a little confusing to me, but not unpleasing. I can smell a bit of hops and something I can't quite pinpoint, possibly a bourbon type smell.

Tastes great! It hits you right away with the hops then immediately switches to vanilla and oak. The backend is so smooth it just makes me want to take another sip to get that super hoppy flavor.

The mouthfeel fits the beer. It is a bit of a thicker feeling beer, more syrupy but not uncommon for a dipa. It helps me realize this is tasty but it's still a high abv beer. A fantastic beer that I will continue to look for.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle date 3/21/12. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a two inch sticky white head, with a thick coat of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, carmel, apricot, vanilla, and wood. Taste is much bigger than the nose would lead on. Huge oak/vanilla, grapefruit, carmel, tangerine, pine, and warming alcohol. Body is very big for the style, plenty of life, not overly dry, and easy drinking for a large beer fan. This is a magnificent oak aged Imperial IPA, probably the best I have had to date.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper pour, half finger white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

Floral hops, muddled citrus and mellow oak presence. Slight pine with some mandarin oranges.

Caramel, toffee, dry oak, grapefruit, mandarin and some strawberries. Brown sugar and vanilla.

Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - dark amber/medium brown in color, with about a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pretty malty in general, with an interesting floral component to it. Something unique and sweet in it. It could be the oak chips or it could be the hops.

Taste - malty, as is the smell, but there's a slight tang that starts in the middle of the taste and culminates in a muskiness in the finish, but with a sweeter, almost candy-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall...not too creamy not too watery.

Overall - a very interesting brew. Both good-tasting and intriguing.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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