18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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2.55/5 rDev -34.4%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours out a very hazed brownish-amber caramel sort of color with a single finger of sand colored head that lasts for five minutes and leaves behind curtains of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.
So. Much. Wood. There is a VERY strong -raw- oaken woody astringency in the flavor which is only really hinted at in the nose. And it's not toasted wood... it's raw. This is actually somewhat above the high end of my palate tolerance for wood, I feel as if I'm chewing on lumber... which makes me think that this could be a candidate for experimental cellaring to tame the splinters. I can just barely make out all the pine resin, florals, and earthy / caramel malt that the nose had promised; almost completely buried under piles of oaken two by fours.
09-27-2012 04:01:17 | More by WastingFreetime
2.63/5 rDev -32.4%
650 ml brown glass bottle (bottled on date March 21st, 2012) acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood earlier tonight (April 20th, 2012, not even a month after bottling) and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I quite fancy the brewery but often dislike beers in the style, so my expectations are scattered.
Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of decent cream, okay thickness, and great retention for the high ABV (a good two and a half minutes, I'd say). Colour is a transparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. It's generally appealing, but off for the style. Should be brighter and more lively.
Sm: Heavy wood. Malty and earthy. Some floral hops. Not at all of the hoppy character I'd expect. It turns me off. I'd prefer a fresh floral piney aroma, but this feels wrong. Some nuts. A mild strength aroma.
T: Vague wood and oak. A shockingly timid hop flavour - not at all dominant. Clean malts form the foundation. Resiny on the climax. Not particularly fresh (despite being not even a month after bottling). Unrefreshing. Extremely unwelcome caramelization. Far too malty and sweet, which doesn't balance the hops - it only overwhelms them. Some layering here, but no subtlety and very limited complexity. What were they thinking? It's very experimental, but it fails. They should have stopped this after the pilot batch. No yeast comes through. It does cover up the alcohol well, to its credit.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Of okay thickness. Too smooth. Needs more coarseness and dryness - vis a vis more hop content. The carbonation is adequate but far from ideal. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.
Dr: A huge disappointment from one of me favourite Denver breweries. Brewed entirely wrong for the style. Wood aging and double IPAs do not mix - at least not here. Fans of the style will be displeased. A travesty, and an embarrassment as an anniversary beer. I wouldn't get it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. The ABV is pretty well concealed, though some comes through in the finish and aftertaste. It's got some heat. Fairly drinkable, but largely forgettable. Vote with your dollar and leave this one on the shelf.
04-21-2012 05:35:42 | More by kojevergas
2.78/5 rDev -28.5%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.
A: Golden color with just a bit of haze. Half-finger head.
S: Grassy & spicy on the nose. Hop aroma is certainly diminished with the wood-aging.
T: Spicy, hoppy, almost an onion flavor? The oak aging comes through in spades. Alcohol presence is hidden but still there at the end.
M: Medium body. Good carbonation.
O: This just didn't do it for me. I'm glad I tried it once, but there won't be a second time. The flavor that I can only describe as onion-like was off-putting. Not sure if that was from the oak or what, but I was disappointed.
04-17-2012 00:59:32 | More by macrosmatic
2.8/5 rDev -28%
Served into bruery tulip glass. Bottles March 21, 2012.
Pours a deep golden amber color. Some head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Not a huge scent, but definitely a oak-ness dominates. Just arrived in LA so I don't no if they age in the bottle at all or there was a delay in getting here - all in all a month is not to long for hop aromas and flavors to still be present.
Ditto on the taste - hits you over the head with oak - dominates the taste, totally overwhelms the hops - which provides a spiciness but no citrus, piney or fruit. A bit better than last years 17th. Oak is at times almost artificial or medicinal. Taste seems to change from taste to taste. First sip produces puckers, than mellows, occasionally get another strong sip. Keep heming and hawing over how much I like and hate this beer.
Interesting - once a year is more than enough. Look forward to trying rumble again which I enjoyed much more last year.
04-23-2012 04:58:19 | More by drewone
2.83/5 rDev -27.2%
650ml red-foiled bottle.
Aged IPAs are always toss-ups. Either the brewer accounted for the loss of hop bitterness and aroma or they didn't.
This one pours a deep red with a creamy but foamy slightly off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.
The smell is alcoholic and fruity. There is a bit of oak , caramel, and some English hop notes.
The flavor is nearly cloyingly sweet, medium to mild bitterness that increases. Some decent hoppy flavors with some grassiness, pine, and candied citrus. A bit of oak in the flavor but not too much. Some tannins.
Overall it is what I feared, just a mundane sort of brew that is bereft of its freshness.
05-18-2012 03:05:17 | More by crossovert
3.06/5 rDev -21.3%
Pours a beautiful bright amber with a thumbs width beige head. The head quickly recedes, leaving a small coating on the surface. Nice lacing to this. A fantastic clean aroma of citric hops (great blend of grapefruit and lemon), oak, a touch of bready malt and a little alcohol showing itself. A little earthy bitterness to the flavor, wood, a hit of vanilla, and some bread. The alcohol is also saying HELLO! and leaving behind a nice warm feeling after each sip. Crisp, medium moutfeel to this. Overall, not a huge fan of this one. I wish the alcohol could have been a little more hidden. At this abv, though, that might not be a realistic wish.
04-20-2012 22:57:31 | More by denver10
3.1/5 rDev -20.3%
Deep amber color, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of rocky off-white foam. Small dots of lace, and lots of them.
Strong oak/vanilla aroma, touch of alcohol. Hints of floral hops underneath.
Taste also leads, and leads heavily with oak/vanilla and booze. These are just wood chips? Tastes more like bourbon barrels. Alcohol burn but passes quickly. Not getting much in IPA qualities.
Much more America Strong Ale than DIPA, could use a big dose of juicy fruity hops. Well made, but not what I was hoping for.
05-27-2012 05:09:13 | More by RonfromJersey
3.13/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
05-21-2012 03:56:47 | More by Blargimus
British Columbia (Canada)
3.15/5 rDev -19%
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.
05-15-2012 03:32:14 | More by Rutager
3.15/5 rDev -19%
The label says 8.5 % alcohol. The best before-date is January, 2013.
The colour is amber-red (30 EBC), the liquid is filled with small floaties. The two finger head is compact and off-white, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.
The smell is smooth, sweet and hoppy. Orange peels, tangerines. Heavy notes of sweet malts (caramel). Some rubber and butter, alcohol in the background.
The taste is malty with a smooth citric bitterness: Tangerines, grape fruits, lemons. Some barrel-aged oxidised notes of raisins and prunes. The bitterness is a bit metallic, the age of this beer is quite obvious. Medium body. The aftertaste got hints of cognac, growing notes of alcohol and pine wood. Smooth bitter notes and old whisky in the somewhat frowsy finish.
The carbonation is medium strong. The few small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick and sticky.
This beer was probably way more interesting when it was fresh.
01-12-2013 19:32:29 | More by bark
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
#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.
05-17-2012 00:56:41 | More by lnashsig
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
04-12-2012 04:40:10 | More by alk3kenny
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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