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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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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.


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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of drewone
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of crossovert
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Full mouthfeel.

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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark copper color and steady bubbling columns. Good head and a slow receding tan foam after each sip.

Resiny, orange peel aroma with toasted malt and wood chips. Good, inviting sweet, and little abv. warm aroma.

Bittersweet orange peel, light, toasted wood chip, sweet biscuit crust. Malty and bitter with a warm resiny mouthfeel and finish Maybe a too warm, but still good to sip. Not bad.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance really did look good, but the taste is another story.

I'm usually a fan of oak-flavored IPAs. This wood-aged IPA was somewhat too "woody" for my taste. It had a peculiar aftertaste that I can't quite describe. It's as if it's been aged way too long to the point where you will have to let it "breathe" like you would do to an aged pinot noir.

It's always fun to try new beer, and since this is an anniversary brew, I doubt I'll drink anything like this again. It'll be one-off thing for me, and probably so for everyone else.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a sour presence in the flavor that is unexpected for the style but fairly drinkable as is.

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Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber in the wine glass. Not much foam, but plentiful lacing. A nice nose of vanilla, though a little mustiness as well.

Tanginess on the tongue gradually reveals itself to be the woody flavors. Mouthfeel flattens out after some sipping. Sweet and fruity, but so sharp as to seem like the malt has been turned strictly to the purpose of producing alcohol. Overall it's more hot and harsh than I care for, though it's a powerhouse of hops. Bitter aftertaste, but that endless orange peel taste keeps coming.

Sharp, hugely hoppy, overly sweet, and the barrel flavor doesn't seem to add to the overall pleasure. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Why do I keep buying these? I guess I can't resist a new IPA. Also I'm an idiot. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and hazy with a tight off whtie head of small bubbles, nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mostly oaky, mild earthiness and pine hops.

Beer has a nice body but it is not really an IPA. It is strong and oaky on the finish, moderately bitter and strong throughout, it has this mild earthiness on the palate and clean. I don't think I'll have the 19th anniversary wood aged IPA. Just not interested at all.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times already. Really loved 17, but thought this was a little too hoppy (i didn't think 17 was really a dipa). Into Duvel tulip.

A - a good two fingers of light beige head. Body is very clear and standard amber in color. Very strong lacing.

S - balanced bready makes and smooth hops. Some nutmeg.

T - there is a weird bitterness that hits the top rear of your mouth. Lots of smooth hops which is slightly offset by light biscut malts. Just too harsh for me.

M - average carbonation but full bodied.

O - nice, but I do love 17 so much better. Maybe this just needs time.

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint snifter

Pours 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Fades to a thinner layer leaving some sticky lace. Color is a bright orange hued gold.

Aroma: Some orange and grapefruit citrus up front. A decent amount of malt shows. A grassy/floral hop profile. Then some oak and vanilla show.

Taste: A big amount of oak shows up front with lots of malt. Vanilla and some spices show. Caramel and bready malts. Floral hop profile. Some citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. A fuller body for the style. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of oak flavors.

Overall, this tasted like the other years. But more malty and oaky. It does show malts, but has a big enough hop profile to back it up. The oak is very dominate in this beer as well and reminds me a bit of cedar. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber color with thick, chunky off-white head that lingers a long time.

Smell is heavy with malts and caramel.

Taste is all sweet malts and caramel up front. Biscuit and honey is present too. A little bit of piney hops comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall this was o.k., but not hoppy enough for my taste.

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Photo of gpack
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snifter-from a bomber

A- Poured Great- two fingers of nice fluffy topping. stuck around for a while lacing in almost clumps

S- Nothing spectacular in the smell. muted vanilla. a little sweet in the back of my nose.

T- Unimpressed with first taste. Let it sit. I'm glad I waited. Good malty front end, finished a little sweet for my typical taste preference-but good.

M- Good carbonation, and I agree with the others, big and sweety sticky.

O- Very Good-Not where I usually choose to go with an DIPA, but I'm glad I did.

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