18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
06-09-2013 02:40:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a massive head; sticks, impressively, and leaves shards of lace behind
Smell: Oak and caramel dominate the aroma, with piney and minty hops peaking through
Taste: The oak and caramel flavors lay down the backbone but by mid-palate the beer develops a piney bitterness that builds considerably, adding a little mint to the profile; the finish is bitter but the strong presence of the malts doesn't yield an inch
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: I keep coming back to these GD anniversary beers though I really don't care for them that much - don't think I will return again; love the brewery, just not this recipe
09-01-2012 00:48:20 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A: single finger off white thick head on a hazy amber with slight golden hue body.
S: Molasses, lemon and orange citrus, vanilla, and mild pine.
T: nice malt presence up front. Transitions to a pine and citrus with an oak and vanilla smooth finish.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.
Overall: better than the 17th anniversary. Very malty. Fairly smooth at first but finished a little harsh. Actually tried it back to back with oak aged hoppy monster... This was better.
04-21-2012 00:25:48 | More by kylehay2004
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
04-21-2012 21:23:07 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Poured out a cloudy, dark brown color with a one finger, tan head. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of wood, vanilla and piney hops.
T - Good roasted malt flavor with notes of pine, wood, vanilla and citrus peel. Not a lot of bitterness.
M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.
D - Another nice edition of the Anniversary Wood Aged beers from Great Divide.
06-16-2012 01:26:52 | More by zeff80
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
04-17-2012 04:44:37 | More by nickfl
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
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
07-17-2012 02:26:23 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
04-30-2012 18:08:13 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -8%
Pours a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly with just a bit of lacing, over semi clear coppery reddish colored beer.
Nose brings lots of malts, coppery reddish malts, caramel galore, toffee, candy and candi sugar even, with some booze even in the nose. There are some hops but not a lot, mostly candied orange zest, fruity marmalade like, and a bit of earthy hop aroma.
Taste starts pretty sweet, with lots of syrupy additions, caramel galore again, toffee, reddish candy, etc. Malts bring reddish toasty malts, coppery malt flavors, etc, with a decent booze warmth and tingle even. There are some light toasty oak chip flavors, hint of vanilla with that but not much. Hops are more background, with light earthy flavors, lots candied orange marmalade, light fruity flavored hops, etc. The bitterness is fairly strong, but not a ton of overall hop flavor. Finish is quite bitter, earthy gritty hops, abrasive feeling, still quite sweet too and a bit sticky, lingering caramel and syrupy flavors.
Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, bit syrupy, some warming slight tingly booze.
Overall not bad. I remember the first time I had this I loved it, but I've grown a lot since then. Hops are fairly one dimensional and not what I would typically enjoy, earthy and candied flavors. Malts and syrupy flavors are more of an imperial red ale than DIPA, and the oak is very light overall. But still a decent beer with OK flavors, maybe not summer though.
06-21-2012 22:40:49 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
04-09-2012 17:47:41 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-27-2012 01:34:49 | More by oline73
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
11-30-2012 08:07:56 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
On-tap at Hollingshead's
A: Pours a deep amber with a soapy off-white head, good lace.
S: Oak, vanilla, pine and cedar.
T: Definite full oak character, sweet crystal, nice hop flavour, though I didn't find it as vibrant as last years. Cedar bark, melon rind, and grapefruit.
M: Medium to full-bodied, astringent a bit on the finish, resiny, sticky.
O: A solid effort, the price-tag isn't making me happy, but well made.
05-10-2012 01:26:06 | More by Halcyondays
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
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
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
05-16-2012 01:15:41 | More by Billolick
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.