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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
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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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

Overall:
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber to caramel color, mild haze but bottle was about 18 months old. Nice cream colored head.
-- Label is nicely done with more a " classic wine" bottle look, simple and eloquent. It is hard on initial look to find brewer.

S: Initial heavy malt smell with a hind a sweetness. Typical hoppy smell with fresh hops was not as heavily appreciated

T: Mellowed out malt and hops with a aftertaste of of earthy tones and oak. Finishes slightly sweet. Typical heavy hop bitterness is not appreciated. Vert nicely done

M: Silky and finishes smoothly

O: Nicely done beer. The bitterness of fresh hopped IPA is tempered by the wood aging.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA for $9 - Bottled March 2012

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, light hops, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour and dark fruits and some vanilla.

Overall - Not sure if this was meant be drank fresh.. but it is after all already aged. Mayne there would be more DIPA flavours - instead it tastes like a barleywine. Still a decent barley wine, just not all that exciting. I couldn't really taste the wood.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So... a bit of a disclaimer. This here bottle of beer sat in an outdoor storage facility in Austin Texas from November to August. I was expecting to open it and have to pour it out (needless to say I would not be reviewing it...), since, as we all know, heat=death to beer.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the sink. It's still pretty damn good. I have not tasted it fresh, so I don't know just how different the age/heat necessarily makes it, but suffice to say it is DEFINITELY not ruined, and I don't feel bad reviewing it.

Pours the caramel amber colour you expect from a DIPA. Small white head with good lacing.

The nose starts out sweet. This melds to a woody/vinous character then finally some piney/grassy/citrus and a distinct mint note that kind of takes me by surprise.

As it hits the lips, the flavours start to become more evident. The vague sweet/wood forms to the vanilla and oak from the aging. As smoothe malt and citrus hops give way to a slight booziness. I don't know if it's something to do with the heat or the age or just what it was built to taste like, but there's something on the very backend that finally gives hints of... something else. Honestly, though, if I weren't looking for some off flavours I don't think I'd find anything to nitpick.

I was worried about two things, mainly: The fact that this is a DIPA from last year, and the fact that it sat in temperatures in the triple digits. Neither seems to have been a problem. This is a tasty venture from a high quality brewery. I almost wish I could taste what it would be like with even a little more age on it (but held in appropriate cellaring conditions...). Definitely glad it didn't get ruined.

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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.

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.