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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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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012)
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Photo of jzeilinger


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to dark copper color with a moderately thick two fingered head the subsides pretty quickly and leaves a soapy, but dense lacing ring. Carbonation is gentle.

S - Toasted candy caramel biscuit malt, oak, light grapefruit, and some alcohol effervesence. The aroma comes through as balanced with the malt being a little more forward.

T - This one is a surprise because I expected more malt flavor coming through, especially up front. Instead, the sweet malt is there, nips the front of the tongue for a very brief moment before being drowned out by a (very) sizable wave of oak tannins, florally cedar, and earthy tobacco, then ends with a lingering woody grapefruit bitterness.

M - Thick, full bodied, and incredibly dry; in fact so dry it sucks the spit off your tongue.

O - I was surprised by this one (in a good way) because the nose didn't follow the taste, I like the element of surprise. But, on the other hand, the wood tannins are so in your face and with the bitter grapefruit bite, I feel like my tongue just got beaten by a oversized wood plank with a nail in it. Definitely one of the more interesting big IPA's I've had, but a little less oak would provide a little more complexity to this unique beer. Maybe take it off the oak sooner next time. (Just my two cents.) I couldn't finish the bomber by myself, ended up pouring it...too many wood tannins and it didn't blend well for an IPA for my liking. Would have been better in a barley, imperial porter, or stout. Would have lowered the score further because I didn't care for the blend but it is impressive, just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:12:13 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 20th, 2012. Shared in two snifters.

Pours a cumin/cognac color with some haze and an inch-thick crown of old newspaper-colored head. The foam has escaped to the outer ring with bubble patches islanding on the surface. Already starting to stick a bit. 4.0

Oaky aroma with a hint of whiskey (although, clearly not from the barrel). Pine and citric hop notes with a dry, almost roasted, toffee malt backbone. Not overly hoppy. Lots of oak and slightly candied hops. 4.0

Most noticeable is the semi-bitter oak with some tannic qualities, second is the semi-spicy pine hops peeling away at rinds of grapefruit and navel orange, then a rich roasty malt gushing with toffee and caramel notes backing just below the wood/hop combo blast, lastly a warm and rich, sturdy alcohol note that levels everything out upon the swallow. Grainy oak sustains throughout the finish with some moderate hop bitterness to boot. A little bit sweet, a little bit rich, a little bit young. The implied grapefruit is pretty juicy, the pine is woody and sappy. Very atypical IIPA. Has taste similarities to some hoppy barleywines. I could draw a Venn Diagram with this on one side and fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot on the other. Fascinating. 4.0

Whooshy body with some scrubbing carb. Moderate spike in booziness as it warms. 3.5

I've greatly enjoyed past Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPAs, and this one is no exception. A delicious, full-on beer. Interesting to think how similar I would have scored it had it been denoted as an American Barleywine. Recommended. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:20:35 | More by thecheapies
Photo of RandyBoBandy


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-14-2012 00:57:06 | More by RandyBoBandy
Photo of scruffwhor


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 17:26:22 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Extrajoker00


3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-12-2012 13:28:53 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of StubFaceJoe


3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-12-2012 05:20:19 | More by StubFaceJoe
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 3/20/2012.

Appearance: deep, rich orange with a nice effervescence and two fingers of frothy tan head with an orange cast. Nice.

Smell: floral, citrusy, fruity hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. The former help balance out the latter, but the malt character isn't really my favorite. The hops really are quite nice, though.

Taste: strong all-around and a bit on the rough side. Hops are citrusy but a bit muddled, alcohol is strong and bitterness is raspy in the middle but smooth at the end. Flavors are not bad, but could be cleaner and a bit smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a somewhat low carbonation. With this body I'd expect more creaminess. Still, it's decent.

Overall: this is an OK DIPA, but frankly, I don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 03:32:36 | More by flagmantho
Photo of maximum12


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 22 oz. bomber of an annual favorite; there have been too few hops consumed around these parts recently. Let's rectify that.

Liberated from its restraining metal cap, the double-glass pour is a clear dark amber. No floaties or wedgies. Nose is faint but with a lot going in that faintness: oak, sharp tangerine, citric acid. Good, but I'd like to see the knob twisted a bit more.

Wood Oaked 18th Anniversary IIPA takes three seconds to say & far less than that to judge. Holy inner oak sanctum, Batman, is that a wood-lined bomber I see before me? There's enough wood here to start a mill, or a national wildlife refuge, or a national conversation on that infamous three-hour erection you're supposed to call your doctor about. But I digress. Massive wood notes are chased with pleasing hop bitterness. The hops impart a wick of pine & more than a dollop of sticky resin, but mostly just tingling slash-and-burn. Malt is distantly sweet, as it ought to be. Stay out of my hops, malt.

This is another winner in the series; not quite as good as last year's home run, but close. Great wood & ever-dangerous drinkability. Another excellent anniversary hop-and-wood-bomb. Keep 'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:32:11 | More by maximum12
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 on May 10, 2012 on tap, but had it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 on July 31, 2012 on bottle. Went with the bottle one.

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:48:40 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Halcyondays


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 01:26:06 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-10-2012 00:03:20 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of jdougherty


3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-07-2012 15:18:44 | More by jdougherty
Photo of JohnLynch

3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-07-2012 07:50:06 | More by JohnLynch
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with great clarity and a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Lovely hoppy nose. Sweet caramel, spicy grapefruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple. Faint oak and vanilla smell wafts along with it all.

Damn that's good. Full body, lots of caramel malt. Well blended flavors. Caramel and oak through out. Alcohol heat is high. Hop presence a little hidden by the massively creamy malt body but overall the beer is deep complex and very good. The wood fruit and caramel all play off each other really well not to mention a minty and floral hop finish which really adds a touch of excitement. This is a really great beer, nothing but the best from a great brewery, heres to 18 more years sipping on this massively bold brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:41:48 | More by jtierney89
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red amber. One finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and muted piney hops. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malt with oak followed by oak and hop bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with wood, vanilla and a bitter aftertaste. Kinda boozy. Medium bodied. A nice oaked IPA; could have a bit more malt support in the finish and I'd like there to be more of an herbal hop component in an Imperial IPA, but I enjoyed this ale and will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:25:45 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 02:43:03 | More by mothman
Photo of JazzIPA55


4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-05-2012 20:19:01 | More by JazzIPA55
Photo of yonnie


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into tulip. Dark ruby red in color with a finger or so of head.

S - Hoppy, woody and resiny tones.

T - Big woody taste upfront, with some hops after, creamy, malty flavors lingering. A little alcohol bite.

M - Rather creamy, medium bodied.

O - To me, this sits somewhere in between an Imperial IPA and a Strong Ale. It has characteristics of both styles. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but at its high ABV, its a sipper rather than a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 20:05:33 | More by yonnie
Photo of Swim424


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Great Divide pint glass

A-Pours a deep ruby red with nice head that falls slowly and leaves a nice lacing as it does. A nice amount of bubbles are seen rising.

S-Smells of thick toasted caramel malts and a hint of oak. Maybe a slight scent of hops mixed in a well. A bit of alcohol.

T-Tastes of very thick smokey, toasty, malt. More of a thick hop bitterness mixed in with the malt. Seems almost chewy. Quite boozy.

MF-Very thick. Pretty creamy. Leaves a nice smooth coating in my mouth. Has a nice bitterness on the finish.

O-This is a pretty respectable beer. Doesn't resemble the DPA at all, but still pretty nice. One of the better oak/wood aged beers I have had. Not as bitter as many DIPAs, but thats more due to the high malt profile. Wouldn't mind getting another bottle of this one before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:42:40 | More by Swim424
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-05-2012 00:48:55 | More by jaidenjb
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-04-2012 02:04:05 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-02-2012 13:45:26 | More by MSandahl23
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-02-2012 01:57:59 | More by MarkyMOD
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-02-2012 00:21:50 | More by FUNKPhD
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-01-2012 22:32:45 | More by kjkinsey
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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