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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
87
very good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012)
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draheim

Washington

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

22oz (bottled 3/20/2012) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a thick dense off-white head, sticky lacing, no visible carb rising from the bottom.

Aroma is chewy caramel malt and sticky resinous hops, a blend of citrus, pine, and something darker and more earthy, pungent. Apricot? Mango?

Taste is heavily malty up front, just shy of cloying. Sweetness is balanced by copious bittering hops and the dryness of the oak. There's a sticky fruitiness too, and plenty of warmth from the booze to round things out.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, coating.

Overall this is a dark, rich beast of a DIPA. The oak adds a toasty complexity, but the sticky caramel malt is a bit too heavy-handed to give this one higher marks. Still, did I enjoy it? Sure I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:43:33 | More by draheim
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-01-2012 00:50:20 | More by ShemRahBoo
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mozim

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-30-2012 23:40:51 | More by mozim
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-30-2012 22:19:33 | More by dsauter
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-30-2012 20:38:08 | More by TasteTester
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:08:13 | More by drabmuh
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-30-2012 15:34:56 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

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

A very odd brew.

It pours a very amber/orange color with hints of brown and a thick white head.

The aroma is full of oak, vanilla, caramel and hops.

The taste has a TON of oak taste, followed by a slightly sweet vanilla and caramel malt and ending with the earthy hops and bitterness. In my opinion, way too much oak flavor as it overwhelms the rest of the amazing flavors.

Worth trying, but could have been better and less oaky ironically.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:37:03 | More by JohnnyMc
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body was reddish copper in color, clear, and exhibited a two finger thick head. The smell was prototypical DIPA, with citric hops, pine, and tropical fruits. The taste is where the wood aging showed itself clearly, with a vanilla, oak, and wood tannin being quite evident. After the initial wood attack, there was some hop presence, but it was pretty muted for a DIPA. Very drying finish and a short one at that. Mouthfeel was medium thick, and not too sticky. A mild variation on the style due to the aging before bottling. I prefer my DIPA's green and more hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:15:19 | More by rajendra82
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-30-2012 00:48:38 | More by tln13
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle date 3/21/12. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a two inch sticky white head, with a thick coat of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, carmel, apricot, vanilla, and wood. Taste is much bigger than the nose would lead on. Huge oak/vanilla, grapefruit, carmel, tangerine, pine, and warming alcohol. Body is very big for the style, plenty of life, not overly dry, and easy drinking for a large beer fan. This is a magnificent oak aged Imperial IPA, probably the best I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:12:50 | More by SawDog505
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DaveONan

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-29-2012 19:43:54 | More by DaveONan
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Sicem99

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-29-2012 15:59:30 | More by Sicem99
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scotthatch123


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-29-2012 15:44:00 | More by scotthatch123
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to tulip:

Pours a nice, clear copper with a healthy off-white sticky head. Zero beading.

Not getting much in the way of the wood on the nose... Sweet citrus, mild spruce, some soft vanilla, definitely a hand full of malts to keep things balanced.

The oak pulls through on the tongue: vanilla, earthy bits, dull bitters. The wood and the hops seem to actually commingle rather than taking their turn on the tongue, which I like.

Quite good I think. An interesting genre that I think deserves some more exploration.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:13:02 | More by yamar68
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herman77

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 21st 2012

A: Pours a dark copper/gold with a rocky off white head. Spotty camouflage lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malts, hints of vanilla, some pine and light grapefruit hops. The oak is very mild and barely lurks in the background.

T: Mmmmm... Lots of vanilla and oak characteristics in this one. Those flavors start right away and continue all the way through. It plays really nicely with the thick malt background and the pine/slightly citrus hops. The oak flavors really make this beer, without it, I wouldn't be as big of a fan.

M: Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation. Feels pretty smooth.

O: Very easy to drink. ABV is hidden nicely. Never had one of their anniversary wood aged double IPAs before. I like it and would get it again next year for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:43:59 | More by herman77
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Archimedes

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-25-2012 18:02:44 | More by Archimedes
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druptight

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-25-2012 02:29:04 | More by druptight
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says bottled on: MAR 20 2012

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly fading to an 1/8 inch of head with many small bubbles in a cluster. Sticky, intricate lacing.

S- Musty, herbal hop aroma with some malt holding things together. Notes of oak and a slight metallic smell.

T- The wood comes through a lot more in the taste bringing an astringent flavor to the table that hints at Band-aid and rubber. Alcohol is kept in check quite well as the bitterness ensues on the palate and lingers a good while. Toasty malt comes through here and there but is pretty much overwhelmed by the bitterness and oak.

M- Tight and tingly. Oily and slick, too. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Quite good, but I remember last year's being better. I think some age would do it good.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:43:59 | More by Immortale25
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-24-2012 18:23:56 | More by HamGlade10
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-24-2012 02:18:41 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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csustar001

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-23-2012 16:45:30 | More by csustar001
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JVan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-23-2012 14:03:50 | More by JVan
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drewone

California

2.8/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 04:58:19 | More by drewone
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-22-2012 19:48:25 | More by kevgod
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.