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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

376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
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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therope

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-16-2012 01:46:16 | More by therope
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-15-2012 13:55:35 | More by ohtheguilt
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nas4atu

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-15-2012 00:51:29 | More by nas4atu
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djaeon

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-14-2012 20:55:51 | More by djaeon
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xavier390

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-14-2012 20:54:29 | More by xavier390
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-14-2012 17:37:13 | More by UltimateLivewire
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PthPndr

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-13-2012 22:35:12 | More by PthPndr
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mrelizabeth

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a few bottles from Bottlecraft in San Diego. Incredibly well priced ($8) for an anniversary ale.

a- attractive dark red/amber, cream head. Looks great in a glass.

s- very inviting. hops jump out with a touch of caramel sweetness. one of those beers that really sets you up for its flavor.

t- wonderful. good hops balance, some malty sweetness (caramel/barley), with a great vanilla edge at the end. by the bottom of the bottle, the vanilla was really kicking in for me.

m- easy to drink, no hint of alcohol (great job with that) a tiny bit of softness from the oak.

o- i love red ipa's, and i love barleywines. this one seems to bridge that gap very well. i am curious about how long they age this beer- the hops still taste incredibly fresh, but there is a complexity that belies a youthful beer. love almost everything great divide brews- this one is one of their best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:41:16 | More by mrelizabeth
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leodarko

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-13-2012 13:59:56 | More by leodarko
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-13-2012 05:20:40 | More by Abe_Froman
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cdawg11

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.9%

04-12-2012 07:08:32 | More by cdawg11
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alk3kenny

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:40:10 | More by alk3kenny
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a rough deep bronze that is almost amber in color as you look towards the middle of the body.

S: A very low aroma for a double ipa, yet the pine and grass hops outweigh the deep malt profile

T: Holy crap, i have never tasted anything  like this beer. This IPA is unique, complex and brilliant. The grass hop flavor comes through smoothly as a significant oak character shines through hinting towards mellow vanilla and tasty earth (not sure how to put it into words) from the oak chips

M: Zero heat from the alcohol, and easy as hell to drink due to the dry body

O: I absolutely love this beer. It has brought about a new experience for my thoughts on craft beer. Complex, gentle, flavorful and freaking awesome. 

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:33:47 | More by PatrickSwayze
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber, dark tan head nice lacing overall the appearance.

Smell: hoppy of course, with a nice floral aroma, a nice oak smell completes and nearly covers up the Alcohol.

Taste: malt sweetness, vanilla, a touch of heat from the alcohol, oaky, a nice punch of hops citrusy, its a complex brew.

Mouthfeel: sappy sweetness, oak spice, vanilla, a touch of heat, and a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall: Its a nice DIPA the oak covers up some of the alcohol heat I'm really enjoying the new experiments brewers are doing with aging different styles of beer in oak, and this is a good example.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:48:48 | More by isaiahcutright
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Clear amber-copper, sticky rings of lace ring the glass. Straddling the line between DIPA and Barleywine. Pine and resin tempered by rich caramel malt. Dry and clean enough that it barely falls on the DIPA side of things. Oak adds a subtle vanilla and wood note on the finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 23:58:02 | More by bump8628
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 17:47:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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RDW

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-09-2012 02:55:49 | More by RDW
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 23:27:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-07-2012 18:50:21 | More by Lantern
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

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

Poured from a dated 22oz bottle into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with a clear amber body under a compact finger of white head that laces everywhere and retains well.

A soft hop-packed citrus nose is evident. There is a touch of more creamy hop aromas including a bit of vanilla, and this gives the whole nose a softer quality. Pineapple and grapefruit are both present. Smells wonderful.

Big hops and big malts go head to head in the flavor. This battle happens against a backdrop of slightly spicy wood notes and a more tannic feel than the average IPA. I was expecting more vanilla in the flavor, but right now I don't taste much. Possibly as this warms and opens up.

Carbonation is strong but not over the top, although I would prefer it be lower. The mouthfeel is big, and I think there is some added astringency and a tighter feel from the wood.

Conclusion: As with most Great Divide, this beer is big and full flavored. It doesn't quite behave, which makes it a bit more brash than the typical DIPA. I like this quality, and I like the way the oak livens up the already big flavors. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:14:37 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Kirby


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2012 15:10:33 | More by Kirby
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: As expected, this beer had an extremely hoppy aroma, along with some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (no surprise there), citrus (grapefruit, lemon), vanilla, malt, resin, and the advertised oak. The oak aging, as it does in some cases, doesn't take the edge off the flavor. This is a complex, flavorful beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a big beer that's surprisingly easy to drink and easy to like.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 13:08:43 | More by avalon07
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-03-2012 00:06:35 | More by BrewtalAlement
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 21, poured to pint March 30. The beer arrives crystal clear and a rich ruby color with a nice 2 finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a pleasant mix of oak and citrus hop character with an underlying caramel malt. The hops aren't as dominant as you'd expect from a DIPA, though it is nice, the oak blends well. The flavor builds upon the character let on by the nose. The beer starts with a caramel malt sweetness upon which the oak and hop character builds, medium bitterness. Hints of vanilla and even a bit of roast. Very well balanced and inviting, especially for a DIPA. Finishes with a lingering malty sweet oak hop flavor. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not typically a fan of barrel aged IPAs but this is very good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 14:29:20 | More by hopfacebrew
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keenanite21

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-30-2012 21:31:23 | More by keenanite21
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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