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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

381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
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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Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated March 21st, 2012. A little over a month old.

A: A very dark amber, almost ruby red pour. Clear with a good sized off-white head. Head fades slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty subtle aroma. Mainly of oak. Mild caramel. Hints of citrus and pine and resin but mostly overpowered.

T: Again, quite oaky up front. Big resin and pine hops (or is it just resin from the oak?), with just a bit of citrus. Strong caramel malt is present throughout as well. Drying oak and resin flavors in the finish and aftertaste. Once it warms the oak is even more prominent, it's like drinking wood (insert joke here).

M: Almost syrupy. Especially once it warms. A bit much for a DIPA.

O: A decent beer. The oak overpowers everything so it really loses a lot of IPA character. It becomes a thick oak and caramel syrup. Like an oak aged barleywine. Not bad but hardly your typical DIPA.

Dope, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of rpjordan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

rpjordan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A: Golden color with just a bit of haze. Half-finger head.

S: Grassy & spicy on the nose. Hop aroma is certainly diminished with the wood-aging.

T: Spicy, hoppy, almost an onion flavor? The oak aging comes through in spades. Alcohol presence is hidden but still there at the end.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation.

O: This just didn't do it for me. I'm glad I tried it once, but there won't be a second time. The flavor that I can only describe as onion-like was off-putting. Not sure if that was from the oak or what, but I was disappointed.

macrosmatic, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jlove5
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jlove5, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one on a whim; first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to grab a fresh anniversary ale, so I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, a wood-aged IPA sounds great right now. Cheers!

Brewed less than a month before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: MAR 21 2012”). Wooo!

A: What an absolutely great-looking brew. To start, the body is an amber-ruby, shining translucently in the dullest light; gorgeous. The head is not as intense, appearing as a moderately-dense eggshell white that only gets to an inch or so in height – still, retention stays at about half that, though with that same lightness. Light pockets of white surround the glass in a web of lacing.

S: Starting with some resiny hops and alcohol spice, this nose is reminiscent of chili powder, fusel alcohol, pine needles, and an almost oniony heat. It reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, but less intense; in fact, the whole thing is milder than expected. The malts, for instance, are roasty – getting a burst of toast and smoke every once in a while – but the main idea here are gentle caramel cream, cherry syrup, cake batter, and pumpkin pie aromas. The wood aging is tough to pick out, but there is a slight flavor to the whole thing that reminds me more of balsa wood or pine than oak. Quite smooth, though light for a DIPA.

T: Wood aging takes this palate by storm – love it – rounding out every flavor that ensues with a vanilla, smoke, and oak. This is what I really wanted from a wood-aged IPA. Some thick malt tastes, soon after: prune, cocoa powder, red velvet cake, lightly toasted barley, and buttered toast, combining in a much more unique way than I’ve tasted from a DIPA. Hops, though, are just as hot and peppery as the nose suggested, leading the subsequent bitter brigade of pine sap, lemon juice, and a near-saltiness. Loads of Dr. Pepper flavor, with some cherry in the background; just bitter enough to keep from being too syrupy. The aftertaste is salted caramel and cashew nuttiness, with a short, piney dryness over the very end.

M: Pretty damn thick – cream mixed with just a light champagne effervescence. It’s not as hot as the palate‘s hops demand, but the alcohol heat is certainly there. Actually, if it went further with the heat, it would probably infringe on the depth of the wood aging, so I’m glad it’s contained

O: Great Divide impresses again; I could definitely see myself drinking this again. The aging comes through beautifully, giving this one a drinkable, complex character. Happy anniversary, guys! Here’s to 18 more.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of therope
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

therope, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ohtheguilt, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of nas4atu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

nas4atu, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djaeon, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of xavier390
4/5  rDev +2.8%

xavier390, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

PthPndr, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
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.

mrelizabeth, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of leodarko
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

leodarko, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Abe_Froman, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of cdawg11
3/5  rDev -22.9%

cdawg11, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of alk3kenny
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.

alk3kenny, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
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. 

PatrickSwayze, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of isaiahcutright
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.

isaiahcutright, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bump8628
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.

bump8628, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

RDW, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Lantern, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
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.

allforbetterbeer, Apr 05, 2012
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.