1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

385 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 385
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 113 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of remitrom
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of roodie
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mishtif
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Nobcefus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Brob245
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ebrifan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a sour presence in the flavor that is unexpected for the style but fairly drinkable as is.

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top and pour a brew of the deepest ruby-brushed copper coloring. It puts up an easily reproducible two finger head of caramel colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Geographic lacing is left around the glass as it slowly bubbles away, leaving a large aggregate of soapy bubbles to one side of the glass. Haze is thick, and large chunks of sediment are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is your typical malt bombed-DIPA, much thanks to the year of age we put on it, no doubt. The grain that comes in is thick, syrupy, and richly sweet, with toffees, caramels, light browns, and rich and metallic pales all coming through. Filling the gaps are notes of grassy and bitterly soapy hops, fusel booze, vanilla extract, chemically phenols, pencil eraser, Styrofoam airs, buttercream frosting sweetness, browned apples, rice starchiness, and warmed mossy woodiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring follows the nose as you would expect, but the oak chips come out very, very strongly, and dry the palate to the bone. As we sip, the taste opens with goose bump-inducing booziness, rich caramel and roasted toffee maltiness, massive metallic yeastiness, earthy dirtiness, soft vanillas, mixing sweetness of browned apples, and bittered, filthy herbal hoppiness. Rushing to the peak are mustard greens, biting plastics, bittered oak, continued fusels, puckering soapy hops, and more depth and bitterness of malts through dried straw bite, raw toasted barley, and salty pales. The end washes with light banana ester sweetness, vegetal sushi nori, nickel, chalked yeastiness, raw honeycomb, inky newspaper, warmed brown breadiness, caramel wash, moldy oak chips, green resin sappiness, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes of huge oaky bite, moss, dust and cobwebs, ocean water, vegetal metallics, soured lemon rind, magic marker phenols, steel, black tea tannins, peppery booziness, and dying echoes of herbal hops. The body is thick and full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with decent finishing pop and light stickiness to the corners of the lips. The mouth is left a bit warmed, two be quickly puckered and dried with booze and heavy woodiness, mopping up all available moisture. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks on the slower side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its look, and the stark presence of the wood throughout the flavoring. As confirmed by both our sniffers and our first impression, this one is a malt bomb. Again, this can be partially explained by the age we ourselves put on it, but the malt bill is huge regardless, with rich and toasty caramels really revving up that Denver Pale Ale base to a whole new level. The hops are sadly diminished at this point, but the sheer woodiness of the thing will make you soon forget this discrepancy. This adds not only to the flavoring, with warmth, earthiness, vanillas, and depth, but contributes significantly to the mouthfeel, keeping things dry and astringently puckered. In the end, this beer falls in line with what we’ve come to expect from Great Divide’s anniversary series, and will certainly leave you thinking on a lazy night.

Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev +3.1%

18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.