18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
06-09-2013 02:40:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-01-2013 01:13:16 | More by TheBrewo
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.