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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

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 3/20/2012.

Appearance: deep, rich orange with a nice effervescence and two fingers of frothy tan head with an orange cast. Nice.

Smell: floral, citrusy, fruity hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. The former help balance out the latter, but the malt character isn't really my favorite. The hops really are quite nice, though.

Taste: strong all-around and a bit on the rough side. Hops are citrusy but a bit muddled, alcohol is strong and bitterness is raspy in the middle but smooth at the end. Flavors are not bad, but could be cleaner and a bit smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a somewhat low carbonation. With this body I'd expect more creaminess. Still, it's decent.

Overall: this is an OK DIPA, but frankly, I don't love it.

Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark red-orange with one finger thick dense, creamy off-white colored foam. Settles slowly leaving a few thick rings on the glass. Smell: loads of caramelized sugars with vanilla, whiff of booze and citrus - orange / tangerine. Oak is there upfront but lessens as it settles. Taste: acidic pineapple + milk caramel, vanilla, slightly earthy. Orange and stone fruit (dried plum?) notes. A bit vinous towards the end, drying with tannin bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy but with that almost-overpowering finish. Better than decent, but, for me, this series might have run it's course. Maybe change it up for the 19th? Or just call it a barleywine to laugh at our reaction?

Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Beergelden
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled March 20, 2012.

Reddish brown, with a dense cap a few fingers in height of cream colour. Solid retention and lacing. Oak and vanilla notes are prominent, a bit of butterscotch, some citrus and pine are mildly present in the background. Taste has a continued generous amount of oak and woody vanilla character, citrus and orange but more hop bitterness to contrast a fairly big sweetness from the malt. Some apple as well. Oaky sweetness well into the finish, surprisingly not alot of alcohol. Medium full feel, and low-ish carbonation. Not a big fan of oaked DIPAs, but this wasn't half bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Not my favorite style, but this is actually pretty good. One would even say Doom-esque. Reminds me of an American Barleywine, heavy on the tea notes with a super oak dry finish. Some carmel, a little vanilla and a hint of tropical fruit hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.