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15th Anniversary Wood Aged15th Anniversary Wood Aged

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a dark golden brown with a fluffy off-white head that produces a ton of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Oak/wood, hops, slight bitterness, some sweet malt in there as well. A lot more wood notes compared to hops/bitterness, which is different from other DIPAs.

T - Lots of woody oak smoked notes and not so much hops and bitterness. Not really sure I would have predicted this, even with the subtle hoppy aroma on the nose. Not really digging this too much.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, frothy. Good carbonation.

D - Not really digging this one. The oak/wood is too much for me to really get into. I would rather a oak/wood aged stout the a DIPA. Not even going to attempt to finish this one.

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Photo of northaustin
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. a clear darker colored amber that is close to brown with three fingers of head which disapperared fairly quickly and left a good amount of lacing.

smells like bourbon. straight up. just bourbon.

tastes like a smooth bourbon (at 10% its one fourth the alchohol content of the average bourbon). in the end it rounds off kind of harshly into a sweet malt taste, but this is after the strong kick of the wood aged bourbon flavor. no hop taste whatsoever which is very disappointing as it is billed as a double ipa.

mouthfeel is very good for what i was expecting. not too dry or too sticky. doesnt abolish your taste buds as the smell and initial flavor would suggest.

this is a strong beer. and i rarely use a term as vague as strong to describe a beer but theres just not much else here. flavor is pretty lacking. and is a big disappointment on the hop scale but oh well. this is definately a beer for someone trying to get a real nice buzz off a little bit of beer. the price was right and i feel a bit blessed to have gotten it while its around. but if i had the option i probably wouldnt buy this one again. just not my style

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Photo of Telix
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months ago.

A: A coppery red-brown. Quite clear, with a low head on the pour and moderate carbonation.

S: Somehow I neglected to mark aroma notes...

T: Syrupy, boozy, with sweet hoppy flavors. Boozy on the tongue, woody on the finish, and a weird "barrel" taste of wood and booze and a bitter finish.

M: Thick, smooth, normal, with a bitter snap on the finish.

D: Surprisingly mild, but big and boozy, too much to want to drink more than one. I remember not thinking this was very impressive.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery for $9. Bottle date is 06/19 so this is only a couple days old. Nice amber-orange color, sticky white head that laces my pint glass. The smell was that of wet wood, oak, wood, pencil shavings, just way too much wood, I couldn't pick out any other aroma save for a hint of vanilla. Thankfully the taste is a little more complex, flowery hops, perfume, vanilla, wood, sandalwood. I have yet to taste a wood or barrel-aged IPA that really works well, seems like the wood just overpowers the hops which in my mind should be the showcase of the beer.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On June 6th the Great Divide Brewing Company celebrated 15 years of business. To kick off the celebration they released their Wood Aged Double IPA, an intensified, oak aged version of their popular Denver Pale Ale. This pours a great copper color with a creamy white head. The pungent aromas of grapefruit from the hops and vanilla from the oak show a great intensity, however I felt the taste was a little lacking. At first taste the hops really show through, however as the beer warms the oak really starts to show with strong flavors of vanilla extract that make this double IPA almost sweet to the palate and takes away all the bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of mwa423
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler filled at party town.

A - solid head with an very clear dark amber color.

S - getting nothing at all for smell except for some earthy smell.

T - Lots of oak, subtle hop notes from the aging, this must have been a hop monster. There is also a good bit of toffee sweetness. Overall, I think thid would have been far more interesting fresh. While it is complex, I don't think it was worth the aging

M/D - Very very thick and rich but a spoiled hop aftertaste kills the drinkability. No strong alcohol which is impressive given the abv.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22 ounce bomber.

Poured in to a large snifter. Dark brown, mahogany color with one finger of frothy white head. Leaves a very nice lace down the entire glass. Easily one of the darkest colored DIPA I've seen.

The nose on this brew is difficult to pick up, due to the fact that it is mostly strong alcohol phenols up front. I guess that would be mainly attributed to the 10% ABV. However, I did also get the aroma of brown sugar, and a caramel malt backbone. No hop aroma to speak of? I figured there would be some type of hop presence in a beer listed as a Double India Pale Ale.

As far as the taste goes, the hops are definitely an afterthought in this brew. Strong alcohol (like I expected anything less from the nose) taste up front. Not as sweet as I was expecting, but definitely more sugary than I what would want in this style. Caramel malts, and hop flavors in the undertone.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, pretty smooth, and slightly carbonated.

Drinkability is low on this one I would say. 10% ABV that isn't disguised well. I would have pegged this one as a weaker barleywine, and not as a DIPA. Very unbecoming for the style.

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Photo of blakesell
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- As soon as I pop the bottle, thar she blows. A gusher, quick with the glass for the save, the beer is overactively foamy but it doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it. Ample white foam, an equal ratio to the pour. It clings and is impressively white. Beer itself is clear and amber colored.

Smell- Smells pretty nice, lots of hop character, American oak in there, smells to be a good balance. Almost a cracked black pepper smell in there that I actually find favorable as I sneeze away from the glass of course.

Taste- Well, all great things must come to an end. Now I'm tasting a decline and this is entirely subjective judging by me considering the previous reviews on this beer. It's not the freshness or being out of date, it's just that American oak and IPA's don't mix for me. The IPA flavor is intense and mouth coating which is great at first, then soon, almost immediately after the oak comes in and destroys what would otherwise be an enjoyable experience, scrubbing off every shard of that piny hop flavor that was there before. There are no off bacteria from the barrel, it's just the nature of the beast here and I'm sorry to say that I've never had an oaked IPA that really did it for me yet.

Mouthfeel- More of that overwhelming oak coating the tongue. Cloying, overdone, full bodied, highly carbonated, almost creamy from the barrel, not smooth, astringent.

Drinkability- I'll have a hard time finishing off this bottle and I'm afraid the rest may find it's way into the sink drain. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would call this blasphemy, but I've had that one too, and the oak is a bit overpowering on that one as well. Extreme beers have their place, and barrel aging the american IPA is not that place for my mouth.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A= pours with a huge head is the first thing I notice. Takes up half my glass and I dont concider it to be too vigerous of a pour. The color of the beer is a completely translucent amber color and the head is an off white cream sort of color but as I said the head was fricken huge. Decent retention and lacing is noticed.
S= just some hoppy sweetness is what I get. Upon a second more in dept smell I get a lot of green oak. Doesn't smell like any char or bourban just straight wood. A soft maltyness also comes in very caramelly.
T= there's the oak that I wanted. Lots of vanilla and a sort of toffee taste. The hops are there in the end but not as intense as any other DIPA really smooth even taste. Lots and lots of wood and caramel toffee malt. Actually sort of tastes like a good caramel. The hop bite is very minimal and only comes in toward the end and begining it touches your tongue. Really sort of asweet going further down my throat. Tastes like I ate something way too sweet and it is sort of stuck there. The initial taste isn't bad but the throatfeel is sort of icky. The taste isn't too cloying but the throat is.
M= super super soft and light. As mentioned above the throatfeel is gross though. Really smooth until the suprise. Also a little burn from alcohol down there.
D= pretty good except for this damn sticky gross feeling in my throat. The taste is great. Better than oak aged unearthly which is the only other oak aged ipa I've had. Really strange but it works in an odd way.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber bottle, which has the cap wrapped in black foil, into a standard pint.

The head is thick creamy white, clinging with a thick ring around the top, extending its little fingers up the glass, sliding down with each drink.

The color is incredible - brilliant amber-orange, with glints of ruby red.

Highly hopped to the nose, but with very obvious vanilla and woodiness as well. A notably "heavy" smelling beer, but not with as many "layers" as one might expect.

The first drink is a bit of a shock to the system, with the hoppy bitterness slapping the tongue around some, proving to also have an alcohol tinge to it. It settles around the tongue about as gently as a vice grip, forcing itself to take hold - the oakiness reminds me a bit of the bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. Strangely, it ends with distinctly caramel-like flavors, a nod to the malts buried under a hill of hops.

Pretty smooth cycling through the mouth, ending with a touch of stickiness.

For such a big beer, it really is easy to drink - though I'd suggest doing so slowly or with a friend at 10%.

A nice experiment given that it's a DIPA aged in oak barrels, but there's nothing necessarily groundbreaking here.

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Photo of Ego
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

have a few of these in the cellar, time to break one out and see what's what...

2 fingers of snowy white head, sticky sticky sticky, this one leaves a bread crumb trail all the way down leaving no doubt where it has been, ample carbonation keeps the head well fed, lovely microbubble sheets roll around, nicely done, this is one good lookin' brewski

citrus and wood... who would have guessed? your first instinct is hops but the wood is definitely toning it down and adding something, there is a mellow booziness throughout, old orange rind, the nose is interesting but I don't love it, the hop florals kind of smelling like termite wood.

taste etc...
strange.. the flavor is of ashen wood with some bitterness, it is exceptionally smooth mouth wise but the flavor is throwing me a bit, some dark honey notes, there is just something off I can't quite place my finger on, perhaps this sat too long (bottled 7/2009).

this has lost it's kick imo, without a more assertive hop profile this kind of tastes like soaked wood, too bad, the look and feel of the brew is excellent.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A-Deep amber with a nice about finger head that leaves a nice lace down the glass.

S-Pine and citrus notes with some underlying malt and alchol all notes are pretty defined and not one sticks out far abouve the rest

T&M-Here is where this one was lost on me its got good piney notes to begin with but they just fade away to a near indecticable middle and just an alcoholy burning finish. Body is pretty thin and near oily.

D-Not a terrible hard to drink beer if you like the flavor I could see someone drinking more than 1 in a sitting its not a real heavy beer.

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Photo of Travlr
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Michael & Jane, and Darrell at Pizzeria Paradiso. Clear deep orange amber with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma of orange peel and malt. Tastes of bourbon, and very strongly so. Lots of oak, very dry, and a nice bitter finish. Needs to tone down the bourbon, and it would be a great beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hopcat. Medium golden colour with off white head. Coconut taste from barreling, and very bitter near astringency in finish.A lot of hops, mouthfeel is medium in consistency. Aroma is malty. Wasn't crazy about this one.A sipper that was not greatly drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- Bottled 7-2-09, consumed 12-12-09.

A: Poured a hazy copper-penny with an impressive 3 finger plus size solid foam structure for a head. Retention was extraordinary while leaving huge, sticky splotches along the glass walls. Visible effervesce was composed of isolated-sparsely packed micro-bubbles rising at a moderate rate.

S: The nose was boozy with a heeping helping of whiskey laced oak, most notable of Evan Williams. Floral hop scents were noticeable upon opening with dried spruce and pine but were less so dominate and distinguishable in the glass being covered up by the dry whiskey booziness. Dry vanilla extract is faintly detected on the trail. Overall it is the oaked aged woodiness and dry booziness that stands out most here while the hops take a distant back seat.

T: The flavor is dry toasted grains accented by a dry booziness, again of Evan Williams. Dried floral hops and dried oaky and vanilla notes were also well represented. There is a spicy hop bite in the middle of the palate (goldings?) before moving onto a dry bitterness of citrus. The alcohol is softly noted but very warming on the finish along with warm toasty malt. Overall the flavor was dry toasted grains but much like the nose a dry booziness overshadows much of the hop offering.

M: medium body with a milky feel and texture along with an active carbonation turning to a fizzy creaminess on the hgold. A dry whiskey booziness ensures on the finish.

D: Average drinkability thou more boozy then hoppy making this a moderate sipper. A bit of aging might have helped here toning done the alcohol a bit and giving this a more rounder and softer character. A bomber is a bit on the high side by one's self, best shared with a friend. Moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of peabody
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out cloudy orange amber with two fingers of white suds. Lacing here.
Smell is citrus and leather. Caramel and sugar abound here.
Taste is caramel and orange peel.
Mouthfeel is dirty and doesn't like to vary.
This is a good beer. Due to it's 10% it might not be the best choice for session. However, I would think that one needs an out every once in a while. This is it.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split with my dad to celebrate 4th of July.

Poured a copper color with plenty of head. Only a little bit of lacing. Smells like vanilla, bourbon and hints of wood and hops. Taste mimics the smell - lots of sweet vanilla and alcoholic bourbon. They overpower the hoppiness of what should be in a Double IPA. Tough going down.

Overall, this beer needs a little time to mellow - does not resemble a double IPA and the taste is overpowered by vanilla and bourbon.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from tap into a 10oz glass

A: amber/reddish color. long-lasting off-white head that laces nicely. slightly hazy.

S: fairly hoppy aroma that sneaks in between the dominant oak aroma. there's no question this has been aged on oak. alcohol is also noticeable.

T: the oak character dominates the flavors. i get some sweetness, a little bit more hop bitterness, but the oak stands out and pretty much overpowers my palate.

MF: full bodied, low carbonation. alcohol warming is in affect.

Drinkability: not my favorite choice for a DIPA. the oak character was too much (or maybe too new) for me. it would be worth another shot after letting the bottle age and hopefully the malt and hop characters come out more.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a whim recently and decided tonight to crack it open...

Pours a very dark orangish brown... Quite murky with a very nice head... Thick and creamy... Looks pretty good...

The hops are very faded here and, while rather floral, don't jump out like they should... The oakiness of the barrel is present along with the sweetness of the malts and a dose of booze... Smells very barleywine to me...

Faded floral hops hit up front and bring in the barrel with the hints of oak and vanilla and earthiness... Rather sweet and a bit boozy in the finish...

Not a bad beer but I'm guessing that I should have got hold of this 6 months ago and it would have been a different animal...

A sipper for sure but not one I will get again..

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into Duvel Tulip glass, bottled on date of June 19th.

A: This beer pours such a beautiful deep amber, with a huge three finger head that is extremely creamy and very pillowy. Wonderfully sticky lacing as the head slowly diminishes, pillows of creamy head remain on top throughout glass. Excited to dive into this one!

S: Not too complicated in the nose and surprisingly muted, might be the oak that has brought down the aroma since that is the main smell, but I do get some faint hops, a light malt with a little vanilla and just a hint of orange peel.

T: Wow! Very woody...imagine that. Starts with a little sweet vanilla malt and is instantly hit with a huge flavor of oak. The hops come around at the very end and add a nice crisp finish that rounds out the flavor nicely. The alcohol is covered pretty well and you don't really taste the 10%. I think the wood overpowers this beer a little too much and it might be better after a little aging to help the flavors meld and to let the oak relax. Very complex and unique, but needs more hops and balance.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty much right on for this beer. Great carbonation, very smooth, and the head attributes a nice creaminess to the beer.

D: The heavy oak and 10%ABV make this beer a little too heavy and it is not super drinkable. But it is delicious to taste and the complexity keeps me going back for more. Overall this was a fun beer to try, but I really think it needs some age to make this beer truly great.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my favorite beers is Great Divide's Titan IPA, so I was excited to find the anniversary ale labeled a "double IPA."

As with the other reviewers I agree that this beer is more about malt and oak than hops! I didn't get a DIPA taste from this beer at all. Although there is definitely a hop bitterness there is something else I'm tasting that is kind of strange...is it the oak? I'm still drinking the beer and I still haven't figured out what that taste is!

The alcohol is pronounced and is almost reminiscent of a barley wine, not a DIPA.

I was a little disappointed that this beer wasn't an over-the-top hoppy DIPA like I expected from Great Divide.

Still...it was worth a try!

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Photo of naterock
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Dokel, deep coppery color with a thick rocky off white head. laces minimally down the glass.

Smell is overly alcoholic with a essence of a strange phenol character. a lot of woody notes with a slight vanilla nose.

An IPA? really? I would call this a wood aged APA. Not an over abundance of hops but a decent piney flavor with a decent vanilla to even it out. a bit of sweet and bitter at the same time. Changes greatly as it warms to bring out the more citrusy hops but this is minimal at best.

Mouth is oily and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is better when it warms and the alcohol presence diminishes.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks Justin for sharing this!

A- Pours a semi-hazy copper color. One and a half finger tan head dies down rather quickly. Light lacing at first turns into streaks as I drink the beer down.

S- There is a lot of caramel malts in this beer that burst in the front of the aroma. Some hops (both piney and citrus) come next in line. Some light vanilla and oak scream in the backend of this and take over the nose as a whole.

T- There is a light citrus punch from the hops in the front but gets pushed aside right away from the caramel malts. Some light vanilla in this that gets taken over by oak as the beer warms. Light bitter hop bite in the end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off I think for the style. Sweet malts left on the palate with some light hop in the aftertaste. Flavors were clean but not very crisp throughout the beer. Drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer was a good wood aged IPA. Not the best I've had (Hand of Doom anyone?) but not the worst. I think this could have been a little more hop forward and not so malty. Glad to have gotten the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was not a bad beer, by any means, but I think it does demonstrate that not every beer is improved by time on wood. Distinct, woody, caramel notes predominate. A bit syrupy sweet and, while well-hopped, they seemed to have faded a bit and did not balance the malt and sweetness as they should.

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Photo of GJ40
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled on 6/19/09.

This beer pours nicely with a deep amber color, great clarity and a big, bold head. It really looks great in the glass. The aroma includes oak, piney hops and caramel malts. It was like beiung in the forest. The flavor was a bit much for me. The oak just seemed to dominate everything rather than enhance it. The hops and malts just didn't have the chance to shine. The mouthfeel was very good though with a silky quality and a low carbonation. Maybe this one needs more time but with the oak that strong, I had a hard time getting through it.

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