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16th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.

Added by Mebuzzard on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 296 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Jdiddy
1.69/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Wow, I was expecting to love this beer. Turns out, the complete opposite was true. In fact, it was a drain pour for me. One of the most unbalanced beers I am yet to wet my lips with.
Color is great with a nice copper/amber color. That is where any redeeming quality of this beer stops. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Divide, love DIPA's and love wood aged beers, but this beer is a hot mess. Hops are completely hidden and it is just a mouthful of alcohol burn that kills this beer. Made it through 3 sips and that was all she wrote. Waste of $10.

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Photo of cpz28
1.86/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-This beer pours a deep golden amber color with a faint head. The appearance is nice and clear.

S-Very boring, really no hop presence. This is a double IPA, right? Almost no indication of wood aging in the nose, just a very dominant caramel smell.

T- Cheap, generic wood character is barely noticeable, but the wood character it has is like sucking on a popsicle stick, not the rich vanilla notes one would expect from oak aging. There is some very faint hoppiness in the flavor that is more earthy than piney. This beer is too sweet for a DIPA. The crystal malts are so apparent and really weigh this one down. It tastes like an IPA that is a year or two passed its prime.

M- This one is too heavy on the crystal malts for a DIPA. It isn't cloying, but it coats your mouth a little.

O- If you like double IPAs or oak aged IPAs, avoid this one; it's boring and soulless. The hops aren't there, and the wood is barely there (and what is there is lame). So, what makes it an oak aged double IPA? Though it hides its 10% well, it's hard to drink, especially if you were expecting an IIPA.

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Photo of PDXHops
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip. Pours out a copperish amber with some wispy foam on top that disappears quickly, leaving a scattered collar of bubbles. No lacing.

Deep inhalations uncover very little in the way of hop character, but reveal a rather strong boozy/sharp woody combo with a rich underlying toffee sweetness. Interesting, but where are the hops?

Ah, OK, there they are. There's a surprising level of bitterness, but it's in contrast with everything else going on here. The wood flavor is rather sharp, almost harsh tasting, with little of the buttery vanilla sweetness I'd expect from oak (although I don't really think sweet oak would be a super match for a DIPA, either). Plenty of toffee sweetness with a dash of lingering cough syrup and a hint of dinner mint. Really an odd beer. Perhaps some age would help the flavors come together.

Overall impression: Subpar as a DIPA, and frankly not much better as a strong ale or whatever a more appropriate style designation would be.

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Photo of mikey711
2.06/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Deep amber color with a modest sized head that holds well and leaves ok lace. not much rising carbonation, but very good clarity

S: Tons of wood, but it is mostly vanilla sweetness with some very earthy hoppiness and a ton of caramel malt in the backbone. I would really have expected more hoppiness from this one, but this is serious mal forward

T: Heavy sweetness that is primarily a mixture of caramel and vanilla. Almost no hoppiness except for some astringent pine and musty earth.

M: Cloying sweetness with very present fusol alcohol. Also the hops that are there just make this rough

D: This is a huge disappointment for me. I loved last years batch but this one tastes like it is months past its prime already yet it was bottled earlier this month. I understand that it would be a bit on the sweeter side because of the oak aging but othr such as burton baton, expo hoppiness, and super kitty do the same and still have a very present and enjoyable hoppinees to them.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$8.99 / ea.

A: Bright copper to orange body with a small tight head of limited retention. Very light lacing, and only a thin bubbly cover remain. Not very impressive.

S: Sweet caramel with just the slightest citrus hop character in the background. Noticeable vanilla and oak throughout. This DIPA is pretty weak in the hop department.

T: Very sweet caramel malt backbone with a hint of citrus and significant oak. Not bad, but it tastes more like an aged barleywine. Very mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but quickly vanishes. Well hidden alcohol.

M: Medium body and high carbonation. All things considered this one comes off pretty crisp. In my experience this is uncommon for the style. Interesting.

D: A bit cloying, and definitely potent. This isn't something I would sit down and drink for long. One is fine, but my mind quickly drifts to what will come next.

O: Pretty disappointing. I've had some great beers from Great Divide, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of rudzud
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep dark amber with a healthy white one finger head which slowly dissolved to leave nice lacing down the sides.

S - Seems almost muted. Expecting alot of something, but instead get alot of nothing. I know the age should hold back some of that great piney IPA aroma, but atleast leave me with some earth tones on the nose from the age! Instead of a nice strong pine resin (which I wasnt expecting) or a nice oaky aroma I get a weak combination of the two.

T - Really not picking up much of anything. Very faint citrus and oddly enough rather muted hops. Not sure what to make of this. Definately some oakyness on the tail end as well as some more pronounced hops.

M - Nothing spectacular. Infact, quite run of the mill. Light carbonation.

D - Not impressed. Just average. I'll give it an extra half a point at how nicely the 10% is masked but there are much, much better DIPA's on the market. Really just too mild/timid for me.

Looking at others reviews I'm not sure if I maybe just got a bad bottle or what. Really disappointed in this one. Going into this tasting I hadn't found a Great Divide I really didnt like, but I can't say that anymore. Won't be giving this one a second chance.

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Photo of bierguru
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A -
dark copper color mild carbonation head pours white stays well

S -
all the smells are really very mild in the sniff i get hops some sweetness

T -
mild hops light oak as well a vanilla

M -
medium body no mouth injuries

D -
not what i was expecting at all it was a let down

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another barrel aged DIPA? Gross, when will people learn.

The beer is copper and slightly hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is strong with this one. Lots of hops, pine and earth with OAK LOTS OF OAK.

Beer is overly oaked, medium bodied, mildly carbonated on the palate. The finish is so bitter and tannic, it's like a war is going on in my mouth and everyone is invited. The bitterness creeps forward on my palate, disrupting my normal day to day operations and my ability to enjoy beer. Not a good idea, not a smart move, not a good beer. Never again.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- pours a Orange Brown hue with a nice off white almost tannish head that has great retention.
S- Mild Scent but is sweet and citruy
T- Smooth beer, not bitter, little citrus flavor, mostly oaky and piney some later notes of honey... Low ABV so a Double IPA- no bite
M- Smooth and slightly syrupy
D- Ehhh- terrible Imperical IPA.. more like a regualr IPA.. dissappointing. Very dissappointing.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Perfectly see through lovely amber color. really nice poofy two finger white head that leaves very little lacing

S: Big punch of floral citrus like hops with a soapy vanilla background

T: Taste is pretty disappointing. Its really soapy hoppy and the oak doesn't do well for it. I dont get a good vanilla or wood from it. its more like what a vanilla scented soap shower bar would taste like.

M: leaves a super stickiness on my tounge and teeth and has a little to aggressive of head that blows up every sip

D: It was my last beer of the night and I decided I'd rather drive more sober than finish it. The soap taste made it difficult to enjoy. The alcohol heat from it was also a factor. No real drinkable balance with the beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very hazy dark copper with virtually no head.

Aroma is intense caramel with hints of toffee. Light apple fruit quality.

Taste is caramel malt and tobacco. Very unusual. Then a dry woody character takes over with a generous bourbon character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Really, this is a bourbon malt bomb. Where is the hops? The beer is fine for what it is, but it's not a DIPA.

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Photo of bashiba
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep hazy orange with a light very thin off white head.

The smell is very strange, sweet and alcohol, but there is something else I'm really struggling to even describe here, almost a big sweet medicinal rye bread quality.

The flavor is sweet and coppery. Has a long earthy and herbal sweet flavor, not real hoppy at this point, and not very barrely.

the mouthfeel is thick and oily and a bit hot.

Not very good, it is dated for this style, but this is a flat out strange tasting beer.

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Photo of mcallister
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a nice two finger yellow colored head.

Nose is slightly fruity with an odd off aroma i've smelled in beers before maybe just even the type of malt? Hints of caramel, toffee, some dried fruits.

Taste is pretty much the same. A easy drinker but lacking complexity. Oak is very laid back that same" off" character is there. Hops are earthy and honestly pretty lost. One thing going for it is its pretty creamy.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Orange-amber body with an off white head resting on top. Lacing runs down the side of the glass.

S - Sweet smelling vanilla hints with a citrus aroma as well. Not all that aromatic.

T - Sweet vanilla/oak notes up front with a bit of a lingering hoppy bite toward the end. Huge malt backbone actually overpowers the hops, the wood-aging may have also taken a bite from the hops. The more it warms the sweeter it gets. Honestly as this has warmed it has become slightly undrinkable due to the sweetness

M - medium bodied with a a good amount of carbonation. A slightly sticky mouthfeel as well.

D - pretty drinkable but overall a bit too sweet. I really wish the hops stood out a bit more in this especially considering the style. I'm glad I tried this one but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of kk73
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a clear, rich, deep amber color. With a one finger off white head. With some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt, with some earthy and woody notes. Not getting much hops here.

T - Boy not what I was hoping for. Tons and tons of malt and not much in the way of hops. Pretty much a letdown on this one. Really sweet and malty, with some buttery oak.

M - Smooth and fairly light bodied with a dry finish.

D - This again was a big letdown. I was really looking foward to enjoying this one. But if your a hophead than this may not be the beer for you. Would not drink this again.

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Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of champ103
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. As the rocky foam gently recedes some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Resiny pine up front, soapy hops, and sweet toffee. Soap takes over a little to much for me. Odd mold wood lingers. Plenty of alcohol.
T: Resiny pine and sweet toffee again. Burnt and moldy wood with a lingering bitterness. Odd and not a lot here.
M/D: A medium body that is almost under carbonated. A little thin. Not hard to drink, the alcohol is noticeable, but it does not overpower. Though the bomber is a little hard to drink by yourself.

I am not that impressed with this. I have not had that many wood/barrel aged DIPA's. Though they have never been all that great. This is no exception. More style than substance, and just an odd mesh of flavors for me. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of rwf08
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a NB tulip.

A: Nice thick two finger head. Dark southern style sweet tea appearance in color. Not sure if a DIPA is supposed to be this dark but it is very appealing none the less.

S: Sweet malt, earth, floral. Very comforting.

T: Kind of hot really. Other than that I get some sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla. Hops are pungent, earthy, musty and floral. A good balance is being struck here but just seems hot to me.

M: Kind of silky on the tongue. Thin body over all with a dry finish.

D: This is an okay beer. I'm not too crazy about it since I feel some of the flavors become muddled together. At $10 a pop this will be my last GD 16th.

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Photo of Stigs
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with two fingers of insanely creamy, slightly off-white colored foam, leaving thick webbed lacing behind as it slowly retreats. the beer is mostly clear, light amber in color.

S - very sweet...rich caramel, honeyed biscuit, and toffee malts, kissed by a thin veil of earthy hops.

T - rich biscuity malts, splashes of sweet honey, oak, and caramel. hops chime in with a flash of wet grass and pine.

M - very creamy and thick bodied...very subtle carbonation. a bit flat, though oddly works well with the somewhat overwhelming sweet flavors.

D - not sure what to think of this one. more like an imperial amber spiked with wet hops than anything else. i will probably never understand wood-aged IPA's, nor do i want to.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler into a pint glass over some time, on-tap also at a bar.

Sixteen pours a ruddy red leaning toward dark orange with a off tan head about an inch up. Swirls keep it going and some squiggly lines cling on the glass.

Smells of fresh pine sap and oakiness under a huge malt scent. There is a lot of malt, no doubt. Getting a toasted quality along with some nuts, almonds, grain and a seepage of alcohol.

Comes off slightly hoppy within the taste without all the bitterness on the mouth. A semi pined with minimal tropic fruit hop bill. It's outweighed by malt and oak (chips). Vanilla, coconut, almonds, wood, this beer is quite weird and is more like a strong ale.

Just a slight bitterness to this, there is a small scorch to the tounge, a splash of alcohol. Medium bodied, highly carbed boozy.

A miss for me, 16 just does not cut the mustard for what's billed as a DIPA, it's different and all, but it's just not for me. A pint of this was plenty for me, in fact that's a bit to much as well. I think the wood kills this one.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and burnt orange color with a thin layer of frothy, oil glazed head. The beer is quite effervescent, with plenty of chunks of sediment resting in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Candied and caramel malt shine through right away. A bit of alcohol heat sits with some grass and pine hops along with a touch of oak and vanilla.

Taste: More sweet candied and caramel malt. A bit of pine and grass come through from the hops, as well vanilla and oak. There's just a bit of citrus at the end, along with a dry finish. I find that the hops are lacking, there's not a nice citrus edge, and even the earthy hops are bit masked by the heavy malt.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was spot on right after cracking the bottle open. Full bodied, each sip leaves a nice oily coating on the teeth and gums.

Drinkability: Not a beer to have two of in an evening, at least for me. I don't know that I'd classify the beer as quintessential. This was an enjoyable beer, but I had hoped it would be loaded with more citrus hops. It was a naive belief though, as I know Great Divide likes to have high malt IPA's, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is oaky with a bit of piney hops along with a hint of booze. Taste is not nice. Its first hoppy, but then the oak turns the flavor bitter and not a good bitter. Its almost like the oak turned the hops bad. Instead of a nice juicy hop flavor its a flavor that seems past due. Its too bad because everything else I have had from Great Divide has been great. The bitterness does mellow out a little as it warms, but the flavors still seems off. The oak and booze become more prevalent as it warms and you really begin to notice the 10% ABV.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a copper/dark amber color with a mild off-white head.

S: The nose is sweet, caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and some oak notes.

T: Pretty much the same flavors as you might guess from the nose. Sweet malts and sugar flavors, but there is a bit of a solvent flavor that is off-putting.

M: The body is pretty average, medium, we'll call it. The carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Again, what is with the oak aging IPAs? This has almost no IPA character left to it and is more of a sweet strong ale/barleywine.

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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