16th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged16th Anniversary Wood Aged

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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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head with big bubbles. The head was short-lived and left little lacing.

S - It smelled of oak, vanilla and citrusy hops.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Nice bitter hop bite is clearly mellowed by the wood aging.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Another great one from Great Divide. An aged brew with a perfect balance.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Fades to a thinner layer leaving some sticky lace. Color is a bright orange hued gold.

Aroma: Some orange and grapefruit citrus up front. A decent amount of malt shows. A grassy/floral hop profile. Then some oak and vanilla show.

Taste: A big amount of oak shows up front with lots of malt. Vanilla and some spices show. Caramel and bready malts. Floral hop profile. Some citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. A fuller body for the style. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of oak flavors.

Overall, this is one of the better oak aged ipas I have had. It does show malts, but has a big enough hop profile to back it up. The oak is very dominate in this beer as well and reminds me a bit of cedar. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white head that is resting on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles relatively quickly but leaves thick lace.

S - A moderate aroma of spicy, pine hops with a resinous character that blends well with the sweet malt in the background. Notes of pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of oak.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with a light roasted character that quickly transitions into bitter, pine flavored hops. Some woody, toasted oak character appears in the middle and blends into the resinous hops while a note of red apple yeast and toasty caramel malt keeps the bitterness in check. Finishes with a boozy, increasingly barley-wine like sweetness that is balanced by hefty bitterness and moderate hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, and blue veined cheese. Lingering flavors of dry caramel and rummy alcohol with a hint of cigar tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish for such a strong beer.

D - I must say, I was a bit surprised by how subtle the oak character was in this beer. I remember the 15th anniversary oak aged DIPA being quite woody and I expected the same from this. At first I was a bit disappointed by the lack of obvious wood, but as I got further into the beer I could see how the oak was playing with the caramel malt and the hops even though it didn't impart strong vanilla character. This is one of those darker, malty DIPAs that begins to edge into American barleywine territory as the intense caramel and toffee malt alters the character of the hops and brings out some notes of washed rind cheese and tobacco. There is a nice depth to the finish with some lingering and evolving hop and malt character, though I have had more complex barleywines and old ales. In the end, I enjoyed this somewhat unusual brew and I think it is an appropriate effort for a special occasion such as the anniversary that inspired it.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep amber with sticky one finger slight off white head,aromas were a bit one sided in the vanilla oak department,slight smoke,and the herbal hops to show their qualities underneath the oak.The hops shine thru more on the palate in my opinion,a mix of vanilla tinged oak chips,and big herbal hops go pretty much even with each other,the alcohol sweetness keeps it from being really highly drinkable but the flavors are pretty complex,and well defined.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's 16th pours a clear deep copper body with orange and chestnut accents beneath a frothy head of khaki. The head slowly falls in upon itself, dropping from a full two fingers thick down to just barely one around the edges with a clearing in the center. It leaves solid curtains of lacing about the glass, however, and with each sip there's another ring added.

The aroma is clearly woody, offering notes of dry oak and vanilla over its sweetish, golden caramel maltiness. I find it welcoming, intriguing, and somehow almost comforting. Oddly, it's not very hoppy... the label did say double IPA, right? There are some hops present, but they don't seem to come forward; perhaps they can't compete with the vanilla and oak and malt. And I actually prefer it that way, but the double IPA tag threw me off. Maybe it would be better termed an English-style Double IPA; or perhaps a Double Pale Ale. Regardless, it's certainly wonderful.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth, displaying a medium-full body and delicate, moderate carbonation. Beautiful.

The flavor offers a brilliant combination of gently caramelish malt that's accentuated by the vanilla, making it appear even sweeter than it actually is. (And all of that vanilla is just from the oak chips)? Drying oak appears, and the hops chime in: leafy, gently grassy, and floral. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes quite drying, at least in part due to the alcohol as there's a bit of spiciness, but also in part due to the oak. Some sweet malt flitters about at first, but eventually erodes leaving the palate bone-dry. It's really well-rounded and balanced from its start to finish, ascending and then descending in a perfect arc. Quite nice!

As to drinkability, for a beer of 10% alc./vol. I find it quite stunning. It's sweetish, complex, and then completely dry without being overly bitter. Initially you find malt and wood, but in the end you find hops. Remarkable. I think this would be a great holiday beer, either with a turkey dinner or just relaxing in front of the fire. I'll need to find more of this.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper amber, topped with a thick finger of rich off-white head. Very creamy looking retention on this, with a ton of rich and frothy lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of woodiness going on with it, which melds with the floral, herbal, and somewhat spicy flavors of the hops. There is also some definite vanilla present, which in turn works with the deep toasted graininess of the malts. A slight whiff of alcohol cuts under the flavors a bit.

The taste is VERY grainy feeling to me underneath the profile and seems to almost overpower the earthy and spicy character of the hops. Some sweeter vanilla once again works itself into the equation but doesn't seem as prevalent as it was in the nose. This finishes with some moderate tannic dryness that parches the palate a bit. The mouthfeel is medium to a bit fuller bodied, with a softer and mellower creaminess to it. This feels like it could have used a bit more crispness to the body overall though. Wow, I had no idea this was 10%! I didn't pick up much in the way of alcohol flavors but this definitely has a heft to it that makes you take your time with it.

This was decent. The flavors were pretty spot on for the most part but that mix of deep grains, wood, and the high ABV really made this a bit tough to put down at times. I split this bottle two ways and probably could have gone three ways with it. It was worth checking out though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for this one!

A: Pours a dark orange color, small head formed but dissipated quickly down to some bubbles on the top. Good amount of carbonation, looks to be on the thicker side. Small floating chunks as well.

S: Light citrus aroma, some biscuit malts, and definitely some wood and vanilla.

T: Very nice caramel flavor. Very woody, the vanilla from the wood comes through nicely. A little bit of citrus fruit - grapefruit, but the malty side comes through.

M/D: Medium to full bodied and a bit syrupy. A little thick for my liking, but the flavors from the wood are really nice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebel's in Wichita...

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Herbal & woody hops, breadyness, plus caramel as this warms, some pineyness too

T: Much breadyness, some toffee, lemony & woody hops up front, Dryness & caramel come to the front as this warms, woody hops & general oaky notes, overdone a bit; faintly astrigent, plus some peaty notes too. Finishes sweet, slightly smokey with caramel & a touch of pineyness showing up too late to help the cause

MF: Medium bodied/chewy, low carbonation & fairly good balance

Drinks alright, but the oakyness is holding this back a bit IMO. Liked last year's offering better, Might grab a bottle just to see how this ages. The hops are just not showing off enough for me

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another new on on tap at barleys last night, i was very happy to see it as i did not want to buy a bottle before i could try it first, serve cold and poured into a pint glass, consume on 08/15/2010.

the pour was nice with a earth dark amber and a small white cap of a head that just hung around for a little while to be able to let you get some good lacing.

lots of oak in the aroma, but too light for my tastes. light vanilla, earthy hops, but almost no ipa presence left in this beer. light feel which was well carbonated gives way to a nice an light oak flavor. hints of vinous hops, lots of oak and a touch of vanilla make up the main boy of this one, but again nothing terribly overwheling about it at all. smooth finish but does not linger long at all.

overall i was underwhelmed by this one and was expecting a lot more out of it to be honest.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with moderate carbonation evident and 2 inches of off white head.

s - Smells of oak, caramel malts, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes heavy of oak. Also tastes of toasted and caramel malts, and maybe a tiny bit of citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A decent beer but couldn't believe it was a DIPA. The wood must have faded the hops a lot. All I got was a lot of wood and malts. Glad I tried it and it was decent, but not what I picture in a DIPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

I've seen bottles o' this around lately, but have never been able to pull the trigger. No matter, thanks to the folks down at the CK. It pours a clear reddish-amber topped by a half-finger of glowing ecru foam. The nose comprises orange peel, some florals, chocolate powder, oak, and caramel. The taste holds some strong citrus rind and pine notes, along with some oak, caramel, and toasted wheat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation (that aspires to full active status) and a crisp, dry finish. A very nice wood-aged IPA, one of the better I've yet had, but not exactly the most drinkable of the group.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, capped and silver foiled, $10.99 @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (6-2-10) hard to read but on the label.
A- Clear, darker amber. The head stays forever at about 1/4 inch, the resulting blotchy film is fine and luxurious. Leaves nice looking fine, scattered lacing.
S- Herbal hops and wood
T- Hopbombalicious, resiny, piny, minty, yummy hop goodness. Not too sweet, caramel malts riding along the underbelly. Densely flavorful, thoroughly west coast (alright Colorado) in style, wood under tones also picked up.
M- Coating and smooth on the tongue
D- Thoroughly enjoyable stuff

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Ale Aged on Oak Chips 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA India Pale Ale..."Quintessential" "Commemorative"...I don't get this practice of tossing out two words that may or may not comprise preeminent qualities of the beer. They don't often go together, or make sense. In this case, yes, it's a commemorative beer, but how the heck is it "quintessential"?An oak aged IPA is somehow "quintessential"?


Clear, amber-hued, large and puffy head, long lasting. Looks good.

Aroma: light citrus notes, herbs & spice, earthy nice, if rather nondescript. Has the feel of an English IPA.

Tasting it...nice ipa, good and hoppy, oak? ...subtle...hardly noticeable...I'm drinking and drinking, and sipping and slipping it down, and searching for something interesting to say, but ..still waiting...okay, I taste some oak hovering over the hops, but...can't really say it's an especially memorable double IPA underneath that oaky smog.

A touch of vanilla? Sure..a little chocolate. Then there's that mess of a hop non-profile. This makes no impression and is utterly unspectacular.
Huh. Yeah. Nope. No way.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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 LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear red amber, slight head, no lacing. Wood and hop aroma. Pleasant medium bodied oaked IPA with moderate hops. Hoppy middle with a somewhat astringent finish. Not a hop forward IPA. Oak is nice, but not very complex. An enjoyable oaked IPA, but not that remarkable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 1 finger head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: vanilla, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with some caramel, softer grapefruit and pine tones, strong vanilla, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate, and alcohol provides some warming.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start but smoother at the finish. A bit of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer. Flavorwise is was interesting but didn't overly impress. One was enough for the session.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at their anniversary party. Rain got on my notes, but not too badly:

Light chestnut color on the pour, clean and bright. Head starts off nice and soft, fades rather quickly. Would like to see more 'rocks'.
Wood aroma, oak. Soft hints of vanilla. Boozey a bit. Hops come and go. More earthy than citrus. Pine? hard to tell with the wood age.
Malt is overwhelmed here. The booze, wood and hops beat it with a whip. These flavors blend well, and give the over all beer a good kick. Hard to distinguish them, though. Tough to drink. Food pairing would be difficult.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1/10/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of off-white head. Filtered.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone. No signs of wood aging in the nose.

T - Bitter hops dominate the palate with some citrus and earthy/grassy notes. Some oak flavours are present as well. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body, chewy, oily. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold pale malt scent along with plenty of hop bitterness and a nice subtle wood aroma. The hop aroma is well recieved and is complimented by the wood character. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a very nice hop character. It well balanced and not overly bitter. The wood aging adds a subtle vanilla feel and well as a dry finish filled with tannins. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty DIPA. It stays within it's self and doesn't go off in any one direction too much.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt, oak and citrus hops. The flavor is very heavy on the oak, with some caramel malt, citrus hops and pine hops. There is also some spiciness in the flavor. I had this beer last year and I don't remember it being near as oaky as this version. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good, but I wish the oak was toned down a little bit so that the other aspects of the beer could come through better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed amber in color with a good sized head and lace stickage. Smell is piney, sweet, dank and caramel. Mellow oh so smooth and fruity. Light citrus, some pine and residual bitterness. Cedar woodyness and hop flavor pokes through at times. Great beer, but a sipper for sure.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 John_M
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is really sweet and malty, with almost a brown sugar aroma. In a DIPA, I confess that's not what I'm looking for. Fortunately, this beer tastes better then it smells, though it's still a bit more sweet and malty then I ever want to see in a DIPA. Nevertheless, there is considerable vanilla, brown sugar and candy corn, which helps to balance (somewhat) the considerable hoppy bitterness one gets on the finish. While not hot on the finish, the viscuous mouthfeel and considerable weight to this beer tip you off that there is some serious alcohol in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, smooth finish. Drinkability is not this beer's best feature, as the sweetness and noticeable alcohol wear you out after a bit.

I confess I'm not a big fan of aging IPA's in wood, and this beer is a perfect example why. The hoppy bitterness is muted and subdued by the barrel aging, leading to an overly sweet, overly heavy DIPA. An interesting beer, but really can't imagine drinking a whole lot of this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, happy to find a bottle hiding at the bottom shelf of Total Wine Glendale,

A: Pours a medium amber with a long lasting white head, some good lace as to be expected from a DIPA.

S: Definite straight oak component, with some lemons, and an herbal/sage like quality.

T: The wood attacks immediately, I've got splinters in my mouth. A nice combination of hop character - lemon, grapefruit. A pairing with Cabrales blue cheese brought out an intriguing orange note. The malt plays a part here, almost like a big red ale, but it works with the oak.

M: Medium/full-bodied, resiny with a nice long aftertaste with notes of vanilla/oak. Tad boozy.

D: Reminds me a lot of Burton Baton, but it's a lot oakier. I haven't had a new GD beer for 3 years so it was cool to revisit this rare brewery. Just a nice beer, get some blue cheese, you'll like what you'll find. Hopefully if/when they come to CA next month, I'll find some more on the shelves, because this beer should age well.

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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