17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Brewed by:
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 notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This copper colored ale combines the floral, earthy hops of an English Pale Ale with the big citrus hops of an American DIPA. The smooth balance of hops is complimented by sweet malt and vanilla spices, with a rich woody character from the ale being aged in French and American oak barrels.

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Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip at Euclid Hall. Thank you Great Divide for the gift of beer!

A: Pours a very nice dark amber with red hues. Thick 1 and 1/2 head off white to egg shell white, sticky, and has great lacing.

S: Touch of vanilla and sweet but not cloying malts. Hops are present but aren't massive and invading. Just a touch of bitterness.

T: Malt is big and balances out the hops, just like the nose. The hops are present and quite large and creep up the back of the palate. Touch of sweetness off the front of the beer- vanilla mainly. A little boozie mid palate and turns to sweet whiskey tones as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied and quite large. Clean coating across the palate with solid carbonation. The finish is long and stunning. As the beer warms the finish goes from bitter and creamy malt to sweet vanilla whiskey.

D: Fantastic beer and a great tribute to 17 years of brewing. Perfect beer to sip while catching up with a friend or just like a great glass of wine- something to sip and enjoy for a longer period of time than a normal beer can give. Excellent for the winter and perfect over the summer.

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Photo of silver7447
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper in color with about one finger's width of head. Strong lacing until the very end.

S- Vanilla and wood right in your face. They are the strongest notes, but there are subtler earthy notes which compliment it well.

T- Quite sweet up front, with a woody coffee persistence. These notes persist, but include a constant bitterness in the background.

M- Wow! If this beer has anything down perfectly it is the mouthfeel. There is a great balance of initial carbonation and lingering smoothness. Carbonation faded to a smooth malty feel after about 15 minutes of careful enjoyment.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours about 2 fingers of head that recedes, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Smell- definite wood (oak flavor) on the nose, floral notes, possibly a sweet strawberry tropical, coconut flavor. I love where this is going. The wood aging has definetely sweetened the flavor of this beer, and taken some tropical qualities as well. Taste- the woody flavors are first, followed by a sweet cherry pie(maybe a brown sugar, or maple quality?) but subdued quality. Bitter hop finish to round it out. Hops are here, but the complexity of the malt and oak aging flavors here prevail. Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied, but as it warms, somewhat syrupy in mouthfeel. Drinkability- this one overall is a real winner for me- I am a big fan of wood aged (especially using white oak) IPAs, and a lover of the tropical qualities that it produces.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have loved this beer for a year. Not sure why I haven't reviewed it yet.

A - there is possibly a half finger of head. Color is an off tan with a hint of orange. Body is mostly cloudy. A funky indian red/orange in color.

S - just as I remember it. So much malt. Sweet biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar. So good.

T - I think the beer is starting to fall off. Was so much better about two months ago. This is my second bottle like this. otherwise it is just like the nose. Tons of malt, caramel, and bread.

M - spot on carbonation. Body may be a little thin but not bad.

O - still love this beer. Just my style, though from what I can tell it isn't everyone's.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why does this beer have an average rating of B+ that is outrageous! (first thought that came to mind)

A- it poured out a perfect 2 fingers of head without over flowing my bruery tulip. a beautiful dark copper red, its gonna be a good DIPA

S- Piny and resinous a little spice and vanilla from the wood chips delicious! getting me pumped for the taste!

T- Amazing! hides the 10% ABV with ease, can't believe it. The taste is hoppy but not bitter at all, its accompanied by the vanilla from the french and american oak chips and balanced throughout. all around amazing beer, perhaps one of my favorite DIPA's out there. Usualy I like the more floral DIPAs but this one is my new favorite out of my usual favorites!

M- the Mouth feel was not cloying at all, not thick and syrupy like some DIPA's but rather thin almost lite on the tongue, a lite medium.

O- I will be buying this again, so worth it, even better in bottle than on tap, I recommend this to anyone, getting buzzed has never been more delicious and easy!!! also my first IPA from Great Divide, they are doing a great job!! to another 17 years!!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes taken 1-7-12:
L: Pours reddish amber with a slight chill haze that clears up as it warms. 1” cream colored foam collar grips the side of the glass.
S: Spicy, floral hops, light citrus, light malts.
T: Starts with rich malt and then rich citrus rind bitter flavors emerge seasoned with vanilla.
F: Medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A big, boisterous DIPA.

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Photo of machostacos
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my favorite tulip glass. Bottled on March 30, 2011.

A: Pours a dark ruby-hued copper, very clear, with a small and soapy off-white/tannish head that gives way to a thin film. Great lacing. The color and clarity alone make this one delicious looking beer.

S: Dang. Beautiful hop aromas dance across the nose - minty citrus, herbal, floral; it's like a glorious hop garden in a glass. Lots of character from the oak comes through, though it's 100% complimentary to the hops - gives a nice, mellow, earthy character to the aroma. I also detect some lovely crystal malts with a great toasted caramel and candy component. This beer smells fantastic. The alcohol is prevalent.

T: Just as good as the aroma foreshadows. This is a very malt-centric DIPA, and the oak helps to accentuate that fact. Very deep and toasty and sweet, but offset by a bright & juicy floral and citrus hop character with some earthiness. Vanilla and wood notes from the oak aging. A little pepper from the alcohol. Finishes tangy and a little dry - lip-smackin' good. Makes you crave another sip.

M: Oily and slick with lively carbonation. Not super thick, but just the right amount of body, which is helped by the carbonation. It seems that every single little aspect of this beer was pre-meditated to near-perfection.

O: 4.5's across the board. This is a lovely DIPA - so different from the typical light-colored and astringent hop bombs that tend to flood the market. This is a well-calculated, exceptionally well-balanced and potent DIPA that put a big smile on my face. Exactly what an Anniversary Ale should be! Bravo, Great Divide - no doubt I will continue enjoying your brews for a long, long time.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright reddish copper with a billowy off-white head that lasts, sticking nicely to the glass.

N- Deep toasty grain dipped in vanilla caramels. Nice oakiness with some earthy hops adding complexity to the wood. Some ripe fruit in there as well. Really a wonderful smell.

T- Much like the nose, clean toasty grain with some caramel and a hint of vanilla. The oakiness is big and upfront, blending well with a firm herbal bitterness. Long dry finish with tons of oak, lingering herbal bitterness, and a touch of vanilla and grain. There is also a delicate floral character to the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, fairly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a long dry finish.

D- Overall, a terrific choice for tonight. I was indecisive on which beer to choose, and this one really hit the spot. Definitely worthy to be an anniversary beer. Would kill to have this on cask.

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Photo of codsmith
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark red & gold color with a thin white (w/ little bit of brown) head that clings to the glass and completely covers the top. The head doesn't dissipate throughout the entire beer. Pours with a very nice head right out of the bottle

S: A nice smooth floral hop aroma hits it off well with a light amount of sweetness from the malt. There is a nice warm alcohol smell that you would expect with this beer, but not overpowering.

T: Malty up front, with a well-balanced vanilla flavor, followed by a little hot alcohol, and finishing off with a very pleasant hop aftertaste. The oak adds nicely to the sweetness.

M: Very robust & hearty in the mouth. It's very far from your typical double IPA. However, I enjoy it this way.

O: Probably the best Great Divide I've ever had. I'm a stout/porter guy, but this one outdoes itself.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Australia and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a slightly hazed bronzed orange colour, with a very fine and persistent head of white. Some crackling large-bubbled parts to the head, but otherwise pretty good. Lace is patchy. Body is extremely full and pleasant, and the carbonation is fine. Good looking beer.

Nose is a lovely mix of vanilly oak and ripe fruity hops. Minimal sharpness--everything is smooth, rounded and oaky, but the hops do get a look in as a deep, mellow sweetness. Malt is luscious, giving a full basis for everything else. It's a gorgeous nose.

Taste is equally good, with more of the rounded vanilla characters from the oak, and plenty of hop flavour. Juicy tropical characters come through, but interestingly, there's only a light bitterness on the back, almost like the less sweet parts of the fruit. Very smooth and well integrated, and sitting very pleasantly above the malt basis--this doesn't actually lend much flavour, but it lends some body.

Lovely beer. The oak takes the edge off all the IPA sharpness, but this gives the impression it would have been a very smooth and well-balanced IPA anyway. What we get as a result is a mellow, smooth and luscious combination. Great beer.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this ale while in Bend, OR over the weekend of 7/4/11. Bottle is dated 4/29/2011 and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a prolific light tan head that sits like a cloud atop the a clear, deep copper body. The head slowly recedes to nothing but wisps and lace.

N: Interesting--vanilla and flowers and pine.

T/M: Creamy vanilla and pepper up front with citrus and grapefruit and pine following immediately. A wonderful, sweet malt backing comes next. There is a slight, but definite, alcoholic heat on the bitter finish. The body is oily and has a medium feel to it.

This beer is very unique! Delicious and like nothing else I have ever had, it was very difficult to rate to style. I definitely like the effect that the oak aging has had on this beer. I would have liked to see the hops more pronounced, especially considering this is classified as an IIPA, but they are definitely present and I absolutely love the result. Excellent beer, even for the high (~$12/bottle) price tag.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured nice reddish amber with a small off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Great fragrant hops explode out: pine, juicy grapefruit, some floral, vanilla and wood.

T: Juicy hops kick through immediately with pine dominating. The hops are much more mellow than the smell suggests. Vanilla and wood are noticeable but in the background. Herbal notes flag the finish and it ends with a mild bitter bite and alcohol.

M: Syrupy and more than medium.

O: Really liked the way GD did the wood and DIPA. I was skeptical based on my experience with Southern Tier but this was good. The vanilla is present but subdued and along with the woody and earthy flavors really bring out the hops. A juicy good twist on hops.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was a clear tawny amber/brown with a thick cap of creamy head and sea foam lacing. The smell starts out with hops dominating with citrus, grapefruit, pine and some sweeter tart fruits like strawberry and green apple. There was a malt backbone that was mild caramel, vanilla and honey. The oak was mild but throughout the nose. complex. The taste was simple on the malt front, but complex overall especially in the hops. Nice nutty notes followed with caramel and honey followed by mild notes of peppery and citrus hops with hints of pine. The hop profile steals the show, but interestingly rounded off to a nice mellow bite thanks to the smooth character lended with the oak which also imparts nice woody qualities and hints of vanilla. This is an example of how simple and smooth meet complex subtleness. Very nice and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, bottled on March 31, 2011. Purchased, 7/2011, from a bottle shop of good reputation, and well stored since.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic.

Pours a nice one finger head which rapidly settles down into a ¼ “ cap, then settles even more into a thin film. A very deep amber color. Very attractive, looks very inviting.

Nice, lightly citrus hops right up front when first smelled, quickly followed be very rich, distinct, deep malts, then some ale yeast, the hops try to keep up but are ultimately overpowered by the powerful malt, there is noticeable vanilla wood after the ale warms. Just a faint hint of the ABV which I find to be quite enjoyable.

Delicious, smooth, hop infused entry in the mouth, followed by lots of rich malt, very full bodied, great mouth feel with a very balanced carbonation, bitter hop oils then come out, followed by more massive malt, with a light touch of sweetness, which in this ale really helps balance out the whole package. There is noticeable vanilla wood here, but it struggles to compete with the malt/hop elements. As in the smell the malt dominates the flavor, but not in a negative way at all, it is truly, a very enjoyable ale. The 10% ABV is only faintly noticeable and again just adds to the overall complexity and drinkability of this ale.

Long finish of rich flavorful malt, with the hop oils coming in after the malt fades, and then you finally get hit with the mouth drying wood. It’s not super intense, but definitely noticeable and very enjoyable. The hop oils come back for the final show, coat the mouth, and last. Delicious!

This is a very refined, classy wood aged ale. All the components come together to provide a very pleasurable drinking experience. I wish that I could have found this when it was younger as I fear it may have lost some of its original hop intensity, still it’s noticeably here. The wood plays hide and seek at times, but that being said it is definitely here and very enjoyable. I really would have no problem drinking two of these back to back. An excellent offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber-copper color with a half-finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some oak and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and other citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malt. Through the middle, some pine hop comes through with some more bitterness alongside some oak, vanilla, and biscuit. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and grapefruit hops with some bitterness, sweet bready malts, oak, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with a good hop profile and the oak is really nicely incorporated.

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Photo of spree92
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 29, 2011

A- A clear cooper with slow moving carbonation bubbles. Small head leaves a good lace trim.

S- Floral hops in the front give way to a malt backbone. The oak chips give a toasted vanilla character. Alcohol is also present.

T- This tastes like a bourbon barrel ages beer, instead of just oak aged. Toasted oak and alcohol are up front. Oak gives way to toffee/caramel malts and a hoppy finish to balance it out well.

M- Full bodied beer that is heavy. A little tougher to finish on my own but I manage.

O- Like other oak aged beers from Great Divide, this is great. I wish their product was readily available to me.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper brassy color with a reddish tint and is quite bright. Topped with a french vanilla colored foam which has very good lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Pine and bitter citrus peel meet a soft sweet toffee note.

T: Wow this is much better than I remember it being! Pine and toffee begin to develop until those woody oak chips blow up in your mouth (in a good way). Smoky woody oak and pine work very well together! Nice balance between sweet and bitter flavors the palate finally ending on bitter.

M: Well broken up with carbonation but long lasting just the same.

O: Pretty darn good stuff, Avery could use a lesson from Great Divide in how to brew a solid Anniversary beer.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: like fruity pebbles, oak, and hops.

Taste: hops, roasted malts, and oaky spices.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a plethora of flavor. I really like this.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in March of 2011.

A. Pours a deep apple cider, with a 1 finger head that resides to a thin ring with a nice island of foam.

S. Smells of citrus, mild oak, and lots of chocolate. Very different for an IPA. Really interesting!

T. Tastes of tangy citrus, chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Very warm chocolately finish.

M. This beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated and has a dry finish.

O. This is a really good beer. I have liked pretty much everything from Great Divide, but this is really an amazing bee! It has chocolate and vanilla flavors that are normally found in stouts, in a well bodied and sweet IPA. This is really something different from what I was expecting and would expect in a IPA. I really regret not buying more when it came out. This is truly a unique beer and I suggest anyone try it as soon as they can. I really don't know if it will get better with age, but I will be looking to find out.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a fresh bottle of this recently, never want to miss a Great Divide anniversary beer, they've done me well over the years. And I tip o' the hat to Great Divide - bottled on 3/29/11. Thanks for the bottling date!

Poured into dueling pint glasses, I almost lose the beer, it's so well camoflouged on the oak end table. Oh, there it is. Shiny & lacquered. It's all hanging out in the nose, juicy dripping hops, sweet malt, bone-dry oak.

Great Divide's 17th Anniversary brew is sweeter than I expected; malt is the order of the day here. But the hops make a charge once the beer begins to warm, a nice bittering that's very resinous, but without a lot of flavor. Oakiness grins slyly from the back row; sand-blasted dry in the finish, but the wood hollers louder as the hops subside. Ends in a rock-hard woody.

The fact that this is gulpable for a big, oak-aged beer deserves it's own paragraph. I could drink this out of a fire hose. Ridiculous. Hard to pace oneself.

My distaste for balance is well-established, but a beer like this could give it a good name in my kingdom. This beer kicks butt in almost every concievable way. Excellent brew. Here's to 17 more!

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Photo of dfillius
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour (in case there was sediment - there wasn't) yields 2/3 finger creamy cream colored head with great retention. Crystal clear deep orangey-crimson liquid.
S: A lot of sniffing yielded little aroma at first which was disappointing. What's there is nice. Mild tropical fruit and piney NW hops. Faint earthiness. After warming, vanilla, toffee, spiced rum and bourbon smells increase.
T: Wow. Hoppy with building sweetness and earthiness that ends sharp with bitterness. Not boozy at first, slightly so on second gulp. Very balanced, though I'm glad the DIPA character is uber-hoppy and forward. What liquor flavor is there detracts a tad overall.
M: Diverse and bitter and warm without being hot or boozy.
D: Very nice and well rounded. Can't tell that it's 10% I'd love another and will buy again if it's still available.

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Photo of Nikokristiansson
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a tulip.

a: deep copper, very dark red.

s: earthy, nuts, and a bit of pine.

t: dry hops, wood, booze. very strong.

m: incredible. dry hoppiness leads to malts with a very boozey finish. the wood is apparent all the way through.

o: fantastic. not your typical double ipa. wood aged taste is divine. highly recommended. not that hoppy, more malty, but if you like DIPA's and Barleywines, get this and let your mind be blown.

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Photo of Snow81
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a Amber to reddish

Head: Big frosty tan head

Smell: Bright hops with sweet malts and a strong tropical fruits with a subtle amount of heat on the back end

Taste: Big caramel and toffee with sweet malts and a large citric, little heat on the backend

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Hoppy, stickiness on the lips

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good frothy cottony 2 finger head with a rich amber/dark wood body. Smell is sweet mango and juicy pineapple. No real bitterness in the nose. I can tell this is going to be one the malty IPA's. Just hope not too malty. Good clean earthy/grapefruit tones on the front and a hard but not harsh bitterness coats the tongue on the end. Really good flavor and would score a 5 if the flavor as it is was just amped up a notch. Rich full body on mouthfeel. The beer is a bit hot though. I have been noticing that a lot lately in beers. Especially fresh DIPA's. Still a very solid brew.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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