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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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 180
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.06/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber with fluffy off-white head. Great retention, though nothing too sticky on the sides of the glass.

S: Toast, floral hops, caramel, oak.

T: Toast, caramel. Very oaky, with some astringency that segues into herbal bitterness and a drying close. It's not very hop-flavored; at best it's floral, but that character is reserved and understated. I really expect more from a DIPA. Very unsatisfactory.

M: Mildly sticky; the main takeaway is up-front oak that contributes astringency. Hoppy bitterness is mild.

O: I'm getting tired of these $10 sub-standard barleywine bombers masquerading as DIPAs. I almost didn't finish this, but I had nothing better to do.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.15/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute on 8/26/11; thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Bottled March 29 2011 (5 month old oak aged DIPA? Whatever...)

Rustic, browned amber; leaning toward copper, perhaps. Thin retention; scattered strands of lace.

Oak, caramel, sweet bread, orange peel, hints of grapefruit and hints of pepper, spice and spice aromas. Easily a sweet malt bomb. Flavors of candied malts, floral hops, caramel, toasted sugars, buried citrus (muted), dry wood notes and an underlying layer of alcohol. Full bodied and rather slick with booze. Lower carbonation results in a plodding feel.

Overall impression - not really my bag; it's pretty meh for a DIPA, regardless of age.

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Photo of BZero007
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up this bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

Poured a nice hazy amber color with a off white head. Aroma is nice and mild pushing a citrus and warm wood like smell through. By the look and smell I figured this would be an amazing brew. The taste carried a citrus/oak flavor through but is soon and quickly overtaken by an off wood dull medicine like taste. The particular off flavor becomes more prominent with each taste. I have had 3 drain pours in my life and this unfortunatly became the 3rd. I really enjoy Great Divide as brewery and a vast majority of their brews. I will aim to grab another bottle hoping the one I had was bad.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of HopHead84
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


On tap at URGE.

A: Dark reddish amber with a frothy and creamy long lasting cap. Head retains for a ridiculous amount of time. Thick sheets of lacing remain.

S: Lightly spicy (peppery?) with a strong wood profile. The wood seems to subjugate all else. That might be somewhat of a stretch, but it's not far off. Citrus notes are faint, and the malt is somewhere between bread and caramel. Lots of wood, but not a lot of anything else.

T: Bitter and dry up front with a decided wood presence. I don't know much about this beer, but I'm picking up a moderate spicy quality. I'm not sure if they used spices in this or if stems from a combination of wood and booze. Evident orange and tamer notes of grapefruit accompany pine resin and a firm caramel malt profile. There's some midpalate sweetness. Alcohol has a commanding presence in the flavor and is far too prominent for my taste. Wood remains strong throughout, and combines with the powerful booze and firm bitterness to make for a somewhat unpleasant boozy, tannic, and astringent finish. The wood adds nothing positive to the flavor.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and astringent.

Overall: Too much booze and too much wood, with no positive attributes offsetting the negatives. Not at all recommended.

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Photo of beagle75
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Vanilla-accented, vinous, and spirituous--this doesn't smell like ale as much as it smells like a dry brandy. Grain is part of the equation though, appearing as caramel and almonds, and fresh stone fruit is also hinted at.

T: Begins off-dry, with oppressive chemical ethanol and puckering astringency. While spiking acidity is noted, even it is not enough to overpower these other unsavory flavors. Woody vanilla comes into focus toward the middle, softening the early harshness. Fermented grain is featured in the middle where appeal increases somewhat, but is still constrained by the phantom of alcohol. Hops encountered through the middle are mostly earthy, slightly herbaceous, and not very compelling. Astringency lingers in the boozy finish, absent of oak but accented instead by the flavor of cooked apples.

M: Medium viscosity, uncomfortably hot and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While a well-aged IPA is generally regarded as a regrettable mistake, in this case a bit more waiting might have been preferable. With little in the way of hop aromatics to begin with, there would not be much to lose--except for the uncomfortable heat of the alcohol. The unapproachable nature of this beer makes the drinker hesitant to wish Great Divide "Happy Birthday, and 17 more."

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2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel malts with some notes of citrusy hops. Smells really sweet.

T: lots of sweet caramel and vanilla with some oak notes. A touch of piny hops and bitterness in there. Strong alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Thick bodywith medium carbonation, this heer is sticky sweet.

O:way too sweet to be an IPA. A decent old ale or English barleywine, but not a good IPA.

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2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gonna be a contrarian on this one it seems.

Picked up yesterday - bottled on date of March 30, 2011

A - Clear copper/amber with a finger or so of soft soapy head. Nice looking beer.

S - Hm... double IPA? I get oak, woodiness, earthiness, maybe some vanilla. Theres malt there in the back too but hops? I understand its aged but still - a 10% DIPA should have some aroma...

T - Things going downhill quickly. Taste is dominated by the wood. Like I'm drinking wood. Hints of bitterness linger with a sweet backbone but the oak dominates the flavor along with some hints of the alcohol.

M - Creamy and sweet. Carbonation is minimal, almost flat. Again understanding its aged but this beer is pretty sweet and without some degree of carbonation to clear out the palette at the end it becomes cloying.

Really underwhelming. Can't help but think I've been burned by Great Divide's wood-aged stuff before. The base beer here has lost most of its character and acts as a canvas for the wood rather than working together to create a unique taste. Until someone demonstrates otherwise I'm thinking DIPAs shouldn't be aged...

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2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed July 2nd, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, medium copper color with a minimal off-white head less than a finger tall. Uninspiring.

Aromas are agreeable: grapefruit hops, caramel, wood and vanilla.

Palate follows sinuses with the addition of substantial but still modulated bitterness. Some trace fusel alcohol notes detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a touch oily, but not overtly so.

Drinkability is fair, though the fusels kind of kill it. Also, gave me a wicked case of gas!

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Photo of dubinsky
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle bottled on 4/25/11 poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a very clear, rusty amber with a nice fingers worth of off white rocky head. Decent retention for a 10% abv beer, but eventually the head receded leaving no real traces of lacing and settled to the edges of the glass.

S – This is definitely a sweet smelling beer. A faint floral hoppiness is present but the barrel smells take over and never give up. Notes of Oak, caramel, vanilla and bourbon come out huge on this beer.

T – The taste follows the nose. Very oaky and a bit boozy. The beer begins and finishes sweet with a noticeable toffee and caramel sweetness. The middle is a bit hoppy, but a tad grassy, and finish is a boozy, bourbon soaked oak taste.

M – Creamy medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is fairly slick and oily with a boozy burn in the back of the throat.

O – This definitely a unique take on this style. I found it to be overly sweet and boozy. I don’t expect bourbon to be the dominate flavor in anything other than a stout. I found it to be utterly lacking in hops and wish it had more of those and less of everything else. At 10% its a definite sipper and at times I felt like I had to choke it down especially as it warmed up. Come to think of it, this would have been better qualified as a barley wine. I don’t think I would drink this again.

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2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Plenty of lace is left behind though.
S: Citrus, floral, hops and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Some oak/wood aromas as well. The hops are very sharp and work at odds with the wood.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of hops ranging from floral to a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Some light sugary sweetness with a burnt wood flavor. Again the hops and the wood to not mesh right. Plenty of alcohol lingering as well.
M/D: A medium body that has good carbonation. Sticky and oily on the tongue. Lots of alcohol and just a strange mesh of flavors makes this hard to drink.

Pretty much like the other Anniversary beers for Great Divide. Nothing meshes right for me, and not something I would recommend.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 3/18/11 into an IPA glass

A - Dark orange with 3 finger think soapy, slightly orange tinted head. Lacing is good down the side of the glass.

S - Weak hop smell which is disappointing in a double IPA. All of the hop aroma is masked by the strong oak flavor from the barrel aging. Some sweet malts play a background to the oak.

T - A lot of wood flavor up front, to be expected from something with "WOOD AGED" all over the front of the bottle. Lots of bready malt and sweetness is counteracted by a pretty bitter backbone. Not extremely bitter, but good bitterness balanced by the malt. I think earthy also fits the bill for this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is average for the style. A little too much alcohol flavor and carbonation on the finish.

O - It's good for what it is, but DIPA guidelines specifically say that "wood aging is not appropriate for the style". Plus, at $10 for 22 oz, I won't be trying this one again.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 308 ratings