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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the top DIPA. Yellow-golden coloured body with big white off white creamy head, and lacey. Big bitterness followed by fairly big malt. Oak is ever present. Bottled April 28. Creamy, boozy, coconut. More of a sipper. Above average mouthfeel.Ken's bomber.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white thick head. Lots of lace. Clear amber.

S: mostly oak and floral aromas with hop notes.

T: starts off with a floral and earthy hop flavor which fades to light pine and wood flavor and hints of additional hops. Vanilla notes are sensed throughout

M: very smooth. moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: excellent from start to finish. Very drinkable with nice transition of flavors which coalace as oppose to offset.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/18/11.

Pours a crystal clear dark honey brown color with a 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Nice lattices of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of pine/citrus hops, sweet malt, and an earthy woodiness from the oak chips. Taste is of sweet malts, pine/citrus zest hops, vanilla beans, and a woody oak flavor. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a definite alcohol burn in the throat with this beer, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit flat which makes for a thick and creamy feel. Not exactly what I was expecting for this beer. Overall, a good DIPA with an interesting twist with the aging on oak chips.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was excited to try this baby. poured a thick orangish color with a lacey head. the nose is sweet hops and definitely oak, the high alcohol content is noticable in the smell as well. mouthfeel is fairly heavy, maybe a 6 or 7 of 10 on the full body spectrum. the flavors imparted by the oak are prominent here, and the booze is strong. i didnt love this one as much as i thought i would. there was some missing element despite the wood. would be hard to have more than one of these bombers.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface and down the edges of the glass. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of oak on the nose along with notes of sweetness and vanilla.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of oak and vanilla along with notes of caramel and hints of citrus hops. There’s not really any bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is definitely a supper given its strength but the complexity of aromas and flavors afforded by the oak barrel aging make this a very interesting and stimulating beer for your senses.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with almost three fingers of head; good retention that leaves strands of lace

Smell: The floral and piney hops compete with the oak and vanilla elements, though the hops win by a nose; biscuity underneath

Taste: Biscuity and oaky, up front, with the hops coming on strong by mid-palate, with a bitter, piney character; the vanilla element comes into the fray after the swallow and dominates the finish, though the hops certainly don't fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is something about the hops and the oak/vanilla that together just doesn't work for me; I recall tasting the 16th anniversary and not being a fan but as I hadn't reviewed it, I wanted to give a fresh bottle of the 17th a try; now I recall what I didn't care for

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Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away .

Smell: Sweet caramel with some citrus and alcohol.

Taste: Hardly sweet at all. Bitter citrus peel with wood and strong alcohol. Not enough body in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not bad. Would have liked more balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy light burgundy color with a two finger, khaki head. It left behind minimal lacing.

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

T - Good roasted malt flavor with notes of pine wood, vanilla and citrus peel. 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 - These wood aged Anniversary beers are always solid and consistent from year to year.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a very clear, amber-brown body. The head dissipates relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Aromas of woody pine hops, vanilla, and a hint of vegetal sulfur. Some floral notes in the background with a bit of toffee and some barleywine-like earthy notes.

T - Sharp pine hop flavor up front and a lot of caramel sweetness to back it up. Some pine with a hint of grapefruit in the middle and some toffee and syrupy caramel representing the malt. The beer finishes with lots of floral caramel and pine hops that are pushed aside by strong bitterness and lingering, syrupy sweetness. The wood is not as apparent as in the aroma, but it does leave some toasty flavors in the aftertaste and a bit of a vanilla tinge to the caramel while its constant presence in the background accentuates the sweetness throughout.

M - A thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a big beer and that fact is prominently on display throughout the experience. The aroma is full of pungent, even sweaty, hops and wood and while there is just a hint of sulfur in the background it isn't really a problem. The flavor profile never quite manages to live up to the expectations set by the aroma, unfortunately. It has plenty of hop character, but it for some reason never seems lively enough for me and the sugar is just a bit excessive to the point that it is nearly cloying in the finish despite the heavy bitterness. This is one of those DIPAs that is very nearly a barleywine; that malt character is just dark enough that it could be and the hops are barely enough to balance the sweetness. As with other beers that fit into this nebulous category, I am inclined to wonder if this might improve with age. The hops might fade, but this particular combination of sweet and just a bit dark mean that the malt complexity may deepen significantly with a bit of time. It certainly has the bitterness and strength to keep for a few years, and I may well buy another bottle and give it a try.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant bronze with a very well defined one finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Toasted oak,vanilla,and caramel aromas overtop of leafy hops,the malty notes to me are much pronounced than any hop presence.The aging gave a real nice full but mellow feel to the beer, unfortunatly it mellowed the flavors a little as well.Oaky vanilla flavors along with big caramel sweetness,not to mention some alcohol induced sweetness,again the hop are leafy and slightly earthy but beneath the wood and sweetness.Its a decent beer but to me has lost most of its DIPA character in its wood aging.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled March 29th 2011. Pours clear red orange color with a 1.5 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, caramel, oak, and a bit of vanilla. Nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of huge oak, with caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of orange and vanilla. Nice strong bitterness on the finish that lingers with pine, oak, and citrus flavors. Decent balance of flavors, and nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, none in the taste and very little warming on the finish. Overall a very nice Double IPA, but it is a little over the top on the oak flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, crystal clear reddish amber color

Nose nice light earthy hops, citrus, crystal malts, quite a hoppy bitter aroma, light oak

Taste sweet malts, crystal and reddish malts, earthy hops, light citrus and pine, fairly bitter almost spicy bitter, light oak rounding, a bit syrupy, tangerine, sugary, candy orange. Finishes still pretty bitter and sweet, lingering orange candy, sticky, and a weird phenolic alcohol acetyl like flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, touch of warming booze.

Overall eh, not as good as I remember it, hops are not as fresh and dominant, oak is small, too sweet, candy flavors, but a decent balance overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boozy oak-soaked ale.

Lovely red amber in the snifter. Nice head and carbonation. Body is light, relative to other big beers. Serious smell of rubbing alcohol, however. Wonderful rich and crazy melange of sweet and bitter, spice and sugar. Hops are gigantic and leave a big bitter swath through the middle of the taste buds. Alcohol comes on hot and furious.

Bourbon barrels seem to cure a multitude of sins. So much vanilla and sweet wood that it does give balance to the bitterness. Interesting and worth a try for the IPA fan.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

S: Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. There is a moderate level of oak and just a hint of vanilla. Citrus and floral hop aromas are still present, but definitely subdued.

T: A little bit of pine and bitterness, but fairly sweet. Caramel and toffee are the main flavors, though there is a substantial amount of oak. Some citrus hop flavors, but not super hoppy.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Okay, but I'd like to have it be fresh instead of being oak aged.

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Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a tulip. Real nice looking ruby red colored beer with a tight two inch off-white head on top. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus hops. Faint cherries(?)

T- Citrus hops on a sweet malt backbone. Touch of vanilla is just that. Doesn't hide the 10%abv well. "Sure is boozy, my god."

M- Smooth, low carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Had at a little higher than optimal temperature perhaps, the alcohol really stuck out. Not in a bad way though as I enjoy that aspect in most beers. Great bomber to split with a great friend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe glass since I don't have a Great Divide snifter. Beer received in the secret santa BIF from mrcalrizian. Thanks!

Beer is orange with a mild haze, a big off white head of small bubbles, lots of resin and lacing on the glass.

Sharp aroma, mildly alcoholic, woody, earthy, sweet, grinding, hoppy, pine mostly.

The oak in this beer almost acts as another hop. It is nice, sharp on the end with a dry bitterness. I don't really like oak aged IPAs but this one somehow gets it there. I might even have it again, although I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish orange in color with yellow highlights and had a nice finger of head leaving plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the oak character was very noticeable on the first whiff with citrusy sweet malty notes and faint hops coming through as well.

T: the oak character also dominated the taste and was a little overbearing but managed to catch the hops and citrusy flavors and some sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, mild sweet, hoppy, and strong oaky finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it was drinking decent but to me the oak character was a little too much and was not well balanced allowing the other flavors to come through.

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Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ken, 22oz into some tulips. Bottled April 29, 2011 and enjoyed on Civic Day.

Poured an orangey-brown with an offwhite head. Moderate retention and bubbles remain, with some solid lacing. Nose has oranges, English hop notes, oak and caramel. Oak leads the way on the palate, English hops are more muted than the nose suggested. Alcohol and a moderately bitter finish on the palate, loads of caramel provides some substantial sweetness. Heavy mouthfeel and the sweetness is almost too much at time - moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I'm going against the grain here it seems. This is a nice beer, it looks great and drinks very well for a 10%-er. With that said...

Nice look. Chestnut brown, reddish tones. Good, soft, dense head. Lacing is about perfect.

Aroma was woody. Some soft hints of caramel malt, and maybe some vanilla. But it's wood. No hops detected. And the pizza from Basic Kneads is getting in the way :)

It has a nice taste to it, if you like wood. The wood dominates. It's not harsh or biting. Kind of like chewing on popsickle stick...soaked in beer or something. I dunno, I just sense the wood kills everything else.

Feels a bit syrupy on the end. The soft bite from the wood is picked up by the abv. Warming, but alas the hops are killed.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a strong oak barrel scent that really dwarfs any IPA aroma or hop character. There is a mild bitterness present, but the wood aroma is definitely the dominant feature. The taste is good as well. It has a solid DIPA base; bitter and warm with a good deal of malt character. The wood aging enhances that malt flavor while muting some of the hop character. It goes down with ease while hiding much of the alcohol warmth. There is a considerable hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer. I like the base beer, but the wood aging adds another layer of depth.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide : 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Pours a dark copper color. Fruity hops and ale yeast are apparent in the nose, with notes of pineapple, cherry and caramel. In the taste, a piney/resinous hop character, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and woodsy notes of oak. Alittle syrupy, and there is a touch of clean alcohol wrapped in bourbon, fruit and pine notes. Bitterness is moderate, but kept in check by the malt sweetness. Full bodied, syrupy, chewy, carbonation is low. Overall, a nice big IPA with a good oak character. Solid.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a decent off-white white head that fades to a ring and leaves some sparse lacing. Rich aromas of oak and bitter hops that are melded together seamlessly, and some sweet malt on the finish. Very nice. A little more disjointed on the tastebuds, with deeper bitterness and a bit of harshness from the oak, but the oak also lends a touch of vanilla, and there is a nice bitter citrus current throughout from the hops. Slightly chewy and a bit tannic from the oak in the mouth. A solid beer where the oak plays a nice supporting role instead of overwhelming everything.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Concordia Alehouse the other day...

This beer pours a solid copper amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly light, but shows the effect of barrel aging, with considerable vanilla, light citrus and wood. The barrel aging really dominates the nose in this beer, as it does on the palate as well. This beer has a very malty and boozy flavor profile, and there's not nearly enought hopppy bitterness to counter it. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

This is a decent enough beer I guess, but I can't help thinking about how much better (not to mention cheaper) this beer would be without the barrel aging.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, this is interesting because the 16th I bought when I was in AZ when GD didn't distribute here, and I tried that beer in August. This is almost 4 months fresher, so I've been looking forward to it,

A: Pours a medium red to brown with a firm off-white head, strong lace.

S: Oaky, vanilla, piney hop character.

T: Like being punched by a 2x4 initially, the oak and its tannins are so overt, it's almost overwhelming. Once I got into the beer it died down and became much more balanced. Still a strong oak character with a heavy crystal type malt component, with hop notes of pine, cedar and bitter melon. Light citrus. Interesting vanilla note (from the oak) adds complexity on the finish.

M: Full-bodied, quite smooth, very long aftertaste. Creamy.

O: A different animal than last year's, it's much fresher and it shows. A robust full-flavoured almost barleywine style DIPA, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
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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