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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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 308
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 heysuz
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: Split a 22oz. with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dry looking with ample head, lacy is clinging and carbonation on the inside of the glass, although the head recedes quickly

Smell: Weak aroma, slightly fruity, but very hard to smell anything.

Taste: Good bitter and dry hoppy flavor, but you can taste the malt in the background which smoothes it out a bit. Also the wood aging gives it a smoother more refined taste.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and left with a resin hop bitterness as an aftertaste.

Overall: Maybe not award winning but close to my top ten. It has a good crisp taste with little to no aftertaste. I keep coming back to this beer repeatedly. I have bought several cases to ensure I always have some handy.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

A - Gorgeous amber in color with a pure white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Malty sort of sweetness hits the nostrils upfront. Delve into the glass and the oak and hops start to show through with noticeable hints of vanilla.

T - Not as hoppy as you'd expect for a double IPA but the taste is great. The oak and vanilla and malt really shine in this beer. It tastes tastes exactly as it smells. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as it nears room temperature.

M - Really sort of rich. Has a good weight to it.

O - Great beer. Love the oak flavors. Would have liked a little more hop character but its a great beer.

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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 DarthKostrizer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a very nice brownish red color with a 1/4 tan head and no retention

Smell: Woody notes upfront with just a trace of hops in the back ground

Taste: Upfront is a slight sourness and hints of cherry and a nice oaky woody character on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Unique flavor profile especially for a DIPA but I actually enjoyed this beer glad I picked it up

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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 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 jsulko
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Darkish orange color with off white head that tends to linger.

Smell is piney with a hint of malt and oak with a little of the bourbon.

Taste is very barleywine like. The pow of a double IPA does not seem to be there. Booze lingers on the finish.

An interesting beer, one I would have liked to try closer to bottling. Doesn't really hit the points of a DIPA.

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

A- Pours a very cloudy orange with a decent head and a good amount of lace.

S- Oak, hop, and malt all appear to have blended into a singular aroma. Not one of the smells gets to far ahead from the others.

T- On the side of the bottle it mentions that it took the recipe from their "Denver Pale Ale" and made it into this. I would assume that they more or less doubled the pale ale, rather than adding enough hops to make it a DIPA. It's also a fair enough assessment that they could have done minimal hop additions during the bittering process as well.

It more or less resembles a double american pale ale. This somewhat lessens the malt and hop presence, but really allows the oak to shine a lot more. Perhaps my bottle being 1/2 a year old isn't helping it. The hops do get through, but it left a little to be desired.

As the taste builds up, the hops do manage to set in, and the malt richness does as well. There's a bit of roastiness to the malt and it compliments the oak. I sort of wish that both the malt and hops were bumped up a little to hold up more to the oak, but this is still a solid beer. Having the oak lead the taste isn't such a bad thing in this beers case, as the oak is really quite tasty. I know that French and American oak were used, and it seems that they were a bit more selective from the richer oak taste this provides compared to the other beers I've had.

M- The body is medium to full, and the carbonation gives it a good creaminess. The finish is slightly dry and sticky.

O- A very well crafted beer from GD. I only wish that the oak was toned down a little or that the hops and malt were turned up a bit. Curious to see how the 18th will be.

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

Picked this up via France44. Bottle date appears to be April 29, 2011 but hard to read.

Poured into an 8oz FW nonic pint glass, this beer is a medium orange with yellow highlights and a great clarity. Foam formation was small, about a half-finger in this small glass but is retaining well.

Juicy mangos, booze, hints of vanilla all making up the aroma. The hops are prominent and the alcohol is certainly noticeable.

Again the tropical fruity flavors step up on the palette but offset well a snappy malt backbone that nods at caramel cracker. Medium finish lingers on a vanilla/nectarine edge.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

An enjoying double IPA with a nice meld of vanilla, fruity hops, and a well-formed malt backbone. Despite the 10% ABV its rather drinkable and I could easily put back 2-3 pints.

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Photo of broken22
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer has a thick head that formed. Looked like a fermentation head how it lingered and popped off. The color of the beer is a nice deep golden amber. I can smell the hops. They are not super fragrant where I can smell the beer from afar. Rather I need to stick my nose in the glass. The hop character as far as smell goes does not seem like an Imperial IPA. The hops are too subdued and sweet smelling. The flavor is very nicely balanced in how it's working with the hops. Like the smell the hops are very subdued. The beer is sweet with a nice hop character. The mouthfeel is what you would expect. A medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a really really good beer. I'm surprised at how mellow the hops are considering the style. This beer seems more like a pale ale to me. I may however be too used to drinking hop bomb beers since I live in San Diego and Stone Brewery has me accustomed to that. I really like this beer and suggest you pick it up. Another great beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of dubinsky
2.91/5  rDev -25%
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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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into oversize wine glass
A – 1 finger of dusty blonde foam on top of a beautiful copper red clear amber color, moderate retention time to a thin layer and some lacing 4
S – Hoppy florals, sweet malts, leather, resiny citrus, pine wood and alcohol. A big complex nose. 4
T – My first drink was too big. Oak & pine, orange zest hop bitterness throughout, caramel malt sweetness. Notes of: bing cherry, vanilla, toffee & slight smoke. A big boozy beer. 3.5
M – Smoothness adds a lot to this complex brew. Moderate to heavy body that was sticky, a sipping beer with moderate carbonation 3.5
O – Glad I tried a bomber but won’t be buying another. A good sipping beer with company. 4

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

A: Clear orange/caramel color. Poured a 3 finger light brown beige head with good retention to a 1finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, bread and smokey wet wood.

T: Sweet malts come through in the taste along with big floral hop notes. Smokey oak and vanilla underlie the finish that's slightly warm.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny, warm an dry on the palate.

O: Flavorful, complex. Achieves a good balance.

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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 jmarsh123
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well.

Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so.

Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla.

A little bit sticky and good carbonation.

Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn't disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Dark copper color, a nice tan head at the top that stuck to the glass to leave some nice lacing all around.

S - Very sweet, pleasant nose, bit of fruity hops and earthy all around.

T - Floral, vanilla, bitterness from all the hops, great tasting IPA.

M - Pretty balanced brew, with mild carbonation.

D -This brew was a perfect balance for me the sweetnes and bitterness were perfect blends, great tasting!

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Photo of roodie
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many beers I review, I've had this beer quite a few times, but never had the time to review it.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet

A: pours a rusty orange color with ample off white head that dissipated quickly, lots of lacing left behind

S: Smellys woody and oaky vanilla with a bitter resin tinge, malts and breadiness round out the flavor profile, making the overall sum total a bitter-sweet undertaking.

T: sweet malts are balanced by the bitterness of the ample hops, but neither flavor dominates. The vanilla/oakiness is well represented

M: very smooth, sorta spicy, but the vanilla woodiness soothes the palate.

O: I like this beer a lot, sorta too late to be buying it, but this should become a regular brew in the rotation. Great barleywine errr DIPA

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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 AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one quart twist-cap growler into a St Bernardus goblet. Filled at Jimmy's twenty minutes ago.

A: A finger of nice white head fades fairly fast, leaving just a layer on the surface. The beer is a luminous, ruddy amber. Clear only in direct light where it is also golden. Nice lace.

S: Hrm. Muted hops. Some sweet malt. Vanilla...?

T: Nice. A much toned down version of the Hercules. Toffee-sweet, some alcohol on the end. Still, the hops pervade the beer, but gentle hops, vegetal hops, hops that aren't the centre of attention. The endtaste is smackworthy and more sweet than bitter, but, like the beer, is balanced overall. Good beer.

M: Robust, pleasant, and great depth of flavour.

O: A fantastic beer from a fantastic brewery. I would drink it again and, if it's not *highly* recommended, it's a damn good product. My compliments to the brewer(s).

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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 Sky2625
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass. Bottle dated 3/30/11 (this review from notes taken 8/7/11):

A - Poured a clear coppery amber red with a 1-finger head the color of the inside of a banana. Head was mostly foamy with some large bubbles. Good retention with sticky heavy lacing that dwindled to mere spots.

S - Freshly sweet floral hoppiness up front, with a toffee/caramel sticky sweetness under it. Hints of red pepper and a whiff of vanilla.

T - Very floral and earthly sweet flavor immediately, within which the sweet toffee/caramel becomes noticeable. Mild bitterness takes over at the back of the tongue, with a flash of peppery accents. Ripe apple sweetnees becomes noticeable with a tiny bit of booziness, all while the bitterness continues.

M - Creamy, medium body with mild biting carbonation at the front of the tongue while the tangy pepper notes pluck at the sides of the tongue. Finishes with a long-lingering mild heat in the back of the mnouth and top of the throat.

D - Very sweet beer at the front and as it finishes. The bitterness is mild, which makes it more drinkable. Spiciness was well-balanced with the bitterness over the last half of the flavor.

I'm a big fan of moderated bitterness, so I'm pleased with that aspect of this beer, but the sticky caramel and ripe apple sweetness in the flavor was too much for my personal taste. It need more bitterness to tone down the sweetness for me. Glad I tried it, but I probably won't buy another bottle of this again.

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

I've never had a barrel-aged IPA, so I was curious how this is pulled off. The answer: Hops takes a serious back seat to the flavor concentration achieved by the barrel aging.

Not nearly as intense as a barley, the 17th still carries the richness of a brew allowed to mature in an oak barrel (although the title kind implies oak chips). First taste: the tang of sweet malt along with an oak woodiness. As I let it sit in my mouth for a moment then swallow, the faint bitterness of hops comes on. Very rich and flavorful, well-blended, there are no rough edges, no burning alcohol sensation. Excellent beer.

Poured deep amber into a pint glass with a 1/2" head and thick lacing. So, not only great to drink, but purty.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Bottled On Date of Mar 17 2011. Pours a semi translucent dark chestnuty color with a half inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of malts, spicy and floral hops, caramel and a bit of the oak. Taste is malty and boozey upfront. The oaky vanilla flavor is nicely done. Not a ton of hop flavor but there is some of that spicy floral taste. Very dry at the finish. Pine flavor as well. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice warming alcohol flavor to this one. I didn't think I would get a chance to try this one since Great Divide pulled out of CT. Glad I did. Overall, its a solid beer and on par with the last few Anniversary beers.

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