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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 Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10oz pour into a tulip at Churchill's Pub

A: Looks almost like an amber. Like a burnt caramel color with some ruby hints to it even. Nice little tight khaki tan head capped it with some spotted lacing down the glass.

S: Very faint hints of some sweet malts, vanilla, and some burnt caramels in there. Smokey even.

T: Slightly sweet malts are carried with some real nice bittering here. No distinguishable hop characteristics other than that since the Bourbon really comes in and warms things up quite a bit. Nice oak and earth woods come through. Slight vanilla flavors that really come through as the beer sits. This one will definitely warm the gullet.

M: Nice creamy texture with a present hop bitterness that comes through but finishes all bourbon.

D: For a 10% IPA that is intended to be a sipper this brew is pretty easy drinking. A boozy cream soda. Quite tasty.

A beer that definitely pushes the boundaries of the IPA category. I personally would prefer it a little more toned down however I found it to be quite good. But if Bourbon is not your thing than one should take caution.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

395th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
650 ML foiled cap. Bottled 3/18/11

App- A ruby amber with some orange highlights. Big fluffy two finger head. Very good cling to this.

Smell- A big malty backbone with a hop aroma that is a little faint. The oak is much more prevalant that I would have thought. A nice malty big smelling DIPA.

Taste- A very creamy malt forward beer. There are multiple layers of flavors on this one. The malts and a small hop are first but the oak comes through nicely. A bit of off putting taste comes in last, I can't put my finger on it. I finished the beer because I wanted to see if it would go away, no it didn't.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Quite malty with a subtle hop note but also a bit caramel/buttery at the end.

Drink- This was another big beer from GD, while tasty it lacked in certain areas for me. I was not that impressed by this one, the mouth and off flavors really let me down. I probably won't return to this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Lerxst
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle dated March 17, 2011

A-Pours a clear amber with a rocky two finger off white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of sticky lace all the way down. This is a great looking beer.

S-Notes of vanilla are the first thing that hits me-guess its the oak. Then I'm hit with a scent of slightly sweet caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops are also there, but are playing second fiddle here.

T-Slightly sweet and syrupy. The oak/vanilla really comes through as does the sweet malt backbone with the hops fighting to make their presence known in the middle and finish, with a touch more hoppiness (floral/earthy) in the bite of the finish. A hint of booze burn in the finish as well.

M-Medium body, slightly syrupy, somewhat crisp carb bite.

O-A nice enough beer, but there are many other DIPAs I'd rather have.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -18%
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 Eriktheipaman
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear redish amber with thick white head that almost appeared to be nitro, which it wasn't.

The smell was hoppy and a hint of "wood" (which I will assume is oak)

The taste was...WOW! Ive never been able to taste so much oak straight up and with it being an IPA it gives it room to shine. I didn't think it would balance this well but it really did.

Being 10% ABV you don't notice all that much but don't let that sneak up on you!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw these at my local spot today. Weird there is only 1 review so far.

Pours a clear amber. Light tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and oaky. Lots of hops and some noble hop aroma. Some caramel and aromatic malt aroma as well.

Taste is good. Nice and hoppy in the finish with an oaky smoothness. Pretty woody. Some sweet malt flavor too.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bite in the finish. Nice carb.

Overall a tasty beer. Grab one and try it.

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Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 308 ratings
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