18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 389
Photo of devilfluff
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from 2012, drank 12/24/15 - Just so far past its prime, no hops to be found. It was like a sickly sweet barley wine with nothing to balance it out. I usually don't find wood to be a great addition to IPAs, and this was no exception. Tremendous amount of sediment.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and in a craft beer glass poured from a 22 oz. Bottle.
A: Tea colored amber with a slight chill haze under a 2”pillowy off-white foam collar that produces thick lines of lace.
S: The bottle produces richer aromas than the tap version with earthy, citrusy hops over rich malts and a hint of bourbon.
T: The big caramelly malt flavors joined by the vanilla oak flavors and the big alcohol flavors accented by a dose of grapefruit rind bitterness evoke a bourbon based mixed drink.
F: Chewy, medium carbonation, warming, smooth and creamy.
O: A trifecta of big malt, big hops and big alcohol that goes down amazingly well.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Not my favorite style, but this is actually pretty good. One would even say Doom-esque. Reminds me of an American Barleywine, heavy on the tea notes with a super oak dry finish. Some carmel, a little vanilla and a hint of tropical fruit hops.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Divide 18th Anniversary

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and some good lacing. 4

Smell: apples, caramel, slight oak, and a slight toffee. 4.5

Taste: hops, caramel, slight apple citrus, and a faint oak finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel: medium. 4

Another great year of the anniversary brings great flavor. I think it falls slightly under to the greatness of the 17th Anniversary's, but still very good.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber to caramel color, mild haze but bottle was about 18 months old. Nice cream colored head.
-- Label is nicely done with more a " classic wine" bottle look, simple and eloquent. It is hard on initial look to find brewer.

S: Initial heavy malt smell with a hind a sweetness. Typical hoppy smell with fresh hops was not as heavily appreciated

T: Mellowed out malt and hops with a aftertaste of of earthy tones and oak. Finishes slightly sweet. Typical heavy hop bitterness is not appreciated. Vert nicely done

M: Silky and finishes smoothly

O: Nicely done beer. The bitterness of fresh hopped IPA is tempered by the wood aging.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA for $9 - Bottled March 2012

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, light hops, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour and dark fruits and some vanilla.

Overall - Not sure if this was meant be drank fresh.. but it is after all already aged. Mayne there would be more DIPA flavours - instead it tastes like a barleywine. Still a decent barley wine, just not all that exciting. I couldn't really taste the wood.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So... a bit of a disclaimer. This here bottle of beer sat in an outdoor storage facility in Austin Texas from November to August. I was expecting to open it and have to pour it out (needless to say I would not be reviewing it...), since, as we all know, heat=death to beer.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the sink. It's still pretty damn good. I have not tasted it fresh, so I don't know just how different the age/heat necessarily makes it, but suffice to say it is DEFINITELY not ruined, and I don't feel bad reviewing it.

Pours the caramel amber colour you expect from a DIPA. Small white head with good lacing.

The nose starts out sweet. This melds to a woody/vinous character then finally some piney/grassy/citrus and a distinct mint note that kind of takes me by surprise.

As it hits the lips, the flavours start to become more evident. The vague sweet/wood forms to the vanilla and oak from the aging. As smoothe malt and citrus hops give way to a slight booziness. I don't know if it's something to do with the heat or the age or just what it was built to taste like, but there's something on the very backend that finally gives hints of... something else. Honestly, though, if I weren't looking for some off flavours I don't think I'd find anything to nitpick.

I was worried about two things, mainly: The fact that this is a DIPA from last year, and the fact that it sat in temperatures in the triple digits. Neither seems to have been a problem. This is a tasty venture from a high quality brewery. I almost wish I could taste what it would be like with even a little more age on it (but held in appropriate cellaring conditions...). Definitely glad it didn't get ruined.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip; translucent darker reddish orange with a thick fluffy off-white head that doesn't fade at all. Lots of carbonation visible, and tons of sticky lacing. Smell is oak, nutty/spicy hops, bready malt, almost rye-like with the nuttiness. Some sweeter fruity notes, like golden raisins perhaps. Taste is sweet, clear malt at first, moving into nutty/spicy herbal and piney hops, mellowed by oak; then the alcohol heat comes and brings bread crust and bitter hop oils. The oak character gets more complex as it warms, revealing vanilla. Mouthfeel is slick and medium.
Overall this is a lovely complex DIPA. Being a year old, the hops have probably faded a bit, but I don't think they do that much. Lots of flavor in this beer regardless; it's a delicious sipping beer. Would be great with sharp cheese.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a sour presence in the flavor that is unexpected for the style but fairly drinkable as is.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top and pour a brew of the deepest ruby-brushed copper coloring. It puts up an easily reproducible two finger head of caramel colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Geographic lacing is left around the glass as it slowly bubbles away, leaving a large aggregate of soapy bubbles to one side of the glass. Haze is thick, and large chunks of sediment are seen floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is your typical malt bombed-DIPA, much thanks to the year of age we put on it, no doubt. The grain that comes in is thick, syrupy, and richly sweet, with toffees, caramels, light browns, and rich and metallic pales all coming through. Filling the gaps are notes of grassy and bitterly soapy hops, fusel booze, vanilla extract, chemically phenols, pencil eraser, Styrofoam airs, buttercream frosting sweetness, browned apples, rice starchiness, and warmed mossy woodiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring follows the nose as you would expect, but the oak chips come out very, very strongly, and dry the palate to the bone. As we sip, the taste opens with goose bump-inducing booziness, rich caramel and roasted toffee maltiness, massive metallic yeastiness, earthy dirtiness, soft vanillas, mixing sweetness of browned apples, and bittered, filthy herbal hoppiness. Rushing to the peak are mustard greens, biting plastics, bittered oak, continued fusels, puckering soapy hops, and more depth and bitterness of malts through dried straw bite, raw toasted barley, and salty pales. The end washes with light banana ester sweetness, vegetal sushi nori, nickel, chalked yeastiness, raw honeycomb, inky newspaper, warmed brown breadiness, caramel wash, moldy oak chips, green resin sappiness, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes of huge oaky bite, moss, dust and cobwebs, ocean water, vegetal metallics, soured lemon rind, magic marker phenols, steel, black tea tannins, peppery booziness, and dying echoes of herbal hops. The body is thick and full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with decent finishing pop and light stickiness to the corners of the lips. The mouth is left a bit warmed, two be quickly puckered and dried with booze and heavy woodiness, mopping up all available moisture. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks on the slower side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its look, and the stark presence of the wood throughout the flavoring. As confirmed by both our sniffers and our first impression, this one is a malt bomb. Again, this can be partially explained by the age we ourselves put on it, but the malt bill is huge regardless, with rich and toasty caramels really revving up that Denver Pale Ale base to a whole new level. The hops are sadly diminished at this point, but the sheer woodiness of the thing will make you soon forget this discrepancy. This adds not only to the flavoring, with warmth, earthiness, vanillas, and depth, but contributes significantly to the mouthfeel, keeping things dry and astringently puckered. In the end, this beer falls in line with what we’ve come to expect from Great Divide’s anniversary series, and will certainly leave you thinking on a lazy night.

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Photo of Omnium
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass
NOTICE: This bottle is nearly a year old, keep that in mind while reading this review
A - Pours a hazy brown orange rustic color, 1 finger head nice and foamy, lighter on the lacing
S - Oak, Vanilla, sweet malt, piney resinous hops, some citrus, minor alcohol scent.
T - Caramel and toffee malts with hints of vanilla that have that great oak tone to it, there's still a decent hop profile left in this bottle despite its age, earthy and woody traits from the hops.
M - The malts hang on for a good while, and you get a rather nice aftertaste from it, but no hops, and a little burn from the alcohol.
O - Got this for $5 on the discount shelf at House of 1000 Beers, so I expected it to be old, but I cant see this beer being drastically different fresh. Its got some good flavors and characteristics that remind me of a double rumble. Good stuff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for 5 bucks at the House of 1,000 beers. Marked March 20th 2012 so its almost a year old. Hopefully it's not musky and tastes of old wood.

A - Well damn for a year old I was welcome with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head so thankfully not flat. Beer is a very hazy amber brown with no sediment.
S - Very mild if any citrus or pine malts. On the same level not too much wood which is nice since I am still scared from a "Oak aged yeti" I had.
T - Well it's not bad at this stage of being a year old all the bittering hops or strong/musky oak flavors have mended together, yet it's far from faint. I also get a strong caramel/toffee flavor and some wood in the finish.
M - ABV is completely aged out. Drinks like an 7 or 8% ABV but clocks in 10% so insanely drinkable.
Overall again worth the price of admission yet I find it not as good as the 17th anniversary ale in terms of balanced oak meeting citrus hops. This could have been because I had it on tap but it's just as drinkable. A great aged DIPA.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

! year old, Tasted Feb 6 2013.

A- Poured in a snifter. Head leaves a nice white lacing on glass, amber to ruby red in color.

S-pine, Pineapple, Oak, citrus

T-Medium citrus bitterness, followed by aged oak woodiness, aftertaste is dominated by cotton candy and bubblegum sweetness. Bitters out harsh for being a year old.

M-Medium to medium heavy mouth feel, thick syrupy front with a smooth bitter back.

O-After a year this beer has held its hop characteristics well. Sweet and malty but a huge citrus sweet hop finish. The only criticism is the oak chip age shows, just as in the 18 year, the wood characteristics age poorly, adding a stale taste. That said i would love to taste this beer a year later, the sweet hop notes may stand out even more.

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The label says 8.5 % alcohol. The best before-date is January, 2013.

The colour is amber-red (30 EBC), the liquid is filled with small floaties. The two finger head is compact and off-white, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth, sweet and hoppy. Orange peels, tangerines. Heavy notes of sweet malts (caramel). Some rubber and butter, alcohol in the background.

The taste is malty with a smooth citric bitterness: Tangerines, grape fruits, lemons. Some barrel-aged oxidised notes of raisins and prunes. The bitterness is a bit metallic, the age of this beer is quite obvious. Medium body. The aftertaste got hints of cognac, growing notes of alcohol and pine wood. Smooth bitter notes and old whisky in the somewhat frowsy finish.

The carbonation is medium strong. The few small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick and sticky.

This beer was probably way more interesting when it was fresh.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy, dense tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the head really billows when swirled. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big malt aromas with some floral hops.
t - very woody with some spicy hops and a hint of vanilla. this one was a little boozy but really worked nicely in this beer.
m - very creamy and coating.
o - another winner from GD. really loved this beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 20 March 2012.

A: Two fingers of head (with excellent retention) top an opaque honey-brown beer. Very good lacing and impressive IPAppearance.

S: Lovely! Soft hops have mellowed from either age, wood, or general disposition. Fruity and round, with touches of caramel and butterscotch.

T/M: Interesting, and not my favourite. Perhaps it's mellowed too long. Bland, very little mouthfeel, and unusually fruity. I detect traces of English hops, but very little of the bitter citrus of American varietals.

O: I do so love Great Divide, but my fanhood set me up for a bit of a letdown. I would not recommend this beer in its present state. Try it fresher or try it more agèd, but not like this. Still, a nice beer!

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, solid amber body a rich, sticky head; solid rings of lacing left behind on the glass with every sip. Caramel and toffee dominant nose with a hint of grass or hay. Medium body, light sugary feel.
Flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma with the addition of a medium strengthed hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol warmth.

A really nice journeyman DIPA. Rich, flavorful, enjoyable overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber in the wine glass. Not much foam, but plentiful lacing. A nice nose of vanilla, though a little mustiness as well.

Tanginess on the tongue gradually reveals itself to be the woody flavors. Mouthfeel flattens out after some sipping. Sweet and fruity, but so sharp as to seem like the malt has been turned strictly to the purpose of producing alcohol. Overall it's more hot and harsh than I care for, though it's a powerhouse of hops. Bitter aftertaste, but that endless orange peel taste keeps coming.

Sharp, hugely hoppy, overly sweet, and the barrel flavor doesn't seem to add to the overall pleasure. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - murky burnt orange, nice off white foam, nice lacing (especially considering ABV)

S - faint, oak, sweetness

T - wood/oak dominates, candied orange marmalade, vanilla/mint notes, only a tad boozy

M - syrupy as expected for the style

O - I was looking for more of an oak accent to a great DIPA, I got an oak dominated beer.

This is probably my taste prejudice, I LOVE oak aged Yeti, where the oak adds a vanilla accent. This beer is dominated by the oak (Cigar City has the same problem with their cedar aged beers). I like the thought process, but don't care for the execution.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just slightly hazy ruby brown, solid off white head retained nicely leaving lots of random lacing
S - big sweet toffee maltiness, light woodiness, just a hint of herbal hops
T - caramel and light leafy hops to start, some dry pine and general woodiness, and a mix of syrupy and alcohol sweetness, a half point deduction here due to the sweetness and maltiness getting the better of the hops
M - medium bodies and creamy start, gets a little dry from both hops and alcohol, the high octane is there but you would not guess 10%, late finish is warmth in the tummy
O - it is a big brew with the wood aging being subtle and complimentary, the only issue I have is that the 'DIPA-ness' of it gets lost somewhere, if i didn't know better i would have thought it was a barleywine, a fine brew none the less but just a little lacking on style

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Photo of stampfler07
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark amber with a finger of off-white head, some small suspensions, head is thick and sticky

S- Strong dark malt aromas initially, sweet fruit-like notes, noticable oak

T- Sweet and woody malt to start, light hop bitterness comes in to give balance, oak begins to assert itself then warmth and a slight bitterness on the finish

M- Moderate body, very low carbonation giving it just a slight bite, other than that very smooth and warm

O- Not so sure if I'd classify this as a double IPA, not too much hop flavor overall, plenty of bitterness though, good balance and drinkable for a 10%

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An hazy amber brew, an off-white small head, little lacing and good curtains.

A toffee aroma, pine resin, sherry.

Starting with sweet butter scotch, then bitter oranges, pine resin, soap, grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a big body and long dry finish.

A clean straight DIPA, not bad at all.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep orange that is almost red into a duvel tulip that is topped by a well retained and quite large off white head
S: pine and hop bitterness with a slight orange in the aroma, a bit of woodyness and a decent underlying sweetness
T: bitterness with a hint of pine, slight woodyness and herbal hop followed by a slight caramel sweetness. good underlying bitterness throughout. swallow brings flavors of wood and herbal hop flavor with a bit of residual sugar
M: soft carbonation with a slightly above medium mouthfeel, slightly astringent on the swallow from the hops and alcohol and a bit drying as well but not too bad
O: pretty solid beer, probably would have been better closer to the bottling date but it has some good flavors.

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper pour, half finger white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

Floral hops, muddled citrus and mellow oak presence. Slight pine with some mandarin oranges.

Caramel, toffee, dry oak, grapefruit, mandarin and some strawberries. Brown sugar and vanilla.

Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doopie brought this over for beer night a couple weeks back. Thanks for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Head fades to a good wisp and coats the sides of the glass. Burnt orange in color, perfectly clear, with medium carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leavind lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts, honeydew melon and floral hop notes as well. Some nice oak and vanilla as well, though relatively mild. Quality.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, and honeydew melon again, then lots of oak, vanilla, piney hop bitterness and alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of sweet caramel, piney hops, oak, as well as some boozy flavors. Really big, bold and interesting flavor, with the barrel aging working well with the base beer.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, oily as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. An alcohol bite at the swallow and some heat lingers. Everything is nicely measured here.

OVERALL: This was a big surprise. Excellent, and very complex and flavorful. This reminded me more of a barleywine than a DIPA, with a big base beer and some really nice barrel aging as well. One with checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again Doops. Always good times!

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 389 ratings