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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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.77%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
391
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  30
SCORE
88
Very Good
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Mostly clear copper hue with a nice thick two-finger off white head. Serious lacing.

S - Strong woody notes, toffee, and caramel. Not getting the piney hops that I would expect from a DIPA?

T - Very much follows the nose. Oak woodiness is forward, but it's kind of a "toasted" oak if that makes sense; very smooth with mild bitterness. Also hints of toffee, vanilla, and a bit of fruit (other reviewers seem to suggest orange and grapefruit, I am finding more plum and cherry) Earthy hops provide a nice balance and additional bittering. Really good. Complex. ABV slightly noticeable in the very back end of the finish.

M - You feel as if you might need a knife and fork for this it's so chewy. Also has an amazing creamy quality not often found in this style. Throw in some medium carbonation and it's pretty much perfect.

O - I really enjoyed this, not so much as a DIPA, but it's one hell of a beer. Not what I expected. One of the best "wood forward" beers I have had, as a lot of them tend to beat you over the head with bitter astringency. Smooth wood flavor and a great creamy mouthfeel make this a winner in my book.

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Photo of parris
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell - spicy hops, oak, dank, malty

Appearance - copper, light carbonation, descent tan head

Taste - dank hops, malt, a bit metallic, alcohol. The oak might have slipped by if it wasn't advertised on the bottle

Mouthfeel - pretty big bodied, bitterness is noticeable on the back of the tongue

Overall - great beer, solid IIPA, the oak is subtle, but a welcome addition.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of herman77
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 21st 2012

A: Pours a dark copper/gold with a rocky off white head. Spotty camouflage lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malts, hints of vanilla, some pine and light grapefruit hops. The oak is very mild and barely lurks in the background.

T: Mmmmm... Lots of vanilla and oak characteristics in this one. Those flavors start right away and continue all the way through. It plays really nicely with the thick malt background and the pine/slightly citrus hops. The oak flavors really make this beer, without it, I wouldn't be as big of a fan.

M: Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation. Feels pretty smooth.

O: Very easy to drink. ABV is hidden nicely. Never had one of their anniversary wood aged double IPAs before. I like it and would get it again next year for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Archimetez
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of devilfluff
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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 SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle date 3/21/12. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a two inch sticky white head, with a thick coat of lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, carmel, apricot, vanilla, and wood. Taste is much bigger than the nose would lead on. Huge oak/vanilla, grapefruit, carmel, tangerine, pine, and warming alcohol. Body is very big for the style, plenty of life, not overly dry, and easy drinking for a large beer fan. This is a magnificent oak aged Imperial IPA, probably the best I have had to date.

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 391 ratings