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
3.9 | pDev: 10.77%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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