18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA18th 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 chugalug06 on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 389
Photo of Omnium
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +9.4%
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 -17.2%
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 +17.2%
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 -6.8%
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 ag├Ęd, but not like this. Still, a nice beer!

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -10.4%
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 -11.2%
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 -6.8%
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 +4.9%
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 +1%
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 -6.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of parris
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 WastingFreetime
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very hazed brownish-amber caramel sort of color with a single finger of sand colored head that lasts for five minutes and leaves behind curtains of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

So. Much. Wood. There is a VERY strong -raw- oaken woody astringency in the flavor which is only really hinted at in the nose. And it's not toasted wood... it's raw. This is actually somewhat above the high end of my palate tolerance for wood, I feel as if I'm chewing on lumber... which makes me think that this could be a candidate for experimental cellaring to tame the splinters. I can just barely make out all the pine resin, florals, and earthy / caramel malt that the nose had promised; almost completely buried under piles of oaken two by fours.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - orange amber with a soft off-white head that has decent retention

S - faint wood, earthy, citrusy

T - oaky, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, light bread

M - full bodied, well carbonated, a little boozy

This is a nice, balanced beer. The hops are there, the malt is there, and the woody, earthiness is there. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber color with thick, chunky off-white head that lingers a long time.

Smell is heavy with malts and caramel.

Taste is all sweet malts and caramel up front. Biscuit and honey is present too. A little bit of piney hops comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall this was o.k., but not hoppy enough for my taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a massive head; sticks, impressively, and leaves shards of lace behind

Smell: Oak and caramel dominate the aroma, with piney and minty hops peaking through

Taste: The oak and caramel flavors lay down the backbone but by mid-palate the beer develops a piney bitterness that builds considerably, adding a little mint to the profile; the finish is bitter but the strong presence of the malts doesn't yield an inch

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I keep coming back to these GD anniversary beers though I really don't care for them that much - don't think I will return again; love the brewery, just not this recipe

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Mar 12 of this year. Purchased at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Hazy red/copper/gold with 2 finger medium cream head. Decent retention and laces fairly well.

Definitely some wood in the nose. Pine is present, along with hop esters. Alcohol adds to the hop burn.

Strong in flavor with lots of oak, a healthy dose of booze, big pine, a bit of dried fruit (blackberry maybe?), and a dry finish. A very warming ipa.

Body is very nice and blends well with the strong flavors. Hop oil very present and adds to the body.

Would be a very nice DIPA for the colder months. Wish I had picked up a bottle sooner.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is slighlty hazy reddish copper with a really tall off-white compact, lovely head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Nettles, grass and even hay followed by light roasted caramell malts with rich sweetness. Some vanilla from the oak. Then there's the tropical fruits from the floral hops; grapefruit, pineapple and some citric frutis as well.

T: Bready caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Tropical fruits and pine from the American hops, but not overpowering. The wood is rather anonymous, but in the back there's some vanilla.

M: Long aftertaste, actually rather fruity but also light bitter. Body is lighter than I anticipated and carbonation is mild. Smooth and the high ABV is no where to be found (possibly in my legs when it's time to hit the head).

O: Nice! The oak usually doesn't work for me in beers (in whiskys it's desired, but not in beers), but here it was mild and actually made it better.

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Photo of gpack
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snifter-from a bomber

A- Poured Great- two fingers of nice fluffy topping. stuck around for a while lacing in almost clumps

S- Nothing spectacular in the smell. muted vanilla. a little sweet in the back of my nose.

T- Unimpressed with first taste. Let it sit. I'm glad I waited. Good malty front end, finished a little sweet for my typical taste preference-but good.

M- Good carbonation, and I agree with the others, big and sweety sticky.

O- Very Good-Not where I usually choose to go with an DIPA, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: crystal clear copper color. Aggressive pour leads to a sticky two-finger latte colored head that sticks around for a minute or so before reluctantly fading leaving a sticky mess of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: full malt nose sets up a touch of piney hops which transition nicely to the unmistakable aroma of a wood aged beer. A touch of alcohol notes arrive as well but as an nice addition.

T: malt base is first on the palate and follows the same progression that the nose did with a wonderful malt base leading to a hop profile that's really there to balance the sweetness more than anything. Followed nicely by a touch of wood and again a hint of alcohol that really makes this an enjoyable yet unique spin on a IIPA.

M: perfectly carbonated, sticky sweet coating. Feels like a big beer.

O: a solid IIPA with the wood providing an interesting twist. If your a fan of malt forward yet well balanced IPAs then this one is right up your alley. It's a good beer but I prefer mine a bit on the hopper side.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white thick head that retains decently and laces well

S - bready malt, piney hops and wood notes are up front. Hints of caramel malt and some earthy hop aroma can come out as well. Nice balance, and attractive aroma.

T - you get your caramel malt and piney hops up front, followed by a pleasant woody flavor and some addtional bready malt. Finishes clean with nothing overpowering alcohol-wise.

M - nice and balanced, solid carb level, but a slight coating of the tounge

O - good DIPA... Like the wood presence especially, otherwise not impressive... Wish more people would do this.

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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