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
Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 391
Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +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 WastingFreetime
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
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 +14.6%
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 -9.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +3.8%
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 +5.9%
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 -9.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Pours a dark, clear amber red with good carbonation. Tastes slightly sweet, with some hop bitterness with a vanilla/oak finish. Very nice overall. Good mouthfeel and the high alcohol is well hidden on this one. I really enjoy the oak ipas. Pretty good overall considering it was bottled in March.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - dark amber/medium brown in color, with about a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pretty malty in general, with an interesting floral component to it. Something unique and sweet in it. It could be the oak chips or it could be the hops.

Taste - malty, as is the smell, but there's a slight tang that starts in the middle of the taste and culminates in a muskiness in the finish, but with a sweeter, almost candy-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall...not too creamy not too watery.

Overall - a very interesting brew. Both good-tasting and intriguing.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz, 3/21/12
Victory tulip

A: Pours an extremely murky copper color. Seems to be nicely bottle carbonated (?). Quarter finger off white head. Turns into a ring around the edges quickly. Definitely some alcohol feet. Lacing bits right away, and as I drink even more sticky lacing.

S: Lots of malts on the nose. Wish she was a little fresher. Still some hops. I think I get some of that wood too, as the soft vanilla is actually behind everything.

T: Taste is actually better than the smell. Not overly bitter. On the tip of the tongue, a touch of hop bitterness. Piney notes more so than citrus. Then the malt bill takes over to balance it. Drinks less than the ABV says. And the oak does show up, as it is a soft oaky vanilla finish. The close isn't overly bitter or dry.

M: Medium bodied with a good mouth coating.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance really did look good, but the taste is another story.

I'm usually a fan of oak-flavored IPAs. This wood-aged IPA was somewhat too "woody" for my taste. It had a peculiar aftertaste that I can't quite describe. It's as if it's been aged way too long to the point where you will have to let it "breathe" like you would do to an aged pinot noir.

It's always fun to try new beer, and since this is an anniversary brew, I doubt I'll drink anything like this again. It'll be one-off thing for me, and probably so for everyone else.

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Photo of lsummers
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple times now, It pours an amber red with a slight head that leaves some nice lacing, looks great.

Smell is a little confusing to me, but not unpleasing. I can smell a bit of hops and something I can't quite pinpoint, possibly a bourbon type smell.

Tastes great! It hits you right away with the hops then immediately switches to vanilla and oak. The backend is so smooth it just makes me want to take another sip to get that super hoppy flavor.

The mouthfeel fits the beer. It is a bit of a thicker feeling beer, more syrupy but not uncommon for a dipa. It helps me realize this is tasty but it's still a high abv beer. A fantastic beer that I will continue to look for.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Premium Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured into a goblet. Lovely dark amber-copper in colour, a half inch of fluffy head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing patches.

Nose is oak, caramel, citrus and earthy hops. Almost scotch-like.

Oak adds a unique character to this brew, which I quite enjoy. Opens with a strong blast of oak and lovely caramel, finishes with grain and earthy hops. A touch of citrus hops as well, and a hint of vanilla. Again, similar notes to a nice scotch on the sweeter end of the scale.

Carbonation carries the brew along well after the pour, and coats the tongue nicely.

Great brew, complex, nice use of the oak aging process. Will be back for this one again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled March 20, 2012.

Reddish brown, with a dense cap a few fingers in height of cream colour. Solid retention and lacing. Oak and vanilla notes are prominent, a bit of butterscotch, some citrus and pine are mildly present in the background. Taste has a continued generous amount of oak and woody vanilla character, citrus and orange but more hop bitterness to contrast a fairly big sweetness from the malt. Some apple as well. Oaky sweetness well into the finish, surprisingly not alot of alcohol. Medium full feel, and low-ish carbonation. Not a big fan of oaked DIPAs, but this wasn't half bad.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/caramel with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & ever-so faint citrus, the only area where this beer fell short

T: Pineyness & oakyness up front, grapefruit, dryness up front. Woody, herbal & citrussy hops all play well with breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms. Finishes with an oaky/piney edge, a touch of booze breaking through, & grapefruit

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, great balance

A fairly refined wood aged DIPA, this is the greatness I expect form these guys. This drinks really easy for the style & ABV

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Photo of jsulko
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Glass is a dark reddish amber color with a decent off white head.

Smell is citrusy with a carmel sweetness to it.

Taste is predominant with the sweetness to it. Oak flavors come through strongly on the finish.

Finish is a bit thick as well with the sweetness and a syrup like finish.

An interesting brew for a once a year.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a beauty, a deep clear copper-red that forms a nice crown on top, thick and about 2 fingers high. The head remains as a thick layer of foam that never fades beyond that and laves a finger-thick ring of lacing then heavy patches the rest of the way down.
The smell gives up the oak, and there's no question it's barrel-aged. Overall it's lighter than I expected but not weak. It's very nice, actually, with the wood and vanilla melding with a pithy, leafy and lightly piney bitterness along with a bit of toast.
When I take a sip, things aren't quite as well put together as I got from the aroma. It's downright salty initially before that backs off and I get the wood, and it tastes like it was in barrels for 4 years. It gets extremely pithy going into the finish. I give it a moment and slower sips reveal a sweetness and, yes, it's got a nice vanilla note to it. In the finish, along with the pith, comes a somewhat cloying edge to the sweetness as well. It almost comes together but it never really loses the saltiness.
The feel is good, crispness light but present to set up a good, creamy smoothness in a clean medium body.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times already. Really loved 17, but thought this was a little too hoppy (i didn't think 17 was really a dipa). Into Duvel tulip.

A - a good two fingers of light beige head. Body is very clear and standard amber in color. Very strong lacing.

S - balanced bready makes and smooth hops. Some nutmeg.

T - there is a weird bitterness that hits the top rear of your mouth. Lots of smooth hops which is slightly offset by light biscut malts. Just too harsh for me.

M - average carbonation but full bodied.

O - nice, but I do love 17 so much better. Maybe this just needs time.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A world class ipa as it always is, slightly different every year, atleast i think so. More wood flavors and minus the citrus orange as i remebered. Beuatiful tawny color loads of citrus aroma and big flavors of oak and vanilla. Perfectly balanced good malt backbone and nice hop presence, not over top in any area. Loof forward to trying every year.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with two fingers of off white head that fades to a layer and leaves less lacing than I would have guessed.

Smell: More malt than expected with some fruity notes, I'm
getting some cherry. There are some citrus peel hops as well.

Taste: A strong sweetness from the malt. I'm getting the mild cherry along with some caramel and maybe a touch of coconut. The hops show up later on in the sip. Citrus peel bitterness along with a woody flavor. The finish is bitter and a bit hot from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is fluffy and the finish is quite dry.

Overall: I think this beer would have been a bit better at about 8%. I enjoyed it enough, but I don't think I would want another.

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