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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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of crossovert
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650ml red-foiled bottle.

Aged IPAs are always toss-ups. Either the brewer accounted for the loss of hop bitterness and aroma or they didn't.

This one pours a deep red with a creamy but foamy slightly off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is alcoholic and fruity. There is a bit of oak , caramel, and some English hop notes.

The flavor is nearly cloyingly sweet, medium to mild bitterness that increases. Some decent hoppy flavors with some grassiness, pine, and candied citrus. A bit of oak in the flavor but not too much. Some tannins.

Overall it is what I feared, just a mundane sort of brew that is bereft of its freshness.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of lnashsig
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#BOTG number 37!

Poured from bomber into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a dark amber color, some cloudiness. Very dark colored for a Double IPA, I'm guessing from the wood it was aged in. Decent looking beer, but doesn't look like an IPA. Smell- Oak woodiness invades my nostrils, with some nice vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes. This is just so woody. Taste- astringent bitterness, pure sugar sweetness from the malt. The vanilla flavors are there, on the end. This is pretty one dimensional, not a lot of great flavors I was hoping for were there (tropical flavors were there last year: coconut, mango, etc). This is purely sweet, almost cloying, and the hops don't contribute a lot. I wanted more.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber - $11.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on Mar 20, 2012 according to the bottom of the label.

Pours darker almond amber, tan head, stays a spell. leaves a nice lower sheet of lace and then bits and strands here and there.

Malty nose, with a rear coating of fresh hops. Nice.

Tasty, densely flavorful brew, with plenty of more malts, smooth and satisfying and then a better then average wave of fresh, piney and citric hops, with a slight minty bite. Also a smooth and lasting vanilla/honey note. Hops not over the top, but providing a nice counter balance to the rich malts.

Very soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Outstanding. Very enjoyable DIPA

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber color from a 22 ox bomber, with date of bottling and ABV clearly marked on the label.
Reddish hues along the edges and a thin sticky film for a head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma upfront is of caramel, with buttery toasty notes through which some floral hops make their presence felt. As the beer warms up the woody notes become more evident, with nice vanilla notes coming through. Lots of lacing on this one.
Taste likewise is slightly woody and sweet upfront. Towards the middle the hops take over for a nice bittersweet finish, with the bitterness factor lingering for quite some time.
Very smooth, silky, chewy mouthfeel. This is a very malt-forward ale, which I have noticed with Great Divide brews.
The alcohol is very well masked. This does not drink like a 10% beer at all, felt more like a 7% beer, very easy to drink.
Overall this is a solid brew, not exception, but a solid brew from Great Divide.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 to tulip. Served cool. 8 weeks old. Thank you for the very clear bottle date on the label, Great Divide. How hard is that, other brewers?

A - Dark amber, substantial off-white head that settles down to a film.

S - Some kind of lovely Frankenstein of honey, caramel, brown sugar, and candi. Vague fruit that's maybe a yeast thing. Smells great.

T - Rich. The wood comes through not so much as a flavor but as an instant and particular kind of dryness which you can tell is distinct from the hop kind. It's a bit like licking a board, though straddling good and too much in that respect. It's assertive. I'm having a hard time picking flavor notes out of this aside from a general sweetish malt flavor and some booze just starting to be noticeable. Not really getting hops. Slightly woody aftertaste with some sweetness.

M - Leaning towards sticky with a bit of tongue tingle and minor abrasion and finishing dry.

O - This is rich and robust and satisfying. I was definitely expecting more hops though. I'm wondering if the "aging" in this case is the kind of aging I'd do at home, which would fade hops and would explain things here. I would assume not. I think the wood is somewhat overdone and would give it a 4 if that were dialed back a bit.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear deep amber-orange with have a finger of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts and wood with a little pine and sweet tropical fruits.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt, fresh lumber and a bit of pine, vanilla and mixed fruits and astringent alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, a little bit sticky, medium-low carbonation. A bit warm.

Overall. I love this brewery but this one wasn't one of my favorites. For me it was too sweet and the woodiness wasn't very complimentary.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is ruby red with an incredibly thick head and lacing that last for days.

Nose is plenty of fresh hops, with baked bread, allspice, and pineapple.

Taste is buttery toffee, with tart cherry, sweet cream, lemon zest, and cinnamon muffin.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation. Every sip is silky.

Overall, this is a great American Imperial IPA that bangs home the sweetness as opposed to the punch.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to dark copper color with a moderately thick two fingered head the subsides pretty quickly and leaves a soapy, but dense lacing ring. Carbonation is gentle.

S - Toasted candy caramel biscuit malt, oak, light grapefruit, and some alcohol effervesence. The aroma comes through as balanced with the malt being a little more forward.

T - This one is a surprise because I expected more malt flavor coming through, especially up front. Instead, the sweet malt is there, nips the front of the tongue for a very brief moment before being drowned out by a (very) sizable wave of oak tannins, florally cedar, and earthy tobacco, then ends with a lingering woody grapefruit bitterness.

M - Thick, full bodied, and incredibly dry; in fact so dry it sucks the spit off your tongue.

O - I was surprised by this one (in a good way) because the nose didn't follow the taste, I like the element of surprise. But, on the other hand, the wood tannins are so in your face and with the bitter grapefruit bite, I feel like my tongue just got beaten by a oversized wood plank with a nail in it. Definitely one of the more interesting big IPA's I've had, but a little less oak would provide a little more complexity to this unique beer. Maybe take it off the oak sooner next time. (Just my two cents.) I couldn't finish the bomber by myself, ended up pouring it...too many wood tannins and it didn't blend well for an IPA for my liking. Would have been better in a barley, imperial porter, or stout. Would have lowered the score further because I didn't care for the blend but it is impressive, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 20th, 2012. Shared in two snifters.

Pours a cumin/cognac color with some haze and an inch-thick crown of old newspaper-colored head. The foam has escaped to the outer ring with bubble patches islanding on the surface. Already starting to stick a bit. 4.0

Oaky aroma with a hint of whiskey (although, clearly not from the barrel). Pine and citric hop notes with a dry, almost roasted, toffee malt backbone. Not overly hoppy. Lots of oak and slightly candied hops. 4.0

Most noticeable is the semi-bitter oak with some tannic qualities, second is the semi-spicy pine hops peeling away at rinds of grapefruit and navel orange, then a rich roasty malt gushing with toffee and caramel notes backing just below the wood/hop combo blast, lastly a warm and rich, sturdy alcohol note that levels everything out upon the swallow. Grainy oak sustains throughout the finish with some moderate hop bitterness to boot. A little bit sweet, a little bit rich, a little bit young. The implied grapefruit is pretty juicy, the pine is woody and sappy. Very atypical IIPA. Has taste similarities to some hoppy barleywines. I could draw a Venn Diagram with this on one side and fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot on the other. Fascinating. 4.0

Whooshy body with some scrubbing carb. Moderate spike in booziness as it warms. 3.5

I've greatly enjoyed past Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPAs, and this one is no exception. A delicious, full-on beer. Interesting to think how similar I would have scored it had it been denoted as an American Barleywine. Recommended. 4.0

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark copper color and steady bubbling columns. Good head and a slow receding tan foam after each sip.

Resiny, orange peel aroma with toasted malt and wood chips. Good, inviting sweet, and little abv. warm aroma.

Bittersweet orange peel, light, toasted wood chip, sweet biscuit crust. Malty and bitter with a warm resiny mouthfeel and finish Maybe a too warm, but still good to sip. Not bad.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 3/20/2012.

Appearance: deep, rich orange with a nice effervescence and two fingers of frothy tan head with an orange cast. Nice.

Smell: floral, citrusy, fruity hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. The former help balance out the latter, but the malt character isn't really my favorite. The hops really are quite nice, though.

Taste: strong all-around and a bit on the rough side. Hops are citrusy but a bit muddled, alcohol is strong and bitterness is raspy in the middle but smooth at the end. Flavors are not bad, but could be cleaner and a bit smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a somewhat low carbonation. With this body I'd expect more creaminess. Still, it's decent.

Overall: this is an OK DIPA, but frankly, I don't love it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 22 oz. bomber of an annual favorite; there have been too few hops consumed around these parts recently. Let's rectify that.

Liberated from its restraining metal cap, the double-glass pour is a clear dark amber. No floaties or wedgies. Nose is faint but with a lot going in that faintness: oak, sharp tangerine, citric acid. Good, but I'd like to see the knob twisted a bit more.

Wood Oaked 18th Anniversary IIPA takes three seconds to say & far less than that to judge. Holy inner oak sanctum, Batman, is that a wood-lined bomber I see before me? There's enough wood here to start a mill, or a national wildlife refuge, or a national conversation on that infamous three-hour erection you're supposed to call your doctor about. But I digress. Massive wood notes are chased with pleasing hop bitterness. The hops impart a wick of pine & more than a dollop of sticky resin, but mostly just tingling slash-and-burn. Malt is distantly sweet, as it ought to be. Stay out of my hops, malt.

This is another winner in the series; not quite as good as last year's home run, but close. Great wood & ever-dangerous drinkability. Another excellent anniversary hop-and-wood-bomb. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Originally rated it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 on May 10, 2012 on tap
Had it 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0 | 4.5 on July 31, 2012 on bottle.
Went with 4.50 | 4.00 | 4.25 | 4.25 | 4.25 on Oct. 7, 2015 with increments

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company. About a finger of head when I got it. Color was rich toffee amber. Reddish tan lacing on the top of the pour. Long-lasting even film on the glass.

Smelled light cedar or pine hops. Also seemed to get some tangerine or orange on the nose. A bit oaky. Clean and some light sweet caramel.

Not as hoppy on the taste as I’d thought it would be. Very malty, caramel leading the way. So smooth, but could taste the alcohol late. Could taste the oakiness, as well as some light cedar notes.

Definitely the feel was the best part of the beer. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long-lasting finish.

Really good beer overall. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but the feel really kills it here. Definitely the best part of the beer.

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18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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