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

On tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, MN.

Poured into a goblet a rich amber-orange with a thick cap of sisal foam that persisted with good lacing. It looks inviting and delicious.

Smell was rather sweet and oakey with subtle spice and hop oils.

Taste was sweeter than I was expecting with prevalent notes of oak. Hop bitterness was of a spice/earthy quality and the alcohol was a little noticeable. Vanilla appears as it warms. Dark dried fruits as well. As others have mentioned there do seem to be some Barleywine elements here.

Mouthfeel was smooth with decent carbonation, it holds together well.

I'm not a big fan of wood aging DIPA's. I have yet to try one that's spectacular and they all seem to be a bit depleted of hop and too sweet.

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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 Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's

A: Pours a deep amber with a soapy off-white head, good lace.

S: Oak, vanilla, pine and cedar.

T: Definite full oak character, sweet crystal, nice hop flavour, though I didn't find it as vibrant as last years. Cedar bark, melon rind, and grapefruit.

M: Medium to full-bodied, astringent a bit on the finish, resiny, sticky.

O: A solid effort, the price-tag isn't making me happy, but well made.

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

Pours a hazy dark red-orange with one finger thick dense, creamy off-white colored foam. Settles slowly leaving a few thick rings on the glass. Smell: loads of caramelized sugars with vanilla, whiff of booze and citrus - orange / tangerine. Oak is there upfront but lessens as it settles. Taste: acidic pineapple + milk caramel, vanilla, slightly earthy. Orange and stone fruit (dried plum?) notes. A bit vinous towards the end, drying with tannin bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy but with that almost-overpowering finish. Better than decent, but, for me, this series might have run it's course. Maybe change it up for the 19th? Or just call it a barleywine to laugh at our reaction?

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated March 21st, 2012. A little over a month old.

A: A very dark amber, almost ruby red pour. Clear with a good sized off-white head. Head fades slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty subtle aroma. Mainly of oak. Mild caramel. Hints of citrus and pine and resin but mostly overpowered.

T: Again, quite oaky up front. Big resin and pine hops (or is it just resin from the oak?), with just a bit of citrus. Strong caramel malt is present throughout as well. Drying oak and resin flavors in the finish and aftertaste. Once it warms the oak is even more prominent, it's like drinking wood (insert joke here).

M: Almost syrupy. Especially once it warms. A bit much for a DIPA.

O: A decent beer. The oak overpowers everything so it really loses a lot of IPA character. It becomes a thick oak and caramel syrup. Like an oak aged barleywine. Not bad but hardly your typical DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Not my favorite style, but this is actually pretty good. One would even say Doom-esque. Reminds me of an American Barleywine, heavy on the tea notes with a super oak dry finish. Some carmel, a little vanilla and a hint of tropical fruit hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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