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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 2xHops
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, clear. Not much of a head but then again for 10%...fairly large bubbles forthe head that lingers.
Smell: very surprised here. The nose is well....tiny. Pleasant enough but almost not there.
Taste: that's more like it. Frankly a little...meh...but some character there. A little hop bitterness, a little malt backbone.
Overall: quite disappointed for an anniversary ale. I expect more from Great Divide.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Why do I keep buying these? I guess I can't resist a new IPA. Also I'm an idiot. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and hazy with a tight off whtie head of small bubbles, nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mostly oaky, mild earthiness and pine hops.

Beer has a nice body but it is not really an IPA. It is strong and oaky on the finish, moderately bitter and strong throughout, it has this mild earthiness on the palate and clean. I don't think I'll have the 19th anniversary wood aged IPA. Just not interested at all.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant clear copper with a large two finger sticky pillowey head that settled into a frothy mass after a longtime leaving a few broken "globs" of lace.Aromas are faint with mainly toasted oak and light vanilla,I was a little dissapointed with the nose.Flavors at first are dominated by toasted oak and vanilla, mild leafy hops come thru as it warmed a little as did the sweet alcohol.The hops are really subdued but it's got a nice feel,a great look, and decent flavors.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RuckusDu
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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