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 Kevlee722
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a tulip. Lots of sediment sitting on the bottom of the bottle, poured slowly but still developed a nice foamy two fingers of head. Nice amber color with orange highlights, a nit dark for the style but lovely color. Smell is caramel malt, biscuits, hints of citrus, and sweet oak. Taste is both sweet and bitter, you can tell this used to be a DIPA but has evolved into a bit of an American barleywine with the did aging. Vanilla lingers on the finish. Carbonation plays lightly on the tongue. Medium-full body.
An enjoyable offering from Great Divide, doesn't drink like a DIPA, but I wasn't expecting it to with the wood aging. A good beer overall, regardless of the style.

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

A: Nice amber to caramel color, mild haze but bottle was about 18 months old. Nice cream colored head.
-- Label is nicely done with more a " classic wine" bottle look, simple and eloquent. It is hard on initial look to find brewer.

S: Initial heavy malt smell with a hind a sweetness. Typical hoppy smell with fresh hops was not as heavily appreciated

T: Mellowed out malt and hops with a aftertaste of of earthy tones and oak. Finishes slightly sweet. Typical heavy hop bitterness is not appreciated. Vert nicely done

M: Silky and finishes smoothly

O: Nicely done beer. The bitterness of fresh hopped IPA is tempered by the wood aging.

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

Bottled on March 21 2012.
22oz. served in a snifter.

A - Pours a garnet hued copper with a fluffy off-white head that very slowly melts. Nice lacing.

S - Herbal grassy hops, oaky alcohol, robust caramel malt, bready yeast, almost get notes of cinnamon, wood is very mild.

T - Hop oils attack up front, herbal, pine wood, grapefruit pith, the wood seems raw and creates a bold combination with the hops. Big sweet toffee malt works with the oak to create a smokey bourbon like flavor. Finishes with green whole cone hop bitterness that follows through.

M - Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, lush and sticky feel.

The wood combined with the hops creates a coarseness that scraps across the palate but works if you like it rough. There's a cotton candy like flavor in here that you would find in a single malt scotch and works nicely. A robust and sweet maltiness comforts the palate and blends very well with the wood. Head over heels better than last years anniversary.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one on a whim; first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to grab a fresh anniversary ale, so I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, a wood-aged IPA sounds great right now. Cheers!

Brewed less than a month before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON: MAR 21 2012”). Wooo!

A: What an absolutely great-looking brew. To start, the body is an amber-ruby, shining translucently in the dullest light; gorgeous. The head is not as intense, appearing as a moderately-dense eggshell white that only gets to an inch or so in height – still, retention stays at about half that, though with that same lightness. Light pockets of white surround the glass in a web of lacing.

S: Starting with some resiny hops and alcohol spice, this nose is reminiscent of chili powder, fusel alcohol, pine needles, and an almost oniony heat. It reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, but less intense; in fact, the whole thing is milder than expected. The malts, for instance, are roasty – getting a burst of toast and smoke every once in a while – but the main idea here are gentle caramel cream, cherry syrup, cake batter, and pumpkin pie aromas. The wood aging is tough to pick out, but there is a slight flavor to the whole thing that reminds me more of balsa wood or pine than oak. Quite smooth, though light for a DIPA.

T: Wood aging takes this palate by storm – love it – rounding out every flavor that ensues with a vanilla, smoke, and oak. This is what I really wanted from a wood-aged IPA. Some thick malt tastes, soon after: prune, cocoa powder, red velvet cake, lightly toasted barley, and buttered toast, combining in a much more unique way than I’ve tasted from a DIPA. Hops, though, are just as hot and peppery as the nose suggested, leading the subsequent bitter brigade of pine sap, lemon juice, and a near-saltiness. Loads of Dr. Pepper flavor, with some cherry in the background; just bitter enough to keep from being too syrupy. The aftertaste is salted caramel and cashew nuttiness, with a short, piney dryness over the very end.

M: Pretty damn thick – cream mixed with just a light champagne effervescence. It’s not as hot as the palate‘s hops demand, but the alcohol heat is certainly there. Actually, if it went further with the heat, it would probably infringe on the depth of the wood aging, so I’m glad it’s contained

O: Great Divide impresses again; I could definitely see myself drinking this again. The aging comes through beautifully, giving this one a drinkable, complex character. Happy anniversary, guys! Here’s to 18 more.

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Photo of yonnie
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into tulip. Dark ruby red in color with a finger or so of head.

S - Hoppy, woody and resiny tones.

T - Big woody taste upfront, with some hops after, creamy, malty flavors lingering. A little alcohol bite.

M - Rather creamy, medium bodied.

O - To me, this sits somewhere in between an Imperial IPA and a Strong Ale. It has characteristics of both styles. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but at its high ABV, its a sipper rather than a session brew.

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

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red amber. One finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and muted piney hops. Flavor starts with sweet caramel malt with oak followed by oak and hop bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with wood, vanilla and a bitter aftertaste. Kinda boozy. Medium bodied. A nice oaked IPA; could have a bit more malt support in the finish and I'd like there to be more of an herbal hop component in an Imperial IPA, but I enjoyed this ale and will try it again.

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

22oz (bottled 3/20/2012) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a thick dense off-white head, sticky lacing, no visible carb rising from the bottom.

Aroma is chewy caramel malt and sticky resinous hops, a blend of citrus, pine, and something darker and more earthy, pungent. Apricot? Mango?

Taste is heavily malty up front, just shy of cloying. Sweetness is balanced by copious bittering hops and the dryness of the oak. There's a sticky fruitiness too, and plenty of warmth from the booze to round things out.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, coating.

Overall this is a dark, rich beast of a DIPA. The oak adds a toasty complexity, but the sticky caramel malt is a bit too heavy-handed to give this one higher marks. Still, did I enjoy it? Sure I did.

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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 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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with great clarity and a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Lovely hoppy nose. Sweet caramel, spicy grapefruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple. Faint oak and vanilla smell wafts along with it all.

Damn that's good. Full body, lots of caramel malt. Well blended flavors. Caramel and oak through out. Alcohol heat is high. Hop presence a little hidden by the massively creamy malt body but overall the beer is deep complex and very good. The wood fruit and caramel all play off each other really well not to mention a minty and floral hop finish which really adds a touch of excitement. This is a really great beer, nothing but the best from a great brewery, heres to 18 more years sipping on this massively bold brew.

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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 t420o
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great divide 18th Anniversary 

A- pour produces a 2 finger light tan head that rests on a golden-copper body. Good retention and lacing. 4  

S-floral and citrus hops scent immediately followed by the caramel malt and vanilla oak chip scent. Slight alcohol scent. 4

T- wow I'm lucky I like sweet beers because this is very oaky and sweet. I'd like the hops to be a bit more prevalent because they seem to have been drowned in the malt and oak flavor. I still like it but this is really a DIPA?!? More like a double pale ale because the hops are lacking. 4 

M- smooth and creamy with good carbonation. 4 

O- I'm a sucker for sweet beers, so I really enjoy this one. I could definitely see how this may turn people off , but I feel this is awesome. Reminds me a lot of Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly.  4


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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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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark brown color with a one finger, tan head. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wood, vanilla and piney hops.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with notes of pine, wood, vanilla and citrus peel. Not a lot of bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Another nice edition of the Anniversary Wood Aged beers from Great Divide.

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

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark orangeish amber, doesn't appear to be cloudy. Medium head, clings powerfully to the side of the glass. Smell is orangey, flowery, and smokey.

Taste is interesting. Not over-the-top hoppy, not over-the-top sweet, but well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a nice solid beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says bottled on: MAR 20 2012

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly fading to an 1/8 inch of head with many small bubbles in a cluster. Sticky, intricate lacing.

S- Musty, herbal hop aroma with some malt holding things together. Notes of oak and a slight metallic smell.

T- The wood comes through a lot more in the taste bringing an astringent flavor to the table that hints at Band-aid and rubber. Alcohol is kept in check quite well as the bitterness ensues on the palate and lingers a good while. Toasty malt comes through here and there but is pretty much overwhelmed by the bitterness and oak.

M- Tight and tingly. Oily and slick, too. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Quite good, but I remember last year's being better. I think some age would do it good.

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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 TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This DIPA is a deep amber-orange color, with a thick 1" off-white head, leaving fractal lacing down the sides.

There's a lot of alcohol in the nose of the ale, tempered by sweet honey. With Great Divide's Anniversary Ale you expect hops, and this doesn't disappoint, with a tangy, pepper hop aroma, similar to GD's Hercules DIPA. Hints of each and apricot underneath to round it out.

Taste is quite good; starts sweet and subdued, having been positively influenced by the wood aging. The hop bitter presents more toward the end, with an oaky, smokey finish.

Has a fuller feel, but not a terribly bitter feel. The wood aging has really tamed and mellowed the hop presentation. A bit of a buttery feel, again similar to the Hercules.

A tasty, decent beer, better than GD's 17th Anniversary Ale, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on Mar. 21, 2012. This pours a brownish golden color with a pretty decent off white cream head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of pine and citrus hops, some alcohol, a little vanilla, not quite Burton vanilla though. The feel is medium to maybe a little thick for an DIPA. The taste is pretty good, better than expected, more vanilla than in the nose, a nice amount of hop bitterness along with a little caramel on the way down, a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of cvm4
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a red amber color with an eggshell head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - On the nose it comes off as fruity and malty. I'm not picking up a lot of oak here. A slight hop presence.

T - Lot of oak characteristics, develops to some malt notes and finishes with a smack of pine hop bitterness. A sweetness lingers throughout.

M - Med/Low carbonation, somewhat coats your mouth and finishes dry.

O - I can see this as a love it or hate it beer. I happen to like this.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white thick head on a hazy amber with slight golden hue body.

S: Molasses, lemon and orange citrus, vanilla, and mild pine.

T: nice malt presence up front. Transitions to a pine and citrus with an oak and vanilla smooth finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: better than the 17th anniversary. Very malty. Fairly smooth at first but finished a little harsh. Actually tried it back to back with oak aged hoppy monster... This was better.

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

Grabbed a few bottles from Bottlecraft in San Diego. Incredibly well priced ($8) for an anniversary ale.

a- attractive dark red/amber, cream head. Looks great in a glass.

s- very inviting. hops jump out with a touch of caramel sweetness. one of those beers that really sets you up for its flavor.

t- wonderful. good hops balance, some malty sweetness (caramel/barley), with a great vanilla edge at the end. by the bottom of the bottle, the vanilla was really kicking in for me.

m- easy to drink, no hint of alcohol (great job with that) a tiny bit of softness from the oak.

o- i love red ipa's, and i love barleywines. this one seems to bridge that gap very well. i am curious about how long they age this beer- the hops still taste incredibly fresh, but there is a complexity that belies a youthful beer. love almost everything great divide brews- this one is one of their best.

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