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Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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RATINGS: 855   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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15th Anniversary: 2009
16th Anniversary: 2010
17th Anniversary: 2011
18th Anniversary: 2012


Based on our most award-winning beer, Denver Pale Ale, this copper-hued treat is a celebration of everything Great Divide does best. Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us for the last 15 years - here’s to 15 more!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
650 mL bottle of 17th Anniversary shared at Tippins at an impromptu tasting. Thanks Dom! The pour on this is a pale gold, with some darker tendencies and a nice tall white head and some moderate spotty lace. The aroma is definitely hoppy and bitter, but the oak almost provides a little bit of a vanilla malty sweetness toward the back end. It’s really good. The flavor is much of the same. The hops are definitely toned down from what I’d expect, and I think the oak has a large part of that. They offer a little more of an earthy character. It’s not as dominated by a hoppy presence as I’d expect for an double IPA, but it’s still quite good. The mouth feel is a little thin, but decently creamy, with a great carbonation, and a decent aftertaste, but there isn’t the citrusy dominance that I was hoping for. It’s a little dry, which is good

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattiasA (617) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
Backlog - 16th anniversary. Strong wooden notes and accompanying sweetness paired with the usual hop aromas.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MagnusTjader (73) - Mullsjö, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3927) - Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Rated on 9-25-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer provided by patrick767 pours a small off-white head with a good retention, transparent amber body, fair amount of lacing, and visible carbonation. The Aroma is malty, oak, floral, and citrus hops. The Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, oak, hint of vanilla, floral, and citrus hops. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is full bodied. Overall, this beer is a sipping beer at 10%ABV, but I did not find it to be overly hoppy tasting for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tomy63 (173) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2013
Couleur ambrée foncé, le nez est sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le bois et la vanille, un peu d’agrumes aussi mais dans le fond. La bouche est maltée, caramélisée, vanillée, assez puissante, pas trop amère. Au final, la finition en fût a enlevé du fruit pour le remplacer par de la vanille, du bois et du caramel. C’est pas vraiment ce que j’aime, même si c’est pas mal fait.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
5/13/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Had both the 16th and 17th version. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, hops, malt, tropical fruit with some sweetness from the oak. Rich and complex with plenty of hops on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well. Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so. Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla. A little bit sticky and good carbonation. Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn’t disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle--my beer was bottled on March 20, 2012. Hazy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was rich in hops along with some malt. Loved it. Hoppy bitterness on the taste along with some wood, I guess. The hop bitterness followed through on the end. Produce place.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2571) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
bottle of 17th Anniversary. Deep golden with small head. Imperial IPA with wood aging. The wood does a nice job of muting the hops, though the effect is subtle. Might have been a bit better fresh, but it’s good as-is.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dojken (153) - - AUG 31, 2013
Aromen något diskret men smaken ligger fint i munnen väl balanserat sedan kommer en explosion av Pina colada därefter komer en fin beska. En konstig men rätt god öl.


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