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Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle 18th - Piney with some nice malt backbone. The wood is there although in the background, this bottle is 8 months old. Clear amber with a thick off white head. So very smooth and rich on the palate, with the ever so slightest alcohol warmth on the throat. Malts are forefront with the hops and bitterness coming in shortly after. More of a symphony of flavors all playing nicely rather than fighting. The oak really comes through with the malts adding a nice depth. Caramel, toffee a bit of alcohol are all there. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
18th anniversary Bottle from Sprout’s Eastlake: Appeared as a dark dense golden honey with a fluffy cotton foam head up top. The nose is dominated by bread and whole wheat fragrances with no apparent aroma of the wood aging yet somehow the wood aging must have mellowed out and practically hides any trace of them. It isn’t until my first sip am I reminded that this is a Imperial IPA style because the hops in this beer deliver an immediate dosage of bitter hops while a secure backbone of malts holds this heavy hitting beer up. I say its heavy hitting because the alcohol is apparent but it can’t compare to the bold smoky flavor left behind that might be overly wood aged—IMO. 17th anniversary Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dense golden liquid with a thin layer of foam head. As for the aroma, there was a slight hint of wood from the barrel-aging process with subtle notes of earthy hops. The flavor is subtle with the earthy bitter hops being smoothly refined by the wood barrel which has morphed this double IPA into a complex and sweet malty beer that suggests orange peel and honey. A: 7 a: 3 f: 8 p: 4 o: 15

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
22oz bottle courtesy of my wife. 18th anniversary bottle. Pours a hazy copper with half finger white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, pine, and oak. Taste is caramel, toffee, dry oak, grapefruit, mandarin, and some brown sugar and vanilla.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
22oz bomber, 18th Anniversary, bottled on March 21, 2012. Pours a slightly opaque amber close to a caramel apple. Virtually no head. Aroma is pretty mellow, perhaps because of a year in the cellar. Taste is mellow and very even, no hot spots at all. Both the taste and aroma have subtle vanilla notes, with a nice hop finish. This beer aged very well. Spectacular.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadJT (3) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2013 does not count
Subtle oak aroma but overwhelmed by earthy citrus hops. Cloudy copper color with big yeast chunks covered with a thick white foam. Bold hop bitterness with a full body. Long lasting bitterness but delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimmythespoon (467) - - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle of the 17anniversary aged in cellar fridge. Pours a dark copper, malty aroma followed by the alcohol. Very good full bodied beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fejez (37) - ITALY - FEB 1, 2013
Sweet and woodden taste. Herbal at the nose with a bit of nuts and chocolate. The sweetness is balanced by a strong bitterness, making an ’harmonious extreme’ beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (643) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Very bready malty. But a nice amount of hops in the aroma. Not bad but quite balanced. Nice vanilla warm taste from the oak. Quite good, but not amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
Smells very malty to be an ipa..Nice golden-brown-ish. The taste not bad, but a little too strange if you ask me. Good mouthfeel. Good beer, but i like the concept more than the beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with white head. Aroma is dank hops with oak shining through. Dry woody flavor with good hops and malt backbone. Very nice beer.


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