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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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrik (290) - - JAN 5, 2013
Nice fruity smell and taste. Very well balanced. You can taste some vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4936) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
Hazy amber colour with a small off white head. Nice mild and complex aroma. Fruity, light hoppy and some wood. Full body with a really great balanced sweetness. Also a nice bitterness. Rich, but not overkill. Some plums in the flavour? Nice balanced sweetness with some wood and hopps in the flavour. Lovely beer! Smooth carbonation and very well hidden alcohol.
[Bottle, 18th Anniversary, from Systembolaget Nordstan in Göteborg, Sweden]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (839) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Amber. Lots of wood in the aroma and taste. Oaky, rich malt, prominent hops. Unique and the more you drink it the more it grows on you.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1462) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white headband sweet woody aroma. Taste is well balanced, of hops, fruits, malt, wood, and caramel with a bitter finish. Unique, good tasting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1511) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a rusty copper color with a small head. Nose is woody, oaky with a malty sweetness. Taste is not overwhelmingly sweet but oaky with some mild bitterness, very smooth and drinkable. Finish is short and sweet. Descent and solid. quaff score 8 / 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber, small off white head, bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, light wood. Flavor is the same, light port, medium sweet, light bitter. Quite malt forward, and clearly aged. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
[bottle from Orange, CA] Slightly cardboardy spicy vanilla oak and pine aroma. Almost clear dark bronze under large white bubbles that lace the glass. Tangy and salty vanilla oak in front of sweet caramel malt that is balanced slightly overmuch with hops bitterness. Faint apricot and plenty of dried fruit--even some nuts together with a sherry-like. Medium body, medium carbonation, lingering tangy bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2012
18th anniversary. Aromas of oak, vanilla, and citrus. Poured copper with about 2 inch white head that hung around. Complex taste. You get the oak and that really balances it the traditional hoppiness. Very smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
17th Anniversary Bottle on 23 April 2011. Deep ruby tinted coloured body with a copper glow and a thinnish, fast-dying two centimetre head and a ton of sediment floating in the balance. Aroma of pungent wood, oak, vanilla, peat, alcohol and a light earthy and nutty hoppiness with some good malt as well. Full-bodied; Pungent alcohol, pit fruit, oak, vanilla, peat, grass notes with hops and caramel by far the strongest - very nice, and very flavourful. Aftertaste is quite potent and complex with the oaky and woodsy flavours going full force, then some nice sweetness like a barleywine coupled with the hoppiness of an imperial IPA make for a very well done combination. Overall, this is reminiscent of a hopped barley wine to me, but with perhaps some more oaky and earthy flavours than you even find in a Barley Wine. This one was aged quite nicely, and still showed a bunch of complexity and surprisingly a good amount of hops - but without so much bite. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York, New York (Bowery Location) almost a year ago on 25-November-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington the day before Thanksgiving on 21-November-2012, and the bottle was roughly a year and a half old.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle share of the 16th. The aroma is kinda hoppy, but reminds me more of a barley wine than a ipa. The appearance is cloudy, burnt orange. The taste starts a little hoppy and finishes more barley wine than anything else. The palate is a little too hop dry for my taste. Overall, a good beer. Would buy one fresh to see if it is better.


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