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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Finally, I was waiting to try this for a long time. Picked up at Greens on Ponce De Leon. 22 oz. Not much of a head on this thing. The head fades away quickly. Nice orangish/copper/brown color. Looks like a pretty good beer. Pungent vanilla sweet/citrus/wood aroma. Very nice aroma. Great pungent wood aroma. Nice vanilla aroma as well. Purchased one to age as well. Heavy bitter taste with some wood. Slight backing with the citrus taste. Actually, a very nuanced and complex beer. That earthy wood aroma is just insane. A very awesome wood/citrus taste that is great. A great beer indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3831) - - JUL 2, 2009
clear rust color under a large off-white head. soft hop, vanilla, oak, peach aroma. flavors of vanilla, oak, tangerine, orange slice candy, marshmallow, big oaky presence here that compliments the beer perfectly. man...i’ve had some good beers tonight! smooth silky velvety palate for a 2ipa made possible by the oak aging. this is superb!! unbelievable palate!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1970) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Got some nice hops and an excellent body. Oak adds some wood and some nice vanilla flavors. Very well balanced and the flavors complement each other very well. Definitely well-done and I dug it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
sweet vanilla, light woodiness and oak in the aroma .. . beautiful red mahogany colour .. . you should have seen my crab!! .. . great refined foamy head .. . lacing is really fantastic .. . big bold brew at first, mellows nicely .. . yeah, cops everywhere .. . vanilla, oak, light whiskey, maple, apple, and tons of cantaloupe .. . smells swedish??? .. . worthy of an anniversary brew .. . put the kettle on, i have stories ...

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Almost nothing to the nose but it pours a nice amber color. Its not overly assertive for a double and the oak does "round" it out nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bomber bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a medium frothy off white head that diminishes quickly leaving behind decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet fruit and citrus with pine and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a peppery citrus taste with malt and caramel. Alcohol present in the finish as it lingers with some sourness. One of the more complex IIPA I have tried.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle from KAggie97. Kevin, if I was gay I would want you as my gay lover. You are beautiful inside and out. -sigh- Pours a thick, murky and slightly lively cheddar orange. Nose is, at first, heavy on the cereal and the malt; however, after it settles, the SOUR (yes, SOUR Mr. you-know-who!) notes take center stage. Orange, grapefruit, and a touch of sweet pine mingle all friendly-like in the glass, farting a pleasant aroma. Flavor is bready strawberry syrup quickly offset by grapefruit bread. Very boozy and tart in the finish; ABV seems too high for this beer, as it doesn’t seem to play nicely with the other ingredients. Nice, full mouthfeel that really slides along the tongue at a snail’s pace and leaves a trail of slime. A good beer, but just too boozy and malty in the finish to be a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
22, capped and foiled. Pours a crystal clear bright medium amber with ruby overtones. Thick creamy surging tan head that finally falls enough to finish the pour--big beasty mousse to fight through while you wait, though. Nice oaky, piney, caramelly nose with some wet leaves there as well. Almost funky from the combo of oak and wet leaves. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Lots of sweet notes knocking around--vanilla, caramel, oak, doughy malts, a bit of pine. Some booze and resin at the finish. Good stuff. While it’s too big to be really refreshing, and it’s not as complex and mesmerizing as some other big beers, it’s still a pleasure to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 28, 2009
slap your momma good. i could stop right there and that would be enough for me to realize what a great experience this beer is for me. vanilla, resin, sweet malt profile, i just smile when i take a drink. the wood does go a bit over the top in the finish, but it does not stop me. alcohol is not overly prevalent, and for the abv this sucker remains incredibly sweet. i’m looking forward to seeing this one mature over the next few months. 4 9 9 2 17

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Beautiful reddish copper pour. Attractive nose of hops and vanilla. Quite a bit of oak influence in the flavor. Medium sweet and quite malty. Even more oak flavor in the aftertaste than hops. It is one big old malty, oaky IIPA.


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