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Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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RATINGS: 855   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 whoís supported us for the last 15 years - hereís to 15 more!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....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 (2131) - 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 (3326) - 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 doesnít seem to play nicely with the other ingredients. Nice, full mouthfeel that really slides along the tongue at a snailís 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 (6069) - 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 itís too big to be really refreshing, and itís not as complex and mesmerizing as some other big beers, itís still a pleasure to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2050) - 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. iím 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
22oz. bottle, bottling date 6/4/09. Sweet, fruity, citric nose, some mild oak, pineapple and fresh hop notes, herbaceous and sugary with some lighter toast and honey. Mostly clear ruddy amber color with a fine but lasting eggshell head and very respectable lacing. Flavor is sweet oak to start, malty and toasty, turning citric and fruity, and finishing with stronger notes of piney, earthy, resinous hop flavors and moderate bitterness, along with vanilla and lingering wood. Smoothly carbonated, oily, thick palate that dries out over time, body is full. Very drinkable for a beer of this girth, and overall not what I was expecting (but in a good way), with the oak playing a supportive rather than dominant role. Very nice indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Mobile rating. Clear dark copper orange. Nose is mild oak, vanilla and rusty metallic hops. Flavor is alcoholized and burnt honey andalmonds. Harsh oak and olive oil. Strange. Not great.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3165) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pour is an orange with a large white head. Aroma is a nice combo of some white oak and pine hops. Flavor is a thick caramel malt with some stong dark malts with some of the oak and hops are kind of put on the back burner. Iím thinking some of the wood chips actually took some of the piney hops away from this beer. If your going to make a IIPA please leave the wood/barrel out of it and just make an over the top hop bomb please.


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