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Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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RATINGS: 857   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!


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, - NOV 11, 2011
17th Anniversary Edition – 75 cl. bottle @ Delrium Hoppy Loft – shared – Curious about this one, not a big fan of IIPA’s or IPA’s but it is not like I hate them, I am a big fan of their Yeti, so… - Went on this one after a brief discussion about which bottle we were going to share – Looks like a caramel with a white head – Smell is incredible, sweet caramel goodness, touch of frangipane, sweet wood, fruits, lots of caramel malt – Taste does feature many of those elements delicious caramel, very strong malt, lots of caramel malt, beating even out the hops, vanilla, sweet wood, sugar, fruits, wonderfully sticky, touch of frangipane but underneath that you get a more or less regular IPA going on with some grapefruit hops & slight floral, great stuff, smell is still a bit better than the smell, oh boy if this would have tasted like it smelled but this one was getting close, ironically the IIPA slightly blocked some of the flavours / Body is wanderfully sticky & sweet / Great stuff, love it, might have been even more of the top but this was great already / That is one hell of a barrel aging


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
hard to rate this as one as I had different vintages that were scored drastically different, 4.1, 4.0 and a 3.4 for 18. gotta go with the average I guess.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 1, 2014
Riktigt bra och snygg öl. Sund att jag inte har någon kvar dock. Great Divide levererar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
2011 backlog. 17th Anniversary edition. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger thick white head that left chunky lacing. The nose is sweet caramel and ripe citrus. The taste is toffee, overripe citrus, and a nice tart grapefruit finish. Medium bodied. Tasty. 3.8

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConnyPetersson (75) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Flaska från 2012. Mjuk och krämig. Skön beska fortfarande. Fruktig, nästan apelsinmarmelad

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (628) - 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 (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
Backlog - 16th anniversary. Strong wooden notes and accompanying sweetness paired with the usual hop aromas.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4142) - 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 (190) - 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 (2340) - 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.


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