HonusWagner (1131) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inoffensive except that I know it could be so much more. The aging really doesn’t do it any favors; slight infusion of oak and the accompanying vanillin is not a good tradeoff for robust hoppy flavors lost in the depths of time. This makes two Great Divide wood ipas I’ve disliked, leading me to believe they somehow confused IPAs and barleywines and have mislabelled Old Ruffian.
Drake (7836) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and nice, sticky lacing. Aroma of floral and herbal hop notes with a good bit of caramel. Nutty and spicy finish. The taste is herbal hops, tropical notes, caramel, peppery finish from the wood. Medium bodied.
Frank (2297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am not sure why people barrel age IPAs. The best part of the style is the huge citrus and pine in the the nose and that is only reduced every day it is stored. In any case, this OK. The barrel aging adds a nice vanilla note but the base beer tastes like a good IPA that spent too much time on the store shelves, which is the say the hops are restrained and woody and the beer is well balanced but a bit on the sweet side and lacking the vibrance of a freshly packaged example of the style. In short, what the barrel aging ads does not equal what it takes away from the beer in this case.
LinusStick (2734) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice take on the style. I was worried about the aging of an IPA on oak, but they pulled it off perfectly. Aroma was grapefruit hops, earth and pine. Pour was a nice dark gold with lots of swirling bubbles and a puffy 2 finger white head. Taste was a great marriage of sticky caramel malt in the front with a pine and citrus bitter aftertaste. The vanilla and wood flavor are very subtle and lend a complexity to the beer rather than overpower it. Well done
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Faint lacing. Aroma is pine and herbal hops, oak, and esters. Flavor is citrus, oak, hints of vanilla, and esters. Medium body. The oak is noticeable, but not overbearing. Very nice beer.
Svesse (5796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 2 Oct 2010) Dark amber colour with brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of apricots, orange and toasty grain. Fruity, malty taste with citrus, apricots and gentle hints of oak wood and vanilla. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Generous piney, citrussy bitterness in the finish. Nice IPA with an interesting woody twist.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled Aug 18, 2010. My last of the 6-pack, started enjoying right at 2 weeks old, never got around to reviewing. Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger off white head that holds a nice foamy cap and leaves good lacing. Aroma is predominantly vanilla and oak with a good dose of pine, some citrus and grass, notes of caramel and bready malt, good strength. Flavor features citrus, pine, and resinous hops, smooth vanilla and caramel malt, only lightly sweet, solid bitterness on the finish, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation. Pretty damned good and unique IPA.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a clear copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is piney, with citrus, caramel, and oaked wood. The flavor is piney, citrusy with a big vanilla and woody character that is very present on the backend. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a nice IPA but the oaky/woody presence can be a bit overwhelming - still very enjoyable however.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Spec’s. Poured a clear, orange/amber/copper body with a bubbly off-white head and sticky lacing. Aromas of tangerines/oranges, caramel sweet, lightly floral and grapefruit in the end. Flavors of nutty pine, oak, piney resin, toffee sweetness and a lingering, medium bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with active carbonation. The oak really comes through as this one warms a bit. Don’t be too quick to drink it before it matures a bit.
unclemattie (3995) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
LLLLLet’s get ready to RUMBLE. Bottled on Aug 18 2010.
12oz bottle, grey label. Solid copper color, very nice. Thin white head, great lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak, pine wood (hops), and a touch of caramel hops. Very nice complexity, as in all Great Divide beers. Nice sharp hop bitterness. Loads of sugars, nice sweet malts, undertones of caramel sugars, toffee. Mostly C-note hops. A bit of tanin bittnerness in the finish. Purchased in Bruisin Ales (bottled on the visit to BA just before the purchase visit).