Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light brown/orange with a small white head that quickly fades into nothingness. Aroma is of light pine needles a slight amount of flowers. Flavor is light/crisp with subtle hops throughout, the oak aging seems to cut down on the hops in the brew but doesnít add much else. Very drinkable for 7% alcohol.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium brown with large white head. nose of oak and a subtle citrus hop note. medium carbonation. medium bitterness before a ton of oak, that is well done, but overbearing for the beer. a touch of citrus hop note before a dry finish. a beer that is well oaked, making it enjoyable to drink, but the ipa is not well represented in this beer
bth122 (1324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a lit copper color. Lite head that disappeared. Aroma of malts and hops moslty with some oak. Taste is more bland than inspected. Lite to med bitter. Med carbonation. Sort of frothy palate. Hops there in taste, but doesnít hit you like some ipas. I donít taste much of the oak. Maybe a little during finish.
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís missing the bite that most IPAs have, which gives it a flavor in its own right. A beer that has character and a great taste. Great Divide never disappoints.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with a one finger tan head, quickly fading into a thin layer and lacing the sides of the glass in the process. I catch the oak and hops right away upon opening. Caramel, citrus, vanilla and floral hops notes round out the finish. Taste is a nice mix of hops and malt with citrus and floral hops taking the lead with a strong malty backbone. The oak is there, but subtle. Notes of orange creep in as it warms. Mild to medium bitterness, nice effort.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark brown. Has a Smokey oak taste with hints of vanilla malt and a nice strong hop after taste. A very nice beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20101204 12 oz bottle from State Line, bottled 8/25/10. Tiny khaki head over medium amber beer. Aroma is full of C-hops, good grapefruit pith with mild resinous notes, a bit cat-pissy as it warms. Lighter bodied than I would like, but not surprisingly so I guess as wood aging seems to sometimes do that to things. Quite mild sweetness and the wood addition seems to add mostly a soft vanilla background along with actually a fresh peppery oak that is almost cedar-like. In fact, the more it warms, the beer is actually starting to remind me of Hitachino Japanese Classic, and thatís definitely a good thing. I was prepared for disappointment with this one, and perhaps purchased it more with a train wreck mentality than enthusiastically, but itís turned out to be a very pleasant beer.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz., bottled on 9/10/10. Resinous aroma features elements of juicy, citric fruit, oak, pine, lightly honeyish, sugary malt sweetness and lighter notes of pineapple, tangerine and vanilla. Hazy light-medium amber golden color with a very fine head and lace. Flavor profile is nicely balanced, with sweet, very lightly toasty, sugary malts, bright, clean bitterness and fruity, citric, resinous hops, and lingering notes of oak and vanilla, finishes refreshing, resinous and drying. Very smooth and lightly oily palate, low in carbonation with a medium-full body. My rating for this might not be super high, but I must really like this stuff a lot because since I discovered it about 6 weeks ago, Iíve picked up three 6-packs, which for me is nearly unheard of. I guess it just makes a less run of the mill alternative to your standard IPA, and I think its very nicely pulled off, the oak being fairly subtle overall.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Premiere. A study in oak more than IPA, and maybe because of the bottling since August. Mid yelow body with a generous white head. Woody aroma, and taste. Creamy finish, some citrus orange throughout. Decent drinkability.
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Brass Tap: Poured a coppery color with a off white head. Aroma is hops and oak. Very balanced between the caramel malt, vanilla oak, and hops bitterness.