hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma is soft citrus and caramel. Flavor is moderate bitterness and sweetness, not as complex as I was hoping... very low, almost non-existent oak/vanilla, which is too bad. Could have done much better with this one -- Great Divide can do better.
mixmasterob (891) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bottled 10 days ago, fresh! Poured a nice looking copper, small sticky white head, left tons of lace. Aroma was an array of floral hops, vanilla, wood and absolute deliciousness. Flavors are very well developed. Lots of wonderful hops flavors, some earthiness and a bit of fruit. The oak left its mark well giving this some vanilla like sweetness in the finish, spot on. Super well rounded, almost creamy like mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Top shelf.
raphael (925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lumber, resiny hops and pale malt aromas. the mix of oak-tinged pale malt and sharp citrus-metal hops doesn’t quite work for me, especially with a hint of mint. Tongue numbing while feeling a little flat (from bottle.) Clear greenish amber with a modest but lasting khaki head.
GTAEgeek (1323) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a hazy orange color with a substantial head. The aroma is distinctly hoppy, with notes of citrus and flowers. The bitter flavor from the hops is not balanced, but at least mellowed out by some light malts and the oak flavors. Notes of pine and vanilla are present, but not overwhelming. A creative and surprisingly good IPA.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Sixteen Tons. Clear amber pour with a well retained one finger white head. Smells of caramel, oak, light citrus and some vanilla. Flavor is a mild citrus explosion up front, braced with vanilla and caramel and finishes with a bit of oak that seemed a bit chalky in the first bottle I had, but was much improved in the second. I liked this one aight.
notalush (5077) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - I am not usually a fan of oaked IPAs, as the oak tends to smooth out too much of the assertive, spicy character of the hops, leaving the beer tasting more like a stale IPA - however, GD seems to have found a balance here between the smooth oak tones and the spicy, earthy hop character, especially in the finish - moderate oak and vanilla - a bit of caramel sweetness through the middle - smooth and creamy throughout - finish has some lingering vanilla, but is mostly peppery hops - some citrus and melon - I would like to see a variation of this beer with some New Zealand hops, like Nelson Sauvin - I think they would really compliment the oak - still, pretty well done.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle.Pours a lighter brown/red with a thin foamy white head.Nose is vanilla,wood and pine hops.Taste is robust earthy hops,woody notes and a sweet malty prescense.Very elegant Oaked IPA and a pleasant surprise for sure.Nice offering from GD!
uhclem (378) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didn’t think Great Divide could top Titan IPA, but this comes close. There’s nothing not to like about this ale, from the beautiful copper pour to the subtly mixed aromas, on through the full, complex taste (the oak tones put me in mind of a good Cabernet Sauvignon). Mouthfeel was lush and the finish went through a whole medley of bitter, malt and oak. Well done!
cmonster (993) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours clear, dark orange with a large off-white head. Leaves behind a great lace. Oak elements show on the nose as a mixed bag. Medium sweet, light bitter flavor. Medium body, low carbonation, and a subtle bittersweet finish.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper with a white head. Nose of pine, citrus, hay and malt aromas. Resiny piney hops, light herbal and citrus flavors with a light malt backbone. Long hoppy bitter finish. Its hard to pin point the oak here, but the malts are a little more complex and rich. Decent beer, but not amazing.