Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

 
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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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3.6
pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Botttle; Clear amber with an off-white head with a nice frothiness. The aroma is pleasantly full of hops and oak and glue. The flavor is dominated by oak, but definitely not your typical 2IPA. Much more woody and bitter than the sweet, syrupy flavors that usually dominate the field. It leaves an extremely bitter hop taste in your mouth with a tinge of sweetness as you finish. I was expecting a tad bit more, but still a fine brewskie.

3.3
IndianaRed (4937) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2009
22oz Bottle courtesy of PinkZambia. Clear light chestnut with a huge sandy head. Blocky chunky lacing as it recedes. Big oaky aroma. Vanilla and woody. As a matter of fact. I don’t recall noticing such an overpowered Hop profile. The oak is just a bit much. And when I say "a bit" I mean..a lot. Smells great. But like shewing on oak staves. Full bodied, and fairly sweet. Soft carbonation.

3.4
BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle a big thanks to Pinkzambia for this treat. pours out a copper topped with a sand head. Aroma of late night Forth of July firework smoke. Along with plenty of oak and some sweetness. I think I am going to call this one a Double Oak PA. Tons of oak, a nice vanilla along with some sweetness. Just wish it was not so much oak.

3.6
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Pours ruby red with an off-white head and plenty of lacing. Aromas of oak, bourbon, and slightly bitter hops. Tastes the same but exaggerated, and with a bit of funk and smoke. Picked up none of the vanilla flavors.

3.8
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Clear orange copper pour with a nice off-white head that has great retention and decent lacing. I get a little vanilla, citrus (pineapple), apple, some caramel sweetness. Flavor is creamy up front with malty sweetness, gradually increasing in bitterness displaying a touch of grapefruit and a bitter dry finish. Nothing too extraordinary in this one, but well built. Medium body with low carbonation and it’s hard to believe that it is 10% abv, alcohol is very well hidden. Good beer, I’m going to cellar and re-rate in about 10 months. Looking forward to it!

3.3
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bomber, capped and foiled. Pours clear amber with a thick pale yellow head. Aroma of caramel and wood with a hint of citrus. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Citrus and wood taste with a dry finish. For me, this beer fails to bring out the best of the IIPA style and barrel aging can provide. Not bad, but kind of a disappointment.

4
lb4lb (2629) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle shared by hopsleeroy. Thanks dude! Pours brownish. Smell is nicely sweet an hoppy at the same time. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Lots of sweet candy and caramel like malts along with a big dose of hop flavor and milder bitterness and the oak flavor shines through as well. All three components really came out equally and this was a very pleasant surprise. Sweet, hoppy, and oaky, and well done.

3.8
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2009
On tap at Great Divide Tap Room in Denver. Pours a sparkling copper with a decent head, but little retention. Nose is of pure cane sugar and a hint of oakiness. Sweet flavors of molasses and vanilla balanced by malted grains and with a strong bitter finish.

4.1
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Finally, I was waiting to try this for a long time. Picked up at Greens on Ponce De Leon. 22 oz. Not much of a head on this thing. The head fades away quickly. Nice orangish/copper/brown color. Looks like a pretty good beer. Pungent vanilla sweet/citrus/wood aroma. Very nice aroma. Great pungent wood aroma. Nice vanilla aroma as well. Purchased one to age as well. Heavy bitter taste with some wood. Slight backing with the citrus taste. Actually, a very nuanced and complex beer. That earthy wood aroma is just insane. A very awesome wood/citrus taste that is great. A great beer indeed.

4.4
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 2, 2009
clear rust color under a large off-white head. soft hop, vanilla, oak, peach aroma. flavors of vanilla, oak, tangerine, orange slice candy, marshmallow, big oaky presence here that compliments the beer perfectly. man...i’ve had some good beers tonight! smooth silky velvety palate for a 2ipa made possible by the oak aging. this is superb!! unbelievable palate!


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