llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Thanks to BarZigKin & DarkBeerChick for hooking me up. Floral perfume notes mixed in with some citrus; tangerine and sweet orange. Pours a copper amber color. Flavor is interesting as the bitter hops builds on the palate at first but then tends to get milder as it warms in the glass. Overall, it’s not bad... a good beer to have when you are only having one or two. nickd717 (4889) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours clear deep amber with a one-finger white head leaving nice foam. Hoppy and oaky aroma with a substantial caramel malt presence. Flavor is caramel malt, grain, oak, and citrusy and resinous hops. Fairly well-done and balanced. Dry on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. Solid stuff, shows that even hoppy beers can do well in the -bals (or on oak). MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 Re-rating:
Pours a murky orange with lots and lots of floaties and a thin head. Aromas are oaky with a little bit of booziness to them and a slight orange scent. Flavor is kind of chewy sugars with a bit of oak... caramel bomb with a slight hops presence, but nothing that would make me think "IPA." Much better than last time I had this, but still not in the stable of favorites for me.
Original Rating: (6,3,6,2,11)
Bottle. Pours a transparent orangish copper with very little head and not-so-compelling aromas of apple juice concentrate and a little earthiness. Flavor is just not for me. Very sweet up front... lots of sugars that yield to an oaky and bitter barrel and hops finish that just doesn’t seem to work. This transitions from a nearly cloying mess to an undisciplined barrel and hops collapse on the palate. It’s not very often that I am seriously disappointed with a Great Divide offering, but this one just plain misses in my book. TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. Rusty amber with a short, foamy beige head. Robust notes of caramel, wet oak, grains, citrus fruit and pine needles. Taste is big citrus peel, light pine, chewy caramel, wet oak, soft vanilla, and sweet malt. Body is thick and chewy with a soft creamy carbonation and a resinous feel lingering on the palate. Ends with more wet oak, citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, light pine, caramel and sweet malt. mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
not sure who to thank for this one. poured a copper/amber with a cream head. nose is big fruity hops, oak, syrup, and vanilla. nice palate, flavor is woody, tropical fruits, vanilla, and an easy finish.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown pour with a vigorous head. The taste is what sets this apart. The hops make it mildly bitter with a nice oak age finish giving some vanilla, cream finish to it. Its not incredibly oaky or hoppy, but a pretty nice balance of the two. Nice outing. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, Illinois: This pours a clear amber body with a modest off-white head yet still manages to coat the glass with lace. The aroma is oranges, oak, a touch of pine, and a hint of vanilla. Smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma, adding a solid zesty bitterness. At 7.1% ABV with no signs of the alcohol, this is dangerously drinkable. therobot (2) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2010 does not count
Tasted 9/17/10 - Bottled 8/19/10 - Great aged flavor, not overwhelming, strong hoppiness rich flavor. al_b (36) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a clear orange with medium head. Aroma is sweet, malty and a little hops. Tastes slightly sweet and bitter. Creamy texture with a slightly oaky, sweet finish. Very nice. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottled Aug. 18, 2010. The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get some oak and vanilla notes as expected, but I also get some nuttyness and a lot of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is just as good. The dominant flavor is orange citrus, but I also get some pine, caramel malt and oak. While there is a ton of hop flavor, the oak aging seems to have mellowed the bitterness quite a bit, leaving the beer very drinkable but full of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I loved the 15th/16th Anniversary beer from Great Divide and this one is just as good. A great, oak-aged IPA.