Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
Scott strikes again, fresh out of Colorado, my trading buddy sent me a Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA last week. I don’t really want to sit on this one, I’ve been looking forward to this since Adam posted this on BeerNews.org. I’m super excited to try it; Love IPA’s and I love oaked beers, time to see how Great Divide put these together in a beer.
Here is how Great Divide describes this beer
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 English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla.
Bottles: 22 oz. Capped and Foiled
Suggested Food Pairings: (per Great Divide) Bacon and blue cheese hamburger, barbecue ribs, Point Reyes blue cheese, sticky toffee pudding, caramel cheesecake
The beer is a very pretty, clear, and copper color verging on red. It has some strong red highlights and a creamy bubbly head with some real nice foam cling to the glass.
One of the most important parts of the beer, especially to an American Pale Ale, you really want to be able to get a great aroma. Surprisingly this beer has a fairly muted aroma. I’m picking up soft notes of tropical fruit and a bit of vanilla and oak, but nothing that “Wow, your in for something!”
Big malty up front flavor that gets slowly dragged into the oak and vanilla as it enters the middle mouth. Then the hops start to take over, along with a bit of booze on the back of the tongue. The Beer finishes very bitter grapefruit and stays on your palette for a long time.
I’m enjoying this beer. Has interesting flavors that only seems to work with the big malty profile up front. With out that big malty front, the oaking of this beer would not have worked. I’d be very curious to see how this beer changes over 6 months.