Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great Divide Brewing Co 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Label Stuff: 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 (This is the first time that I bought your beer, but you're welcome.) - here’s to 15 more! 10.0% ABV.

Suggested Food Pairings: Bacon & blue cheese hamburger, barbecue ribs, Point Reyes blue cheese, sticky toffee pudding, caramel cheesecake.

Your opinion? In general, I am a fan of oaked beers. This one was done by soaking oak chips in the beer, instead of barrel aging. Oak chips are more economical and a quick way of giving the beer flavor. In this case, I think makes it harsher, not softer. The oak slightly overwhelms the hops and malt. The beer does have a nice texture. Very thick on the tongue. It has a lot of tannin on the finish.

Try one of their food pairings: I just happen to have some Roquefort and bacon in the fridge. Because, you know, that's the way I roll. The blue cheese does cancel out the tannin in the finish. I can taste the vanilla sweetness in the beer. The bacon and beer go well together, but it doesn't really add to or take away from the flavor of the beer.

I'm eating bacon and drinking beer, it's a good day.

Cost: $8.99 for 20 oz.
Grade: B
Cost adjusted grade: B-

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