BeerCritic


Great Divide 15th Anniversary DIPA
08/02/2009, 10:39 PM
Filed under: Great Divide, Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip)
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Smoky, beefy aroma. Clear, brilliant deep amber color under a tan head. Flavor is oak, bitterness, and smoke. Texture is crisp, thick, and warming. Some sourness. Overall, exactly as the label conveys. Cheers to Great Divide.

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Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Style & glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist

12 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 86.4 / 60 = 1.44 beers * 150 C = 216  calories (est.)

Available at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99

Scent of leather, centennial hops, fruit, and decay, visuals are a brilliant golden body with a long lasting white head, taste is begian sweetness, bananas, and biscuits, with IPA citrus, bitterness, and presence. Palate is drying, active carbonation, and creamy. Overall, a very good beer. I hope it’s regularly available, because I’d like to have it all the time.

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Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 5.22 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $9.99

A deep, rusty brown body, wholly opaque, with a dark tan head. Mahogany in depth and mood. Scent of coffee, dust, earth, and wood chips. Taste is espresso syrup, roasted malt, coffee, earth, resin, and compost. Overall, it’s another amazing, layered, and complex creation for the Yeti brand, and for Great Divide. Keep them coming.

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Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83

Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide.  It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.

Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.

Palate:  Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!

Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.



Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, American Pale Ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49

Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Great Divide Titan IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, IPA, Shaker, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $2.49

Aroma: nice, enticing, spicy, grapefruit, burning. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, copper, white head, very persistent, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: flour, grapefruit, classic IPA, balanced, bitterness, nicely crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: drying, bitter, crisp, coating, long finish, strong finish, sandy. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of many other IPAs, but a high quality example with an exemplar in the visual area. I’d have it again in a minute. It seems like a regular go-to pick. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



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2 Victory V12 Victory Brewing Company Belgian Strong Ale 3.77 5 4/16/2008
3 Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.07 5 5/9/2008
4 Great Divide Hercules Double IPA Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 4.04 5 5/26/2008
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7 Nøgne Ø # 100 (Batch 100) Nøgne Ø Imperial/Double IPA 3.89 5 6/1/2008
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9 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) Porter 4.14 5 6/8/2008
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11 Green Flash Barleywine Green Flash Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.69 5 6/14/2008
12 Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) Struise Imperial/Double IPA 3.8 4.9 5/23/2008
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14 Oskar Blues Gordon Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Strong Ale 3.86 4.8 4/28/2008
15 Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later) Stone Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.84 4.8 6/12/2008
16 OHanlons Thomas Hardys Ale (vintage 2003 and later) OHanlons Barley Wine 3.92 4.8 6/22/2008
17 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 3 Fonteinen Lambic – Fruit 4.08 4.8 6/12/2008
18 Rogue Shakespeare Stout Rogue Ales Stout 3.9 4.8 5/24/2008
19 Dogfish Head Raison D Etre Dogfish Head Brewery Belgian Strong Ale 3.62 4.8 4/4/2008
20 Victory Old Horizontal Victory Brewing Company Barley Wine 4.06 4.8 5/28/2008
21 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.11 4.8 4/6/2008
22 Weyerbacher Old Heathen Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 3.77 4.8 4/8/2008
23 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 4.23 4.8 5/8/2008
24 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial Stout 4.19 4.8 5/8/2008
25 Smuttynose Imperial Stout Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.96 4.8 6/15/2008
26 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale Bear Republic Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.7 3/9/2008
27 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial/Double IPA 4.07 4.7 2/11/2008
28 Victory Golden Monkey Victory Brewing Company Abbey Tripel 3.71 4.7 2/27/2008
29 Youngs Old Nick Wells & Youngs Barley Wine 3.58 4.7 4/15/2008
30 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.89 4.7 4/3/2008
31 Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale Founders Brewing Company Scotch Ale 3.71 4.7 6/21/2008
32 Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Pale Ale 3.76 4.7 4/26/2008
33 Great Divide Old Ruffian Great Divide Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.91 4.7 5/10/2008
34 Southern Tier Un*Earthly Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.87 4.7 5/24/2008
35 Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat) Abbey Tripel 3.94 4.6 5/22/2008
36 Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.6 4/6/2008
37 Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2007 Mikkeller Belgian Strong Ale 3.89 4.6 6/13/2008
38 Southern Tier Gemini Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.91 4.6 6/7/2008
39 Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale Flying Dog Brewery American Strong Ale 3.83 4.6 4/30/2008
40 Smuttynose IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.71 4.6 2/28/2008
41 Ommegang Three Philosophers Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) Abt/Quadrupel 3.84 4.6 4/6/2008
42 Unibroue Maudite Unibroue (Sapporo) Belgian Strong Ale 3.81 4.6 4/17/2008
43 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 4.06 4.6 2/11/2008
44 Stone India Pale Ale Stone Brewing Co. India Pale Ale (IPA) 4.01 4.6 2/15/2008
45 Brooklyn East India Pale Ale Brooklyn Brewery India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.42 4.6 2/27/2008
46 Abbaye des Rocs Brune Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs Belgian Strong Ale 4.11 4.6 5/24/2008
47 Wachusett IPA Wachusett Brewing India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.41 4.6 4/15/2008
48 Yards India Pale Ale Yards Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.48 4.6 4/27/2008
49 Rochefort Trappistes 10 Brasserie Rochefort Abt/Quadrupel 4.34 4.6 5/3/2008
50 Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Dogfish Head Brewery Brown Ale 3.69 4.6 4/8/2008



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