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.



My top 50 on RateBeer after 200 ratings
1 Smuttynose Big A IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.85 5 6/1/2008
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
5 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.18 5 5/30/2008
6 Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. American Strong Ale 3.85 5 6/21/2008
7 Nøgne Ø # 100 (Batch 100) Nøgne Ø Imperial/Double IPA 3.89 5 6/1/2008
8 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout 4.04 5 5/26/2008
9 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) Porter 4.14 5 6/8/2008
10 Southern Tier Jah-va Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.95 5 6/6/2008
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
13 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Imperial Stout 4.07 4.8 4/27/2008
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


Southern Tier Gemini IDIPA

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canals discount liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $5.69
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: barley wheat bread sugar cinnamon toast peanuts
Hops Aroma:
pine resin grapefruit and lime
Other Aroma:
woody
Notes: Impressive strong IPA style aroma

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: copper
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: intricate
Notes: beautiful head and lace on an average clear body.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: very bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: barley wheat bread syrup toasted walnut
Hops Flavor:
coriander pine tar grapefruit zest
Other:
woody
Notes: An absolutely wonderful taste

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick warming
Body: medium
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: a very good body, palate, and finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked very much
Notes: Like many other great IPAs: very hoppy, sweet, bitter, and luxurious.



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

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $7.59
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.5 %
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Resin
Other:
alcohol, oak, woods, leaves
Notes: What an amazing aroma – off the charts in my personal experience.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: un-impenetrably Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: Everything an imperial stout should be in appearance – absolutely un-impenetrable darkness, a rich tan head, and a very nice presence.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: beautifully balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: so Nice
Malt Flavor:
Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Resin
Other: alcohol, garlic, oak, depth
Notes: Simply amazing. Easily one of my favorites.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: very Long
Intensity: very Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The whole mouth is activated – the mouthfeel is wonderful, covering and coating and making the whole mouth tingle. The finish is very long lasting, and imparts a depth of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Perhaps my favorite beer I’ve tasted yet. Great Divide knows exactly what they are doing, and they should continue doing it forever.



Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.29
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.1%
IBU: 85
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Syrup, maple, nuts, grapefruit
Notes: One of the best aromas I’ve encountered – fills the room.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: slightly Dull
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: One of the best head retentions I’ve seen in quite some time. Lacing is remarkable. Color is deep and very good looking. Body is not perfectly clear, but I imagine that’s by design. There is no mention of bottle conditioning.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: well balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Grapefruit, orange peel
Notes: quite spicy – could stand up to the most potent foods and flavors.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Slick Drying and Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively and visible
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is superb. The carbonation is present and active. The mouth is affected and warmed all over.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: One of my all time favorite beers – remarkably drinkable, smooth, bitter, sweet, and tasty. Beautiful to behold, and nicely crafted. Aroma is enticing. Price is reasonable for the product, and the finish keeps you interested. A superlative beverage.




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