Great Divide Rumble

I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Great Divide. They pretty much had me at Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. They took me again at the regular Yeti and then again at the Oak Aged Yeti. Yes, I realize that it’s all different versions of the same beer, but when you find a beer that good, you want to try everything they make. This could be why I always stop at the shelf that Great Divide is on and consider picking up one of their beers.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer received a bronze medal at the 2010 Stockholm Beer and Whiskey festival.

Random: Oak Aged and an IPA? I think this beer is for me. That is probably why this was one of the first beers I grabbed off the shelf during a beer run.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a brown-orange color and clear. There was moderate visible carbonation on the brew as well. The nose has some muted pine, definite “woody” smell, probably due to the oak aging and a hint of smoke. Once I smell this, I have a strong feeling that I’m going to enjoy it. After letting this bad boy warm for a few minutes (and trying to control myself while time passed), I took a sip. I got the oak up front, then some carbonation and then the hops. I thought there would be a little more hoppy citrus to this brew, but it seems as if the wood takes front seat. I also got some hints of vanilla after a few sips. This has a complex taste, but the finish is pretty darn quick. The booze is also pretty well hidden in this. This is a sipper beer for me. I could only knock back one or two in a sitting. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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