Posts tagged “Great Divide

Roundtable Discussion: Favorite Brewery

There are over 1500 breweries in the United States alone. Some of them people love and others unfortunately not so much. What qualities are needed to make someone pick their favorite with so many options available? Is it purely based on flavors? Is it due to experiences had while enjoying the beer? Is it from knowing and befriending employees of the brewery? Not surprisingly this varies from person to person as we see here at J Street Beer. One choice was absolutely shocking…wait no Shintern did indeed pick Shiner.


Brew Review: Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Great Divide might have pulled out of the DC market recently, but since I live in Virginia, I managed to get my growler filled at Whole Foods with GD’s 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA.  I think it’s time to get the phrase “lucky at growler fills, unlucky at love” going again.

The beer pours a dark copper colour, with a nice just off-white head and few signs of carbonation. On the nose there is some sweetness (fruity maybe), but the clearest smell is a nice batch of floral hops.

The taste reveals something different.  There is very little hoppiness for a DIPA, and a sweet, caramel maltiness dominates the taste, with a slight – though not unpleasant – lingering flavour.  As the glass warmed, I felt  oak and vanilla elements in the taste became more prevalent, intermingling well with the malt and caramel.

At 10% it packs quite a wallop, but is certainly an enjoyable testament to a great brewery.


Beer Madness! 15 (6)Great Divide Titan v. (11)Duck Rabbit Milk Stout

(6) Great Divide Titan
(11) Duck Rabbit Milk Stout

While I try to avoid picking my brackets based on mascots, the Titans vs. the Duck Rabbits presents intriguing possibilities.  As for the beers, Great Divide always produced solid products and this is no exception.  Duck Rabbit’s Milk Stout is nothing to dismiss, but has more of the feel of a mid-major than a battle-tested top conference team.  11 over 6 is a tempting upset to pick, but I’m sticking with chalk here in giving the edge to the Titans.

Brew Review-Great Divide Samurai

For my birthday, my wife took me to Scion for dinner (if you haven’t been there, you should definitely go).  I decided to go with a seafood dish for my meal, so I wanted to get something light to compliment my meal.  The Great Divide Samurai seemed like it would be a good fit.

The Samurai was pretty disappointing.  I guess I did get something light and refreshing that wouldn’t take away from the seafood, but it definitely didn’t add anything either.

It poured a pale yellow color that was slightly cloudy.  The aroma was bright and citrusy.  Flavor was crisp with some citrus notes and a slightly bitter floral finish.  It was also EXTREMELY carbonated.  I’m not sure if it just happened to be this batch, or if they’re all this way, but it was very difficult to pour.  Upon opening, the head started to work its way out of the bottle and made pouring the beer into a glass a 15 minute process.

If you’re looking for something light, this is a decent pick.  Although, I wouldn’t really recommend it.  Great Divide… you’re better than this.



Brew Review-Great Divide Espresso Oaked Age Yeti Imperial Stout

Despite my original impressions of Meridian Pint, it has continued to grow on me. Don’t get me wrong, the food is still a tad overpriced and anything under $10 is usually on the fried side, but the stew is pretty good and their tap list has improved. Thankfully two things happened a couple of weeks ago: 1) I started following them on twitter (like all good bars, they post new taps)  and 2) Sam, their beer director, was on vacation, so as a humorous punishment, they’ve put some of his favorite beers on tap – one of which is the Yeti.

Like all stouts, the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti pours so dark you can’t see through it. In the aroma, I picked up mainly coffee with a side of chocolate. As for the taste, the brew was dominated by a heavy smoky (due to the oak barrels) coffee flavor with a faint chocolate aftertaste — beyond those, I couldn’t determine any other flavors as the smoky coffee flavor was overpowering. The beer was smooth up front, but the smokiness felt like it burned the throat.

The beer isn’t a bad choice on draft, but it is neither a sessionable beer nor one that I would put in as a go-to/would-seek-out-when-it-comes-to-the-area.

— shintern1909