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Rumble IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company

I’m sitting on my back deck out in the fresh air of a near 70 degree day in…late November???  Wait…what???  Yep…that is correct…near 70 degrees is the temperature today so I figured why not enjoy beer #363, Rumble IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company, outside.

Rumble IPA is brewed in Denver, Coloroado and is an American IPA with an ABV of 7.1%.  Of note here is according to the label, this is an IPA that is oak aged…I love me some oak.

I broke out my Starr Hill glass for the pour.  The color of Rumble was an amber with orange highlights to it.  It had a nice off-white head.  The nose was very light almost to the point of it not really smelling like anything…odd.  If anything, I got more of a malty, caramel like aroma and maybe a bit of an herbal smell, again all of that was very faint.  Where was the citrus, where was the hops???  The taste was very subdued with a bit of pine and a bit of just a tad sweet caramel malts.  It had an herbal almost vegetable like flavor near the back end.  Very strange.  The bitterness was fairly light in the medium bodied brew and the carbonation was fairly low.

I’m not sure what I was expecting here but I really didn’t get this.  I didn’t get any aromas or flavors of the oak aging…none of that nice woodsy vanilla buttery smooth flavor.  This wasn’t horrible…I just didn’t think it was all that good.

And then there were 2…

Rating: D

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Hercules Double IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company

Another milestone today I as drink beer #200.  Hooray for me…even the birds are chirping as I sit outside typing this.  I continue on this mad journey to #365 in pursuit of great beer…of which I have had quite a few.  So many excellent beers (some clunkers too) I have had the pleasure of trying make this effort worthwhile.

Beer #200 is Hercules Double IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company from Denver, Colorado.  This American Double IPA or DIPA has an ABV of 10%. On the label it says it is not for the faint of heart…sounds exactly like something I should enjoy being a King and all…

Out came the New York Yankees (nice win for them this afternoon sweeping the Texas Rangers) glass for this.  It poured a nice clear amber with a thin white head.  The nose was caramel malts with a slight nutty aroma coupled with pine and citrus, lemon and grapefruit, and a grassy like smell.  Smelled really nice that I was hoping it would taste as good as it smelled.  And it did…with the hops up front (lots of pine and grapefruit) followed by the slighty sweet caramel malts.  It had a nice bitterness to it that hung around long after it went down my throat.  It had a body bordering on heavy being sticky and syrupy.  The carbonation was moderate making this fairly smooth.  The alcohol was hidden really well for the high ABV.

Overall, it was right up my alley.  A delicious way to celebrate beer #200.  As a bonus, I had the pleasure to watch two deer wander through my back yard as I was finishing this beer…good times!  Cheers and on to the next 165 beers!

Rating: B+

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Colette by Great Divide Brewing Compnay

I love the outdoors.  So much so just sitting on my front steps listening to the birds chirp and find food makes me a happy camper.  I figured why not have beer #177, Colette by Great Divide Brewing Company, while enjoying the sights and sounds of a beautiful spring day.

Colette, a Saison or Farmhouse Ale with an ABV of 7.3%, poured a lovely opaque golden yellow and had a white head sitting on top of it.  The nose was tart with lemon and wheat and a bit of that yeasty spiciness.  The tartness follows through in the taste.  The wheat takes over mid drink. It had a bitter finish with a bit of a sour thing going on.  It had an odd aftertaste that I couldn’t put my finger on.  The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and had a medium body.  Beware of the ABV as it snuck up on me…in a good way that is.

Pretty decent beer.  About the only thing I didn’t really like was the aftertaste.

Rating: B

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Hoss by Great Divide Brewing Company

As the days roll on and my basement gets more and more  cluttered with all of the bottles from the past 154 beers…I begin to doubt once again if I will finish this little endeavour.  Not that I can’t finish it…I just wonder if I really want to.  Oh well…to that end…on to another beer.

Beer #155 comes to me from Colorado by the way of Great Divide Brewing Company.  Hoss (odd name) is a Marzen or an Oktoberfest with an ABV of 6.2%.  According to the bottle it was bottled on February 4th of 2011…pretty fresh stuff.

This was a pretty beer, a nice dark orange color.  Either my nose is busted or this was pretty mild in the aroma department.  I did get some caramel like malts…but that was it.  I didn’t get any rye and considering it mentions rye lager on the bottle, I thought this was odd.  Sure enough…the taste was straight up malt.  There was something here also slightly sweet, almost fruity but damned if I knew what it was.  Mouthfeel was typical, medium body with decent carbonation.  I could see one drinking these with ease.

Ehh…nothing here to write home about.  Average, average, average…did I mention it was an average beer?

Rating: C

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Old Ruffian by Great Divide Brewing Company

Beer #56 is Old Ruffian by Great Divide Brewing Company.  This is my 2nd American  Barleywine (maybe I will like this one better?) in the last 3 days.  The ABV comes in at a hefty 10.2%.

The bomber (22 oz.) was chilled, the Starr Hill glass clean and into it went the Old Ruffian.  It looked really nice, a reddish brown with a lovely white head.  I dipped my nose into the glass and smelled some caramel, raisins, lots of sweet malts, and quite a bit of hops (think pine).    This was a sweet malty brew with a nice hop bite at the end.  Super smooth, it felt like it coated the tongue.  The alcohol was hidden well for a beer with 10.2% ABV.  This is one to take your time with due to the higher alcohol content and for me, the sweetness.

Overall a nice beer…I like this better then the Mouflan.  Maybe these Barleywines are starting to grow on me.  Definitely best served in winter.  Summer…not so much.

Rating: B

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company

Another NFL weekend with a full slate of games on Saturday and Sunday means the TV will be pegged on CBS and FOX.  That also means some beer drinking will happen during the viewing of those games along with some junk food eating…yum!

Beer #48 is 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA by Great Divide Brewing Company.  This brew is an American Double IPA or an Imperial IPA.  The ABV on this beer is 10% which means, to me at least, a sipping beer.  I’m looking forward to this being the hophead I am.

It poured a beautiful clear amber with a very big head that quickly dissipated.  There was some excellent lacing that remained throughout the whole pint.  Grapefruit and pine make up the majority of the nose but much milder than I was expecting for a Double IPA.  There was also a bit of a bready malty aroma hanging around.  Up front in the taste was that familiar citrus grapefruit hop flavor and it finished with a smoky smoothness.  I would assume that is from the oak this was aged with.  This was super smooth with a medium body.  There was none of that really hoppy bite I was expecting from a Double IPA, which I really love.  The alcohol was hidden really well, coupled with the smoothness, made this quite an easy drinker.

A very nice beer indeed, though I’m not sure I would consider this a Double IPA.  Although saying that, I wouldn’t pass this up if I was offered it again.  It just wasn’t as hoppy as I like.  I wonder if the oak aging had anything to do with that?

Rating: B

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Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company

December 7th, “a day that will live in infamy”.  As you may well know today is the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that occurred back in 1941.  National Geographic has an informative site on the attack.  Here is a link to the site, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/.

Cheers to “The Greatest Generation”.  I, for one, am grateful to those who served in the past and for those who currently serve.

Beer #9 is a Russian Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company…let me introduce the Yeti.  Weighing in with an ABV of 9.5% and 75 IBU’s, this Yeti is not one to be toyed with lightly.

This pours a “simple, beautiful, classic” black (“none more black”).  A few Spinal Tap references there which if you haven’t seen…shame on you.  I took my flashlight app on my Droid and held it behind the glass, no light shown through.  The head is tiny with a nice tan color to it.  The aroma is so good, dark chocolate, strong coffee, something slightly sweet, possibly toffee, and slightly hoppy.  Taste is dark chocolate and coffee up front with a hoppy, dry finish. Delicious!  Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with some decent carbonation.  It would be really easy to drink a few of these but be warned, the 9.5% ABV will knock you for a loop.

I like this quite a bit.  The smell, the taste, the hops…yum!!!

Rating: A

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