The Great Divide Brewing Company is one of our local breweries that began in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood, central Denver, and has been expanding since it’s journey began in 1994. Great Divide has some of my favorite beers: the Hoss, Titan IPA and Claymore Scotch Ale…but if I am visiting a brewery I always have to try new beers!
The 18th Anniversary Wood-aged Double IPA was my favorite seasonal beer that I tried. The double IPA aspect makes you think it will have a very harsh hoppy character but the wood-aged softened the hoppy flavor and made it a smooth double IPA.
The Great Divide tap room is located at Arapahoe and 22nd. The location is small giving it a very friendly and cozy atmosphere. The staff also make it a very pleasant environment…I was very impressed by the great service.
The Yeti is one of their year-round beers…it is an Imperial Stout that has a bold roasted malt flavor with notes of caramel and toffee. It also has a distinct hop character that makes it a unique stout. This dark beer is very tasty but they also brew seasonal beers that are variations to the Yeti.
All the Yetis!
I was fortunate to try the Belgian-style Yeti as well as the Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti. The Belgian-style Yeti uses a special Belgian yeast that gives it a different overall manner but still contains much of the same flavor. The Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti was very unique…it tasted like a chocolate milkshake beer. It has a very bold chocolate flavor that makes it a fairly heavy beer. It was great to taste but I would have a hard time drinking a whole one unless it was for dessert as a substitute for chocolate cake :D
Great Divide Yeti Food Pairings: Grilled steaks, strong/salty blue cheese, chocolate
Great Divide Belgian-style Yeti Food Pairings: Belgian Beef Stew, garlic mashed potatoes, vanilla cheesecake, chocolate mousse
Great Divide Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti Food Pairings: Raw oysters, grilled NY strip, blue cheese
The Hades is a very nice light beer. It is a Belgian-style golden ale…very subtle hops and crisp finish. It is not a personal favorite but that is only due to my beer preference. Many people enjoy this golden ale.
Great Divide is experimenting with an India Pale Lager (IPL) for the first time. I raved about this style of beer (in a previous post) and have been very excited as more and more breweries are trying out this style. I did not enjoy their IPL…there was something about it that didn’t taste completely right but I hope they try to brew another batch!
The Hoss, as I mentioned earlier, is one of my favorite Great Divide beers. It is a rye lager…this is a very unique style, based from the Märzen lagers of Germany. It is very rich in flavor with strong malts and a hint of cherry. The addition of rye gives it a light spicy character making it a unique beer.
Rockin’ out to:
~3rd Planet by Modest Mouse
Claymore Scotch Ale
Denver Beer Co.