A Visit to The Great Divide

A few weeks ago, I attended The Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado.  For my last "official" stop, I visited Great Divide's Brewery & Tap Room in Denver.

Prior to visiting the Tap Room, I only had one taste of a Great Divide brew—and that was just the day before.  As part of a Speed Blogging event, I tasted a sample of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout).  After one taste, I knew I had to check out Great Divide while I was in town.

Tap Room guests are treated to 4 complimentary samples from their large beer menu.  I asked Colin, the bartender, to select for me.  Look at the gorgeous color of these beers!
  • Hades:  Belgian-style Golden Ale.  7.8% ABV.  Aroma of mixed fruit and floral with a similar taste.  High ABV, the but the taste of alcohol is not noticeable.
  • Wild Raspberry Ale: 5.6% ABV.  Poured a beautiful reddish-pink.  Aroma has, as expected, raspberries—and lots of them!  Raspberry flavor is nice and not overpowering.
  • DPA (Denver Pale Ale):  Pale Ale.  5.5% ABV.   English style pale ale that balances the caramel flavor of the malts with citrus hops.  Very refreshing!
  • Espresso Oak Aged Yeti:  9.5% ABV, 75 IBUs.  I was glad to get another sample of this before before leaving Colorado.  The flavor reveals itself in many layers—coffee, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and loads of hops!  You'd never know it's 9.5% ABV.  My favorite of the bunch.

Their lineup has 23 different beers!  I'm glad I had the chance to learn about Great Divide as part of my trip.  Now I need to find some of their brews in Portland and do some more tasting!

Thanks to the Great Divide crew for making my last beers of the Beer Bloggers Conference great ones!  What are your favorite Great Divide Beers?  I don't know where to start!?!

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  1. The Hybernation is outstanding. Looking forward to trying more Great Divide beers.

  2. I really should give that one a try. I'm ready for the spring beers though. One more winter beer won't hurt. Would it?


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