Monday, June 14, 2010

The Brewing Report: Great Divide Brewery Denver, Colorado

This week I headed to Denver for work. On the advice of a fellow micro brew lover, I coerced two co-workers to join me at the Great Divide Tap Room. Between the 3 of us, we tried a pint of all the beers on tap.

IPAs: I have not yet acquired the taste for IPA, but my co-worker who has praised all 3 of the IPA selections. They had a classic IPA, a double IPA (2x the alcohol content 2x the fun) and Anniversary ale. Even I could appreciate these brews. Each one highlighted the hops flavor, but balanced the harsh after note that sometimes plagues IPAs with some malt sweetness.

Hades Belgium Ale - Great Divide had a lovely bright floral Belgium ale that was super easy to drink.

The Claymore Scotch Ale - This was tied for my favorite. It was malty, dark, smooth and had a fantastic Carmel flavor.

Wild Raspberry Ale - the rasberrry ale slightly disappointed. It was just too fruity for the 3 of us.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide offered both an espresso and Carmel stout. The flavors did not quite meld smoothly.

Samuri - ahhh the Samuri. I dare say it was the perfect summer ale. It is an unfiltered rice ale which adds another dimension. Light and refreshing but with flavor. Definitely my favorite of the night.

The Tap Room itself was really cool. It is just an "L" shaped bar with some wrought iron tables outside. It is walking distance from downtown and the ballpark. We sat outside enjoying the weather and the hipster parade. In fact, they had to kick us out at the 10 pm closing time. I will definitely be going back!

*This is the beginning of a multi-week series on beer. I will be reviewing regional beers from across the country and may even try some national comparisons. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!  Enjoy!


  1. I'm a fan of the double IPA myself. Also recently had the Hades Belgium, which I found enjoyable. If you didn't like the Chocolate Oak Aged, you should try the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, if you can get your hands on it. One of my favorites of theirs. Haven't had the Claymore, but will try it next time I find it. Love the new series. Looking forward to reading more!

  2. As I'm sure you know, Colorado has a plethora of microbreweries. We haven't visited many, but have tasted samples from most just by picking them up at the liquor store. Can't wait to see what else you review!

  3. Man, I could definitely go for a beer now, but I have to wait until January. Nuts.

  4. I have never been a huge fan of the IPA but it was the Great Divide Titan IPA that converted me. It is a fantastic representation of a well balanced IPA. I can drink that beer all day! Great blog Angie, keep it up.