[image-1]Hoss Rye Lager (6.2% ABV)
Based on the Marzen lagers of Germany, Hoss takes the natural bright simplicity and caramel malt of the style and layers it with a surprising burst of dark fruit and a hint of toasty rye spice. Its the kind of lager that reminds ale drinkers that theres something to that other form of fermentation, at least when executed properly.
[image-2]Denver Pale Ale (5.4% ABV)
This is Great Divides take on beer for the average Joe, if the average Joe is an English working man who appreciates an overwhelming aroma of wildflowers from his pint of glowing copper pale ale. Those fragrant floral notes blend with citrus oil in the mouth, and just enough green bitter in the finish to cleanse the palate and make way for a little more. It may very well be the simplest and most straightforward of Great Divides line, which still puts the DPA ahead of most other beers.
[image-3]Titan IPA (7.1% ABV)
More subdued and elegant than the DPA, the IPA has a pronounced sweet malt flavor that seems a trademark of Great Divides beers. In fact, those caramel, bready and toffee malts dominate the brew, barely balanced by subtle citrus notes and resiny hops. Thankfully, the richness of the malt never veers into cloying, making it an enjoyable beer thats just not as bright as it might be.
[image-4]Hercules Double IPA (10% ABV)
You might think the Hercules would be more of the same, but along with a massive (for an IPA) ABV of 10 percent comes a considerable amount of complexity. Pour it into a glass and youll smell it at arms length: first a blast of bright, sweet citrus, immediately followed by a foundation of nut and caramel from the malt, then zesty, tingling hops. In the mouth, it delivers all of that in an incredibly balanced package accented by a good punch of dry and bitter hops.
[image-5]Saint Bridgets Porter (5.9% ABV)
This brew, named after an Irish saint who reputedly turned bathwater into beer, shows what Great Divide can do with roasted malts. The results are classic porter flavors in spades bitter chocolate, coffee, tobacco without the almost cloying sweetness of some of Great Divides other beers. Nice, but it comes with a price: Saint Bridget comes across thin in the mouth, with not nearly enough body to carry it through to the finish.
[image-6]Yeti Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV)
If youve ever dumped a quart of oil into your car or measured the souls of your enemies, youve experienced the kind of inky darkness that pours out of a bottle of Yeti. This beer is so black you suspect that its making the lights in the room dim merely by the force of its color. It smells incredible, a coherent mélange of coffee, nuts, sweet and bitter chocolate, and dark fruits. It tastes even better, with the roasted malts balanced by sweet vanilla and caramel notes, and all the flavors promised in the nose coming together into a creamy, earthy, balanced package. If Guinness is all you know from stout, the Yeti could very well destroy your mind. (Great Divide also releases oak-aged, chocolate oak-aged and espresso oak-aged version of the Yeti.)