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Twentieth Anniversary Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 27
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: phisig137 on 06-23-2009)
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1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

11-15-2011 19:30:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-14-2012 01:25:25 | More by im4beer
Photo of drabmuh


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch recently, this beer was a HUGE let down to everyone that tried it. A big big disappointment.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head, decent and moderately carbonated. Head has some staying power but falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is sweet with a little spice and some alcohol.

Doesn't really taste like beer. Tastes almost like nothing. Shockingly thin, almost cidery in the flavor. I'm really let down by this. A lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:07:40 | More by drabmuh
Photo of scottfrie


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle in Portsmouth snifter. Purchased at the brewery.

A: Pours a deep apple juice golden with a finger of white head that faded into nothingness and left no lace.
S: Smells like apple cider, ambiguous spices, and alcohol vapor.
T: Strange and boozy with flavors of butterscotch, toffee, golden fruits and hops in the finish. I get some medicinal notes as well. Very strange and unique.
M: Super boozy feeling with a thin body. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
O: This was one weird tasting brew, and I’m not sure I like it. The flavors were pretty hard to pin down. Too much medicine, toffee and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:43:42 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Thorpe429


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for the pleasure of trying this one. Even better was watching Paul drink this from the official goblet. Glassware aficionado, he is. Mine served in a plain snifter. Quite shameful.

Pours a moderate golden color with a quarter-finger head that falls quickly without really leaving much of anything behind. The nose brings forward a peanut character. Reminds me a bit of peanut brittle, or the solid portion of separated peanut butter. A bit of fruit there as well and some mild booze.

The flavor is much the same. Some peanut character as well as grainy sweetness. There's a bit of alcohol in there as well. A bit of very milk vanilla character makes its way in toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I generally expect quite a bit more from North Coast. Glad to have been able to try this. Thanks again, Paui.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 02:55:59 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lunch, after many unsuccessful attempts. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is crystal clear and golden hued, with an eighth inch of white head that leaves a far amount of lacing behind.

The aroma is of sweet fruits, spices and alcohol. The beer is very assertive and / or bold.

Put simply, this beer tastes like strong alcoholic apple juice, with a present sweetness throughout. The flavor is odd, though not necessarily off. I thought it was mediocre, and was a bit disappointed. Frankly, I expected better.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 05:48:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ChrisPro


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted on 12/30/09 purchased from the brewery in July.

Pours clear gold with bubbly white head that fades quickly like champagne or a soda. Beautiful effervescence emanating from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of apple with a little bread and only a touch of oak. Taste is a mild sweetness and tart apple, but lots of booze. This was incredibly dry like champagne with a dry oak finish and just a hint of agave at the back of the throat. Overall one of the most unique beverages I have ever tried and it simply didn't taste like beer.

If you would've served it in a tulip and gave it too me blind, i'd put money that it was champagne. In addition, the dry mouthfeel and complexity of the brew seem like a great background for a sour. I'd LOVE to see this recipe tried again and then soured. Twentififth anniversary?

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:44:58 | More by ChrisPro
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-09-2014 18:46:28 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-12-2012 05:19:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-02-2012 18:22:44 | More by PacNWDad
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-02-2013 15:25:16 | More by JAHMUR
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden-straw body. Large fizzy head. Little retention, but spotty lacing left behind.

S: Oak earthyness. Green apple and agave rest on top of a boozy lemon citrus yeastyness. Really bizarre, but somewhat inviting.

T: Much like the nose... agave and green apple really pop out. Slightly tart, but without a real strong sour component that I would have expected. Booze is present throughout. Light yeast spicyness. Oak is present from start to finish.

M: Dry and a tad over carbonated. Tart, but as mentioned above lacking sourness or acidity. Crisp finish.

D: An interesting brew. The three of us at the tasting kicked around the idea of this beer being aged with brett/lacto and really sour'ed out. Would probably do wonders for both the taste and mouth. It certainly would accentuate the interesting and unique flavors of the agave.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:15:18 | More by callmemickey
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank 6/25/11. Split w/ scottfrie.

A: Pours a nice amber color that's reminiscent of Martinelli's apple cider. There was a thin off white head.

S: The apple comparisons hold true, as there is a solid whiff of apple juice stung with a pretty solid boozy finish.

T: This is a pretty difficult beer to pin down. I'm getting notes of toffee and a bit of grainy something or other. I'm not sure exactly what about it I find disagreeable, but it's not altogether a pleasant package. I't's not a bad beer, but hmmm... The word medicinal keeps getting tossed around, I'll buy it.

M: Light-medium bodied. Decent carb. Meh.

O: I really don't know what to say here. It's a good brew that was worth drinking. Not sure what else to say.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:20:31 | More by mjyoung
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with lively carbonation. Modest white head and nice lacing. Sweet, light fruit aroma. Sweet fruit flavor similar to apples, interesting fruit combination; a flavor I can't place must be the agave. Finish is somewhat astringent and phenolic. A very interesting ale and obviously well made, but although I liked the start and middle, the finish was bit off-putting for me. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:43:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-02-2014 18:06:10 | More by GClarkage
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-07-2013 21:29:01 | More by dalepryor
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beers in the Plaza. Probably the biggest surprise of the festival. This is why North Coast rocks it. Yellow with a small head. The aroma has a rich butterscotch sweetness and some floral honey that is definitely a little unique but very inviting. The flavor is a little tangy, definitely sweet, and not nearly as alcoholic as it should be. Honey is quite evident, but not cloying. Body is medium-full. The brewer from North Coast expressed some disappointment with how this came out, and I guess it does lack a certain elegance of character, coming across a little messy and brash, but it is still pleasant when not trying to drink an entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:03:47 | More by bulletrain76
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, thin, bubbly head of white foam. It left soapy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled boozy with a strong dose of sweet, sweet caramel. Notes of toffee were present with a mild floral nose, too.

T - It tasted sweet and malty. There was a very sweet caramel and toffee flavor with a boozy alcohol presence.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly sticky feel. A medium to full bodied beer with a strong alcohol warmth.

D - This was a tasty brew but too sweet to drink alot of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 02:41:50 | More by zeff80
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased last year, smaller corked and caged bottle.

Nice golden color with a tinge of amber. Minimal head, but very vigorous stream of bubbles coming off the etched hop in the bottom of my glass.

Smell is sweet, and it almost seems like its nose reminds me of hard apple cider. Pleasant apple tartness on the nose as well.

Flavor is not at all what I expected given the nose. Nice sweet flavors, lots of caramel, vanilla, a bit of spice. No real hoppiness that I can detect, though it isn't cloyingly sweet either. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, and there is a faint alcohol warmth as you swallow. Bit of that cidery-ness in the after taste.

A pretty different type of beer, but not bad. Kudos to NCB for trying something different here in Northern California, where we have plenty of quality beers but there isn't a whole lot of diversity (at least not as much in 2008). I've got another bottle I may age out another 5 years and see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 03:32:51 | More by Ghenna
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky light copper. Not much near white head, leaves to ring fast. Not much lace.

S - Apricot and sugar. Big time mead smell!

T - Taste exactly like mead! A little bread in there, but mostly mead.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Weird beer. It takes all kinds!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:08:05 | More by srandycarter
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jayi so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a caged & corked 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a strong oak-aging essence along with caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, caramel and vanilla followed by the flavor of oak-aging. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, agave nectar and oak-aging aren’t typically two things that you find together and then cellaring such a beer until it’s around 5 years-old might sound like a potential disaster but this beer is well-worth sipping on for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:43:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-10-2012 17:04:55 | More by eawolff99
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2012 20:21:44 | More by sholland119
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this twice in the last few months... Reviewed from 2 sets of notes!! inflatablechair and reinheitsgematt provided these.. Thanks Sam and Matt.

Foamy white head... drops leaving no real lace despite good carbonation .. very clear golden.

Nose immediately makes me think "Belgian", but the flavor not quite so much.

Phenolic... and a weird floral component that makes me think of orange blossum honey essence with something else verging on medicinal.

BSPA phenols are still pretty prevalent but a sweetness that verges on cloying pummels it readily... I kept asking what "agave" tastes like and only got the tequila reference. green apples and mild apricot.. oaky vanilla.. mildly tannic... pretty boozy...

I am still not sure what I think of this one... I was truly puzzled the first time... only slightly less the second time... I would like a bottle to cellar and see how it develops with a couple of years.

Sam says only about a case of these made it to Boise and even then, they all went to people in the biz... glad I have a couple of friends in the biz.. Thanks fellas.


Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 08:44:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for sending this interesting beer. Good trading partner..

OK, so the first shock is the color of the beer. American Strong Ale, I'm thinking a fairly dark looking beer. NOPE. This beer is a vibrant gold/brass color with almost champagne like carbonation rising to the surface (less in qty than champagne) Fluffy white head forms, then fades rather quickly.

Aroma is fruity and of wood. Almost a green vegetable aroma as well. Not grassy, but rather vegetal.

Interesting flavor. Coconut, wood, vanilla. I really wish I knew more about this beer. Lots of fruity esters.. Although I don't say this as a negative, I still get a little green vegetal flavor. (Not like Rolling Rock tastes like green beans, ugh) More and more coconut comes through for me, which dovetails to more vanilla. As I keep drinking I am struck by the subtle complexity here. Interesting. OK, next the wood starts to come out more as it warms slightly. Almost a white wine (chardonnay) quality to this.
** At this point, I had to go read some other reviews to see what is going on here. Several reviews mention Agave. So I am guessing that was used in the brewing and must be the vegetal flavor I am sensing. Let's just say I don't drink tequila and that will explain why I could not pinpoint that as Agave. Here I like it.

Pin point carbonation. Medium/Light body with a lingering sweetness.

I find this interesting to drink. Very glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 21:16:33 | More by Reagan1984
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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.