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19th Anniversary Birthday Suit - Uinta Brewing Company

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of SanDNigel
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pink honey. Big bubble head that runs away as fast as it can. Hmmmm curious
S- Smell the pucker. Sour cherry as it suggests
T- Pucker before anything. Pretty sour. Taste is good but seems to be lacking depth (I guess it is only 5.4% though)
M- LOTS of bubbles. Definite drool factor
O- It's good. Was hoping for something a bit heavier in the mouth, but not at all disappointed.

Photo of OStrungT
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pinkish red color, with a thick, fluffy, pikkish whie head. The head fades very slowly, leaving little lace.

This beer smells very funky. Earthy yeast and grainy funk. It is not overly pleasent. I can detect a slight tart cherry aroma as well. My original excitement is going down.

This beer is cloyingly yeasty and funky. Earthy and grainy. Behind that I get a hint of sweet and tart cherry, but it is hard to enjoy over the funk.

This beer is highly carbonated, fitting the style. It leaves a funky earthy aftertaste, with just a touch of tartness.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It just dosnet taste right for the style.

Overall: I love wild ales, and I love cherries. The more sour the better. I also like funky beers, and long as there is more complexity to it than just funk. This beer didnt do the best job of balancing this. Maybe more cherry tartness would have rounded it out better.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
bottles 3/29/12

A- This beer pours a cranberry colored slightly dense body with a wall of microbubbles pushing to the surface. There is a boiling pink hued white head that fades quickly.

S- The aroma of fruity pale malt is soft with some hints of tartness to it.

T- The tart cherry flavor has some green pungent hop notes to follow with a field corn hint coming through as it warms. The finish has a big fruit tartness that fades with each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a very mild astringency from the cherries and a tight fizz finish. There is no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a soft cherry flavor with a bigger fruit tartness in the bite. There isn't any malt support or yeast/funk support making it a bit one dimensional. I'm not sure if age would bring out more character or not?

Photo of DonDirkA
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of tart cherries, sour grapes and that's about it. Taste is cherries (tart and sour), red grapes, citrus and some alcohol. Very effervescent, almost like a sparkling wine. Pretty good, but a little too froofy for me. I was hoping for something a little more "sour ale" but not bad though.

Photo of SpdKilz
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at my local store. I knew the ratings were somewhat lackluster but curiosity got the best of me.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a lighter red, dark orange hue with lots of fizz and about a half finger of bright white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving very little lacing.

Smell – A rather muted aroma. There is obvious cherry aromas, though not strong and more juice like than anything. A bit of raspberry comes through as the beer warms. A very subtle tartness at the end. That’s about it.

Taste – Yikes. Holy metallic. There is a cherry punch up front but this fades to a rather metallic, tinny horrible aftertaste. This tastes like carbonated cherry juice mixed with pennies. Just the slightest of tartness.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied, too much carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall – I will not be finishing this beer. This is not good, which is sad, because this brewery has put out some other solid offerings. No way I’m going to buy one to see how it ages.

Photo of emerge077
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pinkish crimson, somewhat orange when backlit. Pink head of sizzling foam, looks like cherry yougurt. After the initial flurry of bubbles and foam, the head faded away never to return. An ethereal momentary skim results from a vigorous swirl.

Smells like sour cherries, as advertised. Sour mashed grain and musty wet dishrag, mineral water.

Tart cherry taste, some heavy minerality, pretty one-dimensional but it tastes alright. Not very well integrated, some astringent metallic notes throw it off a bit. It's clean and tart with a dry finish, but also a little bland and watery in the middle.

Aside from the cherries being of the sour variety, nothing really points to American Wild Ale stylistically. Seems too young, not well developed or complex.

Photo of KDawg
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a lighter red color with a small head.

Not much depth, but nice aromas of tart cherries and berries with a touch of florals.

Medium bodied, but somewhat watery and lacking a mid+finish. It does have some decent flavors of tart cherries and berries, but it is lacking.

Pretty disappointing. It was on the thinner side but did have some decent flavors.

Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is the 20th Anniversary version.

A: Pours a clear, dark copper with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Tart and sour fruit notes reminiscent of lemons and cherries up front with a faint sweetness underneath. Not much going on.

T: Lemony tartness and sourness hits first with some lighter tart cherry notes. It's quite sour. When the tart and sour flavors finally fade, there is surprisingly little else going on. The finish is even a bit watery.

M: Mid-light body with medium carbonation, this beer feels crisp at first but finishes watery.

O: Not an offensive beer by any means, but just incredibly bland. There's a big sour punch like biting into a lemon and then it just fades away, leaving nothing behind.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP over the weekend... Paid a pricey $13ish... poured into my little CC goblet... The brew is a hazed orange with a definite red/pink tint and pinkish head. The head really doesn't last that long and leaves little in the way of cap or lacing.

Nose shows some minor Belgian qualities.. bit of spice with plenty of fruity notes... some sorta grainy malt comes through and helps bring the aromas up and out of the glass.

The flavor shows hints of a lactic bite (maybe?), but it seems minor... sour cherries are definitely the big player.. dusty pale malt/wheaty element brings the brew together a bit... a bit of tannin shows with warmth... I think I may be associating the tannins with the lactic acid...

Body is a light/medium with a medium carbonation that helps the drinkability..

Honestly not sure that this one should be in the "wild" category, but conversations with a couple of well informed buddies made me believe... I think.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4

Photo of Bierguy5
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, bottled on 3/29/12. Pours a copper color, with a slight red hue. Pinkish head disappears after a quick minute. No lace to speak of.

Slight sour cherry aroma, with a bit of an earthy feel. A few other fruity notes that are restrained. Slightly funky.

Very earthy up front. Sour cherries are really an afterthought here. Not a great deal of tartness. Not very sweet at all, which makes the earthy notes even more dominant. Other faint fruity notes.

Lighter body, carbonation doesn't seem to liven this up much. Alcohol is a non-factor. Not terrible, maybe just not what I was expecting.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 8/18/12

Appearance: Reddish orange, mostly clear - fizzy, slightly off-white head, fades somewhat quickly, but easy to drum up a head - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Light, pale malts and some cherries - not particularly fragrant, honestly - vaguely tart, but not sour

Taste: Soft, pale malts with some light cherry tartness - lightly sour, but not really what I would describe as a "sour cherry" - lightly sweet, some hint of earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Light, nicely carbonated, very smooth

Overall: Not bad, not an exceptional sour

This has some cherry tartness, but I wouldn't describe it as sour. It's good, but there are better sour cherry beers out there. Worth a try, but not worth trading your children for.

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light red in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour cherries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sour flavors of cherries. It seems to taste more like sour cherries instead of a cherry beer that has lots of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink and is neither too sour nor too tart.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange-red color, decent sized white bubbly head but fades wicked fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is very mute, only picking up very subtle hints of cherry.

Taste is not very intense, the sour/tart notes are fairly mild with very little acid character, any funk character is also very lazy, cherry is present but isn't the star that it should be, carbonation is very active and bubbly though, because this doesn't have intense flavoring it's a bit refreshing because of the carbonation and is very easy to drink.

Reminds me more of a champagne than an American Wild Ale.

Photo of ShanePB
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Clear pale ruby/pink colored body with a small soft white head that perhaps has an undertone of pink. No retention nor lacing really at all, but that's fairly typical for the style.

S: Pale malts, wheat, faint cherry, cherry juice and some dry floral notes. It's not really anything you'd expect or anticipate for being a "wild ale" or the labeled "sour cherry ale" that the bottle states. Not bad but nothing outstanding.

T: Wheat, pale malt, bread, faint cherry flavor though quite crisp. Honestly, this is pretty bland. Their a faint tartness you'd get from something along the lines of a Berliner Weisse but this is not reminiscent of any wild ales I've had before. It doesn't have enough character. Really disappointing.

M: Extremely bubbly, high carbonation but quite dry in the finish. Essentially what you'd want for this type of beer, not much to fault it for.

For $15 this was a huge disappointment. Nothing I'd need to purchase again, even if it was offered much cheaper. In a nation full of quality American Wild Ales, this doesn't even come close to scratching the surface of a good quality one.

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a piece of MBC stemware.

A: Pours a reddish-orange with a white head, which recedes quickly.

S: Very sweet, syrupy cherry, grape, slight yeastiness.

T: Slightly tart cherry builds, and then fades into a coarse, yeasty graininess. A tiny note of funk. Tart apple, grape.

M: Light-bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Not bad, but a bit bland and one-noted.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Well hazed amber cherry color. Two and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is about average, but no lacing is left behind.

3.0 S: This is quite strange. It smells like cherry flavored Sprite. Beyond that there is oak and light tannins, lemon and lime (which contribute to the Sprite), phenolic cherry, and berries. Some light, musty funk and some balancing sweetness.

3.0 T: The taste is much like the nose. It tastes a bit like Sprite too. Lemon and lime, followed by cherry and berry. Oak, faint vanilla, and mild tannic astringency. Hints of clove. Musty basement funk with dry-rotten wood and apple orchard. It's not bad, but it's not a very good sour, which I think is what they were going for.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. There's a bit of spritz to it, but it could be more so. Smooth though.

3.0 D: It's easy to drink, but it isn't impressive in the least.

Photo of liamt07
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Bottled March 29, 2012.

Translucent pink body with some orange highlights, white ring of bubbles serves as the head. Nose of raspberry and cranberry juice, berry pits and some tartness. Very mild malt character. Tastes of cherry and cranberry juice, mild tartness and minimal malt. Light feel, and almost comes across as a a tart fruit juice. Not bad, not not complex or intriguing in any regard.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden orange to garnet red in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall pinkish white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light aromas of fruity pale malts and light to moderate amounts of sour cherry tartness.

T: Light amounts of earthiness with some fruity pale malts and moderate amounts of sour cherry. The beer has very little sweetness and quite a bit of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: As a fan of wild ales, I had high hopes for this beer that were not quite fulfilled - don't get me wrong this is a solid beer but I was hoping for more. I like tartness of the sour cherry in both the smell and taste.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a candy apple red color with a small white head that fades quickly. It has a light amount of carbonation that creates an inviting appearance.

S: Tart and sour cherries and a touch of earthy, woodiness make up the aroma.

T: The taste is exactly like the aroma, but definitely not as sour as I was hoping or expecting.

M: It is light bodied and moderately carbonated. It has a nice, crisp, refreshing feel that makes you want to go back in for more.

O: I was pretty underwhelmed by this sour. The basic aspects were there, though muted, and it was rather one dimensional.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a live review collaboration between TheBrewo and StonedTrippin. We crack the cage and cork on a 20th Sour Brown Ale, pouring a brew of old-penny copper, with golden maple hues when held to the light. It holds a one finger head of beige bubbles, showing quick retention. This leaves punctate lacing and a microbubble film across the top of the liquid. This is easily reproducible with a flick of the wrist. Carbonation is lazy and uninspired, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma is lighter, with chocolate, pale, and moderately Belgian grain as the malt bill. This is countered by creamy milkiness, citric acidity, light toast, metallic adjuncts, the faintest piney hops, peanut powder, and soured pear fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wrought with bile, stomach acidity, and saltiness, boxing out most of what is left. As we sip, lactic sourness, bile pucker, tartly dried cranberry, uncooked brown malts, and wet, juicy grassiness start things off. The middle comes to a peak with more soothing amber and pale malt bitterness, white sugar flash, and floral freshness. The finish gives raw chocolate malts and cocoa powder, soy sauce, dirty unshelled peanuts, white flour, simple brewer’s yeast, and nondescript fruity tartness. The aftertaste breathes of cocoa powder, soured brown malts, metallic adjuncts, white rice, vinegar, lemon concentrate, and odd chocolate maltiness. The body is medium but chewy, and the carbonation is on the full side. Each sip gives frothy slurp, sip, and smack, with nice coating foaminess. The finishing pop is wet, with the mouth left eventually mildly puckered and astringently dried. The tongue is penetrated by the caustic acidity, giving borderline painful bite to the tip of the tongue, and dryness down the rest. The abv is fine, and the beer is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we all enjoyed most about this beer was the outrageous acidity and nuttiness through the flavoring. From the pour, this beer is stable, and obviously comfortable in its own skin. While the brown malts help give depth, toast, and bitterness, the chocolate malts through the finish give a bizarre contrast to the otherwise lighter notes of the beer. With warmth the nose gives intense nuttiness that overwhelms, with the chocolate malts taking too big a role, and the sourness evolving into vinegar sourness, breaking the beer apart. This is definitely a bottle to share, and something to be enjoyed only once a year, much like a birthday suit.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Uinta "Birthday Suit"
A: Served from a brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork into an Odell pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were well above average.

A: Pours a .5 finger head of slight pink hue, fair cream, decent thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a somewhat dull copper-ruby. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart cherry and sourness. A mild strength aroma. Simple but appealing.

T: Somewhat sour with a nice clean finish. Slightly tart cherry esters. Clean malts. Decently layered but somewhat restrained. Fruity and vibrant. Crisp and fresh but a bit of a missed opportunity. Not complex or subtle, but underplayed. It doesn't bring the tartness and sourness it needs to to be great. Still, I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. Crisp and pleasant. Nice carbonation.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV and style. I'd get it again. A nice little sour. Certainly worth trying. That said, with work it could be great.

Low B

Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 05MAR13
ABV 7.4%

Dark brown with cherry hues, a loose, scattered light tan foam. Smells of wood, vanilla, some sweet cream - nothing like a wild of any kind... Flavor is tart, acetic, metallic, some oak, mostly tart metal here -poor showing. Medium bodied with loose, moderate carb and a dry finish. A really disappointing offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazed dusky rose. Bright-white head that drops to a tiny cap. Glows. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Cardboard and cough syrup. Phenolic cherry. Very mellow. Lemon, old cheddar, hay, musty basement, and straw. Corn, cherry juice and tart cherry flesh.

Taste: Mild cherry flesh. Some oak barrel. Wet cardboard, corn, and grass. Cough syrup. Medicinal and slightly phenolic. Huge barrel influence. Almost like someone dissolved a cherry warhead in an oak barrel. Some pale malts. Slightly floral. Cherry flesh. Cherry soda.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonation. Clean, very clean.

Overall: Eh. It's decent, but you can tell it's a first wild attempt. Rough and lacks depth.

Photo of Domingo
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Uinta has never steered me wrong and I have enjoyed cherry beers over the years. This can't miss, right?
Pours a rose color. Lots of foam, immediate lacing.
Uh oh...the nose starts off like tart cherries, and then heads into bile and butyric acid territory. It's tough to get past and it reminds me of a ruined ultra-ripe cheese. I like funky yeast beers, but this is one of those that's just plain flawed. Funky and "vomit" are very, very different to me.
The flavor doesn't necessarily have that horrible character, but the cherry flavors are almost artificial tasting and they don't blend with the citric notes from the yeast. The finish has a rough bitterness that some wild beers take on, too.
I wanted to like this and I was excited when I saw it, but man...it's a dud.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried ages ago, reviewed from notes.

Pours a rude red colour, head is disappointing, just a thin crown although a quick swill revives it. Lacing is quite decent, but not that sticky. Looks OK.

Smells quite sweet. Marshmallow and a big aroma of bubblegum on there. Toffee, with a big cherry medicine note. Fluffy and sweet but some odd notes in there as well. Yeah, a bit like kiddy medicine in a lot of ways. Will reserve judgement until I taste.

Taste is not what I expected at all, really. Sour, but not really in a satisfying, wild ale kind of way. It tastes just 'off', with big phenolic notes, cherry liqueur, some unripe strawberry and fresh fruit pudding. Fruity, mostly, not majorly sour but not sweet either - tastes a lot like underripe fruit. Could use more sweetness, or just more complexity to the tartness.

Brassy body: bold and solid really, with a nice dry finish. Very good.

Can't say I'm a big fan. I feel it's a bit lacking on some sides and the dominant flavour needs to be toned a bit more. Refreshing enough, though.

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19th Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.