19th Anniversary Birthday Suit - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.46/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-14-2013 04:26:48 | More by TheBrewo
3.19/5 rDev -1.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear ice tea color with a nice head that fades away rather quicky; not a whit of lacing
Smell: Acetic and woodsy, with apple and cherry undertones
Taste: A ton of woodsy acidity, up front, with a hint of chocolate but precious little development beyond that; the finish is extraordinarily acetic
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; very puckering
Overall: Sad to say, I really cannot recommend this beer; easily my least favorite sour
04-07-2013 23:50:10 | More by brentk56
3.66/5 rDev +12.6%
2013 version...20th Anniversary Sour Brown Ale. 7.4% ABV. Pours an amber-brown color with a small white head. Scent is full of earthy malt notes and Belgian dubbel/brown ale notes. Scent is not as funky (or sour) as I was hoping, but we shall see. Tons of dark fruits and some sweet/tart cherry notes with just a hint of chocolate. Taste is quite acidic at first with some cherry tartness and white vinegar. Some dark fruits come through with chocolate and Abbey malt flavors. Very acidic throughout, as I can't help from grinding my teeth. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and acidic. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this year's Birthday Suit is much better than last years. Changing the style was a good idea, but perhaps playing around with the style before hand could have been beneficial. This was not a bad beer (like last Birthday Suit), but is just not able to compete with the other American sour beers out there.
04-03-2013 08:38:50 | More by DovaliHops
3.86/5 rDev +18.8%
A-nice reddish brown but with a lack of head
S-doesn't smell too sour. There's some toasted caramel and scent of honey cereal. Medium to low strength
T-comes in with a fairly nice flavor of berries and lemons along with some cereal. It's weak for a sour brown ale but it's not bad as a beer, overall. There's a long lasting after-taste reminiscent if ash, almost like cigar smoke.
M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish
O-as a sour, this isn't a great beer. But I do like this a lot. It has a certain elegance and complexity to it. I'm not sure what exactly I'd classify it as. I recommend trying it whether or not you're a sour fan
03-23-2013 03:11:30 | More by AdamBear
3.26/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-19-2013 15:27:30 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Picked this up a while ago. Immediately crushed at how bad the ratings were for this. Figured it was time to get it out of my cellar. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Poured a nice, clear super light cherry/berry juice hue with a one finger white head that faded to leave a thin white blanket and light side lacing.
S - Well, a first here. This has NO nose. I have to almost give this a Belgian Dip in order to get anything, and what I get is cherry cough syrup.
T - Well, atleast theres flavor here. Not exactly great flavor, but its something. Lots of cloy "sour" cherry notes here. Mostly just cherry syrup with some hints of sour notes. Aftertaste is far too "fake" but everything before that isnt too too bad.
M - Mouthfeel is good. Higher carbonated here keeps the syrupy taste off the tongue, however, it is a bit distracting.
O - Overall this wasnt horrible, just wasnt anything to write home about. Would I buy it again? No. It was not worth the $11.99.
01-22-2013 02:08:36 | More by rudzud
3.65/5 rDev +12.3%
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a clear cranberry orange with a small (less than 1 finger) light pink fizzy head that quickly diminished, down to just a small collar and had fair runny lacing.
The aroma was of sour cherries right off the bat with a mild grain malt and a musty Brett yeast and possessed a light fruity ester and a mild bubblegum scent.
The taste was sweetly tart with a strong note of cherries early on, progressing with a bold funky yeast presence and a sour cherry finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with the yeasty sour cherry taste fading slowly off the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a fizzy champagne-like carbonation.
Overall this was a tasty and refreshing brew with a very powerful fruit presence and a decent sweet-sour ending...
01-21-2013 21:31:33 | More by KajII
19th Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.