19th Anniversary Birthday Suit - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 163
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

an orangey/amber pour with a slight amount of head which quickly dissipated. the aroma is of hay, wheat, and cherries. flavor is mostly of sour-ish cherry and oak. light body with high carbonation, lightly sour.

as far as the sourness in this one goes, i was hoping for more. as far as the flavor and smell, nothing too impressive.

edit: this review was for the 19th Birthday Suit from 2012 (392 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (921 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 (641 characters)

Photo of Domingo
2.45/5  rDev -26%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[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...

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Photo of Pahn
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split 3 ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA morningthief for sharing this with me!

Appearance: Pours a hazy red orange (article I read about it online says it's "blood orange colored," which is spot on). No lacing.

Smell: Faint fruit juice smell. Weak. Some bread comes out with time.

Taste: Mild puckering sourness up front, leading to a profound blandness. Nice bready aftertaste. The sourness up front has a slight cherry fruit juice tinge to it. Middle is instructively bland; like you thought water was bland, but Birthday Suit is here to teach you otherwise.

Happily, the flavor score rises above a 2.0 as the beer does open up with time, and grows on me considerably. It's difficult to describe... a little floral and fruity, a little like wild yeast flavors. While it's very, very subtle, it's helped along by the great mouthfeel and pleasant sourness, and is quite enjoyable.

Not what you usually expect (or want) from a wild ale, but in the end it's actually very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Juicy and succulent, tart but not too much. High side of moderately carbonated. Great, clear vessel for the light flavors.

Overall: The well done mouthfeel carries this beer a long way. I could see being horribly disappointed with this bottle... but I think it's worth opening up your mind to what it has to offer: pleasant, subdued sourness, bready pale malt flavors, with a lot of complementary subtleties.

Hard to recommend, but easy to enjoy. At the right price, this would actually be a repeat buy for me. (1,540 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

20 anny blend.

A firm pour produces a nice fizzy head but with most fizzy heads it falls rather quick. The color is a deep dark amber so we're about right for the "sour brown ale" that the brewer claims.

A very acidic nose with some cherries and perhaps some brown sugar.

Very acidic but in a more makes your stomach burn vs puckering sour. A lot of tart cherry impact here as well.

A reasonably easy to drink sour, nothing too big, or too fizzy. Still the level of acidity here is a bit too high. It makes it hard to drink.

I've gotta give a big thumbs down for this one. It lacks complexity and just hits you over the head with acid. There just isn't anything going on in here to make this beer something beyond an excuse to drink something sour....which I guess isn't that bad. (789 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 ml. Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a light red with hints of punk with a finger of fluffy pinkish white head that leaves no lacing to speak of.

S: cherry, cherry skins, almost a hint of raspberry. A light hint of earthy tartness but doesnt smell nearly as sour as I had hoped, Honestly the aroma is a bit more subtle in all ways then I had hoped for.

T: loads of while cherry flavor.... With a tartness on the finish that almost brings a hint of raspberry... This beer is not incredibly sour... Reminds me of a cherry flavored dfh which is a Berliner Weiss if I remember correctly. But again a lot of good cherry flavor.
I am also not getting any oak to speak of

M: a light medium body with high medium crisp carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel but nothing rally exciting either... Good for the style.

O: a good cherry beer.... Not the best kriek I've ever had though.... But I suppose they don't call it a kriek, they call it a sour chery ale. Which I suppose it is... The sour is a bit more subdued then I would have liked... And the beer seems to me like it would have been more accurately labeled a cherry Berliner Weiss. (1,144 characters)

Photo of KDawg
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.bottled on 3-29-12 (4 months in a bottle)

Low carbonation. Off white head, that holds for roughly a minute. Body is a clear strawberry red.

Smell is faint. Cherries really come through. Maybe some toasted oak. Concerningly sweet aroma.

Luckily the mouthfeel is on the dry side. Cherries are very present but not too sweet. Oak is mixed in seamlessly. Cherries really dominate flavor profile. Perhaps some home cellaring would bring out the tart, dry, and complex. There is clearly a healthy looking yeast slurry at the bottom, so theoretically it may mature well over time. But it's still a great beer as is.

Tartness is mild but the Ph feels super low. Definitely a tooth melter, but worth it. My first from the brewery and it's a relief to find another American brewery jumping into barrels and sours.
Cheers to experimentation and simulating flavor! (872 characters)

Photo of palma
4.27/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pink hued body.

Mashed black cherries. Alcohol. Sour peaches.

Lime, sour cherry, not cloying at all. Crisp green apple. Slightly astringent. A good balance of sweet and bitter here. Could be a little more complex with some wild yeasty flavors. Would have liked to see that. Semi dry at the end keeps you coming back.

I think this beer is underrated. It's a nice cherry beer that is extremely drinkable. (419 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Color is an apple red with some noticable carbonation and solid head. Smell is actually pretty non existant which I was very suprised by really nothing noticeable. Taste is nice good balance of fruit and sour. Mouthfeel is clean finishes crisp with a slight tart aftertaste which I want with this style. Overall decent beer but certainly not spectacular. (394 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Giovacchini
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a reddish copper hue with a thin head.

S- sour cherries, some very mild funk, subtle vinegar, vanilla, and grain.

T- sour cherries, bread, wheat, water, and some subtle citrus.

M- subtle carbonation with a sour/ tart taste that linger on the pallette for a bit.

O- this beer was sort of a let down. I am sitting here 1/2 the way through the bottle writing this review and I'm not sure if I am going to finish this. Being that this beer is a American Wild Ale I think it is a failure. (496 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very dark chocolately brown. The edges reveal a more complex color: hues of maroon/dark red really give this beer a more complex complexion than one would expect from a sour. Little to no head is evident, although the beer does demonstrate good lacing throughout. Overall, for a sour beer, this is a very attractive brew. Dark and seductive.

S: A powerful and vivid nose opens up upon inspection. Tropical fruits dominate with a mild earthiness in the background giving away its Brett character. It's a fruity and floral nose that really leads you to believe this sour is more on the fruity than funky side of the spectrum.

T & M: Sour with a very pronounced malt backbone. It's much maltier than alot of sour beers, which I usually prefer. However, there's something about the malt character that doesn't really complement the sour character of the beer. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it's the tropical fruit of the malt character conflicting with the funky sourness.

O: On paper, this beer should be a winner. However, it falls short of the best sour beers on the market. If you like sour beers, I recommend trying this beer. However, I don't think it's worthy of more than one try. This is one of those beer where the sum is not greater than the parts. (1,321 characters)

Photo of SanDNigel
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (381 characters)

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19th Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.