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20th Anniversary Birthday Suit - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 143
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-19-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 3/21/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wispf of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, honey, fruit, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but has an odd earthy sour presence I am not liking too much.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with a modest head that fades quickly; just a few spots of lace

Smell: Sour cherry and black raspberry; slightly jammy but very acetic

Taste: Acetic from the outset, with sour apples and tart cherry and berry flavors; a hint of chocolate lingers underneath but the acetic character overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: Certainly an improvement over last year's version but still not a sour I would want to re-visit

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twenty years old, the brewery is almost legal! To celebrate, it shows us all its birthday suit. Its raw and unfiltered character leaves the palate salivating with alluring fruit, must and zesty body. Ok, ok... enough of that, here's the review:

The ale pours much like any well-built Flemish Brown Ale would- brown, but with redish tones that gives the beer a more bronze and mahogany hue. Its expected hazy character gives the beer an extra wood tone. As its creamy and spritzy off-white head abounds, it colapses back into the ale and only regenerates with a swift swirl of the glass. Its retention is light as the ale begins to favor appearances of red wine.

Its tart aromas sharply pierce the olfactory senses with its scent of sour fruits- cherries, apples, under-ripened berries and a hint of white wine vinegar makes the mouth water with the most modest of whiffs. A backbone of toast, cashew, cedar-type wood and white chocolate allows a charming malt support to emerge. With a subtle note of parmesan heading into taste, the beers pungent earthy character continues.

More wine-like than beer-like, the beer's early palate is awash with acidity- rose wine, sour cherries, crab apples, sour grapes, and even a plumb and date flavor come alive as the ale trends into earthier territories in its middle palate. Its woody tone seems to give a lift to the malt as a more caramel, toast, and buttery-nutty taste emerges. Lightly musty, the beer is more woody than sour in its finish and this highlights the sweetness beautifully; as its finish is creamier than its initial taste. Finishing musty with fragrant and spicy woods, a brine-like saltiness gives echoes of dried limes and cherries.

Medium-light in body, the beer's acidity slices right through its mild residual sweetness and gives a rise to the abundance of carbonation that pulls from the ale. Together, a champagne-like mouthfeel ensues and carries the ale to a tangy and moderately astringent finish.

The 20th Anniversary Ale celebrates that's best about beer. Its exploratory sourness is charming even if not as authentic as those Flemish ones. But its unique "American-ized" character shows that the brewery is just getting started...!

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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. A great joy to share this with TheBrewo, even though we didn't love the beer.

edit: this has come a long way since it was released. just opened a bottle last night as was really impressed how the sourness developed and how all the elements seemed so much more integrated. a year and a half or so has done wonders for this, although it still lacks in body and complexity, its a very different (and much improved) beer now. the patient were rewarded here.

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uinta : Birthday Suit
Shared with SmoothNCrisp

LOOK: Pours a clear amber with a white frothy head. Active carbonation rises lazily to the surface.

NOSE: Bread, definitely chocolate. Fruity and caramelized abbey yeast strain and malts. Sour notes emerge as the beer warms.

TASTE: Tart acidity runs wild with some caramel, nuts, toffee and dusty cocoa. Lemon. Light earthy hop character. Apple cider vinegar, light toast. This brew is tart rather than full on sour, but there is a nice pucker. Little to no alcohol presence in the taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Tartness is long lasting and the finish is clean and semi dry.

OVERALL: Dig this one. A nice brew broadly in the sour brown category. Enjoy this as a sipper, best suited to pair with sweeter cheeses.

Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 3/21/13

Poured into a chalice a very nice clear/clean golden light amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind though. The nose is mostly malty with some cherries, plums, and figs, slight yeast note. The taste is very nice, malty, with a nice touch of sour fruits. Medium body. Overall this one surprised me, quite a nice brew, glad we have something like this in Utah.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 03/01/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan cola-like head that fizzled away quickly. There isn't much of any lacing at all. Aroma is nice but light, The brew smells like tart cherries, toffee, dark bread, and chocolate. I think the taste is more tart in comparison to the aroma. It tastes like tart fruit (cherries, apples, lemon), dark bread, chocolate, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated, and easy enough to drink. I think it's an interesting brew, I liked this more the longer I drank it. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, a white grape sweet to sour presence. In the taste, a sour like bite and a sweeter white grape tartness. A sour bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sour white grape in the aftertaste. A decent sour with the white grape fruitiness, but just above standard.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. I'm hoping this is better than the last anniversary.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed deep amber color. Three fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Interesting nose on this. Never smelled anything quite like it. Starts off with an intense mustiness and I mean intense. Dry-rotten sweat socks through and through. Maybe some basement must, but mostly sweat socks and dry barn wood. Behind that there is cherry and plum fruitiness along with cocoa and something along the lines of lemongrass. Not really any acetic acid in the nose, but there is some lactic.

3.0 T: The taste is nothing like the nose. The first thing you notice is a sharp acidity featuring both lactic and acetic acids, but it isn't too sour. It's still super musty though with sweat socks, basement, and dry wood. Lots of toastiness too with notes of cocoa, peach, plum, apple, and more apple. A touch of tannic astringency. I'm not sure if I like it or hate it.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good carbonation level, but it sure is prickly. Lacking creaminess and spritziness. Sour peach finish.

3.0 D: Uinta makes some pretty good beers, but none of them are sours. Oh well, maybe 21st will be better.

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20th Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.