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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
19th Anniversary Ale isn’t just a wood-aged ale. It’s a compass – a reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Brewed with pure birch syrup and aged on birch wood, this beer embraces reverential tradition and revolutionary innovation.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013)
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Golden blonde with a hint of copper more towards the center. Poured with no head. You can swirl it to get a nice head on it though.

S: Surprisingly, I smell a lot of lemon and citrus. Very light and with what seems to be some floral pine. Swirling it really brings out the pine and a hint of creaminess. I haven't really smelled birch or birch sap but that is probably the lingering smell,

T: It tastes like a really hoppy barleywine or an oak-aged DIPA. It is mostly pine or I guess it would be birch in this case. I guess I don't know what I was expecting out of this since I wasn't even sure of the style of the beer when I first got it. I hate when they just say ale. I thought it was a stout considering how dark the bottle was. It's good and is quite in line with their previous anniversary DIPAs of which I haven't had any but still know where I could get them. It is quite good and reminds me a bit of fresh Bigfoot. It kind of tastes like you would think a pinecone would.

M: Solid carbonation with a nice prickly coarseness.

O: It's pretty great, just not at all what you would expect. I was expecting something a bit sweeter, but this is a pleasant surprise. Good stuff but I don't know how it would stand up to aging even at the relatively high abv. I feel like this is probably best fresh. It seems like the hops are the main part of it and there isn't too much of the birch aging in there that I can taste. Aging might just bring the birch to the front, which would be interesting but probably not too good though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:58:33 | More by gillagorilla
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thufflife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-24-2014 15:26:00 | More by thufflife
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flagmantho

Washington

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and light effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam with moderate retention and leaving a nice lace after dissipating.

Smell: richly malty with a fair dose of lemony hops and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Not too bad, although not especially complex.

Taste: strong, sweet malt with plenty of buttery diacetyl -- not exactly my favorite flavor compound. Hops remain citrusy and relatively strong. Bitterness is high, but not quite enough to balance the huge sweetness. Decent, but it could lose that diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: big body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: pretty drinkable for a strong ale. It could use a little more bitterness and a little less butterness, but other than that not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:40:13 | More by flagmantho
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2014 01:27:52 | More by Syraquse
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-13-2014 01:02:31 | More by seavercm
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Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-12-2014 16:10:36 | More by KAF
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a copper colour, clear, lacklustre head of large off-white bubbles. Lacing is unspectacular, but has spirit. Good for you, lacing.

Smells fruity but somewhat empty. Notes of mango and banana, touch of metal and not much else. Maybe a late touch of spice, but it's like artificial additives to provide aroma are doing most of the work here.

More oomph on the palate. Malty, with brown sugar, molasses and treacle. Touch of booze towards the back but certainly one-dimensional. Sweet, with a whisper of bitterness and maybe some very overripe fruit - kiwi and peach mostly. Doesn't excite; doesn't inspire.

Thick feel really. Fairly smooth, but definitely big and almost gluggy. Not a lot of texture; needs something to cut through.

Drinks heavy and sweet. Definitely needs a different angle - something to freshen, cut through or just elevate this thick, syrupy flavour. Note I was served this blind; I was even more disappointed to discover it's an anniversary ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 07:17:02 | More by laituegonflable
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-08-2014 06:11:41 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

Pours an extremely clear deep golden colour, bright and fairly thickly bodied. Head forms a pocked mesh of white bubbles that only really stay around through perturbation. Lacing is minimal. Carbonation forms in fine streams when tilted. Looks pretty heavy and very decent.

Nose is rather muted. There's perhaps a slight woody tone to it, but there's also a pretty pronounced sugar-fermentation character that gives a little cider or vodka. Perhaps a touch of smoke lacing to the booze too. The malt gives a rather flat cardboard note, a bit like grain husk. I'm not going to lie, I'm deeply unimpressed.

Taste is certainly a lot better. Here, while the booze character is still present, there's also a pleasant buoyant peach note that comes through, and a lightness towards the back that allows some of the woody notes to have a bit of range. Finish has fragrant fruit and some sharp boozy sugar characters. Smooth feel throughout: despite the suggestion of thinness on the nose, this is quite thick and gelatinous.

Overall, though, it's a rather disappointing beer from Great Divide, who have to be one of my favourite American breweries. That's not to say it's bad, just that it's genuinely below the standard I expect from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 04:44:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jmathis

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2014 13:19:12 | More by jmathis
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_RL_

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-22-2014 02:21:26 | More by _RL_
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-19-2014 03:13:14 | More by thatoneguymike
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CUbeerfan

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-18-2014 22:51:26 | More by CUbeerfan
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StrongRepublican

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a thin white head and strong lacing. Incredible oak and vanilla flavor with a very pleasant malty sweetness and slick mouth feel. Carbonation level is perfect for the style and the ABV is deceptive. It goes down very smooth for over 10%

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 01:07:34 | More by StrongRepublican
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a two finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, oak (birch?), light fruit, birch beer. Flavor starts with caramel malt, woody vanilla, toffee, birch syrup then develops a woody, earthy bitterness, finishing with a lingering bitterness that seems more herbal than hoppy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting strong ale tastes like an oaked hybrid of scottish ale and a sweet Belgian quad. Overall different and flavorful, but the finish is somewhat stark and a little astringent. The alchohol is well covered, but this is definitely warming. I completely missed this beers very brief availability at home and found this bottle 400 miles away. Although it is almost a year old, it seems to have held up well. This beer grew on me as a drank it, perhaps as my tongue got bitterness fatigue, which made the finish more pleasant. I like the vanilla flavors associated with oak barrelling and know know that similar flavors are associated with birch chips. Glad I found this.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 03:51:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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utfiero

Texas

2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color - clear golden wheat.

Aroma- sweet but sharp like a mild radish with honey.

Taste- Overwhelming and unbalanced. Starts sweet and strong, alcohol esters are strong (reminding us of accidentally tasting cheap cologne), finishing with a sharp woody and annoying aftertaste. Could this bottle have been spoiled in shipping in the Texas summer heat? Possible, but we'll never know.

By the way, I'm not biased against Great Divide at all. I've even filled my growler at the brewery in Denver. But this brew just didn't measure up.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 7/20/2013.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 16:47:31 | More by utfiero
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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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New Jersey

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

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19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.