19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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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3.13/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A-dark dusky orange with just a thin white head. Not much action to it.
S-very bold scent of citrusy honeycomb and syrups. Smells quite boozey
T-comes in with a flavor of honey combs, like the cereal, and a heavy syrup flavor. Disappointingly I get no birch. Some citrus to it. Matching after-taste.
M-sticky and heavy. Low carbonation.
O-well there's an absence of birch, which is basically the only reason I decided to drop $14 on this bomber. So yea it was a big let down. Other than that, it was a mildly okay strong ale. Somewhat drinkable. Will not buy again.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 03:34:01 | More by AdamBear
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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