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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 65
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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5/5  rDev +36.2%

05-30-2013 01:48:43 | More by Shogun730
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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-03-2013 02:13:56 | More by Yanka
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-27-2013 03:20:49 | More by Freemann
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4.81/5  rDev +31.1%

The first in what I hope to be many videos on my beer review channel. I present 19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing. It's probably not in good form to make my first review one featuring a beer that probably isn't available anymore to most of you. Oops.

Watch my full beer review here, and subscribe for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY8dBty7JuQ

08-09-2014 14:16:31 | More by calebjross
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

03-16-2014 10:51:47 | More by Fettpopps
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +24%

A: center-pour into a tulip, pale-to-medium amber beer with a few fingers of off-white head, lace lines left behind

S: crisp hops of pine mingle with woodsy aromas over a delicate pale malt base

T: following the nose, crisp, bitter pie resin hoppiness, lots of wood flavors, touch of caramel-esque sweetness from the birch syrup, terrific malt profile

M: balanced between the soft and sharp, moments of bittering and coating sensation, brisk carbonation, medium weight

O: excellent use of birch, lending both sweet and dry moments; similar to a DIPA, but much lighter in feel and with great balance between the malt and hop character.Something of a hybrid between an English and American strong ale (think: Oaked Arrogant Bastard meets Fuller's 1845). An exceptional brew.

05-10-2013 21:56:17 | More by Greywulfken
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

05-12-2013 19:38:46 | More by BrewmanCapote
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

10-08-2013 19:46:56 | More by schaffer9252
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-22-2013 22:13:43 | More by Lantern
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-02-2013 22:16:15 | More by dllman25
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

05-12-2013 02:50:59 | More by KiMiRaiK
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

07-06-2013 00:40:10 | More by hollywood_15063
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-13-2013 18:01:59 | More by djre4orm
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-18-2013 04:13:34 | More by blueiguana86
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

05-06-2013 19:51:43 | More by pinnser
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4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

22oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - An aggressive pour yields an almost clear honey brass color with a timid white head. High specks and lower spider lacing.

S - Coconut shavings, woody, buttery caramel, salty, a quick swirl brings out a bready yeast.

T - Very woody upfront with loads of toasted coconut, spicy bitterness on the outside edges, sugar cookies, buttery malts, like crunch n munch light. Spicy alcohol fits in perfectly and really adds to the overall flavor profile. Finishes woody and brisk with a long woody aftertaste.

M - Full bodied but in a light silky kinda way, low carbonation has just enough lifting power to provide silky feel.

Wow! This is head over heels better than the last 2 anniversary beers GD has put out. The wood is dominate but in a very "non-powering" light way. The sweetness is lightened by the wood pairing with a savory salty/buttery character that really pulls everything together. It's not trying to be overly complex but succeeds in a simple but complex way.(If that makes any sense) This is a well made and very rounded brew. Happy anniversary Great Divide!

08-13-2013 22:09:55 | More by StaveHooks
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South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +18.3%

P: A crystal clear golden body with a nice milky off-white crown. Respectable retention with a garter of sexy lace inviting you to dive in.

S: Crisp toasty aroma. Apricots, smoked birch, toasted toffee, scotch, cardamom, salty caramel, cinnamon and sugar covered pecans.

T/M: Hoppy spices and lightly smoked birch and a sweet toasted malt base. Taste is very scotch like with an herbal presence, toasted toffee and tropical fruits. Syrupy/sticky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with lingering scotch and smoked birch.

O: Surprisingly smooth for this thick palates booze monster. This is a successful woody in my opinion. The birch and scotch really ensures the palate and keep it guessing. I wish I would have picked up another on to age. Oh well. Cheers!

07-14-2013 21:10:08 | More by Hopswagger
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4.34/5  rDev +18.3%

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%

06-17-2014 01:07:34 | More by StrongRepublican
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4.29/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Great Divide Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a deep golden with amber accents capped with a one and half finger fluffy bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly; splotchy lacing here and there. Fresh cut wood, grass, honey, and pear on the nose. Lightly sweet syrup, honey, and herbal/grassy notes with some breadiness midpalate. Finishes with fresh cut wood and accents of clean alcohol. Full bodied, syrupy and smooth; mild, gentle carbonation. This is truly an unique brew and a very enjoyable one at that. Highly recommended.

05-19-2013 04:31:02 | More by chanokokoro
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Very sweet, almost candyish type of aroma with some vanilla notes.

T- Initial sweetness soon turns a bit woody then right back to sweet in the aftertaste. Smooth but with a bit of alcohol fume trailing behind it. The sweetness is semi-fruity but in a red cherry/caramel/burnt sugar context. Ok, I got it: rum. Tastes like a very sweet rum. Still, the alcohol is concealed quite well even as it warms.

M- Moderate booze bite with a slightly syrupy feel. Medium carbonation and a body that's just a tad light.

O- Totally unique, very tasty and quite surprising.

05-24-2013 00:01:31 | More by Immortale25
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-12-2013 19:47:11 | More by cclark67789
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-23-2013 22:15:53 | More by salthemonster
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-27-2013 13:59:46 | More by civicm87
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-14-2013 22:05:18 | More by carlitos92
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-17-2013 19:26:14 | More by Train54
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19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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