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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

OKCNittany, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

StaveHooks, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Holmes698, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

mhaugo, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Morey, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with a clean, small bubbled, fast dissipating head.

S - Oak (birch I suppose actually) forward, hints of vanilla and coconut.

T - I have no idea what a birch tree looks like or smells like or tastes like. To me, the wood notes in this beer are similar to oak aged beers I have had. It imparts a creamy, vanilla, hint of coconut and peach feel. The base beer of this was probably quite hoppy, as there is a DIPA like tropical backbone.

M - tiny carb, nice and solid feel. Typical of BA strong ales.

O - I like this beer. I can't say I can differentiate from a similar beer aged in oak, but it's drinkable for the ABV, pleasantly flavoured and well made.

BKBassist, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ncelauro, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

twelveinches, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber color with a hint of golden hues. Has a one finger eggshell head.

S - Some woodiness, a little citrus, may'be syrup and a bit of toffee.

T - It's like a cross between a barleywine and DIPA. I want to not like it, but I really do. It's woody, pine hops and sweet malts.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Can seem cloying due to the sweetness of the birch syrup.

O - I can understand why this has a lower than normal BA rating. But, Everything does mesh well together for me.

cvm4, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Jeeb
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jeeb, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, citrus hops, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, caramel malt, pale malt, and alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend. Body is not strong enough, in my opinion.

Tone, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

herman77, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Mattias, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

UltimateLivewire, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

leroybrown10, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

henryhampton, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled May 14th 2013

Pours amber with a thumb of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, traces of lacing & head retention

S: Faint woody notes &pears, toffee, booze, some pineapple

T: Dry woody notes, some toffee, some pear brandy up front. Some faint herbal notes, apricot & pears, & orange peel as this warms, some passion fruit as well, & toffee. Finishes with orange, a bit of booze warmth, muted shortbread flavor & a bit of canned peaches

MF: Chewy, dry & near zero carbonation, decent balance for the style, warming

Not one of Great Divide's better anniversary offerings, but worth a try . Started feeling the ABV quite a bit

russpowell, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mendvicdog, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Danobold, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TXhomebrewer, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

tuka, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
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.

gillagorilla, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

PopnLoads, Jul 25, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

crob3888, Jul 24, 2013
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.