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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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19th Anniversary Ale19th Anniversary Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

375 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy amber color with a finger of off white head. Low retention and spotty lacing.

S: Toffee, booze, vanilla, and wood.

T: Similar to the smell. A strong bitter bite on the finish that is accompanied by woody and earthy tones.

M: Medium heavy body with a softer carbonation. Body is also sticky, smooth and creamy.

O: Its kind of unusual, but pretty good. The taste is different as it comes in a super sweet wave, and then a bitter earthy wave.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Chaney
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bomber for $8.99.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a rusted orange color with only a slight pathetic head that wouldn't pick a fight with me.

S: Smelled like a carnival: Sugary taffy, cotton candy, and caramel corn all rolled into one.

T: I definitely good the wood part... bark and all. Bitter, bitter, bitter, and not in a pleasant way. I didn't find the birch syrup to be that interesting in the slightest.

M: Harsh. Lots of booze and sandpaper-esque notes that boggle the mind and palate. The carbonation was fine though.

O: Heck, this one's pretty cheap. Buy another bottle, bury it in your cellar, and don't even think about it for 10 years.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was really interested and kind of excited over this. Great Divide does some really great beers. Unfortunately I wasn't sure how to feel about it after I finished. Here's the history:

Pours a very clean gold amber. Almost a light honey appearance. Nice mellow orange hue. Doesn't really have much of a head at all. Quickly dissipating bubblies that leave the beer quite placid.

Smells very noticeably of birch juice/syrup and booze. There is a slight woodiness in it and is just slightly sweet to the nose. For the smell of birch I would really recommend someone find some birch juice. Drink it... smell it. It has a very specific light and unusual taste and smell. For me it falls into the category of a backward scent and taste. It's hard to explain, it's like an emptiness. Once you have something of birch origin you lily won't forget though.

To continue there are also some fruity esters happening but very mildly.

The taste is sweet, and ends pretty cloying for me. The taste is definitely dominated by birch, booze, and pineapple. It's slightly bitter at the end with the herbal hops that are almost quashed by the booze. How anyone could not pick out booze on this floors me. There is a vanilla tone buried inside which is pretty nice and helps the beer out quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is just plain sticky. It's dense but goes down surprisingly well for how sticky/thick it is. I'm guessing the birch syrup and high malt s definitely to blame for these two things. Between the cloying sweetness and these two things though, it is kind of hard to get around with.

Overall, this is okay. It's interesting... it's not bad. It's not a hoppy beer much at all. Mainly sweet and unusual. I appreciate the oddness of it. But it doesn't really blow my mind. To put it simply I am glad to try it, but this won't be one I will be going back to buy. If you don't like sweet and boozy and sticky, just don't do it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.