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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-11-2013 15:23:06 | More by Apathetiq
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-10-2013 13:59:32 | More by jmccraney
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-10-2013 04:04:00 | More by aflies
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-10-2013 01:52:22 | More by Devinph
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-10-2013 00:42:33 | More by litheum94
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West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Serving Type -22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden amber/ yellow with a 1/4 foamy head, nice lacing.

Smell - Woody/birchy aroma, some hops, nothing to strong or strong.

Taste - Sweet malts, birch and oak. Hops are piney and sweet, added sugars, some Plenty of booze in each sip. Slight herbal, spice note in the finish. Nothing much more to add.

Mouthfeel - Birch, malts, sugars and booze nails the tongue. Palate gets more sugars, booze and added sugars, along with spices. Aftertaste is sweet, birchy and alcohol influenced.

Overall - Well, its not bad but not very balanced. The booze is too strong and its a little to sweet, which takes away from the oaked flavors, hops and malts. More spices, hops and malts, less booze and sugars would help this out. Worth a drink since it is a anniversary beer and it is enjoyable enough.

06-09-2013 23:13:39 | More by wvsabbath
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 5/14/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours golden hued amber with a quarter finger of pale head that quickly retreats to a halo. Very few tiny pin points of "lace".

Muted aromas of sap, earth, flower petals and a kind of generic beer smell. Not too excited to move on after smelling this.

Oh. Hmm. Birch seems to be a much harsher wood than oak. Astringent bark, sweet sap (I assume that's the birch syrup?), subdued citrus peel, almost harsh pine, hot booze and black pepper. Not sure what's goin on here or what it's even tryin for.

Semi oily medium body with moderately high carbonation. Lingering "off" bittersweet wood and faint hop aftertaste.

An experiment gone wrong? If this is Great Divide's compass, as it says on the label, I'm not sure that I'm all that interested in where they're going. I didn't/couldn't/wouldn't finish the bomber. Quite a disappointment from a brewery I typically enjoy. I'd advise taking a pass on this one.

06-09-2013 17:09:35 | More by ThickNStout
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2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

Bottled May 14th 2013. 10.20% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and foiled-over standard pry-off pressure cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co. for $7.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I like a lot of Great Divide's work but this seems a bit suspect.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonatio issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a dirty 1.5 finger head of beige/light khaki colour. Slightly creamy. Okay thickness. Average (~2 minute) retention; okay for the high ABV but not impressive. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a surprisingly light pale copper-orange. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Not your typical appearance for an alleged strong ale. Looks decent, but it's not all that appealing to be honest. I remain optimistic.

Sm: Getting some birch syrup and wood - but probably only because I'm looking for it. I doubt I could identify those notes without prompting. It is distinctly syrupy though - I might've guessed maple if the label hadn't told me it was birch. Residual sugars are present. Some toffee. Muted buried citrusy hop character. Sticky and nectary. It seems strange for an alleged strong ale. The toffee and rich syrup remind me of a barleywine. Tangerine. No yeast or alcohol comes through on the aroma. Honey. Birch is certainly dominant. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Birch syrup. Residual sugars. Caramel. Sweet citrusy hops. Hop profile is surprisingly overt. Tangerine. Syrupy; too sweet. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tropical fruits. Candied. I'd almost call it cloying. Not a great flavour profile by any means. Boozy. Imbalanced. Lacks complexity and subtlety. It's okay, but I'm not really liking it. Too sweet. Flavour profile is lacking; I really wish it was more balanced. Not very tasty. Lacking for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slight acidity. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Presence on the palate is poor. Too thick. Not soft. Unrefreshing.

Dr: I guess it's somewhat drinkable. There's just not much of interest here. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Great Divide. Lackluster. I'll finish this bottle with some difficulty; I really wish I had help though. Doesn't hide its ABV all that well. Overpriced for the lack of quality. Quite underwhelming. Meh. A pretty mundane choice for an anniversary Ale. I expected far better.

High C-

06-09-2013 06:18:32 | More by kojevergas
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-09-2013 05:58:20 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%

Amber color in the tall Saxo tulip with a brief cap of foam. Just a few bubbles, but a sharp prickle on the tongue. Interesting woodsy smell.

Very sweet and malty. I can't say that the birch adds a whole lot, but the overall effect is a fat-bodied brew with a tangy mouthfeel. Some stray aromatics, but it's like a double bock beer. There might be a faint herbal taste. I don't taste the alcohol, but it's definitely lurking behind the syrup.

A beer that's hard to figure, but it's worth a try if you like an oddity. Quite sippable, though some creamy carbonation would have made this more rewarding. From the 22 oz bottle for $8.50 at Baron's Market in San Diego.

06-09-2013 05:23:00 | More by mactrail
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-08-2013 20:10:27 | More by Todd
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2013 00:55:50 | More by Haybeerman
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2013 22:29:44 | More by HattedClassic
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-07-2013 04:47:54 | More by NastyNate11
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-07-2013 03:11:36 | More by Mark5252
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3.31/5  rDev -9.8%

Going off partial drunk memory here. Keep in mind, I'm from Texas and I'm in Denver, so due to the high elevation here, I'm getting hammered off two beers!!! Had this at the brewery. Pours up yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is great! Apricot and peaches, slight malt and slight hops. Taste is suuuuper thick, syrupy, well balanced but so thick!!! Too thick in fact. Nice flavor. Pale malts, a little sweet. Good beer but too thick. Ahhh!!!

06-07-2013 00:28:39 | More by stumac
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-06-2013 14:28:28 | More by makeshifty
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-04-2013 23:00:08 | More by Prost76
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3.59/5  rDev -2.2%

It has a Full body, on the darker side (though obscured by an opaque stein), I taste a little dark chocolate and I'm a fan of it except the finish lingers just a little too long. There might be some citrus in there too. It's nice for a single serving experience and I'd probably get another one.

06-04-2013 22:40:38 | More by SteveTheDog
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-04-2013 07:09:24 | More by strongaf
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-03-2013 11:01:39 | More by campfirebrew
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-03-2013 05:44:19 | More by jplopez21
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New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

Pour a clear honey color with a short tight white head that settles into a sparse cap but left a sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet. Candied honey comes to mind. There is a slight apricot fruitiness. The birch wood comes through towards the finish.

The taste is quite sweet as well and I have to assume it is from the birch syrup. The birch provides some vanilla and mimics bourbon to an extent. There is a woody flavor but is not as dry as oak. There is honey sweetness as well. It's sweet but not cloying. Perhaps a hint of pepper and grassy hop.

The feel is feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. I borders on being slick but the wood and hops keep it in check.

An interesting beer. Quite sweet and woody.

06-03-2013 01:17:31 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-03-2013 01:02:13 | More by Chugs13
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-02-2013 22:16:15 | More by dllman25
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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