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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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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +9%

thinwhiteduke, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

skaboom420, May 25, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
1.65/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

22oz bottle $8 (or was it $9)? Golden orange color, good head, looks ok. Aroma is musty and stale and really not good at all. The flavor was just downright awful, that birch syrup and birch wood were the main flavors competing with a really nasty alcohol flavor. I took about two drinks and drain poured this. Easily the worst Great Divide beer I've ever had by a long shot, they usually make solid stuff for the most part. Atrocious beer.

ArrogantB, May 25, 2013
Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nrs207, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BAsbill, May 25, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Ok lacing.

S: Pine hops and wood. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterenss. Alcoholic and woody. Herbal. Unique.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and slightly astringent.

O: The flavors do not mix well with the high ABV. Has an overly alcoholic taste. Not bad though overall.

SolipsismalCat, May 25, 2013
Photo of swetsastonic
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

swetsastonic, May 25, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +9%

calcnerd, May 25, 2013
Photo of denver10
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light translucent golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma offers the barrel, some nice sweet birch syrup, and a touch of some hoppiness. Some alcohol is present. Flavor offers the woodl, some sweetness from the birch syrup, and a piney bitter finish. Again some alcohol is present. A medium bodied to fuller still mouthfeel. Overall, the use of birch syrup and wood was definitely quite interesting and I am glad to have tried it, but this was more of an interesting beer than a good one.

denver10, May 25, 2013
Photo of ediaz
3/5  rDev -18.3%

ediaz, May 24, 2013
Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

tswater, May 24, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of touches of wood with some syrupy sweet notes.

Tastes of the light wood notes with some toasted malt notes underneath along with some slight grassy hops. The birch notes lead off with some birch beer notes. Touches of sugary sweetness along with some wood. Toasted malt notes come through and add to some of the birch beer notes, but don't make it too sweet. Grassy hops come through next. Finishes with the wood notes.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but the sweet birch beer notes don't get me too excited.

ocelot2500, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

random846, May 24, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Immortale25, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

salthemonster, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Caleb, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

randylangford, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PaulMc, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopmodium, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

CreightonSM, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AngusOg, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rab53, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

IPAchris, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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