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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

350 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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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ArrogantB

Colorado

1.65/5  rDev -55%

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.

05-25-2013 18:05:26 | More by ArrogantB
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2013 16:45:10 | More by nrs207
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2013 03:25:59 | More by BAsbill
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-25-2013 01:52:39 | More by SolipsismalCat
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2013 01:09:41 | More by swetsastonic
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

05-25-2013 00:56:49 | More by calcnerd
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denver10

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

05-24-2013 23:53:48 | More by denver10
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ediaz

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-24-2013 19:13:38 | More by ediaz
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tswater

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-24-2013 13:45:35 | More by tswater
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

05-24-2013 02:54:26 | More by ocelot2500
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random846

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-24-2013 02:46:39 | More by random846
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Immortale25

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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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

05-22-2013 23:41:49 | More by browniewithnuts
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Caleb

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

05-22-2013 21:34:26 | More by Caleb
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-22-2013 19:59:20 | More by randylangford
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PaulMc

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 03:00:31 | More by PaulMc
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 02:51:24 | More by Hopmodium
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CreightonSM

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-22-2013 02:39:14 | More by CreightonSM
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-21-2013 01:39:34 | More by AngusOg
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-21-2013 00:59:25 | More by rab53
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

05-20-2013 00:25:21 | More by IPAchris
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-19-2013 17:10:43 | More by CowsandBeer
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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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Nunya

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-19-2013 02:13:24 | More by Nunya
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.