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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Nunya, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

cnbrown313, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Casey3236, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nickfl, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

blindpiggie, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

ewhugh, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

cclark67789, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

BrewmanCapote, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

KiMiRaiK, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Bieniek30, May 11, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

22oz. Darker golden pour, nearly no head. Just a minimal run of white. Fairly viscous looking though.

Aroma, herbal and woody. Definete pancakes and syrup like sweetness.

Taste, faint citrus zest, quickly turns to a woody sweet. Malty caramel, some toasted malt notes. Some bitters and booze battle the sweet in the finish. The toffee stays with you though.

Quite coating, a good level of carbonation helps to keep the stickiness in check just a bit. A little warming, might be a better cooler weather beer. Would be interesting to see what some age does with this. It's perfectly fine now however.

Probably the closest thing I've tasted to some of Founders non-stout barrel aged beers. Rougher around the edges but very nice.

Bung, May 11, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +24%

A: center-pour into a tulip, pale-to-medium amber beer with a few fingers of off-white head, lace lines left behind

S: crisp hops of pine mingle with woodsy aromas over a delicate pale malt base

T: following the nose, crisp, bitter pie resin hoppiness, lots of wood flavors, touch of caramel-esque sweetness from the birch syrup, terrific malt profile

M: balanced between the soft and sharp, moments of bittering and coating sensation, brisk carbonation, medium weight

O: excellent use of birch, lending both sweet and dry moments; similar to a DIPA, but much lighter in feel and with great balance between the malt and hop character.Something of a hybrid between an English and American strong ale (think: Oaked Arrogant Bastard meets Fuller's 1845). An exceptional brew.

Greywulfken, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

MeisterMayhem, May 07, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A: shiny dirty orange, trace white head, firm lacing

S: lovely birch aroma, smoked/BBQ scent

T: sweet molasses, citrus, firm malt, long smokey/bbq finish

M: med body, hint of stickiness on the finish

O: Enjoy GD and this beer sounds fascinating, but wish
it was a little heavier. The ABV creeps up on you; the
body makes it very drinkable.


BeerLover99, May 07, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%

Bomber served chilled into a goblet. Bottled 4/22/13.

Great Divide's 19th is a slightly hazy copper color with thin white head. It settles fairly quickly and leaes some spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a distinct wood-aged character. That vanilla and caramel come through here.

Flavor is really intense and truly unique. They make a similar beer every year for their anniversary but it always seems to be a little different. It's basically a hugely bitter double IPA that has been aged on wood and, in this case, with birch syrup added. There's a earthy woodsy taste but I'm not sure about aging IPAs. Maybe a barley wine would be better suited.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very bitter but somewhat balanced with some subtle sweetness.

Overall a very good wood aged ale but maybe they could change things up for the big 20 next year.

GilGarp, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Stevie_Janowski, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

pinnser, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cackalacky, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Amazingly clear yellow brew with tints of orange. Three-finger head flows fluffy white. Lacing is strong too.

Rather flat and iced tea-esque. Bready, missing a lot of depth... grassy.

A funky sweet-bitterness lingers in an odd way... Dry, milky, creamy, woody, intriguing.... Bitter, nicely carbonated, kinda strong harsh bite.

This brew is ment to mellow and age for sometime. I'll snag a few for the cellar. Kinda recommended, if you're into over the top, harsh brews. A bit of a mess, but I could see this brew doing great things with a bit of time (2-3 years) ...

chugalug06, May 04, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

HKUSPC40, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, May 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ShemRahBoo, May 01, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

as far as I know the first deviation from the ipa anniversary beer line, but its a welcomed change. as much as I liked the 18th, I like this one too. it pours a honey color with maybe three inches of white head and good retention. its go a birchy nose indeed, much like the syrup in the life and limb or in that Alaskan pilot series bock I think it was, this has that same earthy sweet aroma, but the malt base is light enough to let it shine. really nice. the flavor is on the sweet side, which would be a detractor, except for that the sweetness is not malt sweetness or residual sugar in the conventional sense. its entirely different sweet, fro the birch, and its really nice in a lighter ale. the alcohol is there in the finish, but its not too intense. also the birch chips its aged on seem to only make a minimal contribution to flavor, giving some mellowness to the whole operation, but not potent like oak can be. the body is a little heavier than id like to it be, although not so much that a bomber of this isnt drinkable in one dose, because it surely is. the carbonation is very lively, which helps a lot, and allows the sweetness not to linger too long on the finish. this probably lacks complexity compared to the wood aged ipas that have been the hallmark of great divides anniversary series, but I appreciate the new direction. this is something very new, and easily worth the 8 or so dollars I paid for it.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2013
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.