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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 64
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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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-01-2014 19:20:59 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-31-2013 17:59:00 | More by aztraz
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csmalley

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-31-2013 01:28:03 | More by csmalley
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aakerman

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-30-2013 16:02:14 | More by aakerman
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wshell1

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9%

12-24-2013 03:35:48 | More by wshell1
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AgentMunky

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus glass. Bottled on 19 April 2013.

A: No head. Murky, sickly yellow-brown. Muddy.

S: Blackstrap molasses. Crazy floral yeast.

T: Weird beer. It's oddly bitter, like unsweetened molasses. I suppose this is the birch syrup. This never really goes away. I'm not sure I like it. Wood. Earthy. Lingering bitterness.

M: Thinnish and sorta astringent.

O: I don't know how I feel about this.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 19:10:32 | More by AgentMunky
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-23-2013 16:58:41 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Canti4341

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-17-2013 22:15:00 | More by Canti4341
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birdsellam

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2013 21:25:35 | More by birdsellam
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear golden with a short lived white head and light visible carbonation. A lot going on with the aroma on this beer. Syrup and wood up front, but there is toffee, banana, sourdough bread, some earthiness, and light alcohol are all detected. Taste is very sweet with some light bitterness throughout. A touch of heat is detected on the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, and there is a moderate length finish of wood and toffee.

Overall: I think this was done well for what it is, and I think it is very complex. What I'm not sure about is how much I actually like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:49:21 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
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snaotheus

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. 12 AIP 0912 is the bottle code.

Looks nice -- first half is clear, golden with a small head. Second half is a bit cloudy. Smell is surprisingly lagery. Yeasty with a bit of a tang. Something unidentifiable but kinda fruity.

Taste is overly sweet, a little nutty, syrupy, Something funky, maybe banana. Surprisingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:01:10 | More by snaotheus
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toronto_beermaven

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-11-2013 20:29:17 | More by toronto_beermaven
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BWH999

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-10-2013 04:59:22 | More by BWH999
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Bluestar

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-09-2013 04:56:17 | More by Bluestar
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StevenLaValley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-07-2013 08:45:25 | More by StevenLaValley
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steph1974

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A honey gold, small head dissipates

S weird, hard to identify. Alcohol, honeysuckle, pepsin, unidentifiable fruit, barrel, whiskey as it warms

T. Oddly fluffy but high alcohol. Sweetish, but not cloying, somewhat like a triple-quad-hybrid. Vanilla, cream soda, floral nectar, bitter green tea.

M. Fluffy, smooth, creamy, awesome. Followed by lingering alcohol warmth

O. Very interesting, still not sure if I really like it. Appreciate it's step outside the lines. My opinion aside, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:56:09 | More by steph1974
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Yanka

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-03-2013 02:13:56 | More by Yanka
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-02-2013 05:28:22 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-29-2013 12:28:02 | More by inspektor
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Freemann

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-27-2013 03:20:49 | More by Freemann
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-23-2013 20:00:35 | More by jaydoc
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-21-2013 01:07:19 | More by HollyHops
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date April 19, 2013 printed clearly on the label. It's been a long time since I had anything from Great Divide, and since these were just turding up the shelf, I decided to try it out. Going in unbiased; I have no idea what to expect.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright medium orange colored body with less than a finger of soapy off-white bubbles that fades to a fat bubbly ring quickly. A lot lighter in color than I was expecting, but looks pretty nice. No lacing.

S - Smell is of beautiful creamy vanilla, wood, caramel malt, some earthiness, hint of yeast, faint alcohol fumes, & a hint of indistinct fruitiness. In a way, it reminds me of how the Great Divide Rumble IPA smelled.

T - Taste departs from the nose a little bit: earthy caramel malts come to the front, with some herbal tea leaf like sweetness. Creamy vanilla, the birch wood, and alcohol heat finish this one off.

M - Goes down smooth, creamy, and clean. Finishes with some mild alcohol / whiskey heat.

Overall, not the greatest, but it was well enough for what it was. Fairly poor duration of flavor, but it has some alright complexity. Big 10.20% abv is noticeable, but tolerable. A slightly above average offering at best. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want it again.

Great Divide 19th Anniversary Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:37:45 | More by mfnmbvp
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Train54

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-17-2013 19:26:14 | More by Train54
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beergoot

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a solid gold colored body with a nice yet quickly dissipating white head; thin sheets of foam continue to coat the glass. Very appealing citrus/orange and malt aroma; orange marmalade. Very soft, very smooth mouthfeel with a bold citrus, malt, and strong (yet well-tamed) alcohol presence.

Smooth and orange-y describes this high ABV ale overall. I can't say where there predominant orange-like smell and flavor come from, but it actually works well with the malts and boozy character. A rather unique yet intriguingly approachable big beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:52:09 | More by beergoot
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.