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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 353
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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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

dmorgan310, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nygannon, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of htdoerge
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

htdoerge, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Ainjyll
4/5  rDev +9%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy honey gold. White sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of honey, molasses, biscuits and rich citrusy hops.

Honey and biscuit malt, rich and flavorful, with a mild bite of citrus hops.

Medium body with a mild fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Warms a bit going down.

A nice strong ale, goes down easy and has a good flavor. Very worth trying. Hides its strength pretty well until the mouthfeel where you really notice it.

Cylinsier, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

buzzy, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

JimmyFlatRock, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

aztraz, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of csmalley
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

csmalley, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of aakerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

aakerman, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of wshell1
4/5  rDev +9%

wshell1, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
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.

AgentMunky, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

In_Control_Mike, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev +9%

birdsellam, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
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.

offthelevel_bytheplumb, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
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.

snaotheus, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

toronto_beermaven, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BWH999, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Bluestar, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

StevenLaValley, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of steph1974
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.

steph1974, Dec 05, 2013
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.