Twentieth Anniversary Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by phisig137 on 06-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 26
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jayi so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a caged & corked 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a strong oak-aging essence along with caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, caramel and vanilla followed by the flavor of oak-aging. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, agave nectar and oak-aging aren’t typically two things that you find together and then cellaring such a beer until it’s around 5 years-old might sound like a potential disaster but this beer is well-worth sipping on for a long time.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with lively carbonation. Modest white head and nice lacing. Sweet, light fruit aroma. Sweet fruit flavor similar to apples, interesting fruit combination; a flavor I can't place must be the agave. Finish is somewhat astringent and phenolic. A very interesting ale and obviously well made, but although I liked the start and middle, the finish was bit off-putting for me. Glad I tried it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky light copper. Not much near white head, leaves to ring fast. Not much lace.

S - Apricot and sugar. Big time mead smell!

T - Taste exactly like mead! A little bread in there, but mostly mead.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Weird beer. It takes all kinds!

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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very interesting beer that borders the line of beer and cider and really pushes the boudries of what can be brewed.

the pour is a nice solid amber with a nice hue of golden edges that really seem to shine. but the aroma has a massive apple not with touches of cinnamon and rich notes of spice. coming through clearly now it is amazing the amount of depth the flavor that has been put into this. juicy and sweet with a wonderful finish that was both smooth, sweet and lightly tart.

overall I am not sure what this is, but it was damn good.

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3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle in Portsmouth snifter. Purchased at the brewery.

A: Pours a deep apple juice golden with a finger of white head that faded into nothingness and left no lace.
S: Smells like apple cider, ambiguous spices, and alcohol vapor.
T: Strange and boozy with flavors of butterscotch, toffee, golden fruits and hops in the finish. I get some medicinal notes as well. Very strange and unique.
M: Super boozy feeling with a thin body. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
O: This was one weird tasting brew, and I’m not sure I like it. The flavors were pretty hard to pin down. Too much medicine, toffee and alcohol.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank 6/25/11. Split w/ scottfrie.

A: Pours a nice amber color that's reminiscent of Martinelli's apple cider. There was a thin off white head.

S: The apple comparisons hold true, as there is a solid whiff of apple juice stung with a pretty solid boozy finish.

T: This is a pretty difficult beer to pin down. I'm getting notes of toffee and a bit of grainy something or other. I'm not sure exactly what about it I find disagreeable, but it's not altogether a pleasant package. I't's not a bad beer, but hmmm... The word medicinal keeps getting tossed around, I'll buy it.

M: Light-medium bodied. Decent carb. Meh.

O: I really don't know what to say here. It's a good brew that was worth drinking. Not sure what else to say.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked bottled

Pours cloudy, straw yellow, with small light beige head that doesn't move or fade. Fine, fast active carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity, some banana, smells very yeasty. Surprised I can't really smell any alcohol. Something smells very spicy in there.

Taste is buttery, more bananas and some other tropical fruit I can picture but can't name. Some very yeasty flavors, with a Belgian yeast sort of aftertaste. I can taste a little of the alcohol, but not very much.

Mouthfeel is nice. "Fluffy" comes to mind. Very effervescent.

Overall, quite good. I really like it.

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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb for muling a bottle of this one back from northern California.

A-Brilliant, golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head that fades to a thin ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Spicy green apple with a light touch of alcohol burn. Light honey sweetness in the background. Tequila like notes emerge with a little warming.

T-Quite mead like with spicy honey up front with underlying pear and apple notes supporting. A rather surprisingly dry finish. Very complex and highly interesting.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth. Lingering spiciness adds a light sharpness to accent the astringency in the finish.

D-Very interesting stuff. I commend NCB for taking on such a different and challenging brew for such an important anniversary beer. Very non-beer like in character, more like an Agave mead! Different, but well done, stuff for sure!

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased last year, smaller corked and caged bottle.

Nice golden color with a tinge of amber. Minimal head, but very vigorous stream of bubbles coming off the etched hop in the bottom of my glass.

Smell is sweet, and it almost seems like its nose reminds me of hard apple cider. Pleasant apple tartness on the nose as well.

Flavor is not at all what I expected given the nose. Nice sweet flavors, lots of caramel, vanilla, a bit of spice. No real hoppiness that I can detect, though it isn't cloyingly sweet either. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, and there is a faint alcohol warmth as you swallow. Bit of that cidery-ness in the after taste.

A pretty different type of beer, but not bad. Kudos to NCB for trying something different here in Northern California, where we have plenty of quality beers but there isn't a whole lot of diversity (at least not as much in 2008). I've got another bottle I may age out another 5 years and see how it changes.

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4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Plenty of sweetness, agave, booze, vanilla

T: Lots of agave, vanilla and oak come out, booze but not overpowering booze, sweet

M: Has a sweet, sticky mouthfeel, warming, medium body

D: Very good overall

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch recently, this beer was a HUGE let down to everyone that tried it. A big big disappointment.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head, decent and moderately carbonated. Head has some staying power but falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is sweet with a little spice and some alcohol.

Doesn't really taste like beer. Tastes almost like nothing. Shockingly thin, almost cidery in the flavor. I'm really let down by this. A lot.

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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for the pleasure of trying this one. Even better was watching Paul drink this from the official goblet. Glassware aficionado, he is. Mine served in a plain snifter. Quite shameful.

Pours a moderate golden color with a quarter-finger head that falls quickly without really leaving much of anything behind. The nose brings forward a peanut character. Reminds me a bit of peanut brittle, or the solid portion of separated peanut butter. A bit of fruit there as well and some mild booze.

The flavor is much the same. Some peanut character as well as grainy sweetness. There's a bit of alcohol in there as well. A bit of very milk vanilla character makes its way in toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I generally expect quite a bit more from North Coast. Glad to have been able to try this. Thanks again, Paui.

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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lunch, after many unsuccessful attempts. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is crystal clear and golden hued, with an eighth inch of white head that leaves a far amount of lacing behind.

The aroma is of sweet fruits, spices and alcohol. The beer is very assertive and / or bold.

Put simply, this beer tastes like strong alcoholic apple juice, with a present sweetness throughout. The flavor is odd, though not necessarily off. I thought it was mediocre, and was a bit disappointed. Frankly, I expected better.

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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
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