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21st Anniversary Birthday Suit | Uinta Brewing Company

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21st Anniversary Birthday Suit21st Anniversary Birthday Suit

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeast on 04-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 315
Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip. Bottled March 24, 2014. Reviewed from notes dated March 19, 2016.

A-This two-year-old bottle still has plenty of pop. Carbonation supports a three-finger-tall head of nearly white foam. Retention is good and there is some chunky lacing on the glass. The beer is murky and straw colored with lots of bubbles.

S-The aroma is a pleasantly tart mixture of fruity brett flavors like pineapple, apple, and barnyard. The beer is not face puckeringly sour, but it has a nice dose of acidity.

T-The taste is similar. I get some fruit flavors like green apple, pineapple, and orange creamsicle. The sourness doesn't melt teeth, but it pulls a little at my glands and mixes well with the musty, lightly funky brett flavors. I also taste a bit of wheat malt that mellows things a bit.

M-The body is medium in heft with an active carbonation that feels voluminous but soft on the palate.

O-This beer is a pleasant surprise. It drinks very easy -- almost like a tart saison at this point -- and offers decent complexity. If you are looking for huge acidity or funky fruit or something, you might look elsewhere, but if you have one of these bottles laying around, give it a shot.

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Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange with a short-lived off-white froth. Musty aroma with ripened pear, green apple and orange. Tart up front with more funk in the trunk. Pear, green apple and white grape complete the fruit profile. Straw and grain are mixed in somewhere. Lemon peel is noticed in the aftertaste. Light to medium and dry-ish with plenty of acidity...whoa where's the tums!

A nice little sipper fer sure.

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Photo of Rutager
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with two fingers of frothy white head. Tart citrus fruits and a bit of spicy yeast and dry light grain on the nose. Taste is sour citrus, mild dry funk, a touch of light grains and lime leaf. Medium-light body, strong carbonation.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a lovely orange copper, zero head retention.

S: Light herbs and funk, with a little sour plum. It was breezy where I was drinking, that may have taken away from it.

T: Not a lot going on; it was funky on the palate with lots of sour plum on the back end. Underwhelming.

M: Low level carbonation that leads to a filmy, funky feel on the palate which is typical of sour ales and my mouth.

O: A decent sour Abbey; I would have preferred more plum. Not bad, but I doubt I'll venture another.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously and rapidly rising towards the beer's surface. Has a nice, thick fluffy white head that is about 2 inches thick when first poured that settles to a solid inch. Eventually settles finally to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coating film layer of foam and decent lacing. Aromas of funkyness, white grape, citrus, and some wheat and malt notes. Has a nice lemon and green apple tart sourness upfront. Also slightly vinegary and has some crisp malts and wheat. Has a nice earthy, woody aspect to it tastewise as well. Has a crisp, frothy and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink for a sour with the crisp malt and wheat flavors and the fairly light body compared to some other American Wild Ales I've had. Pretty solid beer all around, but not the best representation of this style that I have had.


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Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, light golden colour with an initial head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

S - noticeable acetic sourness, tart berry notes and florals, a bit of an earthy funk, soil, and damp wood/foresty. A fruity, overripe peach character also.

T - nice acidic sourness, nectarine, apple and crisp peach tartness, solid fruitiness to start then more interesting funky characters develop, piney and interesting florals thrown in with a serious wild yeast character. Quite earthy/ fall leaves. Definitely caries some heft, and a good sour character, with a long lingering finish. Some hay and farmy character is definitely noticeable behind the aggressive tartness.

M - pluckering sourness, but a decent balance, moderate carbonation and a good fruity sour body all around.

A tasty and aggressive sour ale, balanced enough to compliment food and an interesting compliment of flavours. Aggressive sourness but with a nice compliment of white grape, tart fruit, and earthy farm notes. A very nice sour.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly funky and musty, with acetic acid in aroma.

Very high carbonation. There's a nice acidic citrus flavor, with a touch of caramel malt backbone.

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Photo of fx20736
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Premiere Gourmet, March 2015. Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look: hazy gold with downy white head that implodes to nothing.

Smell: Saison like, white grapes, candi sugar, phenolic, medicinal

Taste: slightly puckering, dry, sour apple

Feel: thick, flat

Overall: tasty and interesting

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with some sediment, otherwise clarity is good. As time passes yeast can cake up so I fault the pourer. Nonetheless, it looks like a deep golden colored sour ale with a white foam topping.

Aroma is lightly funky, moreso some sweetness and citrus upfront in the nose. Hay, malt sweetness and wheat are present, some tasters have remarked that the smell does not prepare you for the taste.

The beer is deliciously sour with lemon rind, Apple cider vinegar and war head candy in the taste. Amongst sour fans this beer has garnered quite a bit of acclaim. Acetic, biting sour notes, a touch of earthy, wood like flavor. Really well rounded. Sourness lingers into the finish on the medium bodied ale.

Overall, this is a very nice anniversary ale from Uinta, and I believe the bar has been set for future releases. Enjoyable and should cellar like a beast. Delivers on the sour promise.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent my way from pops. Thanks dad! Pours clear and light yellow with a big fizzy white head. Aroma of light fruit, peaches and apricots, sweetness, light sour funk. Flavor is sweet light fruits, tiny bit of sour, funky lingering unpleasant aftertaste. Meh. Light bodied and spritzy. Leans too much on the sweet side for me with no much else going on.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacy wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head then died down and left only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose, similar to what you would expect from a Berliner Weissbier.
T: As in the smell, the taste is rather sour and has slight hints of creaminess.
M:it feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very pleasant sour beer to drink. It reminds me like a "souped up" version of a Berliner Weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JAFoley
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely effervescent with a big very bubbly white head rising quickly over a hazy blond body. Very poor retention and no lacing to speak of.

S - Sour grapefruit and citruses

T - Super sour as advertised, and more so than the aroma lead me to believe. Big citrus flavors saturate with some spiciness midway through.

M - Medium/light body with high carbonation. Very bubbly and slick.

O - I'm no expert on sours and haven't had enough to be a good judge. But this was enjoyable though not very complex. Some other flavors to add to or balance out the sour citrus would be nice.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, orange zest, green apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white vinegar, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of bit lemon, lime, orange zest, green apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white vinegar, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light-moderate tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange zest, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, white vinegar, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of crowemagnonman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Crisp and refreshing. Quite tart and had a lot of carbonation. Excellent sour. So good in fact I went and bought a second bottle even with a $15 price tag.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on 04/09/14.

A: 4.0 Cloudy, honey-gold body. 1.5 fingers of coarse, champagne-like head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: 4.25 Light, citrusy tartness with notes of lemon, lesser cherry, strawberry. Some brett funk. Noble-type hops. Slight grass. Faint odor of the barrel - wood, oak, bourbon elements.

T: 4.25 Mild to moderate tartness up front with a nice brettanomyces-fueled must/earth. Some citrus fruit and lemon make their way onto the palate. Minimal hop bitterness on a mostly dry finish. No alcohol of note.

M: 4.0 Moderate to high carbonation with a light to medium body. Suiting. Fizzy.

O: 4.25 Pretty impressed with this. Very much a saison/farmhouse with a pleasant tartness and touch of barrel-aging. Less sour than I expected, but all-in-all it is an easy and interesting drinker.


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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottled 04/09/14. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Pours a light, golden orange with a slight hazy to the clarity and a loose, bright white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose expresses light stone fruit (peaches or apricot), yeast, a hint of citrus zest and spice; perhaps coriander. Taste consistent with nose; however more citrus than stone fruit and less spice. Refreshing tart with perhaps a hint of lactic acid. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a carbonation just shy of crisp and a feint astringency. All and all a very nice sour farmhouse. Not much complexity but pleasantly tart (somewhat akin to a Belinner Weisse in my opinion) and easy drinking.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%

A: 3.5 The cork popped without much carbonation, and it poured with very little head at all, which quickly faded.
S: 3.5 Tart aroma, but not much else. I expect some hops or yeastiness in a sour farmhouse.
T: 3.75 Primary flavor is lactobacillus-induced sourness--there's not really much else. No funkiness, maybe a little yeasty fruitiness, no hops to speak of. Not what I look for in a tart saison. That said, it is a pleasant tasting sour ale, with just the right amount of acidity.
M: 3.25 need more carbonation! Especially since they put it in a bottle with a bowled bottom, which can survive higher pressures.
O: 3.75 I enjoyed it, but it's not worth rebuying.

Weighting: 20%, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.62

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. A perfect drink for a hot, humid summer day.

In a teku glass the beer was orange in color with a medium-sized white head.

Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Lemon and orange mostly. There was a bit of spice.

Nicely tart with a good deal of citrus. Very lemony, some orange too. I thought maybe a tiny bit of banana. There was a late hit of peppery spice.

Sour and sweet. A great combination. Will be drinking a lot of this over the summer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into glasses and shared around a bonfire in the back yard. This was consumed after a bunch of heavy hoppy ales and a KBS, so it was a distinct turn around and probably taken in the wrong sequence. That said, this beer really held its own and was extremely flavorful and refreshing. Color is hazy straw with a hint of pink and a small white head that quickly fades. Aroma is fresh lemon and grapefruit citrus combined with a small bit of barnyard funk. Taste is wonderfully refreshing - sweet, sour, bitter and funk all combined. Nicely carbonated and fairly dry. Overall a really nice farmhouse ale, slightly expensive, but probably worth the cost.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 bottle into a large tulip.
Smells funky, tart and sour but would have liked a stronger aroma.
Taste was really nice. Good brett flavor, lots of nice sourness and a touch of barnyard.
Mouthfeel was dry and crisp.
Overall, I was surprised by this beer. I liked it a lot!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 04/17/14

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fade down to nothing but a quick stream of bubbles

S: Lightly tart and vinous up front, with some barnyard and hints of oak/wood. Nicely fruity, with notes of apple and grape

T: Starts off with the tartness and goes into the vinous and barnyard notes fairly soon after. Some maltiness comes through to kill the tartness, while also lending some fruity notes. Finishes with a light malty sweetness and some of the fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A nice sour anniversary ale that hits the mark better than previous years. Definitely get that tart/sour note right up front, but it makes way to a nice base beer that surprisingly holds up in the malt department. A nice little intro to sours if you haven't gotten into them yet

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Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wait 90 seconds, and you'll see no head. Zero head. Just a peachy straw color with some generous haziness.

Herbal farmhouse aromas with rosemary, sage, and thyme and a leading role of wild mushroom Bretty funk. White pepper and zesty citrus. Rather nice. Complex yeast notes.

Super dry, chalky yeast with sage and coriander. Mildly peppery, super-herbal, notes of semi-piney rosemary, moldy lemon, goat cheese, and finishing tartness. Excellent.

Really coarse carb, which is strange yet helpful, as there's not a lot of it. Good mouth pucker. Enjoyably drinkable.

Delicious sour saison. Would revisit.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a five-finger, white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Hazy amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sour yeast, flavor is sour/tangy citrus and sour apple. Good sour ale but not my style. Gift - caged and corked 750ml bottle. Bottled in 04/17/14.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy with good amount of light foam.

- Smells of yeasty dry straw. Not much going on in the nose.

- Malty farmhouse grass upfront with a nice tart lemon pucker and lactic acid. A bit drying on the end. Quite refreshing. Not very complex at all and no real funk.

- Overall, a refreshing sour farmhouse beer well suited for summer. While it smells like a fairly plain saison, the taste is fairly acidic and sour. Definitely lacks in the funk and complexity, either of which could really boost the stock of this beer. Appropriately priced for the size/quality ($13/750mL)

Way better than the previous 2 Birthday suits, which were almost undrinkable. I skipped this at first, but my beer guy assured me it was much better than the previous years and indeed it is. I have a few more, some to age, some to drink.

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Photo of macher0
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an underrated beer. As most sours can be.

Poured medium straw with some minor brown tints. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a thick egg shell head that quickly retreats to a fine bubble rim. The nose is biscuits, yeast (not super sour yeast), some bretts, dust, straw, and lemons. The taste is sour, lemons, straw, yeast, light malts, coriander, and a little banana peel. The feel is pleasant with light body, high carbonation, and a little burpy.

This is a fine sour, especially for the price. Go pick one up before it's too late.

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21st Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
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