23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.34%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
92
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange colored beer with a rapidly fading head and sediment at the bottom of the glass. Taste is basically tart raspberries. Overall a very good beer in my opinion.

Jan 02, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A peach color. Aroma was tart candy,slight bit of raspberries,and some citrus. Taste was identical but not overpowering with either the raspberries or tartness. An excellent well made sour especially if you aren't looking for that over the top tartness of some sours.The finish was clean as it didn't leave any lingering sour taste

Aug 30, 2017
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention is virtually non-existent as is lacing. Aroma is all raspberry with some slight tartness. Tart raspberry taste with more heavy carbonation. Lighter bodied.

Jun 18, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Cask and Vine.
Slightly hazy light golden color with a short lived bubbly white head. Raspberry and lemony tart with just a hint of funk. My highlight of the night.

May 06, 2017
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific sour! If you're a sour fan you should get this baby! I enjoyed this with my son and his girlfriend and there were toasts all around for this one, beautiful feel, perfect amount of sourness, a home run!

Nov 26, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy peach-yellow with a faint film.

Lots of raspberries and toasted seeds on the nose--seems really fresh.

Tart raspberries are just all over, with a little Asian spiced pear and apple.

Frothy but crisp.

Oct 16, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016-10-15
750ml bottle sampled in a shaker pint. Bottled 04/01/16.

Pours hazy orangey-amber with a medium head and medium carbonation. Smell is tart and a little fruity, vague berries and/or grape must.

Taste is moderately tart, definite raspberries (but not overpowering). Overall, a fairly soft flavor. Nice, but not intense at all.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not bad.

Oct 15, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy-milky salmon-orange body, lots of fine bubbles rise, some large sediment escapes the bottle even with a careful pour (point deduction), coarse but uniform pinkish head. Nose gives off a lot of tart and sweet raspberry, also a fair amount of funk. It gets my salivary glands going immediately, but makes me nervous for a sugarbomb taste. Luckily, this never comes; in fact, the fruity part is restrained, and even dry, not to say that there isn't still a solid tartness. But the actual taste has morphed into a gueuze-like flavor, with barnyard yeast and cardboard taking the lead, raspberry adding its voice softly to the finish. Body is slick, fine pricks of carbonation, leaves a but of a sugar-dissolved gritty feeling on the teeth.
This is a good beer if kept in context. The raspberry addition was done in mature fashion to a solid wild-yeast base beer, which is not for everyone, to say the least. I'll admit, I was a bit disappointed it wasn't more sour, but I appreciate what they did. But that doesn't excuse all that disgusting ******* sediment!

Sep 17, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is just okay, and continues the very up and down trend of this series. it would be a beautiful pour, the first half of the bottle is radiant ruby red from the raspberries and clear and sexy, but it goes to garbage quickly as the cakey yeast sediment clouds and yellows this, chunky and nasty, way too much of the bottle was like this. the aroma is more fruity than sour by quite a wide margin. the raspberries are great though, tangy rather than sweet, maybe a little thin and one dimensional, but authentic to the real fruit. the yeast isnt as interesting as we had hoped for, some tartness developed, and a little wildness, but more belgian and clean than funky and weird, not what i expected at all. its not too sweet though for being so fruity, and i appreciate that, but all this yeast and so little flavor from it seems off to me. it starts to feel thicker and thicker as we get closer to the bottom of the bottle, but i have to cut this one off before its finished, just so much sediment in here, as much as i have seen. were they all like this? not a bad beer, but a far cry from the better of the raspberry sours out there, not enough depth of flavor for me. i like that they change it up every year, but this is not my favorite.

Sep 10, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/24/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

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

S: The aroma contains raspberries, some esters and Belgian yeast but not much else.

T: The taste starts out with a tart raspberry flavor. Then some mild breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. There’s a decent balance for the style. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style and the raspberry flavor.

Jun 25, 2016
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Weixiaobao from Kansas

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful grapefruit juice color pour.
S: Really not getting much on the nose. Maybe it's my allergies? I think it's more the beer...
T: Raspberry lemonade. Taste a bit like some goses I've had recently. Not overly complex for an "American Wild Ale." Straightforward tartness.
F: Just mowed the yard on a sunny day. This absolutely hits the spot. Beautifully refreshing.
O: This is a fantastic beer to crack open on a sunny warm day.

May 22, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Peachtree in Harrisburg served in a pint chilled.

This is definitely a fruit beer -appearance-wise fruity red raspberry color with translucent clarity and thin pink head. The smell is highly aromatic with fruity raspberry scents and slight malt aroma. The feel is excellent -just right amount of tart berry acidity with medium carbonation

to be continued

May 18, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this Birthday Suit to celebrate the birth of my second child, and first son! Seemed appropriate, and hopefully it will pair well with the 'My Father Cigar' I grabbed.

A: A pale orange body with a tint of red, cloudy with a large full pure white head that breaks into frog eyes.

S: Mild acidic aroma, some very light vinegar, as well as a nice light berry aroma.

T: I was a little worried with the subtle aroma, but the flavor brings it home. Beautifully simple raspberry and a nice tartness that melds together the berry flavor, and a touch of citrus sharpness. In the finish there is a touch more acid as well as an earthy flavor.

M: Light mouthfeel, with very high carbonation, and a tart dry finish.

O: Overall just damn tasty. Uncomplicated, yet complex. A lovely sipper of a beer.

May 09, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy red/orange color, a little on the pink side. There was a small head that dissipated quickly.
There was a tangy, fruity aroma.
First si[ revealed sweet raspberries. This was followed by a tangy, acidic taste, with a wine-like ending.
Light bodied, nicely tart.

May 05, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always starting the new year on a sour note, the famed Birthday Suit for Uinta signifies both their anniversary and an opportunity to strip down to the raw and basic fermentation of wild yeast and bacteria for a piece of old world charm that's making a comeback.

Their twenty-third rendition pours with a hazy mauve hue that foreshadows the raspberry whimsy within. Firmly capped with a cream-like froth the scent is tangy with cider, wine, berry, earth, and jaw-tightening sour scents. Seemingly sweet and bready on the early palate, them memory of sweetheart candies come rushing back.

The middle palate embraces the funk. As the ale trends dry, tart and acidic, the sweetness flutters away and the sourness tightens. The undercurrent of crabapple, lime and lemon all carry a musty tone while the delicacy of raspberries are ripe, succulent and juicy albeit tangy in their own right. Finishing with the fine sourness of rosé wine, the finish is nearly as vinous as it is of ale.

Medium-bodied on the tongue, the boistrous raspberry additions give the ale a bit of residual weight that enhances its creamy and bread-like textures, but keeps the palate yearning for something drier and more bracingly bitter. An afterglow of cellar-like funk and worn attic woods carry and damp burlap earthen character into a fast fleeting closure in taste.

May 04, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: presented a couple inches of smooth shiny white head with a shade of pink. The beer was light pink in color while pouring. In the glass it appears a peach color. Is translucent without any sediment.

Smell: aromas of raspberries - almost jammy. It also has a champagne like aroma - yeast and notes of white wine. Smells kind of tart.

Taste: it has a spritzy champagne taste. Wouldn't describe this being complex. It starts sweet and finishes moderately dry and bitter. It has a nice tart raspberry flavor as if you've eaten a handful of them before taking a drink. Also notes of peach.

Mouthfeel: somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall: I would suggest this beer sit in some barrels. It's not bad where its at, but it seems it would benefit from some additional age and development. It's begging to add complexity but it's not there.

Apr 17, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pinkish orange with a fair amount of white foam. Tart berries, raspberries and sour grapes on the nose as well as on the palate when tasting. As it warms you get a bit of sweet malt but the tart berries are the star here. Very smooth albeit tart and very dangerous as it is very drinkable.

Apr 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/17/16.

Pours a murky pinkish-red with a foamy pinkish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, unripe raspberry, raspberry juice, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry juice, unripe raspberry, earth, mineral, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fresh sour raspberry presence that comes across slightly better in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 10, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pink-orange color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a tiny ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of raspberry and tart lactic notes up front. Some maltiness to back things up, but the raspberries and acidity are front and center

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lactic tartness and sour notes, followed by the raspberry and solid malt backing that adds some sweetness to cut the acidity. Goes more into the raspberries and malt as the tartness fades. Finishes with lingering raspberry notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A bit one-note with the raspberry, but it's not artificial or over-done. As usual with Uinta's sour anniversary beers, the base is very good and it starts with a sour punch and mellows nicely. Solid brew

Apr 01, 2016
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Dols401 from Utah

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was bottled on 3/9/16 and we were lucky enough to be the first ones to pop a bottle at the brewpub for brunch on release day 3/12/16. The beer poured a very reddish blood orange color with a white head. Very tangy sweet smell. The first taste is like a mild warhead sour. Causes your mouth to water, but then fades to a slightly malty but mostly fresh raspberry finish. This is the first fruit beer I have had that tastes like beer but finishes with a true natural fruit aftertaste. The tartness of the raspberries blends perfectly with the sour ale style. The beer is not too carbonated, but is just enough to feel right in the mouth. Spoke with one of the bartenders at the Brewpub and we discussed that this would be a perfect beer for Beermosa or a French 75 with a tart beer in lieu of champagne. Worth it if you can find it.

Mar 13, 2016
23rd Anniversary Birthday Suit Sour Raspberry Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 92 ratings