20th Anniversary Birthday Suit | Uinta Brewing Company

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20th Anniversary Birthday Suit20th Anniversary Birthday Suit

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Wasatch on 05-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 3/21/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wispf of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, honey, fruit, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but has an odd earthy sour presence I am not liking too much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a live review collaboration between TheBrewo and StonedTrippin. We crack the cage and cork on a 20th Sour Brown Ale, pouring a brew of old-penny copper, with golden maple hues when held to the light. It holds a one finger head of beige bubbles, showing quick retention. This leaves punctate lacing and a microbubble film across the top of the liquid. This is easily reproducible with a flick of the wrist. Carbonation is lazy and uninspired, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma is lighter, with chocolate, pale, and moderately Belgian grain as the malt bill. This is countered by creamy milkiness, citric acidity, light toast, metallic adjuncts, the faintest piney hops, peanut powder, and soured pear fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wrought with bile, stomach acidity, and saltiness, boxing out most of what is left. As we sip, lactic sourness, bile pucker, tartly dried cranberry, uncooked brown malts, and wet, juicy grassiness start things off. The middle comes to a peak with more soothing amber and pale malt bitterness, white sugar flash, and floral freshness. The finish gives raw chocolate malts and cocoa powder, soy sauce, dirty unshelled peanuts, white flour, simple brewer’s yeast, and nondescript fruity tartness. The aftertaste breathes of cocoa powder, soured brown malts, metallic adjuncts, white rice, vinegar, lemon concentrate, and odd chocolate maltiness. The body is medium but chewy, and the carbonation is on the full side. Each sip gives frothy slurp, sip, and smack, with nice coating foaminess. The finishing pop is wet, with the mouth left eventually mildly puckered and astringently dried. The tongue is penetrated by the caustic acidity, giving borderline painful bite to the tip of the tongue, and dryness down the rest. The abv is fine, and the beer is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we all enjoyed most about this beer was the outrageous acidity and nuttiness through the flavoring. From the pour, this beer is stable, and obviously comfortable in its own skin. While the brown malts help give depth, toast, and bitterness, the chocolate malts through the finish give a bizarre contrast to the otherwise lighter notes of the beer. With warmth the nose gives intense nuttiness that overwhelms, with the chocolate malts taking too big a role, and the sourness evolving into vinegar sourness, breaking the beer apart. This is definitely a bottle to share, and something to be enjoyed only once a year, much like a birthday suit. A great joy to share this with TheBrewo, even though we didn't love the beer.

edit: this has come a long way since it was released. just opened a bottle last night as was really impressed how the sourness developed and how all the elements seemed so much more integrated. a year and a half or so has done wonders for this, although it still lacks in body and complexity, its a very different (and much improved) beer now. the patient were rewarded here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twenty years old, the brewery is almost legal! To celebrate, it shows us all its birthday suit. Its raw and unfiltered character leaves the palate salivating with alluring fruit, must and zesty body. Ok, ok... enough of that, here's the review:

The ale pours much like any well-built Flemish Brown Ale would- brown, but with redish tones that gives the beer a more bronze and mahogany hue. Its expected hazy character gives the beer an extra wood tone. As its creamy and spritzy off-white head abounds, it colapses back into the ale and only regenerates with a swift swirl of the glass. Its retention is light as the ale begins to favor appearances of red wine.

Its tart aromas sharply pierce the olfactory senses with its scent of sour fruits- cherries, apples, under-ripened berries and a hint of white wine vinegar makes the mouth water with the most modest of whiffs. A backbone of toast, cashew, cedar-type wood and white chocolate allows a charming malt support to emerge. With a subtle note of parmesan heading into taste, the beers pungent earthy character continues.

More wine-like than beer-like, the beer's early palate is awash with acidity- rose wine, sour cherries, crab apples, sour grapes, and even a plumb and date flavor come alive as the ale trends into earthier territories in its middle palate. Its woody tone seems to give a lift to the malt as a more caramel, toast, and buttery-nutty taste emerges. Lightly musty, the beer is more woody than sour in its finish and this highlights the sweetness beautifully; as its finish is creamier than its initial taste. Finishing musty with fragrant and spicy woods, a brine-like saltiness gives echoes of dried limes and cherries.

Medium-light in body, the beer's acidity slices right through its mild residual sweetness and gives a rise to the abundance of carbonation that pulls from the ale. Together, a champagne-like mouthfeel ensues and carries the ale to a tangy and moderately astringent finish.

The 20th Anniversary Ale celebrates that's best about beer. Its exploratory sourness is charming even if not as authentic as those Flemish ones. But its unique "American-ized" character shows that the brewery is just getting started...!

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with a modest head that fades quickly; just a few spots of lace

Smell: Sour cherry and black raspberry; slightly jammy but very acetic

Taste: Acetic from the outset, with sour apples and tart cherry and berry flavors; a hint of chocolate lingers underneath but the acetic character overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: Certainly an improvement over last year's version but still not a sour I would want to re-visit

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this during the recent palindrome week sour ale tasting I hosted, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark ruby with burgundy shade and no lace sticks with translucent clarity. The smell is cherry -like with fruity sourness and hit of funk with mild aroma of wood. The feel is very smooth with light malt body and moderately carbonated with light sourness and slight toasted grain with generally dry finish.

The taste is very nice with tart presence up front with the familar flanders -berry and slight malt in the middle with tangy sour with an almost caramel and earthy middle with funk and slight fruity plum-like taste. This is a decent wild ale, the nod to belgian Oud Bruin style -nice sourness level with some slight fruitiness and the barrel is present in the taste. I consider this more drinkable than most considering the fact the intensity is on point -not so sour that is takes away from the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Bottled On: 3/21/13

Poured into a chalice a very nice clear/clean golden light amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind though. The nose is mostly malty with some cherries, plums, and figs, slight yeast note. The taste is very nice, malty, with a nice touch of sour fruits. Medium body. Overall this one surprised me, quite a nice brew, glad we have something like this in Utah.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uinta : Birthday Suit
Shared with SmoothNCrisp

LOOK: Pours a clear amber with a white frothy head. Active carbonation rises lazily to the surface.

NOSE: Bread, definitely chocolate. Fruity and caramelized abbey yeast strain and malts. Sour notes emerge as the beer warms.

TASTE: Tart acidity runs wild with some caramel, nuts, toffee and dusty cocoa. Lemon. Light earthy hop character. Apple cider vinegar, light toast. This brew is tart rather than full on sour, but there is a nice pucker. Little to no alcohol presence in the taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Tartness is long lasting and the finish is clean and semi dry.

OVERALL: Dig this one. A nice brew broadly in the sour brown category. Enjoy this as a sipper, best suited to pair with sweeter cheeses.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 03/01/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan cola-like head that fizzled away quickly. There isn't much of any lacing at all. Aroma is nice but light, The brew smells like tart cherries, toffee, dark bread, and chocolate. I think the taste is more tart in comparison to the aroma. It tastes like tart fruit (cherries, apples, lemon), dark bread, chocolate, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated, and easy enough to drink. I think it's an interesting brew, I liked this more the longer I drank it. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, a white grape sweet to sour presence. In the taste, a sour like bite and a sweeter white grape tartness. A sour bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sour white grape in the aftertaste. A decent sour with the white grape fruitiness, but just above standard.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. I'm hoping this is better than the last anniversary.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed deep amber color. Three fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Interesting nose on this. Never smelled anything quite like it. Starts off with an intense mustiness and I mean intense. Dry-rotten sweat socks through and through. Maybe some basement must, but mostly sweat socks and dry barn wood. Behind that there is cherry and plum fruitiness along with cocoa and something along the lines of lemongrass. Not really any acetic acid in the nose, but there is some lactic.

3.0 T: The taste is nothing like the nose. The first thing you notice is a sharp acidity featuring both lactic and acetic acids, but it isn't too sour. It's still super musty though with sweat socks, basement, and dry wood. Lots of toastiness too with notes of cocoa, peach, plum, apple, and more apple. A touch of tannic astringency. I'm not sure if I like it or hate it.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good carbonation level, but it sure is prickly. Lacking creaminess and spritziness. Sour peach finish.

3.0 D: Uinta makes some pretty good beers, but none of them are sours. Oh well, maybe 21st will be better.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled On 03/21/13

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Some light funk, stinky cheese, light maltiness, nuttiness, a vague fruitiness, and a hint of earthy hops

T: Starts off with a rush of tart/sour notes which eventually fades to a great base brown ale with notes of chocolate, nuts, darker fruit, and very lightly roasted malts. Finishes with just a hint of sour and sweet

M: Medium bodied with a rush of carbonation to start and then quickly flattens out

O: Definitely an interesting sour beer. It has two distinct layers, the first being the tart/sour that starts off and then the brown ale underneath. After the tartness has worn off, the base beer is very nice and decently complex. Really unlike any other beer I've had before. I'd say it's worth a shot if you like sours and browns, and to go in with an open mind because it's definitely different. Good, but different

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Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scarlet brown beer with nice clarity. Touch of haziness. The inch and a half of head I mustered cropped back to a thin cap pretty quickly. Looks like an Oud Bruin.

Aroma seems fairly English, but with a lightly tart twist. Toasted grain, oxidized apple maltiness, toffee, light cherry, and sone distant acetic notes. Hard to say if I'd have guessed this was a sour by the nose.

Now, a lack of that aromatic sweetness. Sourness is here, yet still relaxed with some woody notes and briny acetic acidity. A little funked up, but no boasting umami mustiness. Apple is tart and green now, cherry is nearly absent; fruity elements from the nose have convoluted. Notes of wet straw and lemon pith are bright. Still toasty and offering some toffee tones. Light sour chocolate flavors. Not bad.

Medium-thin with some alkaline greasiness. Carbonation is entertaining me enough. Tartness isn't nearly as smacking. Want more.

Not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it was a little better than what this is. It's not bad, just doesn't have enough flair to convince me to drink American-style Sour Browns.

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium tea color with a bubbly offwhite two finger head.

S - Sour cherries, leaning towards tart dark fruits with vinegar and bready malts.

T - Pretty much mirrors the smell to me and that's not a bad thing. Just may'be a little light brown sugar sweetness to even it out.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O - This is a stellar sour brown. No clue why the rating is so low unless people decided to grab what they know they didn't like.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown, small head, no lace.

The smell is deceivingly light. Apple, slight sour vinegar, caramel and minerals.

The taste starts with sour apple cider, white bread, slight plum and lemon peel. Very light and smooth going down.

Not a bad sour, but a little all over the place.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep copper with a red hue and good clarity. The head tan composed of rocky bubbles that fade but after tasting it's not surprising since the high acid can kill head retention.

S: A fairly malty aroma with a moderate amount of barnyard funk. Some chocolate malt aromas and a bit of nuttiness.

T: A strongly tart beer with medium-light fruity notes, like currents and raspberry flavors. The sour is fairly acidic. There is a moderate malt flavor with some sweetness and chocolate but the balance is very sour. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of chocolate malt and currents.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation.

O: The sourness lack complexity but it beats you over the head the a strong vinegar-like acidic tartness. The chocolate is an interesting addition but at time distracting. That being said I'd gladly pay a fair price for a few more bottles if I get the chance.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice brown/red color that's pretty clear, 2 fingers of off white head at first that disappears pretty quickly to a thin film of bubbles. no lacing.

S - really acetic, sour cherries and berries, bread

T - sour as hell, sour cherry, sour berries, sour grapes, a nice bread/chocolate in the background reminding you it's a brown ale

M - Sour, light to medium, it's actually kind of settling for the stomach. Aftertaste is bread/brown ale once the sourness subsides. Alc completely covered.

O - It's a good beer. I think the rating of 80 is a little bit low, probably mostly the result of the fact that most people don't like sours. But hey what do I know.

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Photo of watermelon
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and caped poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 03/01/13

A: Opaque orange-brown color upon pour with a tan head that went away quickly. After warming up the color was more of a clear red-amber.

S: Very subtile smell I could only pick up strong sourness and traces of chocolate and bread.

T Very sour grape taste and tart, but in a pleasant way. Stronger chocolate taste then the smell let on, but still very faint. I could also pick up on some darker ripe fruit flavors once this beer warmed up. I wouldn't say that this beer had a strong alcohol presence but you could definitely tell the alcohol was present.

F: Very tart it reminded me of a warhead candy. I found it to be the perfect amount of carbonation and body for the sour taste of the beer. I could still feel the sour on my teeth for quite some time after my last sip. There was also some alcohol warmth which I don't mind. This was a very easy beer to drink.

O: This is the first "sour" I've had and I was very pleased with it. I got this on sale for $6 and while I'm glad I tried it I probably wouldn't buy it again, but would drink again if it was offered to me. The price is fair its just not my preferred style. I would recommend this for someone looking to try something different thats out of their comfort zone. I would have liked to try this closer to its bottle date, perhaps some of the flavors would have been stronger. However if you can still find this one I recommend picking a bottle up.

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Photo of bball208
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I will admit, I am a newbie to sours, and I've always wanted to get into it so i asked the beer store manager to recommend something and he said to start with this one.

Appearance looked like iced tea with bubbles.

It smelled like brown ale with some tart and cherries. Wasn't really blown away.

Tasted like the smell. I understand that the flavors come from bacteria breaking shit down and you get that funkiness, tart, almost a vinegar profile. I definitely tried to get used to it at first. It was hard, but it started to grow on me, and then I got sick of it.

Overall, I tried to think like a sour-beer drinker and see why this would be tasty to someone who knows more about this category of beers... and I still can't see why anyone would rate this beer higher than a 80/100. I'm looking for groundbreaking shit, and although I'm new to sours, this was definitely not groundbreaking shit. 70/100

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20th Anniversary Birthday Suit from Uinta Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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