19th Anniversary Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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19th Anniversary Ale19th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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.

Added by Jason on 04-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is golden while the compact small head is off-white. Nice lacings.

S: Lots of syrupy-sweet caramell malt. The birch chips are very obivious (smells just like my home-made-birch-schnaps). Hoppy and very fruity. Vanilla and coconut.

T: Very sweet, malty and toffee. Birch, coconut and vanilla dominates. Dark dried fruits and even some nice fresh ones.

M: Body is actually thick and sticky, while carbonation is very mild. Aftertaste is both bitter and sweet, but not very long. Alcoholic and warming.

O: This is my first birch-beer, but I'm no stranger to birch in alcoholic beverages... Very nice and interesting. If all beers with birch is like this - they should replace oak to birch in beers from now on!
This beer would probably evolve if properly cellared.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - An aggressive pour yields an almost clear honey brass color with a timid white head. High specks and lower spider lacing.

S - Coconut shavings, woody, buttery caramel, salty, a quick swirl brings out a bready yeast.

T - Very woody upfront with loads of toasted coconut, spicy bitterness on the outside edges, sugar cookies, buttery malts, like crunch n munch light. Spicy alcohol fits in perfectly and really adds to the overall flavor profile. Finishes woody and brisk with a long woody aftertaste.

M - Full bodied but in a light silky kinda way, low carbonation has just enough lifting power to provide silky feel.

Wow! This is head over heels better than the last 2 anniversary beers GD has put out. The wood is dominate but in a very "non-powering" light way. The sweetness is lightened by the wood pairing with a savory salty/buttery character that really pulls everything together. It's not trying to be overly complex but succeeds in a simple but complex way.(If that makes any sense) This is a well made and very rounded brew. Happy anniversary Great Divide!

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Golden orange with a clean, small bubbled, fast dissipating head.

S - Oak (birch I suppose actually) forward, hints of vanilla and coconut.

T - I have no idea what a birch tree looks like or smells like or tastes like. To me, the wood notes in this beer are similar to oak aged beers I have had. It imparts a creamy, vanilla, hint of coconut and peach feel. The base beer of this was probably quite hoppy, as there is a DIPA like tropical backbone.

M - tiny carb, nice and solid feel. Typical of BA strong ales.

O - I like this beer. I can't say I can differentiate from a similar beer aged in oak, but it's drinkable for the ABV, pleasantly flavoured and well made.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber color with a hint of golden hues. Has a one finger eggshell head.

S - Some woodiness, a little citrus, may'be syrup and a bit of toffee.

T - It's like a cross between a barleywine and DIPA. I want to not like it, but I really do. It's woody, pine hops and sweet malts.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Can seem cloying due to the sweetness of the birch syrup.

O - I can understand why this has a lower than normal BA rating. But, Everything does mesh well together for me.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, citrus hops, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, caramel malt, pale malt, and alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend. Body is not strong enough, in my opinion.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled May 14th 2013

Pours amber with a thumb of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, traces of lacing & head retention

S: Faint woody notes &pears, toffee, booze, some pineapple

T: Dry woody notes, some toffee, some pear brandy up front. Some faint herbal notes, apricot & pears, & orange peel as this warms, some passion fruit as well, & toffee. Finishes with orange, a bit of booze warmth, muted shortbread flavor & a bit of canned peaches

MF: Chewy, dry & near zero carbonation, decent balance for the style, warming

Not one of Great Divide's better anniversary offerings, but worth a try . Started feeling the ABV quite a bit

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19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 384 ratings.
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