19th Anniversary Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

19th Anniversary Ale19th Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
57.8%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 384 ratings
19th Anniversary Ale19th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
384
Liked:
222
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
13.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
21
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.37/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a thick viscous copper body with light beige head forming thin even after a vigorous pour, there's not much head wanting to erupt here. Fine speckled lacing not the worst looking beer ever. Bottled on 5/14/13, warming birch syrup it's almost like a woody honey or other concentrated sugar, minimal hops going on in the nose. Flavor warming alcohol big unfermented sugary body it's so rough it's unreal this needs another fermentation why release this keep this forever it will ferment forever if it was bottled conditioned sickeningly sweet beer, big alcohol wave hints of vanilla and charred oak with minimal aging this is young folks too fresh if you have a bottle don't drink it. If you have a bottle and your a diabetic get your local EMT ready to pick you up and take you to the ER. Overall it needs time, I won't be as mean as some reviews but this is the most sickeningly sweet beer I've ever tasted Birch syrupy should be barred from microbreweries.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottles April 19 2013
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy aged orange body with a thin ring of white head and a slow carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The slightly sweet birch syrup note fades to a soft fusel head with a fresh wood furniture smell in the finish.

T- The gentle pine pungency hops lead to a birch syrup note with a touch of sweetness and a light woody note in the finish. There is a pine hop note that grows in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel is a bit thick with a bit of alcohol heat that grows and is enhanced by the tight fizz finish.

O- The big alcohol and soft pungent hop covers the delicate birch character and it takes on more of a furniture character.

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Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dalahodson
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ArrogantB
1.72/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

22oz bottle $8 (or was it $9)? Golden orange color, good head, looks ok. Aroma is musty and stale and really not good at all. The flavor was just downright awful, that birch syrup and birch wood were the main flavors competing with a really nasty alcohol flavor. I took about two drinks and drain poured this. Easily the worst Great Divide beer I've ever had by a long shot, they usually make solid stuff for the most part. Atrocious beer.

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Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Ok lacing.

S: Pine hops and wood. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterenss. Alcoholic and woody. Herbal. Unique.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and slightly astringent.

O: The flavors do not mix well with the high ABV. Has an overly alcoholic taste. Not bad though overall.

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Photo of swetsastonic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of denver10
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light translucent golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma offers the barrel, some nice sweet birch syrup, and a touch of some hoppiness. Some alcohol is present. Flavor offers the woodl, some sweetness from the birch syrup, and a piney bitter finish. Again some alcohol is present. A medium bodied to fuller still mouthfeel. Overall, the use of birch syrup and wood was definitely quite interesting and I am glad to have tried it, but this was more of an interesting beer than a good one.

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Photo of ediaz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of touches of wood with some syrupy sweet notes.

Tastes of the light wood notes with some toasted malt notes underneath along with some slight grassy hops. The birch notes lead off with some birch beer notes. Touches of sugary sweetness along with some wood. Toasted malt notes come through and add to some of the birch beer notes, but don't make it too sweet. Grassy hops come through next. Finishes with the wood notes.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but the sweet birch beer notes don't get me too excited.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Very sweet, almost candyish type of aroma with some vanilla notes.

T- Initial sweetness soon turns a bit woody then right back to sweet in the aftertaste. Smooth but with a bit of alcohol fume trailing behind it. The sweetness is semi-fruity but in a red cherry/caramel/burnt sugar context. Ok, I got it: rum. Tastes like a very sweet rum. Still, the alcohol is concealed quite well even as it warms.

M- Moderate booze bite with a slightly syrupy feel. Medium carbonation and a body that's just a tad light.

O- Totally unique, very tasty and quite surprising.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.8% out of 100 with 384 ratings
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