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Bomber of the Week: 20th Anniversary Ale by Great Divide Brewing
April 21, 2014
To start, I think we all need to take a moment to congratulate Great Divide for being a highpoint in the Denver beer scene for 20 years ( if you haven’t already, take a gander at the post I did for them as brewery of the week a little while back). As with each anniversary of the brewery, at least back to the 15th anniversary as far as I am aware, a commemorative bomber is now available for this year.
When reading the label on this bomber I became a bit wary of what this Belgian style ale might be as it was brewed with grape juice. My previous encounters with beers integrating grapes or grape juice were tremendously dissatisfying as most I’ve tried up to this point were either overly sweet to a fault or extremely cloying with an unpleasant after taste (kind of like the taste you get in your mouth when drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth…some things just don’t mix). Nonetheless in the interest of trying something new I decided to buy the 20th Anniversary Ale and give it a go.
It turns out this ale is a surprisingly crisp and refreshing beer in which the qualities one might expect from a lighter Belgian style offering are well complimented by the inclusion of grape juice. Specifically, the “grapey” qualities of this beer appear as more of an aftertaste in which you get a hint of the bittersweet quality of green grapes in addition to the distinct flavors in the back of the pallet that Belgian yeast is known for. The 20th Anniversary Ale is also incredibly light both in terms of color and overall flavor making for a very clean and polished taste. If it weren’t a limited release this would be an excellent summer beer on the back porch (you know, like those cheesy commercials for that dirty water they try to sell as “light beer” only with something that tastes good).
As I do with most bombers of limited release that I buy, I picked up two bottles of the 20th Anniversary Ale, one to drink and one for the collection. Even if you aren’t a collector of rare beers I would recommend picking up the 20th Anniversary Ale while you can, if for nothing else to be able to enjoy on a warm day and talk about your favorite offerings from Great Divide over the years.
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)