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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,238 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 96
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001)
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This is my first old ale that I've had and I wasn't disappointed.

A - Dark brown color. Cloudy with color and has almost no head and very light lacing.

S - A very rich character with malt, some toffee, some noble hop, and some fruit present. This is a very complex aroma with some alcohol and caramel in the background. It has a traditional ESB, fruity yeast character but to the next level.

T - Matching the smells, the flavor is even more complex with tons of depth. I sense an ESB with just more of everything. The fruity yeast and hops are more predominant on the tongue with the malty, grainy, and toffee flavors mixing well together. I don't feel that one flavor rises above all others but you can decipher each individual flavor which to me is the hallmark of a delicious beer. There is a bitterness but it is in no way dominant and only lends a compliment to the malt character.

M - Medium mouth-feel with light carbonation. It's lightly syrupy but isn't cloying with some residual bitterness and you can feel that it's alcohol level and attenuation are spot on to make this beer a winner.

Overall, even though this is my first of this style I can tell that this beer is a great representation of this style. I'm sure that you could go bigger, try more base malt with less roasted malt, or maybe change the hop profile but all of those wouldn't make this individual beer any better. I would still prefer a nice DIPA or an Imperial stout but this is really a great beer that I would like to have once a year.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.