Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by BarryNL:
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Dark brown in the glass, but ruby red when held to the light. Also, holding it to the light reveals a certain amount of haziness and particulate matter. Rich off-white, clingy and tight head.
S: Dominated by the hops, with a slight sweet note coming through underneath. I'm not sure what hops are used here, it doesn't really smell like the citrusy Cascade - almost a more soapy hop.
T: Hop dominates the taste too, but there are some nice malty undertones and a strong alcohol presence - more so than you would expect from the 8.1% on the label. Fortunately, there are enough balancing flavours that the alcohol is warming rather than burning.
M: Smooth and rich. A velvety experience.
D: The hops and alcohol are a little overpowering, but it's an ale to sip by the fire over the winter, not a summer thirst quencher so it's drinkable enough for the style.
I'm not really sure whether this ought to be classified as an English Style Old Ale - the hops are too dominant for that and, if I was being really strict, I would have to score it fairly low for being off style - it certainly wouldn't do well in a homebrew competition! However, it is a very good ale and a good argument for the creation of an American Style Old Ale category!
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2008 20:05:35 | More by BarryNL
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3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Ruby/copper, hazy and even some distinguishable sediment, little head, a few lazy bubbles rise.
S: Smoke and coffee, caramel, something else akin to the smell of an old person's house, like raw wheat stalks; it's kinda endearing, but not something I want for too long.
T: Caramel, coffee, a little smoke, and.... something chemically, like vinegar. Stale malt perhaps? It's prominent, a significant blemish on this otherwise great beer. My score is lofted only because this is expected of the style, but my personal dislike will probably keep me from a return to this one.
M: Light, somewhat filmy. It would be very drinkable, were it not for that abrasive flavor.
O: I'll need to get used to the style before I can enjoy this one. Definitely has promising notes, and overall a perfect candidate for the style, but my personal aesthetic score would be noticeably lower.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 05:00:02 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.