Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well, it's winter time and what better to have a nice, rich malty beer like Great Divide's Hibernation Ale? This will be the sixth time I've drank this, because it's a six pack, and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.
Bringing this beer out of its hibernation inside of the bottle brings out a dark brown colored liquid. When held up to the light it reveals a clear, coppery color. The head forms a bit slowly and becomes a beautifully creamy tan head. 99% of the time if the head looks great then the beer will be great. For this beer that rule is not an exception. Hibernation Ale has some decent lacing too.
This is one of those beers you want to smell and like to smell. Rich, robust dark malts are strongest that gives it strong cerealy and bready notes along with raisin and plum. Coffee is there but barely. Hops, it is dry-hopped, are there too which keeps it interesting and complex. Overall there is a sort of nuttiness. Yum. This is one of those beers that when you smell it you get hungry. It makes me want to go eat some malted barley.
Honestly, I've almost drank too much of this beer to properly review the taste! The malty goodness tastes great here. It makes me think of a sort of heavy Medieval bread...even though I don't know what that tastes like. Dark fruits of raisins and plums give it a nice fruitiness that's a tad sweet. Nuts, coffee, and bit of cocoa come out to give it a delectable richness. Hops come after that add just the right balance of spiciness and bitterness. Again, this beer makes you hungry! Too bad it's my last. This is sweet but it's a satisfying sweetness. Even though Hibernation Ale has 8.7% ABV, I can't taste it at all until I get to the end of the beer.
Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation to keep the beer alive and interesting. It's pretty slick and sticky throughout because of the sweetness. Drinkable.
This is a damn good beer with nothing wrong about it. It's perfect for the winter season. Rich, malty, just the right amount of hops, and enough alcohol to get you warm.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2011 04:47:31 | More by BeardedRiker
More User Reviews:
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.