1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,187 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 96
Gots: 110 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,187 | Reviews: 1,064 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

NOTE- This is two reviews, one with fresh beer and one with 2-year-old bottle. Score is for fresh bottle.
2006- Fresh...This a reddish plum colored barleywine with a minimal tan head. It leaves no lacing in my globe glass. The nose is a delicious mix of yeast, alcohol, and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies.

The taste starts deceptively smooth for a barelywine. The base is a rich, thick, caramel. As it sits in my mouth I taste citrusy hops, light brown sugar, clove, nut, cherry ester. The end is where the catch comes. The alcohol comes out of hiding and attacks viciously with strong vapors wafting into the nose. This, combined with that slight estery cherry I mentioned, land this brew in my "tastes like medecine" file. I like barleywine, but a few of them have this medicinal quality I just can't get past, and this is one.

The mouthfeel is very interesting with a surge of carbonation that doesn't seem to be released until the beer has rested in the mouth a moment or two.

Though this is a well-built barleywine, its just not my style, and anyone who can take more than one has my respect.

NOTE- 2006 vintage, tasted March '08
A- 3 fingers of espresso cream head die to a thin layer and leave an arched lace. Impressive show of carbonation for an aged beer. Beer is clear, and a deep, dark, lovely rosewood color.
S- raisins, brown sugar, pepper, plum, luscious fruit bouquet,rich malt aroma, faint earthy hop, amazing nose here, except I get not even a whiff of alcohol.
T- Beer is overall, suprisingly lite on the palate. Does not have the overwhelming malt of many high gravity beers, nor the alcohol burn. What I get here is a firm, fully attenuated crystal malt base with some depth but very little residual sweetness. It is simple, you can tell it had a terse grainbill. Some very soft fruit esters,maybe a cherry note, and a peppery Belgian-esque quality from the yeast/ alcohol. Earthy hop flavor comes out a little in the finish and the beer shows a perfectly balanced bitterness.
M- While the alcohol escapes being hot at any point, it makes itself very known in the finish through an odd numbing sensation, and soft but abundant vapors. Nice soft, low carbonation helps fill out the light mouthfeel. This is one of the lightest high gravity beers I've ever had.

This is an elegant and balanced beer, but it bores me a little. It lacks big, bold, flavors but is a little too rough around the edges to pull off "refined", which I'm afraid relegates it to the realm of the mediocre, despite the obvious skill of its brewer.

Interesting to note that I recall this beer as being a drainpour when fresh. After consulting my previous review, which sadly, is about to be deleted, I can say this beer mellowed and changed significantly in aging. It has obviously benefitted a great deal from a few years in the bottle. I would like to taste a 4 or 5 year old bottle, to see if things finally come together.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 05:02:55 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-27-2014 13:53:16 | More by wrightst
Photo of drdiesel9483
drdiesel9483

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-27-2014 01:09:59 | More by drdiesel9483
Photo of thufflife
thufflife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-23-2014 16:33:58 | More by thufflife
Photo of trxxpaxxs
trxxpaxxs

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-22-2014 15:15:46 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Casterbridge
Casterbridge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 22:49:33 | More by Casterbridge
Photo of brittanylicious
brittanylicious

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-19-2014 13:26:12 | More by brittanylicious
Photo of heysuz
heysuz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-19-2014 12:38:42 | More by heysuz
Photo of DoctorEvil65
DoctorEvil65

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 04:31:06 | More by DoctorEvil65
Photo of MikeDAdams
MikeDAdams

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

07-18-2014 13:23:50 | More by MikeDAdams
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-18-2014 02:04:11 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of MattSharpless
MattSharpless

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.6%

07-17-2014 18:31:43 | More by MattSharpless
Photo of SlothB77
SlothB77

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2014 23:57:59 | More by SlothB77
Photo of Mgm54
Mgm54

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2014 22:00:52 | More by Mgm54
Photo of Walkerjgt
Walkerjgt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2014 13:10:48 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of rheimbro
rheimbro

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

07-16-2014 01:21:34 | More by rheimbro
Photo of Hohnbaum
Hohnbaum

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-12-2014 03:32:05 | More by Hohnbaum
Photo of JLeet
JLeet

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-11-2014 17:25:09 | More by JLeet
Photo of 22Blue
22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-06-2014 22:40:00 | More by 22Blue
Photo of Goldfishman
Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-06-2014 14:30:39 | More by Goldfishman
Photo of Supershane17
Supershane17

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-04-2014 21:32:49 | More by Supershane17
Photo of atrocity
atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-01-2014 21:51:00 | More by atrocity
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-29-2014 18:52:44 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of Wayne17
Wayne17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-29-2014 00:07:05 | More by Wayne17
Photo of jds16
jds16

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-28-2014 04:11:02 | More by jds16
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.