Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
We pour a brew of rich, reddish orange. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles. These are massive and creamy, and retain nicely. Spots of lacing are left around the glass, and a rather thick film is noted across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The aroma shows strong nuttiness of almonds and hazelnut, caramel malts, piney hops, musk, mineral, and gravel. Booze comes out strongly with warmth, along with biting medicinal phenols and strong coppery tones. There is metallic vanilla to cool and cut with sweetness, but this is relatively mild. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely robust, with strong metallics and an acidic tomato vegetable quality. As we sip, souring grain of toasty and caramel malts comes first. This is accompanied by roasted hazelnut warmth, and walnut saltiness. The latter two add smoothness, and help to quell the initial bittering and souring bite. Alcohol comes to the peak, with sweeter caramel malts, strong musk and stone, and gritty, earthy hops and cones. The finish shows a renewed bittering bite of yeast, sour caramel grain, light coffees, and significant musk and moldiness. The grain is chalky and drying, with stone and mineral freshness to balance. Hops are lighter here, with only a brush of piney resin to lay with the strong boozy finish. The aftertaste breathes of bitterness of caramel and sour musk, lemon rind, light woodiness, faint buttery diacetyls, and, grassy and piney hops. The body was medium to thick, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was nicely coated with a syrupy, wet, and heavy brew, leaving light stickiness to the lips. This eventually dries to unveil a mild astringency down the tongue. There is frothy slurp and smack, with nice finishing cream and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. This was nicely earthy and very gritty, adding a sense of mystery right off the first whiff. It added warmth, sweetness, and a coolness of nutts, in all of its inclusive glory. The flavoring was equally as interesting, with a stark bitterness and strong musty quality throughout. This beer truly feels like an “Old Ale” through and through, and has enough surprises around each aspect of the beer to keep you coming back for more.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2012 02:21:48 | More by TheBrewo
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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