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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,119 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2119
Reviews: 1061
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


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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Todd

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive creamy foam head, wonderful aromatics, sweet and malty with an assertive dose of spicy kick-ass hops. Mega chocolate in the aroma and flavour -- with the hops, a bit like those minty/chocolate Andes Creme de Menthe Thins. Pick up a bit of sherri too.

A most enjoyable and warming Winter offering from the folks @ Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2001 19:47:32 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a “Year Produced” (Hint, hint) freshness date notched on the side of the label. Bragging about awards and a bit of info about the beer is also on the label.

Appearance: A hard pouring yields a fluffy cream coloured head that dissipates into a bubbly lace with interwoven rings of Brussels lace. Decent clarity with a mahogany reddish colour that is quite stunning.

Smell: Both astringent grain and hop try and claim territory though the fruity estery alcohol in not far behind at all. The hop aroma plays a little rough n’ tumble on the nostrils and makes a path for the toasted mildly astringent malt and fruity estery alcohol.

Taste: Fat and chewy full body with a slick malty mouth feel, moderate carbonation adds a nice smoothness and a well structured texture shows a full-hearted stab at trying to make this beer more quaffable. Overtones of toasted malt engulf the taste buds, in its wake explosions of caramelized fruit, ester alcohol and the beginnings of a slightly belligerent hop character. Hops flail around coarse flavours of bitterness and earthy leaf that border on astringent. Chocolate flavours come around middle to end while fumes of alcohol come from the mouth and warm the body. Hops kick in even more towards the end with an encroaching coarse earthy flavour some residual sweetness is leftover though is mostly blanketed by the hops.

Notes: This beer is a drop-kick to the tongue, lots of flavours going on with a multi-leveled complexity. Fresh and in the raw, aging this beer for a year could do good though if you are looking for a raw kick in the pants strong ale then drink it now.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2001 00:12:12 | More by Jason
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark woody brown color. a small half finger tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a lacing on the sides. hazy and almost opaque.

Smell: first thing i notice is and earthy hop aroma, a little bit of an herbal note as well. darker malts come through as well, mostly chocolate but perhaps some roasted malts too.

Taste: opens up with dark malts, a strong chocolate mixed with lighter roasted malts. strong earthy hops and a little bit of an herbal finish. very subtle crystal malts gets lost in the middle. low to medium alcohol strength

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy. bitter and warm

Overall: a good beer. but not quite near the level of the best old ales. the strong hoppiness is good and should age out well. the main problem I find with this beer is that I find a lot of chocolate and roasty flavors which shouldn't be overpowering in this style. but still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:59:34 | More by SportsandJorts
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-13-2014 17:00:57 | More by thatoneguymike
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-12-2014 18:11:09 | More by wellsnb
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jellikit

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark autumn with an auburn hint to the light. Thin head. No lacing.
Smell: toasty roasty. Dark caramel.
T: roasty. Malty. We'll balanced. Burned caramel hints.
M: low carbonation. Big body. Think Jessica Simpson.
O: great big beer. We'll balanced dark beer. Big malt balanced with the alcohol and hops. My thought of an old ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:56:57 | More by jellikit
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2014 03:41:19 | More by bigbeers84
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bernat1971

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

04-09-2014 17:01:26 | More by bernat1971
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Patches826

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-09-2014 05:49:56 | More by Patches826
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kevindp9

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-08-2014 06:00:00 | More by kevindp9
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-07-2014 20:21:05 | More by AdamAles
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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FranzBC

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-04-2014 02:38:11 | More by FranzBC
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Jonathan2291

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-04-2014 01:51:05 | More by Jonathan2291
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glass_house

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Dark mahogany-amber that has a ruby glow around the edges. One finger of tan head leaves a nice thin collar and patchy lacing. Aroma is cocoa powder on dark coffee, with some grass and charred wood notes in the background.

Taste is full of toasty dark malts. Dark chocolate and coffee are there, but share the spotlight with some bitter earthy hops. Roasted vanilla beans, pecans, molasses, licorice, toffee, and caramel all come through as well. Wow there is a lot going on here. Gets slightly boozy as it warms. A little heavier than medium with fairly mild carbonation. Full and creamy. Coats the palate and leaves a lingering coffee bitterness.

Don't have a lot of experience with old ales but damn this is good. Such a complex array of roasted and burnt malt notes, with just enough hop bite to balance it out. Reminds me of a tasty coffee porter mixed with a sticky barleywine. Can't wait to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:03:51 | More by glass_house
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TrojanRB

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-02-2014 03:46:49 | More by TrojanRB
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GStein

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

04-01-2014 01:12:04 | More by GStein
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Book

Alabama

5/5  rDev +23.8%

03-30-2014 03:47:16 | More by Book
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

03-25-2014 04:42:49 | More by brpendergast85
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TylerCO

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-22-2014 22:31:48 | More by TylerCO
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DustinSWB

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-19-2014 23:32:21 | More by DaftPatrick
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

03-18-2014 01:33:19 | More by refractor82
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.