Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.95/5 rDev -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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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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