Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by karengarys:
3.23/5 rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I'm not a correander winter brew person - the correander spice doesn't make a lot of sense to me for a beer... ...maybe someday I'll understand this more...
This pours very nice. Hazy reddish brown with a head that sneaks up on you (get ready to hold it over the sink). the head then remains, the outside having an organized uniform arrangement of bubbles, with the inside being a fluffy light brown cloud-like foam. Lots of lacing.
This tastes rather thick (which I like) but heavy in the correander (as explained earlier, I don't). It also is a bit maybe peppery, plus a touch of.... nutmeg? Included is a dark odd sweetness I can't describe. To me, this is too much Christmas tea and not enough beer.
I was fighting between 3.0 and 3.5 on the taste scale. 3.5 because it is flavorful and rich. 3.0 because I feel the flavors were too spicey. if you really really like that spiceyness, and the correander, the taste category could easily go to 4.0. Since what I am drinking here is not quite how I would like this style interepreted, I'm rating it at 3.
The mouthfeel is quite creamy, and stays that way throughout the drink until the very end.
When done, there is a bit of an ugly spicy aftertaste I do not like.
I could drink a few of these, but I wouldn't call it a session beer.
It is worth trying, but unless you really like correander (sierra nevada or anchor winters, for example) try to get only one. If you really like the correander, grabbing a 6 is recommended.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2005 22:04:20 | More by karengarys
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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