Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - brilliantly clear, deep red, creamy tan head, leaves lots of lacing behind.
S - rich malt, toffee, toasted nuts, light sweet chocolate, just a hint of fruit, really nice and dense
T - it's malty, but there is a lot of earthy hop flavour and bitterness cutting through to keep the sweetness well in check, the aftertaste is incredible; dry chocolate and nuts, very decadent
M - medium body, not huge, low carbonation, smooth, dry finish, has some noticable alcohol warmth
D - full of complex flavours, a very interesting take on the style.
So Great Divide calls this an English-Style Old Ale, but I've never tasted an Old Ale with this much hops in it; this is very much an American interpretation. I wouldn't call it "rich," but it certainly has depth, lots of great flavours going on, and intermingling. Should do well in a cellar, and is excellent with fine cheeses such as 5-year cheddar or gouda.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2009 22:13:28 | More by markaberrant
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Ruby/copper, hazy and even some distinguishable sediment, little head, a few lazy bubbles rise.
S: Smoke and coffee, caramel, something else akin to the smell of an old person's house, like raw wheat stalks; it's kinda endearing, but not something I want for too long.
T: Caramel, coffee, a little smoke, and.... something chemically, like vinegar. Stale malt perhaps? It's prominent, a significant blemish on this otherwise great beer. My score is lofted only because this is expected of the style, but my personal dislike will probably keep me from a return to this one.
M: Light, somewhat filmy. It would be very drinkable, were it not for that abrasive flavor.
O: I'll need to get used to the style before I can enjoy this one. Definitely has promising notes, and overall a perfect candidate for the style, but my personal aesthetic score would be noticeably lower.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 05:00:02 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,170 ratings.