Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by skizziks:
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A 2006 bottle. Maybe an inch and a half of deep tan foam, thick, fine, slowly fades to a patchy skim with a thickened rim around the wall of the snifter. The beer is a dark amber with reddish highlights. Not brilliantly clear but then I didn't realize it was bottle conditioned until the yeast was well on its way.
Smells a lot like Old Ruffian- good! Brown sugar and loads of resiny American hops. Dark bread crust underneath a hoppy pecan pie.
Flavors echo and expand on the aroma. Everything above with some fig and a hint of dried cherry. Alcohol is present but easily ignored. A very nicely balanced sugary citric finish that goes on for a while.
Medium full body and medium carbonation. Very rich but it's hard to not drink this too fast. Incredibly inviting, I wish I had a few gallons more, though it's best I don't.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2007 01:24:02 | More by skizziks
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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 2,172 ratings.