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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,200 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 97
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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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Naterobsnyk4

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-01-2012 03:32:44 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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creaghphish

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-01-2012 01:45:43 | More by creaghphish
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songoose

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

This is one intense beer. Aroma is mostly hops, but the palate is evenly shared with extreme malts, hops and heat. It's tasty, but over the top. My palate was a bit tired by the end of one bottle. One should be careful when pairing this with food - it'd probably go well with braised meat or a winter stew, but might overpower anything else.

Of course, if your heater blows out in January, it's wise to have a few of these babies on hand.

01-31-2012 02:23:34 | More by songoose
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dcellis

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-30-2012 19:41:16 | More by dcellis
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-30-2012 05:48:50 | More by slimntubbs
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obrike

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Had one at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek...poured from a bottle into a pint glass...hard to get a good look in the dim light, but appeared to be a fairly dark brown with minimal head...a small ring of head and not much lace.

Got some notes of dark fruit(cherry, fig?)and a bit of sweet malty caramel. Smelled sweet.

Malt assault! Could certainly taste dark fruits and hints of caramel on the first sip, not too very hoppy, a heavy mixture of sweet malt, maybe even syrupy. Would certainly like to have again sometime. Makes for a great sipping beer, not much of a gulping brew.

01-29-2012 02:25:46 | More by obrike
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perclee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-29-2012 01:43:49 | More by perclee
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-28-2012 17:20:06 | More by OldTime
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-28-2012 00:31:10 | More by plumcrazyfx
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -24.3%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pouts a deep mahogany color with a creamy 2 finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Very strong malty presence. The sweetness of the grain bill dominates the aroma though the hoppiness is somewhat evident. A lingering alcohol aroma is present as well.

T/M - The warmth of the alcohol dominates the palete from the get go and seems to struggle mesh well with the malty sweetness. The hops offer little more than a mild bitterness. The beer is less sweet than I would have anticipated on the nose. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

D - It's strong and tastes like it.

Overall I am of the opinion this beer needs more balance and work smoothing out the complex flavors it offers. I was disappointed with it really. It almost reminded more of cough syrup than of beer and tastes like it's trying to be Odell Brewing Co's Isolation Ale's little brother with a huge alcohol flavor, no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 18:27:44

01-27-2012 22:21:16 | More by hopfacebrew
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1Sundown2C

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2012 19:58:36 | More by 1Sundown2C
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ninner00

Ohio

5/5  rDev +24.1%

01-26-2012 12:58:04 | More by ninner00
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-25-2012 23:58:13 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-25-2012 22:17:38 | More by KAF
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Reviewed from notes taken in tavern.

Pint glass...

S: Heavy nutty malts and woody grainy hops.

T/M: Heavy nutty roasted malts and wood. Medium bodied with a tad bit of carbonation, raisins, figs and sweet breads. Dry grainy alcohol finish.

O: Unfortunately I was a little stopped up the day I tried this. That being said I was impressed with this ale and I will try this again as soon as I can. I really enjoyed the well balance and smooth flavors that this ale had to offer.

01-22-2012 05:00:19 | More by Hopswagger
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2012 01:59:22 | More by jskennedy
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2012 00:30:01 | More by dprophet
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-21-2012 21:32:36 | More by poppyjohn
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cougarbait

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-21-2012 06:43:28 | More by cougarbait
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-21-2012 02:05:59 | More by barbellsNbeers
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MisterGrizz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-20-2012 22:44:09 | More by MisterGrizz
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-20-2012 02:20:23 | More by kew
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PeroxideCoffee

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-19-2012 14:48:09 | More by PeroxideCoffee
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scarfield

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

App- Pours a dark amber with a 1 to 1.5 inch head. The beer is clear, and lacing is substantial through the glass. A very appealing beer.

Smell- Musty and Malty, a bit of roasty character in there as well. Sweetness of the malt, and a bit of hops there as well.

Taste- Alcoholic warmth is present accompanied by some dark fruits and the aftertaste is one of earthiness and alcohol. Has a good long lingering taste.

MF- A bit creamy, thick, not too high on the carbonation. Appealing.

Overall, the beer is well balanced, but then again nothing particularly stands out as amazing from it, except for it being the only bee i've given a perfect "appearance" score to...Everything I looked for was there.

01-18-2012 23:49:17 | More by scarfield
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-18-2012 20:36:02 | More by laymansbeerfan
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.