Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
Reviewed from notes taken in tavern.
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
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
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.