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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 98
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/20/12 notes. Had this on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, sweet fruity malts, light roasted malts, light caramel malts, and some toasted malts. Very nice nose and fruit-forward, and pretty sweet.

t - Tastes mirrors the nose; a lot of sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Not too sweet, but nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No alcohol coming through which is nice.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It is a bit sweet but certainly not too much so; while I'm not sure I'd want to drink a few of these in one night, I had no problem getting through a full pint of it, and would certainly order it again. A nice sweet old ale that isn't boozy. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of station815
4/5  rDev -0.7%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -38%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Zachb4au
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottle dated 10/6/10.

Appearance - Dark red/brown body with some surprising clarity. Chunks of sediment pour in even when I try to stop the flow. No real head, but a few stray bubbles pock the surface.

Smell - Apples, caramel, and spices in the back. Dry smelling. No real hint of sweetness. Earthy hop presence barely breaking through. Oxidation? Maybe this bottle has not aged gracefully.

Taste - It tastes as though it has not aged well. Baked apple flavor followed by spice and earthy hops. Bitter in the finish and a bit astringent. Not a pleasant finish and I really miss at least some sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Very dry, which is surprising for the style. Well carbonated. Bitter finish. I don't think I'll finish the whole bottle.

Overall - Not an impressive old ale. Not even remarkable. It's completely missing a solid malt base to back up the other flavors. Drinkable, but not really worth drinking.

Alieniloquium, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -0.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jafari
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jafari, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of StaindProject86
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Pillowburn, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottles on Oct 19th 2011.

A creamy caramel light tan brown is formed, about two fingers, settles down nicely with a thick cap. Body is opaque, out of the bottle it pours a real gorgeous orange amber, but the body sits to reveal a more brown amber with hints of reddish orange on the sides. Faint lacing while drinking.

Nose is a real wondeful creamy milk chocolate. Sense of whipped and velvet coming. Straight forward, even a hint of warmth but not too much.

Palate is a little bit of noticeable heat, rolling malts and rich chocolate feel. Afterfinish has a good hop bitter too it, which is really unexpected. A sense of creamy egg yolk somewhere in here. It's got some real in the stomach boozy warming but doesn't taste a lot like alcohol.

Overall pretty solid, if a little imperfect, and fun to drink. If I am in the right mood I'd want this beer again.

smakawhat, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of andrewj17
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

andrewj17, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of osusullins
4/5  rDev -0.7%

osusullins, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev -0.7%

sneth019, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bcal16, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hibernational Ale is a great winter ale. This pours out from the bottle into a dark amber color. It's a bock with a nutty taste. This hearty ale has loads of flavor. It has a milky taste and finishes smooth. Slightly hoppy. Would pair well with a smoked cheese or chowdah!

Ryanm1, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of plumlmr
4/5  rDev -0.7%

plumlmr, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark mahogany in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin dense beige head that quickly faded away, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of plums and raisins are present in the nose along with notes of sweet malts and hints of alcohol. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has complex flavors of raisins, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. There are some notes of sweetness and hints of alcohol and chocolate. A slight amount of bitterness is present, which helps to prevent any cloying sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of full-bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There a bit of dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This is a nice easy beer to drink on a cold winter night – the alcohol gives some warming but is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled OCT 06 2011, and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

Pours a nice ¼” head which rapidly reduces to a thin film. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A lively ale.
Beautiful amber/brown color, with some lacing.

Very pleasant rich malty aroma when poured followed by scents of rich cocoa and yeast.
Quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Unbelievably delicious, rich, crisp, malty entry on the palate. Wow! Followed by distinct flavors of cocoa, milk chocolate and bready yeast.
While there is a slight sweetness it is not overdone, in fact there is a mouth drying component of this ale that reminds me of a barrel aged ale.
Full mouth feel and fine bubble carbonation, along with the crisp acidity, makes for a very balanced ale.
Rather complex and just flat out delicious flavors.

Long finish of rich cocoa and malt.

This is a delicious, extremely enjoyable ale. The 8.7% ABV is not noticeable at all and I could just drink this until they are gone (or I am)!
The mouth drying sensation mentioned above is quite puzzling, as I don’t know where it is coming from, but it definitely adds to the complexity and interest of this brew.
I had three bottles with consistent taste profiles. I would definitely buy a case of this if I find it.
Highly recommended!

JTSbeerislife, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bluesplit63, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of biggmike
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into my Great Divide glass with a nice off-white head that lasted a while and a nice mahogany color. The aroma was very pleasant with a bit of fruit coming through. The taste was a bit like a Scotch ale to me and I enjoyed this one very much. The mouthfeel was nice and was pretty drinkable considering the 8.7% abv. I enjoyed this a lot.

biggmike, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of LukeONeill
4/5  rDev -0.7%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JRod1969, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of tweenDhedges
5/5  rDev +24.1%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

UpToMeBeer, Feb 21, 2012
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,245 ratings.