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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,578
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 250 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a skim head which gives way to just edging. When you hold the beer to the light the color is revealed as a ruby red color with visible carbonation. The aroma is of dark fruits and of a slight chocolate along with some caramel malt. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a big chocolate taste in the middle of the the beer, there is then a pear bite of flavor on the backend to finish out the beer. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a very good beer, it was a good taste and had a nice aroma.

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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Into a standard pint glass from a 22 oz. Split this with the girlfriend over some studying. Characteristic pour of the old ales.

A: Dark amber. No head, no lacing- but the bubbles make it pretty good-looking.

S: Solid, boozy smell at first. I was in the mood for that today, so I'll chalk it up a little hiring. But, from there, we're getting lots of dark fruits- plums, prunes, raisins, figs- roasted fig, specifically. The second smelling picks up hints of chocolate and some toasted nut.

T: VERY different from the smell. The boozy taste I thought I was going to get really isn't there, the fruits are not so much there either. What I AM getting is the nuttiness, the coffee and those subtle bits of chocolate mentioned earlier. Interesting beer.

M: A little flat, honestly. I would have liked a little more there to have a jig on the palate.

O: Good beer for a winter's night. Might not be the first old ale I go to, but certainly pleasing.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Great Divide is one of the premiere American breweries for great European styles; all you have to do is look at Hoss and Hades to know that. And, since the label on this one reads “English Style Old Ale,” the Hibernation in my glass is very exciting. Here’s to classic beer with an American twist!

I don’t understand this: why is there a “Bottle On” box on the label if it’s just completely blacked-out? Oh well, I’m guessing it’s this year’s, meaning it came out not long before the date of this tasting.

A: Perfect beer for a wine glass: it pours a dark crimson, shining a gorgeous ruby if you hold it up to the light. We’re not talking off-red or magenta, either – this is absolutely blood red. Incredible. The head is not as impressive, coming in at about a half-finger of beige silk, leaving little in the realm of retention. Medium-strength lacing, though.

S: Roasted to the core; unlike many old ales I’ve tried, this one has only a mild malt syrupiness. Coffee, char, chocolate, and toffee are the biggest scents; so big, in fact, that it actually reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout at first. It’s unique and instantly loveable. I love these light fruit punch scents, too, which work to bring in both smoothness from the malts and tang from the hops. The malts win; their aromas, backed up by the richness of the roasts upfront, gets to the point where it turns the nose into something truly Samuel Smith-like (something excellent to strive for in this style).

T: Smooooth chocolate is big and bold on the very front; it’s like hot homemade cocoa. Roasted barley and charcoal, ginger, apple butter, ripe pear – all products of the malts. These subtly bitter flavors work wonderfully with the palate’s light hopping, which manifests itself with a unique lime flavor and earthy tartness. It’s hard to explain, as it blends with the thick, acidic yeast to form an even coating of citrus pulp. Finishes mildly sour with light fruits and tart hops. The only downside is that I can taste a bit of chalkiness from the yeasts, the same as I found in my last Yeti. Still, it’s a less intense flavor, and the rest of the palate is very well-done – overall, I think it’s safe to say that Great Divide has done it again when it comes to great Euro-inspired beer.

M: The carbonation on this one is so upfront it’s almost overwhelming at first. Over time, it dwindles to the silky astringency that’s more appropriate for the hop/yeast combination, though the brisk bubbles are never completely lost.

O: There’s always something about Great Divide’s beers that are just so damn good; something that could overshadow even the biggest palate faults. Even better, though, is that there really aren’t that many pitfalls in this beer’s flavor – the unusual lime bite of the hops is just added goodness. With beer like this, Great Divide powers through the realms of both old-world style and American creativity. I don’t know which is represented more, but one thing’s for sure: this old ale style just keeps getting more and more interesting…

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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is it winter already? Single 12 ounce bottle to warm me up before putting me to sleep. On to the beer:

Nearly two finger's worth of head sits on top of this reddish dark brown beer. Head retention is solid, leaves thin creamy lacing around the glass. Big time hops in the aroma, piney-like, also appealing sweet notes I expected (chocolate powder, toffee, nougat). Fine, but just a little more unbalanced than I like.

There is harmony between the hops and the malt. Its taste is a little sweeter than the nose, which I was relieved to learn. Don't worry hopheads, there is still a burst of resin and pine at the begining of the journey before the sweetness busts the door oopen. A little sharp st the start, I might add. Molasses and toffee and syrup are among the sweet flavors in this beer. Medium bodied with strong enough carbonation that could be dialed down some. Tea, resin, and molasses linger in the aftertaste.

Don't expect an "English-Style Old Ale", as the bottle puts it. Expect an American-styled one, one with a serious punch of hops to go with all that sweetness. I won't mind sipping from the glass for the rest of the night.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a nice head that leaves some decent lacing. Much like Southern Tiers Old Man it has a very burnt/toasted malt aroma. Also picking up some nutty chocolate notes on the nose.

Super malty upfront with chocolate, caramel, and burnt flavors coming through. Hop presence is big on the finish to balance things out and the beer leaves a very slight burnt alcohol flavor in the mouth. Rich and big in body.

This malt bomb is balanced excellently and it's hard to choose a favorite "old ale" winter seasonal between this and southern tiers Old man. For now they bot get the same grade. Both great in different ways. Old man in a way that makes for a great winter drinking beer, hibernation ale in a way that makes for a true great winter warmer.

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2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One word description- Disappointing

Having heard great things about this brew I was anxious to try it. However, I was quickly disappointed. It poured a amber brown color that was appealing. The head consistency was average. The flavor was weak and the beer itself lacked the carbonation to carry it through the palette. The flavor faded fast and left me waiting for something that it couldn't deliver. I will try again...may have been a bad batch. This is unlikely as the location I was at does very brisk business.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, deep garnet color. Head is thin offwhite and lasts fairly well.
S- Aroma is complex with a deep malty character. Caramel, a big kick of dark fruit. If I had to name one thing it would be cherry. There is also an earthy hoppiness.
T- A lot of the same flavors as as the nose, but it seems less deep. The fruityness is there, but it's just all around less intense. There's a dark breadyness to it.
M- Body is a touch light. Carbonation is smooth. There is a lingering sweetness to it.
O- A good old ale. The nose is great and the other aspects are solid. Worth trying.

Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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