Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint: color is amber to brown, head is tan, dense with fine bubbles and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell is wonderful, great malt, aged wood and subtle flavors: not fruity but deeper malt notes and light oak or wood notes.
Taste is similar to the aroma as the malt has aged well and taken on some unique flavors, again not the deeper, sweeter malt flavors like a barleywine but balanced sweetness that has been aged a bit and lighter hop bitterness. Hops are earthy, subtle and not overpowering, maybe some grass.
Mouthfeel is one of the points that seem to be unrefined, its a bit biting, somewhat crisp; the malt flavors present nicely and rouned but theres a lingering biting flavor or feel that takes away from the aged aroma and flavor.
Overall, a very pleasant ale, unique in flavor and really hides the strength well.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 04:07:30 | More by mvanaskie13
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,184 ratings.