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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 104
Gots: 149 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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munimula, Nov 14, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

DarkHorse84, Nov 14, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown, forming a relatively thin pale white head that recedes quickly to a ring. Holding the beer to daylight reveals an exceptionally clear red-brown brew with decent streams of carbonation from the bottom. Lacing is persistent, if a tad patchy.

S: Toasted, warm caramel-toffee malts, with the smells of warm peat moss and damp potting soil mixed in as well. There's a tinge of smoke, and some shadows of dark fruit.

T: At the start, this was smoky, earthen, and definitely peaty, a bitter brew to drink. There was sweetness present, but entirely subsumed by the soil, bark, and ashes, with something of a black licorice tinge to the finish. As it warms, the bitterness fades to allow more of a balance with the sweeter, breadier malts - entirely my fault, I should have started this one out warmer. Caramel and toffee play off of the smoky earthiness, and allow some faint undertones of dried dark fruit to skitter about the distant reaches of the palate. There's also more of a light coffee note to the finish.

M: Surprisingly light-bodied, with prickly carbonation levels.

O: With the first few sips, I was unimpressed with what seemed to be an unbalanced beer. That opinion changed upwards in correlation with the temperature. Would repeat, and at cellar temperatures.

UrbanCaveman, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a dark, almost black color with reddish highlights when held up to the light. There is a mocha one finger head which does not last long and light lacing.

The smell earthy, dank, peat moss, chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, nuts and spices.

The taste follows the nose with sweet and roasted malts mixed with chocolate then moving to a nutty taste with some bitter coffee in the background. The finish is bitter, roasted malts, chocolate and piney hops dominate the finish. Some bitter hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing. Some of the alcohol leaks through in the taste.

Overall this would make a great winter warmer; try it.

microbrewlover, Nov 13, 2014
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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,357 ratings.