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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 2120
Reviews: 1061
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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 pjkelley82

New York

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/11/13... a month and a few days old....

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter

Ruby red dark reddish color... 2 1/2-3inch light mocha/beige colored head(almost spilled over the top.... i was like nooo.. and not a dabber over). Stuck around a few minutes and left a healthy amount of lacing.

Smell was fantabulous... there's so much going on. Every whiff was something different. Caramel, Dark Fruit mostly like a cherry (almost armeretto-ish) butterscotch, caramel, figs, roast malts almost coffee like. Slight hop scent in there... this beer is just outstanding in the smell...

Good amount of maltyness at first bite... slight hop presence for bitterness but I think the coffee like roast in it dominates the bittering factor in this beer. Fig Dark fruit, raisin, some stoutyness to it which I think is wonderfull... caramel and roast finishes it off.. I lightly detected alchol but there is just too much greatness in other flavors to pay any mind to it.

Medium/heavy bodied but very full and heavy finishes very smooth and wet. A lot of reviews point out lack of carbonation and I would agree... its not your bubbly beer... but imo any more would be too much... its the right amount and fits the beer.

Overall I love Great Divide and this offering did not dissapoint. If your into Old Ales or Malty beers than give this a go.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:31:40 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of BeerWizard


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Otherwise unassuming blue and cream label depicting a cross country skiing figure boasts a few awards on the side. Poured into a goblet, dark red-tinged brown, tan head, and I can smell toffee on the nose from about two feet away. Close up it's an herby, roasted grain aroma. Smells like it's gonna be sweet. First sip has my throat tightening a bit from the alcohol - this almost has a wine-like character to it, and not far behind at almost nine percent. Plummy, earthy, and stoutish. Mouthfeel is definitely thick, creamy, and barely carbonated. Stylistically appropriate, hot and heavy, and thoroughly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:20:40 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer seemed to lack a little something - a little more carbonation, sweetness/fruitiness, spice. A bit dry and almost flat tasting. Almost metallic. I guess the funkiness of an old ale seemed to come through. I love Great Divide, but this was not quite up to their usual standard, IMO. The booze was not at all prevalent, and maybe that would have helped more. I'll give this a try again, especially since it's now easily available. But next time, I might age a while to see what that does. Maybe I was just in a weird mood.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:24:17 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: ruby brown body, tan head about a finger thick; laces left behind by a persistent film cap

S: earthy; dry and woody malts and hops; pine, resinous caramel

T: bready malts with a touch of chewy caramel, deeper fruit hints of fig and date; mild bitterness; touches of anise, orange, and peat

M: smooth, slight coat, low carbonation, smooth; vacillates between dry and wet impressions

O: real nice old ale with a great hearty, grounded character. Drinks like a classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:36:51 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3 - this bottle is 1 year old today

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, dark fruits, molasses

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also some molasses, anise, and some leathery/earthy notes.

Overall - Perhaps a touch sweet, but really good nonetheless. I would love to have this stuff available to me locally, I'd put a bunch away in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:37:26 | More by spinrsx
Photo of soju6


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a mahogany color with a decent head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some dark fruit, bit of spice and hint of chocolate.

T: Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit and some chocolate Nice bitterness and a clean dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice richness and flavor is enhanced as it warms. No real hint of the 8.7% ABV.

O: A good beer to curl up with on a cold night. An enjoyable sipper to get you the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:29:46 | More by soju6
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/25/12-well aged: Pours a very hazy mahogany brown color with red near the edges when held up to light, and 2 finger tan foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving a layer on top and very good lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, nuts, peat moss, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, toasted bread, floral hops , herbs, cinnamon, woody/earthy notes, dark fruit and mild alcohol; the nose was sweet and grainy with nutty and almost musky notes like it sat in a wooden barrel in a damp basement for a while but blended nicely as this does smell good. Really smells like a nut brown ale with rich malty textures.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, roasted chestnut, peat moss, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, toasted bread, roasted grains, charcoal, floral hops, herbs, woody/earthy notes, dark fruit, cocoa powder, toffee and light alcohol that just peeks through. This seems like a porter or nut brown ale at times and then slides into a rich, roasted malt beverage that is complex and smooth. The dark fruit flavor and hops lead the finish with a slight bitterness and grainy/malt sweetness that fades almost dry.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy bodied, but slides down pretty easy considering the ABV; the grainy and toffee notes lead to an almost clean yet bitter finish, with average carbonation and a sweet overall flavor that showcases the malts and bready notes more than the hops. The nutty flavor keeps popping up and lingering in my mouth, but always adds a nice tasty roasted component.

Overall it was a very good beer, and based on my reading up on the style it seems to be well designed for the category. It was malty and tasty, hid the ABV well, and went down smooth considering it was brewed to pack a wallop. This bottle was well aged and mellow and I will definitely seek this out again as it was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:49:07 | More by CHickman
Photo of Fcolle2


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: nice dark brown color with a 2 finger tan head that has decent retention

S: I'm detecting some faint musky wood that is overlayed with sweet Carmel. Overall pleasant.

T: a little acidic wood flavor upfront Followed by deep warm malt. some acidity stays on your pallet for a decent amount of time.

M: good carbonation slightly thick.

O: this is a decent malty brew. I'm glad I got it in my variety pack but nothing I would seek out

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:26:33 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently I poured this one too slow. I only got a slight froth of head that was gone in a second, leaving a thin ring. Body is a muted brown root beer color.

The smell is great on this. Roasted malt, good strong caramel and dark fruits abound. I also pick out a bit of vanilla.

Sweet malt starts off. This is complimented by a bit of light caramel which helps transfer into a woodiness and hop bitterness. Faint vanilla and booze end the journey.

Medium bodied. Drying, doesn't coat the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 19:24:08 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of matjack85


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 12/10/12 on the back label, so it's not even 3 months old.

The beer poured a nice amber/brown color but I didn't even get a finger's worth of creamy tan head on top. What head there was dissipated quickly and it left lots of spotty lacing.

Good robust smell of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits

This is a definite sipping beer. Big malty sweet backbone and lots of booze. Underneath those two flavors you'll find chocolate, plums, and a host of earthy and mildly spicy hops. I don't know the IBU rating on this, but it has a nice bitterness to it as well.

This is a smooth and thick full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this very much. Lots of flavor to compliment the high 8.7% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:21:08 | More by matjack85
Photo of jokelahoma


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub in Joplin, Missouri.

Beautiful garnet red with little head.

The aroma is a great combination of roasted malt and dark fruit. Almost like burned sugar plums. Very enticing.

To the surprise of no one, the taste mimics the aroma. Sweet malt, with a roasted edge. There are stone fruits here, mostly plums and their dried counterpart, prunes. Yet there is also just a plain malt sweetness which is welcome in its simplicity. This is a great old ale. It isn't "Old Peculier", but then that's not exactly *the* style either.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Not oily, but certainly hearty.

This is fantastic. I'm sure it can be bear, but it would take effort. A nice, sweet, rich old ale. Something to look forward to every winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:45:00 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ribbed ale glass

A: very dark red; two-finger head, very cushiony; active carb
S: musty aroma; oak, bark, wood chip; bit of tin can
T: malty; complex, musty flavor; strong leathery taste; medium bitterness; dark roasted malt; peaty; good specimen of an old ale
M: thick

Very fine, quite nice

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:13:31 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been a while since I've had something from Great Divide. Back in my early beer days, this was a go-to brewery for me and one that helped lay the foundation for my education and appreciation of the good stuff.

Crazy malty all over this thing. On the nose and the profile. Not sure if aging would help tone this down, but it couldn't hurt, I'd imagine. Very smooth feel. Alcohol hidden fairly well. Nice drinker, but I'd tone down the malt sweetness, if it were up to me. It's definitely a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:52:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of barczar


4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a dense half inch frothy dark cream head that leaves thick sheets of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and a touch peppery. Deep caramelization and toasted malt are accompanied by currants and raisins, along with dark berries. Reminiscent ofa mixed beery kool-aid packet.

Flavor reveals a hint of chocolate, which complements the deeply caramelized malt and underlying dark fruit and sherry character well. Citrus flavors of tangerine and orange lighten the rich toasted, bready malt body.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex brew. Still a bit hot, but rich malt profile and nice dark fruit accents.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:47:43 | More by barczar
Photo of fitrock2112


4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured the Hibernation Ale into a pint glass.

A - The dark amber liquid poured fairly aggressively with minimal head.

S - The aroma is of dark fruits, some hops, a little roasted malt.

T - Nice flavor up front, hop bitterness and dark fruits, malty goodness on the backend.

M - Medium mouthfeel on this Old Ale, little carbonation, some syrup qualities, nice and smooth.

O - Pretty nice beer, yeah you can drink a few of these on a winter night. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:45:17 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-beautiful, deep brown with a hint of ruby red. Uniform lacing that dissipates quickly. Half-finger, off white head that also dissipates quickly

S-Oaky with notes of smokiness, it seems.

T-Very malty. Finishes well with a smooth nut taste and a subtle hint of sweet chocolate

MF-chewy, but also smooth with almost no carbonation

O-good beer. One of my favorite old style english brown ales

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:19:36 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of Treebs


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby/light brown combination with an off white head forming on the pour. Great retention has it slowly recedes down the glass. Sticky sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Light, roasty malts with a little dark fruit. Creamy sugar with a touch of chocolate.

T: Dark fruits with an underlying malty sweetness. A little complimenting alcohol. Slightly nutty with some unsweetened chocolate and just a touch some mineral-like yeasty notes.

M: Surprising light in body for an old ale, but it's pretty drinkable for that reason. Mediumish bodied with a medium carbonation level.

O: I'm more of a fan of the leathery, highly malted old ales. This was one was just a tad light more for, me it still had nice flavors and was pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 13:35:46 | More by Treebs
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool non glossy label with a nice color scheme and some very cool graphics and font. Front label gives a nice background on the beer, states the GABF accomplishments of the beer, gives suggested food pairings, styes the type of beer, website info, ABV info, and bottled on date(8/31/12). Has a small neck label as well stating the brewery name.

Appearance: I allowed this baby to warm for about 10min before pouring it from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Hibernation pours out a deep caramel amber brown with a ½ finger tan foam head of lighter density. Head retention was only 55sec before fading to a very thin foam ring. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very smokey and of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some sweet dark fruit. Didn’t catch any hops in the nose at all.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes very malty and hop bitter on the front end giving way to a earthy malty midpoint with hints of dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Finish is a slightly woody, roasty, and smokey bitter flavor. Very roasty aftertaste. Oak and vanilla/caramel flavors really shine as this warms. Alcohol is masked well. This is very complex.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an almost creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was my first time having this and it came highly recommended. Very good and complex brew that I could see being perfect for a cold winters night. Classified as an Old Ale at 8.7% ABV. Consumed 1/18/13.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 11:00:47 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of garymuchow


4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm, nice toasty, bready malts with hints of fruit and some raisins. A little caramel and very subdued hops-a little grassiness and herbal notes. Nice aroma.
Beautiful dark amber moving toward copper. Tan head that laces nicely.
Full and kinda' rich malt flavors. Hops lay on the tongue at the finish and bitter just enough to remind you that they are still needed and then linger into the semi-dry and semi-bitter finish. They seem to grow in presence through the drink - no needing to be reminded later. Malt flavors a little bolder than in the aroma. Fruit is more in the background. Toast is much closer to roast, but holds back just in time and this is a dominant flavor. Pulled back sweetness.
Moderately big beer with a fine carbonation. Alcohol makes no obvious appearance except a little warming once inside.
Almost too easy to drink, considering the size. Nice complex flavors and pleasing as all get out.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:52:59 | More by garymuchow
Photo of devlishdamsel


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night at my local watering hole,Pints. What a beer! The local distributor had been sitting on a keg of last years, so this was a 2011 vintage. At first pour the beer was cloudy similar to an unfiltered cider, with shades of hazy brown. slight head with a great amount of lacing. I could smell notes of vanilla. The mouth feel was very smooth and subdued; the perfect amount of carbonation. There was a subtle hop flavor, but none of the bitterness remained. Definite notes of brown sugar hit my palate in a big way with some roasted malt. As the beer warmed the flavor intensified and the haze cleared a bit,revealing a shade similar to clear amber. This is how winter beer should be. I could drink this beer year round but especially in the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 17:17:34 | More by devlishdamsel
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - orangish amber with a soft, brownish head

S - baked apples, dark fruit, caramel

T - caramel, dark fruit, some burnt sugar, a balancingly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, some alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This was a really delicious beer. It had a nice maltiness to it with just enough hop character to round it out. The alcohol for the most part was well hidden. This would make for a very nice beer on a cold winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 22:50:21 | More by tdm168
Photo of --Dom--


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a medium brown with ruby hues, 1 finger cream colored head. Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar.

Starts off sweet medium roasted malts heavy up front, caramel, toffee. This is obviously a malt forward beer but there is definitely a very noticeable hop punctuation in the middle. The roastiness hangs around throughout. Finishes slightly bitter actually, just slightly. Carbonation is spot on. Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy but feels correctly balanced with the flavorings.

This beer is just full of flavor, and that's what I am all about. I go back to this beer time and time again and I'm always amazed at just how much complexity they get into it. It's got a big taste and a pretty decent gravity to boot. A sure winner in my book. If you haven't tried it yet, go get some. If you're someone who appreciates a big malty ale you're sure to love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 05:53:02 | More by --Dom--
Photo of Danny1217


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing.
Sweet scents of honey, caramel, vanilla, and toffee.
Honey, caramel, and vanilla taste. Like the taste of sweet bread. Very little hop presence, in keeping with the British style. The finish is somewhat bitter with a slight alcohol presence.
Nice full body with a medium amount of carbonation.

Definitely a lot of bang for your buck for this beer. It's a pretty big brew, and only goes for about $11 for a sixer. I might be buying this one again soon and possibly age one or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:56:45 | More by Danny1217
Photo of mevett89


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark ruby-brown, with a decent head.

Smell: sweet, with hints of vanilla, chocolate and caramelly malt, no hop presence.

Taste: fairly strong, again with a sweet and thick chocolate and caramelly maltiness, but followed by a nice hop presence.

Mouthfeel: the beer has a medium thick, smooth body, with a decent but lower level of carbonation.

Overall: this is a very good beer. The malt and hop profiles balance each other nicely, and the body is heavy, but without becoming syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 01:23:49 | More by mevett89
Photo of vtisme


4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter
A - transparent, brown-to-amber with a moderate amount of lacing
S - vanilla, a nut giftbasket in a bottle
T - smooth caramel, vanilla, delicious!
M - smooth, medium bodied
O - one of my favorite winter beers, get your hands on it!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:30:53 | More by vtisme
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.