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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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2,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 97
Gots: 119 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Rockjocknroll, Jun 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Flaherbear, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Mesa512, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

carneyxii, Jun 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

jgraciti, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sohearn, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Gonzoillini, Jun 11, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

1000lbgrizzly, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

appetiteforparis, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

thetimhortonsman, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Kaizoku, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Lagerquestrian, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

PatM, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, May 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Prospero, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

TX-Badger, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

williamjbauer, May 26, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

mvanaskie13, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

VTEno17, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jtransel, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

lucasj82, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.