Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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.
06-09-2014 05:00:02 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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.
05-25-2014 04:07:30 | More by mvanaskie13
3.96/5 rDev -1.7%
Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a beer tulip glass. Bottled on date is October 2013, drinking April 2014.
Appearance: Poured aggressively and did not produce much a head. The beer is cola colored with a small head that has tons of tiny bubbles. It is not hazy or cloudy pretty clear.
Smell: I am not sure if its the beer's age, 6 months, but I am not getting much of an aroma. Malt, wood, toffee, no alcohol on the nose.
Taste: Malt up front, some toffee on the backend, the alcohol is barely noticeable for an 8.7% abv. There is a kind of mellowed wood flavor that lingers, the malt is prevalent. Some bitterness, really smooth, very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, bitterness on the tongue, dry on the palate, the alcohol while not noticeable in the flavor is warming the mouth, throat, and stomach. Nice warming feeling.
Overall: Good beer, malty, dry flavor, the warmth would be great for a cold night, has that warming effect on the body, very drinkable for an 8.7% beer. I would like to try this one fresher.
04-29-2014 01:09:20 | More by Catracho5
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.