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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 94
Gots: 109 | 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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jmo2k1


3/5  rDev -25.6%

03-26-2012 04:06:10 | More by jmo2k1
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Scout11

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-24-2012 13:11:42 | More by Scout11
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/20/12 notes. Had this on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, sweet fruity malts, light roasted malts, light caramel malts, and some toasted malts. Very nice nose and fruit-forward, and pretty sweet.

t - Tastes mirrors the nose; a lot of sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Not too sweet, but nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No alcohol coming through which is nice.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It is a bit sweet but certainly not too much so; while I'm not sure I'd want to drink a few of these in one night, I had no problem getting through a full pint of it, and would certainly order it again. A nice sweet old ale that isn't boozy. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 18:52:17 | More by mdfb79
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station815


4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-20-2012 01:04:06 | More by station815
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38%

03-18-2012 05:22:40 | More by deonreds
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-16-2012 18:40:48 | More by Zachb4au
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottle dated 10/6/10.

Appearance - Dark red/brown body with some surprising clarity. Chunks of sediment pour in even when I try to stop the flow. No real head, but a few stray bubbles pock the surface.

Smell - Apples, caramel, and spices in the back. Dry smelling. No real hint of sweetness. Earthy hop presence barely breaking through. Oxidation? Maybe this bottle has not aged gracefully.

Taste - It tastes as though it has not aged well. Baked apple flavor followed by spice and earthy hops. Bitter in the finish and a bit astringent. Not a pleasant finish and I really miss at least some sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Very dry, which is surprising for the style. Well carbonated. Bitter finish. I don't think I'll finish the whole bottle.

Overall - Not an impressive old ale. Not even remarkable. It's completely missing a solid malt base to back up the other flavors. Drinkable, but not really worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:17:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-12-2012 01:21:21 | More by UltimateLivewire
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jafari

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-11-2012 01:14:30 | More by jafari
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-10-2012 15:40:17 | More by StaindProject86
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Pillowburn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

03-09-2012 06:23:12 | More by Pillowburn
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottles on Oct 19th 2011.

A creamy caramel light tan brown is formed, about two fingers, settles down nicely with a thick cap. Body is opaque, out of the bottle it pours a real gorgeous orange amber, but the body sits to reveal a more brown amber with hints of reddish orange on the sides. Faint lacing while drinking.

Nose is a real wondeful creamy milk chocolate. Sense of whipped and velvet coming. Straight forward, even a hint of warmth but not too much.

Palate is a little bit of noticeable heat, rolling malts and rich chocolate feel. Afterfinish has a good hop bitter too it, which is really unexpected. A sense of creamy egg yolk somewhere in here. It's got some real in the stomach boozy warming but doesn't taste a lot like alcohol.

Overall pretty solid, if a little imperfect, and fun to drink. If I am in the right mood I'd want this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 23:35:45 | More by smakawhat
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andrewj17

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-06-2012 21:12:30 | More by andrewj17
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osusullins

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-06-2012 05:52:02 | More by osusullins
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sneth019

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-05-2012 06:00:52 | More by sneth019
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bcal16

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2012 23:46:07 | More by bcal16
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hibernational Ale is a great winter ale. This pours out from the bottle into a dark amber color. It's a bock with a nutty taste. This hearty ale has loads of flavor. It has a milky taste and finishes smooth. Slightly hoppy. Would pair well with a smoked cheese or chowdah!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 13:21:38 | More by Ryanm1
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plumlmr

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-29-2012 01:04:42 | More by plumlmr
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark mahogany in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin dense beige head that quickly faded away, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of plums and raisins are present in the nose along with notes of sweet malts and hints of alcohol. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has complex flavors of raisins, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. There are some notes of sweetness and hints of alcohol and chocolate. A slight amount of bitterness is present, which helps to prevent any cloying sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of full-bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There a bit of dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This is a nice easy beer to drink on a cold winter night – the alcohol gives some warming but is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:45:01 | More by metter98
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled OCT 06 2011, and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

Pours a nice ¼” head which rapidly reduces to a thin film. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A lively ale.
Beautiful amber/brown color, with some lacing.

Very pleasant rich malty aroma when poured followed by scents of rich cocoa and yeast.
Quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Unbelievably delicious, rich, crisp, malty entry on the palate. Wow! Followed by distinct flavors of cocoa, milk chocolate and bready yeast.
While there is a slight sweetness it is not overdone, in fact there is a mouth drying component of this ale that reminds me of a barrel aged ale.
Full mouth feel and fine bubble carbonation, along with the crisp acidity, makes for a very balanced ale.
Rather complex and just flat out delicious flavors.

Long finish of rich cocoa and malt.

This is a delicious, extremely enjoyable ale. The 8.7% ABV is not noticeable at all and I could just drink this until they are gone (or I am)!
The mouth drying sensation mentioned above is quite puzzling, as I don’t know where it is coming from, but it definitely adds to the complexity and interest of this brew.
I had three bottles with consistent taste profiles. I would definitely buy a case of this if I find it.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:08:32 | More by JTSbeerislife
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-27-2012 16:46:37 | More by bluesplit63
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into my Great Divide glass with a nice off-white head that lasted a while and a nice mahogany color. The aroma was very pleasant with a bit of fruit coming through. The taste was a bit like a Scotch ale to me and I enjoyed this one very much. The mouthfeel was nice and was pretty drinkable considering the 8.7% abv. I enjoyed this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:13:01 | More by biggmike
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LukeONeill


4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-27-2012 04:55:34 | More by LukeONeill
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-25-2012 07:24:09 | More by shelby415
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-25-2012 00:51:43 | More by JRod1969
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,172 ratings.