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Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 105
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of C-Dog
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Kahlerbock, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ScottStache, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JuniperJesus, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of rev3rb
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: A malty, complex, English style old ale that is a great drink sitting by the fire pit on a crisp night. Would recommend to people who are looking for something a bit bold on the winter ale front.

Appearance: Nice amber brown hue with great lacing on the glass

Smell: Sweet aroma of malts and dark fruit. Gives a great introduction to the flavor profile of this ale.

Taste: Complex, malty, dark fruit (raisins). Wonderful! Small bubbles for carbonation. Hops nicely balance out the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium body on the palate and leaves a lingering aftertaste of hops and dark fruit.

Overall: From the complex hops, malts and dark fruit flavor, I really like this winter ale from Great Divide and look forward to it every year when I can get it.

rev3rb, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of mamacita20
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

mamacita20, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of siddhartha
4/5  rDev -0.7%

siddhartha, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 8/27/2012
Pours a deep copper-brown with a frothy, beige head that holds good retention, and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet with brown sugar, caramel, toasty, bready, vanilla, booze. Tastes are similar to aromas with it being very malty, with brown sugar, vanilla, booze, toasted grain, bready, spicy hop, piny finish with some bitterness coming through the sweetness. Body is medium and creamy with ample carbonation. Overall, better than I remembered it being. Nice malty backbone complemented with some hoppy bitterness.

barnzy78, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

SBoyar1, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

leinie13, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

enelson, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of maxk
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled October 19, 2011. I decided to age one out of a six pack I bought last year out of curiousity. Poured chilled into a snifter.

Pours with almost no head, barely a finger, which quickly settled so a smattering of thin foam atop this light mahogany red brew. Light penetrates the hazy fluid. Moderate lacing, looks nice.

Smells of dark fruits; mostly plums and prunes. No hops to speak of, which makes the think the "complex hop profile" touted on the side has significantly faded. No booziness, which is good for a beer weighing in at 8.7% abv.

The taste is definitely not what I would've expected from the smell. Right away it hits with a nutty hop profile, not something I'm used to. The bitterness has really faded, but left just enough flavor, which blends very nicely with the malt sweetness. Tastes mostly of dark fruits with strong, earthy underpinnings. Light caramel and a malty bread are there too. Very subtle oak notes.

Smooth drinking beer, not boozy or hot. It's lightly carbonated, but it works well with the flavor and body of the beer. Not as syrupy as I would've thought, it's almost a little oily.

Overall, the age did this one well. It's easy to drink, really enjoyable and heavily mellowed. I could see buying another six pack this year and aging a few more.

maxk, Nov 23, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark clear amber brown. Very light head that dissapates quickly. Aroma of malt, toffee, acetone, wet dog, biscut-y-ness. Flavor malt-forward with some bittersweet caramel notes. Slight brown sugar sweetness. Surprising hop bite on this one. Maybe just a hint of smoke? I could see having this sitting next to a fire on a cold day. After my first Old Ale style experience (i think it was a bad bottle), this one will make me seek out a few more of the style.

BMMillsy, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Pjev11, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of bambam2517
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A winter gem here! Toasty, malted taste yet really fresh. High ABV but doesn't bog me down, keep going back for more. Warming, smooth and IMO perfect finish. Notes of dark bread, coffee, chocolate, raisin. Hadn't heard anything about it, just picked up a sixer because I had Denver on my mind. So glad I did, probably my nightcapper until Red Chair comes out. It will be hard to see this one go!

bambam2517, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of brother_rat
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It started with a solid, creamy head of quite tiny bubbles, but the head quickly deflated. The beer maintained a red-browning color, very clear, and which was an appealing orange-red when held up to the light. No lacing, as the head all but disappeared two sips into the pint. Nothing spectacular. 2.5/5

S: It poured out a dry, chalky-smelling head. Notes of nut and sweet sticky fruit (date/raisin?), a faint maltiness, but it was a very even, balanced blend where nothing overwhelmed. The hops was very, very light, and not forward. 4/5

T: The beer was very easily drinkable, but lent itself to slow sipping and savoring rather than some big gulps, and it tasted thicker than it poured. Very pronounced flavor, much more than the subtle smell, with notes of thick chocolate syrup, espresso, sticky buns, dark molasses, charred oak, cassis; had the feel and relaxing flavor of a caffe coretto, grappa in espresso. Bitter but not a hoppy bitter, and yet not as pungent as a barleywine. 4.5/5

M: Tasted thick and sweet, with a very warming feeling that you'd expect with an 8.7% ABV. Very lipsmacking, balancing nicely with the sticky sweetness of the bouquet. Very mild carbonation, but not creamy. 4/5

O: Great beer, and one I'll try again but not necessarily an all-time fave. I let it rest a few minutes after taking it out of the fridge before pouring, to give it a real English ale feel, and the flavors came out. More of a tasting beer (I did not try it with the label's suggestions of 'Romano, an aged hard Dutch cow's milk cheese, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp with ginger ice cream") but I could see how the tartness and smoothness of the beer would enhance strong-flavored food. I think the malty sweetness would go well with some shoofly pie and some lebanon bologna. I'd like to see how the flavors reduce as an ingredient or if used to deglaze a pan. 4/5

brother_rat, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of rich, reddish orange. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles. These are massive and creamy, and retain nicely. Spots of lacing are left around the glass, and a rather thick film is noted across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The aroma shows strong nuttiness of almonds and hazelnut, caramel malts, piney hops, musk, mineral, and gravel. Booze comes out strongly with warmth, along with biting medicinal phenols and strong coppery tones. There is metallic vanilla to cool and cut with sweetness, but this is relatively mild. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely robust, with strong metallics and an acidic tomato vegetable quality. As we sip, souring grain of toasty and caramel malts comes first. This is accompanied by roasted hazelnut warmth, and walnut saltiness. The latter two add smoothness, and help to quell the initial bittering and souring bite. Alcohol comes to the peak, with sweeter caramel malts, strong musk and stone, and gritty, earthy hops and cones. The finish shows a renewed bittering bite of yeast, sour caramel grain, light coffees, and significant musk and moldiness. The grain is chalky and drying, with stone and mineral freshness to balance. Hops are lighter here, with only a brush of piney resin to lay with the strong boozy finish. The aftertaste breathes of bitterness of caramel and sour musk, lemon rind, light woodiness, faint buttery diacetyls, and, grassy and piney hops. The body was medium to thick, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was nicely coated with a syrupy, wet, and heavy brew, leaving light stickiness to the lips. This eventually dries to unveil a mild astringency down the tongue. There is frothy slurp and smack, with nice finishing cream and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. This was nicely earthy and very gritty, adding a sense of mystery right off the first whiff. It added warmth, sweetness, and a coolness of nutts, in all of its inclusive glory. The flavoring was equally as interesting, with a stark bitterness and strong musty quality throughout. This beer truly feels like an “Old Ale” through and through, and has enough surprises around each aspect of the beer to keep you coming back for more.

TheBrewo, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

bootsandbeer, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Lee45102, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

bmoney, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/12/2012

A: Deep Ruby/mohagany, appears pretty clear, thin sandy colored head. Almost no lacing, glass might be a bit dirty though.

S: Caramel malts, dark fruits, rasins molasses. Some citrusy hops, more grapefruit pine, not tropical.

T: Wow, quite sweet up front, strong malty flavor. Maple syrup, caramel, brown bread, molasses. Evolves into a slighty nutty toffee flavor. Some borboun/oak/honey flavors in finish, a little hot. Hops peek throughout the beer. With a nice floral/piney bite at the end. Some bitterness throughout regulates some balance. Big flavors.

M: Super thick, heavy and syrups mouth-feel. A bit oily. Carbonation high. A bit hot, not sure if that should be part of this category.

O: Pretty big flavors going on, reminds me of brown sugar. Would have thought the ABV was higher from both flavor and warmth. Real tasty brew though, a bit expensive but wonderful as a post meal sipper.

BigCheese, Nov 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

srhudnall, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Toadhopper, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

lupercmda, Nov 19, 2012
Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.