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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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697 Ratings

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001)
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Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, cloudy and hazy. A tall fluffy white head sits on top. Average carbonation.
Simple aromatics here. Caramel malts slighty toasted. Thats about it as i can tell.
Taste is malt forward slightly toasted some hops in the pine resin catagory. Back to the malts there seems to be a faint toffee aspectI'm picking up here.
Medium mouthfeel here.
Long Trail in my opinion makes good beers. Thier like a second tier brewery and they try hard but this is just an average scotch ale, pale ale,amber ale, whatever. I like this beer perhaps out of a tap in Vermont it would be better but today it's just average.

micromaniac129, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Burt, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light mahogany brown with some ruby red highlights and a creamy ecru colored head sitting nicely on top.

Malty sweet notes present an inviting aroma with hints of toffee and some butterscotch. Just a touch of herbal hops in there as well.

Biscuits and grain welcome you at first before the sweeter malts come at you with notes of caramel, which are followed by the floral hops and their accompanying touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves you wanting more. Not quite the umphh you'd expect from a winter seasonal. Overall, Hibernator is a enjoyable malt-forward beer for a cool winters evening but it lacks the strength to make it stand out in a crowded field of winter brews.

Kinsman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tammy829
5/5  rDev +36.6%

tammy829, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -18%

nathanjohnson, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

twowheelssoar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 99% sure i have reviewed this before. weird.

a: hazy brown in color with a one finger thick white head that sticks fairly well.

s: rich malty aroma with subtle sugar notes. has that classic english-style yeast aroma as well. i like it.

t: deliciously rich malty flavor. has a bit of smokey peat-like undertones, followed by brown sugar notes and has a subtle earthy hop flavor to balance things out. well balanced and very drinkable.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a fantastic seasonal brew that i look forward to every year. recommended.

tzieser, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +9.3%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +36.6%

BelgianDip, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a hazed, but bright, copper hue. head is starts by almost bustling out of the glass. thick. good retention and great lacing.

S: there is definitely something smoky going on here. im guessing a small percentage of peat malt was used. otherwise, all malt here. virtually no hop aroma.

T: a touch of smoke/peat flavor, but just a touch. rich malty character. there is actually a reasonable amount of bitterness in the body. finish is dry.

M: moderate carbonation on what i would call a light body.

D: one minute peat, one minute malty, the next a little bitter. good complexity on the body of this thing. a tasty winter brew that is perfect for the falling of the leaves. i wish there was a little more on the body here, but otherwise solid.

Jimmys, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ghamel
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ghamel, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3/5  rDev -18%

Sachsenfreude, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy amber/brown color with good lacing. The scent is great. Has a little bit of everything. Some sweet malts, herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

Medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Flavors are there but mild. Touches of sweet malts, toffee, butterscotch, and toast. Finishes with a clean herbal hop presence. Flavors are mild but work very well. Has a very very mild fruit aftertaste.

Great beer but not exactly something id use to battle the cold months of winter. Definitely good though.

jtierney89, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy deep copper with about a half an inch of head, leaves behind a nice spotty lace down the glass.

S: sweet with a slight hop presence

T: ,mildly sweet with floral tones, a nice hop touch in the middle, finishes smooth

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a good scottish ale, though I have had few of the style, I enjoyed it

abgba121, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of fluffy white head, hazy amber body. Some lace.

Some fruitcake on the nose and some yeast. Some 'chocolate orange'.

Taste is rich and malty in a very pleasant way. Lacing in specifics perhaps, but very pleasant and well balanced. Seems very sweet, wheaty at first, but there's some hops in the finish.

Thick, but not milkshake thick Foamy.

This is quite nice and at a decent price point. I guess I get the classification as a Scotch style.

zaphodchak, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Bobancheff
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber color with about a half inch of quickly vanishing head. You can defiantly smell the malts and caramel in it. The taste is not very strong. I can taste the malts and caramel in it as well. I thought it was a little light compared to the other winter beers I have tried but was still a good beer.

I really enjoyed this beer and will get more in the near future.

Bobancheff, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a thin tan head on top. This beer has a malty sweet aroma with some earthy aromas too. The flavors of some light spice back up with some roasted malts and caramel. The mouthfeel of this beer is drinkable, it's not really thick and has a decent carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew, it's got some warming spices in there that are nice but I'm had better Winter beers.

Knapp85, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a trade with a friend at work. I hadn't had much success with most of the Long Trail, but he guranteed that this would be an enjoyable pour.

The beer pours to a decent amount of foam that stays well for a few minutes and leaves nice lacing. The beer has a nice amber color which works well for the type.

Off the top of the beer I smell fruitiness, like grapes. The taste is laden with more sweetness and fruits. I pick up plums and raisins.

Overall, this is a very drinkable winter beer. It is not too heavy, and the flavors work for the season.

ummswimmin, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich semi-clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - The aroma is a mix of rich sweet toasted malts and some background spices. There is also some bread aromas and just a touch of hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and a touch of background hops. Through the middle, a bit of bread and spices come through as well. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some spices that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and even a bit crisp. The finish has a nice balance of sweet and spicy.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nicely balanced, especially the spices. The slight hop presence is also very nice.

ngeunit1, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a notebook from last semester. A brief review I intended to input.

A-Darkish amber with some ruby hue. The head forms and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Quite sweet. Malty and deep. A faint hop scent. Sugary.

T-A bit more bitter than anticipated. Sugary sweet, and a bit grainy. Caramel, a nice balance actually.

M-Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O/D-Hibernator is not too shabby. Its hard to go into a store looking for a winter seasonal and not come out with Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. A six-pack of Hibernator won the battle once...only once.

VelvetExtract, May 13, 2011
Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sampled a few bottles of Hibernator in a tulip glass, a pint glass, and straight from the bottle.

In a pint glass, it presents with a copper/caramel partly cloudy hue. About 2 fingers of white head that leaves some nice thin waves of lacing down the glass.

The smell is mostly grainy malt and caramel, with a hint of spice. A little butterscotch candy in there too. But nothing over the top.

Quite simply, I really enjoy the taste and the mouthfeel of this brew. I think it's one of Long Trail's best offerings. It has just a smidgen of caramel malt but some nice dry hops to complete it. And there's a little warming kick going down. Nice assertive carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's just slightly creamy and sticky - enough to leave a nice linger without being overbearing. I find this a very versatile beer when paired with food. Burgers, Chinese food, Salmon, Snack foods, Wings, etc. It compliments everything I've tried it with.

It may not be a true Scottish Ale. But I think this is one they got right - no matter what you call it.

Nordicsk8er, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bgildea
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light amberish color with a decent white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Has a nice sweet aroma that comes across at the beginning. The sweet smells fades into a slight smell of hops and barley.

T: The taste mirrors the smell. The flavor starts with a nice sweet flavor that then blends into a nice strong hoppy finish. The hops leave a nice pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Really nice amount of chew to the beer. I was expecting a lot less chew, so I was pleasantly surprised.

O: Overall the beer was very good. The beer balances sweet with hops very nicely, and leaves a nice aftertaste. I would highly recommend this beer to all drinkers. I think hopheads will be enjoy the amount of hops that come through in the end.

bgildea, Apr 05, 2011
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.