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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

688 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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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3/5  rDev -18%

ClayH, Mar 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Duesler, Dec 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

ejane, Oct 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Newbiebeer, Aug 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Bruso413, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

JAHMUR, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

tjeppaint, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

jameyp, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased for $1.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, dark, ruby-red colored hue with a minimal foamy head that quickly receded and left a small amount of lacing...
A not-too-impressive aroma replete with rich malts, caramel, and candied sugars bursting forth...
Taste was average to say the least - not too exciting or spectacular at all... heavy on the malts, low on the hops, without too much balance here... Flavors were rendolent of sweet, dried malts, caramel, a tinge of vanilla, slight sugars, and some figs...
Slick, watered-down mouthfeel without too much going on in this department...
Drinkability was average to say the least...
All in all, a less-than-mediocore brew...
Nothing special...

dsa7783, May 13, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Dark orange amber pour, with little head, and not much lacing.

Not much in the aroma. Maybe some caramel.

The flavor is better, but not by much. Caramel, butterscotch, some peat, and oak, but all very muted.

The body is too thin and watery for a "rich winter brew." Medium carbonation, goes down easy.

Overall a miss from Long Trail. Too many flaws.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 22, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Pretty disappointed by this one.

Normally I'm a big fan of scottish ales or the wee heavy style but this one just wasn't doing it for me. Just clearly not enough flavor or taste for the style. When I get a scottish ale, I want it to be smokey and malty like Old Chub from Oskar Blues. This one poured a nice red color, but the smell was nonexistent along with the taste. Usually Long Trail has some good stuff but this is decent at best.. I mean it's highly drinkable because it has no taste but that's not a great thing.

oriolesfan4, Nov 07, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Bright burnt orange with a polished bronze-like glow when backlit with morning sunshine. My usual pour netted one fat finger of orange-khaki colored foam. No matter, because the head has a thick and creamy texture and is beginning to grace the glass with an attractive band of filagreed lace.

The nose... well, there really isn't one at this point. Let's see what time and warming will bring to the table. Answer: not much. The aroma is a faint (and I do mean faint) echo of the flavor profile. Since really low scores are reserved for beer that smells bad...

While the name implies a malty, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, snow-falling-outside, blazing fireplace kind of ale, Hibernator is anything but. The malts sound inviting enough: pale, wheat, crystal, chocolate, caramel and black. Crystal/caramel dominates. It also tastes like the brewers skimped on adding the malt to begin with.

A bit more flavor is appreciated as the middle third of the bottle is breached. Other than steely caramel and some dark butterscotch, there ain't much happening. The ale is more bitter than sweet. That could be due to the Nugget and Mt. Hood hops (25 IBUs), or the borderline selzer-like carbonation.

The mouthfeel is too light and too fizzy. Again, nothing at all like a winter ale. As always, improvement here would have probably have led to higher flavor and drinkability scores.

Long Trail Hibernator hasn't taken very kindly to hibernation. A 5.6% beer won't last forever, but I'd expect it to have held up better than this in the 9 months or so since bottling. Fresh Hibernator is probably a different (and better) story.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 05, 2008
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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dark copper tone yielding a big 2-finger beige colored head. nice retention and lacing... great presentation.

nose is somewhat tame, noteworthy in its caramel, bready maltiness, but not a whole lot else going on. flavor follows the aroma closely, which is to say, meh... bready, with sweet, caramel malts, a bit of a metallic edge to it. OK - nothing more, nothing less; a decent if uninspiring quaff.

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel. goes down easy enough, just seems to me there are far better offerings to be had.

originally reviewed: 01-05-2011

BostonHops, May 24, 2012
Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.