Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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#3,687
Reviews:
1,183
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2,951
pDev:
10.95%
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, well-spiced unique winter warmer. Without an x-mas and iverally snowy picture on the front. Body is a bit light, and a nice toastiness, all making it more drinkable. Carmel, nicely moderatley hopped. Must have again. This is 2005. Alcohol hammers by the finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger off white head. Cloudy amber body. Aroma is mostly a light milk chocolate. Lots of lacing. Flavor is more mile chocolate. It's actually very good and unexpected for sure. The aroma is overll light whereas the flavor is bold. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer though I am not sure what genre it should actually be listed as. I will be having this one again.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a colossal beer, pours a dead sexy glowing light brown color with a sticky hoppy looking lace head. smells very english in its malt profile, and has a noticable alcohol aroma. hops are present in the nose too, as is a pleasant toffee waft. taste is huge as well, big big malts up front and a bittersweet hoppy finish. the flavor evolves in the mouth for as long as its held, just expanding constantly. mouthfeel is wonderful as well, with a body that easily stands up to the flavors and is yet somehow more easy drinking than it should be. i cant imagine a more perfect cold weather beer. just fantastic

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/3/11.

Pours a clear brown color with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin film. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some alcohol. Taste is of toasted/roasted malt, roasted nuts, and some very mild hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale that is very toasty, roasty, and malty. A bit one dimensional in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking cream colored head on top. The head fades into just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer was nicely balanced between soe hop, malt and some spice aromas. The taste of the beer has a caramel base with some wooden flavors in there and a light spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel was decent I though, drinkable and medium bodied. Overall It's not a terrible beer, worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this for $11.99. A nice, high ABV winter warmer that certainly warms you... but it's super delicious too. Some dark fruit flavors, great malt backbone and just enough hops, this beer is complex but well balanced. A bit strong so it'd hard to have more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting, but it's a solid beer to have a nice, cold night.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, a souvenir procured at the nearby King Soopers grocery during my visit to Denver for GABF last month. This past weekend's big dump of snow definitely has me thinking along the lines of this offering's moniker.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruddy amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some tacky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of musty, stale nuts - pistachios and oily almonds - grainy, biscuity caramel and pale malt, toasted whole wheat bread, a bit of dark cocoa, instant coffee powder, and a weak herbal, grassy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same - musty, dank cellar-stored and forgotten nuts, charred caramel malt, toasted bread, chalky milk chocolate, bittersweet coffee, dark fruit (dried cherries, mostly), and gritty, earthy, hay-like hops. A slight hint of alcohol warming is evident in concert with the elapsed time.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, just a faint hum as they go about their basic support functions, the body a wavering medium weight, and a bit oily in its otherwise straight-up smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the musty, nutty, cocoa, coffee, and roadside cuttings notes all culpable and laudable.

Given that this was bottled a little under 2 months ago, the 'old' essences are rather astounding, even if they're a bit different from those of the progenitors of the style. Nutty and toasty, this one is, and duly warming, in that 'don't know it 'til it hits you' sort of way. Good stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A return to this ale tells me that the malty rich substrate and its decorative spice delivers a sultry and stern taste that's both gentlemanly and boisterous.

Its dark brown hue is nearly opaque, except for a piercing penetration of highlight that's ruby in color. While a formidable head swells to medium-strong stature, its retention is unfortunately light. A broken necklace decorates the glass, yet the beer leaves me wanting more.

High chocolate, toffee and molasses set the tone in initial aroma and taste. Deliciously smooth, the scent of the beer strongly favors malt and only offers the slightest of wood and walnut-type bitterness. Lightly earthy, the ale's malty tone is balanced and robust because of the slight roast, toast, and medium weight.

Rummy, toffee, and warmly sweet, the ale is mid-full but heightened because of the lingering chocolate, alcohol, and sweetness. It nearly reaches semi-dry stature, but its maltiness can't help it- its a malty-dry closure.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Great Divide snifter at the Great Divide taproom yesterday. Reviewed from notes. I didn't pair it with food. Expectations were average as I'd had it before.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark amber.

Sm: Light toasted malt and cherry. A rather light scent, but a pleasant one.

T: Vague bright cherry fruit notes. A bit of candied sugar, light amber hops, and light caramel. Very restrained. It's enjoyable, but muted and a bit boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Okay but not what I expect in a strong ale. I wouldn't have it again.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label dated 2010, the month/day are illegibly printed, looks like "Nov 13" possibly.

Bright garnet tone in the light, with a full head of tan foam when first poured. It dissipates after a few minutes to a broken skim, with an intricate ring of lace around the edges.

Smell is lightly medicinal, earthy, sweet and malty. Bready too, with a twinge of perceptible alcohol when swirled. Some vanilla comes through at room temperature.

Very malt driven, slightly sweet at first becoming dry in the finish with very mild residual bitterness. Multigrain bread, walnuts, leaf tobacco, and some mild hop herbals in the aftertaste. Light feel, the 8.7% ABV isn't overwhelming, but certainly one to respect and take time with. Not sure that i'd get more, but wouldn't turn one down.

2014: Fresh bottle, less than 3 weeks old. Lots of roast and puffed wheat in the aroma. Roasty malt flavors, tobacco, walnut, and a lingering earthy hop bitterness. Hops are a little more noticeable in the fresh bottle. Thanks to Bob for this one!

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, toast, brown bread, herbal, wood, pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, nuttiness, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, wood, light pepper, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood, brown sugar, roasted malt, nuttiness, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent old ale! All around great balance and complexity of dark malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a reddish brown color with a tan, one-finger head. It left large rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and hops.

T - It tasted strongly of malt and nut. It also had a grassy flavor. Some clove and spice was present, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - A very good Am. Strong. It really is flavorful.

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