Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
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2,885 Ratings
Hibernation AleHibernation Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,885
Reviews:
1,171
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
398
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,885 |  Reviews: 1,171
Photo of leitmotif
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark red color with a bit of tan head. Aroma has dark malt with a hint of coffee and a light spicy note. Taste is slightly fruity and spicy at first, caramel malt underneath, finishes with some green coffee beans and a light bitterness. Medium body, medium to low carbonation. Quite nice overall, malty but with a broad range of flavors.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark color. Aromas of malt and chocolate. Strong tastes of malt and chocolate, with notes of coffee, raisins, and caramel. Great balance of smooth feel with robust flavor. Prefer it in a bottle. I had it from a can once but the flavor wasn’t as complex, and there was a slight metallic taste to it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is quite dark, but when held up to the light, is mostly clear dark, dark copper-red-brown with an absolutely massive tan foam for an Old Ale--I don't think I've ever seen a head like this on a Barleywine or Old Ale. It's a good 3-5 inches at its peak and settles relatively slowly, leaving bubbly, yeast-heavy bread dough-like lace, settling to a bready, uneven rounded mound.

Smell is quite fiery and hoppy and a little metallic, with caramel, toffee, bread dough, and Pine Sol.

Lots of piney hops hit the palate, with semi-sweetening toffee, caramel, bread, hints of lemon rind and metal.

Medium body, kind of crisp actually, fizzy but dry.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuhndog
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Iski100
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Amber gold slight head with light lacing. Not much smell... Slight brown sugar and malt. Taste is complex notes of orange peel, sweet smoky brown sugar, mild bitterness that lingers. Feel is medium, with slight carbonation. Overall a nice English ale.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown body with medium to the frame. Orange tinted off-white head rises maybe three quarters of an inch with a hard pour. Drops with slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: Scebt consists of malt and nuts, not bad but dissipates super quickly.

Taste: Coffee bean and light bitterness. The malts almost overpower the rest of the brew and not exactly what I was expecting. Lightly sour, reminds me a bit of lemon skin with a dash of salt. Very complex.

Mouth: Medoum to heavy carbonation and stickiness is above average. The sour finish isn't for everyone which might be more well suited for a during dinner type of drink.

Overall: Beer is a pretty good palate cleanser, I wouldn't hunt the planet looking for the beer but worth grabbing in case your looking for a lager-porter infused beer. Smooth and hard to dislike...with minor tweaking this beer could be classic. Time will tell, plan on having the barrel aged version this weekend. Salud!

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Photo of Wingnut93
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep amber color with thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly spotty lacing.

Aroma - smokey brown sugar, roasted coffee, caramel/toffee.

Taste - Very nice smokey flavor it is a natural smoke, coffee and dark chocolate, dark fruit and malts.

Feel - High side of medium, creamy feel, well carbonated

Overall- Pretty deep complex beer, I am usually not a big fan of smokey flavors in beer but this is done very well.

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Photo of Timtac
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiro
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolster
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of muchos
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. Very dark red to brown, clear, a big dense off white head.
S. Smoky, nutty, caramely.
T. Caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, piney bitterness, dates and figs. Mainly bitter aftertaste with a pleasant warming.
F. Rather full body, pretty smooth, hint of resin.
O. Lots of flavor with good balance. Nice bitterness for an old ale. Cheers!

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Photo of liquorpig
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaustieMo
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Pours very deep amber with a slightly disappointing head despite an aggressive pour.
-Very inviting and complex aroma. Rich malt, chocolate, esters, with traces of English hops and dark, ripe fruits.
-Quite full and chewy in the mouth. Malt galore up front. Less chocolate in the taste than the aroma would suggest. Alcohol and esters are easily detectable. Hop bitterness enters after the swallow and lingers well.

Overall, this is an great winter beer/strong ale. Nicely complex and pleasantly drinkable for its robustness.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,885 ratings.
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