Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hibernation AleHibernation Ale
2,899 Ratings
Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a dark murky brown with little to no head. No retention present but minor lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malts, a tiny bit of alcohol and maybe some dark fruits.

T: Spot on the nose. Roasted malts, som dark fruits, a town of bitterness and some malt sweetness at the end.

M: Medium body low carbonation.

O: Overall a great old ale. Easy drinking but packing full of flavor and complexity.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Brownish-orange with a small bubbly head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel and chocolate malt with hints of spice and muted hops.

The taste is much more bold than the aroma. Malty caramel and chocolate notes suppress the slight hop presence. The smell of spice doesn't come out much here, but maybe fore the better. This tastes good.

Mild carbonation lends to a syrupy-medium body, allowing the subtle but strong grain bill to be the headliner.

This is a tasty beer - a winter warmer that isn't 5% spices - and definitely worth picking up a six pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant appearance. Clear mahogany color with straw colored foamy head. Head lingers for some time too. Lacing is suspect.

Malty, robust, caramel, roasty, but not smokey, coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate all blend very nicely.

Strong and bold flavors. Very prevalent burn, but it hardly detracts from the flavors. Smooth with roughened edges is the best way I can describe this fine brew. Tons of roasty toffee flavors. Carbonation is a perfect medium. Body is well balanced and full.

Highly recommend for those cold winter days. It's a 4.25 overall, but I rounded this one down just a notch. Awesome winter seasonal. Nice work GDBC

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gravity pour @ Blind Tiger NYC.

A-Pours a lurid brown hue. Head is very small; it can barely even form an even layer. Head consists of an outer-ring and patchy bubble clumps in the beer's center. Barely any head to comment upon.

S-Aroma offers notes of maple syrup covered chocolate pancakes. Light roast with a tickle of hop. Nutty and even a bit of churned earth. Vanilla bean. Broad spectrum of malty sweetness. I must say, I really enjoyed the nose.

T-The flavor is also a success. I get some pumpernickel bread, light wood, more chocolate and mellow coffee. Also, I detect some flat cola as well as the slightest hint of anise/black licorice. Dried dark raisins and figs. All of this is wrapped in a warm caramel and molasses helmet. Very mild earthen hop pops up on the finish.

M-A sipper, but a pleasant sipper. The PERFECT snowy Nor'easter ale (which I happened to be caught in). Just look out the window…sip…enjoy…look back out the window. Thick and syrupy and warming. Booze hides behind the body, but its girth can be detected. The flat feel (due to the gravity pour) really adds to the smoothness. Velvety.

O/D-I enjoyed this one more than I was expecting to. Textbook Winter grog. The gravity pour really enhanced this beer for me. I will seek this one out. I also may not be shy in sticking a couple away and sitting on them for a year or so.

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3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours tawny in body with bubbly beige head. Aroma of biscuits, cocoa, chocolate syrup, vague cinnamon. Tastes of biscuits covered in chocolate, chocolate syrup. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit cola like but tasty. Not warming but filling.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-amber good clarity smallish transient khaki head and decent lacing. Smells earthy, chocolate, chalk, werther's. Taste is powerfully malty, earthen, toffee, roasted, robust, rich. Dark fruits, black cherries, almost a hint of cordials. Yet there is a nice and welcome washing of hop to at least partially reign in the malty beast complexity. So...It's not sweet. Body is medium heavy with a smooth creamy mouthfeel that holds together well. Nice mildly semisweet chocolate and cherry cordial finish. Excellent. Quite a nice ~9% ABV beast. Hibernation indeed.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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