Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

2,894 Ratings
Hibernation AleHibernation Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short tan head on a clearer brown body than mos oldies.
Fruity, sweet.
Follows aroma but less sweet. A little chile spice?
Medium-thin mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.
Overall a solid old ale. The chile aspect is strange to me and none of us can figure out when it came from. Oh well. Get a single.

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Photo of kobeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Greeneagle
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MikalMick
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber-brown color with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of deep caramelized malts with some dark fruits, molasses, residual sugars, and some booze.

T - Starts off with lots of rich sweet caramelized malts with some raisin, fig, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some molasses and other residual sugars come through with some light chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some dark fruit and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice old ale with a great big malty profile. Nice overall balance with a good amount of body to hold up the strong flavors.

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Photo of bifrost17
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of QuadrantThree
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmcgahran1
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rcjennings
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Tash2360
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter
Dated10/23/11 (7 months)

A- Super hazy dark brown with a half finger off white head. Pretty nice looking alcohol legs.

S- Caramel, toffee and a little dark fruit like raisins. Some roasted malts but its mostly sweet caramel.

T- A ton of caramel in this one, some roasted malts. A bit of a fig flavor but not much really. A dry and light fruit yeasty aftertaste.

M- Very chewy, this beer has a big mouth feel. Perfect carbonation, lingering sticky mouth feel. slightly warming.

O- This is textbook example of an old ale in my opinion, I got a couple more im going to let pick up some age and I would love to get my greasy mittens around a barrel aged version.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy chestnut tone with maybe a finger of tan-colored head; some lacing, though nothing to write home about.

big sweet, malty nose... caramel, some roastiness... also picking up a subdued nutty characteristic. aroma largely pulls through in the taste. nuttiness is more pronounced, and i get a big dose of roasted and bready malts along with the suggestion of dark fruitiness. some bitter hoppiness in the finish. pretty tasty. nice wintry beer.

smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel. overall a solid if unspectacular brew, probably not something i'd spend a lot of time with at a sitting.

originally reviewed: 10-29-2010

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Photo of irongator
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 10/6/2011) into a snifter. Pours a deep amber w/ a thick beige head, decent retention, webs of lace & moderate carb.

Aroma is heavily malty - toffee, caramel, dark fruit.

Taste follows same malty profile, balanced by plentiful hops. Fruity, caramelly, smoky.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, lingering - about what you'd expect for the style.

Overall a good old ale, but not the best. Still worth a try.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,894 ratings.
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