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Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hibernation AleHibernation Ale
2,906 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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Ratings: 2,906 |  Reviews: 1,174
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3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a brown haze. Nice one finger head that doesn't stick around and this leaves a few bubbles with minimal lacing.

S - Very malty! I'm getting a lot of raisins, figs and bourbon notes.

T - Such a letdown from the nose! Somewhat bitter with sweet malt and brown sugar. There's some spices I can't put my palette on to.

M - It's smooth, thick and creamy with somewhat high carbonation.

O - This is an okay winter ale that could have been brought together and presented better.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tip of the glass to cvm4 for bagging this one! Poured into a snifter.

A: cola brown with a tan half finger head that quickly dissipates. Few bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Malt attack! Sweet; dark fruits, cherries, cedar, bourbon.

T: Toffee. Sweet and malty. Caramel, too. A slightly bitter, dry hop finish. Bourbon wends its Old Ale path to my palate.

M: medium to heavy. Creamy. Great carbonation.

O: Very pleasant. Warming. Rustic. A good beer to hibernate with or just sit on the back porch. Must have again. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/20/12 notes. Had this on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, sweet fruity malts, light roasted malts, light caramel malts, and some toasted malts. Very nice nose and fruit-forward, and pretty sweet.

t - Tastes mirrors the nose; a lot of sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Not too sweet, but nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No alcohol coming through which is nice.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It is a bit sweet but certainly not too much so; while I'm not sure I'd want to drink a few of these in one night, I had no problem getting through a full pint of it, and would certainly order it again. A nice sweet old ale that isn't boozy. Worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottle dated 10/6/10.

Appearance - Dark red/brown body with some surprising clarity. Chunks of sediment pour in even when I try to stop the flow. No real head, but a few stray bubbles pock the surface.

Smell - Apples, caramel, and spices in the back. Dry smelling. No real hint of sweetness. Earthy hop presence barely breaking through. Oxidation? Maybe this bottle has not aged gracefully.

Taste - It tastes as though it has not aged well. Baked apple flavor followed by spice and earthy hops. Bitter in the finish and a bit astringent. Not a pleasant finish and I really miss at least some sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Very dry, which is surprising for the style. Well carbonated. Bitter finish. I don't think I'll finish the whole bottle.

Overall - Not an impressive old ale. Not even remarkable. It's completely missing a solid malt base to back up the other flavors. Drinkable, but not really worth drinking.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottles on Oct 19th 2011.

A creamy caramel light tan brown is formed, about two fingers, settles down nicely with a thick cap. Body is opaque, out of the bottle it pours a real gorgeous orange amber, but the body sits to reveal a more brown amber with hints of reddish orange on the sides. Faint lacing while drinking.

Nose is a real wondeful creamy milk chocolate. Sense of whipped and velvet coming. Straight forward, even a hint of warmth but not too much.

Palate is a little bit of noticeable heat, rolling malts and rich chocolate feel. Afterfinish has a good hop bitter too it, which is really unexpected. A sense of creamy egg yolk somewhere in here. It's got some real in the stomach boozy warming but doesn't taste a lot like alcohol.

Overall pretty solid, if a little imperfect, and fun to drink. If I am in the right mood I'd want this beer again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2,906 ratings
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