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Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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: 2,915 |  Reviews: 1,176
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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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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%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

This Hibernational Ale is a great winter ale. This pours out from the bottle into a dark amber color. It's a bock with a nutty taste. This hearty ale has loads of flavor. It has a milky taste and finishes smooth. Slightly hoppy. Would pair well with a smoked cheese or chowdah!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled OCT 06 2011, and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter.

Pours a nice ¼” head which rapidly reduces to a thin film. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A lively ale.
Beautiful amber/brown color, with some lacing.

Very pleasant rich malty aroma when poured followed by scents of rich cocoa and yeast.
Quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Unbelievably delicious, rich, crisp, malty entry on the palate. Wow! Followed by distinct flavors of cocoa, milk chocolate and bready yeast.
While there is a slight sweetness it is not overdone, in fact there is a mouth drying component of this ale that reminds me of a barrel aged ale.
Full mouth feel and fine bubble carbonation, along with the crisp acidity, makes for a very balanced ale.
Rather complex and just flat out delicious flavors.

Long finish of rich cocoa and malt.

This is a delicious, extremely enjoyable ale. The 8.7% ABV is not noticeable at all and I could just drink this until they are gone (or I am)!
The mouth drying sensation mentioned above is quite puzzling, as I don’t know where it is coming from, but it definitely adds to the complexity and interest of this brew.
I had three bottles with consistent taste profiles. I would definitely buy a case of this if I find it.
Highly recommended!

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

This beer poured into my Great Divide glass with a nice off-white head that lasted a while and a nice mahogany color. The aroma was very pleasant with a bit of fruit coming through. The taste was a bit like a Scotch ale to me and I enjoyed this one very much. The mouthfeel was nice and was pretty drinkable considering the 8.7% abv. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2,915 ratings
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