Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

2,885 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,885 |  Reviews: 1,171
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Harvest

A- Poured a murky brown with minimal head left some light lace

S- Rich caramel, barley, grapefruit, and pine aromas

T- Rich caramel notes, big breadiness and barley, brown sugar, grapefruit, pine, grape flavors, vinous quality.

M- Very smooth, thicker body but not syrupy, creamy, fairly high carbonation on the finish. No alcohol presence.

O- Old Ales and Barleywines are the only styles that I have had several times and have never enjoyed one that I have had. Usually they are too sweet, boozy, or syrupy. This beer is outstanding though. Hits a great balance of sweet and hoppy.Very drinkable for the style.

 661 characters

Photo of WMEugene
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/19/11.

A - Pours a very dark amber color with an off-white head that slowly dissipates and great lacing.

S - Rich dark malts, caramels, dark fruits, figs, sugar, faint hops and alcohol.

T - Dark fruits, plums, figs, and the rich caramel malts are most apparent. Some spice and sugar as well. Very tasty.

M - Medium to full bodied, great carbonation. Very drinkable, but there definitely is some alcohol heat. A great warming feeling comes from the beer.

O - Hibernation is a fantastic old ale, it's strong and tastes like it. Delicious and well worth your time and effort. A great beer if its a little chilly outside.

 633 characters

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of jlove5
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CopperTopBrews
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of daverdave
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ChumleyX
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jujigatame
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into imperial nonic.

Dull reddish brown color. Not much head to start and it quickly faded. Doesn’t look all that remarkable.

Smells like Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Not what I was expecting and it took me a minute to place it but that’s what it is. Malt and little boozy too but I have to reach for it past the chocolate.

Taste has some of that chocolate note but not nearly to the same extent as the smell. Nice malt. Alcohol comes in more on the taste the longer I savor it but still pretty well hidden. This is one I really need to hang on to in order to catch everything. Dark fruit, on the dry side. Grainy, earthy, barley coming through. The taste opens up as the beer warms. More of the sweetness seems to come out, brown sugar mostly. The alcohol is more obvious at this point (little more than halfway) though some of that would be down to its cumulative effect I imagine. Aftertaste doesn’t have too much dryness. I do find a touch of bitter. A nice aftertaste that’s similar to what I’ve gotten from some barrel aged beers like Innis & Gunn but much less intense than those.

Feels rich and hearty. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

A nice warmer for a cold night. I would have this again.

 1,228 characters

Photo of substanceD
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kbuzz
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A 2010 vintage with a bottle date of 10/6/10.

A: Poured a burnt orange/amber body with reddish hues. Slightly murky. Produces a half finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. Still plenty of life - a steady stream of bubbles is keeping a thin layer of that head around...alcohol legs are very noticeable.

S: This has always been my favorite part of this beer. Wonderful caramel/confectionary notes combine wth plums, raisins, figs...tons of brown sugar. Brilliant smelling beer.

T/M: Taste isn't quite as fulfilling on the palate as the aroma is on the nose...but still quite good. Get most of the notes from the aroma - rum-soaked raisins, molasses, brown sugar...plenty of confectionary sweetness. Caramel malts go every which way in the middle of palate. Might be just a tad thin for the flavor profile. Carbonation is on the high end. Finishes sweet and juicy and coats the mouth.

O: A really solid example of the style...not quite as heavy and brutal on the palate as a Barleywine would...but a lot of the same notes in the flavor and aroma. This is a reliable beer if you dig dark fruits and juicy sweetness.

 1,170 characters

Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Naterobsnyk4
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of creaghphish
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of songoose
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one intense beer. Aroma is mostly hops, but the palate is evenly shared with extreme malts, hops and heat. It's tasty, but over the top. My palate was a bit tired by the end of one bottle. One should be careful when pairing this with food - it'd probably go well with braised meat or a winter stew, but might overpower anything else.

Of course, if your heater blows out in January, it's wise to have a few of these babies on hand.

 440 characters

Photo of dcellis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of obrike
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek...poured from a bottle into a pint glass...hard to get a good look in the dim light, but appeared to be a fairly dark brown with minimal head...a small ring of head and not much lace.

Got some notes of dark fruit(cherry, fig?)and a bit of sweet malty caramel. Smelled sweet.

Malt assault! Could certainly taste dark fruits and hints of caramel on the first sip, not too very hoppy, a heavy mixture of sweet malt, maybe even syrupy. Would certainly like to have again sometime. Makes for a great sipping beer, not much of a gulping brew.

 581 characters

Photo of perclee
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pouts a deep mahogany color with a creamy 2 finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Very strong malty presence. The sweetness of the grain bill dominates the aroma though the hoppiness is somewhat evident. A lingering alcohol aroma is present as well.

T/M - The warmth of the alcohol dominates the palete from the get go and seems to struggle mesh well with the malty sweetness. The hops offer little more than a mild bitterness. The beer is less sweet than I would have anticipated on the nose. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

D - It's strong and tastes like it.

Overall I am of the opinion this beer needs more balance and work smoothing out the complex flavors it offers. I was disappointed with it really. It almost reminded more of cough syrup than of beer and tastes like it's trying to be Odell Brewing Co's Isolation Ale's little brother with a huge alcohol flavor, no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 18:27:44

 1,153 characters

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ninner00
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.