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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: 2,906 |  Reviews: 1,174
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Morey
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Six Pack House of Beers (West) in Erie, Pa.

Poured reddish-brown with nice clarity. Color is mostly deep ruby red when held up to the light. Cream colored head stood about one finger tall. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is earthy malts, chocolate, as well as some hops in the nose.

Taste: A nice blend of chocolate and malts. It's earthy and hoppy similar in style to their IPAs. Extremely balanced.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel with a texture that is a bit chalky and creamy. Moderate-light carbonation.

A very nice Old Ale for winter sipping overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Extremely drinkable. Super balanced. Great mouthfeel. Taste like a cross between an Old Ale and a good Brown Ale. Really nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

6pack. $10.49, poured into a snifter. bottled date 11/21/11 stamped on each bottle.

This beer pours a dark amber with a half inch of white head and sticky lacing. It smells like roasted caramel, malts, and there's a slight boozyness to it. I It also tastes like caramel with a roasted quality. This beer has some nuttiness and tastes kind of like a fig newton. It's got (surprisingly) somewhat of a hoppy after taste mixed with some boozeyness. It has a medium body and leaves a stickiness behind. I would like to see how this beer tastes with some age.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/3/11.

Pours a clear brown color with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin film. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some alcohol. Taste is of toasted/roasted malt, roasted nuts, and some very mild hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale that is very toasty, roasty, and malty. A bit one dimensional in my opinion.

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

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. A dark caramel color. I can see into it well enough to see millions of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a not so impressive head of less than one finger. What head is there is a light brown color. Lace doesn't stick much at all but with this being at almost 9% I'm not real surprised.

Smell is great. Caramelized sugar, malted grain and a hint of alcohol all hit me up front. There might be some piney notes but it is well hidden behind the Barley Wine aroma.

Taste is kind of different then the aroma. I am getting some light chocolate and maple syrup. Very sweet, kind of like root beer hard candy. The alcohol is there just a bit as well. Quite nice.

Mouth is silky or velvety. Carbonation is creamy, the body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I really enjoyed this. This one one was bottled on October 6th so I wasn't getting the hop I may have 3 months ago but I think it's great the way it is. I seem to like anything I have tried in this style. A seasonal must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Served to me in a tulip glass at City Tap House. A little too cold for my liking and no head to speak of when it was presented to me. Can't blame the beer but rather the service.

A: a clear ruby amber with mahagony tints. Some decent carbonation going on.

S: smells of dark fig, caramel, some chocolate, a little molasses, some brown sugar. A little dark cherry sweetness in the aroma. Perhaps a little vanilla and spicy hop aromas in the nose.

T: everything I smell I taste. Very nice malt complexity going on in this one.

M: chewy thick mouthful. A tad sweet, but understandable with all the malt character.

O: a great winter time beer. Would love to grab a sixer of this (or more) and sip during a cold winter night.

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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%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on date stamped on label

A - Looks awesome. Clear crimson, and actually has a sizeable white head that retains a bit with some spotty lacing.

S/T - Layers of malt... thick caramel, molasses, dark fruits, some sweet cherry. Really nice, even a hint of earthy pine hops here and there, finishing with the alcohol providing a nice warmth.

M - Full body, perfect low carbonation, thick and creamy smooth across the palate, with some complimentary alcoholic heat.

O - This was fabulous. Perfect for a cold night, one of my new favorite winter seasonals.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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