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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-26-2001

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Photo of AndrewD1022
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rich brown red color that is clear and has a brownish cream head. The smell is musty with an overall sweet aroma throughout. It tastes of rich malts, caramel, chocolate and a bit of a bitterness at the end.

The overall mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a rich flavor in your mouth that is not overwhelming. This is a great beer and is very well balanced.

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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  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hibernation Ale pours a reddish brown color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Big time red highlights when held up to the light. Average lacing on the side of my snifter. I really like the smell of this beer. It's got caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, dark fruit, and smells like a candy bar. Not super complex, but pleasant nonetheless. The flavor is a step down from the nose- big time. Everything is muted, and the super dry finish leaves me wondering what happened to the luxurious, smooth, candy bar nose. This beer would be much higher if the taste and mouthfeel fell in line w/ the smell. Still, it's not bad- and I'm glad I got to try it. Cheers.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of harrymel
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 14OCT11

a: brown with maple hues. a finger of cream falls quickly leaving a central cap over excellent clarity leaving spots of lace.
S: Malt is nice and strong here with hints of tea and brown sugar.
T: Nice and malty with a hint of vegetable flavor - seriously would pair perfect with unpeeled mashed potatoes.
M: Semi dry after a wet and thin beer with prickly carb.
O: Good beer. Bready and nice.

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

A: Pours a beautifully clear brown-mahogany color with a small half-finger khaki-colored head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a thick rocky head and a small island in the middle.  Moderate lacing clings to the edges of the glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by a roasted nuttiness and dark fruits ... fig, plum, and raisin.  Solid malt backbone that is rounded out by a touch of roasted malt, coffee and some toffee.  The booze is present as well, but is a welcome accompaniment for this beer or a colder evening.

T: Follows the aroma slightly.  The roasted nuttiness is definitely prominent, but the dark fruits are less pronounced.  Instead, there is a good bit of chocolate and coffee, especially as it begins to warm.  The dark fruit comes out subtly, but doesn't make much of an appearance as the roasted qualities and coffee and chocolate grab your attention.  Finishes with the dominant characteristics and a subtle earthiness/grassiness that is pleasant.  Really a nice old ale.

M: Pretty thin on the tongue with an ample amount of carbonation.  Starts and finishes slightly bitter, but pretty well rounded nonetheless, given the nuttiness and fruit that are interspersed throughout.  Slightly drying after each sip.

D: Tasty and flavorful and pretty easy to sip on.  As it warms, it becomes a bigger beer than expected, and with the alcohol content, it really necessitates sipping.  If I had more than one of these, though, I'd sip on them throughout the evening.  A great ale for the cooler months.  

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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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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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of ahq514
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a deep amber color, almost a translucent brown color. Light head and appears to have low carbonation. Good lacing occurs.

Very malty (some caramel and slight chocolate), and somewhat sweet. Contains some dark fruits. Otherwise not picking much up.

Very intense and complex malt. Somewhat sweet, which also contains some of those dark fruits found in the aroma. Has a dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla complex to it, somewhat dries out in the end. Has a little bit of earthy hops in there too, complementing the malt nicely while still letting it shine through. Very slight nuttiness.

Low carbonation and fuller body makes for a nice combo here. Pretty drinkable for the alcohol on this baby, but makes for a nice sipper.

Haven't had a lot of old ales as a preface. Enjoyed this one thoroughly though. Complex and full. Would like to see how this beer is with some age on it.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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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

What a nice Winter Warmer! A dark brown beer with reddish highlights; semi opaque; with a fluffy tan head, decent retention, attractive lacing left behind.

Aroma is sweetly malty with nice Christmas spices and a trace of booziness. Toffee, cocoa, and faint hops underneath.

Appealing flavor with light, piney hops well mixed with bready malts, sweet toffee notes, plum and raisins, fruitcake spices, nuts, chocolate, underlying alcohol notes.

Moderately low carbonation, a bit smooth and sticky on the tongue, warming finish. I really enjoyed this one, wish we had saved a few to stick in the cellar but we all liked it too much.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a goblet

A: Pours dark amber with a finger of white, small bubble head. The head fairly quickly recedes down to just a ring around the beer. Agitating the beer shows very lively carbonation.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel, with a very bready aroma. Pretty decent, but I wouldn't call it typical to an Old Ale whatsoever.

T: Woah - sweet with lots of spices. A good balance between the two actually. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a bit of coffee and roastiness. Some nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon in the background. Again, pretty good. Nearly no hint of the ABV.

M: A bit thin with fairly lively carbonation.

O: This is not exactly what I was expecting or wanting, but it's pretty good.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

2011 version.

A - Pours a dark ruby/garnet color with a light tan head

S - Bready and yeasty, toffee and caramel, strawberry. As it warms plums, sweet oaky bourbon, caramelized brown sugar. Bits of lacing.

T - Dense toffee malt, pecans, brown sugar, strawberries, notes of vanilla, citrus and mint hops bring in a crisp bitterness. A light caramel/maple sweetness coats the entire mouth while barley dominates the palate.

M - Full chewy body, crisp and smooth at different stages, warming.

This should be in a catagory of it's own. I've always that of this as a winter Barleywine. Start with a semi-cold one and let it warm completely. This beer really transitions and becomes complex when warm. I've always had it fresh as it's so hard to age because I always end up drinking it.

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