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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
Photo of Acforster2
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Kiwano
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nut brown - very thin head

S - Ok nothing bad

T - nutty - some hop and bitterness with malts more bitter shows through a little earthy

M - slight bubble and fizz

O - OK - not bad but not a favorite

Cold bottle poured into a large glass - drank s

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Says bottled on Oct 14 2011

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that has an almost reddish hue when held up to the light. Has a 1/2 inch head at first and then gives way to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a couple of bubble clusters on the surface.

S- Has a chocolaty, saltine cracker-like malt nose (chocolate-covered pretzel?).

T- Sweet and syrupy but with a heavy-enough roast taste to balance. Speaking of balance, this succeeds in having just enough flavor to stand up to the somewhat high ABV. Some raisin and dark plum notes come through after multiple sips.

M- Has enough texture and viscosity to pull off a good amount of substance, yet not so thick that it makes it hard to drink. Yet again, balanced.

O- Ahh, I couldn't think of a better brew to drink to fight the biting cold of winter. Cheers GD.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Well, it's winter time and what better to have a nice, rich malty beer like Great Divide's Hibernation Ale? This will be the sixth time I've drank this, because it's a six pack, and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.

Bringing this beer out of its hibernation inside of the bottle brings out a dark brown colored liquid. When held up to the light it reveals a clear, coppery color. The head forms a bit slowly and becomes a beautifully creamy tan head. 99% of the time if the head looks great then the beer will be great. For this beer that rule is not an exception. Hibernation Ale has some decent lacing too.

This is one of those beers you want to smell and like to smell. Rich, robust dark malts are strongest that gives it strong cerealy and bready notes along with raisin and plum. Coffee is there but barely. Hops, it is dry-hopped, are there too which keeps it interesting and complex. Overall there is a sort of nuttiness. Yum. This is one of those beers that when you smell it you get hungry. It makes me want to go eat some malted barley.

Honestly, I've almost drank too much of this beer to properly review the taste! The malty goodness tastes great here. It makes me think of a sort of heavy Medieval bread...even though I don't know what that tastes like. Dark fruits of raisins and plums give it a nice fruitiness that's a tad sweet. Nuts, coffee, and bit of cocoa come out to give it a delectable richness. Hops come after that add just the right balance of spiciness and bitterness. Again, this beer makes you hungry! Too bad it's my last. This is sweet but it's a satisfying sweetness. Even though Hibernation Ale has 8.7% ABV, I can't taste it at all until I get to the end of the beer.

Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation to keep the beer alive and interesting. It's pretty slick and sticky throughout because of the sweetness. Drinkable.

This is a damn good beer with nothing wrong about it. It's perfect for the winter season. Rich, malty, just the right amount of hops, and enough alcohol to get you warm.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date is 9/13/11.

Pours translucent dark red, not much of a head forms and it's quickly a ring and slight cap, a bit of lace left.

Smells like a yummy dessert containing caramel and chocolate fudge, some booze there too. Definitely on the simple side but nice.

Taste hits you immediately with a profoundly rich chocolate malt flavor, fudge-like like the nose, reminds me of the flavor found in their Yeti. Graham cracker, some marshmallow and toasted malt, sorta resembles a Smores Pop-Tart. Molasses, caramel, some dark fruit and some decent hop strength for the style.

Smooth mouthfeel, good body, low-ish carbonation. A bit boozy for the ABV but not bad.

This was awesome, maybe a little one-note flavor-wise but a damn good note. Maybe a bit too much like a Yeti Lite but that's hardly a complaint. I certainly wouldn't mind hibernating with a 6-pack of this.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a single 12oz bottle at Total Wine.

I poured it into a Sam Adams glass which gave an attrative caramel brown with amber hues topped by a 1 finger light beige head that receded to a thin even blanket in a few minutes time.

The fragrance was hops up front, dark fruit sweetness and hints of toffee.

Upon tasting there was a nice balance between the hops and malts which competed for attention from the beginning. Also a nice structure of semi-complex sweetness of toffee, molasses, dark fruit.

Alcohol well integrated and not giving off a boozy feel (like you would get from the Leviathan Quad). The mouthfeel was rich but not too heavy.

All in all, an excellent winter warmer which is a model of balance. Go get some.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Translucent dark copper/ruby color with a very creamy 1 finger off-white head. Amazing head retention, it has not receded at all and my beer has been sitting on my desk for almost 10 minutes now.

S: Boozy alcohol, sweet figs, raisins, burnt oak and earth, brown sugar, definitely some piney and spicy herbal hop in there too! Me like.

T: Sweet alcohol and dark fruit, spice, minimal but noticeable hop flavor. The taste is a wallop of robust sweet booze. Lingering semi-sweet chocolate in the finish.

M/O: Full bodied, chewy, astringent at times. Very warming, very complex. This is both a kick ass beer, and a beer that will kick your ass. It is intense! I like it a lot, not a sessionable beer, but an excellent winter warmer, as is its intention.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of YouSkeete
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red/light brown. Short off-white head with moderate lacing.

S: Caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, molasses, and dark fruits. Lots of rich, thick, creamy textures in the aroma. Very robust.

T/M: Creamy chocolate and caramel flavors, rich hops, molasses. Dark fruits, smokey wood, and roasted/toasted nuts are large components of the overall flavor also. Huge, rich, complex flavor. Bitter, sweet, complex, nutty mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. 8.7% is noticeable but nowhere near overpowering.

D: Really amazing, great brew.

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

Truly enjoyable seasonal release.

A: Poured a deep reddish brown, topped by a single fingered creamy off white head that displayed some retention, but no lacing.

S: Loads of sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Booze are definitely evident.

T: Similar to the smell, quite sweet yet allowing the booze to poke through. Great on a cold winter night.

M: Medium body, silky smooth.

O: A good brew that I will seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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%

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