Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: English 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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Ranking:
#6,595
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
2,952
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of brainscience
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigerbeer90
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have several Great Divide bottles hanging around & what with today being NBS (Week 653), I decided to make this the fourth beer in my next brewery horizontal. There is an upside to The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & the opportunity to conduct & CANduct such horizontals is it.

From the bottle: "HIBERNATION ALE has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile, and hearty, warming character."; "Malty[,] Robust"; "Gold Medal Great American Beer Festival, 1997 Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival, 2006 Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival, 2003"; "Great Minds Drink Alike"; "Suggested Food Pairings: Romano, an aged hard Dutch cow's milk cheese, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp with ginger ice cream."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a very gentle pour into a bulbous glass. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention that left loads of lacing as it fell. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose smelled like toffee! It was sweet, slightly boozy and definitely like toffee. I now wish that I had purchased another bottle for cellaring as this seems to have great potential for aging. Mouthfeel was big, thick & viscous, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. Oh my. This was a beer for savoring. I just allowed it to roll around in my mouth & on my tongue, warming as it did so. It was quite sweet & malty with an unrelenting toffee flavor accompanied by a fusel alcohol heat. This was a beer to be sipped and savored, not simply quaffed. The past few days have seen a cooling trend, making this much more palatable than it would have been on a typically hot, humid summer's day. The burnt caramel/toffee/crème brulee flavor seemed to intensify as it warmed. Finish was dry, more due to its inherent heat than anything else. I think that aging would mellow this out nicely & perhaps even render it sweet or semi-sweet.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much smoke for a non b-a beer, otherwise good malty flavor

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Photo of drmeto
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear ruby red with a medium,foamy,sand-coloured head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-coffee,rye bread,pine,licorice,raisins,maple syrup
T:
-Follows the nose+plums+nutty+toasty
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
More along the lines of an American Brown Ale than an English Old Ale.
Great Beer though.

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Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gene-Colorado
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance has a ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head. It dissipated nicely leaving some nice stringy sticky lacing. The smell had a decent chocolate maltiness and a light coffee aroma. The taste was sweet and roasty through the malts. A light rolling roasty chocolate/coffee aftertaste leads into a sticky sweet/roasty finish. On the palate, this sat about a medium on the body. I’d say a good sipper but the alcohol isn’t felt. Overall, I’d say this was a good old ale for the style and for me.

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Photo of ADG2995
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice deep copper - red color. Crystal clear too. Decent head retention - some lacing continues.

Smell: Sweet caramel, nuts, wood, and slight smokiness - slight dirty funk.

Taste: Slight hop bite at first. Fades right into deep roasted malts and nuts. Starts sweet, then dries out. More hops fade in towards the end.

Feel: Medium bodied. Dry on the tongue.

Overall: This is a great beer. Flavorful and rich. Roasted and caramel flavors are very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,952 ratings