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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,630
Reviews:
1,187
Ratings:
2,961
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,961 |  Reviews: 1,187
Photo of RichRobert
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is brown to black-ish. Head is minimal but it's light beige to white. No retention nor lacing.
S: The aroma is very rich of soft coffee flavours and giant chocolate touches. Very interesting for an Old Ale.
T: Taste starts off with a green-ish touch of coffee, like some coffee from Ethiopia. It then moves to a watered down profile of chocolate that isn't as prominent as the aroma. In the end, a slight bitterness is present. Not great but good.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is medium to high. Bitterness is low. Sweetness is high.
O: This is my first Great Divide beer and the first Old Ale in a couple years. I find it very pleasing, being a very interesting half way between a chocolate-y stout and very expressive porter. Good.

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Photo of bundy462
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stegmakk
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark burnt sienna. Good lacing small bubbles
Smell of chocolately bread/something?
Tasted better than it smelled...Roasty / malty ...coffee or chocolate? Either way...very well balanced flavors...nothing overpowering.
Mouthfeel medium. Not too heavy or thin. Not overcarbonated.
Overall is surprisingly very good. This can go into rotation as an excellent winter beer. Will definitely buy again

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Photo of JoeLev
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hasse67
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brainscience
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tigerbeer90
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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 +4.5%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gene-Colorado
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 2,961 ratings