Hibernation Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

2,893 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this every winter a few times now, A very nice old ale and usually priced well for an 8.7% beer. 12$ a 6 pack

Looks tasty on the pour with a half finger off white head, dark ruby , brown in color.

Smell is sort of faint, but its mostly caramel and roasted malt, with a smokiness and a sort of oak smell. A little bit of raisin and prune.

Taste is a smack of charred malt and bread, with a long bitter after taste of coffee and hops. Tasty as long as you like darker or brown beers, as this is quite flavorful , coats the mouth with the malt and dark fruit flavors. It's not very sweet, but rather dry and robust

Plenty of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel lets this one prick your tongue with beery goodness, very nice beer over all , but its not some perfect style, its just about right for a winter beer or old ale. I prefer this over sam adams winter lager, sierra nevada celebration, or widmer brrr.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Joshpu
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown with a red-brown tinge with no head. The tiny ring of lacing that was there was beige.

S: Primarily coffee, roasted malts, a slight smokiness, toffee. Dark chocolate once it warms.

T: Coffee, black licorice, nutty, roasted malts, hops on the end. The cocoa comes out when it warms. I would definitely recommend letting this beer warm.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink, can't taste the alcohol. Actually a pretty thin mouth feel. A bitter finish, coffee/hops bitterness. No sweetness.

Overall a better than average beer. This was a unique beer for me, primarily tasting like coffee (I'm assuming from the malts). I love drinking coffee, the only problem is that it tastes like cheap coffee, therefore kind of leading to a cheap taste. The mouth feel was the let down on this beer for me, just felt too thin, almost watery at times.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of delta490
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a deep ruddy brown. A short-lived creamy tan head leaves some decent lacing.

S- rich malts with at times chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts eventually giving way to dark fruit

T- same rich dark malt with nutty overtones. Some enjoyable sweeter alcohol esters also float in towards the end

M-slightly slick and little thinner.

O- a rich and robust Old Ale. Full of great and complex malt flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled on 2013-08-30
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Great Divide's Hibernation is a sweet, cocoa and coffee-influenced ale that also makes use of some herbal and spicy hop character to balance interest across a variety of facets. The beer did not show its nearly 9% ABV at all, and was quite pleasing during this first major snowstorm of 2013 in Illinois. I would get this again if locally available.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, giving a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is slightly above average at 1.5 minutes, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of foam atop the beer's body. Lacing is moderate, with a modest scattering of dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out a brighter shade of brown and orange highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma of cocoa, coffee, minerals/iron, herbal/spicy hops, and old leather.

Flavor of mild, sweet, and well-blended cocoa, sweetened coffee, herbal hops. Front of palate pulls in flavors of roasted malt (cocoa, coffee). Mid-palate detects continued sweet coffee and cocoa with additions of light minerals, herbal hops, and soil. Back of palate tastes moderate bitterness from hops and acridness from roasted malt, ethanol, herbal flavors. Aftertaste is richly malty (think Munich-like toasted grains flavor) mixed with light cocoa, coffee, and herbal hop flavors.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-low carbonation, leading to a mostly smooth (4/5) and slightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that feels a bit wrong for the style and flavors: more foaminess and thickness would be appropriate. Ethanol is well-masked by the malt, with little hint of it being noticeable on the palate and in nostrils. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish brown in color. Moderate lacings around the glass. No head, just a little bit of foam at the edge.

Smell: picking up some sort of bitter herb, wood and roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. Its very earthy and inviting.

Taste: very robust. It has a very roasted malt profile yet not so sweet. Taste some coffee and toffee with a bitter finish - kind of a woodsy or earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied mouthfeel

Overall: great beer, the aroma is very inviting. Overall the beer is quite earthy and I like it!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber
Smell - roasted, malty
Taste - chocolate, coffee, malty, with a nicely balanced hop bite
Mouthfeel - pleasant, light carbonation, slightly oily.
Overall - a tasty complex beer. The more you drink, the more you see in it. My first old ale and I quite like it. Seems to me like an Imperial Brown Ale. Similar flavors but packs a punch.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,893 ratings.
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