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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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes a stout dark black with some brown and red coming through in the light. The head is mocha color, half a finger with tons of lacing.

The aroma is interesting with tons of robust roasty stout/porter character with rich chocolate with a bit of woodiness from the hops. Sweet molasses, toffee, some vanilla.

The flavor follows with a theme of robust porter roasty malt with some milk chocolate and tons and tons of coffee. The middle hits with toffee sweetness, caramel, molasses. The finish lingers with herbal hops, woodiness, tons of aggressive bitterness.

Absolutely in love with this. It's so interesting, so robust, so complex.

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Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,892 ratings.
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