Hibernation Pale Ale | Big Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Big Bear Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by blitheringidiot on 09-24-2005

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by DUBinMIA:
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a thin 1/4 in head that retain as just that and never diminished. Lots of lacing. Golden Orange color that seems a little lite for a pale.... ale almost too lite and clear.

Smell won me back... Lots of citrus and floral hops... Slight fruit smell as well.

Taste was good... Floral notes and citrus are abound... Low malt flavor

Light body that could use a boost

Glad I tried this beer... Really good aroma will always remind me of this one

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Photo of 5YearWinter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub. I noticed recently several brewpubs market their pales as their IPAs, including here. Well yes, 50ish IBU and Cascade hops. Decent malting. Some C aroma. Golden colour, cloudy, a head, bubbles. Better not in frosty mug, still tasty.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Big Bear, Coral Springs, FL

Standard but solid pale ale here. Poured a slightly hazy amber color, with a small white head that displayed moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and pine hops, with a bready malt base. The taste reflected the nose, nice citrus and pine hops, crisp, balanced with toasted bread, sugar cane, and some peach notes. Probably a little more on the malty side overall, but that's not really a problem when it comes to APAs in general. Basic stuff here, but all done well. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of nkeckhar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy, golden amber color with a one-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, orange zest and pine. There was a touch of burnt toast notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, toffee and bitter piney hops. There was a touch of citrus bite, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good pale ale. Big hop profile with a bitter punch.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of radcliff
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is closer to a IPA than a Pale. At 6.5 and 55 IBU's
This is an unfiltered beer so it keeps all of its intended flavors.
If you drink this one after trying something else first you will really get the fruity hop wallup.

Poured a deep amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing.

Heavy hoppy citrus aroma. Cascade

Medium to Heavy body with a sticky texture.

Heavy hoppy flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. The Ibu's are well balanced.

Excellent beer. Like candy in a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of embass
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery orange in color, nice and clear, good head this time, though I wish it hadn't been served in a frosted glass. Little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Very nice cascade aroma. Dry-hopped? Aroma very reminiscent of SNPA. Very surprised at the review that said aroma was weak.

Taste: Hops in the forefront. Cascade flavors, citrus. A slight soapiness that reminds me of the last IPA I brewed, off a SN Celebration clone recipe... Pretty bitter, but little in the way of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than SNPA, but if anything that improves drinkability in this case.

Drinkability: Very good. As a note, according to the website this is "hibernation" pale ale, not "hibernator"

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Photo of chris1919
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This APA fills a glass with a stormy orange sunset hues topped with a frothy head cap. The nose screams Cascade hops but in a refreshing way that made me do a doubletake when I read that it is all cascade. I could have swore that there was another hop of maybe Amarillo. Crisp orange citru hoppy goodness with a touch of Pez candy gritty chalkiness.

Hibernator is Big Bear's best beer and really, the Pale appelation is a misnomer. This is an IPA all the way.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as part of a sampler into a 5oz. sampler glass
A - Slightly cloudy Apricot in color with a course off white head. Nice lacing.
S - Hops, grapefruit and malt sweetness.
T - Sweet up front, a little caramel then hop bitterness follows.
M/F - light/medium body lightly carbonated.
D - Pretty nice IPA - I believe they were calling this an IPA on their menu.

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Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a gold-to-amber in color with a lovely dollop of foam on top that ends up just as a thin layer in my glass.

The aroma is all Cascade hops: herbal, musty and fruity. Very nice.

The taste is seriously bitter, almost approaching Double IPA territory. I'm surprised a brewer in Florida is making a beer this extreme. It's not balanced at all, so if you don't want a bitter, hoppy beer, try another brew.

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Photo of Aewachiw
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at FBGF 2006.

Poured a deep amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing.

Heavy hoppy citrus aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Heavy hoppy flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration.

Very good beer.

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Photo of joedon
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, gold-orange color with a small white head.

Very subtle aroma; not much at all in the hop smells and a bit of grassy-yeasty smell.

Taste weighted heavily to hop bitterness but not enough hop flavor. Decent malt balance but really insufficient flavor for an American pale ale.

Nice mouthfeel/texture; very good with the pizza I ordered.

Drinkable but could have been better.
I was disappointed based on previous reviews.

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Photo of Satsuma
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hibernation Pale Ale from Big Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 23 ratings