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Hibernator | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
735
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
76
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of jneiswender
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Served cool. Nice billowing toasted marshmallow head and a cola colored body. Grassy, metallic smell. Nice varied malt flavor. Sweet front. little hop bite in the middle. Sweet candies in there too. Medium carbonation and smooth. Good beer. I guess for a scotch ale I imagine some smoke. Don't get any here. But a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops and malts. Taste is very hoppy and downright bitter, not to my liking. Feels light and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a beer that I really cared for.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for providing the bottle so I didn't have to buy one.

Appearance: A slight haze on a relatively straight up copper color. Small, off-white head drops to a spotty cap and tiny collar almost immediately. Moderate carbonation on the pour. A bit of clarity at the edges.

Smell: Lightly caramelized malts. A big white bread aroma. A bit phenolic. Some apple and raw grain. Biscuits and caramel. Slight roasted character. Even some vague toasted notes. Moderate malt backbone. Minimal hopping pushes hints of herbal and leafy hops. Some pale and amber malts. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: Herbal hop notes over the top of some pale malts. Bread crust with a hint of citrus. Some amber malts. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Minor roasted malt profile. Some toasted edges. Same mildly phenolic kick as the nose. Apple. Legit toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. A bit of creamy smoothness. Lingering dry finish.

Overall: You couldn't last the winter on this beer alone.

Drinkable en masse, despite terrible style claim. It's a mild bock type thing. Drinkable and not terrible.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper color. No aroma really. Rather metallic and plain. Malty enough flavor with a touch of bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall quite average or maybe better. Could use a more pronounced malt flavor and lose the metallic flavor and aroma. Too close to their regular ale. Doesnt really compute.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 10/15/12 (bottled on date?), and poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Hibernator pours a slightly hazy burnt orange. Maybe a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer, and fades cleanly after a minute or two. The nose, while muted, has a nice complexity. Toffee, biscuits, and a tobacco aroma all make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with malts that definitely lean more towards biscuit and bread than caramel and toffee. There's a sharp bitterness next that's entirely out of place. A subtle tobacco and herbs blend delivers the finish. The mouthfeel just lacks the fullness of body that I'd expect for a malty winter beer, though the carbonation is appropriately subdued. I don't often reach for Long Trail beers when I'm browsing at my local bottle shop, and this HIbernator isn't going to change my mind.

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Photo of jjchristiano
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange hue looks as if there is a lot of yeast still in the mix. Bottle says unfiltered so I assume this is the reason. Almost homebrewish in appearance. smell is dominated by hop aroma. Can't taste sweetness. More crisp hoppy flavor that also has a bite of hops at the tail. I'm not really getting any spice either so for me this is not a preferred winter beer offering.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a deep caramel amber brown with a large off white khaki head, forms a thick head that leaves behind even bands of lacing. Aromatics sweet baked holiday breads with a touch of peated malt, overall really sweet caramel tones with a touch of alcohol. All of their beers have that touch of maple syrup in them especially the Triple Bag I had on ta last night. Flavor isn't overtly too sweet a rustic somewhat balanced with hard edges of herbal notes and earthiness, kinda stuck on the tobacco leaf kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a tad cloying not overly heavy in anyway but something just doesn't sit well with each sip, I thought their IPA was rock solid but so far I can't say Long Trail is one of the greats through their whole portfolio. Drinkability is pretty weak with this offering not the brew I would look for again anytime soon.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color, minimal head (pretty much a small ring of lace). Aroma is malty sweet, butterscotch, and a slight nuttyness. Flavor is initally malty sweetness, with some brown sugar and honey making up the aftertaste. Minimal (if any) hop presence.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 735 ratings
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