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RATINGS: 1739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale -- it has been Great Divide’s winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time.

8.1% ABV through 2008
8.7% ABV in 2009

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4.5
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Very well done super-woody strong ale. Complex with many subtle inputs of fruits, hops, malts, chocolate, tobacco. You can tell it has been aged. Dry but with an oily, piney, liccorice taste and mouthfeel.

3.2
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2007
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2006. Slightly hazy,reddish brown colour. Little head. Appealing and intriguing aroma with dryness and hints of liquorice and pine. Flavor dry and somewhat metallic.

3.7
gunnfryd (15091) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle.Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is hop, fruit, malt. Flavour is hop, fruit, roasted, caramel, malt.

3.6
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Dark amber color. Some roasted malts and piney hop aromas. Very smooth and easy drinking for an ASA. Well balanced. Caramel malt, some spiciness, solid hop finish to it. Well crafted beer.

3.6
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours murk dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is of dark bread, toasted malts, and carmel. Flavor is well balanced toasted malts. Medium bodied watery, softly carbonated. Clean finish, nice.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2007
12 oz bottle poured out a striking clear amber color with creamy tan head. The aroma reminds me of their IIPA with hints of crystal and roasted malts sprinkled around a cake layer of pine hops. The flavor is the opposite with big roasted to caramelized malts with a solid pine hop backbone. Toward the finish some burnt malts make an appearance as does a nice alcohol warmth. Good winter time brew.

4
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
It’s a nice dark brown beer with a limited head. The aroma has wonderful notes of plum, raisin and other dark fruits and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has lots of dark fruits and roasted malt with notes of a bit of licorice and caramel sweetness. The entire flavour has a nice, dry and bitter hoppyness. A truly nice beer!!

3.7
yngwie (17101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 Bottled. Pours a clear, reddish brown with a decent beige head, and releases aromas of beef-stock, hops, light roastiness, caramel and some pine. It has a heavy flavor with roasted malt, hops, sweetness and malt. This full-bodied beer has a long, sweet finish with hops and malt. A lovely, potent, balanced beer. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8. 070106

Bottle, 12oz, at Patricks Pub. It’s a clear, dark amber to brown beer with a finger-thick lasting,, beige head. Nice lacings too. The aroma is malty, with dried fruits and sugars. The flavor has a nice balancing hop addition to the sweet maltyness and dried fruits found in the aroma. Ends with a nice bitterness. Full body. Overall, probably a bit on the sweet side, but a nice beer indeed. 091211

4.4
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
A: pour produces a gorgeous, enticing cranberry red bronzed color, with a minor cream-colored head that disappears quickly and leaves barely any lacing. S: smells of toasted malts, deep roasted caramel and sweet bread. In other words, delicious. T: this beautiful strong ale tastes as good as it smells, with some robust sweetness up front that quickly evolves into a nice smoked finish. The beer is not as sweet as it smells but more balanced, which IMHO is a good thing. As it warms a bit, some savory fruit flavors appear, though they’re not at all overwhelming. Just a bit of raisin here and there. M: considering the beer’s aroma and flavor, this is much lighter on the palate than one might expect, slightly chewy and just full-bodied enough to remind you it’s a strong ale. D: not quite a session beer (the 8.10% ABV sees to that), but a very easy to drink beer. I’d definitely drink this one again. And again.

3.1
Beerdedone (3432) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a amber with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, fruit, and roast. The flavor is roast, fruit, and hops. Decent beer.


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