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RATINGS: 1765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pours with a frothy amber-tan colored head that is a finger thick. The beer is a clear deep amber color that shows a deep ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of caramel and toffee up front moving to a dry lightly roasted note. Tastes like a toasty brown ale. Perhaps there is a bit of cherry like fruit character as well, but this is fairly subdued. The beer has a medium full heft to it, but does not really coat the mouth too much. The beer is lightly sweet with notes of toffee and a light molasses. The finish is a mix of toasted malt notes, a bit of coffee, and a roast grain character. There is a combination of the sweet malt notes and the slight alcohol heat in the finish. This beer is actually quite nice. The malt character is refreshingly unhoppy, and makes for a great sipping beer.


4.2
drmet (964) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2017
L: -pours a clear ruby red with a medium,foamy,sand-coloured head -low to medium carbonation visible S: -coffee,rye bread,pine,licorice,raisins,maple syrup T: -Follows the nose+plums+nutty+toasty -high bitterniss for the style F: -low to medium carbonation -light to medium body -alcohol noticeable O: More along the lines of an American Brown Ale than an English Old Ale. Great Beer though.

3.7
Mister_Li (1376) - GERMANY - JUL 5, 2017
Klares rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, Röstaromen, etwas Karamell, Nüsse, Cola, würzig, leicht herb.

3.7
rami_pl (3455) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 10, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Hibernation Ale by Great Divide Brewing Company at Powiśle Dziwne, orzechowo-karmelowo-drewniano-slodkie. Dosc lepkie i pelne. Dosc ciezkie w odbiorze. Acz ewidentnie fajne

3.7
vbaudry (153) - - JUN 9, 2017
Dark amber orange robe. Nose of caramel and flowers, quite refined. No bubbles. Light body. Refined palate on caramel and malt and something else, can’t say what. Bit of bitterness on the finish. Both refined, complex and a bit shy, would have expected some more actute aromas/notes.

3.7
yoxik75 (103) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JUN 5, 2017
Piana drobna trwała, zdobi szklo. Kolor bursztyn wpadający w czerwien klarowny. Aromat, karmel, melanoidyny, suszone owoce, przyjemny. Smak Podobnie jest karmel, ciemne słody, melanoidyny, owoce suszone, wyraźne chmielenie. Piwo pełne nie słodkie, szorstkie z wysoką lekko piolunowa goryczką. Piwo złożone, smaki grają, Klasyk, Bardzo dobre.

3.8
tricksta_p (4650) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2017
Can from Beergium. Aroma is dark malt, surprisingly potent coffee, caramel, cocoa, dark bread, nut, some toffee, chocolate, with a slight hoppy touch. Flavour is medium sweet and bitter. Body is above medium. Rich with plenty of coffee and cocoa, tasty stuff.

3.5
szymonskc (902) - Skórcz, POLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Zapach średnio intensywny, karmel, toffi, orzechy laskowe, zioła, chleb, suszone owoce. Kolor brązowy, klarowne. Piana beżowa, średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, lekki lacing. W smaku umiarkowana słodycz, średnia pełnia, karmel, chleb, zioła, cukier, orzechy. Goryczka średnia, wysycenie niskie.

3.8
katrinaez (2019) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Pours a caramel brown, sickly sweet aroma of caramel and malts, medium mouthfeel, taste of malts and caramel to match the aroma, tap.

3.5
alteregoo (1445) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Piana drobna, średnio obfita, średnio trwała. Barwa brązowa, klarowna. W aromacie karmel, suszone owoce, orzechy laskowe, czarna herbata. Mało intensywny. W smaku półsłodkie, paleta dokładnie taka sama jak w zapachu, średnia, herbaciana goryczka, niskie do średniego, drobne wysycenie, ładnie schowany alkohol. Po ogrzaniu lekkie masełko. W odbiorze nieco szorstkie, delikatnie lepkie, nieźle pijalne.
Klasyczne angielskie ciemne piwo, bez historii i ekscytacji.

2.9
oberschlesier (66) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 12, 2017
Aroma - something like brown ale. Not very rich, rather empty, nothing special. Very nice ruby color. Bitterness is OK, maybe a very little alcoholic in aftertaste. Some notes of nuts, some notes of malts. Head is fine, small bubbles. Beer is rather watery. Average at all.


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