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February 2, 2011

Great Divide Brewing’s Hibernation Ale Beer Review 2.2.2011

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Rich Goodness of Hibernation Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Great Divide’s Hibernation Ale
File Date: 2.2.2011

File Name: Blizzard of ’11 Is A Yawner
The Beer: Hibernation Ale
Type: Old Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.7% ABV
Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Co.
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: In 1994, Colorado’s craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver’s potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America’s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

tbr-hiber-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Hibernation Ale has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.  8.7% ABV. October thru January.
Label: Same as above with: Suggested Food Pairings: Aged, hard Dutch cows milk cheese, roasted chicken, grilled vegetables.

The Brewski Review: The ‘old’ in Old Ale refers to beers that in times past, could have been left to age in wood containers of varying types for periods up to a year. Due to this the beer can pick up slight acid flavors. I didn’t detect that here, just plenty of roasted malt favors and a little on the bitter side for me. Overall, very good. With the high ABV content I drank it before dinner in the hopes that I could lay on the couch and pass out with a full stomach. But, I don’t think I needed the beer to fall asleep fast. We had a winter storm blow through last night that stretched across the nation. 100 million people were supposed to be affected by this. We didn’t get it as bad as they forecasted but they still shut down our plant giving me the day off (we’ll have to work Saturday to make up the lost production). Isn’t winter great? So many resources are consumed by pushing frozen water around. Time, money and physical energy, which, buy the way, is why I’m so wiped out. I even have a mondo-size snowblower to help move the snow around. If I ever build a new house I’d love to install heated sidewalks and a driveway. Then, I wouldn’t have any more excuses to not sit in front of the TV and drink beer.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

The frozen liquid winter wonderland in my little slice of heaven.

Drinkability: Good. But not a fan.
Appearance: Rich ruby brown in color.
The Buds: Hearty indeed. Very hoppy/malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.


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