Hibernation, a dry-hopped English Old Ale with what the brewery describes as “a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.”
It pours a deep coppery brown with with a thin beige head that seems to last for a long time.
The aroma starts with coffee and chocolate, then adds what seems to be a subtle spice element (although Great Divide doesn’t indicate that it’s brewed with spices). Some nuttiness comes through in the aroma, too.
The flavor has a strong malt character to it. Coffee and nuts play a small role, and there even seems to be a bit of vanilla in there. The hops presence is detectable but mild.
Rate Beer loves Hibernation, giving it a 98 overall. Beer Advocate gives it a 90, with over 1,800 ratings recorded by visitors. I like it also, but not quite as well as they do. I’m giving it a 7/10
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty
Spice Level: Low
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla
IBU: Unknown but probably mid 20’s to low 30’s
My Rating: 7/10