Friday, 5 January 2007

Review: Hibernator Pale Ale

Hibernator Pale Ale from Big Bear Brewing Company
Rating: B+

Appearance: Coppery orange in color, nice and clear, good head this time, though I wish it hadn't been served in a frosted glass. Little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Very nice cascade aroma. Dry-hopped? Aroma very reminiscent of SNPA. Very surprised at the review that said aroma was weak.

Taste: Hops in the forefront. Cascade flavors, citrus. A slight soapiness that reminds me of the last IPA I brewed, off a SN Celebration clone recipe... Pretty bitter, but little in the way of malt character.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than SNPA, but if anything that improves drinkability in this case.

Drinkability: Very good. As a note, according to the website this is "hibernation" pale ale, not "hibernator," as it is listed on BeerAdvocate.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-05-2007 20:51:09

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