Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
An absolutely excellent DIPA from the bewery I'd never heard of before that was not worth the money I paid for it.
A: This is the most impressive DIPA I've ever seen. Dark burnt orange glow with a humongous head and tons of lacing. The head boils down into a flotilla of head that stays with the beer until the finish.
S: Like a true DIPA, this beer filled the room with its aroma. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because it lacked the punch I expected.
T: This is similar to the unearthly IPA by Souther Tier, but it has less malt and is better balanced, in my opinion. Overall, it's just a smooth, well-tempered brew, but it doesn't have any highs to speak of. I was just expecting more of a punch from this brew, really. If you're going to claim you are producing a DIPA, it darn well better make sure I know.
M: The most exceptional mouthfeel I've ever had from a DIPA. Perfect in the mouth...you can swirl this and taste it for hours before swallowing.
D: Be careful. This is the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had, bar none. Slow down and take it easy.
Overall, this is an absolutely phenomenal brew, however, it does not justify its price of nearly $9 for a 22oz'er. Really, for $9, I was expecting a lot more hops, and this beer just didn't quite deliver in that area. Certainly, this is the smoothest DIPA I've ever had... none can compare in that department, but when I buy a DIPA, I expect it to be pushing the limits of what I can handle, flavor-wise, and this beer is barely stronger than some regular IPA's I've had. Again, this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had from a general perspective, but the Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas is $5, and it behaved more like a DIPA than this brew did.
Consider spending your money elsewhere.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2009 05:55:30 | More by JohnL9013
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3.85/5 rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
100th review, so I thought id treat myself to a pricey, highly regarded IIPA.
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F
Appearance: Amber color with some floaties. One finger frothy egg shell colored head
Smell: Sweet malts (caramel, toffee), maybe some dark fruit, very little citrus
Taste: Even bigger on the malt; Huge toffee, caramel notes upfront, pine in the middle, with a citrus aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous body; Smooth with moderate bitterness
Overall: The dates were scratched off on the bottles, so maybe my four pack was old. Forget a malt backbone, this was almost all malts except for the aftertaste. I think Great Divide meant to put barleywine on the label instead. As highly rated as this is and at $15.99 a four pack, this is one of the most overrated beers I've had in any given style. Sure, it's a great barleywine, but as a IIPA, it's baffling. I'll rate this somewhere in the middle. I don't even see this meeting its reputation fresh. I should've grabbed Founders Double Trouble afterall. That may just be my 101st review.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 02:26:23 | More by Bone53
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,223 ratings.