Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.
Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.
Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.
If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.
This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2007 19:09:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.
The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.
Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.
Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.
Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:36:50 | More by majorbase2
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,289 ratings.