Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by KajII:
4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
[Best served in a Tulip glass]
The pour was a murky medium copper orange with a large (2-3 finger) rocky cream colored head that had decent retention, finally reducing to a thin layer of residue with some excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted grain malt, pine and floral hops and a mildly sweet yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit / peel), toffee, caramel and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was bitter sweet and a tad malty with a hint of toffee early on, with the taste becoming a bit hoppier and having a strong grapefruit presence and a mild citrus peel bitterness towards the end. The flavor lingered for a good while with the taste of citrus and hops settling nicely on the taste buds, meanwhile a mild alcohol warming sensation just added to the enjoyment of this tantalizing brew.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry oily texture and a good lively carbonation.
Overall a DIPA with a well balanced blending of flavors that created a smooth sweet bitter taste, which made this a very enjoyable and drinkable brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2012 16:41:43 | More by KajII
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.
Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.
Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.
Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.
This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.
Generally I'm a huge fan of their big brews but this was just an average Double IPA, not my favorite.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 01:37:08 | More by ExtraStout
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,278 ratings.