Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Skidz:
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours out a hazy golden orange and sits a foggy amber brown in the glass with a small off-white head. Nice lacings leaving specklings of head all around the glass.
Aroma consits of a well balanced array of malts and hops. Malts present a caramel like sweetness and a nutty and toasty character. Hops display a good amount of citrus fruit, oranges, tangerines, and lemon, while maintaining a nice floral build.
Tastes sweet and malty up front and quickly makes room for the hops; an assortment of flavors ensues. Oranges, grapefruit rind and lemon make up the citrus portion of hop flavors while notes of tulips and roses float around. Nuttiness builds from within the hops and pairs well with the caramel-like sweetness. Finish is enjoyably bitter and leaves the mouth coated with hop oils.
Perhaps the highlight of this beer is it's luciously smooth and creamy body, floating on a bed of soft, fluffy and delicate carbonation. Medium-full in body overall and puts out every ounce of flavor this beer has to offer.
A delight to drink. For a Double IPA, it's easier to handle than most and far more enjoyable. This will continue to quech my thirst for hoppy beers for a long time. Alas, it's gone all too soon and I must reminisce. Have no fear, it's easy to obtain, and shall delight my pallate once more!
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2004 21:46:33 | More by Skidz
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
hercules is an american institution, a flagship big ipa thats been on the scene awhile. i can believe its taken me this long to write one up. on tap at the brewery, no better place to have it. clean copper color to this, and just a short white head. a more hefty grain bill is evident from the get go, but the nose reveals a dense woody hop profile, there has to be some columbus hops in this, or something else equally woody. the flavor has some coppery grain balance on the front end, no sweetness at all, and plenty of bite to it as the hops kick in. there is some pine, but i get that fresh milled wood profile first. its quite sturdy and intense on the hop front, powerful bitterness, and filling with all the grain weight as well. i like how big it is, how timeless this is, how often imitated. its a beer i can really only have one of, because its less carbonated like an english ipa, and is so strong that i get both full and drunk with small doses. love this beer though, famous for a reason.
Serving type: on-tap
04-23-2014 15:43:05 | More by StonedTrippin
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very memorable DIPA, pours a caramel amber thick, with light lacing and microbubbles. The smell of citrus, with earthy hops, and fresh malty hint, very organic in is olfactory sensation. The taste has a sweetness and depth to it with heavy hops and only a slighly odd after taste. Thick viscosity which love in a DIPA and even balanced carbonation. Upper echelon DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 23:07:15 | More by bryanbullock
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,036 ratings.