Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by blackcompg:
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from their 12oz bottle...
Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of creamy golden yellow head, body is a clear bronze amber, nearly the color of a penny. Very nice lacing left throughout the session.
Smell - Pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, vanilla carmels, smells very tropical and sweet.
Taste - Begins with tropical fruitskins and grapefruit, a little bit of ripe plum, then quickly to grapefruit pith and some pine, then into the finish there is a touch of pepper and rye spiciness, with bittering dry fruit pits. along for the entire ride is a strong carmel backbone which finally drops off to enhance the dry and bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, the flavors are nearly syrupy and coat the mouth, a smooth lower carb provides just a bit of cleansing that ushers in the dry and bitter mouthfeel in the finish. Very drinkable and smooth.There is a little bit of alcohol heat through the sip which picks up a bit between sips.
Overall - A very complex and flavorful DIPA, balance is good but doesn't hide the alcohol as well as some others, this is the only downside to this beer. A very good DIPA but you're going to get a little alcohol heat with this one.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2012 06:33:27 | More by blackcompg
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.