Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to chonyr for this brew.
Deep coppery amber beer, with an attractive finger-thick creamy off white head. Was impressed with the moderate lacings. Finely carbonated.
Sweet, decadent ripe fruity esters, caramel covered nuts, citrus, and alcohol made its presence known as the beer warmed.
A rich and creamy nuttiness and caramel was followed by citrusy notes, orange, grapefruit, and pine. The alcohol became more evident in the taste as well as this ale warmed.
The big, bitter, and resinous hops are very nicely offset by the sweet, creamy, caramelly nuttiness of the malts. This beer has alot of substance and mouth presence. Its thick and almost cloying, but this is also balanced by the hop bitterness, the alcohol warmth, and the fine carbonation.
This is a big and substantial beer. Its rich and decadent nature of course makes it a poor choice for a session beer, but in my opinion thats not the purpose of a DIPA so i wont hold it against this treat. This beer is also big and hoppy enough that its definately not something to serve as a crossover beer. But this is a wonderful treat for any hophead. Ill be enjoying this one again.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2006 13:54:28 | More by demcorhip
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
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