Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by joeworrall:
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
drinking this tonight head-to-head with Bear Republic Racer 5 and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in my ongoing search for the perfect IPA.
poured from a bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass, it has a clear amber color and thin head.
I really prefer Imperial/double IPA's so I was excited to try this after hearing how great it is. At first taste, I was impressed, but when I sipped the other two beers and compared the flavors, this tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. The aroma is fantastic, and the aftertaste is delightful, but the high alcohol content makes me want to sip it, not chug it.
I think I prefer Great Divide's Titan IPA to this, and I definitely find Racer 5 easier to drink...
I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, this is a unique one, worth trying once, but I probably won't go out of my way to have it again.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 02:28:39 | More by joeworrall
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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.