Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Piling such a monster thick head would be a crime if not for the fact that it complements the devilish amber color of the beer so well - you could literally spoon it off the top if you'd like.
Freakishly heavily hopped, it actually goes down pretty easily, as the burn of the hops doesn't set in until long after the drink is gone.
Once it does, it rolls from the tip of the tongue to the back adn then to the front like a slow wave.
Because it is so heavily hopped though, it is difficult to discern any other flavors, just smmothe and hot hops.
The 9.1% abv begins to settle in after a bit - drinkable, but not great.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2009 04:14:18 | More by mdcrouser
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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.