Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by salvo:
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had the privilege of the first tulip glass off a new keg at Black Sparrow Pub. Appearance was opaque new copper with a beautiful inch of foamy light brown-to-orange head that persisted through the drinking, leaving thick clingy lace and piny residue all through, with islands of head persisting through the drink. And that's all good stuff.
The aroma is pine, herbal, with sweet malt. Very well balanced and almost dry: the nose is sweeter than the taste (and I'm wondering both at the reviews that call this beer "sweet" and those describing the beer as "clear" -- mine let almost no light through at all, let alone being called clear: perhaps a tap/bottle difference?).
The taste is pine first followed by the malt. Nothing too sweet: well balanced with a full mouth feel and dry alcohol finish: not overpowering but certainly revealing its 10%. The finish shifts from pine and malt to citrus and lip-smacking bitterness with hints of black peppercorn. Satisfying, and the hops stood up well against a hot-pepper and sausage pizza. A big, assertive beer without being particularly "extreme."
Drinkability is a little limited due to its big alcohol content, but I'll soon get back to Black Sparrow and I hope they still have Hercules on tap ... unless they somehow find something better.
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2010 23:33:47 | More by salvo
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3.85/5 rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
100th review, so I thought id treat myself to a pricey, highly regarded IIPA.
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F
Appearance: Amber color with some floaties. One finger frothy egg shell colored head
Smell: Sweet malts (caramel, toffee), maybe some dark fruit, very little citrus
Taste: Even bigger on the malt; Huge toffee, caramel notes upfront, pine in the middle, with a citrus aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous body; Smooth with moderate bitterness
Overall: The dates were scratched off on the bottles, so maybe my four pack was old. Forget a malt backbone, this was almost all malts except for the aftertaste. I think Great Divide meant to put barleywine on the label instead. As highly rated as this is and at $15.99 a four pack, this is one of the most overrated beers I've had in any given style. Sure, it's a great barleywine, but as a IIPA, it's baffling. I'll rate this somewhere in the middle. I don't even see this meeting its reputation fresh. I should've grabbed Founders Double Trouble afterall. That may just be my 101st review.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 02:26:23 | More by Bone53
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,219 ratings.