Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by salvo:
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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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4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.
The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.
Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.
Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.
Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:36:50 | More by majorbase2
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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