Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by satowns:
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.
Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.
Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.
The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).
Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...
If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.
GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!
Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion
Serving type: growler
02-04-2008 00:00:49 | More by satowns
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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.