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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,677 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,677
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 202
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 85 IBUs.
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Cloudy brownish orange color with a decent head that leaves good lacing. Smells fruity and hoppy. Taste like a tropical fruit possibly a heavy citrus expolsuon but with a grea malt backbone. Medium carbonation and full balanced. Great double ipa! Very different.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: 3 fingers of of foamy, sticky, parchment head over medium-amber body, hazy. Tiny, slow nucleation bubbles. Leaves resinous stripes of lacing.

Ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, with some toasty & caramel smells, a little floral. Nothing new but oh, so right.

Starts with some biscuity caramel flavors, maybe toffee, moves into orange juice & orange soda, combined with a woody, pine bitterness. Usually I don't like DIPAs with a strong caramel presence, but for some reason this is really doing it for me now. Nice, sweet aftertaste, almost like an American barleywine. Some dry lemon-tea comes into play. Booze shows up a little, but doesn't turn up the heat too much.

Starts off crisp & grows in body, plopping a little sweet stickiness right on the tongue. Ends a little sticky, too, but that bitterness is there to scrub it down a little.

Gotta say, I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one really hit the spot. The hops seemed to keep the malt bright & lively, whereas a lot of the time I find the sweetness in DIPAs to be heavy. Refreshing, tasty, & hides the booze remarkably well (whoa, now I feel it) -- regardless, this one's a winner!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours into a fluffy white head that lasts only briefly before falling into a sticky, glass clinging ring of bubbles and light foam. Nice lace curtains hang from the glass as it the volume decreases and my mood spirits raise..

Smell is hops at the forefront with touches of sweetness and citrus as well.

First sip, I get the sweetness from the malt first and as the drink moves towards the back of my mouth the hops come forth, growing in intensity. Hop explosion? Not quite, but they're here and they're near and I'm going to like it! I also get a good deal of pine here too. Fruits as well, but they and the pine flavors come from the hops. Didn't I mention it was hoppy?

Mouthfeel is not quite creamy but thickish. Not syrupy, not sticky but in no way thin. I know I'm drinking a beer and a good one at that.

Not a lot of alcohol apparent yet, this is quite drinkable. I like that it doesn't have a palette destroying level of hoppiness, but they are still at the forefront of the beer, making this one I could drink a few of, were I lucky enough to have a few more.

Great offering from GD, next time I'm going for the bomber.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,677 ratings.