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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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3,028 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3028
Reviews: 1463
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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:
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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gimmehead

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed copper with a veritable army of yeasty floaters, and a frothy white head that laces the glass beautifully. The monstrous aroma is of citric floral hops contributing to the grapefruit character that I so love, and a subtle malty undertone. The first taste is the expected initial citric hop blast. Moving forward I notice some sweet caramel malts underneath the bitter rush, some yeasty nuttiness, and a barely perceived alcohol kick. There is a great coating, lingering resinous aftertaste. Full bodied and very smooth, this magnificent brew is like a Siren softly singing my name, seductive and dangerous. 'Ware the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 02:41:47 | More by gimmehead
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing Gabe!

Hercules presents itself a deep, dirty blonde color with a dense head of wheat colored foam. Retention is excellent for a beer of this strength and lacing is nothing short of spectacular. When all is said and done, an iceberg of thick foam is still swimming in my goblet.

Massive hop aromas rise from my chalice to greet my senses. Grapefruit slices and tangerine peel with gobs of sticky pine notes and oily hop resin. It possesses an underlying caramel malt sweetness that provides excellent balance on the nose.

The flavor explodes with honey-dipped grapefruit peel and sweet citrus hop oils, sprucey pine, toffee and luscious caramel malts. It's insanely hoppy, but has a decadent amount of malt to carry it through to a long grapefruit and chewy honey caramel soaked finish. As it warms, each sips gets better, mmm, mmm, mmm.

The body on this one is huge with a lushly dense and exquisite creamy mouthfeel. Hands down, one of the best double IPA's, ever. This is another superbly crafted ale from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 16:16:03 | More by AlexJ
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DogFood11

California

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach color, super sticky lacing, a few islands of head retain throughout.

Huge fresh hop aroma, apricot, citrus and a touch of floral. Truly a spectacle to take in. Huge in every aspect and what I would expect in a Double.

Fresh slick hops are dominant. This is a friggin hop McBomb. Bitter as hell, grapefruity citrus at points, just a touch of sweet fruits and malt but it is a hunt to find it. This is one of those beers where its taken almost to extreme but it doesn't cross the line into annoying. This is a damn fine brew.

Notes: Bought this in denver and somehow had the willpower to not drink it till I got home for a monday night football game. Now that I know its awesome I wish I would have brought back more. Oh well, Keep your eye's open for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 05:56:25 | More by DogFood11
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joeyels

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Thick bubbly head with good retention, thin lacing around glass. Smell is definitely hops, very floral yet not too overpowering, very pleasing on the nose. Taste comes through with big hops at first, of course, but finishes with sweetened malt. A delicate balance that IMO is as close to perfect as one can imagine. 9.1% ABV, but there is too much flavor here to notice any trace of alcohol content. Very smooth, crisp finish, subtle aftertaste that diminishes rather quickly. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 13:43:41 | More by joeyels
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mcowgill

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It pours a hazy amber with a significant creamy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for. Great wiffs of citrus and piney hops. Can't decide whether I like smelling or tasting this beer better. The hops knock you over the head but in such a good way. It has a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. I find this an extremely drinkable beer for such a hop monster with high alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 00:13:15 | More by mcowgill
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stevecee2003

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is the one! Wow, what an India Pale Ale. If you desire that taste as I do, then this may well become your favorite beer. As many of us know this type of beer was shipped to British forces in the 1700's all the way to India. It had to survive so it was loaded with hops to make the trip. That "hoppy" taste became a favorite, what we now know as IPA. And Hercules has taken it to the extreme.

Presentation: Pours with a deep copper color. You know you are in for something special if you like IPA's. It pours with a good foam, but settles quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. The real aroma of an real IPA. Wow! This has possibilities. The burnt hops. The bite. It's all there. This is a serious beer. Surely you can't overlook this beer. It demands your attention.

Taste: It's the strong IPA taste we all search for. As an IPA lover I long for that bitter/flavor combination. It has resiney hops. Piney, yet citric and very clean. And strong. This is one IPA that will lay you on the floor, with that big punch you want and sip for, and more and more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to the tongue, but full of body. But all the bite is there. It's a great American IPA. And Mama, it will bite!

Drinkability: Only one of these. Two and truly this is one beer that will kick your A$$ ! But.. you will feel satisfied. Be glad.
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More review added on- three years later
(06-21-09)...
Its been three years since my initial review, and I must say this single beer is my one champion. Exhibiting all the things I love. Holy Sh$t I love it.

It has all the hops I love. It has just enough malt in there. And it is perfect to both exhibit to friends as "my fav beer", and yet to finish my day out, just fine.

This is the one.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 03:24:28 | More by stevecee2003
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ndekke39

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this, almost all by myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a tall, rocky head. Fantastic retention - couple fingers of thick, creamy head.

S: Smells begins with sweet caramel like a Scotch Ale, then turns to piny, citrus hops. Light malty balance in the finish.

T: Great balance of flavors - one of the most balanced IPAs (and a Double, at that!) I've ever had. Very bready taste at first, some yeast. Piny hops. Little bite of alcohol. Hop flavors linger nicely.

M: Very creamy, offsets the bitterness of the hops very well.

D: Excellent! Great Divide is becoming one of my favorite breweries. The Hercules sports balanced flavors that are bold but not overpowering. I would definitely, definitely reach for another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 21:50:42 | More by ndekke39
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep tangerine color with a huge frothy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smells amazing! Fantastic sweet piney hops galore! Very inticing.

Taste is just as good! Starts out with an intense hop bitterness, closely followed by lovely creamy piney hops that linger in the back of the mouth.

Very full and creamy, but not at all syrupy.

Highly drinkable at 9%. One of the best DIPA's I've had. Maybe one of the best beers I've had period!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:44:02 | More by bluegrassbrew
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a a hazy orange with thick offwhite head
smells of orange, lemon, pine, intense hops but malt as well
tastes is a hop assult, but the malt balances it well, hints or orange, grapefruit, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol
mouthfell is carbonated with a boozey burn, drinkable for its abv, of the better dipas i have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 14:57:00 | More by redneckchugger
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the best looking double IPA's I've laid my eyes on! Absolutely gorgeous glowing cloud of orange, deeper in color towards the top then at the bottom where it keeps some golden highlights. Massively stacked inch high head of dusty yellowed whipped froth that becomes crusty and lumpy as it muddles down to a thick haze remaining present. Lace in thick globby ink blot sheeting and strings.

Aroma is redolent with highly sweet citrus and soft dry pine, a bit juicy and oily thick with some resinous qualities, but set back some and moderately present on the nose. Lots of alcoholic vapors seep through like volcanic gases about to rupture the top of a fault-lined island of hops.

Taste is wowfully juicy with citrus flavors, fresh, clean, with a good load of skins and pulp of every kind play softly in the front but gain a huge acidic return at the finish. Nice bitterness of orange and grapefruit acids and hop oils coat the end for a good long while along with a finespun slow drying pulpy action. Slight sticky toffee-like malts way in the back. Floating pineyness vapors and alcoholic esters pass into the finish as well. Uff-da - yum! There's no doubt that this has a Herculian amount of hops. Quite complex and full of citrusy things including the flowers and blossoms too. Akin to Dreadnaught in its hop profile. A yummy puree of hops are to be enjoyed and awed upon while trekking up this mountain.

Feel is quite smooth for the seemingly end of hoppy citrus thats been given. Big full body with fluffy edges. Thick, fat, juicy, super fine citrusy bitterness. Oily but dry finish thats incredible to undertake. Yum!

The name "Hercules" fits this well. It grew on me, sip after sip, I kept entering that dreary bewildering state of hoppy glee and nirvana that hopheads search for. Much like the myth of Hercules itself, the myth of a hoppy dreamscape can be accomplished with the right amount of imagination and desire to make it come true. Thanks Great Divide, you've opened my eyes anew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 02:02:42 | More by tavernjef
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy volcano of head shooting out of the bottle! I thought I was being careful, and this one has been sitting in my fridge for a bit, so it was not warm... Poured out to a beautiful apricot-amber color with a bubble bath of thick orangey head that sat nice and creamily on top. Smells sooo good. Major pine coming from my glass. Fresh juniper berries, walnuts, white grapefruit...
Wow this is good stuff! Creamy, almost thickish mouthfeel, but not heavy feeling, just a bit chewy. A decent amount of carbination, but it flows so well around your mouth that you don't notice it. It feels soooo smooth and lovely. Such good happy freakin hoppiness going on here! Burnt toast, grapefruit rind, peppery, bit of caramel sweetness. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth after each sip. Very drinkable for the hop heads, I'm lovin' this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 01:18:33 | More by shapudding
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doubleipa

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite DIPA, that I can purchase here in Georgia. The head is big, rocky, and never fully diminishes. Lacing is really good. The obvious citrus/grapefruit aroma is very evident and the hoppy/resin taste matches the aroma perfectly. Drinkability would've been a 5.0, except that the alcohol can really sneak up on you. It's hard to tell from the tast/mouthfeel that this is 9.1%
Updated - 4/23/06 - Had this on tap last night. This is even a better beer on tap. The aroma and taste were better. My wife even noticed it. This has come as close as possible to matching the Pelican India Pale Ale, which is our absolute favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 14:07:49 | More by doubleipa
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Celt44

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2006 23:19:03 | More by Celt44
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this on a recommendation from a local retailer. It is quite good, but it is also quite expensive. Also, the ABV is too high for it to be a decent session beer. The alcohol does not over power the taste, but it makes me too loopy after just a few.

Nevertheless, this is a great choice if there's only time for one bottle/glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:48:29 | More by TheOtherMike
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Richelwyn

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Tastes like a bourbon barrel aged beer. I love double IPA's and this one is excellent. I've been drinking a lot of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA recently, which is an excellent beer, but Hercules blows it away. Good balance of bitterness and some malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:39:29 | More by Richelwyn
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hoffman

Nebraska

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this is the new #1 on my list. Pours out with a heavy appearance, a strawberry red/honey gold color with a creamy tan head that lingers...and lingers...and lingers...and lingers. The aroma is citrus, roasted malts, piney hops, and some light spice. The taste is phenomenal, sweet malts up front, tart citrus with some more sweet dark fruit undertones in the middle, malt and a lot of nice dry bitter hops in the finish...perfectly balanced and a kick that begs you to come back again. The moutfeel is the best I have had...the measuring stick for all beers in this category. Creamy....ultra creamy, smooth with a bit of oily hop that actually ads a bit of character, and a perfect amount of carbonation...any less and it would be a bit flat...any more and it might overpower the delightful creaminess. Nice and drrinkable a joy...go get this one.

Thanks bditty187, for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:04:00 | More by hoffman
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jbowers56

Australia

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From memory:

a) Deep red colour, slightly hazy. Two fingers of head which left good lacing.

s) Very strong smell of resiny hops. Slight caramel sweetness in the smell too.

t) Hugely powerful palate. Heaps of fruity, resiny, citrussy hops balanced out by a big old caramel malt kick. I love this in double ipas, it puts the bitterness in to a nice context against the sweet malts.

m) So smooth. Thick enough to be unctuous in the mouth but just carbonated enough to stop it from being cloying or syrupy.

d) for a beer of this strength, the drinkability is dangerously high.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 09:54:18 | More by jbowers56
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Chris_Cali_2o9


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pub style glass

A- Light copper body, 1 1/2" fluffy off white head

S- Floral, piney hops, sweet bready malts

T- Floral, piney, caramel, vanilla, sweet bready malts, grapefruit bitterness, slit alcohol twang

M- Amazingly creamy, low carbonation

O- I've been trying to get my hands on this for a while, and it was worth the wait. Not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly creamy. For a DIPA it's incredibly balanced with a sweet bready malt backbone, that tastes of caramel and vanilla, and ends with a grapefruit bitterness and a suprisingly light alcohol twang, for a 10% abv beer. This is what i look for in this style, uniqueness, and a glorioud malt backbone. I've only experienced this flavor profile 2 other times with Stones Enjoy by IPA and Drake's Aroma Coma. All 3 of these beers are in my top 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 22:35:46 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter; deep glowing orange/amber and cloudy, with a medium loose white head that fades quickly into a tight disc of foam on the top. Smells of sweet malts, and I do detect a bit of nuttiness like the bottle suggested; smells almost like a rye beer. Hops present in the smell are some grassy, and some of subdued sweet citrus. Taste is astoundingly different than any other DIPA I've had. Starts off with some sweet and a bit crackery malts, but then it's a hop show entirely. Big sweet citrus fruits meld into that odd rye-like flavor which I can't quite identify, and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is big and smooth, alcohol is well-hidden. It's rare to see a unique beer in one of the most popular styles these days, and this one is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 06:06:49 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper color with a large off white head and awesome lacing. Strong bubblegum, citrus, and piney hop aroma. Awesome bitter citrus hops drive this brew. While a nice sweet malt balances beautifully, some peach flavors develop, and there is a lingering alcohol taste at the very end. Damn near perfect, though Dreadnaught still holds that title for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 00:23:14 | More by egajdzis
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice amberish orange enormous fluffy eggshell-colored head that sticks around like the head on a rootbeer float. The lacing is super thick and frothy, sticky, too. Aroma is piney-citrusy hops -- extremely pleasant and not overpowering, probably because of the sturdy malt presence. This malt comes through beautifully in the taste as well with strong hops, of course, slapping around the palate both at the front (clementine rind and grapefruit juice) and the back (oily, piney bitterness). The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. High alcohol presence (9.1% abv) is skillfully masked but emerges as the beer warms. This one is dangerously drinkable. No wonder Premier is always out of stock on this one. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 18:00:11 | More by orfeu
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trekbiker3000

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good pour with a two finger foamy head. The head was maintained for quite a while after the pour. The amber color was offset by a bit of cloudiness. The aroma was a perfect blend of the malt and hops. The taste of the beer puts this over the top. You get a slow build up of bitterness that lingers well after the beer is gone. It comes off like a strong Belgian, but the bitterness definitley makes this Double IPA one of the great IPAs. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation very mild. You can tell it is carbonated, but you do not get that sharp acidity like in some beers. The alcohol content can knock you on your butt, so you can't drink this beer all afetrnoon. It's a good beer to savor with a good meal. I would enjoy this with steak, BBQ, ribs, and pasta with red sauce.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 22:04:45 | More by trekbiker3000
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/orange with a white head that laces the glass beautifully. A good bit of sediment hangs inside, which is something I love to see.

Smell: Bittersweet, with emphasis on the 'bitter'. That this is loaded with hops is obvious at first whiff, but you can also detect the mellower malts. A bit of alcohol hits the nose, too.

Taste: A very bold, bitter hop character with prominent sweet nuttiness from the malt. This beer doesn't screw around: it's an IPA lover's IPA. And the taste doesn't just vanish, either; the flavor of delicious hops lingers on the palate long after the beer's been swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and creamy, with good carbonation that prevents it from feeling flat.

Drinkability: I'll admit that I've put away many of these in one sitting, but that 9% alcohol catches you after a while. It's a small price to pay, though, because when you've got a hankering for some hops, there isn't much that tops this.

A classic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 11:24:18 | More by Thiestru
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bigboytim28

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well balanced hop head heaven. A definite cant miss for any hophead. Poured out of 22 oz into regular pint glass. exceptional color. citrusy aroma, definite cant miss, great divide is making incredible hoppy beers and this is one of them. if you can try this and the fresh hop

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:34:00 | More by bigboytim28
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alexkeil

New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Consumer Beverage in Lockport, Ny bottled 9/9/11

Pours an orange color with white head, decent lacing after short retention

Aroma is dominated by citrus and malty sweetness.

I get worried with double ipa's because if they are not done right the flavor can have an orange juice like quality. With the aroma I was a little worried but the flavor is nicely balanced between the citurs and pine hops, malt sweetness and dryness from the alcohol. The bitterness is accertive but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is medium body and slightly prickly from the hops and alcohol.

I can't ask for more from a double ipa, this one does it right. Very drinkable, very american, I can have it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:35:43 | More by alexkeil
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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