Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 8/19/10
A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber. Fairly gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger eggshell color head. The head discipated rather quickly leaving a think layer of slick film on the top. No real retention of lacing to speak of.
S - Mostly sweet and malty upfront. Initially its reminding me of DFH 90min IPA. There is some piney hop presence as well, but im mostly getting malts and sweet biscuit. This isn't my favorite smelling beer in this category. Im thinking this is definitely an East Coast Style IPA.
T - This beer must be past its prime. Something doesn't taste quite right. I've never had a beer that blended all the flavors together like this. So much so that i cant differentiate anything in the flavor profile. Its a mess. Its, bitter and sweet and malty. Warming alcohol presence.
M - Bready, somewhat thick and creamy. It leaves a fairly strong hop bitterness in the mouth thats lingering for a while.
O - I really didn't enjoy this beer. I feel that to be fair i will need to review a fresher bottle, but this one really didn't do it for me. The best thing i can say is that at 10% i got a buzz, but it was pretty rough.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2011 03:34:05 | More by dubinsky
2.45/5 rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
poured from bottle to IPA glass. Bottle dated 3/06/11.
I'm hoping this is an infected bottle, because this beer just doesn't taste good.
A - The beer is a dark orange brown with orange tinged soapy head. Retention and lacing are both good. TONS of huge floaties all over the place. Big turn off.
S - Smell is decent, brown sugar and piny hops with a touch of grapefruit.
T - Huge yeast flavor upfront and very bitter through mid palate to a very dry, semi bitter finish. I'm picking up some candy sugar and other bready flavors that aren't working well with the hops. It's bitter, but not in a good way that I would expect from a double IPA. It's more about the malt than the hops. I would consider this more of a barelywine. Alcohol on the finish, too. Aftertaste is just terrible.
M - it's ok. Nothing special. Pretty astringent but carbonation is good.
O - I don't like this at all. Sorry GD. Maybe I'll stick to your stouts.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2011 01:16:23 | More by dmsohyea
2.6/5 rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
A- Transparent amber body with thick foamy pale rust colored head. Great head retention and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Balanced aromas of citrus, caramel malt, toffee, and hops. Smell is rather welcoming.
T- Citrusy hops are first with a caramel malt and toffee back bone. Seems prety balanced. This is followed by a very agressive crass hop finish that lingers and lingers in the back of the palate. Nothing is at the end to balance out the hops.
M- Medium carbonation and smooth creamy body. Well done.
D- The crass hop aftertaste was over the top for me and I found it hard to enjoy. I tend to enjoy fuller more balanced DIPAs rather than agressive ones. This one just wasn't for me.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2007 16:10:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
2.63/5 rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3
Had this last night, at $13 for a 4-pack, I was expecting something exceptional.
The color was a nice clear brown but all of GD's beers are crystal clear, so nothing special about that.
It did smell really good, I will give it that, like a boquet of hop flowers.
The taste was really disapointing, this could really benefit from being conditioned in the bottle, not just carbed and poured in. That's fine when it's from a tap fresh, but leave a dead beer in the bottle for two months (mine was bottled in Oct according to the label) and uhhhh....yeah. I didn't see any yeast sediment at the bottom and the beer was so clear it either wasn't bottle conditioned or they use a very miraculous strain of yeast.
Very biting mouthfeel, resiny from all the hops. Like chewing on hops. A little creaminess at the end, maybe but really just jagged, cloyingly bitter, resinous and biting. Flash of green followed by a jolting brown. Unpleasant.
Fairly drinkable, I worked thru the two I bought (asked the guy to half the 4pack for me because of the price) in about an hour because I wanted to get drunk and it does its job pretty well at 9% ABV, but I would not drink it again. May try it off a tap if I come across the opportunity. Horribly disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2008 21:30:06 | More by ericduran
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,223 ratings.