Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -45.5%
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.
03-29-2011 03:34:05 | More by dubinsky
2.45/5 rDev -40.7%
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.
05-01-2011 01:16:23 | More by dmsohyea
2.6/5 rDev -37%
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.
06-24-2007 16:10:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
2.63/5 rDev -36.3%
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.
12-28-2008 21:30:06 | More by ericduran
2.63/5 rDev -36.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Achieved a very impressive tan head. Sustained for a good while and then left a nice thick lacing. Clear amber body with tiny carbonation bubbles. The appearance was the best thing about this beer.
Aroma was a malty sweetness, light hoppiness, and a hint of nuts.
First tastes were of malt up front and grapefruit rinds toward the end. Alcohol (ETOH) veiled but not hidden. As the beer warmed for just a few minutes I began to taste ETOH and some bitterness, nothing else. No complexity, no subtleness, one gear.
Little carbonation, uninteresting mouthfeel.
I did not finish this beer. I kept waiting for a shift away from the ETOH flavor toward something more multidimensional but unfortunately I mostly tasted booze, not beer.
I recently enjoyed a Dreadnaught ( I do enjoy Double IPA's) and had no trouble finishing the bottle. Hercules was strong but not in a good way. Not what I expected.
05-21-2006 02:23:25 | More by Cresant
2.63/5 rDev -36.3%
Four finger tan head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells pine, pith, and soapy. Oranges, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Some alcohol (with some fusel) and seashore.
Tastes potent hoppy with alcohol edge hitting in with the hops. Hop bitter is high and hop flavor is so potent the flavors take on a sourish role. Pine sol with grassy dry to boot. Wet that hits the front of the tongue is wiped immediately clear with grassy hops, edgy alcohol and too strong carbonation. Gritty hop bits into the papillae in the aftertaste turning the alcohol and hops into a fusel mess. WTF is all the hype of this crap. Light body and overcarbonated.
01-17-2009 03:27:42 | More by mentor
2.68/5 rDev -35.1%
Draft pour into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.
A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Bubbles are visible rising in loose streams from the bottom and sides of the glass.
S: Toasted bread, earth, and dark vinous fruit constitute the bulk of this beer's smell. Occasional whiffs of pine foliage, caramel, and fusile alcohols break through (the latter dissipating after a few minutes).
T: Begins sweet, with intense pale and caramel malts soon joined by dark, treacly citrus hop aromatics. The middle remains hoppy, but some astringency and cloying soapiness also emerge. The finish dries out somewhat, with moderate bitterness and grapefruit peel lingering. The flavor of pure alcohol never really stands alone, although it may play a part in creating some of the less desirable qualities found here.
M: Medium viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation whose presence is felt too noticeably.
D: This DIPA has a lot going on, but some of its sensory qualities are problematic. Flavor-wise it is big but not satisfying--the kind of strong ale that fatigues the palate almost after a single sip. In its defense, it probably pairs with savory food better than some other more noteworthy examples of the style. Within its style Hercules treads near to the barleywine border, cultivating dark flavors over bright--it will not be mistaken for a West coast IPA. It is similar in this sense to Ninkasi Tricerahops or Avery Maharaja, although both are superior efforts to this.
12-14-2010 06:07:18 | More by beagle75
2.68/5 rDev -35.1%
I had this beer on a rainy sunday afternoon today. It began hopefully when i poured the beer in a nice dutch beerglass.
A nice light cooper couloured head with a very nice colour of the beer.
The first sip of the beer made me uncomfortable. My first thought was that the beer was not OK. Tried a few more sips and then the beer gave more feeling in my mouth.
Only....i'm a bit dissapointed. The beer looks good but the tasts does not come along.
This beer gets a lot of high revieuws and i an wondering why. Better luck next time.
11-22-2009 18:15:32 | More by Brabander
2.73/5 rDev -33.9%
Out of a bottle at Haven in Orange, CA.
Raul does not approve! Nasty! Nasty! Nasty!
So this is one of those Least Coast IPA's. Or is it a Strong Ale? Because Raul cannot tell. If Raul wants himself a bottle of strong ghetto syrup, he'll get himself a bottle of Old English. The homeboys gave this a 99!? Either way, Raul vows never again. Rather step in fresh doo doo'd kitty litter than suffer through this nastiness again.
Now back to a fresh, hoppy, pineapple blasted BEST Coast IPA.
*Raul was a bit ignant when he wrote this review. Now well versed in the wide world of craft from all regions, Raul vows to try young Hercules again.
12-26-2012 21:19:47 | More by RaulMondesi
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.