Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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3,642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,642
Reviews: 1,511
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 199
Gots: 291 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this beer and was able to get it as a single bottle. Everything I've had from Great Divide has been well-crafted and this beer is no exception. Sure enough, this is a "hop bomb" but it takes a while for the bitterness to kick in. The high alcohol content ensures that this isn't something that will get chugged down, unlike other IPA's that I've had while out drinking.

Good pour to this, as the beer had a deep amber hue to it with a moderate head and some dotted lacing to boot. The aroma was pretty strong as well although the taste was a bit more subtle up front. The caramel-like sweetness up front gave way to an intense floral hoppiness in the back with a lot of alcohol, apricot, and leathery maltiness to tie everything together. This is very well balanced since the aftertaste doesn't call for a chaser of water to get everything down.

One of these in a night is enough, but only because of how strong this is. There's not as much citrus here as in other IPA's but the acrid mouthfeel is still present. While this isn't the best of its style that I've had, it's a solid beer and another good offering from Great Divide. I think this style doesn't call for a double but something like this pushes the envelope and in the world of craft beer, that's not a bad thing.

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

Bomber poured into a nonic. Bottled August 05 2010.

Body is amber with some golden hues. Quarter inch of white head that retains quite well.

In the nose I get toffee, some barleywine like fruity esters. Not too much in the way of hops.

The tastes has toffee, a touch of tootsie rolls, and barleywine like fruity esters (figs/plumbs/raisins). The hops bring out some apricots, peaches and pine, but the malt here steals the show. Nutty and bitter finish lingers. Really strong and in your face brew.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Bordering on barleywine thickness, but not quite.

So yeah, this is basically a hoppy barleywine. Don't try it expecting a true DIPA, because that's not what you are gonna get. It was pretty good though.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,642 ratings.