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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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1,544 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,544
Hads: 3,947
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 269
Gots: 507 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 1,544 | Hads: 3,947
Photo of IronDjinn
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this bad boy at a Yokes in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper, lots of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. Chunky coral branches of lacing left in its wake. Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather an applaudable balance. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit from the hops, followed at a distance by some sticky pine, and held up by a chewy, almost candy-like malt sweetness.

Nice balance in the flavour as well. Hops are let loose from the beginning, but almost equally matched with the malt, a smooth blending.
Biscuity and light caramel malt, creamy texture, slow rising of orange citrus in the middle along with some floral hops, building to a contained finish of pine and grapefruit rind, it really only starts ripping the tongue and palate in the aftertaste, almost as if it's on a delay. Dry white grapefruit rind in the aftertaste that quietly lingers and burns on.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel, like a magic carpet ride across the tongue. The faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it barely hits the radar. This is rare for a double IPA, let alone an IPA.

Wow, and wow again, it was worth the hassle at the border to bring this back home. One of the smoothest and balanced IPA's I've ever had, let alone a double. No trace of alcohol content in the flavour whatsoever, it only really sinks in well after the bottle is empty. This stuff is alchemy, for once the hype on the label is correct, it *is* fit for the gods. We're not worthy...

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head with several large bubbles that lasts quite a long time. Some moderate lacing develops. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.

Smell: lots of pinecones and citrus are easily detected by the nose.

Taste: nice malt backbone, caramel, orange sweetness, grapefruit tartness, pine bitterness, grass, and hints of alcohol. Well balanced as the flavor tones are all easily discernable.

Mouhtfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, with a smooth, lightly crisp finish. Aftertaste is long on the pine bitterness and citrus tones.

Drinkability: the bomber bottle was quaffed rather quickly and I was looking for another, but I only bought one. Insanely good, just a great beer. A must buy.

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Photo of zeff80
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First of all I would like to comment that I LOVE DIPAs, and all other "big" beers that come in 22oz bottles I feel by the time I’m done drinking it I have a really good feel for what the beer is all about. I poured this one out into one of my trusty pint glasses. Near-Perfect appearance for the style, the body is a ruddy copper color topped off with a creamy and sticky eggshell colored head, lacing clings in huge sheets down the pint. The nose on this one is a real sinus-cleanser, the hop aromas lean heavily towards the piney side but there are citrus and citrus peel aromas all very floral, green and resinous. This is of course all binded together by a sticky caramel smelling malt, any alcohol aromas are practically non-existant, which is suprising. In the mouth the malt is nice and stickily sweet, it is quickly over-powered by a dense and practically vibrating bitterness, citrus peel and resinous pine complete the voyage. Again, for the high ABV on this beer, the flavor is very well masked. Hercules is not too sweet which I find in some DIPAs and can become a bit annoying, I do however prefer them a tiny bit drier than is the case here. The mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky, carbonation is ultra-soft. A great representation of a style that I love dearly.

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Photo of Vancer
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a hammer! Great brew to sip while watching football, inside or out. Yeah, 85 IBUs & 9.1%, still a small step for a stepper. Gorgeous hazy pumpkin orange pour, rich tan head. Oh yeah, very nice malty sweet sniff with florals, citrus and grapefruit. Loads of hops in the quaff, of course, but enough malts to balance quite well.

Tangy and rich, puts a little fire in the belly. $5.19 for a 750 bomber.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper amber with a thick which head about a half inch thick. The head seems to never want to recede but when it does it leaves a perfect lace on the glass. The nose of this beer has a strong hop character showing off some piney resin, citrus, and zesty fruit, and from the malt a little caramel makes it way through. There is also some alcohol in the very back of the aroma. Now for flavor this beer packs a punch and a half. Initially hops just smack around the pallate. They provide a zesty twang, with some piney flavors, and some citrus notes. Literally the hops just dominate initially and almost coat the mouth. Definetly a little oily resin in there. Malts work their way into the mix of this beer showing off some dough, biscuit, and caramel, but then the hops just come back. This beer finishes with some sweet citrus hops, and just the right amount of bitterness. God this is good. The mouthfeel of this beer is rich and flavorful with a wonderful creamy body. Just to repeat myself, god this is good!

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Photo of bierluvre
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just Wow. I am really not the biggest IPA guy but this beer was just mind blowing. I hate an overly bitter beer. This beer has a biiter hop bite but the malt and floral balance that follow in the second mouthful makes one of the best beer experiences ever. Buy it, all of it.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orange-brown color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing but citrusy and piney hops. A badass hop aroma that I never want to leave. It keeps drawing me in. The taste has just the slightest bit of sweet maltiness, but watch out cause it doesn't last long. Lots of juicy hops ready to own your palate like the bitch that it is. Great hop flavor, that's all there is to it. The body is very thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome for a 9.1% brew. Flippin' awesome.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery mid-brown into the pint glass. Lovely eggshell, 2-finger head swells, then recedes to a tenacious half-finger. Lovely looking.

Resinous, citric hops smack your nose awake and you go back for more. Further olfactory investigation reveals a myriad of dense malty goodness which when melded with the massive hop profile produce an almost single-malt whisky (no ‘e’) effect. Very nice. Caramely sweetness is there, and subtle fruity esters are all over the place suggesting peaches, apricots in a reduction of Marsala wine.

The tangy onslaught of hops is relentless and is heavy with its vapours and oils. Grapefruit, blood orange, lemon grass and pine needles have a resounding, fresh vibrancy. However, the malts will not be forgotten in this epic battle; weaving in and out of the thrusts of the hops are well-placed blows of caramel, roasted nuts, dry earthiness, and hints of smoke.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, helped along by a calvary of fine, silky conditioning. Heavy and leaning towards syrupy, but the alcohol dries out the finish. Not quaffable mind you, but easy-drinking for the style. Did I mention the sheets of foam left in the wake of this beauty?

Wowza, this is a bruiser! Incredible complexity, body and general presence. Had this with a peppered turkey and blue cheese Panini with avocado spread – a pairing made in heaven! An awesome liquor, I mean – ale. Must. Review. Old Ruffian.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review here so I'll try to do this baby justice:

Sight: Great golden overlay deep ambers, the head is thick and sustained. Very delicate lacing.

Nose: I'm talking grapefruit here. The hops are very seducing. Slight hints of deep woods.

Taste: SLAM! The taste is what sells this beer. It is out of this world good. Probably the best dIPA I have encountered (though am I by no means a veteran) You can taste the ABV IMO and it adds a great finish to the sip. The hops are out of control and I'm loving it.

Feel: Like the others said, the carbonation is perfect for this brew, apparent but not overwhelming. The brew is bordering on the "thick" side but it skirts it quite well.

All in All an excellent beer for the $$. I would buy it again except I bought the last one at my store

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Beautiful deep copper color, with a phatty light tan head that works hard to keep going and leaves substantial sticky lacing all over the glass. Mmmm.

Aroma is full of earthy malt, and hops reminiscent of a damp musty pine forest. Tastes of sweet caramel, piney hops with a twist of citrus woven in. Big and earthy. If ever a beverage came from Mother Earth this is it. The bitter hop finish lasts long and gets better as it goes. Nice!

Big body, substantial in the mouth, yet smooth and not filling. Several distinct layers of lacing remain with the glass half empty (ok half full!). I'd be down for another if I had one.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange topped by a yellowish and frothy head. Very typical for this style in my experience. Foam dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Powerful hop aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Faint caramel malts. Obviously, this is Titan on steroids.

Taste: Ultra bitter and tangy hopes on the start. Peppery, brash, citrusy, and sprucy. Just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep this tolerably balanced, but maybe not exquisitely so. This is an IIPA after all. Not quite as complex as Dreadnaught.
Mouthfeel: Solid and burly medium bodied beer with long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Like it's namesake, this is powerful and strong. A great IIPA. Dreadnaught, best be watchin' yer ass. Thankfully, finishing the bottle is not a Herculean feat.

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Photo of rfabian
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eighty five IBU's it says on the label. It also says 10% ABV, not 9.1%. This ought to be good...

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch head that persists and leaves solid sheets on the glass. The appearance is golden amber and clear. The aroma is strong citrus hops. The taste is strongly bitter and mildly malty sweet. The feel is full bodied with a clean finish with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable IPA, it's strong but not too rich.

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Photo of righlander
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

pours a super cloudy dark amber from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. smells super hopped and malted up. a lot going on in the smell. maybe some caramel lots of hops. taste is super bitter alcohol malty hoppy madness. not as alcohol tasting as one would think. very balanced tasting. a monster sweet malt assault with some extremely well balanced but very bold hop character. tastes awesome, just how you want an IPA to be. I imagine this is how the first IPA's were. mouth feel light carb easy to drink but, at 9.1% i can only handle a 22oz so drinkability not so good for me.
exceptional brew.

This beer has become my new favorite IPA. It's amazing. This has become my new standard for IPA's. This beer is a must try for IPA lovers in my opinion.
excellent excellent excellent!

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Photo of HotHabanero
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with an amber colour and with a nice off-white head. Aroma of floweris, green, earthy hops and caramel. Citrus and caramel flavour with lot of hops. Honey texture. Full bodied. The strong alcohol is just present. Long nice finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper colored brew, with a big tan head that results from a nice cascade. Sheets of lace stick to the glass. The scent is a great citrus hop scent, which evidences high hop levels. The taste has a sweet pale malt front, which is dominated by a huge hop presence. Sticky citrus/bitter hops, great taste. Smooth creamy mouth, some stickyness from the hop oils.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went over to my buddies house this evening and he unveiled this fantastic gift from his fridge. Easter came early for this kid.

Pours a semi-clear copperish orange with a full off white head. Absolutely wonderful lace adheres to the glass with each sip.

There is a floral and citrus hop aroma that greets the nose with a hearty hello. A strong carmel malt sweetness is also present in the nose.

The blast of hops that assaults the mouth are balanced by an exceptionally sweet malty finish. The bitter citurs and floral hop flavor is complemented nicely by the rich carmel malts.

This is a full bodied beer that is rich and chewy in the mouth. The memory of the texture lingers long after the last sip of this wonderful elixir. There is a barleywine-like quality to this imperial ipa. This is a fantastic brew that would stand in for a quality hopped barleywine.

This is an infinitely drnkable beer that will make a regular appearance on my beer list. A great offering from the folks at great divide. What a beer!

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Pizza Peel. Let me just say: This local establishment has stepped their game up, big-time.

Fairly big head. The beer itself resembles some sort of crystalline-amber color that's allowing minimal amounts of light to penetrate. One of the prettier DIPAs I've seen. The head's very resilient, and hardly wants to recede at all! I can't tell if that's a good thing or not. I'm getting a little impatient. I'll settle for a frothy mustache I suppose...

I can hardly take a full inhalation of this beer, it's so darn floral. That's a good thing, don't worry. I'm nearly knocked back in my booth from all of the hops entering my nasal cavity. Let's taste her already!

Oh yeah. Just as I expected. A nearly-perfect balance of hops to carbonation, with only minimal malty traces, something that is crucial for me. Granted, this is a double, but the malt is still very discreet. At 10%abv, I have no idea how Great Divide pulled it off...then again, this is why they're one of the big guns in the microbrew industry.

I could literally session this stuff. I think this is the best Double IPA I have ever had. I haven't had Pliny, but man, I feel like this could give it a run for its money. Props to The Pizza Peel for keeping this baby on tap!

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow I love this beer so much.

A - cloudy amber with a white head that disappeared

S - sweet, citrusy, hoppy

T - a bit of initial sweetness, hops immediately take over and bitterness comes in and is absolutely lovely

M - medium body; nice carbonation; hoppy; bitter; great!

D - Oh wow. I do love this beer. So strong, so tasty, and so drinkable. I could drink this all night and always enjoy my nights at the pub when this is on tap. Definitely one of my favorite beers. If you haven't tried this yet what are you doing on BA!? Get on it!

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Photo of iddqd
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, a bit reddish with tan foam. Beautiful.

S: Flowers and citrus. Hoppy. It wouldn't hurt if it was stronger though, or maybe it's just because I have a cold.

T: The alcohol is present, but the beer is so balanced that it doesn't matter. Rather sweet and lots of grapefruit bitterness. Really smooth.

M: A bit thick, but it's not a problem. After all, this is a heavy beer. Carbonation is perfect.

D: I probably wouldn't want to drink another one, since it is very heavy and high on the alcohol. Then again, I think this type of beer is supposed to be enjoyed slowly.

Overall, this beer is one of the best I've had. If you have a chance to try it, do so.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chalkies in Indianapolis, a mere $4 per pint. They left off the ABV on this particular beer, leaving me to wonder why my head was so split open after only two beers. ~9% will do it to you...especially during the day.

In the tumbler, this beer was pretty in its unassuming stature. Golden, nice lacing, little head. A hellacious whiff of pine needles and slightly scorching booze.

I often find myself resorting to the lame, unspecific adjective of "winey" when describing beer. Finally a beer has risen to the point where this somewhat shotty description truly fits, and I am almost shocked by the fact that nary a single BA mentioned this in their review.

Merlot. Sorry Miles, but this brew is laden with hopped up Merlot essence. And its a good thing.

Damn, this is one good IIPA on tap...gotta try it in the bottle to see if this winey essense was truly as potent as on-tap.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Hercules Double IPA pours the stunning deep color of a copper kettle with a billowy tan head that leaves thick sticky layers of lace. Sediment floats lazily in the copper body. This beer is drop-dead gorgeous.

The smell is subtle earthy, dominated by pine and grass. The flavor exceeds the promise of this beer's stunning good looks. It packs the perfect combination of bitter earthy hops, up-front, followed by a caramel-like finish that is simply delicious. It is impossible to drink this as slowly as the alcohol content dictates.

I have had great earthy DIPAs and great sweet DIPAs, but Hercules Double IPA is the first I've had that is great in both respects. This is what "happy" feels like.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide- Hercules Double IPA

Appearance- golden reddish brown with a big fluffy thick head. Sticky head laced the glass all the way down.
Smell- Huge hops. Pungent Grapefruit and orange rind. Big pine infused throughout.
Taste- Big sweet oily pine with a nice blend of grapefruit. Alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel- First few sips there is a big bitterness kick up front but eventually the beer settles into a nice sweet pine IPA. Mellows out considerablely throughout.

Overall- A nice big IPA. A big flavor beer that holds on til the end. Definitely buy this and drink up!!

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Photo of AMoriarty
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber colored beer that is served in a snifter with a small frothy head that dissipates quickly, often by the time I get it from the bartender.

The taste is a little malty/sweet right off the bat followed by a strong bitter taste of fresh piney and citrusy hops that lingers. The beer is only lightly carbonated and is very smooth.

At nearly 10% you might expect a strong alcohol flavor but I think it is well balanced by the hops and isn't readily apparent. I always get to the bottom of my glass wishing there was more in it, but knowing that I've drank more than a traditional beer's worth of alcohol

The smell of this beer is probably my favorite part. You get the aroma of the hops mixed with a mild sweetness and the combination I love.

A local bar with 40 taps and over 500 different beers usually has this one on tap and every time I go I try to get something new but I always end up getting one of these before I leave.

This is probably one of the beers that made me fall in love with Imperial IPA's so if you're a fan of the style definitely give it a try.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.