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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,034 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3034
Reviews: 1465
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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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BrandonN24

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/13/13, Drink 12/18/13

The color is very good for a double IPA, a deep golden light haze as the beer settles in the glass.

The smell on the nose is sweet fruity hops at first. Their is some alcohol present at the back-end but is mostly covered up by the fruitiness of the hops, or maybe malts?

This double IPA is honestly mildly bitter in my opinion. From the first taste I get notes of fruits and then citrus. I do get the presence of alcohol but it is very very mild for a 10% abv beer. Their is some bitterness on the after taste but not a lot.

Overall this is a great double IPA, very drinkable and I definitely recommend this if you have not tried it. Watch out though this beer will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:22:14 | More by BrandonN24
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 10 2013 (just a bit old), poured into snifter.

A: Foggy copper-amber color; straightforward IIPA look.

S: Big tropical fruit hops, cracker malts, hint of alcohol that works pretty well adding spice to everything else.

T: There's a big variety of fruits showing up here. I get more apricot and some hints of dark fruits than anything else, maybe due to the bit of age this beer has on it. Still piny, still very tropical, with a little vanilla in there and a sweet finish that reflects the bready malts. Pretty complex.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and slightly sticky. Does good to leave flavor behind on the finish.

O: Solid offering from Great Divide; it's got a pretty unique flavor, the apricot and vanilla have left a pretty big impression on me. Looking forward to getting this a bit fresher to see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:16:11 | More by AwYeh
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barczar

Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a rich, dense, cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, mint, pine, grapefruit, and earthy hops form the initial aroma. There's a slightly sweet, bready, toasted malt component underlying the hop notes.

Flavor is sweet and earthy initially, with citrus pith hitting mid palate, finishing earthy, resiny, and a touch bitter. Caramel malt forms the backbone.

Body is full, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

I expected more hop character. The sweetness of the malt is somewhat overwhelming. Bitter hops counter in the finish, but the middle ground is lacking a bit. This may have passed muster back in the day, but times...they are a changin'.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:00:53 | More by barczar
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SKYY

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 750mL bottle.

A: Translucent bright amber/dark blonde. Clarified, not filtered, still bits of brewing components (shredded hops or sediment clumps) in the last portion of the bottle. That's always a good thing, in my book. I hate filtered beer. This is not filtered, but "clarified".

S: Slight maltiness, slight hoppiness. It's not as aromatic as some American IPAs, but what scents it does have are definitively identifying this as a strong pale ale or an IPA. It doesn't smell like a hop-bomb or an alcohol-bomb. In short, nothing to complain of here. The brewers did well.

T: Hops AA averages from the total hop additions must average around 6-10% per ounce, from what I can gather. That's just the average--there's probably some amount of high-AA hops in this beer's boil, but for the most part it seems to use just a lot of standard pale ale hops, albeit at a much higher amount than your standard American Pale Ale. I'm thinking they added a lot of hops during the boil, and maybe a few ounces in the vat at chill-time. There's very little evidence of dry-hopping. In regards to the malt profile, well, it tastes like a lot of crystal, maybe some light pilsen, and something astringently bitter that I really can't put my thumb on it right now. Cliff's Notes: It's got a lot going on, and that's a good thing! The aftertaste, after 20 seconds or so, still leaves you with an overwhelming flavor of alpha acids from the hops. Based on this, I surmise that the brewers relied heavily on using flavoring hops during the boil, instead of aroma hops at the end of/as dry hops. If they were to dry-hop this thing for a few weeks with some Willamette, just prior to bottling, well, they'd have an even bigger monster on their hands. It'd probably a blue-ribbon beer.

M: Carbonation is in balance with the flavor profile. There's some unfermented sugars left in this thing, along with a faint feel of starchiness that makes it's mouthfeel full and long-lived. Nothing to complain about, ever! Perhaps a bit of maltodextrin or some other starch additive...but there's really nothing to dog them on the mouthfeel. I wish every beer felt like this!

Overall, it's a great beer, one that I'll be going back to. Minus a few personal hop timing issues, there's nothing not to LOVE in this brew. The name "Hercules" implies strength, and it's one of the few "double" IPAs out there that actually perform to that claim. Thanks, brewers, for not completely filtering the hell out of this thing...beer is not meant to be clear! Simple translucency is key.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:02:09 | More by SKYY
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this DIPA. Relatively fresh-9/10.

The beer poured 1/2F head with a golden-copper color in a Stone snifter.
The glass is new, and I am beginning to drink more beers in it. , including DIPAs.
It enhances the taste/ aroma slightly different than a tulip glass- not sure of the comparative details yet.

The aroma is heavy grapefruit, and slight vanilla.

Nice moderate mouth feel suits the beer by not overwhelming the taste.

The taste/finish: very hoppy, refreshing grapefruit, some vanilla. The taste stands out as having a distinct character and is different than the San Diego style DIPAs.

It was also impressive that the taste lingers- not always the case in this style.
I paired the beer with lamb and a vinagrette salad which deepens the taste.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Another impressive beer from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 13:49:46 | More by brureview
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated Jun 05 2013

hazy orange rusty color. frothy off-white head, good lacing and head retention. earthy and piney hop aroma. taste has some good caramel malt body to support the big hoppy flavors. mouthfeel is a bit slick on the tongue, medium carbonation. works well. couldn't tell this was 10% abv at all. dangerous, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:37:27 | More by jmdrpi
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome head retention! A very will-built brew. Solid orange/red color with fantastic clarity. Head is tan and densely foamy. Great lacing too.

Apricots, dark red apples, woody, pine, resinous.

Holy bitterness, yet well done. Smooth and delicious bitterness that well rounded and has great lasting flavor. Lots of depth and consistently changing and melding flavors. Very light and easy drinking for a thick hearty dense IPA. Lots of great pine flavors without being a hop bomb. If anything is bad about the flavor, it's that it's just a bit too sugary...but, not overly so.

Very well thought out and nicely executed DIPA. Highly recommended!!! A must try for sure. Great work GDBC, keep em' coming!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:41:32 | More by chugalug06
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Mattyb79

Virginia

2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just recently started getting Great Divide here, so I was very excited to try this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of 9/13/13.

A: Relatively clear, orange/amber liquid with about 1 finger head. Not bad looking, but nothing special either.

S: This is where it started to fall apart for me. I spent maybe 5 minutes trying to get a good feel for the aroma of this brew because it just seemed so off from what I expected. I get a very faint whiff of citrusy fruity hops and...almost nothing else. The only other aroma I could get off of it reminded me of piss. I hate saying that, but it was the first thing that came to mind every time I tried.

T: There was no redeeming quality here unfortunately. Bitter, piney hop taste followed by a huge caramel malt flavor. The bad part came in the finish which tasted like soap...not a little either, more like the flavor you would get from accidentally getting dishwashing liquid in your mouth.

M: Not a bad mouthfeel, but with all the bad flavors going on, I just wanted to swallow it quickly without thinking too much about it.

O: I cant believe this beer was as bad as it was. If this is what it is supposed to taste like, I have no idea how the ratings are so high. I'm going to try to track down a fresh bottle and re evaluate this, because what I drank doesn't seem like what everyone else is drinking...at least I really hope not.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:39:47 | More by Mattyb79
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/20.

A - Amber in color. Poured no head. Light carbonation. No lacing as liquid receded.

S - Moderately fragrant. Apricot and brown sugar.

T - Dominant malt backbone. Moderate sweetness composed of maple syrup, nutmeg, and hazelnut. Some tartness composed of orange and pineapple with a lemon rind finish. Key note is that mat backbone was dominant throughout. Some alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

O - A mess. Malt backbone over powering and inappropriate for an IPA or DIPA. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:41:18 | More by Duane_Opfer
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Jan. 19, 2012! I really need to start looking at bottle dates before buying! Probably the oldest IPA I have ever had. Since IPAs have a reputation for not aging well due to the hops fading, I'm not expecting much despite Hercules being #99 on the BA Beers of Fame list until very recently.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Nearly clear amber with much carbonation and a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Strong pine hops forward. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Surprisingly powerful hop presence considering the age on this bottle. The very high ABV is not very evident until later, when the throat begins to burn a bit from it. Less than halfway through I can already feel it.

m: Medium, great body, a definite sipper, not one you'd likely choose for a quick summer refresher. But now it's Fall and sipping an intoxicating hop bomb like this is really pleasant.

o: Again, surprised that this has so much hop clout for its age. A DIPA worthy of being in the BA Beers of Fame top 100, although its days there have just recently ended. Still, this is one to beat.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 04:12:19 | More by scotorum
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rawfish

California

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 05:37:17 | More by rawfish
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delta490

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep amber, cloudy, with one finger of short-lived creamy white head. The head remains around the rim and leaves lacing. A little visible carbonation.

S- a little staid. Mostly sweet/nutty malt.

T- whatever is missing in the aroma comes through in the taste. Big hops (tropical fruit, floral) dominates upfront and quickly slips into the strong malt backbone from the aroma.

M- a big bitter bite in the beginning and on the finish. Mid pallatte is a little smoother.

O- other than the oddly missing aroma complexities, a great well-balanced DIPA that has both big malt and big hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 20:25:36 | More by delta490
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probiotic

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Beautiful hazy golden yellow.

Smell - Yeasty. Reminds me of a Matilda I had earlier this summer with a lacto infection, but with less of a "dirty diaper" smell. This particular bottle: 7/10/13 does seem to have some sort of infection but I haven't tried the other 3 in the 4-pack yet.

Taste - Malts are strong but the hops seem to be lost to the overpowering yeasty aroma. Sweetness prevails and I actually think that the infection seems to compliment the malts in a way that I never could have anticipated.

Mouthfeel - Bready/Chewy.

Overall - Seems like I've encountered an infected anomaly, but based on the malt profile I would take a Double Trouble over this guy any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:42:10 | More by probiotic
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joeworrall

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

drinking this tonight head-to-head with Bear Republic Racer 5 and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in my ongoing search for the perfect IPA.

poured from a bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass, it has a clear amber color and thin head.

I really prefer Imperial/double IPA's so I was excited to try this after hearing how great it is. At first taste, I was impressed, but when I sipped the other two beers and compared the flavors, this tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. The aroma is fantastic, and the aftertaste is delightful, but the high alcohol content makes me want to sip it, not chug it.

I think I prefer Great Divide's Titan IPA to this, and I definitely find Racer 5 easier to drink...

I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, this is a unique one, worth trying once, but I probably won't go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:28:39 | More by joeworrall
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Flying Monkey in Topeka, KS. $5 for a pint.

Appearance: about two fingers of thick white head. Reduced to a thin ring. Great lacing in the glass. Beautiful golden colored body.

Smell: citrusy and piney nose. Earthy lemon rind. Some tropical fruits. Sweet malts.

Taste: peach, grapefruit, mango and citrus. Big bitterness and very warming abv. Sweet malty backbone. The abv is definitely appereant. Almost oniony, spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth silky body which helped with the bitterness and alcohol heat.

Overall: a great deal at $5. Nice citrusy/grapefruit up front but the abv definitely makes itself known. Even more than I like in a dipa. Worth a shot If u like 'em big and bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 23:34:32 | More by CowsandBeer
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FLima

Brazil

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Delicious citrusy, malty and spicy aroma. Notes of grapefruits, pine, Cointreau, lots of nuts (marzipan) and some earthiness.
Spicy flavor with citrus and earthy notes. Taste of orange peel, grapefruits, earth, pepper, sweet caramel, flowers, overripe pineapple and finishing with strong pine resin note. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full viscous body with low carbonation and a sticky feeling.
There is some twist to this DIPA that made it unique, maybe its bold earthiness, heavy malts and spices. Although it is packed with heavy ammo: 10% ABV and 85 IBUs, it is very well balanced and relatively smooth. Though, at a cost of a strong malt sweetness. Still enough bitterness to make me sneeze. This beer is better a bit colder than room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:54:40 | More by FLima
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aquazr1

California

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear orange/copper color with little head. The smell is heavy to the piney side with very little citrus. The initial taste is hops followed by malt. There is some lingering bitterness at the end. A decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:27:09 | More by aquazr1
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep orange copper amber with a short but thick white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: pine hops, caramel malts, sticky sweet biscuit, floral

T: bitter hops begin followed by toasty biscuit malts, caramel sweetness, finish dries with pine bitterness lingering

M: heavy and slightly sticky, alcohol present

O: good malt heavy DIPA

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 22:57:56 | More by M_C_Hampton
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 16:44:50 | More by tectactoe
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joe1510

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bottle
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Poured a dark orange/amber into a snifter. Orange highlights show up and get brighter the closer I move my glass toward the light. Streams of carbonation rise to the top. There was a one finger white head on the pour that shrunk to a solid cap. Sheet lacing after the drink settles but then slides back into the body. Looks good.

The smell is unbelievably fresh and juicy. Big grapefruit and caramel. The hops take over though and make me pucker before I even take a drink.

This stuff is excellent. Caramel malt is present but the hops are everywhere. After the caramel shows up first BIG hops drop kick every taste bud. Bitter grapefruit and even some pine hit hard and the longer the drink goes the more bitterness comes through. The alcohol is in there as well with a solid heat but just a little flavor. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is really nice for a IIPA. It's medium bodied but does coat my mouth nicely. The carbonation is noticeable but doesn't get in the way at all. Slight alcohol warming on the finish. Your tongue does take a beating.

The body helps make this beer extremely drinkable. For a IIPA this stuff goes down fast and easy.

Overall this beer is big in everything that it does. Hops, malt, and alcohol. It all goes together hand in hand. The only thing holding this beer back is the lack of head. It's still good but that's the only thing remotely close to being a fault in this beer.One of my favorites and at a reasonable price. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/26/06

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:16:10 | More by joe1510
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scvance

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear deep golden color with a hint of amber. Large off white head fills the rest of the glass and does not disappear. Smell is very strongly hopped, earth, pine, and slight citrus. There is also a nice background of caramel malt sweetness to it. Taste is malty up front, lots of caramel and nut notes to the flavor that fade to a long lasting bitterness. Finishes with a strong alcohol flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. This obviously high residual sugar content, and this balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The beer is medium carbonation, very full bodied. Overall this is a very well done double IPA on Great Divide's part. I was turned on to this one because the Titan is one of my all time favorites in terms of IPAs. This one does not disappoint. I definitely recommend giving this one a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:52:29 | More by scvance
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a thin half finger off white head.

Dominated by hops in the nose, earthy spicy and pine note followed by a bready malt backbone.

Loads of hoppy bitterness first and followed by bready malt. Mainly pine like hop pull through in the taste and there is a big hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick with hop resin and carbonation is moderate to low

Overall I would like to try one that is a little fresher, this one is pushing 4 months and is on its last leg, I can taste the hops starting to turn. As is, it a thick piney bitter ipa with a big hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:26:46 | More by Fcolle2
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a thin off-white head.

S - Sweet tropical fruits with a good amount of alcohol.

T- Lots of malty sweetness upfront. Nice amount of earthy/resinous hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily sticky mouthfeel. Bitterness tends to linger on the tongue a bit.

O - Solid DIPA and definetly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:31:47 | More by TreyIsWilson
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bcheng

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 18:18:39 | More by bcheng
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khmel

Ukraine

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle split with a friend.

A: Light amber/copper. Frost cloudiness. Light cream head, low retention. Medium lacing. Low, slow carbonation with trails visible.

S: Yeast, floral hops, bread, honey.

M: Amazingly silky smooth. Lots of viscosity along with the sweetness. Low carbonation. Solid body. Alcohol not felt for all the smoothness.

T: Much sweeter than you avgerage DIPA. Malty, caramel notes, floral hops, not much citrus, bitter in the finish. Piney resin notes came out as it warmed.

O: I really enjoyed this beer as a beer, though as a DIPA, I felt it was overly sweet and not focused enough on the hops. Definitely worth a try and very smooth and enjoyable as long as you are not looking for lots of hopiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:07:36 | More by khmel
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,034 ratings.