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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,028 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3028
Reviews: 1463
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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stunned to see this on cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose... mmmm.... this beer is all DIPA goodness, with considerable pine, orange citrus, jelly bean and light white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA. There's something of a honey and sweet jelly bean finish in this beer, which marries incredibly well in this otherwise hoppy, citrusy DIPA. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the hoppy bitterness, and at no point was the malty sweetness excessive or over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, soft, orange candy and bitter finish. Drinkability is good to the point of danger. There is nothing hot or heavy about this beer, though you can tell the alcohol is up there.

Wow! Stunner. mmm...

Serving type: cask

03-25-2011 22:03:49 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Rayek

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Served into a snifter via the vintage hand-pump they just installed.

A: Deep amber with lots of cloudy yeast on board. The soapy beige head is short lived and leaves only a little lace.

S: Lots of citrus and pine, with less grapefruit than in the past. A bit of caramel sweetness is present in the background. A light whiff of alcohol rounds things out.

T: The overall picture is smoother and less rough around the edges in this form. A rush of bitterness hits right away. The bitterness isn't over the top, but does have a bit of bite. Grapefruit, lemon and pine make up the bulk of the hop flavor. I tasted a bit of pepper too. Malt is there with a toffee sweetness that helps offset all that bitterness. I even picked up a hint of oak. Finishes with an extreme puckering tartness and light warmth.

M: The medium body is slightly doughy and has very little carbonation.

D: I generally avoid reviewing beers twice, but the cask conditioning really changed Hercules' for the better in my mind. Hopefully Great Divide's Tap Room will have it on cask again.

Serving type: cask

09-06-2010 18:47:34 | More by Rayek
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bret27

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at brewery 2009. Had previously on tap @ Oregon beer festival

A: Cloudy, dark amber, little foamy head.

S: Rich! Hops, piney, cedary, resiney, grapefruit. deep sweet malt

T: Same as above, w/malt coming through more than in smell to balance

M: Much thicker and 'stickier' than regular availability.

D: The extra thickness add a little something extra, but may reduce drinkability for some.

Overall: This is normally a really good beer, and the brewery makes really good stuff. No doubt. But if you can get ahold of any of their stuff fresh or on cask, highly recommended!

Serving type: cask

10-30-2009 15:42:16 | More by bret27
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2007 03:16:49 | More by ColoradoBobs
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ksimons

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a bright amber with a fingers worth of white head that slowly disappears to leave a thin layer of lace

S-caramel malt and citrus. Smell starts out a bit muted but then grows as the beer warms

T-caramel malt backbone with a very large amount of hops, I am getting lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very enjoyable beer, big bitterness might make it difficulty to have a second, but if you like things bitter, you will like this

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:45:12 | More by ksimons
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jdhops

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 2/7/14.

A: Pours a deep clear reddish brown, darker than expected. Off-white thin head, but pretty lacing. An aggressive pour on the second bomber yielded a thick two fingered head that thinned slowly.

S: A little piney and earthy. Not strong at all.

T: Smooth pineyness up front, some grapefruit at the end. Very nice drying bitterness late. More piney/earthy than citrusy. ABV 10% really well hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: One of the best Colorado DIPAs. Smooth early, bitter late. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content. Not as complex as some of the best west coast and Vermont DIPAs, but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:02:40 | More by jdhops
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kcrosson492

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

RICH. Despite Double IPA being plastered on the bottle, I was not expecting the rich, hoppy, potentially 90 IBU flavor. Healthy head that dissipates quickly. Floral, citrus aroma that is deceivingly smooth. Taste is immediately rich and hoppy in nature. If hearty IPA is your taste, this should be on your list.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:02:24 | More by kcrosson492
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amazingly found in the bargain bin of a local liquor store for $1.

Clear amber liquid with a substantial off-white head.

Bracing, hop-laden aroma.

The flavor is more subdued than I expected from a DIPA. The hops definitely dominate but there is backbone of malt here that gives it enough sweetness to not be completely insanely bitter. Lingering hop oilyness on the palate. A little bit of copper. A little bit of wheat bread. Mostly piney hops, especially on the finish.

The bottle says it is 10% ABV but I can't tell it.

Very nice full mouthfeel that sticks around.

I would recommend this for any hop-heads. It might make a good counterpoint to serve with a sweet fruit pie.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:34:00 | More by jmbranum
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, grass, pine and dirt with slight citrus.

T-Starts with some malt then a good deal of hops but not waves of it. Earthy notes with some bitterness.

M-Medium to lighter, not much carbonation and slightly water.

O-A decent DIPA, but in a market so saturated it doesn't stand out. But the price is a huge plus.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:18:43 | More by rlee1390
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Richelwyn

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Tastes like a bourbon barrel aged beer. I love double IPA's and this one is excellent. I've been drinking a lot of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA recently, which is an excellent beer, but Hercules blows it away. Good balance of bitterness and some malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:39:29 | More by Richelwyn
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BierJager89

California

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazyish orange with a white ring of head.

S: Orange, citrus peel, mango, tangerine and a hint of grass and pine in the nose.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, pine, and a touch of grass.

M: Full bodied and smooth for an IPA which is nice.

O: A great DIPA, flavors were off a bit (they didn't taste extremely fresh or authentic, though they were still pretty good), otherwise I'd have given it higher ratings.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:49:00 | More by BierJager89
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first double IPA and it did not disappoint at all. Sitting at a hefty 10% ABV it didn't feel like it. It went smooth,while still retaining the hoppy characteristics of an IPA. The balance of this brew is not to be underestimated, you may see the 10% and think it to be strong/overpowering but it is not. It's a very evenly balanced beer that can be enjoyed by anyone from seasoned IPA drinkers to those venturing out of their comfort zone unto IPA territory.

If you see this on-tap, do not hesitate to try this brew, you will not regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 02:50:57 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. BAM! This is an double-barreled shotgun of an IPA. Nice and strong but balanced enough to want more than one. My first "double-IPA" but I like the big, bold character of this brew. Yet another powerhouse from Great Divide. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:05:18 | More by Johnny_Muir
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on December 13, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A earthy, floral, and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of grass, pine, and citrus. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops. Dank hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready scent of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very earthy and piney hop forward taste with big notes of grass and citrus. Big mix of earthy, herbal, and floral hops upfront. Wet taste of grass. Big presence of dank pine resin. Citrus hop taste with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. Sweet and bready malt background with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, yeast, and cracker. Very hop forward as expected. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and chewy. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Its more earthy hop driven than the more citrus driven West Coast style. Very good piney notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:58:29 | More by MattyG85
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reebtaerG

Maryland

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

Poured 12oz bottle dated 11/11/13 into a new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan finger head. Head dissipates moderate with decent lacing.

S-Aroma of slight pine, strong citrus fruits scents melon and apricot, and caramel undertones.

T-Taste is not overly sweet, bitterness is a little more pronounced but fairly nicely balanced. Same as aroma.

M-Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel at the beginning and slight dry at the end, good carbonation.

O-Overall a strong IPA which hides the 10 ABV and very good brew have to get more only bought single.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:46:11 | More by reebtaerG
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick and foamy light tan head

S-smells like a nice mix of fresh hop pellets. Smells like how it does when your adding hops while brewing. Smells real good. Medium strength. Some citrus to it as well.

T- comes in with a very bitter flavor of hops. Reminds me of chewing on fresh hop leaf. Only thing is that the flavors themselves aren't too strong. It's a good flavor with a small hint of grainy pumpernickel. The bitterness is lasting, the flavors aren't.

M-almost watery. Not much carbonation. Watery finish.

O-it's an easy drinking double IPA. They flavors are mild, but there's no off flavors which is a plus, and the bitterness is all that's expected from the style. I don't expect people to go crazy over this, but I recommend it to IPA fans who want something different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 21:19:10 | More by AdamBear
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orange, slight haze, very nice finger of off white head. Little lacing left behind. Slight haze.

S - Pine resin, light biscuit.

T - Very hop forward, malt is in there somewhere because it cuts the hops, but not enough to really say what it is.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Nice coating of the palate.

O - Excellent DIPA. 10% ABV is well hidden. I would definitely recommend and seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 23:04:05 | More by kjfinnerty
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yowza! This one will jump up and smack you in yo damn face! Deep orange/amber pour into DFH IPA glass. Good one finger foamy head, dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lots of tiny bubbles and ample lacing all the way down. Cloudiness and floaties yield an unfiltered appearance. Smell is strong piney nose with hints or orange and grapefruit. On the palate, the hops dominate (85 IPUs, for crying out loud), but there is enough malt on the backside to provide some balance, which helps offset the heavy alcohol (10% ABV). Big chewy mouthfeel. Hard to imagine drinking more than 1-3 of these and living to tell about it, but maybe that is how it got its name.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:37:45 | More by JohnParadee
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Monoptoman

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a wine guy, getting into beer thanks to two cool chicks. This is my first review, so I apologize. Bought this in Atlanta and impressed. Great orange/copper color and bubble bath head. Caramel nose is best part but one dimensional. A little flat in the mouth but tasty. Good balance of apricots caramel floral pine and nice hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 22:00:46 | More by Monoptoman
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps unfair, I tried this after having Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail.  Unremarkable at the time, it seemed as though it wasn’t malty or hoppy enough to be a DIPA.  I judge all my DIPAs against Heady, and this seemed thin and lacking flavor.  I’ll have to revisit it on a fresh palate to give it another whirl and see if my initial impressions were correct, but for now, there are many other DIPAs I’ll reach for (hello Dirtwolf!)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 13:56:27 | More by taylor714914
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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,028 ratings.