Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,365 | Reviews: 1,486 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
Copper appearance. Very slight chill haze. Slight off white head. with little retention. Not many signs of carbonation upon viewing. Lacing is sporadic, but nice. The nose has got it all. It's dominated by the hops with their pine sap, lemon rind, grapefruit and citric attributes. But there's also some caramel dripped sweetness and light bready tones as well. This beer has the perfect mix of bitter hops and sweet malts for an IIPA. The hops are bitter, but fairly clean that way. The hops are juicy. This is perhaps the quality of this beer that I like the most. Like juicy pink grapefruit pulp. With the slightest coating of sugar to keep it in check. The malt backing has nuances of toffee and caramel. The body is round and damn near full. Carbonation is in check. And this is one helluva an Imperial IPA.
07-08-2004 04:44:33 | More by Bighuge
3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours deep orange. Aroma, lots of hops and alcohol.
Taste, bitter, a little thick, not quite syrup, but I would have preferred a smaller malt bill and some more dry hopping (if any). Its a big beer, but the big is accentuated on the stuff I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of in a DIPA. Not that it makes this a bad beer, far from it.
Mouthfeel, dominated by the bitterness. It makes me think I may have gotten an old bottle, it has that 9 month old dipa feel to it, which can be great with some dipas (Pike Double IPA for instance).
03-09-2010 19:50:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Deep orange colour, a little hazy, with a creamy off-white head. The foam just didn't want to subside right through to the end and coated the glass quite nicely, forming rings of foam that indicated the size of each sip. Very pretty. Aroma was a nice combination of malty caramel and prominent grapefruit hoppiness, with some orange fruitiness thrown in for good measure. The flavour had plenty of hop bitterness and citrus flavour, balanced nicely by a big malt backbone. Lots of caramel in there. Some similarities to a barleywine. A bit of alcohol warming showed up towards the finish and complemented the full, rich body very nicely. Very tasty and balanced, making it an easy-drinking double IPA. I'm glad I gave this one another try... the first bottle I ran into must have been past its prime.
03-18-2005 01:27:51 | More by DrJay
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend... poured into my Chimay goblet...
1" head drops very fast.. some ribbons of lace.. and the cap is pretty nice... but what catches the eye ... is this is one dark DIPA.. very amber.. with deep orange highlites when held to a lamp.
again.. even the nose smells dark... caramel... toffee... toasty grains... maybe even some nutty/cocoa components.. west coast hops.... grapefruit and pine.. but the malts seem way out of whack in my mind.
big bitterness moves quickly into the expected darker malt components.. nutty.. caramel.. and again darker toffee.. too sweet IMHO (for the style) .... resiny pine and lemon zest hoppiness.... some yeasty fruitiness.... and then a looong piney and bitter finish.. the body is fairly thick... and carbonation levels are pretty much spot on... the bitter finish would probably get to me after more than one glass.
despite my above negativity.... this brew is pretty damned tasty... I just prefer DIPA's that have more of a singular malt bill.
11-19-2008 07:45:10 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a clear, amber/maize color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight raisin, and strong alcohol. Overall, a really good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.
09-17-2009 23:29:59 | More by Tone
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of robust caramel malts with good amounts of pine and citrus hop aromas. Hints of bready aromas waft out as the beer warms.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky and moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of biscuit flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit and the malt flavors sweeten, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall I was expecting an amped up version of Titan but instead got a mix between Titan and Old Ruffian. More malt-forward than I was expecting but still worth a shot.
08-13-2010 14:11:50 | More by glid02
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear amber color with a thin white head that had very little retention and a bit more than moderate lacing.
The aroma was a very nice blend of malt and hop (something that a lot of beers in this style are lacking, IMO), with the slight sweetness being nicely countered by a strong pine hop scent. The taste was similar to, but a more muted version of, the aroma. There was a floral hop component on the tongue that I didn't get in the nose.
The body was very good, full but not heavy, with some stickiness on the tongue on the finish. Drinkability was very good for the style, far better than most examples. Overall, a much better than average example of the style, worth your time.
02-08-2010 21:09:45 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Copper-bronze, a little darker than some. Tons of fluffy, rocky white head, insane retention, Beautiful lace. The cream of the crop! If I could give this a 5.5, I would!
S: Clean hop smell, with a little bready malt.
T: Sweet, bready and caramel malt is detectable up front... then the hops take over! Very citrousy and piney Pacific Northwest hops. Good bittersweet balance, isn't as bitter as some.
M: Rather full, creamy and slightly syrupy body. Moderately high carbonation (keeps producing head!).
D: Big, bold and heavy... drinkability suffers, but the flavour is great, so I'll still put it above average.
12-27-2005 03:24:53 | More by Derek
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
The beer after evacuating the 22 ounce brown bottle set up residence in my glass a slightly hazy burnished copper color, the head is Brontosauric in size, semi-creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan color, the lace forms a tight seal around the glass to conceal its charms. Nose is blessed with a hop floral spiciness, sweet malt at the back, citrus like in its crispness, fresh an appetizing this noise, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops wallops your palate to full attention and it stays that way to the very dry and sweet finish.
05-23-2004 23:09:45 | More by Gusler
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my Piraat glass. Looks good.
Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a good amount of biscuity malt in the nose as well.
Taste is also full of floral, grassy hops that give way to a buttery, biscuity malt underneath that is pretty decent. Hops don't seem to be the focus here but this bottle is nearly 6 months old (forgot to read the date when purchasing). Still pretty decent hop kick.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grassy hop flavor and biscuity malt flavor. Feels well balanced, even if the hops aren't as strong.
Well, I'm positive that this would have more of a hop kick if it were fresh. Still, I can't complain because it's still delicious and easy to drink. I'll definitely check the bottle next time but otherwise, I like this.
05-18-2009 03:24:09 | More by Brad007
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant amber coloring with a slight haze, and a thin lacing of foamy head. Hops and hops and hops all over the nose, with a good blend of piney and citrusy-sweet notes, also. Bits of spice/pepper in the deep inhales. The beer is round, and fills your mouth right off the bat! Malty sweet flavors slip onto the tongue first, laying down a nice foundation for the aromatic and piney hops that follow. The spices continue to be present, and highlight the aftertaste as well. There are also some sweet grapefruit and grassy tastes towards the end of the tongue. Aftertaste is all hops, with the slight peppery spices mentioned before. Surprisingly, the finish is lingering and sweet, and the slightest bit bitter. My mouth actually watered the longer I tried to focus on the aftertaste and finish, so I guess that ranks high on the drinkability scale!
02-11-2011 03:53:54 | More by GarthDanielson
3.2/5 rDev -22.5%
22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Dated Nov. 9.2011
A - Pours a dark reddish-orange and clear. A two finger head that is a yellowish-tan. Good Retention.
S - Pine, Oranges, sweet carmel malts.
T - Sweet malts, then some citrus comes around. Finishes with a hop-grass flavor.
D - Good carbonation, sticky and sweet.
O - Sweet and malty. Lacking a hop kick.
11-29-2011 19:16:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Reviewed from notes:
Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head
smell: is incredible. hops, sweet malts,
taste: sweet malts, citrus hops,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nice crisp finish
drinkability: this is a well balanced double ipa. will definitely going back to the store and picking up the rest of the 4 pack that I left behind.
03-09-2011 18:38:01 | More by THECPJ
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a pint glass. Awesome appearance: Clear orange color with a thick and sticky cloud on top. The smell was deep hops, and the flavor was hops with a malt backbone. Nice combination of flavors, and the oily mouthfeel keeps the flavor coated on the tongue. This is a very good beer and I'll buy it again.
05-23-2006 02:15:24 | More by TurdFurgison
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
22oz bomber, Riley's
appearance: pours a hazy orange-copper, foamy beige head with lots of lacing forms immediately...snifter is coated all around with the foamy remains
smell: big and bold aromas...pungent and juicy floral hops...loaded with bittersweet pink grapefruit, herbal/grassy nature, fresh huge pine cone aroma, no alcohol detected in the nose...lots of tropical fruit, apricot...medium malt presence
taste: super juicy floral hops...bittersweet freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, intense pine resin, orange-grapefruit citrus hops...medium sweet malt backbone. little alcohol detected in the nose but a big alcohol burn in the body. very nutty, strong caramel malt. very good but very bitter
mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, strong alcohol burn, super bitter-sweetness
drinkability: inhibited slightly by the bitterness
02-20-2006 02:05:18 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
From a 22oz bomber.
Appearance- pours a doughy two finger into my pint glass. Has a nice slightly hazy, amber/copper mix with some dwindlimg lacing.
Smell- It makes me think of taking a bite of homemade Amish white bread into some lightly carbonated hop juice.
Taste- Tase makes me think of taking a big bite of a grapefruit, skin and all. The bitterness of the skin mixed with citrus and some malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Very bready, one thin I notice in good IPA's. Somewhat dry, but nice and bitter. Reminds me of a couple ex-girlfriends.
02-21-2006 04:18:00 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev -3.1%
on tap at irish pol in philly
Pours a clear golden copper color, nice layering of white head, filmy retention, curtains of lacing everywhere.
One-two punch of staunch hops and sweet malt in the nose, pine and caramel with bitterness and a kick of alcohol.
Intensely bitter up front with a smack of grapefruit and citrus rind. Touches of pine bitterness, light fruit sweetness as well. Impressive caramel malt backbone, sweet and burly underneath the hop attack. Finishes bitter, dry, and boozy.
Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and tingly on the palate. Drinks nice despite the high abv, great example of balance between extreme hops and malt.
09-16-2011 01:22:59 | More by xnicknj
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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