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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,552 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,552
Hads: 3,982
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 272
Gots: 529 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 1,552 | Hads: 3,982
Photo of dawg
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass with a nice IPA bronze color and a white head. Started up with rapid bubbling which kept the head for awhile giving me plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

Smelled pretty hoppy as I am no hop head. I was a bit intimidated by the double IPA description but from what I gather this one was put together right.

Tasted very nice. Verry hoppy but not nasty bitter. I was happy with the balance and was suprised that the hops could come out this much without the bitterness. Even the finish was smooth.

Also in the background were some fruity flovors that tasted very natural and clean. About half way through I caught a nice floral bouquet that I missed up front.

Small bubbles felt nice.

While I am not big into IPAs I'd never turn one of these down.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Consumer Beverage in Lockport, Ny bottled 9/9/11

Pours an orange color with white head, decent lacing after short retention

Aroma is dominated by citrus and malty sweetness.

I get worried with double ipa's because if they are not done right the flavor can have an orange juice like quality. With the aroma I was a little worried but the flavor is nicely balanced between the citurs and pine hops, malt sweetness and dryness from the alcohol. The bitterness is accertive but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is medium body and slightly prickly from the hops and alcohol.

I can't ask for more from a double ipa, this one does it right. Very drinkable, very american, I can have it again and again.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

You may notice that my individual category rankings are all over the board for this one. There's a reason...

A- Clear bronze with off-white head that lasts and leaves several layers of lacing on the glass.

S - Um. Earthy hops with really grainy caramel... I gotta be honest; all this really does is create a very real vomit character. Not good.

T - Wha?! Oh, I get it double ENGLISH IPA. Didn't see that one coming, but I only have my own biases to blame. Totally expecting the good ole American version. Very grainy flavor, especially from pale malt and caramel. The hops are there, but mostly in bitterness, not too much in flavor. They are earthy and grassy, but don't seem nearly close to the 82 IBU listed on the bottle. Totally grain dominated. It actually reminds me of an overly hopped maibock. Bottled on date is less than two months ago, so I can't blame it on being not very fresh.

M - This is a winner. Very VERY smooth carbonation and medium body. You can't feel a bit of alcohol.

D - If you plug your nose until you take a swig, it's extremely drinkable, due to the deft hiding of alcohol content. Not bad if you just get past that smell.

I haven't read a review of this one yet as not to bias myself. I'm really interested in what others have to say. This being a DIPA be style, I'm guessing it's a little inflated in its score.

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Photo of braker649er
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Great look to this beer. Billowy head that held up well. Thinner on the smell than expected, but I picked up strong hops even though I had a cold :) Taste was hop-forward, no doubt. I tasted pine mostly, verging on dank, with fainter citrus and a fait bit o malt, too. Left off with a crisply aftertaste that was bitter in a not-at-all-unpleasant way. Like spice ... and to me this spoke of an old-school IPA. Strong showing.

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Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Came back to re-rank this one higher. The more I try this one the better I like it.

If you're considering this one, just do it. Not one to pass up.

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Photo of Reed415
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber color with a finger of head that holds

S - Hops, citrus, and alcohol in the nose

T - Very hoppy up front and lessens to end with a bittersweetness

M - Full body, some alcohol warmth, nice carbonation

D - Very good brew, the only thing I cons of this beer is I think it is too sweet, but overall an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of cookin420
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bort11 for this!

Bottle poured into a large tulip.

Pours a fiery amber/copper with alot of suspended sediment. Does not appear to be a hazy brew but it's tough to tell with the amount of yeast in suspension. Smaller head but the lace does cling nicely to my glass.

Grapefruit, muted florals, cracker in the yeast and slightly metallic tones dominate the smell. Only very muted alcohol or malt aromas make it through. Very nice.

Wow.Though very well hopped what hits me first are the things I could not smell as much, First the alcohol; a pleasant,warming spirit like alcoholic taste. Second the malt profile is huge relative to the faint malt aroma and while it isn't nearly the backbone that some doubles use it is absolutely appropriate here.
The hops are more prominent at the finish and are tart and the IBUs are very well appropriated. Pretty dry in the finish as well, I'm betting a Cali yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is on spot. This is how I want my doubles to feel.
slick but not oil slick and well carbed with viscosity a bit less than a scotch or robust porter.

Highly, highly quaffable. Every sip gets longer.

Very solid double, I might be in love. I got this in trade and realized several weeks later that it's available in Mass. so I'll be picking up a case of this next time I head south.

EDIT: Lord, save my soul. I just realized that I am the 666th reviewer of this Hellishly good shit.

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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!
ALL BOW TO THE KING! HERCULES DOUBLE IPA!

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A burnt copper color, and an agressive pour yields a large, sticky off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aromas are of caramel malts. The first sip is super hoppy, but the malt kicks in and brings this back quite nicely. Citrus, vanilla, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a creamy texture. An incredibly drinkable beer, great flavors and texture and the alcohol is well hidden. It's not my favorite DIPA, but it's definately another winner from Great Divide!

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Photo of simonjohansson
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: sweet malt, toffee, biscuit, some butter, and hoppy notes of grape, grass, citrus. Really nice smell.

Taste: surprisingly (for me) smooth and creamy, sweet malt, toffee, biscuit and a lot of american hops - grape, apples, resin, grass. Some salt as well, and very bitter. I like it, especially the balance between smooth sweet malt and heavy, bitter hops. However, I did detect some alcohol, and the hops are not as rich in flavours as, I believe, Rouges IIPA. Or perhaps its the bitterness that dominates too much. Or - perhaps its just me not fully appreciating this style.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness information on the bottle.

Huge contrast in the appearance. Almost two fingers of white head sitting atop a really vivid, enticing burnt red body. the head leaves a ring at the top of inconsistent, sticky white lacing, but there is little continuation between the top of the lacing and the top of the head line.

it's got that IPA grapefruiness, but at the same time there's some sweet, underlying pine in the nose as well. a really balanced smelling IPA. even some hints of orange and tangerine; a nice hybrid smell- not totally oozing of fruit, but not like your drinking a forest.

beer's funny sometimes; take for instance how troegs nugget nectar has a higher IBU than this beer, yet i doubt in a blind tasting anyone would be able to tell. i'm not saying this reflects poorly on hercules, the bitterness is after all, with IPA's and DIPA's supposed to be there. it's just amusing. let's move on to what it actually tastes like.

this is an odd beer to taste; unlike a lot of IPA's, it starts with a lot of pine and finishes sweet (for an example of the previous style, try a Victory Hop Devil). Except that once it finishes sweet, the sweet finishes becomes pine again...only to once again return to being sweet. this beer is really nice, because it doesn't have the big flavor progression, like the finish. rather, there is a constant flavor, which is a noticeable balance and contrast between grapefruit (none of the other fruits show up here) and pine. they work very well together, and there's even the slightest hint of cocoa powder. not really expected, but it's pleasant.

there isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, but there is a lot of lingering pine/ hop bitterness that seem to just kind of stay in the mid-palate. that's probably the biggest impeder of making this a smooth drinking beer. the body is quite substantially smooth and pretty textured; it's pleasingly easy to drink, save for the finish at times. but a nice beer, none the less. my roomate, someone who is happy to drink esb's and nothing else and not a huge fan of hops, even liked the beer, save for the mildly uncomfortable moments of excessive bitterness in the finish.

beer's funny sometimes; i go out of my way to make mention of an excessively piney, almost-uncomfortable finish, and before i know it, all that remains of a bomber is a half-filled duvel tulip. i guess that should be the first test of a beer's drinkability- is it a beer that you can forget how much you've had from a bottle if you're transferring into a glass? in this beers case, yes, i can, and did. despite the pine finish, it's a pretty easy drinking Double India Pale Ale; it's not Dogfish Head 90 minute, but make no mistake, it's in that second tier, just below the top, where there is one thing that keeps them from being top style. in the case of hercules, it's just a little too piney at times; if that rounds out a little it's up there with the pantenton-level beers of the style. as it stands right now, it's just short of being great. which is perfectly acceptable.

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Photo of denflyr
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer!

I have always enjoyed IPA style beers and boy does this one take the "cake."

It poured into a Great Divide Cervoise Goblet nice orange/copper/amber colored. A nice copper head topped it off.

The taste and mouthfeel of the beer were fantastic. I was able to detect a nice malt backbone that melded very nicely with the very hoppy tones of this DIPA.

A fantastic nose for sure as well. You can sense the alcohol, but the hop overtones are more assertive. The two biggest profiles were the citrusy and pine notes of the hops.

I love this beer, but you can only have a bit as it is 9.1 ABV and not one you can drink all night long without some undesired affects.

This went VERY nice with some spicy chicken Chimichangas that we whipped up!

Happy drinking!

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, Calif.
Bottled on August 5, 2010

Poured an amber color with barely to no head into Steinlager glass. The smell of citrus and hops hits the nose. It has a sweet taste with a definite hoppiness. Good mouthfeel, not too overwhelming. A very slight bitterness on the backend. Good drinkability with a good alcohol bite to it.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer with great feel and awesome taste! The smell is mesmerizing. The hops jump out and tease your nose. Once it hits the palate, the hoppiness and bitterness pair perfectly together. Overall an awesome beer and definetly a go to for a starter beer. But not a finisher. It would be a waste to numb your taste buds before drinking this beer!

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Photo of satowns
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.

Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.

Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.

The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).

Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...

If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.

GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion

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Photo of AllenJasper
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.59 single at Blue Max, Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: Golden orange with little head, yet plenty of lacing.

S: I may have to get my nose checked out, because this is the third beer in a row i want to say smells like grapefruit. slight hint of pine too.

T: Tart hoppy citrus pine

M: Coarse

O: A great beer, but not necessarily a great double IPA

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is just as expected. A yellowish amber with medium amount of head.

Smell is sweet and inviting.

Taste is again sweet with just a hint of bitter hops. The hops are a flavor accent and not the main train on which the sweetness rides.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

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Photo of abar22
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy amber color with a big creamy white 3 finger head. The head settled into a thin cap but had a heavy ring that left a thick band of lacing all around the glass.
I swear the first whiff I got was of bubble gum. Maybe even the first two. After a swirl the bubble gum gave way to a peppery pine scent with hints of citrus.
I can feel the bitterness at first sip. Also in the front was sweet malts followed by a splash of lemon/citrus flavor. The end is moderately bittering, grassy and a touch sweet.
This DIPA feels a hair watery. Not in a bad way mind you but not as creamy as others. This could be either good or bad depending on my mood. Moderate carbonation and dry after taste rounds out a quality drink.
This beer is quite drinkable for the style. The lighter body and lack of alcohol presence makes it easy going. The alcohol will catch up eventually though so proceed with caution.

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Photo of methtlcai
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had GREAT lacing and an awesome head. Poured a two finger thick pillowy head with a very hazy amber color. The smell could be sensed across the kitchen- a very clear clean piney hop oil scent. Taste was of hops and honey, very viscous hop oils and resin with the honey flavor giving it a delightfully full body. The alcohol was disguised very well. Not very complex, basically tasted like honey and hops and smelled the same, but nonetheless a very good double IPA without the smokey pain of alcohol taste.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber into the glass topped off with a slight amount of cream colored head. Sediment is apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: On first sniff I get a little caramel and a little hops. There's also a certain sweet doughy smell as well.

T: Taste consists of caramel, a little bit of bread and a definitive hops aftertaste that is pleasantly bitter. On second taste I belive there is just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.

M: A light-medium bodied beer. I would have to agree with other reviewer that like most IPAs this is a "dry" beer. It is also slightly less carbonated than I generally expect from the style.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. Not my top choice in IPAs but would drink again.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a lucious sight of unfiltered yeast floating throughout the scene. Smell is upfront floral with a little lingering of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is definately floral and citrus hops. Very apealing and soothing. A nice presentation of a DIPA. Not the greatest, but does the style justice. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very pleasing to the palate. A very well-done DIPA from Great Divide. Drinkability is very good as well. Especially during warm spring/summer days. For winter, I do prefer darker (Stouts/porters). Well done from GD I was very pleased, since I enjoyed their Titan IPA so much. Good Brew!!!

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try to drink a beer from Colorado when watching the Denver Broncos play. This Sunday was no exception. I pulled the 12 ounce bottle from the fridge and let it warm up prior to imbibing.

Orange-amber body sprinkled with particulates. Low foam stand.

Nose of candied tangerine peel, apricot preserves, and pine needles.

Fruity assault of citrusy hops on first sip lingers to sweet malty finish. Dank bitterness due to high alpha hop voltage.

Aggressive, full-bodied example of a Double IPA. It gets the Mile High salute!

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Photo of granite
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a brilliant copper color with a large fluffy white head.

S--- Caramel malt, pine and grapefruit from the aromatic hops make up the aroma. It was very pleasant smelling.

T--- It started off cloying with an herbal astringency and harsh bitterness. Warming alcohol and a salty aftertaste soon followed. It was not very pleasant tasting.

M--- Medium to full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

D--- It looked so promising and polished. The aroma was the perfect balance of malt and hops. Not all hop forward like a lot of DIPAs. Unfortunately it was to cloying and salty. Better attenuation and water chemistry would make it a lot more drinkable.

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Photo of ScarletLady
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So BA says I can't review the same beer even 3 yrs later. Pishshaw. Had it on tap at my favorite beer bar and I think that different years yeild different flavors. Marked that I had it in a bottle but in all truthfulness I had it on tap... again
A- warm amber in color. light head with minimal lacing

S - grapefruit/ citrus hops very nice

T - soapy hops in the beginning, nice hoppy bitter bite with a dryness in the finish

M- right where it should be. nicely carbonated, Heavy enough on the tongue without being thick

D - didn't know the abv when I tried it and totally didn't detect the 10% abv. WAY drinkable... in fact I had a 2nd. no residuel sweetness from the abv level. dangerously good

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is the one! Wow, what an India Pale Ale. If you desire that taste as I do, then this may well become your favorite beer. As many of us know this type of beer was shipped to British forces in the 1700's all the way to India. It had to survive so it was loaded with hops to make the trip. That "hoppy" taste became a favorite, what we now know as IPA. And Hercules has taken it to the extreme.

Presentation: Pours with a deep copper color. You know you are in for something special if you like IPA's. It pours with a good foam, but settles quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. The real aroma of an real IPA. Wow! This has possibilities. The burnt hops. The bite. It's all there. This is a serious beer. Surely you can't overlook this beer. It demands your attention.

Taste: It's the strong IPA taste we all search for. As an IPA lover I long for that bitter/flavor combination. It has resiney hops. Piney, yet citric and very clean. And strong. This is one IPA that will lay you on the floor, with that big punch you want and sip for, and more and more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to the tongue, but full of body. But all the bite is there. It's a great American IPA. And Mama, it will bite!

Drinkability: Only one of these. Two and truly this is one beer that will kick your A$$ ! But.. you will feel satisfied. Be glad.
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More review added on- three years later
(06-21-09)...
Its been three years since my initial review, and I must say this single beer is my one champion. Exhibiting all the things I love. Holy Sh$t I love it.

It has all the hops I love. It has just enough malt in there. And it is perfect to both exhibit to friends as "my fav beer", and yet to finish my day out, just fine.

This is the one.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.