Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured a fairly dark orange copper color with a bubbly one finger nearly white head on top which clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell is a hop overload, just how I like it. The hop aromas range from a plethora of citrus fruits including grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. As it first hits my lips the mouthfeel and body on this beer is immediately noticeable. This isnt your average bodied beer, this is full and heavy and its immediately noticeable before it even reaches the deep, dark corners of your mouth. The taste is definitely a bitter and actually stings a bit on the back of the throat (which is saying something as I have yet to find anything too bitter to drink). For those who dont enjoy the tastebud numbing action of a heavily hopped beer; Stay away! This beer is as juicy and oily as they come. Flavor profiles range from grapefruit to a bitter finish ending in pine and resin hops. All these flavors seem to last as the mouth coating is extremely heavy. I definitely think this is a near perfect example of how a west coast double IPA should taste. Drinkability is up near the top as well if you like an unbalanced D-IPA. With no hint of alcohol this could get you in trouble.
Overall this is an awesome beer. I just hope that Greens in Atlanta continues to get them in as this could definitely become a personal favorite of mine, especially at 4.50/bomber. For me this beer compares well with the Flying Dog Wild Dog except with a touch less citrus, but this is much cheaper. I think Ill have another oh wait I still have half the bomber to go!
03-17-2005 06:04:04 | More by blitz134
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours clear and orange, decent foam that forms a cap which lasts till the end. Lacing...not so much on this one.
Aroma is very citrusy, piney.
Taste is aggressive with the hops, as a DIPA should be. Balance isn't really there as much, but then again, I shouldn't expect that. And I don't mind it. Pretty good bitterness coming from the hop profile, a minimal bit of sweet malts come through to get you through this 10% hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is medium, coating. Drinkability..for a 10%? A bit high. I can easily have another one without complaints.
05-21-2010 06:10:06 | More by kshankar
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a finger head, nice retention, and pretty white lacing.
Smell is nice, hoppy and open. Kinda subdued but very attractive- floral and pine hop scents with a touch of malt sweetness.
Tastes excellent- moderate hop bitterness, good pale malt backbone, floral and pine hops well balanced with malt. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Mouthfeel is excellent as well- medium bodied with light carbonation. A decent amount of hop resin. Exceptional DIPA- seek it out!
04-08-2012 23:27:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
22 oz. bottle. Label claims 85 IBU.
Appearance: This was a hazy, glowing copper beer. I poured it very carefully down the side of the glass and still got a think, dense head over two fingers tall. It settled down very slowly, becoming even more dense and rocky. It left tons of thick foam on the side of the glass as it dissipated. After drinking, the glass was covering in lace, solid sheets in most places.
Smell: A great raw hops smell was right there in my face, citrusy and a little herbal. It easily dominated the nose, but there were hints of other aromas hovering in the background. Bread, light spices, and vanilla peaked through at times, but the overriding component was hops. No surprise.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly chewy, with either a butteriness or oiliness (I really couldn't tell) that coated the mouth. Pretty smooth, with a foamy carbonation forming as the beer lingered in the mouth.
Taste: A ton of sweet malt was present on the tip of the tongue. This was immediately joined by a thick herbal and citrus hops flavor. A good dose of bitterness accompanied the flavor of the hops. That was it; a straightforward flavor.
Not a bad beer, but there wasn't any complexity to it. Plus, in the attempt to keep this balanced (which I admire), I think they went a little too far with the malt. It could have been drier. The great aroma and appearance saved this from scoring lower.
12-01-2005 23:50:19 | More by Quaffer
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
Dark amber-brown color with yummy looking tan froth head.
Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, wood and alcohol.
Malty taste that gets a little too sweet when it warms but is also toasty and caramely. The other tastes are piney hops and alcohol (gets wayy stronger as it warms).
Basically its the mouthfeel I don't like about this beer, feels too soft. The alcohol is too dominant.
05-07-2007 04:56:43 | More by BeerZack
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
On-tap @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA.
This is a terrific DIPA. Nice coppery color with a large fluffy off-white head. Retention was terrific and left lots of nice lacing on the glass. Tons of citrus hops in the aroma. Also some piney notes to speak of. The taste was great as well. Despite the huge hop aroma this beer had gread balance as it provided a strong malty backbone to coincide with the hops. Mouthfeel was great for a beer for this strength. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. This is not the most over-the-top Double IPA I've ever had, but who says it needs to be? This was more balanced than most that I've had before and more enjoyable than most as well. Highly recommended.
09-09-2005 13:11:07 | More by Jacobob10
4.5/5 rDev +9%
This double IPA pours a caramel color and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is fantastic, some great hoppy, floural, citrus, apple, and pine essence all comes out. The taste of this beer is great, "a hop packed punch". This beer is great all the flavors I expected on my palate just come out lemon, citrus, floural, hops, even some sweetness honey is what I'm tasting. This beer is well crafted, I would consider pairing this with some lemon chicken and sauteed asparagus it would really bring out the the citrus flavors in the beer.
11-19-2005 23:41:44 | More by Franchise
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a dark golden color in its thin parts and a burnt orange hue at the main part of the body. A good amount of carbonation but a thin white head. The head does have a nice fluff to it that covers the brew throughout the drink.
Smell has a nice citrus hop dominance to it. However, there is a good amount of nutty and sweet smells as well, giving a very intriguing aroma.
Taste is very nice on this beer. A backbone base taste of nutty malts and sweet sugars. Overtaken by a very nice citrus hop, but the two combine for a very nice balance.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Very silky and smooth, but with a nice thickness, making it almost syrupy.
Drinkability is unbelievable for a Double IPA. Great tastes but a very nice balance making this one of the most drinkable and best double IPAs I have ever had. One of those beers you use to judge all other beers of its style against.
06-15-2012 23:52:51 | More by BDIMike
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
22 oz bomber and a shaker pint glass.
The head is so light and pillowy it just doesn't fall very fast leaving a beautiful beer behind with a strong lacing that sticks slightly as the head falls. The color is brown to copper and clear and enticing.
The smell is very hoppy and a bit flowery, reminds me of a certain flower that I can't put my name on. Lemon and a little lime are apparent in this smell.
Taste is very hoppy and flowery with great fruitiness of lemon and slight lime. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.
Overall I like it very much and would like a fresh bottle to give it higher ratings.
06-13-2006 21:28:31 | More by Erdinger2003
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-16-2014 13:46:11 | More by reebtaerG
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Hecules Double IPA is a monster!
The beer poured out an amber color with some orange highlights towards the bottom. A 1" foamy off-white head rests on top for a while then recedes to about a 1/4" and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose, man, the nose!!! HOPS!! Lemon peel, orange peel, hard candy, pine oil, a pungent liquid christmas tree!
The taste is dominated by the super hop bitterness from lips to throat. At first the citrus in the aroma is not apparent in the taste, after the beer warms a little the tangy citrus comes out. Sort of a medicinal or cough drop aftertaste. It has a nice finish and I could taste some malt balance in there.
The beer warms up nicely and seems to mellow a little after 30 or so minutes out of the bottle, or is that me mellowing?!!? I am wondering if this might age well and change in the bottle. Might be worth a try.
This Double IPA from Great Divide is a very enjoyable "on occassion" beer.
06-20-2005 02:55:59 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.