Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
On tap served in a pint glass, this comes out a pretty glowing amber, a finger of off-white head, excellent lacing. Nose is a solid dose of hops, citrus and grapefruit all the way, very nice and fragrant, allowing just a slight bready malt to come through. Taste is what I expected, bursting with juicy grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops, a caramel malt backbone doing an admirable job in balacing, a nice lingering hoppy bitter finish. Hops are big, but your tongue doesn't get scoured by them, and you're still tasting by the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly slick and oily feel. This is an excellent DIPA, I look forward to trying more beers from Great Divide.
01-01-2006 22:53:01 | More by cubedbee
4.75/5 rDev +15%
Pours a very nice amberish orange enormous fluffy eggshell-colored head that sticks around like the head on a rootbeer float. The lacing is super thick and frothy, sticky, too. Aroma is piney-citrusy hops -- extremely pleasant and not overpowering, probably because of the sturdy malt presence. This malt comes through beautifully in the taste as well with strong hops, of course, slapping around the palate both at the front (clementine rind and grapefruit juice) and the back (oily, piney bitterness). The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. High alcohol presence (9.1% abv) is skillfully masked but emerges as the beer warms. This one is dangerously drinkable. No wonder Premier is always out of stock on this one. Highly recommended.
09-11-2005 18:00:11 | More by orfeu
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Very beautiful orange-copper ale with an off white, fluffy head that lingers well for a high hop beer. I wasn't very careful pouring, and there's a lot of floating debris, though I don't remember having a similar problem before, so maybe I'll revise this with a future review. I dinged it a bit on appearance as a result, though it may be more my fault than GD's.
Strong pine and resin hop nose that's clean, and it's oily, Belgian like quality follows through the taste. Hops linger nicely without actually being overly bitter in the mouth. The strong biscuity malt back up the beer well.
This is my third or fourth bottle of this--I recommend the same, or more.
07-04-2008 22:45:39 | More by FightingEntropy
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Hercules Imperial IPA shows the craft behind this hedonistic subgenre of beer. With a rich caramel/peanut brittle malt profile that appreciably deepens as the brew warms and pure hop flavor in perfect -- yes, perfect -- balance, we've entered 90 Minute territory with this beer.
Forget the hop tea of Dreadnaught or the sheer intensity of Hop Wallop. Hercules is, indeed, a titan among IPAs. When cold, the nose reveal little and, as it warms, we get characteristic West coast hop fruitiness, but it's controlled. This isn't dry-hopped to infinity and it sees no fancy-pants "minute" hop additions. Hercules is an IPA made traditionally -- if a new style like this could ever lay claim to tradition.
The hop profile is strong, up front with an elemental licorice/grass flavor. This is what hops -- any hops -- taste like if you take a big bite out of them. And were this all, I'd be happy; the malts are thick, chewy even, but never cloying and the hops, for all their bitterness, are never intrusive.
Yet, Hercules manages what few beers can -- it develops with every sip. I don't mean it develops from cold to warm or that I can realize more of its inherent flavors as I go through the 22 oz bottle -- I mean the flavor changes in a single sip as the hop resins marinate on the tongue and the thick malt coats the roof of the mouth. They gain a fruitiness that isn't inherently West coast, one that even calls on British old ales, somehow.
By the time this beer hits 60 degrees, it goes the way of phenols, pure hop resin -- this brew really dies in the glass -- and what seems to me to be big fat fuggles hops (though the website says all four varieties in this beer are American). Honestly, the taste would get a 4.3 if it could, but I'll have to round down here. Never mind the ratings though; this beer proves the importance of a thorough review.
With perfect carbonation, so much malt character, a clean yeast, and mouthfeel and lacing that would make the Real Ale movement want to set-up shop in Denver (even if this is filtered), there's little to contend with in Hercules. Sure, the hops and alcohol become pressing after 18 ounces, but who's to blame for that? Me and only me; I'm young and need to work out more. Finally, I have someone to look up to.
05-20-2004 22:47:23 | More by ngandhi
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
bottle poured into a snifter
a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.
s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit
t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.
m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.
07-24-2009 11:26:53 | More by UDbeernut
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL bottle.
This beer pours an orange with a frothy white head that holds beautifully and laces well. The smell is a fantastic mixture of citrusy hops and some sweet maltiness. Just a great aroma. The taste is also a major hop bomb. Again a fanastic hop flavor exhibiting some fantastic citrus (grapefruit) character but balanced out nicely with some good maltiness. There is a good thickeness to this beer and a nice carbonation. Overall highly drinkable, I just love a good DIPA.
05-29-2006 02:12:12 | More by MSchae1017
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
4.13/5 rDev 0%
This DIPA pours out a dark orange, almost brown. The head is a tall frothy layer of off white foam.
Aroma is of piney hops.
The flavor is of hops all the way, though it is most bitter in the finish. There is also a slight malt character throughout the entire sip. Some ripe fruit as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
11-13-2005 05:34:06 | More by Naes
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.
A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.
S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.
T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.
M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.
D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.
11-22-2006 21:32:07 | More by Rudgers73
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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