Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
I'm glad to find a one month old entry from Great Divide in Greater Boston. Some of their other hoppy offerings were almost a year old! I poured this 12 oz. single into a nice giant wine glass.
Appearance: Pure copper in color. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. The remarkable aspect of the look is the pure, clear shades of amber in the glass at different points of thickness.
Aroma: Pine and citrus jump out first, but, as with a lot of DIPAs, there is a good amount of caramel/biscuity smells to balance things out. After a few drinks, the meld of hops and malt create an almost spicy scent as alcohol heat kicks in.
Taste: Nice variety of hop flavors initially that eventually finish with a nice, not too over-the-top bitterness. The same notes from the nose are here, but a nice addition floral flavors also enter the picture. Malt provides adequate sweetness, but nothing that gets in the way of the main attraction of hops. Finishes with a pronounced, but not to sharp bitterness.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As medium-bodied as they come. Carbonation goes almost undetected with the exception that it keeps the body slick in the mouth. For a 10% DIPA, this one is rather drinkable. Be warned.
Overall: This is a very solid beer. It may not make my all-time greatest hits of the style, but there is nothing GD could do to improve what they were going for in this beer. It presents a great variety of hoppy flavors, keeps hop flavors and bitterness in good balance, and presents a great complementary malt that knows it is just a back-up singer in this band.
11-24-2010 20:59:42 | More by soze47
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
I had this on tap at First Street Draught House. It was served in a snifter.
A-A nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing to speak of.
S-Hoppy and slightly fruity.
T-Very hop forward of course, citrussy, fruity, with some caramel malt in the finnish. It tasted more like an American Barelywine to me than a double ipa.
M-Thick and syrupy, which was great.
D-A sipper for sure.
Overall, this is another solid beer from a great brewery. However, to me, this drank more like a barleywine than a double ipa. I will drink this again in the future for sure.
03-11-2012 22:25:30 | More by thegodfather2701
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.
01-04-2007 00:52:29 | More by roblowther
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A - pours a bright yet deep golden color with an enormous head of off white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass. Nice head retention.
S - simple but mouth watering aroma of big grapefuit hops and sweet caramel malts.
T - strong bitterness coats the mouth. Piney, grapefruit bitterness. Just huge amounts of it but there is enough malty sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.
M - full bodied. Carb is really high.
D - not a bit of detectable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable ale dangerous. Solid brew all around.
12-18-2010 22:42:06 | More by Teleweizen2
3.55/5 rDev -14%
pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack.
10-01-2010 04:16:10 | More by beerhan
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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