Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
3.35/5 rDev -18.9%
22oz bomber poured into pint glasses.
Dark golden-amber brew raises a smallish head that leave some nice lace. Lovely floral/pine/grapefruit aromas emerge from the glass...hops just smell so wonderful. Then a drink...the mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and sticky. The alcohol is hidden well, balanced by extra sweetness, which also blanace the intense hoppy bitterness as well...but there the whole enterprise is dragged down. I don't know why I even bother with double IPAs...obviously i have a problem with the style. The the hop flavors and aromas are wonderful, so why mess with that beauty by weighing the brew down with all the extra alcohol and sweetness? I just don't get it. These beers always come across and heavy, unbalanced, and much less drinkable than the normal-strength IPAs in the family. This is a beer with great taste and it is made well, but it is marred by being made to be huge, IMO.
04-21-2008 13:59:41 | More by kenito799
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.
In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.
The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.
A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.
07-11-2007 17:28:33 | More by letsgopens
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Approximately a 9 month old bottle.
A- Orange-brown with medium high carbonation and most of the time, a solid large head. Little bits of yeast follow the cycle of the carbonation, and enhance the look a lot.
S- Hops and malts, a bit of citrus, some grapefruit and pine, a bit of spice, and caramel.
T- Malt's lead this beer, with noticably large amounts of hops in the background. It gave a caramel hop and citrus taste at first. Later on it began to leave a bit of a coffee flavor behind. A bit of alcohol hits you in this one, leaving a small mark on the aftertaste.
M- Medium body, a bit lacking on the carbonation. Very smooth though.
D- Fairly easy to down. A bit of the ABV is detectable which holds you back, but the bold flavor takes it out of the light. It's a solid drink, and I'd love to try it fresh.
09-18-2010 00:25:29 | More by BBP
4/5 rDev -3.1%
APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.
SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.
TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.
MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.
DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.
02-01-2011 03:47:43 | More by StoneTSR
3.28/5 rDev -20.6%
on tap at redbones
A - nice orange body to this with a powdery white head that has good retention and quality lacing.
S - nice grapefruit citrus smell to this and some hops. its not bad but it certainly isn't standing out for me.
T - again grapefruit citrus and a good hop bite at the back. mild alcohol finish to it as well. its tasty but really isn't doing anything to stand out from the crowd.
M - good carbonation. sticky and dry on the mouth but not too much.
O - not a bad brew. its not doing anything wrong but its kinda forgettable in its straight-forwardness.
05-03-2011 15:14:39 | More by celticfutblclub
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
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.
Poured into a standard pint glass.
A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.
S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.
T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-
I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.
This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.
08-05-2007 18:06:44 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.