Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of November 7, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right corner of the label in a small box (“BOTTLED ON: NOV 07 2012”). That makes this beer a day under four weeks old on the date of consumption.
Appearance (4.0): Close to two fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, which dies down slowly and leaves some thick lacing on the sides with some pretty good, evenly-distributed retention. The body is a satisfying deep amber color with ruby undertones—looks as rich as it smells.
Smell (3.5): Surprisingly boozy, there are some light citrus tones mixed with pine resin amidst a rather alcoholic grain character—smells like what I’d imagine a “blonde barleywine” would smell like, honestly. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s boozy for the style (not shocking at 10% ABV) and lighter on the kind of hop character I was hoping for.
Taste (3.5): Follows the nose, almost to a T. Much boozier than I was anticipating, and much more restrained in the hop department. Again, tastes barleywine-ish without the dark and stone fruit tones. A lot of toasted wheat bread with some caramel undertones; the toasted character melds well with some solid pine / resin bitterness, but I’m not getting a lot of the characteristic American hop flavors (tropical fruits, weed, etc.) I anticipated. More pine resin, in that department, which I do enjoy. But it’s countered heavily by that boozy, grainy malt body, which also has some stone fruit character (apricots, plums) but not the darkness you’d expect from a barleywine (rich breads, raisins, toffee, etc.).
Mouthfeel (4.0): Pretty good feel: boozy and slightly syrupy, but with enough hop oil to dry it out significantly toward the end. Modest carbonation expands the body moderately on the way down without tingling much, but it does have a spicy feel. Again, drinks more like a light barleywine, but for a DIPA at 10% ABV that sounds about right.
Overall (3.5): To be honest, I was hoping this would drizzle resin and pineapple juice on my face right before it ripped it off, but my face is still more or less intact. Thankfully, I guess. There’s JUST enough piny, resinous character in the hop profile for me, but honestly it’s just not what a DIPA should be, in my mind. Did I enjoy it? Definitely. Did I love it? No. Was it nice and malty with a strong hop character? Sure. But it was not quite to my taste, and not something I’d necessarily try again, as far as my tastes in DIPAs go.
12-05-2012 00:00:13 | More by fmccormi
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Was tricked into paying 6 bucks for a 10oz pour. On tap at "The Library" in the south side.
A - Very carbonated and the pour gave me a nice 1/4 inch of fluffy sticky head. Color is a clear amber brown.
S - Very malty with biscuit and caramel but I am getting a good deal of pine and citrus hops.
T - Taste starts off bitter but unbelievably smooth for 10%. No alcohol taste is always good and the bitter hops do mend with the caramel/vanilla like sweetness to balance with a citrus zest. Tasty.
M - Oily, slightly resinous but again remarkably smooth. Even after it warmed up a bit I got no ABV in the taste.
Overall this is pretty much the only way I could have enjoyed this beer since most bottles are 5 bucks and bombers being 10, and all are well over 6 months beyond brew date. It is quite a damn good DIPA so it was worth the coin.
12-04-2012 02:56:37 | More by DrDemento456
4.78/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from a bomber to a pub style glass
A- Light copper body, 1 1/2" fluffy off white head
S- Floral, piney hops, sweet bready malts
T- Floral, piney, caramel, vanilla, sweet bready malts, grapefruit bitterness, slit alcohol twang
M- Amazingly creamy, low carbonation
O- I've been trying to get my hands on this for a while, and it was worth the wait. Not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly creamy. For a DIPA it's incredibly balanced with a sweet bready malt backbone, that tastes of caramel and vanilla, and ends with a grapefruit bitterness and a suprisingly light alcohol twang, for a 10% abv beer. This is what i look for in this style, uniqueness, and a glorioud malt backbone. I've only experienced this flavor profile 2 other times with Stones Enjoy by IPA and Drake's Aroma Coma. All 3 of these beers are in my top 5.
11-28-2012 22:35:46 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle
A- pours a dark amber color... haziness in the glass. Sediment appearing, shows its not to fresh... big white head... quickly dissolves to a thin ring on the beer... wavy lacing to the glass
S- hop resin, piney sap smack, grassyness, buttery malt
T- piney resin, sweet buttery malt,
M- smooth and kind of creamy, medium body ... moderate carbonation ... hoppy ending for a lingering upon minutes on the tongue and mouth
O- this is good but I wish I had a fresh bottle to review... I can see where it would take off but this bottle falls short due to age... overall though with age, still holds it own for a DIPA
11-21-2012 06:34:45 | More by warrenout330
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a snifter.
A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.
S: Pineapple and other tropical fruit. Caramel malt.
T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Tropical fruit. Spicy and bitter.
M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.
O: Fantastic look, smell, and taste with a descent mouthfeel. One of the best double IPAs.
11-20-2012 02:56:05 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
Bottle to hfs sniffer
A: brown we color with a thin brown to tan head that despites quickly very translucent weird
S:very booze but there is a smells of malt with bitterness not much else there
T: okay so the taste doesn't resemble the smell here the alc isn't noticeable and there is plenty of bitter hops that are well balenced with the malt taste
M:light especially for a dipa almost like its watered down goes down smooth and is really drinkable
O: really drinkable flavorful dipa not the full hoppy taste that I like but it's fairly well balanced despite the smell and look
11-20-2012 02:12:43 | More by Pinknuggets
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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