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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,282 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,282
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 166
Gots: 169 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 85 IBUs.

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jwillcourt

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Clear, golden-orange color. Small white head that goes quickly, leaving slight lacing and ring of foam. The head resurrects easily with a good swirl. There is a slow stream of tiny bubbles.

S - Caramel malt, earthy hops, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Follows the smell. Initial caramel malt, followed by juicy, earthy hops that quickly dominate the flavor. A slight saltiness emerges during the finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and this is where the alcohol makes itself known.

M - Medium- to full-bodied with soft carbonation. It starts off slightly creamy and grows creamier as it warms. There is little to no residual feel.

D - This has good overall flavor. It strikes a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well concealed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 03:54:26 | More by jwillcourt
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pristine copper with a yellow hue. Thin white head that quickly thins out.
Smell malty, with piney hopss. Some pineapple and citrus.
Equal parts hops and malts up front. Citrus and some pineapple. Alcohol is assertive, especially on the finish.
Mouthfeel is slick and slightly crisp. Medium light body.
Drinkability is decent, but this one overall does not impress me, and the alcohol is a bit too assertive.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:52:22 | More by Parrotbeak
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes last night. Nice fresh bottle from the end of December. Pours out amber with a head that retains like steel and is off-white and very creamy/frothy. Head dies down eventually and leaves incredibly thick lacing and a huge cloud on the beer. Amazing red color as light shines through makes for a very awesome looking beer. Smell and taste are basically the same. The alcohol comes through in the nose but not the flavor for me. Both are very malty for a IIPA (barleywine like malty). The hops are citrus and earthy and lend more bitterness than they do flavor and aroma. There is a tea-like aspect to them also. Some sweets and grassy aspects in the beer also. Great beer, just not exactly like a IIPA to me. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a huge beer and thats the only flaw in it. The carbonation is great and a huge bitter coat is left on the tongue. A bit of creaminess in the feel also. The drinkability is good. The flavor rocks, the price is decent. It is definately a sipper but not overly aggressive. Not what I expect in a modern IIPA but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 20:42:15 | More by cbutova
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evansrdbrew

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank on: 2/28/10
Bottled on: 2/2/10
10% ABV 85 IBU
22 oz. in pint glass

A= Big 1" head, very creamy looking and slightly off-white. Slowly receeding head leaves thick lace on the glass and lasting 1/4" head. Pure translucent copper color. Stream of tiny CO2 bubbles.

S= Nice light whif of sweetness hints at alcohol. Notes of carmel & toasted malts. Herbal, earthy hop notes with hints of spice.

T= Starts with malt flavors & a slight sweetness followed by herbal, piney hop flavors and bitterness. Med. warmth of alcohol hits while the bitterness chews on your tongue. Notes of toasted malts come through too.

MF= Thick heavy mouth coating, warm with slight quick tingle on tongue. Mouth coatin lasts along with dry bitter feeling.

D= First pint went down slow but with little trouble, second one was a quite a bit slower. Wish they sold this in 12 oz. bottles. I could definitely drink one but two would be out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 21:22:15 | More by evansrdbrew
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange. Aroma, lots of hops and alcohol.

Taste, bitter, a little thick, not quite syrup, but I would have preferred a smaller malt bill and some more dry hopping (if any). Its a big beer, but the big is accentuated on the stuff I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of in a DIPA. Not that it makes this a bad beer, far from it.

Mouthfeel, dominated by the bitterness. It makes me think I may have gotten an old bottle, it has that 9 month old dipa feel to it, which can be great with some dipas (Pike Double IPA for instance).

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 19:50:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pours a dark orange with amber hues, a frothy ring of cream coloured head, and webbed lacing all over the snifter. Smell and taste are citrus, pine, caramel, vanilla wafers, burnt sugar, white grapefruit, alcohol, and a strong, resinous hop bitterness. Malt profile imparts taffy and molasses with an unpleasant astringency. Seems a little off. Full-bodied mouthfeel is syrupy and creamy upfront, bitter and sticky-dry in the finish. The bold malt presence is overdone and somewhat buttery, not what I want from a DIPA. The IBUs are evident here but there's not much complexity from the hops, and this is much boozier than others in the style. I get the feeling that my bottle did not travel well from Colorado to Florida and up to Canada. A drinkable but disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 19:17:31 | More by cratez
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ledzepp817

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very excellent beer. Poured from a 22oz beer bomber in from a Tampa bar. Deep amber, reddish color. Solid, taste with a slight hoppy taste from your typical IPA but also offered a full, malt body. I am unsure of what a "double" IPA actually means, but its a fuller body than a normal IPA for sure. This was one excellent beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 16:12:50 | More by ledzepp817
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Big, juicy hops and citrus
Taste-Initial hop and malt assault that balances out nicely- Good juicy hops and citrus flavor, smooth and easy drinking for the substantial ABV.
Overall, nicely balanced and smooth-dangerously drinkable.A fine offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 13:56:40 | More by hosehead83
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with a creamy ivory head that fills the pint glass. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some webbing on the sides.

Smell is very fruity, with lots of pineapple and tropical fruits, some citrus. It's on the sweeter side too so it makes for a candied fruit sort of combination.

Taste is also quite fruity and sweet. Tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pineapple. Plenty of malt backbone on this one; maybe a touch too sweet actually. Has a slightly phenolic, medicinal sort of quality to it owing to the sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Nice amount of bitterness in the finish but it's not overdone; this is certainly not a hop bomb, it's well balanced. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, full bodied and soft on the tongue. Oily and slick, very nice.

This is another winner from Great Divide. I think I prefer the Titan IPA actually, but this is a very fine DIPA. It's a bit more approachable than some others as well because it's not an unabated hop bomb. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 19:39:49 | More by number1bum
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mike130

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, gives a nice one-finger head, some carbonation comes up after it's been poured and comes up a brownish amber. Pretty standard DIPA fare, looks pretty good nevertheless.

Things go a bit downhill from here - not getting a lot from the smell. A bit of pine, some malts but ultimately nothing as strong as the other reviewers. I am in the UK so the smell may have faded.

Nevertheless, the taste is astounding. Surprisingly mild for a DIPA, what I get here is a lot of malts and a decent kick of hops. To be honest I was expecting something hoppier, but man oh man is this good regardless. Caramel and cherry and banana and vanilla and all sorts of things. Unusual for a DIPA to be quite so malty, yet it is balanced out by a decent hoppiness, but nothing that'll tear your tongue out, and the alcohol is nearly imperceptible. Not what I was expecting, but delicious nevertheless.

Great carbonation, it's there but not overpoweringly fizzy. Very nice mouthfeel and this implies it's ridiculously easy to drink - little alcohol, loads of maltiness with just enough hops so it's not sickening, and great carbonation. I will be picking this up again, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 12:23:09 | More by mike130
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alli4051

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with around a finger of slightly golden head.

S: An invitingly resiny scent. Nice strong smell of pine hops.

T: As expected the hops pack a strong punch up front; however, malts still play a strong well as well. Hops aren't as dominate as I expected but the balance is pleasant.

M: Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily drink several of these. Think I may be adding this one to the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:49:18 | More by alli4051
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - rich amber with a frothy finger width head that, at this very moment, is slowly disappating. The disappating head leaves a film on the sides of my beer goblet. 5 minutes or so after I first check the aroma, I am now detecting some caramel notes.

S - frighteningly PINE! I'm a malt head so I'm very scared right now. This is a clean, fragrant, and crisp pine aroma with something slightly floral or "planty" in the background. The best way to describe the "planty" aroma is like that "planty" smell you get from a good bag of doobage (sorry, but that's the best description I can offer).

T - WOW! hoppy with a rich and deep malty middle followed by a hoppy finish. THEN there is a subtle alcohol warming BUT this does not taste boozy in any way, shape, or form. AND I find myself savoring this hoppy flavor... I'm not sure. That malty middle is fantastic! There is a warmth about it. Okay, I know I need to say something that identifies the particular flavor notes I am gathering BUT this is, in my opinion, has a balance about it that I find amazing.

M - full bodied texture and just shy of neary chewy. carbonation seems just right - mild but apparent and quite noticeable (fine and tiny prickly bubbles on the tongue).

D - I started this beer less than 10 minutes ago and its almost gone. GREAT drinkability!

Okay, if you are to have this beer, let it warm a bit. This is an amazing beer. I will buy this again AND tell my friends about this. This beer is so good that I am a malt head (I think but this beer leaves me unsure now) AND I can easily label this as one of my "go to beers". This beer is "hot"!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:15:50 | More by AlFromBayShore
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2010 bottle, bomber into Celebration pint glass.

Pours redder than I expected. A slightly off-white cap sits on top with great retention and extremely sticky lacing.

The nose starts out with a earthy bitterness, very resiny. A light sweet malt backbone comes out on a good swirl.

The taste starts out with a dry astringency, followed shortly by a very dry resiny hop bitterness. Intense sweet malts come out next, followed by an ethanol burn I haven't experienced in some time. This tastes like fresh Bigfoot, with more malts and more alcohol, but worse.

Mouthfeel is heavy, with a smooth feel and lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok, nothing special.

Overall, I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I was expecting something floral and citrus like from a fresh IPA, but I definitely didn't get it. Either the store I got this at lied about it being a "fresh 2010" bottle or this just isn's as good as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 03:15:23 | More by Mistofminn
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A burnt copper color, and an agressive pour yields a large, sticky off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aromas are of caramel malts. The first sip is super hoppy, but the malt kicks in and brings this back quite nicely. Citrus, vanilla, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a creamy texture. An incredibly drinkable beer, great flavors and texture and the alcohol is well hidden. It's not my favorite DIPA, but it's definately another winner from Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:47:04 | More by kylejohnson03
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Amber/copper color, clear, leaves light lace right away, beige head with lots of bubbles

S: Resiny hops, very juicy, malt adds a nice distinct sweetness

T: Just like the smell, it just tastes so gooey and delicious, the hops are so juicy, definite sweetness from the malt goes well with all the hops, can taste a little bit of alcohol too, but not much, bitter but not overwhelming because of the malt sweetness

M: Very smooth, mild carbonation

D: The flavors are so good its easy to drink, it doesn't even matter that its 10%

Notes: One of the best beers I have had in a while and maybe ever, it is just so delicious it is hard for me to find anything that I don't like about it. I could drink this every day. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:24:27 | More by dpodratsky3
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hophead247

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper color; cascading with a medium tan head. Smelled of wonderful rich hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was strong citrus and hops initially, with a sweet rich malt backbone and then some hops again on the finish. Wonderfully complex on the palate, this beer is almost refreshing even with the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:08:41 | More by hophead247
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper color with a larger sampling of off-white beige foamy head.
Smell is a kick in the nose of flowers, earthy yeast, and some sweet malt.
Taste is a whirlwind flavor-it starts with bitter/sweet hops followed by some sweet malt then gives me the flavor of pine needles on the end.
Finish is dry and rather quick considering the flavor explosion.
Drinks a bit dangerously if in the right frame of mind-while the first sips may be tough to get through-the last few gulps go down well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 16:29:47 | More by ThaBobfather
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle . A hazy dark copper color pour with a lasting medium sized offwhite head leaving lots of sticky lacing behind , some yeast floaties swimming about , medium carbonation . Aroma is earthy , with lots of resionus and sweet pine notes , a little citrus , and a deep malty sweetness . Flavor is big and malty , quite sweet up front like brown sugar, and honey , earthy , with loads of piny and spicy hops , a little citrus but mostly resinous bitter hops , nice high level of bitterness , with a long hoppy finish ,slightly chalky at times . I found it to be quite drinkable and fairly good but no where near worth the $9 I paid for it , not even close .

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 15:53:35 | More by WakeandBake
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Squam256

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked the bartender for something hoppy and he suggested this. lad I took his advice:

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Floral with definite fruitiness. Citrus.

Taste: Hops. Hops. and then the aformentioned fruit. Deep and complex, with citrus being the predominant flavor but far from overpowering.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, not in any way harsh. Aftertaste was minimal.

Drinkability: Can handle one, 2 might be a bit much and probably no more than that. Still, I found it quite drinkable when you consider the ABV.

Overall: I really loved this beer, which seemed to get better with every sip. Will definitely have to enjoy this some more in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 04:15:29 | More by Squam256
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear vibrant copper with tangerine orange highlights. Small offwhite head that becomes a resin pool. Small sticky laces.

Fresh pungent hops: Grapefruit, floral, and herbal. sweet toasty caramel.

Sharp citrus, juicy grapefruit, spicy floral, fresh hops. Sweet caramel, nutty, light toastiness. Dank grapefruity bitterness. resinous mouth coating.

Sticky, dry, smooth, med bodied, perfectly carbonated.

Nice sturdy and balanced, but still hoppy as fuck. Great balanced DIPA that goes down well despite the 10% and loads of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:44:48 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear amber color with a thin white head that had very little retention and a bit more than moderate lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of malt and hop (something that a lot of beers in this style are lacking, IMO), with the slight sweetness being nicely countered by a strong pine hop scent. The taste was similar to, but a more muted version of, the aroma. There was a floral hop component on the tongue that I didn't get in the nose.

The body was very good, full but not heavy, with some stickiness on the tongue on the finish. Drinkability was very good for the style, far better than most examples. Overall, a much better than average example of the style, worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 21:09:45 | More by beertunes
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with creamy off-white head and some lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, sweet toasted malt and some spiciness.

Taste: Very juicy citrus (much more orange than grapefruit) with a strong counterbalance of sweet toasted malt. Ends with a long spicy and floral bitterness.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy and smooth medium to full body, somewhat warming and very dry. Can really feel the hop oils.

Drinkability: Despite the high alcohol, I find this to be more drinkable than most standard IPAs. Ultimately, this seems more like a very smooth, more malty standard IPA than many other more out-there DIPA's, such as Hopslam and Double Trouble.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 13:24:07 | More by bsp77
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured very vigorously to get a 1 finger head that was pale tand and stuck around pretty well. This beer was very hazy bordering on cloudy. Color was very nice rich polished bronze.

Aroma is balanced with malt & hops. Lots of rich caramel smells combined with some fruits like mango & peach. Not as citrus focused as I usually expect from a DIPA. Some bready, Munich malt aroma, too, I think.

Flavor is melanoiden rich -- Nice bitter presence that really lasts combined with strong malt character -- sweet caramel & rich toasted bread. Nice hop flavor with a fair amount of pine and maybe some earthy dankness. A very complex flavor profile that was more than I expected from the appearance or aroma.

Mouthfeel is quite good but there's just a little something about the texture of the beer that is almost but not quite very good. I like the rich, luxurious body, but there was a slight particulate matter feel in the body that nagged at me some & wasn't quite right.

Drinkability was quite good as flavor & mouthfeel are really important here, but the other qualities did drag it down some.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:06:56 | More by mklinger
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david131

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy golden orange liquid with a thick bone white head that has some great retention. Looks just about right for the style.

S- Strong pine and swiss cheese with some flowers and caramel. This smells like the real deal.

T- Syrupy sweet hops and caramel. Seems a little old school, but it is enjoyable. The strong malt backing keeps this nice.

M- Creamy smooth with a decent hop bite to it. Pretty nice fore a DIPA.

D- This is a bit of a sipper. I have had better renditions of this style, but this isn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 04:56:57 | More by david131
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Cs1987

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Darkish amber, 1 finger of yellowish head.

Smell - Very strong, but more malty and slightly less fruity than expected for an American DIPA.

Taste - Seriously hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and orange. On the other hand, there is easily enough sweet and earthy malt for balance. The flavour is very well spread across the entire palette.

Mouthfeel - Quite heavy, a little too cloying.

Drinkability - Impressive for a DIPA.

Overall - An outstandingly flavoursome and well balanced DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 12:23:49 | More by Cs1987
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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