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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

3,280 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,280
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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ccrida

Oregon

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

12 ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Hercules DIPA is a is a dark garnet with a very large khaki head that leaves heavy, very attractive lace. This is actually beyond red IPA like, the dark cola notes, not my favorite, but great head and I prefer them darker.

Smell is strong, big west coast hops but such a rich, caramel backbone, it's more like a DRPA, which I love!

Taste is good, like the nose, loads of hops struggling to balance the huge crystal malt bill...only here, the scale is tipped away from the hops, which are still very citric and bitter, with a dry, resiny bitter finish. I've had this only a few times, but over the years, on draught or bottle, my impression is always pretty much, "eh, this is a pretty sweet DIPA, but eh." Very scientific, the framework dictates a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a heavy body regardless of how red a DIPA it is.

Drinkability is pretty good, as readily available and affordable as this is, it's not one I ever gravitated to, but I'm not really sure why - this is a hop lovers dream!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 07:08:27 | More by ccrida
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

A Pours a deep copper color with 3 inches of foam that gradually dissipated leaving plenty of lacing

S This one definitely had a "bitey" aroma, a warning of whats to come

T As expcted, this one was bitey, but i think it is somewhat subdued due to the malt sweetness

M/D I'm not really sure about this one. I could definitely drink this again, but i'm sticking with one and then onto something else.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 04:23:25 | More by mikereaser
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hercules Imperial IPA pours deep amber with a thick, caramel colored head. Good lacing down the side of my tulip glass as the beer is consumed.

S: I smell a strong and sweet floral hop and malt smells are very apparent, very nice.

T/M: Hercules taste has a great deal of roasted malts, almost to the point where it's sweet and bready. This pays a solid compliment to the very apparent floral hop blend presence - nicely balance bitter and sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied, slightly bitter, as there is a strong aftertaste to each sip.

Overall, this is a good beer from a solid brewery. I would definitely recommend it to people craving a well balanced DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 15:20:21 | More by beachbum1975
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this bad boy at a Yokes in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper, lots of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. Chunky coral branches of lacing left in its wake. Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather an applaudable balance. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit from the hops, followed at a distance by some sticky pine, and held up by a chewy, almost candy-like malt sweetness.

Nice balance in the flavour as well. Hops are let loose from the beginning, but almost equally matched with the malt, a smooth blending.
Biscuity and light caramel malt, creamy texture, slow rising of orange citrus in the middle along with some floral hops, building to a contained finish of pine and grapefruit rind, it really only starts ripping the tongue and palate in the aftertaste, almost as if it's on a delay. Dry white grapefruit rind in the aftertaste that quietly lingers and burns on.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel, like a magic carpet ride across the tongue. The faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it barely hits the radar. This is rare for a double IPA, let alone an IPA.

Wow, and wow again, it was worth the hassle at the border to bring this back home. One of the smoothest and balanced IPA's I've ever had, let alone a double. No trace of alcohol content in the flavour whatsoever, it only really sinks in well after the bottle is empty. This stuff is alchemy, for once the hype on the label is correct, it *is* fit for the gods. We're not worthy...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 03:55:49 | More by IronDjinn
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PatronWizard

California

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Been waiting to try this.

Transparent copper. Very rich frothy head.

Wonderful smell of hops. I may even be able to pick up a malt.

Biting bitter hops! Yummy. The bottle says something about a malt backbone, but I gets hops and hops. I like it. Flavor stays with ya for a long time.

Fairly smooth and big time drinkable. I fear this ill-fated bomber is about to die an untimely death.

The malts try to stage a comeback late in the game but are brutally repelled.

Overall: officially changing my favorite style to DIPA

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 22:55:27 | More by PatronWizard
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:22:38 | More by DefenCorps
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Pours a deep copper color with a thin and fizzy beige head that burns off quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with floral hops, grapefruit and earthy malt flavors. The finish is hoppy with some citrus and pine aftertaste that lingers awhile. Pretty solid IIPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 20:11:13 | More by Dogbrick
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Boof BIF from SirSketch!! Haven't had Hercules in a long time...

Pours a perfect color for the style, a slightly murky orange/honey/amber, smallish sand-colored head fades into a thin film on top of the beer, tons of clingy web-like lacing on the glass, and a lot of floaties in the beer. Lots of soft tangerine notes on the nose, some grapefruit, and a huge caramel malt presence. Big citrus flavor, juicy grapefruit, just bitter enough without being overpowering, and an almost melted-caramel sweetness. Sticky, creamy, lush mouthfeel, pretty spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Faint lingering bitterness. I think this was the second Imperial IPA I ever had (after Ruination), and it's just as tasty as I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:45:43 | More by corey0212
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC - it rang up as "Lil Herc" on the cash register, as I guess this is normally found in bombers! Bottled during the 1st week of May of 2008. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep bronze-color with a huge two-plus-finger foamy, fluffy, merenge-like head with slightly above-average retention ... but the lacing! Mein Gott, the lacing is fantastic. It's splotchy, erratic, web-like, all over the glass, just great lookin'. Carbonation is sparse, medium-sized, and of medium speed. The retention isn't as nice as I'd like, but if it makes way for that gorgeous lacing, I'm fine with that.

Aroma: Pungent and spicy, with tons of raw, coarse spicy notes - the nasal equivalent of a "bite," perhaps? - and a subdued but doughy malt presence. It's very coarse and resiny, with tons of rough oils that come off slightly chemically but more piney and grassy Interesting.

Tasty: Surprisingly malty. This one has tons of caramel, roasty, bready notes, that more than stand up against a spicy, rough bitterness. It's not spicy and rough in that it's overpowering, it's just very coarse, and it's not necessarily a bad thing - I like a little attitude in my hop bite. The hop notes themselves are mostly pine, but there are occasional hints of citrus and lighter, floral notes. Alcohol is present, but well-hidden. A big, nasty, but still somehow balanced beer. Impressive.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, fluffy, and low on the carbonation scale - it's relatively thick, as well, so it could stand a little more carbonation, but it's really not all that bad given how the body comes out. Nice.

Drinkability: A very nice DIPA, and I say that it being my favorite style. This one's surprisingly malty and well-balanced, but the roughness of the hops gives it that nice "bite," without it being overwhelmingly, puckeringly bitter. I have yet to be disappointed by one of Great Divide's big beers - they're all very well made. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:14:05 | More by CrellMoset
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cubang8r

Virginia

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

Very excited, I haven't had a beer in 3 months, my wife is pregnant. I hope it doesn't skew my test!!!

Looks wonderful, great lacing and much darker than you would expect an IPA. Dark amber.

Smells hoppy and piny. A cool, early winter morning, snow and fresh cut evergreens in the air.

Taste is sharp, bitter, floral, and citrus melded together very smoothly as it goes down. I love it at the first sip. I was surprised by the high alcohol content, doesn't taste that high.

Smooth and quiet in the mouth. Subtle carbonation that covers the tongue all over.

I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 20:34:58 | More by cubang8r
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JamesS

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and decent lacing. It has a great scent, very hoppy with citrus and floral overtones. Absolutely great American IPA flavor, a great hop combo, a great bitter, hoppy taste, without being too much, with nice citrus undertones. A very smooth beer for being so high ABV. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 04:03:00 | More by JamesS
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orangedive

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber-orange color - 1-inch head

S - Citrus, hops, little bit of alcohol

T - Bitter, orange, alcohol, not too complex, not too syrupy like some double IPAs

M - soft, good, medium bodied

D - easy and nice drinking except for a little alcohol burn

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:59:15 | More by orangedive
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ibbjamin

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade with deepsouth. Poured into a snifter.

Pours nice, thick and creamy, leaving a nice frothy half inch white head. A deep, nearly opaque burnt orange color. Moderate carbonation. Thick, lasting lace.

Smells like alcohol and a moderate amount of hops for an imperial. A well balanced IPA with some nice backing of sweet malts. Hops are very dank with some citrus/pine tones.

A very well balanced Imperial IPA. Alcohol present, but well masked for being a 9.1%. A slightly bitter lasting finish. A lot of good quality ingredients used in this tasty brew. The grapefruit and citrus come through more in the taste and the malts are more hidden by these hefty flavors.

This is a thick and creamy beer. Not as smooth as I expected it would be. A bit course going down and that remains in your mouth causing the long lasting aftertaste. Light carbonation. Decent drinkability which is good because this one is pretty strong.

Seems a bit overrated to me. I could recommend a couple other imperial ipas ahead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 00:58:02 | More by ibbjamin
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simonjohansson

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: sweet malt, toffee, biscuit, some butter, and hoppy notes of grape, grass, citrus. Really nice smell.

Taste: surprisingly (for me) smooth and creamy, sweet malt, toffee, biscuit and a lot of american hops - grape, apples, resin, grass. Some salt as well, and very bitter. I like it, especially the balance between smooth sweet malt and heavy, bitter hops. However, I did detect some alcohol, and the hops are not as rich in flavours as, I believe, Rouges IIPA. Or perhaps its the bitterness that dominates too much. Or - perhaps its just me not fully appreciating this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 12:34:58 | More by simonjohansson
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itcomesnpints

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange amber haze with a pronounced white head. Impressive retention. Rich aroma of orange hop zest with hints of caramel toffee. Explosive hop bitterness. Bisquity, robust flavor. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Nicely hidden abv, and a smooth creaminess that is very rare for DIPAs. This brew packs a herculean punch, and I could definitely get carried away with it. This is a top DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 17:06:34 | More by itcomesnpints
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treyrab

California

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

Another Great Divide that I have yet to try. Poured this one into my pint glass tonight...

A: Hazy copper with a very nice and creamy two finger tan head; There are pieces floating in this one, almost looks like orange pulp? Anyway, it doesn't make it unappetizing. Oh, this one laces like the best of them!

S: Hops galore. Very nice floral hop aroma, mostly of citrus hops. Smells like a good DIPA should.

T: Wow, the hops are blowing my head off. Very, very bitter with citrus hops. I do not detect the pine hops in here until the finish, for the citrus hops take the cake. It is balanced nicely and has a nice alcohol taste in the finish as well.

Overall, a great DIPA. Right up there with Pliny and 90 minute in my opinion. Get one if you have the chance!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 03:47:40 | More by treyrab
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

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

22 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish-orange color with an average frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, a touch of grains, and a buch of hops, pine, grapefruit, and a little fruity. Flavor is very nice, mainly hoppy. Very good malt/hop balance, but mainly a piney hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 17:56:16 | More by mtstatebeer
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Translucent orange/red in color. Big head upon pour that falls quickly. Lots of lacing left over. Presence of sediment and "floaties" really take away from what would otherwise be a very sexy beer. Floaties are rather large.

4.5 S: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine and resin to boot (all those alpha acids, big turn on). Malt character lends a supportive role, balancing out the hops.

4.5 T: Most apparent tastes are citrus and oak (which isn't present in the smell, pretty weird). The malt character is much more pronouced than I would have expected. In fact, I'd say the malts put up a good fight with the hops and balance the beer nicely. Burnt sugar and biscuity.

4.0 M: Nothing wrong with the MF, but I would prefer it to be a little more creamier.

4.5 D: Good brew that I wouldn't mind having a second of.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:20:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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Edgecrusher

New Jersey

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

Appearance: Cloudy-unfiltered. A nice golden copper color-very opaque. Minimal head and with a decent lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma-not overbearing but pleasant. Sweet caramel overtones are present-from the malt.

Taste: Hoppy as the aroma indicates-malt presence is noted-adds a sort of sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Good-Very slightly oily with medium carbonation-just about the right combo.

Drinkability: Above average-one or two a session is good.

Overall a good beer-Would like to get my hands on one right off the beer truck to sample-of course fresher is better with this style

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 17:27:21 | More by Edgecrusher
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with not much head at all. The ring of bubbles around the rim leaves a sheet of lacing. There is a ton of floaties in this one. I would have given it a slightly better grade if not for all the floaties and lack of head.

S: Pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose. Even though the hops dominate, the malt is still noticeable along with a hint of alcohol as well. This one smells fantastic.

T: What a wonderfully complex beer. The malt is forward which I didn't expect from the aroma. The initial malt taste is huge, almost barleywine-like. Then the hops start to come in and fill the mouth with a nice bitterness that isn't overpowering. The alcohol is well hidden but comes through as its rolled in the mouth. The after taste is a pleasant oily bitterness. I enjoyed licking the inside of my cheeks after I swallowed the beer.

M: It has a medium body. The carbonation makes it creamy in the mouth if rolled vigorously on the tongue.

D: With the hidden alcohol and excellent balance, I could really knock these back. Of course, it would likely knock back since it is over 9%.

This is a very good beer. It is the most balanced DIPA that I can recall trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:06:08 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My second attempt at liking this beer, my second time failing.

It pours a very murky orange color with a small, very sticky white head, lots of large floaties. Big grapefruit and spicy citrusy hops, some alcohol on the nose as well as a sweet malt presence. The beer attacks first with a short, but bright burst of resiny hops, followed by a very muddy and sweet malt profile, wood notes and lots of armpit funk, chewy and syrupy body, the combination of its thick body and chunky appearance doesnt sit well with the subconscious, theres better options for the style, way better. Two bad bottles? i hope not...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 17:12:59 | More by ATPete
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erikm25

Washington

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

A: Great color here. Pours a nice amber tinted copper. Very rich and vibrant. What I would imagine pure liquid honey to look like. It may have been what was in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase but with an even better glow. Large copper and white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Smells as good as it looks. Clean, fresh pine and flowery hop aroma. The alcohol is vaguely present but easily outmatched by pure sweetness.

T: This is a very heavy and hoppy beer which is a great thing, in my opinion. The taste of citrus and pine come out immediately and stay in the forefront throughout. Despite the heavy ABV there is a sweetness to this beer that makes it even more drinkable. With an amazing long lasting after taste. Everything about this beer stimulates the taste buds. If you ever dream of being in a dizzying kaleidescope of zesty hops and citrusy pine then this does the trick.

M: Medium, crisp, smooth, piney, perfect carbonation, and nice hop sting.

D: As a huge fan of this style beer it is very drinkable. It sneaks up so use caution or throw caution to the wind. If you are also fond of this style then go get it. A must with any good meal or loud music or sporting event or whatever your thing happens to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 23:43:06 | More by erikm25
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass in two servings. Pours an amber color with a moderate amount of sediment floating in it. Large, thick head with nice lacing. I should have poured a little gentler, as I almost overflowed my glass. Very strong aroma of hops and pine, with a little citrus as well. Taste is similar...very hoppy with pine and citrus. It's got a real nice hoppy bite to it. For a strong beer, the alcohol doesn't jump out during tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. A very enjoyable beer to drink. As I watch my St Louis Rams get the living shit kicked out of them, this beer makes it a little easier to handle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 20:08:32 | More by mtbbaboon
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unionturf

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured deep amber with a good head. Smell is hops/ grapefruit / pine...and it's a good smell. :) Taste is hops upfront with a pine/grapefruit hint too. Not a big alcohol taste (which is my problem with this style) and a little oily. Drinkability is above average for this style for me because after one I could have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 08:07:36 | More by unionturf
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KeefD

Minnesota

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

Bomber into a tulip. Dark amber, thick foam, sticky lacing. Aroma is as if I'm walking through a pine forest eating an orange and grapefruit salad. Hints of caramel round out the nose. Flavor blast of oily, resinous, hops. Pine and citrus flavors up front, a nice caramel, bready, biscuit-like malt in the middle, followed by a bitter dry finish. Excellent balance, nice use of malts for such a hoppy and bitter brew. Alcohol can be felt on the tongue, but is not overbearing for such a high ABV. Full bodied, oily, slick. Lovely and delicious..

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:18:19 | More by KeefD
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.