Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
This beer poured clear copper-orange with a persistent fluffy off white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. The citrus smell hits first, like red grapefruit, then some piney hops with a bit of malty sweetness to tame the hops. The taste is way better than the smell, right up there with Dreadnaught. Oily hops hit first, piney then citrus with a bready malt background and then a bitter aftertaste. Very slick, it just slides down my throat. The different tastes are all there and very distinct, there is no overwhelming taste, just great all around.
03-30-2006 02:25:00 | More by orsulacp
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
holy hot crap, this is making me salivate
A - this great divide offering pours a darker tan with a thick tan head, and is very light on the carbonation
S - holy moley, this smells hop-a-riffic, so much hops it could clear congestion better than NyQuil. there are also hints of citrus tat i can faintly detect
T - damn, tastes even stronger than it smells, the hops dont explode they go supernova, and are accompanied by a slight citrus tinge and a hint of sweetness
M - very bitter, of course, but man does this go down easy, i want more, MUST GET MORE (robot voice)
D - high, if you like IPA's, otherwise buy something else
03-28-2006 03:36:41 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
pours a hazy orange color with big offwhite foam.
smells like pungeant ripe grapefruit. subtle sweet malt, little pine, mainly citrus.
taste - strong and sweet up front with ripe grapefruit and powerful oily hops. delicious, and dangerously smooth for it's over 9% abv. it's great if you like a fruity/extremely hoppy type of IPA.
mouthfeel is pretty smooth. not as heavy as you'd expect for a 9%er. remarkably and dangerously drinkable. impressive brew. the great buzz is the only thing limiting its drinkability.
03-27-2006 08:26:12 | More by JasonCoop
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Candied orange color, with relentless off-white head. Smells a little barleywine-esque, with fruity tropical notes, bubblegum, and pine. Very nice pine hop profile in the flavor, but not overpoweringly so, with strong malt presence. A little salty in the finish, probably from the copious amounts of malt in this puppy. Drinkability, as for most DIPAs, is just OK... very filling and boozy. As far as double IPAs go, though, this is a good one.
03-27-2006 03:37:24 | More by bultrey
5/5 rDev +21.1%
This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber, leaving a 2 inch head subsiding to an inch by halfway down and a 1/2 inch the rest of the way, leaving a thick lacing all the way. Color - this was a hazy orange -copper - the expected IPA color. Aroma - pine and citrus hops, smellable at arms length away, with a mildly sweet malt note at closer range. Taste - delivered exactly what the aroma promised -a delightfully bitter hop bite of pine and grapefruit with a caramelly malt backbone that was just right- not too sweet - perfectly complimenting the hops, and then finished wtih more pleasing pine and citrus bitterness. No alcohol taste at all to interfere with flavor- in spite of the high ABV - just flavor; amazing!
Smooth and full mouthfeel- excellent!! I found this to be entirely drinkable, in spite of high abv, just will have to be conscientious of it and practice restraint when enjoying what has become one of my favorites! Excellent brew !!
03-26-2006 17:18:08 | More by ultralarry2006
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
A: Pours a dark amber color with a white one finger head that dissipates, but not too quickly. Good retention once the head calms down. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of strong critus hops, especially grapefruit with a sweet smell that kicks in after the hoppyness. Some pine in there also.
T: Tastes of citrus on the palate with an explosion of pine hops that follows quite nicely. Slight bready malt taste close towards the backend but compliments the hoppyness. Final bitterness thats not too overpowering. Tastes blend well together as neither are too strong.
M & D: Both are very good. Excellent example of a dipa. Smooth as it goes down with good carbonation and well balanced. I would love to have this again as I haven't been dissapointed by a Great Divide offering yet. High abv goes undetected and is hidden beneath the wonderful blend of piney and citrus hops. Great brew.
03-25-2006 01:25:48 | More by bjohnson
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
A - A very nice reddish golden color with a half finger white head.Lots of lacing on my glass.
S - A nice citrus hoppy smell with a lot of bitter hop smell plus some malt that smells like tea leaves.
T - A very bitter taste here but tastes good. Comes over a malty lead that has some sweetness to it.
M - Very smooth. Follows up the bitterness nicely by not being too csrbonated.
D - Makes you want more. A nice taste. Might be too hoppy for some non hopheads.
03-21-2006 20:30:02 | More by EStreet20
3.8/5 rDev -8%
The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. It's almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop head's dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.
03-20-2006 04:35:37 | More by murrayswine
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
[$6.99 bomber from downtown wine & spirits]
Orange-gold with a perfect five head that is off-white with some yellow, creamy, and great R&L. Orange-nectarine aroma is resinous. A bit of Amarillo-aspirin seems to be present, but not so much as to ruin anything. Tastes big malty piney vanilla nougat with citrus fruits, sweet but balanced. Neat, though odd. Nicely melded, as I cannot tell what flavors come from what ingredient. Orange honey.
Great beer, especially as it approaches room temp. The flavor could be a little bit better, but that is about it. I still prefer the regular IPA, but this is still wonderful.
03-19-2006 21:16:50 | More by waughbrew
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.
03-10-2006 20:33:48 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Pours a beautiful deep amber in color with a foamy head that reduces to thick, meringue-like layer in my tulip glass.
It smells great: floral and citrus hop aromas mix with sweet malt notes.
The taste is also excellent. It's sweet with wonderful citrus flavors from the hops. The alcohol is well-hidden behind the bitterness, which is high. The aftertaste is similar to a barleywine's lingering bitterness. This is a great beer.
The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. It glides over my tongue.
Another fantastic beer from Great Divide. They are batting 1.000 so far.
03-10-2006 05:53:59 | More by Shaw
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a hazy amber with nice head. Bubbles keep the head going for a while. Leaves nice lacing.
Woodsy smell. Piney hops with some grapefruit noticed in the background.
You actually taste some malts at the beginning giving way to the citrus from the hops. A balanced beer with a mild earthiness to it.
You will surely notice the prickly bite to it but doesn't burn from the bitterness as much as other DIPAs.
I enjoy this style so I find it to be pretty drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.
03-07-2006 20:03:28 | More by Imstillthegman
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
Gorgeous burnt orange in color. Hazy with slow moving carbonation bubbles just barely visible. Small, but determined head. Solidly sticky lacing. Truly a nice looking beer.
A very fruity nose with just a touch of spice. Smells very sweet, in a good way. Smells like a strawberry-banana-pineapple juice, but not quite as fragrant. Actually the scent, although very nice, seems a touch on the weak side to me.
A fairly strong hop wallop up front that balances nicely with a layer of malt flavor around mid-taste. A little spicy backbone carries you through the whole process. There's just a hint of that fruit from the bouqet at the very beginning of the taste. Seems good, but not great to me.
A rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good balance between bitter and sweet. Long finish. Not necessarily impressive though. It has a sort of slick bitter aftertaste that seems to grow as you drink it. I'm not generally a fan of that taste.
This is tasty, but at 9.1% ABV I can only have so much. Plus that slickness will wear on my tastebuds eventually.
03-07-2006 09:10:58 | More by skillerified
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured a rich amber color with a thick (1.5") frothy head peppered with good size foam bubbles. Foam died down slowly creating an interesting looking aerial view of amber canals through the bubbly white foam hills. The bitter pine/citrus smell didn't remind me as much of fresh hops as I have come to expect from west coast IPA's.
The taste hints at the immense amount of hops loaded into every sip. A sweet malt beginning is balanced out with a sour lime-like finish. Hops clearly overwhelm the flavor, and possibly it's the fact that a different variety are used, but this simply does not appeal to my taste as much as my favorite IPA's. Although it does mask the 9.1% ABV quite well, this is one of the more sour IPA's I've tried and I can't say that I'm a big fan.
03-07-2006 02:46:15 | More by bkett01
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.
S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.
T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.
M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.
D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s.
03-05-2006 04:40:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.55/5 rDev -14%
Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...
Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.
A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.
S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.
T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.
M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.
D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category.
03-05-2006 03:10:35 | More by EPseja
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Your off white cloudy foam impresses very much. Burnt orangish red milky aspects browning just a touch. Hop out at me let me breath in your citrusy even warmth. But one taste its over with; now were to the point. Even hops articulated evenly over tongue. With a complex twist of nuttiness citrus and heat wont come undone. What else can be told of a godly beer such as thee. I must admit I would like another two or three.
03-04-2006 21:05:11 | More by mcallister
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head with several large bubbles that lasts quite a long time. Some moderate lacing develops. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.
Smell: lots of pinecones and citrus are easily detected by the nose.
Taste: nice malt backbone, caramel, orange sweetness, grapefruit tartness, pine bitterness, grass, and hints of alcohol. Well balanced as the flavor tones are all easily discernable.
Mouhtfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, with a smooth, lightly crisp finish. Aftertaste is long on the pine bitterness and citrus tones.
Drinkability: the bomber bottle was quaffed rather quickly and I was looking for another, but I only bought one. Insanely good, just a great beer. A must buy.
03-02-2006 13:22:55 | More by Gavage
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention
Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol
Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.
MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please
Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...
03-02-2006 06:09:21 | More by russpowell
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
I love this beer! It pours a hazy amber with a significant creamy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for. Great wiffs of citrus and piney hops. Can't decide whether I like smelling or tasting this beer better. The hops knock you over the head but in such a good way. It has a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. I find this an extremely drinkable beer for such a hop monster with high alcohol.
02-28-2006 00:13:15 | More by mcowgill
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Wow, drinking this beer is basically no different than just eating a handful of hops. In all seriousness, this is a great beer. It pours a beautiful rich red amber with a slight haze. Lacing with a disappearing head. This beer hits you across the face with hops, and the sting stays with you throughout the whole experience. Great hop balance!
02-27-2006 23:24:00 | More by Hollister
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
From a 22oz bomber.
Appearance- pours a doughy two finger into my pint glass. Has a nice slightly hazy, amber/copper mix with some dwindlimg lacing.
Smell- It makes me think of taking a bite of homemade Amish white bread into some lightly carbonated hop juice.
Taste- Tase makes me think of taking a big bite of a grapefruit, skin and all. The bitterness of the skin mixed with citrus and some malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Very bready, one thin I notice in good IPA's. Somewhat dry, but nice and bitter. Reminds me of a couple ex-girlfriends.
02-21-2006 04:18:00 | More by scruffwhor
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
22oz bomber, Riley's
appearance: pours a hazy orange-copper, foamy beige head with lots of lacing forms immediately...snifter is coated all around with the foamy remains
smell: big and bold aromas...pungent and juicy floral hops...loaded with bittersweet pink grapefruit, herbal/grassy nature, fresh huge pine cone aroma, no alcohol detected in the nose...lots of tropical fruit, apricot...medium malt presence
taste: super juicy floral hops...bittersweet freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, intense pine resin, orange-grapefruit citrus hops...medium sweet malt backbone. little alcohol detected in the nose but a big alcohol burn in the body. very nutty, strong caramel malt. very good but very bitter
mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, strong alcohol burn, super bitter-sweetness
drinkability: inhibited slightly by the bitterness
02-20-2006 02:05:18 | More by dirtylou
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
This beer pours a hazy orange with a thick head from a brown bottle. Aroma is... hops, of course, really nice hop smell it is, too. Taste is very hoppy, in a very tasty kind of way. Some grapefruit aftertaste is present. This beer is excellent, definitely worth seeking out. Go get some today!
02-19-2006 23:49:50 | More by Drew966
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from a bomber into a standard pint. No date to be found on the bottle.
Just a stunning visual beer. Pours a hazy copper deep red, with a thick white bubbly head, which looks like the foam that collects behind rocks in white-water rapids. Non stop lace coated the entire inside of the glass like a net, even the side I was drinking from.
As expected the nose assaults with piney hops and citrus elements, but I picked up something I didn't expect, a hint of... chocolate. Very odd, but adds a complexity to the body of the aroma.
As with the nose the flavor delivers on the hop punch. Oily hop bitterness, but not overly so. Very smooth. I was halfway through the bottle when I looked at the ABV and was blown away. I never would have guessed this at a 9+%, as the alcohol is undetectable in the scent and not at all overpowering in the flavor.
A very impressive brew from Great Divide.
02-19-2006 23:17:51 | More by HugoGrim
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