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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,742 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,742
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 216
Gots: 357 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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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S: Hercules coming out of a bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark and cloudy, thick orange, not much of a head.

S: Subtle for such a powerful brew, no hops come through on the nose, mostly citrus, some caramel sweetness.

T: Faintly hoppy, nice malts, dark citrus and orange, well-rounded, not too bitter.

M: Just rightly full, good carbonation. Some back-burn after sipping.

D: Drinks well for the style and ABV, but the strong alcohol does show up eventually. A sipper.

Hercules is one of my favorite DIPA's. In a bottle might feel a little harsh, much smoother on tap, which I prefer.

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Bottled on date: June 16 2011

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a half inch of off white thick head. Head settles to a thin layer of bubbles after 5 minutes or so. Lace beautifully accompanies my glass as I consume.

S - Smells amazing. Intense resinous pine hops jump out along with a massive barrage of sweet caramel malt. There are some underlying citrus hop qualities, blending with the sweetness to offer my nose a nice treat. You can tell this isn't EXTREMELY fresh, but the aroma is pretty darn good. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

T - Piney resinous and citrus hops attack my mouth and throw a bitter punch. The bitterness doesn't linger like it does in many DIPA's. It's a clean bitterness that does it's job and then leaves. I'm struggling for words now. The malt dominance I was expecting is nowhere in sight. Very hop forward at this point in the beer's life, which is right on for the style. Alcohol is now noted, but still well hidden for what it is.

M - Thick and syrupy feel when in the mouth. Prickly hop bitterness. Nice clean finish. Medium carbonation.

O - If you are just getting into DIPA's, it is one that you need to try. No more walking by the $13.99 4-pk of Hercules. Just buy it. Check the freshness date. If it's no more than 2 months old, I guarantee it's delicious.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,742 ratings.