Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a nice looking, hazy amber gold. A boozy white finger of head settles to a collar that lasts through the last drop.
The nose is pretty basic... burnt sugars, subtle citrus, leafy hops, pretty clean with minimal booze.
Oh, there's the booze. Not too overpowering but I can see how this may be a deterrent for some. Sharp citrus underscored by bits of pine. Nothing groundbreaking.
A bit harsh on the tongue, even for a big IIPA. This does have about 4 months on it though... to be fair. Will review a fresher bottle sometime.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2012 03:49:10 | More by yamar68
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured a translucent deep caramel with some auburn notes into my Victory tulip. Fairly effervescent with a thick light caramel head that dissipates quickly (less than a minute) and leaves lacing about half as high as the head was.
S: Sweet and hoppy with some orange-y notes. Alcohol comes in at the end, but only faintly.
T: Quite hoppy, but not in an overpowering way. The citrus in the smell didn't really come through in the taste as much as I was expecting. There's a smokey note in here as well, but it took me a few sips to pick up on it. Maybe I've trained my taste buds to ignore booze, but I barely tasted any alcohol here; it only registers in finish, and certainly not in the way most 10%-ers do. The sweetness hits you a second or two after you finish your sip and stays with you for a while.
M: Oh, man is this stuff smooth. Wow. Goes down easier than about any beer I've ever tried--certainly easier than anything of similar gravity and style. The brew coats your tongue and lingers in the same way as scotch or bourbon.
O: Awesome stuff. So, so, so smooth. I can't stress that aspect enough. But for the buzz I had after one glass, I'd have had no idea I was drinking a 10%-er. I could session this, no joke. I'll be recommending this one to friends who want to try a "bigger" beer but aren't ready for some of the more overtly alcoholic offerings out there. That's not AT ALL to say that this is a "rookie" beer, though. It's quite complex and includes a lot of flavor notes that I can't properly articulate. Excellent stuff.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2012 18:18:00 | More by RCK86
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.