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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,030 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3030
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 16:44:50 | More by tectactoe
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joe1510

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bottle
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Poured a dark orange/amber into a snifter. Orange highlights show up and get brighter the closer I move my glass toward the light. Streams of carbonation rise to the top. There was a one finger white head on the pour that shrunk to a solid cap. Sheet lacing after the drink settles but then slides back into the body. Looks good.

The smell is unbelievably fresh and juicy. Big grapefruit and caramel. The hops take over though and make me pucker before I even take a drink.

This stuff is excellent. Caramel malt is present but the hops are everywhere. After the caramel shows up first BIG hops drop kick every taste bud. Bitter grapefruit and even some pine hit hard and the longer the drink goes the more bitterness comes through. The alcohol is in there as well with a solid heat but just a little flavor. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is really nice for a IIPA. It's medium bodied but does coat my mouth nicely. The carbonation is noticeable but doesn't get in the way at all. Slight alcohol warming on the finish. Your tongue does take a beating.

The body helps make this beer extremely drinkable. For a IIPA this stuff goes down fast and easy.

Overall this beer is big in everything that it does. Hops, malt, and alcohol. It all goes together hand in hand. The only thing holding this beer back is the lack of head. It's still good but that's the only thing remotely close to being a fault in this beer.One of my favorites and at a reasonable price. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/26/06

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:16:10 | More by joe1510
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scvance

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear deep golden color with a hint of amber. Large off white head fills the rest of the glass and does not disappear. Smell is very strongly hopped, earth, pine, and slight citrus. There is also a nice background of caramel malt sweetness to it. Taste is malty up front, lots of caramel and nut notes to the flavor that fade to a long lasting bitterness. Finishes with a strong alcohol flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. This obviously high residual sugar content, and this balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The beer is medium carbonation, very full bodied. Overall this is a very well done double IPA on Great Divide's part. I was turned on to this one because the Titan is one of my all time favorites in terms of IPAs. This one does not disappoint. I definitely recommend giving this one a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:52:29 | More by scvance
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a thin half finger off white head.

Dominated by hops in the nose, earthy spicy and pine note followed by a bready malt backbone.

Loads of hoppy bitterness first and followed by bready malt. Mainly pine like hop pull through in the taste and there is a big hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick with hop resin and carbonation is moderate to low

Overall I would like to try one that is a little fresher, this one is pushing 4 months and is on its last leg, I can taste the hops starting to turn. As is, it a thick piney bitter ipa with a big hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:26:46 | More by Fcolle2
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a thin off-white head.

S - Sweet tropical fruits with a good amount of alcohol.

T- Lots of malty sweetness upfront. Nice amount of earthy/resinous hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily sticky mouthfeel. Bitterness tends to linger on the tongue a bit.

O - Solid DIPA and definetly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:31:47 | More by TreyIsWilson
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bcheng

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 18:18:39 | More by bcheng
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khmel

Ukraine

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle split with a friend.

A: Light amber/copper. Frost cloudiness. Light cream head, low retention. Medium lacing. Low, slow carbonation with trails visible.

S: Yeast, floral hops, bread, honey.

M: Amazingly silky smooth. Lots of viscosity along with the sweetness. Low carbonation. Solid body. Alcohol not felt for all the smoothness.

T: Much sweeter than you avgerage DIPA. Malty, caramel notes, floral hops, not much citrus, bitter in the finish. Piney resin notes came out as it warmed.

O: I really enjoyed this beer as a beer, though as a DIPA, I felt it was overly sweet and not focused enough on the hops. Definitely worth a try and very smooth and enjoyable as long as you are not looking for lots of hopiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:07:36 | More by khmel
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vfgccp

New York

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Great color with a light haze. Deep amber ice tea. Fine white head has great staying power, but relatively low lace.

S - Apricot, honey, light booze, marzipan, warm woody hops.

T - Wow. Bright wood, warm mulled cider, bourbon, vanilla, bitter herbs. Stellar integration.

M - Super smooth with a full body.

O - An awesome DIPA, well worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:24:23 | More by vfgccp
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dar482

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours in a reddish copper color with a slight bit of head with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma has sweet deep malts however dominate. You get some grapefruit and pine, but this really lacks aroma.

The taste gives a little kick of grapefruit and hops. Then it goes towards a malt finish of caramel, grassiness, and round mouthfeel. The bitterness is really woody and resiny. It's a strong lingering bitterness. Then the finish is almost chalky or acrid because it sticks on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

I’m a big malt head, but there’s something about the bitter finish and the grassiness that doesn’t quite do it for me. It really is a malt bomb of a Double IPA, or more like an American barleywine.

This really did not do it for me. I've had it both 3 weeks fresh and on tap. That woody bitterness and weird finish is quite offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 15:01:09 | More by dar482
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 4/25/13. Copper, little to no head. Lacing is minimal. Smell is fantastic right from the bottle! The drinkibility is similar to Hoptimum; the 10%ABV is hidden quite well! The hop/malt balance is brilliant, much better than there regular IPA, Titan. The feel is terrific, the hops are much more noticeable after the beer has gone down! Overall, a beer that is really well done! The price is a turnoff, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:42:35 | More by DenverHopHead
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pjkelley82

New York

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow...

Some of the best beers I've ever tried were the ones when I went to the store and was like....ehhhh...l.... I'll try it...

Bottled on 4/25/13... drank on 7/8/13...

Poured from bottle into sniffter...

Copper color crystal clear... bubbles shooting to the top super fast.... about 3/4 inch white head... didn't last crazy long but was still there thruout. Lacing was semi sticky... some stayed a while... some ran down quickly with no residue... I'm intrigued...

Smell was phenomenal.... very heavy sweet pineapple grapefruit smell... malt in there with hops shooting thru the nostrils...

Taste... very heavy feeling on first sip with a nice pineapple grapefruit citrus and perfectly balanced hopness... at 85ibu it is very good.... the thing I like most about it that separated from it from the pack was that it had a prune/date/nuttiness to it... almost like a dubbel or an old ale.... this blended so well and was on my pallate the whole time.. my favorite stlyes are the ones mentioned above so this was absolute heaven for me. It is that prune/date/old ale type that really made me say oh my God... ergo..

Overall to date this is the highest rated beer I've given... definitely top 3 of all time... I don't know if I drank it at the perfect time or if it matched the profiles of beers that I like... but this was by far my favorite DIPA ive ever had...it was absolutely amazing and the sheer fact that i just picked it off the shelf was in itself destiny.beautifully balanced with a good amount a malt, good balanced hops and that amazing mix up of the styles. I'm just disappointed that I only tried one twelve ounce... well I'm going back for a six pack... that should be enough to prove to you this is a beer that you must try

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 22:52:17 | More by pjkelley82
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Act25

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide Titan is my favorite IPA so far. This DIPA convinces me that DIPAs will never outshine IPAs because the alcohol content dulls the aroma and flattens/ sweetens the flavor arc. DIPAs are fad. Besides they are just too much alcohol. I want to drink more beer not get slammed.

12oz bottle into a .5 cyclinder

A: great look. Nice thick white lingering head, long lasting lacing.

S: Not nearly as much as TITAN. So why would I sacrifice aroma for strength and overhopping?
With a March freshness date this beer should be towering, instead the alcohol dominates and masks the grassy hops and malt breadiness underneath. Esters dominate. I feel like I am at the fuel pump.

T: Strong malt backbone balanced by sticky, candied fruit. Overripe pineapple, sugared rind. Missing for me is the grass, pine, outdoors of great IPAs.

I find the hops to be stinging and bitter, but in an over-assertive manner. Not enough counter drama.

MF: full, slick and heavy. Flattish low carbonation combined with too much alcohol, spoils this for me.

Stick with GD's IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 04:02:22 | More by Act25
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the prototypical beer appearance. I mean that in a good (a really good) way. Clear amber with a pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves the glass decorated with everyone's favourite lace this side of your girlfriend's panties.

Nose is almost sweet, with a little yeasty characteristic and a clean green hop profile. Some grass, a decent amount of pine. The sweet draws that to some pineapple as well.

Taste is similar. Less sweet malt, more piney/pineapple-y hops. There's a little astringency towards the end.

Bitter pine sticks around, with a little citrus zest poking its way in as I explore my taste buds.
Smoothe enough to drink.

A solid DIPA, but there are better options available. Certainly worth drinking and judging for yourself, but I'd probably reach for a couple other personal favourites before seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:21:34 | More by kemoarps
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter; deep glowing orange/amber and cloudy, with a medium loose white head that fades quickly into a tight disc of foam on the top. Smells of sweet malts, and I do detect a bit of nuttiness like the bottle suggested; smells almost like a rye beer. Hops present in the smell are some grassy, and some of subdued sweet citrus. Taste is astoundingly different than any other DIPA I've had. Starts off with some sweet and a bit crackery malts, but then it's a hop show entirely. Big sweet citrus fruits meld into that odd rye-like flavor which I can't quite identify, and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is big and smooth, alcohol is well-hidden. It's rare to see a unique beer in one of the most popular styles these days, and this one is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 06:06:49 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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gleemonger

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small, creamy white head. Very refreshing looking.

Fairly subtle fruity hop aromas mixed with some sweet malt. Not the huge kick I look for in the style, but not bad.

Much more hoppy in flavor than in the aroma, but leans more toward the bitter side than anything - but doesn't linger much. Hops definitely pretty complex, with citrusy taking the lead followed by some pine. Really pretty mellow overall with not much of an alcohol presence despite the size.

Moderate body with a lighter carbonation, but with a little bite. Doesn't linger on the tongue. Pretty smooth DIPA.

Much more subtle than I expected - not as huge and complex as I normally like for the style, but a very good beer. This is one of those where you have to watch yourself, since it's so smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:49:48 | More by gleemonger
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TastefulNudity

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Given to me by my girlfriend's mother, always wanted to try this one.

12oz poured in to a Tulip.

Appearance: Honey amber. One finger head on a non-aggressive pour dissipated pretty quickly. Constant carbonation from the bottom of the glass which I like to see. Little darker than expected.

Smell: Barleywine. Extreme sweet malt presence, honey, floral hops. Smell reminds me of Stone's Old Guardian with a little more hop kick and a little less sweetness.

Taste: Continuation of the smell. Starts with the malt sweetness at the front of the tongue. Transfers to a floral hop bitterness that lingers between sips. Almost no trace of alcohol which is very impressive for 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and a little syrupy, tiny bite of carbonation but not too much. Leaves a nice lingering hop presence at the back of the throat. Again, 10%? No burn or alcohol presence.

Overall: This is a great beer, but I felt less inclined to call it a DIPA and more inclined to call it a barleywine. I've never had their Old Ruffian, but I want to try it now to see how it stacks up. Good taste, just a little unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 20:21:41 | More by TastefulNudity
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/25/13. Poured into a chalice.

This is not a DIPA. It is too malty, not hop heavy enough to be a DIPA and 10% ABV. It is an excellent, complex, well-balanced BARLEYWINE. And I have graded as a BW not a DIPA. Hercules DIPA will be a regular in my fridge.

A - Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger rocky head, which dissapates rather quickly (duh- high ABV). Average lacing.

S - Malty honey sweet, some floral and resinous notes, faint spiceness.

T - Malty sweet start with a balancing resiny bitterness. This is a barleywine.

MF - Smooth with some chewiness, med to heavy body.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:35:54 | More by Sludgeman
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William85

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the glass, this one looks great: deep copper color, 1-2 finger head which settles gradually, but not too gradually (i.e. not over-carbonated).

However, the smell is a surprise. Predominantly yeasty/malty, the smell is not exactly bad, but I wouldn't describe it as a good DIPA aroma, either...unusual.

Unlike the smell, the taste is very crisp and hoppy -- much closer to what I was expecting out of a DIPA from Great Divide (Old Ruffian is one of my favorite beers of all time, so I bought this bomber with high hopes).

Overall, this is a better than average DIPA, but I found the smell to be very surprising. With most of my favorite DIPAs (e.g. DFH 90, Saint Arnold Endeavor), there is a very close correlation between taste and smell, but I had to enjoy this one in spite of its smell (again, it worked very well once on the palate).

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 04:37:19 | More by William85
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I always seem to find this waaay past its bottled-on date. This is a relatively new bottle (BOTTLED ON: MAR 29, 2013), so I guess it’s my lucky day. Cheers!

A: For an IPA, this is a near-perfect look. The body is thick with fizz as I pour, bubbles rising through the bright, crystal-clear amber to form a frothy head – and a thick one, at that, as it takes minutes to finally condense down. Complex webs of lacing cover the glass’s interior.

S: Aromatic hops with a unique aroma, spilling out of the glass with big scents of berry: cherry, lime, grape, and blueberry notes that remind me of Crunch Berries cereal. This nose is absolutely bursting with sweet, fruity hop textures. Some grains to the malts beneath, with some wheat and warm biscuit notes.

T: An intensely different experience than the normal IPA palate: Hercules is a combination of aggressively roasty malts and deep, satisfying hop bitterness. Meaty, honey-glazed sweetness melts into a nutty, oven-baked taste of burnt biscuit and toasted rye bread, creating one of the darkest, most interesting malt experiences I’ve tasted in this style. Hop bitters don’t choke up on the roasts; rather, the two play quite well together, with hops adding a sticky pine resin and citric oil flavor to it. It ends on a note of hefty breads, with only a marginal dryness from the hops and roasts.

M: While bone dry at the beginning, the crux of this beer’s texture is thick malts that end up a little frothy with the carbonation. The body is light for a 10-point beer, but for a DIPA, it’s just a little syrupy.

O: Hercules takes the typical American Imperial IPA formula of layering a shit-ton of hops over sugary caramel syrup (i.e., the remnant of caramel malts) and puts it in its place. It’s hard to believe that a grainy, rich DIPA was hiding right in front of me for so long; in fact, I might grab a couple of those older bottles to see how this monster ages. A unique palate thick with roasts sends Hercules to the top of my recently-sampled DIPAs list.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:59:38 | More by BarryMFBurton
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a befutiful amber with less than one full finger of slightly off-white head. The foam settles quickly into a thin frothy ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malty with just a dash of pine hops. There is way more malt than I would have wanted in an DIPA.

T: It starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malt and a nice spicy pine note. The spice lingers from first sip to finish. As the beer transitions into the middle and then into the finish, I get ever developing floral earth notes. I actually like the back end of this beer more than the start. The alcohol is present once the beer is gone from the palate.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, spicy, floral, and boozy. Not exactly a fast drinker. It's a touch syrupy, but I'm ok with it.

O: Nice beer. Not what I was expecting for a DIPA, but I kinda like it. The taste is much better than the nose. I don't know if I'll be buying this beer again, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 20:26:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is overall a wonderful sipping beer. It has a strong taste but not nearly as strong as most other DIPA that I have had in the past. The smell is not a good indicator of the taste at all. The taste begins with a smooth citrus feel and ends with a strong grapefruit taste. This is one of my favorite DIPA. It is a little pricey but worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:04:27 | More by Lee45102
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
copper orange, smell is like a good DIPA, heavy on the citrus notes.
not overly carbonated. grapefruit taste is noticable.

very good beer, but for the price ($5 for a bottle at whole foods), i won't be purchasin this regularly. many beers in the same league can be found for much cheaper

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:24:35 | More by YieldToNothing
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ForesterMatt

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper to amber color. Very clear and inviting.

Sweet malty aroma with solid hop scent

Muted sweet malt flavor with strong hop flavor/bitter and subtle leafy and citrus tones.

Excellent mouth mouth feel on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum. Soft and substantial and very enjoyable.

Overall, a very good Double IPA. It's well balanced but the hop is definitely the star of the show. A great beer for this cool, rainy afternoon

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:42:43 | More by ForesterMatt
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear amber, pours slightly hazy in the beginning clearing up after a quick settle. Head slightly off-white rising to maybe a 1/4" settling fast.

Smell: Light malty feel, but light...you feel the hops but they disappear rather quickly

Taste: Very citrussy not too bitter, with a smooth grapefruit notes. I love the heavy malts and to tell you the truth one of the most addicting tastes I have had. I had to slow myself down to finish the review.

Mouth: Sitcky for sure and maybe and just maybe the smoothest DIPA I have had. Medium carbonation and loving it.

Overall: Money well spent, seriously I got a lot more than what I was asking and beyond what I was expecting. Love the smooth complexity and would gladly pick up another four pack once I see one. Drink up fellas....Salud!

Mouth:

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:19:04 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This Herculean adventure begins in spongy froth, one which slowly subsides to form a marshmallow crown. While not a student of mythology, I don’t believe Hercules was a king of anything. Anyway, the copper colored body is somewhat cloudy and imbedded with wayward carbonation bubbles.

As to the aroma, honey, peach and mango ruled this day; as for the taste: upon the first sip, the palate becomes awash in a complex potion of fruit and toast, both of which drift away in a smooth and hoppy finish.

Hercules had me fooled. Despite the label reading “… not for the faint of heart” as well as the intimidating 85 IBUs, I assumed it to be a hop bomb; strangely enough, it was not; it was pleasant enough and proof of what a great brewer can do.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:18:45 | More by jjboesen
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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