Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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92
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3,640 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,640
Reviews: 1,510
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 198
Gots: 290 | 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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a creamy smooth capped amber color, with the head sticking in there till the end. Some small lacing noted.

S: Aroma is of Hops ,Hops ,Hops.Nice citrusy grapefruity hops and yet sweetened by malts to a small balance.

T: The taste is a Hops explosion in your mouth with a slightly malty background.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth rich creamy and of medium body with good legs down glass.

O: Overall a great beer and the hit of dinner, I like everything about this beer except needed more balance with malts. IMO Thanks Great Divide

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking clear copper color with a thick white head on top. The lacing was sticky on this brew. The smell of the beer was hoppy, full of citrus and pine notes on the nose. The taste of the beer had a good amount of pine like bitterness with some fruity citrus flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, it was nicely carbonated with a light oily feel to it. Overall this brew was pretty good, I would buy it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

Pours a fairly vibrant amber color with almost two fingers of light tan head that sticks around a rather long time. Aroma is pretty good. Pine and citrus hops are initially dominant but then malts come a bit more the to forefront. There is a rather large malt presence for a DIPA with a fair amount of caramel and a bit of sweetness. There is also a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Taste is very reminiscent of the aroma with a good american hop presence. The malt flavor seems a bit more restrained than the aroma. The malt character that is there is caramel but very much in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a medium body and moderate+ carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well. The alcohol presence is restrained given the 9.1% ABV. Overall I found this rather enjoyable but it seemed to have a touch too much body and a bit too much caramel malt character.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried numerous times to like this beer, I honestly have, but so far I have not yet enjoyed it, here's hoping it's better on draft. Served in standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice hop blend that is more subtle than I remember from the bottle. The beer is certainly somewhat heavy with decent carbonation. I must say, I finally like this beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass.

A: A nice deep amber orange color with a tight 2 finger off white head. Not a ton of glass lacing.

S: Nice pine and citrus hops nose with a slight sweet malty smell. Very balanced on the nose.

T: Based on the nose, I actually expeced more hops in this beer. The pine and citrus hops take over the first taste, but the deep sweet caramel malt takes over very quickly. The hops are there and let themselved be known, but I think the malt is as equally strong. Very balanced and very good.

M: Medium to thick oily mouthfeel with nice medium carbonation.

D: I say medium drinkability. With the abv you can have a bomber and maybe a second one, but you can't drink this all night.

Overall a very solid DIPA, but nothing more than that. I was sort of underwhelmed as people spoke oh so highly of this beer. I had it the day after I had a Smuttynose Big A, and no question the Big A is a better beer hands down. Still, a nice try and I would easily drink it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA | 650 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
Deep, reddish-amber with a milky top.

Aroma:
Fresh, citrusy, grassy, piney

Taste:
Big mouthful of resiny hops, dashed with citrus. A malty backbone, laced with caramel ensues. The finish has a lightly, smoked whiskey quality that quickly turns into a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Full and assertive with tenacious carbonation, whose kick drops off towards the end.

Harmony:
A bold brew that keeps its constituent flavors in check with an uncanny mastery.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Bottled: November 30, 2010
Served: January 15, 2011 (~45 days later)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,640 ratings.