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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 356 | 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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Ratings: 3,739 | Reviews: 1,531
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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)

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

Never tried this beer and was able to get it as a single bottle. Everything I've had from Great Divide has been well-crafted and this beer is no exception. Sure enough, this is a "hop bomb" but it takes a while for the bitterness to kick in. The high alcohol content ensures that this isn't something that will get chugged down, unlike other IPA's that I've had while out drinking.

Good pour to this, as the beer had a deep amber hue to it with a moderate head and some dotted lacing to boot. The aroma was pretty strong as well although the taste was a bit more subtle up front. The caramel-like sweetness up front gave way to an intense floral hoppiness in the back with a lot of alcohol, apricot, and leathery maltiness to tie everything together. This is very well balanced since the aftertaste doesn't call for a chaser of water to get everything down.

One of these in a night is enough, but only because of how strong this is. There's not as much citrus here as in other IPA's but the acrid mouthfeel is still present. While this isn't the best of its style that I've had, it's a solid beer and another good offering from Great Divide. I think this style doesn't call for a double but something like this pushes the envelope and in the world of craft beer, that's not a bad thing.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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