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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,267 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,267
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | 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.

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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle.

Bottled July 15, 2010.

Dark orange body shimmers in the light. Thin white head.

Brandy soaked stone fruit, orange marmalade, grapefruit rind. Fruit driven aroma.

Caramel, fruit cake, apricot, tangerine, orange zest, pine sap, quite resiny. Exceptionally bitter, but well balanced by substantial maltiness.

Full, sticky, rich mouthfeel.

Hercules indeed. This is one powerful DIPA. Big malt, big fruit, big bitterness. Bold, brash, boozy and bitter. Hefty. I think the ready availability of Hercules makes us forget just how excellent it is. I never feel a sense of urgency to buy it, so I don't. What a mistake. Delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:49:41 | More by BradLikesBrew
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a balanced beer, but not my favorite. However, it is very easily obtained. The only downfall is it is not cheap, a four pack will run you around $16.

Appearance: Really nicely colored beer. Bronze with some head that falls to a very small lacing pattern.

Smell: More sweet malts, not as much hoppy floral aromas as a West Coast style. Not as much in the bouquet as I would prefer.

Taste: More flavor than you would detect from the aroma. Caramel malts present, but some hop bitterness, not as much citrus fruit flavors as I would prefer. I am really developing a palate for those type of IPAs.

Overall: A good beer but I probably wouldn't go with this one again, just due to the price and the fact that there are others that I like more out there for less money. But, I am not disappointed I had a chance to try it, it might have been THE beer. Variety is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 00:57:47 | More by humuloner22
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich copper, rich deep color. Golden yellow head, pours really nice.

S - A little flat a hint of sour, but pretty flat.

T - Rich, burnt sugar, carmel, mildly hoppy.

M - Round, supple, full, a large round total mouth coating.

A deep, rich copper, round and supple Double IPA. The 10.0 ABV can catch up on you if you are not paying attention (...like the 3rd or 4th beer in). All good, a nice Double IPA to finish a meal with.

Keep a few around, not your everyday go to, but a nice night cap.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:29:53 | More by BrokenStones
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methtlcai

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had GREAT lacing and an awesome head. Poured a two finger thick pillowy head with a very hazy amber color. The smell could be sensed across the kitchen- a very clear clean piney hop oil scent. Taste was of hops and honey, very viscous hop oils and resin with the honey flavor giving it a delightfully full body. The alcohol was disguised very well. Not very complex, basically tasted like honey and hops and smelled the same, but nonetheless a very good double IPA without the smokey pain of alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 02:25:28 | More by methtlcai
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stewart124

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a fluffy off-white head. Beautiful lacing is left along the glass.

Passion fruit and pear hit the nose first with grapefruit and pine overpowering everything in the end.

Full bodied with a bready caramel note. Well rounded citrus and pine in the aftertaste. This was bottled in August so I hope it hasn't fallen off a bit. Feels like there are quite a bit of residual sugars left over and the alcohol is slightly warming.

Lots of pine in the after taste. A malty imperial ipa and more rounded out that I initially imagined.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:36:12 | More by stewart124
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange cooper color with golen highlights

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, and citrusy hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very slick and sweet while maintaining the hop bitterness. Toffee and caramel malts, which gives it almost a candied feel. Piney citrus hops balances this one out masterfully.

Drinkability - Like my Double IPA's to be a little more hoppy than sweet, but it's definitely being nitpicky. Respect this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 04:05:24 | More by ryrust5301
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schroederm

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Absolutely tons of head form... Four fingers in my snifter. Nice copper color to the body as well. Notes of orange and grapefruit in the nose. Malty, bready and yeasty aromas also present. Tons of maltiness does well to round out strong citrusy hops. Thick and very creamy for the style. Good carbonatio Great flavor and balance make this a highly drinkable brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:58:58 | More by schroederm
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one MONSTER of a beer. Pours a craggy, rich, pillowy head with citrusy scents. Smells of oily grains and top notch hop aroma. Nice smelling beer with a deep golden color, almost amber. Very full bodied with initial malts on front followed with big, big hoppy taste, balancing this beer nicely. A great find!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 16:42:53 | More by bigdeuce
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Smokee

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an oversized wine glass, bottled on 12/31/2009 This poured a very clear, reddish gold. Decent head with good lacing. Allot of grapefruit smell.

Tastes, very smmooth balanced, slightly caramel? With a small bite at the end. Very nice overall,the strengh is definetly hidden behind the the balance.

No idea why I haven't tried this sooner, but I intend to keep this in my regular DIPA rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:46:25 | More by Smokee
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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Hercules DIPA is a is a dark garnet with a very large khaki head that leaves heavy, very attractive lace. This is actually beyond red IPA like, the dark cola notes, not my favorite, but great head and I prefer them darker.

Smell is strong, big west coast hops but such a rich, caramel backbone, it's more like a DRPA, which I love!

Taste is good, like the nose, loads of hops struggling to balance the huge crystal malt bill...only here, the scale is tipped away from the hops, which are still very citric and bitter, with a dry, resiny bitter finish. I've had this only a few times, but over the years, on draught or bottle, my impression is always pretty much, "eh, this is a pretty sweet DIPA, but eh." Very scientific, the framework dictates a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a heavy body regardless of how red a DIPA it is.

Drinkability is pretty good, as readily available and affordable as this is, it's not one I ever gravitated to, but I'm not really sure why - this is a hop lovers dream!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 07:08:27 | More by ccrida
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argock

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on date on label. Purchased from Skee Vue Liquors for $6.59.

A: Inviting dark honey amber with billowing 2-3 finger head which sticks for minutes before any sign of receding. The lacing is spectacular.

S: While I would not call this a balanced DIPA, the malts are almost up to the level of the hops in the nose. Caramel and toffee are early contenders but are eventually dominated by a potpourri of hops aromas which include pine sap, orange, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and floral Cascade and/or Centennial hops. The herbal category is the only one not represented, but I don't really miss it.

T: The flavor is excellent but vastly maltier and sweeter tha I would have thought from the exceedingly hops-dominated nose. Very sweet and caramelly which accentuates the complex hops flavor that has a both floral and earthy aspect to it. Don't worry though -- hopsters will love the oncoming wave of citrus and pine flavors. This beer is dangerously easy to consume at 9.1% ABV -- no alcohol is detectable.

M: Silky, coating, and not too dry with exceptionally low carbonation and delicious pine and citrus dominated aftertaste.

D: An exceptional DIPA that is easy to drink but hits so many different hops flavors and aromas, it's hard to go wrong. Great Divide has created an excellent brew -- hopefully they will extend out to other regions beyond the West.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 04:09:01 | More by argock
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AMo

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA pours a brilliant copper amber hue. It has a creamy tan head that tops the brew, and remains throughout most the drink. The smell is strongly hopped, and the taste offers an exceptionally huge dose of hops from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with a slight bitter aftertaste. If you like strong beers, this drinks real easy and at least one should be tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 05:54:41 | More by AMo
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured very vigorously to get a 1 finger head that was pale tand and stuck around pretty well. This beer was very hazy bordering on cloudy. Color was very nice rich polished bronze.

Aroma is balanced with malt & hops. Lots of rich caramel smells combined with some fruits like mango & peach. Not as citrus focused as I usually expect from a DIPA. Some bready, Munich malt aroma, too, I think.

Flavor is melanoiden rich -- Nice bitter presence that really lasts combined with strong malt character -- sweet caramel & rich toasted bread. Nice hop flavor with a fair amount of pine and maybe some earthy dankness. A very complex flavor profile that was more than I expected from the appearance or aroma.

Mouthfeel is quite good but there's just a little something about the texture of the beer that is almost but not quite very good. I like the rich, luxurious body, but there was a slight particulate matter feel in the body that nagged at me some & wasn't quite right.

Drinkability was quite good as flavor & mouthfeel are really important here, but the other qualities did drag it down some.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:06:56 | More by mklinger
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper in color with a two finger light brown bubbly head. Decent retention with sheets of lace down the glass.

S - Very strong aroma of caramel malts with a piney hop aroma in the background. Faint aroma of alcohol as well. Smells like a big, in-your face DIPA with huge loads of malts and hops.

T - Sweet caramel taste up front. Then a piney hop taste takes over before a very sweet taste finishes and lingers.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Very well balanced DIPA that is incredibly easy drinking given the overload of hops, malts, and alcohol.

I prefer my DIPA's off-centered to the hoppy side, but this is still one darn good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:32:40 | More by ckeegan04
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cbn

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is beautiful deep golden amber with a large off-white head that leaves curtains of lace as it retreats.

The aroma is of volatile hop oil and alcohol with honey,citus and ripe fruit notes.

Tongue coating hops meet sweet pale malt, just a touch of caramel. Grassy,floral and citric hop flavors dominate.

Solid, silky smooth, medium mouthfeel with a lightly carbonated edge.

This brew hides its abv well, subtly disarming, part of its charm.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 20:11:14 | More by cbn
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Boulders On Broadway in Tempe, AZ for a Colorado Tap Takeover on 5/17/12.

A: Beautiful golden-amber with a fluffy, pillowy, white head. Hangs around for a long time and leaves behind a ton of lace.

S: Fruity, hoppy, malty booze.

T: Holy booze, Batman. Not a bad thing...just didn't expect it from this style and this specific beer. Sweet, sugary, roasted malt with fruity hops in the finish. More like an American Barleywine but hoppy enough to keep it a Dub.

M: Sweet and delicious malt and booze with a slight tingle from the carbonation.

O: A damn good beer whether you think it's a Double/Imperial IPA or an American Barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 16:46:34 | More by Gatch
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rdailey76

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a 22 oz. bomber and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Appearance: Pours with a really nice fluffy, white head and is dense to start and then fades into some very nice lacing on the glass. The color is a very nice orange/gold color.

Smell: Very hoppy in the nose. Pretty much what I would have expected. Chewy is what came to mind.

Taste: There was an assault of hops up front, but it mellowed out pretty quickly. Suprising more balanced that I would have expected. It finished very sweet and malty. I felt that alcohol was pretty well hidden for 9.1 abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating, but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: I would enjoy again, but the mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste make 22 oz. more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 11:53:52 | More by rdailey76
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jettjon

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown-orange color, hazy with numerous small bubbles. Solid, two-finger thick light tan head that fades away slowly leaving generous lacing. Attractive looking beer. Nose evinces strong hops, a citrus bite, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is strong but balanced hops up front, a bit spicy and crisply bitter. Mild malt underpinning, a bit of alcohol toward the end. Bitter dry finish that lingers. Quite tasty. Mouth is viscous, solid, very smooth and slick. Drinkability is excellent: great flavor balance between bitter hops and moderately sweet malt, and a smooth, creamy mouth make this an easily enjoyable brew.

Overall: A damn fine example of the American IPA. Well hopped and delicious. Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 18:11:55 | More by jettjon
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drseamus

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color. The aroma has a bunch of citrus and piney hops. Not much malt in there. The flavor is much different. A good amount of malt with a nice bitterness. Hop flavor is mostly piney. The body is nice and heavy. Nice solid DIPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 04:10:59 | More by drseamus
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep amber in color, cloudy, with a three finger head, head dissapates to leave a small amount of lacing. Retention down the glass is perfect.

Smell: Huge dose of hops here, a good malt backbone kicks in to slow the pace. Piney, yet rich malt combine to make your nostrils tingle upon first whiff. The traditional DIPA malt to hop aroma is present with some spiciness and citrus aromas.

Taste: Hoppiness jumps off right off the bat, citrus, mango, eucalyptus, and pine are evident up front, malt comes through to slow it down a bit. The malt plays a big role here although it's slightly hidden. The finish consists of lots of malt spice, hop oil and a huge wallop of earthy citrus florals. Alcohol is here as well in the finish with such a big bodied DIPA. This brew is smooth and piney!

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, bitterness kicks your tounge to the curb with such a big amount of carbonation. Sits on the tongue nicely and the malt keeps it in check.

Drinkability: A wonderful DIPA to say the least, hops and a slight malt profile balance perfectly to produce a winner of a beer. This has the hop fix for anybody who enjoys a big bodied DIPA. Lightyears ahead of the Maharaja as far as quality, yet not enough to win the drinkable category as the DFH 90MIN. A solid offering from GD and one I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 05:02:58 | More by thespaceman
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NefariousR

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Orange-amber with a one-finger, offwhite, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pretty malty for a DIPA, fresh, sweet fruits shining through with a decent helping of pine and citrus.

T - Big hop flavor upfront, rounded out by a pleasantly sweet malt backbone. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, sticky but not unusually so for the style. Quite warming from the alcohol.

O - Damn good DIPA, especially considering its year-round availability. Great if you love your IPAs big but not necessarily at the ridiculous hop levels of, say, Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:12:02 | More by NefariousR
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Fatduck

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking copper with a cloudy pale head. Holy hops batman, this thing is loaded with aroma, and flavor, and a great bitter aftertaste. This is one viscus beer, it would have to be with that much hop. I don't know if I could taste anything after this, so the drinkability drops, but who buys a beer that they want to drink 5 of?

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:42:03 | More by Fatduck
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yesyouam

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA is a cloudy amber ale with big chunks of I-don't-know-what floating around in it. It has a thick, soft, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge aroma that's sweet and hoppy. It smells spicy, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and grass. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes sweet and hoppy. It tastes resiny, with notes of orange peel, black pepper and coriander. It remains well balanced all the way through the finish. It's a very solid double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 18:47:52 | More by yesyouam
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On in Mentor a few days ago for $3.50 into my gold rimmed Ommegang goblet. “Bottled on April 11 1011” stamped on the lower right side of the label. This is almost 5 months old. I am sure it is not the best of circumstances but let’s see what we have here.

A Very light brown head over a golden orange body that has visible sediment floating about after I poured it. The head dissapeared within 60 seconds for this one (as compared to the recently reviewed Titan IPA) but I would expect that with the elevated 10% ABV. Really a good look. I enjoy the inclusion of the visible sediment. 4.5

S Sweet malt with some bitter hops and a warmth of alcohol. This is a really good smell within the style and it is not repeated by all DIPAs. The smell leaves me very interested in tasting this beer! 4.5

T Oh yes….I love a good DIPA that has plenty of sweet malt as a part of it! As the smell suggested, there is plenty of syrupy sweetness along with a strong hop presence and a nice, appropriate burn of alcohol. It is not to the level of my most favored DIPAs which are Southern Tier’s 2XIPA and Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster. I really enjoy the taste of this one, none the less, and it has held up for the almost 5 months since it was bottled! 4.0

M This is one big beer with a big mouthfeel from the syrupy sweetness to the bold bitterness and even that burn of alcohol that I already mentioned. A big, huge feel which is what I look for in this style. 4.5

D/O This is not particularly drinkable with all of its bigness and elevated ABV but I did enjoy it none the less. Overall it is a very good DIPA. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:46:00 | More by adamette
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sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bomber with some guy holding up a Q-Tip in front of the mountains. Nice gold with white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet toasted malt with background citrus hops.

Ohh, this is tasty. Great balance right off the rip - sweetish malts with hints of toffee combine with a solid hop bitterness and grapefruity flavors throughout the first three quarters of the sip. Alcohols raise their head near the end, along with a not-unpleasant grapeseedy kind of bitterness in the finish which lingers. Round and smooth. I need more. The store is closed. Oh well.

I'm digging this brewery's efforts so far. A very tasty example.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:59:32 | More by sponberg
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,267 ratings.