Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
A hazy medium orange color. Off white head. Fair retention. Great lacing.
Lately, all double IPAs smell the same to me. It has that strong, sweet, hoppy aroma. Gives you a little hint to what you're in for.
In the flavor: smooth bitterness. Quite balanced. Malty sweetness. Significant hop presence. An overall soft, yet aggressive flavor.
A heavy, thick chewy mouthfeel
Nicely done. The double IPA market is hit and miss for me, but I would buy this beer again.
09-23-2012 16:06:38 | More by UnderPressure
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours hazy copper color with ridiculously big 3 finger foamy tan head with a ton of tight bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing with rings and trails sticking to the sides.
Smells of big citrus hops and piney hops up front, with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine cone/piney hops, floral hops, grains, light brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like apple or pear, light spices and enough malt backbone to make it perfectly balanced for a DIPA. Not the strongest aroma for a DIPA, but a damn fine smelling beer.
Tastes sweet and hoppy, with piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, citrus hops, maybe some mango or guava, floral hops, brown sugar, caramel, toasted grains, burnt biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like pear or apple, tea leaf, herbs and spices like coriander, pepper and light cinnamon, and a mild boozy finish; the hops are very sweet and juicy, but the ABV shows up pretty much throughout the brew. The warming effect lets the malt/grains level it out a bit and makes it quite drinkable for such a high alcohol level.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation and a bitter finish that is very sweet with an alcohol burn; the only knock on this beer might be the heat in the finish, but it was tolerable to me and not a major issue.
Overall a very good strong brew that I recommend trying; it had been 5 years since I first tried this and I will seek it out whenever I can find it. Expect to catch a buzz from one 12 oz bottle, this is potent stuff.
09-20-2012 03:11:13 | More by CHickman
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.