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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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1,543 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,543
Hads: 3,947
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 269
Gots: 507 | 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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Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing Gabe!

Hercules presents itself a deep, dirty blonde color with a dense head of wheat colored foam. Retention is excellent for a beer of this strength and lacing is nothing short of spectacular. When all is said and done, an iceberg of thick foam is still swimming in my goblet.

Massive hop aromas rise from my chalice to greet my senses. Grapefruit slices and tangerine peel with gobs of sticky pine notes and oily hop resin. It possesses an underlying caramel malt sweetness that provides excellent balance on the nose.

The flavor explodes with honey-dipped grapefruit peel and sweet citrus hop oils, sprucey pine, toffee and luscious caramel malts. It's insanely hoppy, but has a decadent amount of malt to carry it through to a long grapefruit and chewy honey caramel soaked finish. As it warms, each sips gets better, mmm, mmm, mmm.

The body on this one is huge with a lushly dense and exquisite creamy mouthfeel. Hands down, one of the best double IPA's, ever. This is another superbly crafted ale from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PH Brookline.
It pours a deep, rich orangey teak color with a thick, but fast fading beige head on top.
A very dry and earthy smell at first, begins revealing fragrant pine, phenol floral hop esters and a light underlying malty grain smell.
The first flavor out of gate, like a rocket, is a nearly overwhelming grapefruity citrusy hop wallop. A bone dry and somewhat cuttingly harsh citrus zest and a bit of a metallic bite is soon tempered, if ever so slightly, by a lightly sweet caramel maltiness.
This brew, as the name implies, is strongly tilted in favor of extreme hop enthusiasts. But at the same time, it is quite drinkable and becomes even more so as it sits for a few moments.
It also packs quite an alcoholic punch. So be careful of that. Unless you're planning on staying with this beer for the evening, save it for your last one, because your taste buds will be spent, rendering them useless to taste anything else.

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Photo of dgallina
3.09/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-red with a foamy white head. Leaves filmy lace on the glass long after the beer is gone. Smells quite hoppy, with a bit of grainy malt firmly in the background. Flavor is strongly hoppy. Plenty of north-american hops and *very* little else going on here. Just hops from start to finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Kind of boring and simplistic in my opinion. Tons of hops. That's all folks.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors in with forever lasting foam and nice but hazy goldcupper beercolor. Nose is of the best: lots of fresh hops with US C-hops noticable. Next to that though nice ambermaltarome. taste is very fruity with plumbs next to the citrussytaste. further some maltyness and litle sweet before hoge but clean bitterness comes in. This full and strong taste makes mouthfeel bombastic but good and the freshness and citrussy makes you already want to take another sip. Great brew IMO.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious reddish amber / burnt orange color, with a frothy khaki head. The head dissipates, but never vanishes altogether. Rings of very sticky lacing are left behind. Pungent hops dominate the nose. Clean citrous with lots of grapefruit melds with sappy pine scents. Some zesty spice is present, along with sweet caramel. Notes of alcohol in the aroma as well. This is damn near a 5 on smell. Violent hops mob the palate like terrace hooligans rooting for a losing team. The flavor of the hops are spicier than I would have expected, bordering on salty. Some sharp piney and very bitter orange peel and grapefuit get through as well. Not to be outdone, the malts lay down a fat backbone like John Paul Jones on bass. Some sweet caramel and a very subtle breadiness lets you know the malts are still alive and kicking. The bitter citrous hops dry out the finish, but some sweetness lingers. The spicy flavor mingles with warming alcohol, leaving you with a zesty aftertaste. Hell yeah, I'm really glad I picked this bomber up. I think my overall score would be 4.75 straight down the list, but its not quite 5s. Pick it up if you see it!

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Photo of Truh
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Held the weight of the world on my shoulders with this one on 5/2/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Brain-like coating of ¾ inch head that settles into the same, thinner pattern with a patina of stick. Very full, glowing orange hue with some haze and weighed down bubble action. Cranky hop and green juice on nose is fragrant and fresh with some lemon, oranges, and hop oil all mixed up and thrown in. Juicy fruit gun sweetness on mouth explodes immediately, followed by a plentiful amount of hop bitterness; touches of cane sugar, candy corn, macadamia nuts and grapefruit all wash around.

Very nice double IPA and one I would gladly pick up when in need of a pour from this style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - slightly dark orange beer. Thick creamy head like lather is very sticky, leaving a thin blanket of lace behind.

Aroma - frangrant - orangey, piny, some malt aroma fighting through the intense hop nose as well.

Taste - good malt presence. Sharp bitter hops, combined with a high alcohol level, make a hot and harsh impact on the palate. Feels raw and boozy, needs more taste and less hootch. Too medicinal, but getting in some of the bottom sediment from the bomber gives it a needed boost of sweetness. Completely stands up to some spicy tamales as expected. Letting it warm up helps balance-wise. The ups and downs kind of cancel each other out on this one, leaving me with an impression more of the downs.

Mouthfeel - nicely smooth and creamy, leaves a pleasant residual to help fight off that alcohol burn.

Drinkability - too mixed up for me to get into and enjoy.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a bone head.
Hazy and full.
Pungent, unapologetic hop assault wafts up with a surprising malt backbone.
Wincing hop profile builds as the beer warms.
Beyond the lupulin assault there lies the stiff malt character,a hint of leather,candied flowers,barn boards, and vanilla.
Stinging on the pallet,nectar-like and piney.
Massive grapefruit flavors,pith and all.
Aggresive hop attack,bitter and extremely lingering.
Drying and minerally, almost tongue curling personality.
Medium to full mouthfeel, with alcohols thinning the body.
Huge hop and malt character hides alcohol well.
Large-ish malt character for style, leaning into Barleywine territory.
Reminiscent of Bigfoot.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ Sunset Grill, thanks liefman for sharing this with me.

Deep copper, slightly hazed with a lace that would not stop leaving trails down the glass.

Smelled of resiny hops, piney and citric yet very clean. Hints of malt and subtle alcohol under the hops. Almost silky smooth with a strong medium body, big punch of clean bitter hop ... clean hop oil permeates citric and pine. Faint alcohol on the palate, its very hidden ... deceiving.

Wow, damn straight this Double IPA came at me like a bat out of hell. I am very impress by this brew.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hercules pours with a 1/4" white head which settles a bit but doesn't go away completely. It hangs on the inside of the glass. The color is somewhere between brown and ruby [dark copper?]. The nose smells immediately like a freshly peeled orange.. hops with malt in the background. The flavor is again citrusy. Some maltiness and a fair amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side. It's pleasant but more of a digestif . This puts limits on the drinkability, but if you know what you are drinking here it's all good.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, lightly hazy orangey copper with a frithy 1/2 inch ivory head. Leaves sheets of lace. Smells strongly of grapefruit and tangerine. Some peach and mandarin orange. Not a bitter or biting hops aroma but very sweet citrus.

Tastes tangy and bitter. A sweet citrus offset and intermingles with a biting bitterness. Tangerine very evident as well as grapefruit, orange rind and light peach. Mouth is lightly sticky and has a long biter hoppy aftertaste. You can lick the alpha acids off your teeth. Very tasty...I Like it!!!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the three C hops: Centennial, cascade, and chinok. The grapefruitiness. The malt.Nuttiness. I could stay on this all night and there is balance and flavour despite the bitterness. Brought by a generous Yank to Radekfest 05 Hop bubbles and bitterness followed by maltiness in full bottle enjoyed 7 months later.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper to amber color and makes a modest offwhite head that lingers for quite a while. Aromatics are nutty and sweet, yummy pine cones. Flavor opens up with a moderate bitterness, followed by a nutty character and lots of pine, grapefruit, caramel and sweet chewy finish. This is really good! This one is thick on the palate, leaves a lingering syrupy quality and warmth from the alcohol. I look forward to finding this one again... its very drinkable. Sadly, it is not available in my area.

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Photo of hero27
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a deep, cloudy orange. Head is modest but leaves beautiful lacing all the way down. A surprising amount of yeast sediment is noted as well..

Smell: Hoppy aroma is much more subdued than I expected it to be. The faint floral hop smells I can pick up are a mixture of grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. It does, however, smell delicious.

Taste: Very piney bitter hops from start to finish. This isn't all about hops, though folks. Much more malty than I expected it to be (barleywine-like?). Quite well balanced for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied...big, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation a little weak which makes it seem a bit syrupy & oily in the mouth.

Drinkability: Well, I won't lie...at over 9% ABV, this thing has some bite, but it is surprisingly drinkable for a double IPA. I wish they had some of this around my area. I would buy this all the time. Great to treat yourself to, as you'll probably only need a bomber or two and you'll be set. Definitely a Herculean effort by Great Divide...yeah, I went there.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thick and smooth creamy white head of foam. Smell is typical citric hoppy ipa smell. Smell is also very sweet and fruity. Taste is fully sweet, like it is doused with a bag of brown sugar. But this balances out the hop bitterness nicely. The hops are spicy, but yet citric and fruity. Very nice. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is great stuff but a little too sweet to be highly drinkable. An ipa I will be back to.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Hazy orange with a terrifically creamy looking head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with some sweet malt and bread. Nice grapefruit smell. The taste is big and malty at first, then a burst of flavorful hops. Not bitter until the very end, almost after you swallow. The hop flavor is big, but not too aggresive. Great balance for a double ipa, without sacrificing the hops. Full mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking, considering the big flavor and high alcohol. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed copper with a veritable army of yeasty floaters, and a frothy white head that laces the glass beautifully. The monstrous aroma is of citric floral hops contributing to the grapefruit character that I so love, and a subtle malty undertone. The first taste is the expected initial citric hop blast. Moving forward I notice some sweet caramel malts underneath the bitter rush, some yeasty nuttiness, and a barely perceived alcohol kick. There is a great coating, lingering resinous aftertaste. Full bodied and very smooth, this magnificent brew is like a Siren softly singing my name, seductive and dangerous. 'Ware the ABV.

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Photo of trumick
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of sticky lacing all around after each sip.

Scent is very nice with a piney, grassy hop aroma and just a hint of sweet, bready malts.

Taste is outstanding a very well balanced beer. Sweet biscuity malts for just a second then the piney, citrus hops takes over in force, but the sweetness still mingles there along side. It finishes with a dry grapefruit that stays with me for a bit. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. This beer has just the right amount of carbination to compliment the flavor.

I give this beer a high mark for drinkability. I would come back to this again and again. This goes down easy, almost too easy. The abv is well hidden, and I could easily over indulge with this one.

Great Divide has yet to disapoint. I am impressed with all of their offerings. I need to try the Yeti on my next visit to the store. I would highly recomend this beer to all "hopheads".

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bloody Hell !! I absolutely do not care for hops at all. I don't care for the smell, the taste, or the after taste they impart on one's palate. Hoppy brews just aren't for me. I have been told by many friends, however, that I should try more of them and perhaps I'd learn to like them if only I could find one I really enjoy. This one is IT. This is a truly amazing beer. Just delicious!!! The appearance didn't really have any special appeal to me due to the fact that I am a porter/stout drinker, but it did look quite nice with its fluffly pillow-like head of foam. Orange / rust in colour. The smell is sweet and hoppy with a crippling amount of grapefruit present. The taste? I hope you really like grapefruit if you plan on tasting this. Staggering levels of grapefruit present in the taste with a pleasantly bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is possibly the smoothest, easiest to drink beer I have ever had. This is just incredible. If you are a fan of tremendously hoppy brews, or even if you aren't I highly recommend you try this brew. Simply Smashing!!!

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange colour, a little hazy, with a creamy off-white head. The foam just didn't want to subside right through to the end and coated the glass quite nicely, forming rings of foam that indicated the size of each sip. Very pretty. Aroma was a nice combination of malty caramel and prominent grapefruit hoppiness, with some orange fruitiness thrown in for good measure. The flavour had plenty of hop bitterness and citrus flavour, balanced nicely by a big malt backbone. Lots of caramel in there. Some similarities to a barleywine. A bit of alcohol warming showed up towards the finish and complemented the full, rich body very nicely. Very tasty and balanced, making it an easy-drinking double IPA. I'm glad I gave this one another try... the first bottle I ran into must have been past its prime.

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Photo of blitz134
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly dark orange copper color with a bubbly one finger nearly white head on top which clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell is a hop overload, just how I like it. The hop aromas range from a plethora of citrus fruits including grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. As it first hits my lips the mouthfeel and body on this beer is immediately noticeable. This isn’t your average bodied beer, this is full and heavy and it’s immediately noticeable before it even reaches the deep, dark corners of your mouth. The taste is definitely a bitter and actually stings a bit on the back of the throat (which is saying something as I have yet to find anything too bitter to drink). For those who don’t enjoy the tastebud numbing action of a heavily hopped beer; Stay away! This beer is as juicy and oily as they come. Flavor profiles range from grapefruit to a bitter finish ending in pine and resin hops. All these flavors seem to last as the mouth coating is extremely heavy. I definitely think this is a near perfect example of how a west coast double IPA should taste. Drinkability is up near the top as well if you like an unbalanced D-IPA. With no hint of alcohol this could get you in trouble.

Overall this is an awesome beer. I just hope that Green’s in Atlanta continues to get them in as this could definitely become a personal favorite of mine, especially at 4.50/bomber. For me this beer compares well with the Flying Dog Wild Dog except with a touch less citrus, but this is much cheaper. I think I’ll have another…oh wait…I still have half the bomber to go!

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-orange, with a moderate off-white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lacing. A bit hazy in the pour.

Aroma is a powerful hop nose, piney wiht a bit of caramel inthe background.

The taste isall about hops...beginning, middle, and end, finishes extremely bitter. Lots of pine, grapefruit and other citrus. I would like a bit more malt to counter the hops.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

i prefer my double ipa's to be a little more balanced.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.