Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a deep orangey-amber color with a finger-width, slightly rocky fluffy head.
Smells of grapefruit/piney hops, with an intensely sweet toffee-like aroma from the malt. Alcoholic strength is evident in the smell. This one is going to be a hammer.
Taste: Big whack of hops in your face - notes of citrus, pine/spruce, with a very slight hint of mint as well. Immediately after the hops comes the malt to back them up. And what a great backup it is, a distinct nutty flavor mixed in with the caramel-like sweetness that makes me think there is some Munich malt in this brew. The alcohol is evident as the maltiness sweeps over my tongue.
Nice viscous mouthfeel (although I think the alcohol content contributes to this in a big way) with medium carbonation. A wonderfully bitter, drying finish that almost causes me to pucker up - the hops get one last lick in here before you are left with a faint pine flavor on your palate. I am not a huge fan of beers that finish like this (I like 'em to finish malty and smooth rather than bitter and drying), but it is an amazingly clean aftertaste.
Drinkability - one of the few beers above 7% ABV that I can finish a bomber of. Not to mention I don't want to split a beer this good. An excellent offering from Great Divide that catapults them to the top of my brewery list.
(Not to mention I got to meet Brian Dunn at the Dixie Cup this past weekend. It was great talking with him - he was very laid back and willing to give me some homebrew pointers.)
10-25-2005 02:22:50 | More by beertastegood
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours hazy amber with dense ivory head that has Belgium persistance (in spite of the 9 ABV) and leaves substancial lace. Aroma from hops, citrus and pine-sap, sweet bubblegum emerges with some alcohol on warming.
Flavor of sweet caramel-toffee somewhat balanced by 85 IBU hop bitterness compining quinine and citrus pith. Interesting hop flavors but sweet caramel and maple syrup detracts from them IMHO. Medium body, with a pronounced dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and inspite of all those bitterness units! A good DIPA, but does not seem to pull off a strong clean malt base to display the hops as I have grown to expect from brewers like 3 Floyds-Dreadnaught, Dogfish Head- 90 minute, and AleSmith.
10-24-2005 16:40:35 | More by karst
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Just wow! Poured from a bomber into a pub glass.
Appearance: This beer has a very nice amber coloration with a white colored head of almost an inch and a half. The lacing literally did not stop until the end of the beer.
Smell: This beer had a great piney malty citrus smell.
Taste: This beer presented with a somewhat sweet malty front taste along with a very crisp and biting hoppy after taste.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is yet another very big and dangerously drinkable IPA. This beer has a nice hoppy taste with a great malty backbone. Dam I wish I had more.
10-21-2005 17:36:03 | More by nlmartin
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
I'm tempted to write a review that just reads "Mmmm...." but that's probably not descriptive enough, is it?
The beer pours a very appetizing light brown with a thick tan head. The foam stays around for quite some time and leaves lots of lacing on the inside of the glass.
There's no doubt you're dealing with an IPA (or bigger) here because the smell is a pure blast of hops. There's pine, green grass and quite a bit of spicy herb as well in the nose. The taste reminds me why I like double IPAs so much - it's that extra dose of malt that really gives the beer some body. This one's got a lot of sweet malty notes primarily along the lines of pancakes or waffles (not the dry biscuit or cracker notes) There's also a ton of hops in the front, middle and back of each sip with a lot of piney and spicy herb notes plus a bit of floral aromatics as well. There is a prominent alcohol burn at the end of each sip and an obvious alcohol sweetness which actually adds to the balance. The characteristics change throughout each sip (pine and wood up front, spice and floral in the back) as well as as the glass progresses (the malt character becomes more evident as you adjust to the hops)
The mouthfeel is plenty good - lots of carbonation to clear the palate and plenty of bittering to dry out each sip. There is a lingering sweet note as well to keep the brew from being too dry.
All in all a very good example of the style - quite drinkable with lots of varied hop flavors to keep you coming back for more.
[thanks to LuckySevens82 for this Colorado treat - shipped the long way through FL for a 5,000 mile trip!]
10-15-2005 06:27:23 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Strong citrus hop odor at start with great head. Malt a bit too strong for an IPA.
Alcohol flavor a bit too strong.
Legs are curly and hairy except didn't have a glass.
Surprising find in remote part of Ohio. Goes great with baseball playoffs. Go White SOX!
10-13-2005 00:59:23 | More by geodude
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
This is a wonderful beer. Pours huge in every sense. Deep mahogany and mandarin colors, huge head, great lacing. Generally all the superlative you can give to a beer.
Huge floral and alcohol emanation. Inviting and poignant, the characteristics seem to feed off of each other.
Never-ending hops shrouded by mild bitterness. The alcohol content establishes this beer as one of the more balanced extreme beers Ive tried. This beer lends itself nicely to a benchmark for Double IPAs.
10-12-2005 02:12:15 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
On-tap at Rich O's Lupulin Land Hop Harvest Festival 10-8-05. Arrives a brilliant copper amber color with a big khaki cragly head of foam on top. Very nice appearance. Aromas of rich, vibrant citrusy, grapefruity hops. Tropical fruits abound with sweet caramelly undertones and a touch of pine needle. Resiny hop oils dance all over the place...simply lovely. Awesome!
First sip brings sweet caramelly malts along with a massive wall of beautiful citrusy, grapefruity resinous hops. Hints of pine intermingle as well. Follows down with good sturdy bitter tones and no hint of any alcohol. A lovely DIPA overall and a super hoppy treat. Behind all the hops is a subtle refined balance that really shines in this one. Yum.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Goes down super smooth and tastes so rich and vibrant off tap. I could have easily adored this beer all night long. I'll be looking for a fresh bomber the next time I'm at the store. Highly recommended for all you hop heads out there.
10-10-2005 23:26:24 | More by orbitalr0x
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
Appearance: From a 22 oz. bomber. After cleaning up the mess this bottle made when it overflowed as soon as I popped the cap, this beer poured a medium-dark, murky copper with a medium-sized, antique white, frothy, slowly diminishing head.
Smell: Marvelous. An excellent balance of citric hops and sweet caramel malts. Also scents of pine, alcohol, herbs and pineapple are present.
Taste: Big hops of course, but far from being a one-dimensional hop-attack. Rather sweet and tea-like. The initial bitterness backs off a bit to let the solid, sweet, bready malt backbone make its presence known, but the mix of fruit flavors stick around. As the beer warms, the bready malts really start coming out. Lots of orange on the finish, along with some alcohol spice and warmth, pine, resin, and a lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly oily/slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: For as huge as this beer is, it goes down dangerously easy. I was very nappy with the balance and depth of this beer. Too often these beers end up being all about the hops and very one-dimensional. This one I truly enjoyed and will have to pick up more when I find it. I highly recommend this one.
10-04-2005 16:10:52 | More by ski271
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours bright red with an uncontrolable head. It keeps growing and growing and it didn't die, not even when all the beer was gone. Wow.
Smells like dry hops and big, doughy yeast. Nothing amazing. The hops are a little overwhelming, actually, disproportionate to the malt. Still pretty nice.
Tastes very much like it smells. Big hops, a hint of dough, a little bit of a sweet and bitter aftertaste. Goes down pretty smooth.
Good brew, this, but it lacks that raw dough *bang* of others in its style.
09-18-2005 02:35:14 | More by mynie
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
High dive pour produced a huge, dark cream colored, head that peaked abou 1/4" above the top of the glass making for a foamy 3" head. Chewy grapefruit hops escape with the pour and travel an arms length to my nose. A closer sniff revelas and equally potent biscuity malt component along with a sweet candied aspect. The head fades slowly remaining tall in the middle, while the slightly lower edge leaves a nice scattering of lace. Glowing dark copper colored beer shows little carbonation rising from the bottom. Holy crap in your face flavor. Lots of chewy candied grapefruit hops. There has to be a solid chunk of malt in there because the the alcohol is quite evident, but compared to the hops it doesn't stand a chance. Bitterness steps in midway through and by the finish is potently dominant. There is a strange "wet dog" flavor in the finish early on, but after half a pint it mellowed to a brief oddity in the finish. A big juicy IIPA that didn't quite do it for me Maybe the hops used aren't my favorite, or possibly it just didn't come together right, but I could definitely do without that freakish aftertaste.
09-16-2005 01:06:03 | More by HappyHourHero
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Pours a pretty thick amber, hint of orange. Small head on this, but what did you expect?
S - Hops and not much else, the alcohol is well masked.
T - A very tame hop, but I like it, again, the alcohol is very light despite how heavy it actually is.
M - Very smooth, light carbonation, a slippery beer.
D - Suprisingly drinkable for a double IPA, super smooth, I will get again.
Great Divide continues to impress me, for sometimes less than $5 it is an absolute steal for an awesome beer.
09-14-2005 05:01:08 | More by Bumpon10s
4.75/5 rDev +15%
Pours a very nice amberish orange enormous fluffy eggshell-colored head that sticks around like the head on a rootbeer float. The lacing is super thick and frothy, sticky, too. Aroma is piney-citrusy hops -- extremely pleasant and not overpowering, probably because of the sturdy malt presence. This malt comes through beautifully in the taste as well with strong hops, of course, slapping around the palate both at the front (clementine rind and grapefruit juice) and the back (oily, piney bitterness). The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. High alcohol presence (9.1% abv) is skillfully masked but emerges as the beer warms. This one is dangerously drinkable. No wonder Premier is always out of stock on this one. Highly recommended.
09-11-2005 18:00:11 | More by orfeu
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time, so I finally broke down and included it as part of a package from Vintage Cellar. I'm glad I did. Perhaps not the best I2PA I've had, but it's quite delicious.
The beer pours to a slightly hazed amber red color with a nice frothy white head that lasts thanks to a good carbonation. Unfiltered maybe? Looks exactly as I would expect a double IPA to look.
Smells and tastes like piney and citric hops, and lots of them, backed by a bit of caramel malt. A residual sweetness in the aftertaste complements the bitterness quite well. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great blend of an IPA. Not tongue-curling hoppy, but definitely not skimpy on the hops either. Very tasty beverage.
The body is medium and only slightly syrupy. Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Well done. I can't qait to crack open the Yeti and the Oaked Yeti.
09-11-2005 04:23:47 | More by neonbrown82
3.23/5 rDev -21.8%
This brew pours a cloudy orange-red color with a creamy white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is of fruit, and pine. The taste is hoppy, and piny. The mouthfeel is quite nice. Its very smooth. Overall, this brew is an extreme let down. Way too piny for my likings.
09-10-2005 01:02:38 | More by KarlHungus
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
On-tap @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA.
This is a terrific DIPA. Nice coppery color with a large fluffy off-white head. Retention was terrific and left lots of nice lacing on the glass. Tons of citrus hops in the aroma. Also some piney notes to speak of. The taste was great as well. Despite the huge hop aroma this beer had gread balance as it provided a strong malty backbone to coincide with the hops. Mouthfeel was great for a beer for this strength. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. This is not the most over-the-top Double IPA I've ever had, but who says it needs to be? This was more balanced than most that I've had before and more enjoyable than most as well. Highly recommended.
09-09-2005 13:11:07 | More by Jacobob10
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Very nice. I was especially impressed with the fluffy head that help up almost through the entire glass. Color leans toward amber.
Aroma isn't quite as intense as i'd like for a IIPA, but it was there and a good indicator of the flavor. Of course intensely bitter. Citrusy.
Alway amazed when something so strong and bitter can be that drinkable...
09-01-2005 17:34:50 | More by Bonhoeffer
4.13/5 rDev 0%
An orange/amber beer with a light haze. Has a big foamy light beige head and good lace. The Aroma is mostly peppery hops with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. The flavor modulates back a forth from a piney sweet hop character to a quick peppery hop note. The finish is started with the piney character and quickly dry's right out for a dry crisp finish.
08-31-2005 21:11:59 | More by ybnorml
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Surprising to me was how light colored this beer was compared to differend double IPA's that I've tried. Very light tannish color.
Hop explosion is all I can say about this one. They are everywhere hard to identify it all it hits you so much. Not as bitter as I was expecting but exceptional hop profile.
Decent malt background without being too cloying as other examples seem to be in my experience.
Overall a very smooth DIPA one of the smoothest I've tried so far. Definate recommendation.
08-25-2005 23:45:42 | More by 2ndstage
4.75/5 rDev +15%
Poured a dark copper color with a large off white head and awesome lacing. Strong bubblegum, citrus, and piney hop aroma. Awesome bitter citrus hops drive this brew. While a nice sweet malt balances beautifully, some peach flavors develop, and there is a lingering alcohol taste at the very end. Damn near perfect, though Dreadnaught still holds that title for me.
08-24-2005 00:23:14 | More by egajdzis
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Clear amber/red, big white head forms, lots of lacing. Smell is citrus/floral hops, sweet caramel malts, some grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and crystal malt, floral citrus hops, big grapefruity bitterness. Very nicely balanced and very rich. Very smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, dry and bitter. More like an american barleywine than a double IPA but a tasty brew none the less.
08-23-2005 05:52:43 | More by Viggo
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
What a hammer! Great brew to sip while watching football, inside or out. Yeah, 85 IBUs & 9.1%, still a small step for a stepper. Gorgeous hazy pumpkin orange pour, rich tan head. Oh yeah, very nice malty sweet sniff with florals, citrus and grapefruit. Loads of hops in the quaff, of course, but enough malts to balance quite well.
Tangy and rich, puts a little fire in the belly. $5.19 for a 750 bomber.
08-22-2005 15:25:35 | More by Vancer
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
I had the chance to drink this fantastic beer at Volo, Toronto's premier beer bar. It pours a striking copper with an eggshell long lasting head. Theres a bit of chill haze which could just as well be hop haze. This beer is hoppy!
The aroma is intensely hoppy, with pungent pine notes wafting through the air as I poured. The taste starts with a high alpha almost harsh bitterness. This bitterness quickly leads into a plethora of piney, cedary, pithy, floral hop notes. Malt is present but not very robust, lending a subtle cookiedough background. The finish is mouth puckeringly bitter. Awesome!
The mouthfeel is Delicately carbonated with an almost oily consistency. Like all good DIPAs, hop oils coat my mouth and teeth, making the finish seem even longer.
I love West Coast American beers. They are so big and delicious and all the hype is justified.
A great DIPA.
08-22-2005 15:00:51 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
Thanks again to Bigbubba for letting me try this one.
The apperance was a nice amberish color with a nice white head.
The smell is very sweet with a great malt background. The wonderful hops came in and took charge but did not take over the aroma.
Taste was very sweet. Not what I expected in my tastings of double IPA's. This had a great malt bill to it. Very meaty and sweet with the hops which were all over the place but very balanced. The taste was phenominal.
Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. Great.
Very smooth and drinkable even for this style.
08-21-2005 17:14:15 | More by Ellbert
4.93/5 rDev +19.4%
Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque deep amber with a huge ass tan head. Looks like a cartoon head, ridiculous. Head retention is great as is the lacing.
Smell: Hops are really in your face and wonderful. Smells like they just came off of the vine and into the glass. Lots of resin aroma, piny as hell. This is how I want my DIPAs to smell.
Taste/Feel: This might be the hoppiest tasting beers I've had, not the most bitter, but the taste is intense. Just enough malt to make it drinkable, but those hops are screamin'! Nice light hop aftertaste that makes you want that next sip. Great mouthfeel, not too sticky, can be refreshing.
I'm so glad the local beer store just got these in, hopefully the supply won't dry up!
08-19-2005 01:26:54 | More by JackStraw22
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours clear, orangey-amber, with lots of bubble trails and a nice white head that sticks.
Smell is full, warm carmel malt and piney hops that don't overwhelm. Hints of roasted malts in there also.
Taste is sweet, carmel malt chased on its heels by an aggressive piney hop that grows more bitter, then fades back to a coating of bitterness on the tounge. Very cool experience. That wallop of alcohol is well hidden in there.
Fairly soft and round in the mouth, creamy for a 2IPA. Only slightly oily.
Very drinkable 2IPA. Not a palate masher like Dreadnaught or Ruination, but still hoppiful. The mouthfeel of this is what impressed me the most. Its not the first Great Divide that has given me that sensation. I look forward to getting more of this guy. Try some.
08-18-2005 23:21:33 | More by budsboy
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,384 ratings.