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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,030 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3030
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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Lare453

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a goblet.

A deep bronze color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Crystal clear

S biscuits, light molasses, light hops

T I taste fresh baked biscuits, butter, molasses, in the beginning and middle which leads into a big hoppy ending with lots of sweet floral notes. The aftertaste is light with nice bitter pleasant endin.

M a little thick, slightly prickly, good crispness.

O a great beer. Would buy and drink it often. A great big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:58:30 | More by Lare453
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ThePaleRider

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a two finger off-white head. Head is very fluffy with big bubbles that recedes quickly leaving nice lacing around the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass.

S - Orange and lemon peel. Slight hoppy aroma and pine needles.

T - Pretty impressed that I can't taste the booze in this big beer. Nice blend between bitter hops and sweet citrus fruits. Very well balanced and smooth.

M - Light and smooth. Very little carbonation and no alcohol burn. Pretty impressive for %10.

O - Very drinkable DIPA. Would be a great beer to break someone into the category. I prefer my doubles to have a little more bite, but overall this is a pretty amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 06:09:33 | More by ThePaleRider
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a typical slightly hazed orange-amber color with two fingers of soft fluffy off-white head that lasts for about three minutes, leaving medium amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of caramel, toffee, pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon peel, light amounts of herbal tea, and a touch of earthy dryness in the finish. Honestly, I was somewhat pumped up by the hype around this one before trying it, and I feel somewhat disappointed as a result. I still fail to see what all the fuss is about. It's just yet another typical well-made IPA in a market already over-saturated with the style with nothing in particular that makes it stand out above the rest.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 17:35:12 | More by WastingFreetime
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DRyan

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/24/11
Great Divide’s
Hercules Double IPA
Pours copper with creamy white head that cascades well and sticks around for a while. Strong hoppiness right away, but smooth for how bitter it is. Citrusy, pungent hop flavor.

6/8/12
A: Coppery red, with white head that dissipates quickly but laces
S: Very little hop pungency. Very low aroma overall.
T: Hoppiness is much more reserved, does not stick around long, only on the opening notes of the taste. Quickly kicks in with a smooth, somewhat sweet, malty flavor. Bitterness on the end, but not strong at all.
M: Carbonation is light, overall pretty smooth and almost a bit velvety
D: Drinkable with nice spicy foods; not nearly as pungent overall as it was before, but not bad or skunky at all

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:21:33 | More by DRyan
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:06:38 | More by UnderPressure
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CHickman

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:11:13 | More by CHickman
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip. Pours a deep copper color with a small creamy looking head on top. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, toffee, a small hint of grassy hops. Flavor follows with mostly caramel malts, very sweet, and very little btiterness. Not much citrus like I like from my IPAs. Slick and sweet mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation. Overall I just don't get this one. Maybe I got an old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 20:12:35 | More by BMMillsy
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby color with lots of white head and lacing.

Smell is not as strongly hopped as I would like. Tangerine and honey are present. Slight notes of ripe fruit, such as banana, is also present.

Taste has lots of sweet malts up front. Little bit of citrus but not overpowering. Lots of nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Honey presence throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this was nice. Not my favorite of the style. Lacking a little in the hops, but good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:55:24 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a malt finish. There is a fairly high hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but strong and pretty intense with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:24:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Danny1217

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter glass. Nice orange color. Small head with some soapy bubbles. Smells like citrus, hops, and a bit of alcohol coming through. A nice hop kick in the taste, with some citrus and pine. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, but mostly overshadowed by the hops. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a good aftertaste.

A good DIPA. One of the best I can get here year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:10:03 | More by Danny1217
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mikeborglum

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 22 oz bomber in pint glass; definitely fits the commercial description pours a deep amber orange color, big head with lot’s of lace; hop aroma full of pine, floral, and citrus and bitter hop flavor and nutty, toffee-like malt character; nice full and creamy body and great lingering bitter finish. Fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:38:35 | More by mikeborglum
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark orange in color, moderate internal carbonation, pours a moderate off-white head, translucent

S: Reminiscent of DFH 120 minute ipa, moderately fragrant, strong citrus notes, definitely heavy apple notes as well, quite apparent alcohol notes

T: Much akin to the nose, citrus, tropical fruits and apple, some alcohol to finish, well balanced sweet and bitter elements, powerful flavor

M: Despite its high abv and intense flavor, very smooth and drinkable, even refreshing, mild alcohol/citrus aftertaste, only slightly lingering, not overpowering and surprisingly not very drying

O: All elements are in sync, great flavor, smooth and balanced, a must-try, perfect example of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:44:00 | More by MatthewWilde
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wembly13

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber and copper color. Very little head.

S: HOPS and lots of it. Citrus hint mixed in with more hops. Little earthy.

T: Very strong, the hops jump out right away. If you like double IPA’s, this will hit every taste bud. You can taste the alcohol but it’s not overbearing. Again citrus kick mixed in with all those hops.

M: Full body, but smooth. I feel like I could drink a few of these in one sitting if they weren’t 10%.

O: I love double IPA’s and this one ranks up at the top of the list. It’s one of my new favorites. Like I mentioned above, I could drink a lot of this if it weren’t 10%. Everyone must try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:42:15 | More by wembly13
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a bottled on date of 2 months ago. Pours a clear copper-amber with a great, sticky head of foam that drops a few rings of lace. Aroma is fairly muted considering the freshness of the bottle. Things pick up on the palate with a punch of dank herbal hop flavor with a resinous hop oil texture. Malt is big too. Thick caramel and bread crust with a more than balancing sweetness. Almost more Barleywine than DIPA. Still a really nice beer. A little dryness and some more hops would put it more in line with my preference in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 20:26:30 | More by bump8628
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking, hazy amber gold. A boozy white finger of head settles to a collar that lasts through the last drop.

The nose is pretty basic... burnt sugars, subtle citrus, leafy hops, pretty clean with minimal booze.

Oh, there's the booze. Not too overpowering but I can see how this may be a deterrent for some. Sharp citrus underscored by bits of pine. Nothing groundbreaking.

A bit harsh on the tongue, even for a big IIPA. This does have about 4 months on it though... to be fair. Will review a fresher bottle sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 03:49:10 | More by yamar68
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RCK86

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a translucent deep caramel with some auburn notes into my Victory tulip. Fairly effervescent with a thick light caramel head that dissipates quickly (less than a minute) and leaves lacing about half as high as the head was.

S: Sweet and hoppy with some orange-y notes. Alcohol comes in at the end, but only faintly.

T: Quite hoppy, but not in an overpowering way. The citrus in the smell didn't really come through in the taste as much as I was expecting. There's a smokey note in here as well, but it took me a few sips to pick up on it. Maybe I've trained my taste buds to ignore booze, but I barely tasted any alcohol here; it only registers in finish, and certainly not in the way most 10%-ers do. The sweetness hits you a second or two after you finish your sip and stays with you for a while.

M: Oh, man is this stuff smooth. Wow. Goes down easier than about any beer I've ever tried--certainly easier than anything of similar gravity and style. The brew coats your tongue and lingers in the same way as scotch or bourbon.

O: Awesome stuff. So, so, so smooth. I can't stress that aspect enough. But for the buzz I had after one glass, I'd have had no idea I was drinking a 10%-er. I could session this, no joke. I'll be recommending this one to friends who want to try a "bigger" beer but aren't ready for some of the more overtly alcoholic offerings out there. That's not AT ALL to say that this is a "rookie" beer, though. It's quite complex and includes a lot of flavor notes that I can't properly articulate. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 18:18:00 | More by RCK86
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Kromes

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt and pine and fruity hop aroma.

T: The toasted malt is apparent up front and then the pine hops and alcohol kick in. Finishes a little bitter and peppery from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and peppery, dry and warm from the alcohol.

O: A really good double IPA. Recommend picking up if you like bitter hop.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2012 18:50:51 | More by Kromes
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color in its thin parts and a burnt orange hue at the main part of the body. A good amount of carbonation but a thin white head. The head does have a nice fluff to it that covers the brew throughout the drink.
Smell has a nice citrus hop dominance to it. However, there is a good amount of nutty and sweet smells as well, giving a very intriguing aroma.
Taste is very nice on this beer. A backbone base taste of nutty malts and sweet sugars. Overtaken by a very nice citrus hop, but the two combine for a very nice balance.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Very silky and smooth, but with a nice thickness, making it almost syrupy.
Drinkability is unbelievable for a Double IPA. Great tastes but a very nice balance making this one of the most drinkable and best double IPAs I have ever had. One of those beers you use to judge all other beers of its style against.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 23:52:51 | More by BDIMike
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style. nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards). medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. the thing is, i remember having it a year or two ago on tap and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer. will have to get my hands on some where i can guarantee freshness and have another go-round.

originally reviewed: 04-10-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 21:49:36 | More by BostonHops
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Pub along with some Pizza from the cart outside since they don't serve food there. :-(

Bready caramel malt, some grapefruit citrus, and almost a woody malt flavor. Coming from the west coast, I found this a rather lacking DIPA. Earthy, dry and a bit too malty.

Not a bad beer by any means but not memorable. The 16th anniversary wood aged DIPA on the other hand was much better.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 21:00:49 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color. The beer has an eighth finger tall soapy beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film with a slightly thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma starts with some caramel malt sweetness which is followed by the smell of the hops - grapefruit/citrus dominates with lighter notes of pine/resin and floral hops.

T: Upfront this beer has a definite malt sweetness with light notes of caramel and some nuttiness. After that, the flavors are all hops - aggressive grapefruit/citrus with lighter amounts of pine/resin.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Easier to drink than I expected with the higher ABV but still an amazingly good beer and one for sipping. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:58:59 | More by dbrauneis
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Biere Garden in Asheville

A - orange with a big, dense, white head that has great retention

S - bread, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges

T - bread, caramel, sugar, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, good carbonation

This is a pretty big, bold IPA. The alcohol is present but adds warmth and body. The hop character is not bitter and is very citrusy. It's malt forward and has incredible drinkability for the ABV. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 08:14:15 | More by tdm168
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy copper orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that gradually died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and is accompanied by hints of caramel and nutty malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has great drinkability and no traces of alcohol are present in the taste despite its strong strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:25:58 | More by metter98
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KajII

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium copper orange with a large (2-3 finger) rocky cream colored head that had decent retention, finally reducing to a thin layer of residue with some excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted grain malt, pine and floral hops and a mildly sweet yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit / peel), toffee, caramel and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was bitter sweet and a tad malty with a hint of toffee early on, with the taste becoming a bit hoppier and having a strong grapefruit presence and a mild citrus peel bitterness towards the end. The flavor lingered for a good while with the taste of citrus and hops settling nicely on the taste buds, meanwhile a mild alcohol warming sensation just added to the enjoyment of this tantalizing brew.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry oily texture and a good lively carbonation.

Overall a DIPA with a well balanced blending of flavors that created a smooth sweet bitter taste, which made this a very enjoyable and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 16:41:43 | More by KajII
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,030 ratings.