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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: 3,944
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 268
Gots: 505 | 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 jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated Jun 05 2013

hazy orange rusty color. frothy off-white head, good lacing and head retention. earthy and piney hop aroma. taste has some good caramel malt body to support the big hoppy flavors. mouthfeel is a bit slick on the tongue, medium carbonation. works well. couldn't tell this was 10% abv at all. dangerous, and tasty.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome head retention! A very will-built brew. Solid orange/red color with fantastic clarity. Head is tan and densely foamy. Great lacing too.

Apricots, dark red apples, woody, pine, resinous.

Holy bitterness, yet well done. Smooth and delicious bitterness that well rounded and has great lasting flavor. Lots of depth and consistently changing and melding flavors. Very light and easy drinking for a thick hearty dense IPA. Lots of great pine flavors without being a hop bomb. If anything is bad about the flavor, it's that it's just a bit too sugary...but, not overly so.

Very well thought out and nicely executed DIPA. Highly recommended!!! A must try for sure. Great work GDBC, keep em' coming!

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Photo of Mattyb79
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just recently started getting Great Divide here, so I was very excited to try this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of 9/13/13.

A: Relatively clear, orange/amber liquid with about 1 finger head. Not bad looking, but nothing special either.

S: This is where it started to fall apart for me. I spent maybe 5 minutes trying to get a good feel for the aroma of this brew because it just seemed so off from what I expected. I get a very faint whiff of citrusy fruity hops and...almost nothing else. The only other aroma I could get off of it reminded me of piss. I hate saying that, but it was the first thing that came to mind every time I tried.

T: There was no redeeming quality here unfortunately. Bitter, piney hop taste followed by a huge caramel malt flavor. The bad part came in the finish which tasted like soap...not a little either, more like the flavor you would get from accidentally getting dishwashing liquid in your mouth.

M: Not a bad mouthfeel, but with all the bad flavors going on, I just wanted to swallow it quickly without thinking too much about it.

O: I cant believe this beer was as bad as it was. If this is what it is supposed to taste like, I have no idea how the ratings are so high. I'm going to try to track down a fresh bottle and re evaluate this, because what I drank doesn't seem like what everyone else is drinking...at least I really hope not.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/20.

A - Amber in color. Poured no head. Light carbonation. No lacing as liquid receded.

S - Moderately fragrant. Apricot and brown sugar.

T - Dominant malt backbone. Moderate sweetness composed of maple syrup, nutmeg, and hazelnut. Some tartness composed of orange and pineapple with a lemon rind finish. Key note is that mat backbone was dominant throughout. Some alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

O - A mess. Malt backbone over powering and inappropriate for an IPA or DIPA. Not recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Jan. 19, 2012! I really need to start looking at bottle dates before buying! Probably the oldest IPA I have ever had. Since IPAs have a reputation for not aging well due to the hops fading, I'm not expecting much despite Hercules being #99 on the BA Beers of Fame list until very recently.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Nearly clear amber with much carbonation and a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Strong pine hops forward. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Surprisingly powerful hop presence considering the age on this bottle. The very high ABV is not very evident until later, when the throat begins to burn a bit from it. Less than halfway through I can already feel it.

m: Medium, great body, a definite sipper, not one you'd likely choose for a quick summer refresher. But now it's Fall and sipping an intoxicating hop bomb like this is really pleasant.

o: Again, surprised that this has so much hop clout for its age. A DIPA worthy of being in the BA Beers of Fame top 100, although its days there have just recently ended. Still, this is one to beat.

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh.

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Photo of delta490
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep amber, cloudy, with one finger of short-lived creamy white head. The head remains around the rim and leaves lacing. A little visible carbonation.

S- a little staid. Mostly sweet/nutty malt.

T- whatever is missing in the aroma comes through in the taste. Big hops (tropical fruit, floral) dominates upfront and quickly slips into the strong malt backbone from the aroma.

M- a big bitter bite in the beginning and on the finish. Mid pallatte is a little smoother.

O- other than the oddly missing aroma complexities, a great well-balanced DIPA that has both big malt and big hops.

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Photo of probiotic
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Beautiful hazy golden yellow.

Smell - Yeasty. Reminds me of a Matilda I had earlier this summer with a lacto infection, but with less of a "dirty diaper" smell. This particular bottle: 7/10/13 does seem to have some sort of infection but I haven't tried the other 3 in the 4-pack yet.

Taste - Malts are strong but the hops seem to be lost to the overpowering yeasty aroma. Sweetness prevails and I actually think that the infection seems to compliment the malts in a way that I never could have anticipated.

Mouthfeel - Bready/Chewy.

Overall - Seems like I've encountered an infected anomaly, but based on the malt profile I would take a Double Trouble over this guy any day.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

drinking this tonight head-to-head with Bear Republic Racer 5 and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in my ongoing search for the perfect IPA.

poured from a bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass, it has a clear amber color and thin head.

I really prefer Imperial/double IPA's so I was excited to try this after hearing how great it is. At first taste, I was impressed, but when I sipped the other two beers and compared the flavors, this tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. The aroma is fantastic, and the aftertaste is delightful, but the high alcohol content makes me want to sip it, not chug it.

I think I prefer Great Divide's Titan IPA to this, and I definitely find Racer 5 easier to drink...

I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, this is a unique one, worth trying once, but I probably won't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Flying Monkey in Topeka, KS. $5 for a pint.

Appearance: about two fingers of thick white head. Reduced to a thin ring. Great lacing in the glass. Beautiful golden colored body.

Smell: citrusy and piney nose. Earthy lemon rind. Some tropical fruits. Sweet malts.

Taste: peach, grapefruit, mango and citrus. Big bitterness and very warming abv. Sweet malty backbone. The abv is definitely appereant. Almost oniony, spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth silky body which helped with the bitterness and alcohol heat.

Overall: a great deal at $5. Nice citrusy/grapefruit up front but the abv definitely makes itself known. Even more than I like in a dipa. Worth a shot If u like 'em big and bitter.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Delicious citrusy, malty and spicy aroma. Notes of grapefruits, pine, Cointreau, lots of nuts (marzipan) and some earthiness.
Spicy flavor with citrus and earthy notes. Taste of orange peel, grapefruits, earth, pepper, sweet caramel, flowers, overripe pineapple and finishing with strong pine resin note. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full viscous body with low carbonation and a sticky feeling.
There is some twist to this DIPA that made it unique, maybe its bold earthiness, heavy malts and spices. Although it is packed with heavy ammo: 10% ABV and 85 IBUs, it is very well balanced and relatively smooth. Though, at a cost of a strong malt sweetness. Still enough bitterness to make me sneeze. This beer is better a bit colder than room temperature.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear orange/copper color with little head. The smell is heavy to the piney side with very little citrus. The initial taste is hops followed by malt. There is some lingering bitterness at the end. A decent DIPA.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep orange copper amber with a short but thick white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: pine hops, caramel malts, sticky sweet biscuit, floral

T: bitter hops begin followed by toasty biscuit malts, caramel sweetness, finish dries with pine bitterness lingering

M: heavy and slightly sticky, alcohol present

O: good malt heavy DIPA

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Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings.

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Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Poured a dark orange/amber into a snifter. Orange highlights show up and get brighter the closer I move my glass toward the light. Streams of carbonation rise to the top. There was a one finger white head on the pour that shrunk to a solid cap. Sheet lacing after the drink settles but then slides back into the body. Looks good.

The smell is unbelievably fresh and juicy. Big grapefruit and caramel. The hops take over though and make me pucker before I even take a drink.

This stuff is excellent. Caramel malt is present but the hops are everywhere. After the caramel shows up first BIG hops drop kick every taste bud. Bitter grapefruit and even some pine hit hard and the longer the drink goes the more bitterness comes through. The alcohol is in there as well with a solid heat but just a little flavor. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is really nice for a IIPA. It's medium bodied but does coat my mouth nicely. The carbonation is noticeable but doesn't get in the way at all. Slight alcohol warming on the finish. Your tongue does take a beating.

The body helps make this beer extremely drinkable. For a IIPA this stuff goes down fast and easy.

Overall this beer is big in everything that it does. Hops, malt, and alcohol. It all goes together hand in hand. The only thing holding this beer back is the lack of head. It's still good but that's the only thing remotely close to being a fault in this beer.One of my favorites and at a reasonable price. Pick this up if you see it.

Reviewed: 11/26/06

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Photo of scvance
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear deep golden color with a hint of amber. Large off white head fills the rest of the glass and does not disappear. Smell is very strongly hopped, earth, pine, and slight citrus. There is also a nice background of caramel malt sweetness to it. Taste is malty up front, lots of caramel and nut notes to the flavor that fade to a long lasting bitterness. Finishes with a strong alcohol flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. This obviously high residual sugar content, and this balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The beer is medium carbonation, very full bodied. Overall this is a very well done double IPA on Great Divide's part. I was turned on to this one because the Titan is one of my all time favorites in terms of IPAs. This one does not disappoint. I definitely recommend giving this one a try if you come across it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. A caramel, floral, tropical fruit aroma is evident. Very malty up front with a grassy hop bitterness, ending in a smoother caramel taste. Hints of tropical fruit, but the caramel maltiness dominates. Silky smooth and full bodied. Astringent aftertaste. Warm, boozing feeling going down. Very strong and assertive. Good beer for sipping but too much to drink more than one.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a thin half finger off white head.

Dominated by hops in the nose, earthy spicy and pine note followed by a bready malt backbone.

Loads of hoppy bitterness first and followed by bready malt. Mainly pine like hop pull through in the taste and there is a big hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick with hop resin and carbonation is moderate to low

Overall I would like to try one that is a little fresher, this one is pushing 4 months and is on its last leg, I can taste the hops starting to turn. As is, it a thick piney bitter ipa with a big hop bite.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a thin off-white head.

S - Sweet tropical fruits with a good amount of alcohol.

T- Lots of malty sweetness upfront. Nice amount of earthy/resinous hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily sticky mouthfeel. Bitterness tends to linger on the tongue a bit.

O - Solid DIPA and definetly worth trying.

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Photo of bcheng
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

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Photo of khmel
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle split with a friend.

A: Light amber/copper. Frost cloudiness. Light cream head, low retention. Medium lacing. Low, slow carbonation with trails visible.

S: Yeast, floral hops, bread, honey.

M: Amazingly silky smooth. Lots of viscosity along with the sweetness. Low carbonation. Solid body. Alcohol not felt for all the smoothness.

T: Much sweeter than you avgerage DIPA. Malty, caramel notes, floral hops, not much citrus, bitter in the finish. Piney resin notes came out as it warmed.

O: I really enjoyed this beer as a beer, though as a DIPA, I felt it was overly sweet and not focused enough on the hops. Definitely worth a try and very smooth and enjoyable as long as you are not looking for lots of hopiness.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Great color with a light haze. Deep amber ice tea. Fine white head has great staying power, but relatively low lace.

S - Apricot, honey, light booze, marzipan, warm woody hops.

T - Wow. Bright wood, warm mulled cider, bourbon, vanilla, bitter herbs. Stellar integration.

M - Super smooth with a full body.

O - An awesome DIPA, well worth the hype.

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Photo of dar482
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours in a reddish copper color with a slight bit of head with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma has sweet deep malts however dominate. You get some grapefruit and pine, but this really lacks aroma.

The taste gives a little kick of grapefruit and hops. Then it goes towards a malt finish of caramel, grassiness, and round mouthfeel. The bitterness is really woody and resiny. It's a strong lingering bitterness. Then the finish is almost chalky or acrid because it sticks on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

I’m a big malt head, but there’s something about the bitter finish and the grassiness that doesn’t quite do it for me. It really is a malt bomb of a Double IPA, or more like an American barleywine.

This really did not do it for me. I've had it both 3 weeks fresh and on tap. That woody bitterness and weird finish is quite offensive.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 7/23/14; into a snifter.
Appearance - copper/amber in color, wonderful floating sediment! thick, beige head that quickly recedes and leaves just a little bit of sticky lacing.
Smell - more malty sweetness than many other DIPA's; some oaky, nutty tones, as well.
Taste - sweetness from malts right off the bat, but quickly followed by some earthy hops. Very well balanced and the 10% ABV is there, but very difficult to detect!
Feel - a medium, sweet, syrupy body that teams brilliantly with the earthy hop bitterness on the finish!
Overall - well crafted and unique for the style (comparable to a strong ale). Several layers to this brew, a must try! The price is a turnoff, however.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Some of the best beers I've ever tried were the ones when I went to the store and was like....ehhhh...l.... I'll try it...

Bottled on 4/25/13... drank on 7/8/13...

Poured from bottle into sniffter...

Copper color crystal clear... bubbles shooting to the top super fast.... about 3/4 inch white head... didn't last crazy long but was still there thruout. Lacing was semi sticky... some stayed a while... some ran down quickly with no residue... I'm intrigued...

Smell was phenomenal.... very heavy sweet pineapple grapefruit smell... malt in there with hops shooting thru the nostrils...

Taste... very heavy feeling on first sip with a nice pineapple grapefruit citrus and perfectly balanced hopness... at 85ibu it is very good.... the thing I like most about it that separated from it from the pack was that it had a prune/date/nuttiness to it... almost like a dubbel or an old ale.... this blended so well and was on my pallate the whole time.. my favorite stlyes are the ones mentioned above so this was absolute heaven for me. It is that prune/date/old ale type that really made me say oh my God... ergo..

Overall to date this is the highest rated beer I've given... definitely top 3 of all time... I don't know if I drank it at the perfect time or if it matched the profiles of beers that I like... but this was by far my favorite DIPA ive ever had...it was absolutely amazing and the sheer fact that i just picked it off the shelf was in itself destiny.beautifully balanced with a good amount a malt, good balanced hops and that amazing mix up of the styles. I'm just disappointed that I only tried one twelve ounce... well I'm going back for a six pack... that should be enough to prove to you this is a beer that you must try

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