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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,269 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | FT: 5
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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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden orange and sits a foggy amber brown in the glass with a small off-white head. Nice lacings leaving specklings of head all around the glass.

Aroma consits of a well balanced array of malts and hops. Malts present a caramel like sweetness and a nutty and toasty character. Hops display a good amount of citrus fruit, oranges, tangerines, and lemon, while maintaining a nice floral build.

Tastes sweet and malty up front and quickly makes room for the hops; an assortment of flavors ensues. Oranges, grapefruit rind and lemon make up the citrus portion of hop flavors while notes of tulips and roses float around. Nuttiness builds from within the hops and pairs well with the caramel-like sweetness. Finish is enjoyably bitter and leaves the mouth coated with hop oils.

Perhaps the highlight of this beer is it's luciously smooth and creamy body, floating on a bed of soft, fluffy and delicate carbonation. Medium-full in body overall and puts out every ounce of flavor this beer has to offer.

A delight to drink. For a Double IPA, it's easier to handle than most and far more enjoyable. This will continue to quech my thirst for hoppy beers for a long time. Alas, it's gone all too soon and I must reminisce. Have no fear, it's easy to obtain, and shall delight my pallate once more!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 21:46:33 | More by Skidz
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber with a 1/2" bubbly head.

Aroma full of hops, some spicy blended with citrus with a bit of sweetness backing it up.

Full bodied and reasonably smooth. The spicy hops show up first along with a light piney flavor midway through. Finishes up with a potent bitterness along with a faint, pleasant sweetness. A fine Double IPA, the sweetness is good, but maybe a shade too much for me. The alcohol does a nice job of not standing out. Good drinking. Big thanks to Nickbagofdonuts for bringing this back for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 20:49:20 | More by Southernbrew
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HardTarget

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber with 85 IBU’s listed, no abv or date.
Aroma: What a surprise: hoppy. Ok, Strong Pine and Grapefruit hop smells with only the slightest hint of underlying sweet malt.
Appearance: Hazy orange with yellow edges. Moderate carbonation feeds a rather thin off white head that left a slight ring when it rapidly collapsed. For such a small head, it laced impressively leaving solid tide marks.
Flavor: Full on hop assault, strongly bitter with little restraint provided from the malt. There are some oak characteristics, a sweet middle and a lingering wisp of cotton candy but the hops burn it all away. The alcohol is noted in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, syrupy almost, had to draw a sample away from the glass with a strong pull. It left an oil layer in my mouth, throat, and esophagus.
Overall Impression: I’m not amused. Ok, it is a double IPA, it SHOULD be too hoppy, and it is, but it seems that is all there is. The malt base is just too shallow leaving this without much complexity. The alcohol is also rather hot.
Not surprisingly, as the beer warmed, so did I, and my opinion of this brute mellowed some. The malt started to come out a bit more, and I’m guessing my taste buds gave up screaming “it’s way to hoppy!!!” and decided to just enjoy the ride. The mouthfeel also seemed to lighten a bit, but I still find the alcohol too hot.
Looking for a subtle and complex palate soother? Keep moving; nothing to see here.
Need a 200cc hop injection, stat? This is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 01:22:14 | More by HardTarget
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy and orange/amber with a thin tan head.

Smell: A citrusy hop smell with wheat bread in the background.

Taste: Bitter and dry hop goodness up front with a lemon juicy dry finish. Hints of malt support throughout the sip with pine and orange creeping up throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick but crispy and refreshing.

Drinkability and overall: This was a highly drinkable double IPA. I really liked this one. It had a strong hop punch but it was rounded out nicely by the malt. If you are thinking about venturing in to the double IPA's, this would be a place to start. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 02:15:46 | More by mattcrill
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours and orangey amber with a thick but medium-sized bright, white head that leaves uneven rings of lace on the pint.
Aroma of oranges, caramel, pine trees, resins and perfumed hops.
Flavors of caramel, grain, hay, citrus orange, resins, hop cones and some toasted bread were noted.
Mouthfeel has syrupy sweet hit to start. Then progresses to a sharp, resiny bitter middle and finishes with a little bit of toasted or raosted feel with a floral or citrus hop twang.
Drinkability is very good. Solid combo of sweet and bitter. Nice transitions and layering of the bitterness. Very good effort by the folks at Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 00:23:20 | More by CRJMellor
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma was a hard act to follow. Perhaps the most jucy, grapefruity cascades hops aroma I've experienced - immeidately called Stone Ruination to mind. The flavor was just a bit of a letdown, only due to the anticipation brought on by the aroma. The grapefruit notes really did not carry through to the flavor, which was a bit blunt in the bitterness, rather than grapefruity-sharp. The malt was more than sufficient to carry the weight of the hops. The flavor profile threatened to go syrupy (i.e. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA), but stopped short. All-in-all, this was more along the lines of a super hoppy English IPA than a cascades-loaded APA. The high abv was well concealed in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 14:09:02 | More by Brent
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma, as expected - cascades most likely. Not much more registers with me than the strong hop aroma. The flavor was much of what I expected, but not as hoppy. It's well hopped for an I2PA, but still not as much as I thought it would be. Nice sweetness balances out the hops pretty well and it turns out to be a very smooth drink. Malts can be found once it starts to warm a little, but the hops prevail.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 03:10:09 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange copper: Head is about2 fingers that falls quick. Nose is nice sweet grapefruit hops. This one has a very mellow flavor. The malts and hops dance together very well and intice me to drink more. For a double IPA, the hops are nicely subdued and rounded out well by the sweet malt. I like it a lot. The mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkability on this one is the best I have found in a double. I think I will be getting a few more of these to keep around for a rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 01:41:27 | More by kmpitz2
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kosmoraios

Washington

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

An excellent DIPA. Pours a nice murky copper-red color with a beige colored head about an inch and a half high.

A citrussy-piney-hoppy aroma penetrates my olfactory senses as the aroma wafts into my nose. Apricot, nectarine. Flowers. For taste - very hoppy with a excellently-balanced amount of bitterness. Apricot and citrus are evident, as is black pepper and cardamom. Some clove, perhaps. There is still a note of floral hibiscus and hyacinth. An excellent expression of the style. The hops win out as the ale warms, resulting in a bitter sweet-citrus taste. The mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated, and the drinkability is good for a 9.10 % ABV ale. All in all, one of the better double IPAs I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:01:10 | More by kosmoraios
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head is dense and exhibits staying power, and the lacing is excellent. Aroma is of fruity, piney hops. Taste is hops upfront, at the end, and in the middle. They seem to grab into your tongue from the moment they enter your mouth, yet we're not ripping off the taste buds, just waking them up. Some malt for a backbone, but it is apparent this is not the focus of the brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent for the style. Worth finding, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 23:24:51 | More by ppoitras
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the second half of the bottle, couldn't really get a good read on the appearance, but seems decent.

Really nice nose. I get some tea and strong sweet floral notes. Very nice hoppy aroma.

Very nice flavor...strong bitterness but not overwhelming. I get some nice tea notes...lots of hops here. Almost herbal. A bit astringent in the finish, but what is to be expected from all those hop?? Must not be low cohumulone. Some ruby red fruitiness in the finish as well...not sure how else to describe it. Very citrusy and pungent in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel. Very appropriate for the style.

Not sure how many I could drink, at least a bomber worth.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 05:02:08 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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aracauna

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. The color is rich and deep, somewhere in between ruby and copper. The slightly yellowish head builds easily into a dense, soupy foam. The hops dominate the aroma with dried peaches and grapefruit. The malt makes a stronger showing in the flavor with a nice caramel and biscuit sweetness that keeps the hoppiness from becoming overwhelming. The alcohol is well covered and sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 22:26:31 | More by aracauna
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Surprisingly, there isn't much of a head, and very little lacing (although this could be my fault). The smell is incredible, all pine and apricots. Tastes very bitter, but it's not overwhelming at all (even at 85 IBUs), with piney, apricoty hops dominating, although there may be a little citrus there. I allowed myself to savor this one, and it became even better as it warmed.

Fabulous beer here, definitely recommended. I'm glad I got my hands on a bottle of this, which is truly the nectar of the Gods.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 01:07:57 | More by skybluewater
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber, and as with the previous offering Titan IPA, my bottle looks exactly like the one in the BA Database. No strength or freshness listed, but it proudly states that this one is 85 IBU’s.

Appearance: Unfiltered hazed coppery amber body with a dark orange hue. Massive off-white head that is creamy and formed from a myriad of finely attenuated bubbles that are all just about the same size and produce a silky smooth cap. Damn this looks great, and very dangerous. Average carbonation with superb head longevity and a pervasive lacing that consists of rings and loose smatterings that last forever. Very nice!!

Nose: Oh yes!! This is what I have been missing the last few days whilst in Omaha on business. No hard punches here, just soothing back of the neck strokes that are equally a powerful but much more refined and balanced in their delivery. Spicy Pines, Grassy Verges and Floral Malts. A very cultured nose that is extremely well balanced I find.

Taste: A juicy fruity hoppy start that is backed by a decent amount of malt, which I like. Salopian freshness that dictates that you pay attention to the pine soaked malts and tangential bitterness. Wow, creeps up on you, the hoppiness finishes with exponential powers mixing with hyperbole bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bag full of balls, this is no shrinking violet and does not lessen in the feel. Yet it never feels like it brags about its body strength, but I sense that if you underestimate it, this one it will kick your ass just to remind you.

Drinkability: At 9.1%, it has the balls to back up its big mouth, yet somehow it has neither, it never boasts or self-promotes, and it keeps its testicles firmly in its trousers. If ever a brew “spoke quietly but carried a big stick”, it is this brew.

Overall: Neither an eager but ignorant freshman, nor an aged but ‘past-it’ professor, this is more the well read D-IPA that is at the peak of its education and self-worth. Extremely tasty, well-balanced, and just a Bloody Hell Fire all round superb effort from the Great Divide Brewing Company.

BigHerculesHuge, you did it this time, this one was a cracker!!
Don’t ever cut your hair again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 05:56:39 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

Rather plain unassuming mountain scene labeled double-deucer that just gives a basic "not for the faint of heart" blah blah blahs. If you are buying this beer at $58 a 12 x 22 oz case, you don't need that. Props for mentioning the 85 IBUs.

Hazy, cloudy, dark orange & copper hued pour into me Troegs pint glass, with a healthy dose of carbonation flowing up, under tight, sporadic tan sticky cap head. An exquisite pour, leaving stratus layers of tight foamy that would interst Dr. Louis Leaky and his daughter. I think there were some dinosaur bones in the lace.

Tart bitter hops aromas that will wake up any beer nose well. Juicy pine resin notes. All hops here.

First swigs: Tons of acidic pine resin and grapefruit juice and rind flavors. Mega bitter sandpaper on me tongue. The 85 IBUs are no slouch, neither. Bubble gum and Maple Syrup and pine sappy tastes lead to a quick middle dry finish.

Top notch mouthfeel that offers tons of sizzle, thanks to the generous 85 IBUs and over the top, hop till ya drop acidic sizzle.

Last swigs: GREAT DIVIDE has built a 2IPA in the vein of some IPA comparables, but plenty of hop goodness. For the price, there is a local BarleyCreek Brewing IPA called SuperHop that can compete toe-to-toe for $26 a case.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 02:56:09 | More by blitheringidiot
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Sample
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.

Second Sample
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I can't really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 16:41:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish bright amber color, approaches mahogany. Good head frmation and retention but simple lacing on the glass. Nice nose, hoppy but with melon qualities that hint at a solid malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation understated -- probably underscored by a large contribution of barleymalt to the brew. Starts extremely well balanced, hops and a caramel and fleshy fruit sense well-matched (similar to DFH 90 Minute). What happens mid mouth to close is a slight turn to a syupy sense, sweetness seems a little much for me. There is an ashy bitterness to the aftertaste, but less than expected. A good beer, could be a little better within a loose style expectation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 16:27:44 | More by ADR
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mudhoney

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So lets see if this beer lives up to its mighty name.
Served from bottle into a hefe glass, this beer already smells fruity and sweet, almost peachy.
The color reflects the same. A cross between orange and peach color with a thick arrangement of floaties.
First taste brings a hop kick and a malty sweetness that comes through, but not enough to cover the alcohol taste at the finish.
Suprisingly this beer warmed nicely to a nectar taste and not much lacing to speak of, but altogether the beer improved as it reached its end.
I like the Eleven and the Maximus much better, but would recommend this to at least try if you like Double IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 19:25:13 | More by mudhoney
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a label that was somewhat plain looking. The beer was poured into my usual goblet, and displayed a reddish orange slightly hazy body with a large, creamy, off white colored head. The aroma was sweet smelling hops with pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, and hay being the prominent smells. The primary taste was highly citric and piney hops that quite strongly dominated the sweet caramel and honey malts. The aftertaste was peppery and warm alcohol. The mouthfeel lacked the heft of a typical Double IPA and could not quite cover the alcohol, but the beer was still right in line with the style in terms of the raw hop power. Outstanding selection provided to me by meathookjones.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 02:34:49 | More by rajendra82
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usualpulp

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head. Good lacing down the glass as the beer is consumed.

Stong hop and malt smells are very apparent, but unlike most ipa's ive had, this one is very sweet sweet smelling. Definately not a bad smell, makes the beer very inviting.

The taste of hercules is interesting, very malty, nice roasted malt, makes the beer slightly sweet and bready, this is a good compliment to the very strong hops that hit the tongue when you first sip, very nice balance of bitter and sweet. There is a slightly fruity flavor to the beer, but nothing overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is slightly bitter, there is a strong aftertaste to each sip. I would prefer a slightly cleaner finish, but it doesnt take too much away from the beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer from a good brewery. I would definately reccomend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 21:33:34 | More by usualpulp
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium burnt-orange with a thin yet frothy head. Aroma is almost all orangey hops, sweet mandarin oranges, bordering on syrupy. Good lacing all the way down.

Taste is strong and aggressive, lots of hops but with a strong enough malt base to handle it. Bready nature hits first, followed by the bitter citrus hops and both merge into the finish. Good light sweetness, plenty of smooth esters with some nuts and oil flavors. Aftertaste is dry and bitter but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and slightly oily. No trace of its hefty alcohol content in the taste. A good job at handling both sides of the spectrum and far, far better balanced than the Titan, also by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 04:16:38 | More by assurbanipaul
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Basically, 90 minute! A dark amber brew, with a slightly cloudy appearance and an off-white head that left ace lacing! The aroma is an assault of caramel malts with a nice load of bitter, balancing hops in the mix as well. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, bready in the middle, and very hoppy in the finish. There is some unique yeast (yeasthead?) work going on here as well, as the finish is astonishingly complex, creamy, and spicy! The mouthfeel is creamy, and big, but not too big, and the drinkability is very, very, very, very good! An excellent Double IPA, that is almost identical to *fresh* DFH 90 minute in 750's (think 2 years ago) A good introduction to the beers oif Great Divide...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 19:26:35 | More by francisweizen
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured deep amber golden with a slight haze. The head was off-white, moussy and long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was an array of complex maltiness and muted hops. The hops were the backbone of the aroma.

The flavor was deeply malty yet bitter. The balance struck between the bitterness from the hops and the malt flavors suggest a deal with the devil. The bottle says 85 IBU and the bitterness is long lasting enough for that to be the case. The flavors were complex and inviting.

The finish was malty and bitter, with bitterness lasting long into the aftertaste, but the malt impression stuck out the journey as well. The body was medium full.

22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 23:53:20 | More by GCBrewingCo
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kbub6f

New York

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

There's a small, light-tan, bubbly, firm head. It leaves Charlie Brown Christmas trees (pre-miracle) of lacing. The beer is mostly clear, and a strawberry-amber color. Huge nose: yards of grapefruit rind and sugar. Outstanding. Front shows mad grapefruit hops and alcohol. The middle turns buttery, thick, syrupy. There is massive hop bitterness in the finish, with buttered, toasted grains and lakes of alcohol. The aftertaste is the rind of a grapefruit. This is one big hop-alcohol-butterymalt monster.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:36:19 | More by kbub6f
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nomad

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules is a malty bastard, pouring out a fairly dark color for a Double IPA. Deep amber and fairly hazed, it gives a thick feeling and seems much more of an Amber ale or Barleywine than its supposed style. Head has the typical thickness and stickiness of an ale with this much hops, leaving fair lace down any sort of vessel.

Smell is incredibly sweet as the caramel and rose tinted malts wash over the fruity scents. All told, I get a sense of scents like apples, melon, ruby red grapefruit, and spare shots of more a typically hop-made musty bushiness. Well done for sure, and far from deficient, but the hops are struggling to meet and play nicely with the over-abundant malts. They're like a beautiful painting covering an even more beautiful outdoor view. Shame.

Same story with the flavor, as the same fruity flavors described above roll through. What apparent bitterness is present gets tempered by the lush malts, though I'd say the drying and rough hop patterns are still strong. Alcohol is masked to a great degree, though potent as always for a big IPA. For each bomber I walk away with an over-bearing sense of caramel smothering the finer sides of American high-alpha hops. Where is the tropical and aromatic lupulin juice?

This beer is a great piece of brewing, and firmly drinkable. Finishing a bottle is no problem whatsoever, but in stacking it up to other great Double IPA's its a bit off. Though its easy to find I'd hesitate from calling this a top-shelf beer for the style. But oh well, they're available, well-priced, and easy enough to enjoy. Are my bottles a little old and thus lacking some punch - is that what's up?

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 21:27:26 | More by nomad
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,269 ratings.