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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,028 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3028
Reviews: 1463
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.

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blackcompg

Illinois

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of creamy golden yellow head, body is a clear bronze amber, nearly the color of a penny. Very nice lacing left throughout the session.

Smell - Pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, vanilla carmels, smells very tropical and sweet.

Taste - Begins with tropical fruitskins and grapefruit, a little bit of ripe plum, then quickly to grapefruit pith and some pine, then into the finish there is a touch of pepper and rye spiciness, with bittering dry fruit pits. along for the entire ride is a strong carmel backbone which finally drops off to enhance the dry and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, the flavors are nearly syrupy and coat the mouth, a smooth lower carb provides just a bit of cleansing that ushers in the dry and bitter mouthfeel in the finish. Very drinkable and smooth.There is a little bit of alcohol heat through the sip which picks up a bit between sips.

Overall - A very complex and flavorful DIPA, balance is good but doesn't hide the alcohol as well as some others, this is the only downside to this beer. A very good DIPA but you're going to get a little alcohol heat with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 06:33:27 | More by blackcompg
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

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

Love this in a bottle and on draft; pre-conceived notions of flavor; light head; significant lacing; exceptional bitter citrus on the nose; light lemon grapefruit notes too; the beer is very hop-forward, but retains good beer balance; a little nutty malted flavor here; easy on the mouth; could drink this all day; one of the boozier beers that hides his ABV content extremely well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 01:40:27 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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jhadler


4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite double IPA's and pick one up every time I see it in the store.

Bronze color with nice lacing pretty clear.

biscuit, light molasses, light hops, butter, and a hint of whiskey and crisp flavor at finish.

Serving type: big bottle

Bottle Design: 8/10

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 05:08:05 | More by jhadler
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jsulko

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Bottle date Aug 8th about 2 1/2 months old - freshest I have seen in Illinois

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a decent off white head that lingers.

Smell is full of pine with malty sweetness and some citrus coming through.

Taste is piney and oily with a sweet maltyness to the finish. Hops oil bite lingers.

First time I have seen this one "new" enough to want to try. A more than solid "piney" DIPA but I think I prefer the more citrus forward ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:49:31 | More by jsulko
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RussBecker1


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice copper. Nice colored DIPA with a frothy finger of head that. Nice lacing after the fact.

S-Huge hop profile, with a good deal of pine and very small bits of citrus.

M-Crisp and pretty much ideal for a beer of such huge flavor.

T-Huge huge huge DIPA. The hops are fantastic and remarkably complex. The balance is beautiful on the palate as well, but it finishes very very clean which makes the entire bomber very drinkable.

O-One of my favorite examples of American DIPA

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 15:30:57 | More by RussBecker1
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper/amber with burnished copper leanings. Head is off-white, chunky, massive, and sticky as can be. Big clumps of chunky lacing stick to the glass. Deeper reds than expected, looks more in line with an imperial amber.

Smell: Huge biscuity sweet malts. Caramel malts. Caramel sweetness. Almost raw sugar sweetness before it warms. Big chewy malts push something close to molasses at times. Pine needles, grapefruit flesh, even some earthy/herbal leafy hop notes. Sweetness drops as the beer warms. Big malts and big hops in some weird overbalance.

Taste: Pithy, oily hops. Grapefruit rind and pine needles. Biscuity malty sweetness. Some nice caramel malts in the back. Mild nutty with a damp, herbal earthiness from the hops. Lots of big flavors. Lingering pithy bitterness. Leafy and vaguely grassy at times. Malts push ahead of the hops as the beer warms, keeping it sweet and oily in the long run.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium, but slick and smooth. Some lingering dryness. Lightly moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finishing more than a bottle of this was one of the 12 labors.

I like Great Divide on the whole. This ultimately loses out with it's weird attempt at balance. The malts just don't mesh with the huge hop presence and it drinks like 2 beers at the same time. A bit more depth and nuance, with a cleaner hop profile, would bump this in to I want to drink it again territory.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 18:15:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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mjtiernan

New York

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

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Bottled on July 10, 2012.

A: One-finger off white head sits on a thick looking hazy gold body. Lacing and alcohol legs are prominent.

S: Peppery grapefruit and some pine. Not a ton of malt aroma but there’s a light whiff of caramel. Smells like it will be spicy, dry and biting. We’ll see.

T: Interesting combination of hops. Unique and very aggressive flavor. Not a lot of info about what hops are used on Great Divide’s site, but it’s delicious. Surprised to find that I was accurate to say that it was spicy, dry and biting. There is plenty of malt to back it up too.

M: It’s not a beer to rush through. So much intense flavor, it’s best to chill with this a bit. Finish is drying and alcoholic. Pretty well carbed, body is medium-full, and texture is somewhere between oily and syrupy.

O: Hercules doesn’t mess around. It’s a big 10% beer with an aggressive stance. I think it works pretty well as long as you are fully prepared to assault the inside of your mouth with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:15:01 | More by mjtiernan
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:40:21 | More by Hopswagger
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Cobrito

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can see why many like this beer--it's very flavorful and it wakes up your mouth, which seems to be a strength of Great Divide brews in general. But it is way too sweet for an IPA--or dipa in this case. It's like a saccharine, syrupy European fall-winter beer, with a touch of a hop bite. Bottle copy says Hercules "is not for the faint of heart...delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish." Um, no. It's sweet as candy and the supposed 85 IBUs are totally masked. Appearance also not good in my six-month-old bottle--many floaties.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:29:31 | More by Cobrito
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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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,028 ratings.