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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,539
Hads: 3,929
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 262
Gots: 482 | 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 largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber in color with outstanding head and lace. Even with a careful pour a bit of bottle sediment made its way into my glass, but not enough to take away from the great appearance of this brew.

Smell: The first whiff reveals big notes of grapefruit and rosemary. Malts do come out more as it warms, but they're more of a background character.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit again with floral and herbal undertones. Malt flavor is non-existent, serving as little more than a foundation, while intense bittering hops stick to the palate for what feels like forever. Alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, which detracts from both the flavor and mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: This is one seriously aggressive DIPA. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's a decent beer.

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

This beer pours a clear medium golden brown, with a copious amount of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lace as it disappears. It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas, and some thin caramel malt. The taste is a dense caramel malt backbone, bitter orange liqueur, a bit of orange vodka, and some mixed citrus hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body heavy, oily, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, some fruity sweet malt lingering for a good while.

A pretty decent DIPA, all the components are jacked up to just the right smack-you-in-the-head levels.

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

Perfectly pellucid, resplendent, polished, hearty orangish copper. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap is large and creamythick with a bubblicious, magma-like surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down and display the same honeycomb-like pattern as the upper surface of the head. I like my IPAs/DIPAs to look dirty (that is, unfiltered), but crystal clear isn't so bad when it's topped by a world class crown like this one is.

There's a left jab-right cross combination of hoppiness in the nose that stops just short of a knockout blow. Classic DIPA aroma: melted caramel-toffee candy mixed with a huge citrus zestiness. If you want subtle, you've come to the wrong place. I'd love to sit and smell for a spell, but I'm too eager to take a drink.

Hercules is a gentle giant. It's hard to fathom how a beer packed with this much malt, this many hops and a 9.1% ABV can be so smooth and so easy to drink. The malt backbone is massive and tastes like sticky toffee pudding to which candied pine needles and sugar syrup soaked grapefruit, kumquat and lemon chunks have been added. It's a little too balanced (I like hops to outdistance malt by a wide margin), but it's oh so delicious.

The hops are asserting themselves more and more with warming, so hopheads will be rewarded for their patience (or for starting the bottle out at closer to 60 degrees than 50). The bitterness is likely to kill the uninitiated, but I can't contain my glee as my tongue begins its death throes. As long as the beer continues to send those flavor signals to my brain, all will be well.

The finish is incredibly long, increasingly bitter and increasingly piney. I love the mouthfeel. It's unapologetically full, slick and heavily silky. An appropriately low amount of carbonation only contributes to the frightening ease of consumability. The considerable amount of alcohol, while not completely masked, isn't even close to bothersome.

Hercules Double IPA is another great beer from Great Divide (who have a habit of brewing great beer). It's the quintessential balanced DIPA in that it respects its malt side as much as its hop side. Even though my preference runs to the insanely hop-dominant, this one is a keeper and is a beer that I'll buy in quantity whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to prAna for the bombers.

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Photo of zeff80
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind.Wow this puppy is hopped to the tilt intense orange and lemon hit with an underlying pine,big juicy citrusy flavors just bursting out at ya i do notice a touch of nutty malt it barely holds up to the intense hoppiness but its there.A slight alcohol burn is noticable not bad in any way,this beer is bad ass and takes no prisoners,hell yeah.

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

Poors a brilliant orange amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. Just great great beer. This was a wonderful brew and I will be getting as soon as I can. Really nothing bad to say about this at all.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a creamy off-white head.

S: Definitely on the sweet side for an IPA with lots of caramel and toffee aromas. There's a mild citrus hop aroma along with a fair amount of pineapple. Some other sweet fruits also make an appearance.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is also quite sweet. Plenty of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are prsent. There is a fairly mild hop character and very little bitterness. Minimal citrus and fruit flavors wth a bit of grass and alcohol.

M: The body is medium to full with medium carbonation.

O: Overly sweet and not all that hoppy. That's not a combination I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, amber body with nice lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with some pine. Sweet malt and some caramel to back it up.

T - Big grapefruit hop flavor and some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with big malt sweetness in the middle. Substantial bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the huge malt character.

M - Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A strong and very sweet DIPA. The hop character is nice, but not complex and the malt is dominant is a way that becomes cloying after a while. Maybe I would like this better if it was billed as a barleywine, but as a DIPA it just doesn't have a vibrant enough hop character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even carefullly poured from a long-standing and refrigerated bottle, Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA delivers a somewhat hazy orange-amber body with a bit of a light crimson cast. Its frothy off-white head drops steadily to become quite creamy; and then slowly fades to a standard collar and whispy surface covering. It leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass, however, which are quite nice. Bright, floral, grassy, lightly piney, and citrusy hops appear in the nose alongside some yeasty fruitiness and sweetish, honey-drizzled malt. The mouthfeel is quite nice: full and dextrinous with a very-fine bubbled, median carbonation as ballast - leaving a gently bubbly caress on the tongue before becoming more creamy and smooth. More sweetish, bready (and even dough-like), and honeyish malt appears in the flavor, dripping with floral hoppy flavors; and tempered by a slap of alcohol and a punch of bitterness that allows it to dry almost immediately in the finish! Hops, however, linger on the palate - floral, piney and citrusy; dancing and swirling until what residual malt is left fades and only bitterness remains. It's a solid duoble IPA to say the least! And very well done! The hops are blended just enough that they don't stray too far towards any particular character (fruity, citrusy, leafy, or grassy for example); and they balance perfectly with the malt that follows the same profile (ie. not too grainy, sweet, honey-ish, etc.). NICE!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange with a big 2+ finger widths of billowy off-white head that nearly fills 1/3 of the glass. After settling down, it retains beautifully into a creamy covering that left awesome sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is a Wowzas! huge bouquet of floral hops and piney notes, citrus, and bready sweetness.

The taste is just a big as the aroma, with bold piney resinous hops that are nicely balanced by a brawny backbone of grainy malt. The bitterness lasts well through the finish and lingers on the palette. The mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat, being as muscular and powerful as its mythological namesake with a thick and chewey nature that matches well with its other characteristics. Heat is present but it's not stinging. It just adds even more strenghth to the body and accecuates the bitterness in the finish.

Hercules is one of my favorite Great Divide beers as to me, it does everything a good DIPA should. With fresh pungent hop characteristics, a sturdy malt backbone to keep it in check, and a big body that lets you know that your drinking a beer that means business. It's definitely a sipper but when a beer is this good, that's fine by me!

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow never reviewed this before. Tap at tavern in the square Northboro.

Nice creamy smaller head fades semi slowly with painted glass lacing, semi clear semi hazy dark amber copper tan color.

Nose brings nice hops, some citrus, candied orange peel, bit fruity, little floral spicy note, dried stone fruits, candy sweet malt.

Taste starts a little malty, mild caramel sweet candy malt, not really syrupy, with light touch of booze warmth. Then hops, very bitter, fruity candied dried apricot and stone fruits, light citrus, little spicy floral hop, faint pine and resin. Nice balance despite being huge. Finish is drier with a bit more alcohol and mild burn, big spicy hops lingering with light candied fruits.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, little thick almost syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall very nice, great balance even with a huge beer, alcohol starts hidden fairly well but increases as it warms and dries, decent hop profile, nice malt base, quite enjoyable for a big beer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery amber in the Leffe tulip. Moderately sudsy with pleasing carbonation in the mouth. It's hard to get a read on the smell, which is more medicinal than beery. Hugely hopped, and leaves a woody, astringent taste on the tongue. Kind of a candy flavor, a Sugar Daddy dipped in quinine. That sweet and bitter combo is not too pleasing after a few sips. This one will have to go into stud service, goosing the hops on some less well-endowed ales.

This is my least favorite offering from this brewery, and I'm a big Great Divide fan. My favorite Colorado brewery, in fact. Label says bottled on Oct. 18, 2011.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.

T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.

M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.

D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s.

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

thanks to froggyfrog for sharing this fresh keg on his bday, I enjoyed mixing this w/ his peach wheat ale, but pure drinking was excellent. I poured this cold into my weeping radish mug.

A -A clear copper w/ amber highlights and a full two inches of light tan foam, starts w/ a full cap and the retention is very good. The clarity suffers slightly from the oily hop goodness contained in the bruiser

S - Very floral w/ citrus just pouring out of the glass. A very hoppy fragrant aroma w/ a touch of pine, not much booziness like you might expect from a beer w/ 9.10% abv

M- Very intensely hop resinous feel w/ a touch of mild yet moderately full carbonation. The hops have s spicy feel while the ale is subtly sweet in the finish.

T - A very rich and flavorful IIPA, intensely hop flavored, yet not overly bitter, more juicy w/ citrusy amarillo and other West coast hop flavor. The taste is mild for the high Abv and not as intensely bitter as some Imperial IPA's I have had. The malt is slightly creamy but supports the hops and the sweetness is almost balancing. A good dose of vegetal flavors from the intense hopping is pleasant to my taste. The taste is fresh green and less bitter than the bottled version. This is very decent flavor wise and has a significantly higher amount of hop flavor than Titan, but doesn't come off like a barleywine like some IIPa's.

D - I loved this IIPA on tap it was great to try it again. Great drinkability from Great Divide an extreme Ipa that really isn't harsh w/ bitterness or alcohol even at 9.1% it is pretty well balanced for an Imperial Ipa and gives plenty of fresh tasty hops for those who expect it. Slgithly boozy, but there really isn't any one flavor taking the spotlight this has nice complexity and balance for the style.

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

22 oz bomber @ Sunset Grill, thanks liefman for sharing this with me.

Deep copper, slightly hazed with a lace that would not stop leaving trails down the glass.

Smelled of resiny hops, piney and citric yet very clean. Hints of malt and subtle alcohol under the hops. Almost silky smooth with a strong medium body, big punch of clean bitter hop ... clean hop oil permeates citric and pine. Faint alcohol on the palate, its very hidden ... deceiving.

Wow, damn straight this Double IPA came at me like a bat out of hell. I am very impress by this brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a snifter at Great Divide's tap room in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream fair thickness, and damn good retention (especially for the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent copper peach.

Sm: A moderate strength aroma of hops and light cream.

T: Quite hoppy, with some cream. Fortunately, not too bitter on the finish. Balanced and subtle. Not complex, but featuring a sophisticated simplicity. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream.

Dr: Drinkable for an IPA. Subtle and lovely. I'd have it again. Would pair well with spicy food.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a healthy white head. Fruits and citrus hops in the nose. Very tasty, with citrus and piney hops, smooth malts in the background...surprisingly fruity. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a bit of film in the mouth from the fruitiness and alcohol, but overall nice and drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

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

Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol

Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.

MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please

Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...

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

Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.

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

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 02-09-2011, so a bit aged. Pours slightly cloudy dark orange color with a dense 1 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, and some alcohol in the background. Decent aromas here, with decent strength. Taste of huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, caramel, and pine. Big sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors for a good amount of time. Much more malt forward as I expected. Medium carbonation and full bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, only a decent warming present on the finish. Fairly easy drinkability for the alcohol level, but still quite a sipper. Overall, a very nice DIPA with nice flavor and balance; with good drinkability for the level of alcohol.

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

Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful.
Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling!
Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice.
Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren't out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover's tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum."
Tastiness beerily personified!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date is unreadable.

a - Pours a transparent orange color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light lemon. More malts than I expected.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pretty bitter, pine hop, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, little bitter bite up front.

d - A pretty good DIPA. A bit strong and a bit bitter, but still good. Would give another shot.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.