Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).
Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.
The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.
The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.
The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.
This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.
12-01-2006 02:08:44 | More by jwc215
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
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.
08-19-2004 16:41:11 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
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?
07-30-2006 19:55:50 | More by smcolw
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,
A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.
S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.
T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.
M: Big and chewy, very resiny.
D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.
08-01-2007 02:21:52 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -3.1%
A 335ml Brown Bottle, obtained from Borough Market, London. Recommended by BA ColoradoBobs.
Poured into a Hoegaarden 'Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass.
A dull, deep terracotta orange body with an off-white almost biege coloured, tight but thin foaming head. The beers body has a very slight haze to it, but not enough to detract from its fine looks.
The aroma was all hops and more hops, some malty molasses type smells did pop up if I sniffed hard and long enough.
I tasted this straight after a Titan IPA, this is a seriously hoppy brew compared to that (and I thought that hoppy). It is a little too hoppy for my English tender tastebuds, but it obviously hits all the right notes for the style. I obviously can't compare it with others within its class, but overall I liked it.
Not used to 9.10% beers (although I do hit Belgium regular), this seemed well balanced and hid the alcohol very well.
Will this turn me into a hop monster? Probably not. Will I look out for hoppy American beers in the future? Probably.
Thanks John, only another 5 Colorado beers left to try/review (before I buy some more?).
04-22-2008 18:29:53 | More by BlackHaddock
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head with several large bubbles that lasts quite a long time. Some moderate lacing develops. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.
Smell: lots of pinecones and citrus are easily detected by the nose.
Taste: nice malt backbone, caramel, orange sweetness, grapefruit tartness, pine bitterness, grass, and hints of alcohol. Well balanced as the flavor tones are all easily discernable.
Mouhtfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, with a smooth, lightly crisp finish. Aftertaste is long on the pine bitterness and citrus tones.
Drinkability: the bomber bottle was quaffed rather quickly and I was looking for another, but I only bought one. Insanely good, just a great beer. A must buy.
03-02-2006 13:22:55 | More by Gavage
3.4/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
01-06-2012 00:23:50 | More by kojevergas
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
01/31/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.
Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Murky amber in color. Nice fuller inch or so head with decent lacing left behind.
Smell- Wonderful scent of deep malt with a brown sugar whiff. Pine hops come through as well.
Taste- Toasted malt comes through hardcore with a roasted caramel flavor. Pine hops sear through the malt and make you take notice. Maybe a light touch of vanilla as well. Seems a tad more malty though. Still very well balanced.
Mouthfeel- A touch creamy with a heavier mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.
Drinkability- Seems to taste more like a barleywine to me than an IPA. Maybe even and English style barleywine. Very tasty. Starts out mellow but grabs your attention soon thereafter. If you are a fan of the heavier malted IPA's, give this one a try. Recommended.
02-01-2006 06:34:15 | More by GClarkage
4.95/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours anice cloudy amber/orange. Aroma of hops (of course) with a slight floral and malt scent. Very impressed with this IPA. Although very hoopy, there is a nice balance of slight sweetness that rounds out this beer. Highly reccomended for hop heads.
12-01-2008 08:56:32 | More by corby112
4.5/5 rDev +9%
I had an entire sixtel of this on draft and failed to review it. I'm getting my chance now with this 22 ounce bottle.
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Good amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, honey, citrus, pine, and fruity apple blossoms.
Taste is of the aromas, along with a doughy, sweet caramel found in the background of the citrus & pine blasted hop profile.
Mouthfeel is well balanced of sweet malts, and hoppy, grapefruit that meld together for a hop lover's dream. The feel is medium-full bodied but creamy.
12-19-2006 21:03:31 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
I've also recently reviewed Hopslam and Hop 15. I didn't find the same similarities with this beer as I did between those two (generally speaking). This had much less of the citrus/honey sweetness that the other two had and had more of a hop presence from start to finish.
A: Translucent copper/amber color that is cloudy with sediment. Fluffly white head that dissipates to thick film with generous lacing.
S: Hops first and more than anything followed by some bitter citrus and pine with the slight burn of alcohol
T: Clean, crisp punch of hops from the start that never lets up. Some bitter citrus and earthy pine flavor and then a very dry finish of bitter hops. As this warms up a little more it gets a little sweeter, like grapefruit.
M: Medium body with light carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly watery. Slight presence of alcohol
D: Easy drinking for 9.1% abv. Despite the hops digging in form the beginning and the bitterness never really letting up, the finish is very clean and refreshing. Doesn't attack the taste buds in quite the same way that Hopslam does. A little more sweetness would make this easier to drink for me.
01-23-2008 02:59:29 | More by yourefragile
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a deep golden bronze colour, with a thick, fine-bubbled head of white foam. Lacing is excellent, and the retention of the head is good, staying as a fine film of bubbles right down to the bottom of the glass. Fair amount of tiny carbonation. Pretty nice.
Big and pungent nose of fruity and resinous hops. Notes of peach and pine resin, with lots of cut grass as well. Not quite the tropical notes of a big c-filled IPA - it actually reminds me of a US-brewed ESB. The hops are slightly sharper and more resinous. Still, it's a powerful nose, and bursting with flavour. Very nice.
Taste is initially smooth, with a welling of medicinal hops, and a slight butterscotch character on the back that stays around a little too long, leaving the finish slightly cloying. Fortunately, the hops are sharp enough to counteract this effect, leaving a big, biting bitterness slicing through the center. By the time the sweet finish has been subdued, there's still a decent dollop of hop oil sitting on the tongue. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with just a slight aeration from the carbonation giving it a little levity. Very nice indeed.
Yes, a very tasty brew. Heaps of character, and although the balance and integration is slightly off, the amount of craziness makes up for it. I enjoyed it a great deal.
12-25-2009 22:34:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.
Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?
09-25-2007 02:26:03 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
A: Pours an orange color, fluffy head that lasts and good carbonation.
S: The aroma is pine, citrus and a slight floral blast.
T: Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweetness gives the bitterness a run for its money.Caramel, pine, floral and citrus make up the taste
M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me as IIPA. Stone IPA is about the same to me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.
D: Very drinkable.
01-07-2011 03:23:16 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.
A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style.
07-05-2009 18:57:33 | More by wl0307
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication/vintage info. Allowed to warm quite a bit. Glowing auburn amber, with a creamy tan head, leaving lots of fine and whispy lacing. Nose is full of grapefruit rinds with malty undertones. This is an incredibly smooth DIPA, oozes hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, also smooth honey and layers of malt add to this one's luster. Goes down/finishes with a tiny hint of gin and warming alcohol. Great beer, Hop lovers and DIPA lovers will love this one.
08-30-2006 23:13:26 | More by Billolick
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
It appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sticky lace clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops mixed with a bit of herbal grass hop characteristics. Smooth medium bodied beer is mild with carbonation and a nice balance of malt sweetness verse hop bitters verse the alcohol bite. The high abv accents the hop bitterness and flavors quite well with an extra kick of spice. Quite warming overall which is to be expected from 10%. Lingering hops make themselves known long after the last sip. Overall quite good however nothing overly exciting that jumps out as making this beer remarkable. As it warms, a mild piney character comes out in both aroma and taste.
04-15-2010 02:21:08 | More by stakem
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness.
01-05-2007 18:03:41 | More by Georgiabeer
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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