Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,170
Reviews:
1,585
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
627
For Trade:
8
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 1/18/12 poured into a pint glass, not sure why i like my ipas/dipas in them but i do. anyway a transparent amber with an off white 1 finger head that shows great retention and is just stick icky! very malty in the nose with caramel notes fresh hops and some pine. the taste has a big malt profile that wrapped with caramel. fresh hops with resin, pine and nice bitter and nutty dry finish alcohol is well hidden. now that i think about it this beer has an oak barrel like characteristic. well balanced dipa. the mouth feel is top notch and the carbonation perfect for the style and for such a big beer its pretty easy to put down. overall this is well made and well balanced imperial ipa. ive waited to review for freshness reasons and i won't get much better than two weeks in the lone star state. nice job great divide you are fit for the gods and a leopard would be envious of the lace like printing this one leaves behind, rather unique.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.59 single at Blue Max, Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: Golden orange with little head, yet plenty of lacing.

S: I may have to get my nose checked out, because this is the third beer in a row i want to say smells like grapefruit. slight hint of pine too.

T: Tart hoppy citrus pine

M: Coarse

O: A great beer, but not necessarily a great double IPA

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my little brother Marquito for this awesome Christmas gift. Poured from a bomber (bottle dated Oct 18 2011) into a Delirium snifter.

A: Beautiful light copper body with a slight haze to it. A thick finger of tight, tan foam rests on top, fading within minutes, leaving only a gorgeous lace at the leg of the glass as evidence of its profound existence.

N: Caramel and toffee dominate with a hint of pine & earth.

T/M: Tastes follow the nose, but there is a pleasantly potent bitterness to accompany the sweet candy flavors of caramel. Pine is the overwhelming hop characteristic on display within this beer. Although lacking in the floral qualities I enjoy, this ale gets better as it warms. The oily body is of medium-high weight and well carbonated for the style.

While the bitterness is certainly evident, this beer lacks the floral qualities I would expect from a great IIPA. Understanding that this beer is 3-months old, there seems to be a significant drop off of the floral qualities I would expect. However, this beer pairs excellently with a sharp cheddar quesadilla with habanero tomato salsa--the spicy and savory compliments the sweet and bitter of the beer!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 4,170 ratings.
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