Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
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86.6%
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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

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4,188
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3,628
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
11.41%
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Photo of ZorPrime
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBry for this bottle. This one was bottled in 2008.

The beer color is copper/orange. It is slightly veiled in a way that we can't see through. The head is so nice. Soap looking and sticks well to the glass. It is almost perfect as regards to the appearance. Wow, the aroma is pretty intense. Hops and malts (biscuit). Grapefruit hops. On the taste it is still pretty intense. I would say I get some caramel biscuit taste at the beginning, then the hops arrive very intensely. Grapefruit hops. The beer has a full body and the taste lingers in the mouth for quite some time.

Very intense beer, good and seek for more. Definitely for hop-head and those that aren't afraid of intense tasting beer.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle at Knightly Spirits. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome, rich thick and foamy head that stays throughout the drinking. Red, golden brown beer with "floaties" in it.

S: Hops galore, tea leaves, citrus zest, and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Very fragrant.

T: Bitter hops, floral goodies, tea, apples and more hops on the finish.

Drinkability: With an ABV of 9%, it's hard to classify this as a "session beer" but I'd say for someone who can handle it, it's very drinkable if you space them out.

Value: Worth every red cent.

Overall: This is one insane IPA for those who really wanna get hopped up.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of littleg
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange with large lingering bubbles residing on top. Strong lacing of foam on all sides of the glass.
Smell: Pine, Pine, Pine with a hint of sweetness and then some more pine.
Taste: Very one dimensional pine throughout. Pine bitterness lingers for sometime after each swallow.
Mouthfeel: Lingering flavors create a coarse mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not an all-nighter but a good beer if you are looking for a piney hop-bomb. Not for the Miller Lite crowd but something that quenches your craving for some HOPS.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Great Divide chalice. Beer was a light amber color, with a one-finger, off-white head. Slow carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was hops! Lots of citrus, light pine, along with some sweet, malty notes.

Taste was light, sweet caramel up front, followed by a long hoppy, bitter flavor. Lots of grapefruit in this one.

Fantastic DIPA. Despite the 10% ABV, it drinks very well. I had a keg of this at home last year and it was gone way too quickly. Great brewery, great beer.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into a tulip. First thing I notice is the amount of lacing the brew leaves. So much lace, you'd think you walked into a lingerie store. Ha!...Copper color with a big white head.

Smells like...hops! And i mean HOPS! Big citrus zest as well as some floral yeastiness, caramel, toffee.

Tastes like BOOM! Hop and malt have never worked together so well. After the two beasts have had their way with my mouth, some zesty bitterness (piney) kicks in. Fruity, too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full, bitter, messy.

I thought this was one helluva beer. I've never had anything quite like it (the hop/malt balance was off the charts) and I'm quite glad I had it on tap where I could experience it so fresh.

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Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Amber-orange body, thick white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation suspended in body.

S: Rich caramel maltiness up front with crisp hoppiness following. Some alcohol astringency.

T: Much like aroma. Very malty backbone with hoppy bite. Significant astringency.

M: Thick, low carbonation, significant hops.

D: More like a barleywine than a DIPA. Too malty, not enough hops.

(I was probably a bit harsh on this brew numerically, but if we're rating per-style, I feel it's pretty fair. A DIPA really shouldn't be this caramelized and malty in my opinion, and although it'd be a good choice as an introduction for someone who likes barleywines, it really doesn't work as well as a DIPA. YMMV.)

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first aspect of this beer that I noticed was a nice thick 2 finger head that did not disappated all the way, but did leave a slight bit of lace.

The malt seems to stand out on my first full whiff, but as the beer begins to warm, the hopsbegin to break through to the top.

The color is a nice dark orange that was hazy and showed a slight bit of carbonation bubbling to the surface. There are also small flakes floating in the beer.

The malt taste is very distinctive as the beer hits your tongue. Although, the first taste is a bit sweet, the hops hit the back of your mouth as you complete your tasting. The aftertaste is not bitter, but very pleasing.

The beer is fairly light on the palate and leaves a nice trail of lace as you finish it.
The ABV is fairly high, which does affect the drinkablility a slight bit, but it is not that noticeable.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ML poured into a tulip glass.

A-- Poured a brownish orange color. Looks like what iced tea looks like!! A half a finger head that is white and and fluffy. Swirl the glass and the head comes right back to half a finger. No real lacing at all on this.

S-- butterscotch, pine citrus, and a slight smell of alcohol in this. A little more on the malty side though. Very creamy smell and rich. Great nose.

T-- Grapefruit, pine, butterscotch, all jump right out after hitting my tongue. Full of flavor but was reserved to start. Then attacked.

M-- Full bodied and creamy but still left a dry feeling in the end. Not very carbonated. More malt forward than hop. Even thought it does finish very dry

D-- Excellent. Plain and simple. ABV is there but well hidden. That other characters are far more noticeable in this beer. The citrus, the butterscotch, the intensity of it make it wonderful and something you enjoy. Serve this warm, gets even better with warmth.
Still holds up very well for a beer that has gone from Denver to Sydney via Perth and where else it has been. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, Bottling date of the first week of January (of what year I'm not sure, I think 2008), poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Aooearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange-amber color, tons of sediment floating in there. The head formed 1 finger thick and faded into a thin layer.

Aroma: Piney and citrus hops with some caramel and alcohol in the background.

Taste: Pine and citrus hops (grapefruit) burst onto your tastebuds. There's some sweet caramel in the middle (more as it warms). The finish is almost all hops, very bitter, with a slight alcohol warming at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: Holy hell that's good. I love a hop-bomb as much as anyone, but it's the sweet caramel malts in the middle that set this one apart. Just make sure to let it warm up out of the fridge for a little bit. Highly recommended to imperial/double IPA fans.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first got into craft beer, this used to be my favorite beer, easily. This is the first time I have had it in a while, so lets see if it still holds up. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real cloudy, light amber color. Head is very creamy and lacing is excellent. I even see some sediment floating around in there.

S/T: The aroma is very sweet and malty. But the hops are right there as well. Somewhat grassy. Taste actually reminds me a lot of their 15th Anniversary Ale. Upfront, there is a very strong malty sweetness. Hops are right there as well, and provide strong grass and pine notes. There is also an earthy, almost dirt like quality in the flavor, which is the weakest aspect of the beer. A good beer, but not nearly as good as I remember.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Pretty creamy as well. Drinkability is okay. The malt presence is a little too over the top for an IPA, so don't expect a hop centric brew.

In all honesty, I think this is a different beer than the Hercules I have had in the past. The ABV is even different. This and Titan both taste drastically different compared to a year ago, which is disappointing. They were some of the best IPAs, period. Not bad, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of ATraurig
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty orange with thin cream head.

S: Good but not strong. Subtle, pleasant smell. Not as hoppy smelling as many good IPAs.

T/M: Great, smooth taste. Perfect balance between hoppy and malty. Not an overpowering taste, just balanced and smooth. No lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not a porch-pounder but not too heavy. Considering its alcohol content, very easy to drink.

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Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/brown; very clear; thin head that dissipates to nearly nothing; lacing is good

S: Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and pine; hops are upfront and nice; alcohol is fairly prevelent but not overwhelming

T: Hoppy with lots of pine and grapefruit; alcohol is pretty evident--maybe a bit much at times; there is also something kind of woody in the taste

F: Pretty smooth; not much carbonation which works well actually

D: Alcohol isn't masked enough but it is a good beer, so as long as you know what you're doing, drink up!

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (12/08/09) into a goblet at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice golden brown capped off with an off-white head measuring 1 finger.

S: A powerful bouquet of piney hops melted with a pungent layer of a sweet caramel malt. This beer's nose will certainly not be confused with any of its west coast brethren, but do enjoy a good malty backbone in my DIPA much of the time.

T: This certainly has to be a very fresh keg as the hops are as strong as I can remember, and I have had this beer countless times over the years. The hops are quite piney leaving nice bitterness and a hint of citrus. Traces of sap are also apparent as is a flowery characteristic. From here a layer of a sweet caramel malt intertwines with bitterness and rounds out the beer with impeccable balance. There is a faint hint of alcohol in the finish which provides a nice sense of warming.

M: Full-bodied and oily with a syrupy but slick mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation and pleasing amount of bitterness.

D: The 9.1% abv is quite restrained and provides for excellent drinkability as long as one is in the mood for a malty, full-bodied DIPA.

Overall I find this to beer to be an excellent departure from its west coast counterparts and a great DIPA in its own right. Better fresh, as most DIPAs are, but nice even aged. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Primitivechef
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky brown/amber colored with a large long lasting creamy head.

S - Citrus/piney hops, caramel and molasses maltyness.

T - Great balance achieved here. The malt backbone is strong and mighty, tasting of molasses and a slight burnt finish. The grapefruit and citrus flavored hops balance out the taste.

MF - Great mouth feel. Average carbonation to keep this beer from being sticky or oily.

D - Watch this one at 9.1% ABV. Very good DIPA. Let this one warm up a bit out of the refrigerator

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks for Great Divide for sending me this in a generous quality control make-up.
*10.0% ABV listed on bottle (as opposed to 9.10% listed here).

A- Clear and copper colored. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving a veritable sheet of lacing. Definitely borderline 5.

S- Big pine hoppiness, with only feint hints of sweet, malty notes.

T-Solid piney/slightly grapefruit hop flavors supply the bitterness. Very solid, fairly sweet malt pressence balances things out nicely. Excellent bitter finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium full feel, and fairly creamy. Slight oily coating. Quite good.

D- Excellent. Fantastic flavor and feel, and very easy drinker for it's 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Got this sent to me as part of a mea culpa from GD for an infected product....and I definitely came out pleased. Very good DIPA that I will be happy to actually pay for next time.

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Photo of traviserickson
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I expected a great beer and it proved to be so much more than that.

A- Toasted oak-amber colored. Slightly cloudy but quite inviting.

S- Dominant malt smell, with a caramel overtone. Subtle hints of spicy hops.

T- Well balanced, maltier than most Imperial IPAs i've tried. Almost too malty when compared with others within its class, but beautifully constructed when considered on its own.

M- Heavy. Smooth.

D- Very drinkable considering its alcohol content and final gravity.

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Photo of Hop505
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a lasting one inch head. The nose is abound sweet fruit, hops, and a bit of citrus. While the mouthfeel is thick and enjoyable, there is something a bit amiss here. The hops are a bit subdued by the overpowering malt. All of the flavor sits on the front of this beer- its balanced flavor is completely lost on the finish and, especially for a DIPA, loses its effectiveness. With that said, it's definitely not a beer to avoid, but it may not live up to the expectations of an avid IPA enthusiast. Not regrettable, but there are better brews out there.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review here so I'll try to do this baby justice:

Sight: Great golden overlay deep ambers, the head is thick and sustained. Very delicate lacing.

Nose: I'm talking grapefruit here. The hops are very seducing. Slight hints of deep woods.

Taste: SLAM! The taste is what sells this beer. It is out of this world good. Probably the best dIPA I have encountered (though am I by no means a veteran) You can taste the ABV IMO and it adds a great finish to the sip. The hops are out of control and I'm loving it.

Feel: Like the others said, the carbonation is perfect for this brew, apparent but not overwhelming. The brew is bordering on the "thick" side but it skirts it quite well.

All in All an excellent beer for the $$. I would buy it again except I bought the last one at my store

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I looked for double IPA champions to challenge on the shelves of New Beer, the mighty Hercules caught my eye. We'd had a brief skirmish at a festival, but as I sized the bomber up, I knew it was time for an epic battle.

My weapon of choice was my trusty oversized wine glass.

As I poured the beer to start our battle, I was awestruck by Hercules' beauty. This brew certainly looks the part of a champion amongst dIPAs. A lovely hazy golden body, with a sturdy, bubbly head that just won't quit.

The smell was an assault of delicious grapefruit hops, with some lighter floral notes. My anticipation continued to build.

With all the dilly-dallying over, it was time for beer to meet tastebuds in a life or death showdown. The sip delivered on the promise of those grapefruit and floral hops. Then, suddenly...Hercules relented. The delicious bitter onslaught was cut short by a malty sweetness.

I was disappointed. Some dIPAs have a malt balance which goes wonderfully with the citrus bitterness. I wouldn't call this beer balanced; rather, two clashing tastes come in waves. The bitterness seems cut off, almost cheated.

The mouthfeel, however, is tremendous. By far the most crisp, clean dIPA I've had. Must be that Colorado water that all of those states out there are fighting over. Perfect amount of carbonation, which helps the bitterness come back in the aftertaste.

So, what was the end product of this epic battle? Would I take on Hercules again? Undoubtedly I would. I've noted my issues with the balance, which stop this beer from being world-class. Still, all of this beer's peripherals are outstanding. It looks great, smells great, and is the most session-able dIPA I've had.

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Photo of ScarletLady
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So BA says I can't review the same beer even 3 yrs later. Pishshaw. Had it on tap at my favorite beer bar and I think that different years yeild different flavors. Marked that I had it in a bottle but in all truthfulness I had it on tap... again
A- warm amber in color. light head with minimal lacing

S - grapefruit/ citrus hops very nice

T - soapy hops in the beginning, nice hoppy bitter bite with a dryness in the finish

M- right where it should be. nicely carbonated, Heavy enough on the tongue without being thick

D - didn't know the abv when I tried it and totally didn't detect the 10% abv. WAY drinkable... in fact I had a 2nd. no residuel sweetness from the abv level. dangerously good

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Photo of Brabander
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on a rainy sunday afternoon today. It began hopefully when i poured the beer in a nice dutch beerglass.

A nice light cooper couloured head with a very nice colour of the beer.

The first sip of the beer made me uncomfortable. My first thought was that the beer was not OK. Tried a few more sips and then the beer gave more feeling in my mouth.

Only....i'm a bit dissapointed. The beer looks good but the tasts does not come along.

This beer gets a lot of high revieuws and i an wondering why. Better luck next time.

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Photo of rfabian
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eighty five IBU's it says on the label. It also says 10% ABV, not 9.1%. This ought to be good...

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch head that persists and leaves solid sheets on the glass. The appearance is golden amber and clear. The aroma is strong citrus hops. The taste is strongly bitter and mildly malty sweet. The feel is full bodied with a clean finish with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable IPA, it's strong but not too rich.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazed orangey/amber colored with a well retaining creamy head.

S - all citrus/piney and floral hops(probably from the "C" hops) some honey, caramel and generaly maltyness become more appearant as the beer warms a bit.

T - I love the balance achieved here. The malt backbone is strong and mighty, taasting of bread and even a bit-o-honey. The grapefruit and citrus flavored hops offer up a heavy hand of bitterness to kick things up a notch. the flavor drys out nicely in the finish leaveing the tongue wanting more of the lingering floral hoppy goodness.

MF - supreme feel, just the right amount of carbonation to keep this beer from being to heavy sticky or oily. it feels very slick and smooth going down with just the slightest amount of "stick"

D - dangerously drinkable @ it's high ABV. I am a sucker for a well balanced DIPA. I dig hop-bombs too but this one has the malt muscle to stand up to any hop-forward bullies.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well i drank this from the bottle, i was sneaking them at the beach anyway it sucks that
i cant get this beer here in california my friend ships it to me from florida! the smell is incredible very earthy and syrupy! im sorry i cant say anything about the appearance but this was so tasty out of the bottle the mouthfeel was great you definely taste the alcohol and the tasty hops galore! lmao drinkability was so smooth honestly like 3 sips and it was gone and i was reaching for another! but very heavy four will do ya!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 4,188 ratings
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