Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of alkemy
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one that disappeared from my profile a while back so this review is from notes found on Notepad. Hazy orange/copper pour with a couple fingers of light tan head. I found this pretty malty for a DIPA. Had the requisite pine and citrus aromas, but also a caramel and toffee malt that was more prominent than I'm used to. Taste resembled the nose. I distinctly remember this being a very malty adaptation of the style and my notes confirm this. Viscous and resiny feel. This review was done quite some time ago, so I'll try to grab another of these and see how it stacks up now that my palette has more miles on it. Although I was expecting a little more the first go 'round.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Bottled on November 4th, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber and deep copper color with a finger of head. The head retention is low, it disappears after only a few seconds. When held up to the light there is absolutely no effervescence. This should be a treat on the palate from a feel perspective at least. I love gently carbonated beers. A few swirls in the snifter produces a little bit of lace. The lace is thin, and scattered as small dots across the side of my snifter.

Smell: The nose is a big load of malt and hops. The hops have an upper hand, but I would have thought the hand would be higher after the Titan IPA I had from Great Divide. The malt is caramel, slightly toasted, with a little biscuit thrown into the mix. The hops are largely herbal, with notes of pine and fresh grass. There is also a little bit of citrus zest in there.

Taste: Malt leads off the tasting, although it doesn't taste as toasted or biscuity as it did in the nose. The malt is just sweet caramel and it makes it way into about a quarter of the tasting and then it's just a backbone to the hops. The bittering and flavor hops come into play next. More pine and grass make an appearance, but there is also some orange peel and a little bit of grapefruit as well. Grapefruit stays on the tongue and teeth for a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, a little more on the full side. A little alcohol warming comes in after each sip. The carbonation is spot on, nice and gentle right away.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Great Divide. I will say, this isn't as big of a citrus hop bomb as I was hoping. If put up against some of the other Imperial IPA's I've had, this would probably take a back seat. But, not to sell it short, I am glad I traded for it.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Underground Bluz.

Great Divide is a fantastic brewery with an excellent variety of tasty offerings. I have also had this beer in the bottle, so I was looking forward to this draft with gusto.

Very malty with caramel and apricot syrup. A bit bready as well.

Citrus and peach in the aroma. A beautiful pour with a thick white head and a rich amber color. A lot of lacing.

Thick and creamy on the palate. Almost heavy. Surprisingly, very little alcohol burn. The hoppiness of the beer is undeniable, but the bitterness is so moderated by the malty flavor up front that the bitter finish is welcome and necessary.

Drinkable, but not a beer I would session because of the high (and disguised) ABV and (to be honest) the cost. But you get what you pay for with this beer. Big flavor. Excellent.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm excited, this bottle is only two weeks old.

Very clean, copper color and a big off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Wonderful, fresh, resinous, catty hop aroma with hints of grapefruit.

The malt attempts to detain the grassy, piney hops flavors but the hops have it all the way. The finish is increasingly astringent and the 10% shows itself with every sip, with a grapefruity fade.

Hop forward in every way, this should satisfy any hophead looking for a fix. Classy.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Great initial head that dissapates to a light head through the duration.

Aroma: Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit.

Flavor: Grapefruit dominates the flavor for me. Very hoppy. Some caramel malt backbone.

Excellent mouthfeel.

My first IPA and I love it!

Obviously best when fresh. Had a 10-month old bottle the other day and it wasn't all that great. Mighta been a bad bottle too cuz it was beyond just faded hops. Luckily GD prints a bottled on date (Thank you!) so it's easy to be sure you're getting a fresh bottle.

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Photo of jspruit
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.

Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.

Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.

Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.

Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.

Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I don't think that I could drink alot of these over and over.

Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. I'll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldn't say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this beer and was able to get it as a single bottle. Everything I've had from Great Divide has been well-crafted and this beer is no exception. Sure enough, this is a "hop bomb" but it takes a while for the bitterness to kick in. The high alcohol content ensures that this isn't something that will get chugged down, unlike other IPA's that I've had while out drinking.

Good pour to this, as the beer had a deep amber hue to it with a moderate head and some dotted lacing to boot. The aroma was pretty strong as well although the taste was a bit more subtle up front. The caramel-like sweetness up front gave way to an intense floral hoppiness in the back with a lot of alcohol, apricot, and leathery maltiness to tie everything together. This is very well balanced since the aftertaste doesn't call for a chaser of water to get everything down.

One of these in a night is enough, but only because of how strong this is. There's not as much citrus here as in other IPA's but the acrid mouthfeel is still present. While this isn't the best of its style that I've had, it's a solid beer and another good offering from Great Divide. I think this style doesn't call for a double but something like this pushes the envelope and in the world of craft beer, that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of Pahn
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on August 12, 2009--I actually didn't plan on reviewing this bottle since it's almost 5 months old, but since it turned out to be spectacular anyway, I went ahead.

Appearance: Pours semi-translucent amber with some bubbles and sediment. 1/2 inch off-white head, which is kind of pillowy and frothy, dissipates slowly, leaving huge rings of lacing. Overall lacing is spotty and streaky, all over the glass.

Smell: Resinous, floral, and grassy hops, with some sugary sweetness. Strong. Says, "I'm an Imperial IPA."

Taste: Starts with some sugary malt, then quickly drops a hop bomb. Flavor profile is apricot and grapefruit for the huge bitter hops, and bready, biscuity sweet malt. Finish is bready and bitter, and the aftertaste alternates between citrus/fruity and bread/toasted. Alcohol warmth comes later, not so much interacting with the taste as making itself known in the chest and head. The hops stay big and bold throughout, while the malt character evolves as the beer warms and I get deeper into it. Now it's sweet, now it's fresh white bread, now it's pumpernickel, etc. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. 10% ABV? Satisfying flavor, solid mouthfeel, refreshing, well-masked alcohol. Why do so many people laud big American IPAs? Because beers like this are big American IPAs.

Once again, Great Divide exemplifies a style of beer while still delivering a beer with its own unique personality. I can't even imagine how good this beer would be fresh. Chances are that most of these 4s and 4.5s would turn into 5s on tap.

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Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - about two fingers of loose light tan foam with a slight reddish hue. the beer is crystal clear, strong amber also with a nice red hue. leaves a thin spotty layer of lace as it and the beverage slowly fades.

S - lots of flowery citrus hops at first balanced by a load of caramel and brown sugar malts, finishes with some more grassy hops.

T - strong burst of massively citrus hops before some sweet sugar malts kick in. notes of grapefruit, caramel, honey, stale biscuit before finishing kick a huge bitter kick and a grassy aftertaste. definitely some alcohol throughout.

M - tad thin on the body, but the flavors stick to all corners of the mouth. also a touch hot with the carbonation, i like them a little more graceful.

D - solid DIPA, about as close as you can get to being too bitter. malts try to balance but just cut short. not one of my favorites, but something i might go to if the mood strikes.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bomber that had a bottling date of Sept. 14. Not thrilled with that, but it suffied. It poured like a beer that was fresh from the kettle -- big, thick head with lacing that wouldn't quit. Damn impressive blossoming tangerine color that is absolutely resonant.

This beer's nose is led by apricots, with a patient spicieness, hints of alcohol, and a sustaining hop presence throughout. Wonderful complexity that entices.

Taste is dominated by apricots and hop bitternesss. Nuts and fruit sweetness hit the palate in the middle. Pleasant dry, lingering fi There is an absolute boatload of alcohol in this beer, and it is hidden when cold. By the time this beer warms, it's absolutely noticeable, but it takes significant time to get to that point. It goes through a wonderful period of dynamicism, with its heavy mouthfeel getting moreso. There is very, very little carbonation in this beer that pairs well with its alcohol presence and heavy body. Loved it. Towards its end the notes of hops reminded me of a barleywire moreso than an IPA. A wonderful journey of palate exploration. The finish of this beer is pure hop bitterness.

This beer is endlessly drinkable if not for the alcohol. At 10% a.b.v., it's quite hefty. But delicious. A great example of a DIPA.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into tulip-like glass.

A: Very clear - a light amber color. Thick head with staying power, even with the 2-pour.

S: Grain and Grass (as my brother-in-law says, "these beers taste like weeds"). Obvious Citrus and Apricot, with significant alcohol on the nose.

T: Bitter (in a good way) from start to finish. Vanilla (weird, I know). Bitter orange and grapefruit as you would expect, but the grapefruit almost takes a backseat to the apricot/vanilla, almost. This is a Hop Bomb, but not in the traditional sense. The vanilla/apricot seems to curb the intensity a bit, but it is still there.

M: A nice and easy pucker... Sorry, but it is bitter on the cheeks and tongue for quite awhile after the first sip and that, to me, is fabulous.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - not quite what I was expecting with a name like Hercules tied to it, but what do I know.

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Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wine drinkers will recognize this orangey colour from the label of the illustrious Veuve Clicquot champagne; beer drinkers know it best as the American IPA. It is a toasty golden tone that welcomes the light with open arms, becoming a much brighter, much glassier (and slightly more transparent) tone. A sandy brushing of head blankets the surface and cakes the glass in layer upon layer of droopy, eccentric patterns of lacing.

The aroma is certainly Herculean. The way this thing smells it sends out a message saying: 'I am; I am here; I am now'. It doesn't so much as say 'hello' as it does smack you upside the head. It is a budding orchard, it is fresh cut citrus fruit, it is mysterious herbals, it is nectar serum, it is... an utmost amazing, tantalizing thing.

With Hercules DIPA you start to see hops, I mean really, literally start seeing hops. Your field of vision goes green, your eyes water up with resins and your tears taste of a stinging citrus. The malts may also be deserving of some mention, but with a hop spectacle such as this there just really isn't the room to spare to write about them.

I find Greek mythology pretty interesting to begin with, but find a way to write Great Divide somewhere into that lore and hot damn sign me up for that class (it would certainly be a popular course)! I'm sure Greeks everywhere have already started claiming credit for this beer; certainly it is worthy of its own saga and mysticism.

I swear, one day they'll find something in the water in Bolder, something that should account for why every Great Divide beer drinks with such polished finesse and unequaled quaffability. Even with all its backbreaking bitterness (85 IBU) and almighty alcohol content (10%) this drinks with an intense level of gratification and refreshment.

Hercules has a gargantuan hop profile, colossal strength and mighty character - it is well deserving of its namesake. The write up says something about this beer not being fit for mortals, but suitable for the Gods. And once you finish it, you do kind of feel like one - either because you made it through a titanic 9.1% bomber or just because the 9.1% itself! Whatever the case, this is certainly a heavenly, divine experience.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burnt orange colour with modest head that sinks too quickly but leave some gorgeous beige lace behind. Slow bead in the beer with a fairly clear body. Nice malty-looking beer, if only the head retained better.

Quite malty with some chocolate notes, caramelly and a fair pine resin aroma coming through. Some citrus and pineapple notes as well but subdued, with a buttery character coming through the stronger. Smells quite good but more like a barleywine, needs a bit more hop on there to carry it.

Tastes quite malty as well, caramel and buttery notes on the front with some deeper chocolatey tones. Hop bitterness comes in early with resiny flavours, a bit one-note and blarey, rather than nuanced and complex in the mouth. Phenolic flavours towards the back leaves quite a bitter aftertaste, and yeah overall the flavour is just a big dump truck full of bitterness. Could use more later addition hops, more flavour, less bitterness.

Full and thick on the feel, but not very sticky. Bit of dryness towards the back - yeah, pretty good.

Very drinkable beer though, the bitterness cleans up nicely and is not overpowering.

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

Tasted in May alongside eight or so other double IPAs. Reviewed from long-lost notes.

Pours an orange-tinted-gold, clear and crisp. Darker than first four beers (Maharaja, Hop Stoopid, Hopslam) it was poured alongside.

Resinous, pine hops up front on the nose, with a slight malty sweetness underneath, though I can't pinpoint exactly what it is.

Earthy, spicy hops on the palate. Very well balanced, with a strong malty backbone; quite easily the most balanced of the lot. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied, somewhat thick and sticky.

Unanimous winner of the (blind) double IPA tasting. Well done, again, Great Divide.

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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings
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