Hercules, Herclules. Pours a cloudy amber color with orand and light red hues. Good head but limited retention. Or at least it retained around the edges. Good lacing though.
The smell is noticeable as should be. Not the biggest Double IPA but still good. A sweet citrus aroma with a grapefruit backing. A touch of pine to add. The malt has a noticeable caramel smell to it.
The taste is balanced well. A strong bittering up front that has a good bite of piney taste. The malt is somewhat limited but still does well to balance out the hops. More of a caramel taste and helps with the body. The aroma hops are rather limited as the bittering hops are more dominate, but are still detectable. A good citrus grapefruit flavor.
The body is more full then a medium feel. A good warm feeling but very smooth and easy to drink. Somewhat of a syrupy taste but still very good.
Served In: Bottle
Poured a dark orange/amber into a snifter. Orange highlights show up and get brighter the closer I move my glass toward the light. Streams of carbonation rise to the top. There was a one finger white head on the pour that shrunk to a solid cap. Sheet lacing after the drink settles but then slides back into the body. Looks good.
The smell is unbelievably fresh and juicy. Big grapefruit and caramel. The hops take over though and make me pucker before I even take a drink.
Mmmmm....this stuff is excellent. Caramel malt is present but the hops are everywhere. After the caramel shows up first BIG hops drop kick every taste bud. Bitter grapefruit and even some pine hit hard and the longer the drink goes the more bitterness comes through. The alcohol is in there as well with a solid heat but just a little flavor. Very nicely done.
Mouthfeel is really nice for a IIPA. It's medium bodied but does coat my mouth nicely. The carbonation is noticeable but doesn't get in the way at all. Slight alcohol warming on the finish. Your tongue does take a beating.
The body helps make this beer extremely drinkable. For a IIPA this stuff goes down fast and easy.
Overall this beer is big in everything that it does. Hops, malt, and alcohol. It all goes together hand in hand. The only thing holding this beer back is the lack of head. It's still good but that's the only thing remotely close to being a fault in this beer.One of my favorites and at a reasonable price. Pick this up if you see it.
Price: $5.99 Served In: Snifter
By far one of the best looking double IPA's I've laid my eyes on! Absolutely gorgeous glowing cloud of orange, deeper in color towards the top then at the bottom where it keeps some golden highlights. Massively stacked inch high head of dusty yellowed whipped froth that becomes crusty and lumpy as it muddles down to a thick haze remaining present. Lace in thick globby ink blot sheeting and strings.
Aroma is redolent with highly sweet citrus and soft dry pine, a bit juicy and oily thick with some resinous qualities, but set back some and moderately present on the nose. Lots of alcoholic vapors seep through like volcanic gases about to rupture the top of a fault-lined island of hops.
Taste is wowfully juicy with citrus flavors, fresh, clean, with a good load of skins and pulp of every kind play softly in the front but gain a huge acidic return at the finish. Nice bitterness of orange and grapefruit acids and hop oils coat the end for a good long while along with a finespun slow drying pulpy action. Slight sticky toffee-like malts way in the back. Floating pineyness vapors and alcoholic esters pass into the finish as well. Uff-da - yum! There's no doubt that this has a Herculian amount of hops. Quite complex and full of citrusy things including the flowers and blossoms too. Akin to Dreadnaught in its hop profile. A yummy puree of hops are to be enjoyed and awed upon while trekking up this mountain.
Feel is quite smooth for the seemingly end of hoppy citrus thats been given. Big full body with fluffy edges. Thick, fat, juicy, super fine citrusy bitterness. Oily but dry finish thats incredible to undertake. Yum!
The name "Hercules" fits this well. It grew on me, sip after sip, I kept entering that dreary bewildering state of hoppy glee and nirvana that hopheads search for. Much like the myth of Hercules itself, the myth of a hoppy dreamscape can be accomplished with the right amount of imagination and desire to make it come true. Thanks Great Divide, you've opened my eyes anew.
Served In: Goblet
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 8-29-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Thanks to upsjeff for sending this great extra.
Pours a dark, murky orange color with a finger of foam. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a heavy malt backbone. The taste has a pleasant bitterness with some orange and slightly spicy flavors and a big malt profile to hold the whole thing together. Mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfection. A really great thirst quencher for these warm days.
Served In: Pint Glass
Originally reviewed 02-24-07
Part of a four part DIPA tasting: Hercules v. Mojo Risin v. Maximus v. Unearthy
This one hits the mark. Has the same "second level" taste as Ruination without the overly malty (unbalanced/sweet) taste of a DFH90. I prefer the malt to only be in the background and this one fits that bill (similar to the un*earthy but without the alc burn). The difference between this one and a DFH90 might be the toned down sweetness of the caramel/bread flavor. The Herc also had the prettier appearance (fat head, ton of lacing).
Served In: Pint Glass
Review from 09/25/06
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Orange rusty colored body. Tight bubbles running to the top. Off white head has a tint of orange to it. Big and fluffy. Looks like mashed potatoes on the top.
S - Massively aromatic citrus hops. Grapefruit and tangerine. Bit bready.
T - Biscuity start gives way to the hops. Tangerince, grapefruit and orange peel. Ends with a bit of alcohol warmth.
M - Aggressively carbonated, but not over the top. Medium mouthfeel with sticky oily hop resin.
D - As a hop head, I could drink a bunch, but I think that the alcohol might become slightly overwhelming.
Served In: Pint Glass
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