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Brew Review – Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

By Boozedancing @boozedancing

Brew Review – Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Prior to our evening of spirits and fun at Spirits Confidential Philadelphia, G-LO, Crazy-Eye, and I connected at the Cooperage for a “pre-game” drink.  Given my planned trip to Colorado in the spring I opted for a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA to sample more of what the CO based brewery has to offer.

The brewery’s description on this one read more like a warning label than your typical description.  They say the Hercules “… is not for the faint of heart …” and that it “… delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish”.  Well these are warnings that are more likely to pull me in than scare me off so let’s dive in.

Brew Stats

  • Appearance:  Clear and pale copper with a white two finger head
  • Aroma:  Hoppy and floral with hint of toasted nuts the reminded me of the smell of the nut and taffy shops from the AC Boardwalk when I a kid.
  • Taste:  BAM!  Hop explosion.   Very piney.  Very floral.  The nuttiness comes through almost like nutty toasted granola.  The finish is astringent with a mouth puckering hop bite.
  • ABV:  10%

If you “kinda like hoppy beers” this beer is kinda going to kick you in the mouth.  If you, like me, are a a hop head you’ll love it.   But take heed of the brewer’s warning, at 10% this one will hit you in the mouth with hops and kick you in the ass with the ABV.  You can tell it’s a high-test brew but this one goes down way too easy so enjoy it responsibly.

Cooperage note:  G-LO had visited the Cooperage before but this was my first time.  It is a gorgeous bar with an industrial “steampunk” feel.  Their whisk(e)y list is impressive and their beer list, for this occasion, was great.  While we only got to stop in for a quick drink I could tell I need to explore the place a little more.  I will definitely be back to try some of those whiskeys and perhaps pick up some interior design ideas for my planned industrial themed basement man cave.

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