Zero To Hero…Just Like That!
Verdict: Excellent / 92
Name: Hercules, American Imperial IPA, 10% ABV
Brewery: Great Divide, Denver, Colorado
Seeing as how I have had multiple beers from Great Divide, I thought I would give this a shot. Oh what a glorious experience it was.
This beer’s aroma is straight up creamy, sweet malt. Juicy tropical fruits is the best way to describe it. Malic acid is similar to an oaky Chardonnay with a with a little sour apple, pineapple, mango and light grapefruit; but not your typical citrus bomb. Alcohol is present, but doesn’t burn. It’s about what you’d expect from a 10% brew. Much more malty and mellow.
As soon as I tasted it, I got total sweetness on my palate. The alcohol gently numbs my taste buds , but in a good way. I’ve had plenty of 10% Double IPAs and they have sucked. This is the opposite. Little creamy mouthfeel with light nuances of caramel and toffee from the malts. The hops are therein terms of delivering bitterness, but not in the citric explosion tent one might expect. This is a different take on the Double IPA style and I like.
This is a beer from one of my favorite breweries. I have never had anything bad from them and I hope the streak continues. Big ups and shout out to Great Divide and a glowing recommendation from this palate.