Brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company · Denver · Colorado · United States
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One September evening me and my mate Marcus set our course for the Queens Head in central Stockholm to treat ourselves to a fizzy barley drink. Looking long and hard at their extensive beer menu (with over 200 beers in stock!) I wanted to go for Great Divide’s Titan IPA, but Marcus already a fan of the Titan, persuaded me to go for something bolder, the Hurcules Double India Pale Ale.
Comes down like a red amber/copper in my sniffer. Giving a 1/2 finger of cap, leaving 1 finger lacings.
Seriously, this brew’s aroma is like a raging bull running the streets of Pamplona. I’m about one foot away from my glass and already it’s like I’m drowning in the DIPA. It’s a complex story starring tobacco, smoke, orange rind, honey and lime all embedded in the subtlest aromatic hops.
Boat loads of sugary sweetness, alcoholic and sticky but freakishly smooth. Contains cereals, nuts, oranges and pink grapefruits. In the background is an everlasting steady hops aroma lurking.
Creamy and smooth liquid, prickling alcoholic presence and tickleishly carbonated.
Overall impression 9/10
Great Scott! This is bold and brave stuff. My preconceptions were… well I had none. I know this DIPA’s been around for several years but I like stumbling in the dark until I find light, or gold for that matter, which I did here. This is one heck of a DIPA. Now I’m really excited to sample the bottle of Grand Cru sitting on the shelf back home. Great Divide? Great Beer!
This IIPA was actually so tasty I forgot to take a picture of it in its glass, poured and all so I had to go back to the barman and ask him to pull out a bottle for staging a photo.
Total Score 43/50
Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.