Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hercules Double IPA India Pale Ale

I live in Florida, in case you haven't heard. That reminds me that Hurricane Season starts tomorrow, lovely. I'm positive that you'll hear me bitch about it at least a few times over the next 6 months, so be prepared. Since I moved to Florida in 2002, I've been through some calm seasons and some super-active seasons. Let's see what we get this year.

Now Google tells me every time a drop of beer spills on the floor of every brewery in the United States, just for the asking. So how come I've never heard of Cigar City Brewing across the state in Tampa before a few nights ago? A dude in California told me that this brewery has a cult following there. What gives? I went ahead and sent an email to their PR and Sales departments a few days ago as well, trying to find out about their brewery and where they distribute to and if their beer is available just 2 hours from their brewery. I'm still waiting, still no reply. Don't businesses usually want PR and Sales? Well, that's what I'm here for although I prefer to give PR and Sales based on the quality of the beer I'm drinking versus customer service issues. If a guy in California will go to extreme measures to promote them, well, they must have some decent products. I'll let you know if I ever get to try them.

Just cracked open a bottle of Hercules Double IPA brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. This is the third or fourth beer I've had from this brewery, and they have become one of my favorites with a broad range of terrific beers. I am really jonesing for a great IPA today, so here we go.

There is a very inviting floral and citrus aroma to this beer. First sip gives a tremendous amount of hops that last throughout the entire experience. There is also a very noticeable caramel sweetness that balances out that bitterness perfectly. The grapefruit and orange citrus flavors are present, but there isn't a huge astringent flavor or bite. Slightly nutty and earthy flavors give Hercules some great complexities, too. With 10% alcohol content, you'll be surprised how much that is hidden and not a huge part of the taste. It is mostly hidden yet comes through in the finish. Nice carbonation, refreshing, crisp, and a great aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Great Divide comes through once again. Beautiful.

Swiss Military 05-4056-04-007 Men's Hercules Automatic Leather Strap Watch

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