Tasting: January 29, 2012
Style: Double IPA
Great Divide Hercules
I gave you the state of the beer industry yesterday. Today, I have some beer consumption facts by state. The top three states for total volume of beer consumption in 2010 were…drum roll please…California, Texas then Florida. New Jersey being a small and densely populated state comes in at a respectable number thirteen on that list. However, when you measure the amount of beer consumed per person, the results are quite different. It seems that cold weather states traditionally lead the way and in 2010 New Hampshire, Montana and North Dakota were the top three respectively. Surprisingly, New Jersey ranked at number forty-eight out of fifty.
Tonight’s selection is from Colorado’s Great Divide Brewery. Colorado — # twenty-two for total consumption – # twenty-three per capita consumption – very middle of the road on both counts. This one checks in at a hefty 10% ABV with an International Bittering Unit (IBU) rating of 85. That number is just at the edge of taste bud tolerance. Any higher the bitterness would crush your tastebuds. Great Divide Hercules pours a nice copper color and has a robust hop aroma. Medium bodied has a wonderful sweet malt base of toasted caramel and molasses with whiskey notes. The hops are of bright grapefruit and pine. Generates some nice stickiness in the lips. It only takes a few sips to realize this is a beauty. I love a double IPA that has the malt base to match strong hops. I don’t dole out scores over 90 lightly and this one is a solid 93.