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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,767 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,767
Reviews: 1,540
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 217
Gots: 373 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 85 IBUs.
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Ratings: 3,767 | Reviews: 1,540
Photo of KenFolk1269
2.38/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Highly overated. Dry taste, very bland

Photo of jacksdad
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful double IPA. Nicely hopped.

Photo of Austin32
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great offering from G Divide. Definitely hop heavy and the malt flavor does come through. A bit hot at 10% but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of RyBrew54
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper amber with medium white head. Smell is very unusual in that it has a grape aroma mixed in a hop forward nose. Reminds me more of a barleywine nose. Sweeter scent mixed in the nose that I can't put my finger on, almost a licorice candy, with slight sweet bread note. Taste has a distinct malt presence that reminds me of malted milk ball. Unusual for a DIPA to be so malt heavy with little hop bitterness to the palate. It's difficult to sort out the different flavors as a result. This is one I need to come back to when it comes out fresh.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The smell is wonderful: sweet tropical fruit and malt, the taste is the same but mellow and extremely drinkable. The booze is very well hidden. A superb everyday DIPA.

Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap at the Biergarten in Charleston, SC into a pint glass.
Aroma- A big hop and citrus aroma, very nice
Appearance- A mildly murky copper colored beer with a thick small white head
Taste- A nice malt and hop mix that hides the high ABV well.
Palate- A medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A great DIPA, highly recommended.

Photo of William-Wade
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. Similar to my imperial ipa

Photo of Rbodacious
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasted orange syrup. Slightly hazy clarity. Rich tan head.
Scent of malted molasses.
Smooth malt soaked hops. Heavy,wet silk finish.
Only recently discovered this brewery.
And very glad I did.

Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Some citrus, more pine, well balanced, ABV hidden

Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally drinking, and reviewing this beer, after finding it at less than a month old for the first time. For whatever reason this is the first time I've ever found a remotely fresh bottle on the east coast.

Not the best looking beer, kind of a murky dark orange, verging on brown, with a modest amount of floaties. Despite pouring aggressively I can only muster a small head that dissipates quickly and very little lace. Nose balances caramel and candy fruits, some sweet bready malt, orange and floral hops.

Balanced and assertive flavor. Everything is turned way up but nothing overpowers anything else. Lots of bitterness from resinous, fruity hops; you get orange and apricot and a vague aspirin undercurrent, less floral than the nose indicates. Big and burly malt character mitigates the bitterness in the aftertaste but still dries out decently and avoids the cloying sweetness of similar old school DIPAs. Alcohol is noticed to some extent but what do you want, it's 10%. Not fusel by any means. The booze contributes to the balance in an important way and also keeps the sweetness at bay.

Medium full bodied and nicely -appropriately carbonated. Not sticky or overly full, which helps the drink ability. Overall a very strong example of the last generation of doubles; I feel like we've gotten away from this kind of beer to some extent with the advancements of Hill Farmstead, TG, RR, etc etc. still would recommend this one pretty highly unless you are looking for nothing but hops without balancing components. This beer is highly hopped and bitter but has more going for it than just that.

Would I drink this very often? No, but I would absolutely buy it again if it's fresh and I'm in the mood for something burly and powerful.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow never reviewed this before. Tap at tavern in the square Northboro.

Nice creamy smaller head fades semi slowly with painted glass lacing, semi clear semi hazy dark amber copper tan color.

Nose brings nice hops, some citrus, candied orange peel, bit fruity, little floral spicy note, dried stone fruits, candy sweet malt.

Taste starts a little malty, mild caramel sweet candy malt, not really syrupy, with light touch of booze warmth. Then hops, very bitter, fruity candied dried apricot and stone fruits, light citrus, little spicy floral hop, faint pine and resin. Nice balance despite being huge. Finish is drier with a bit more alcohol and mild burn, big spicy hops lingering with light candied fruits.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, little thick almost syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall very nice, great balance even with a huge beer, alcohol starts hidden fairly well but increases as it warms and dries, decent hop profile, nice malt base, quite enjoyable for a big beer.

Photo of SMBeerRunner
2.36/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unidentifiable aftertaste spoils the experience.

Photo of John44
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer. Didn't get a lot from the nose, but may just be me or sinuses. Oddly enough, I got melon and a smokiness in the flavor.

Photo of jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the variety Big Show case. Bottled on date of Jan 16, 2015. Poured into large tulip for review.

Appears dark copper to light Amber with large persistent head. Noticeable lacing clings to the glass sides. Noticeable hop or yeast particles suspended in the beer. Has that Great Divide house beer smell. Noticeable aromas of pine, citrus hops with supportive malt backbone. Some orange rind aromas. Sweet malts definitely come through in the nose, most likely crystal malts.

Quick hit of 85 IBUs then orange & citrus hop flavors. Sweet crystal malts then lend a generous balance to counter any off kilter bitterness. Noticeable alcohol warmth but doesn't drink like a 10% ABV beer. I really dig how the flavors meld together reminding me of melon, pineapple, and some tropical fruit.

Drinks about medium to medium full as the malts definitely give this beer more residual sweetness than a West Coast Double IPA would give you.

Overall, an extremely balanced and drinkable beer. Great Divide nails it again with this one. Easily one of my Top 5 breweries.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber color.

The beer smell has very malty nose. The smell is a nice combination of hops and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are a bitter and, yet, not completely overwhelming. The smell overall pretty balanced.

The beer taste is very balanced as well. The taste has a sweet malt backbone with a very prevalent and strong hop taste. The hop profile is fairly bitter and a little bit earthy.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer is heavy bodied with a surprisingly light feel and a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too thick. The feel is pretty smooth as it goes down.

Overall, this is fantastic beer and one that should be on everyone's list. The beer is both hoppy and balanced, which is not very common. I definitely recommend getting this one.

Photo of hophugger
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from last night's notes. Beautiful orange-gold color with great head and lacing. This beer does what a lot of DIPA's cannot do, it balances an amazing amount of hops and a nice malt backbone quite nicely!!!

Photo of carolinabrew
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brass, copper color. Small, foamy head. Delicious nutty, malty flavor. Very crisp on front palate.

Photo of mrpounds
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really great tasting ipa

Photo of Hayden34
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good IIPA. Not outstanding, but still worth a try.

Photo of wolden19
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good batch, expect the same with the upcoming brews

Photo of nelsonracite
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought it was good but not a 4

Photo of Bisco42
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very exceptional IIPA.

L - Nearly completely opaque, dark almost ruby golden with trickles of carbonation flowing up from the sides and base of the glass. Microscopic bits of yeast floating throughout. Poured vigorously with a one finger head that dissipated quickly.

S - The scent of the beer was nothing to write home about. Bits of malt, alcohol, fruity and piney. Was not overpowering and towards the end did not smell overly pleasant to me.

T - The taste is what makes this beer great. Rushes of bread and malt with traces of the fruit that was from the scent following suit. The malt was also present which was tasty and a good balance. The alcohol was certainly apparent, but not overpowering in any way. The warmer it got the more you could taste for sure.

F - Much 'thicker' than most DIPAs I've tried, but still delicious.

O - This was a good beer, a bit expensive for the 4, but good. I will probably purchase again but with all of the other options I would probably go for something a little lighter, more crisp and a bit more refreshing in this style.

Photo of mugsup
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Spectacular head, feels great, tastes awesome with my Singapore Mei Fun!

Photo of Raul_Yrastorza
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BIG malty and hoppy goodness! will not disappoint.....ever!

Photo of kmbeer
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not fresh, so ratings likely skewed, especially since I tend to love double IPAs.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,767 ratings.