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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

3,775 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,775
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 376 | 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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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Poured an orange-red with a thin off-white/cream colored thick head that was retained for awhile. Nice presentation.

S: The aroma was a little more faint than I expected from a DIPA, but it consisted of hops with some hints of some florals and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Taste, again, was good, but I expected it to be stronger. Mainly hops with some malt undertones with some hints of the alcohol with a touch of sweetness.

M/D: Carbonation was good and the beer was somewhat rich (clearly I expected more from it), creamy and smooth. I would say that it is more drinkable than some DIPA's simply becasue it is not as strong. Overall, a good beer that I will pick up again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind.Wow this puppy is hopped to the tilt intense orange and lemon hit with an underlying pine,big juicy citrusy flavors just bursting out at ya i do notice a touch of nutty malt it barely holds up to the intense hoppiness but its there.A slight alcohol burn is noticable not bad in any way,this beer is bad ass and takes no prisoners,hell yeah.

Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the bottle an intimidating, deep hazy orange with some brown influences. The liquid is thick, thick, thick. The color showed a lot of depth and was very inviting. The head was modest but well-tanned and left some nice lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell - This is a big, heavy, monster nose. There is just tons and tons of caramel and toffee in here. The hops are complex and huge as well. I can pick up some good pine sap along with some big citrus and a few other notes that give a lot of depth to this gigantic bouquet. All in all, this is one of the biggest, most-balanced ADIPA noses that I've ever smelled.

Taste - The taste follows the nose except the malts are noticeably dominant. For all the hops here, they take a back seat to the huge, luscious, gooey caramel and toffee malt presence.

Mouthfeel - This is big and full-bodied. I'm talking Pliny the Younger big. They should serve this at Ruth Chris' with a side of mashed potatoes. Forget the knife and fork; give me the classic 1970's-style electric turkey carving knife.

As big and chewy as this is, it's not overly dry. The finish has some dryness, but this one finishes with a super-sugary caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Eatability - Don't try to drink Hercules with a meal like I did. This is your dinner.

Comments - What a great treat! I'll offer a big thumbs up to BuckeyeNation for sending this out my way.

Update - They finally got this in SoCal in the fall of 2010. This is an amazing beer to say the least. The head was much improved from my initial review, which leads me to believe that the beer suffered a bit from the trip from Ohio. That said, the balance of this ale is amazing and the flavors are beyond reproach. There's really nothing else like it out there in the beer world. It makes the case for a huge DIPA but with grass and flowers instead of the triple C's and gooey malts. It is like no other double that I've ever had and is in a class all by itself. Especially unique is the nose that is very herbal and spicy yet also has a classic DIPA aroma. The aftertaste BTW will entertain you for hours.

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 DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden orange with a huge off white fluffy cloud into a tulip glass at Roman’s Pub in South Milwaukee. Beautiful bright orange hues. Head is luscious, thick, lasting, fragrant, and creamy. This looks great! Nose is wonderful too. Balanced citrus, floral, pine, juniper, and grassy hops. Taste is just as well balanced. A refreshing juicy fruit hop front matches the spicy pine and tangerine hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Body is full, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is nuts considering the IBV and ABV, almost as good as Dreadnaught. This is extremely tasty stuff and ever so creamy and luscious feeling. I love it.

Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.

Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.

Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.

This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.

Generally I'm a huge fan of their big brews but this was just an average Double IPA, not my favorite.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm excited, this bottle is only two weeks old.

Very clean, copper color and a big off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Wonderful, fresh, resinous, catty hop aroma with hints of grapefruit.

The malt attempts to detain the grassy, piney hops flavors but the hops have it all the way. The finish is increasingly astringent and the 10% shows itself with every sip, with a grapefruity fade.

Hop forward in every way, this should satisfy any hophead looking for a fix. Classy.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.

Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.

Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.

If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.

This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a peach-tea color from the 22oz brown
bomber. There is no head but there are
active carbonation bubbles working overtime.

S: very strong hop nose of pine needles and
undertones of malt and grass. This brew
smells like the pine forest in my backyard.

T: Slap in the face with a pine branch! The 85
IBU seems underreprestative of this awesome
AIPA. There is some malt sweetness that
fights its way through the hop. The alcohol
his understated in its flavor but very
obvious by the end of the 22oz. bottle.

M: Great body on this AIPA, with an almost
creamy texture that is a nice surprise in
this style. The ability of this brew to
be so bold in its presence without being
syrupy is a great achievment.

D: Smooth, crisp, tastey, awesome, f'n awesome.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules Double ipa.

A- A very inviting orange tinted hazed liquid with a off-white foamy head with decent retention.

S- Nice smell of floral hops, grassy hops, mild malts and sweet alcohol esters.

T- Unbelieveable hop flavor from begining to end. This is how a double ipa should taste. Amazing floral compound of hops with the right amount of bitterness to follow. Small amount of malts are also very appearent in this brew. Well balance and great flavored beer.

M-D- Mouthfeel is excellent with nothing to complain about. Drinkablity is wonderfull I would put down a six pack easy.

Photo of skybluewater
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Surprisingly, there isn't much of a head, and very little lacing (although this could be my fault). The smell is incredible, all pine and apricots. Tastes very bitter, but it's not overwhelming at all (even at 85 IBUs), with piney, apricoty hops dominating, although there may be a little citrus there. I allowed myself to savor this one, and it became even better as it warmed.

Fabulous beer here, definitely recommended. I'm glad I got my hands on a bottle of this, which is truly the nectar of the Gods.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rich O's Lupulin Land Hop Harvest Festival 10-8-05. Arrives a brilliant copper amber color with a big khaki cragly head of foam on top. Very nice appearance. Aromas of rich, vibrant citrusy, grapefruity hops. Tropical fruits abound with sweet caramelly undertones and a touch of pine needle. Resiny hop oils dance all over the place...simply lovely. Awesome!

First sip brings sweet caramelly malts along with a massive wall of beautiful citrusy, grapefruity resinous hops. Hints of pine intermingle as well. Follows down with good sturdy bitter tones and no hint of any alcohol. A lovely DIPA overall and a super hoppy treat. Behind all the hops is a subtle refined balance that really shines in this one. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Goes down super smooth and tastes so rich and vibrant off tap. I could have easily adored this beer all night long. I'll be looking for a fresh bomber the next time I'm at the store. Highly recommended for all you hop heads out there.

Photo of blitz134
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly dark orange copper color with a bubbly one finger nearly white head on top which clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell is a hop overload, just how I like it. The hop aromas range from a plethora of citrus fruits including grapefruit, tangerines and oranges. As it first hits my lips the mouthfeel and body on this beer is immediately noticeable. This isn’t your average bodied beer, this is full and heavy and it’s immediately noticeable before it even reaches the deep, dark corners of your mouth. The taste is definitely a bitter and actually stings a bit on the back of the throat (which is saying something as I have yet to find anything too bitter to drink). For those who don’t enjoy the tastebud numbing action of a heavily hopped beer; Stay away! This beer is as juicy and oily as they come. Flavor profiles range from grapefruit to a bitter finish ending in pine and resin hops. All these flavors seem to last as the mouth coating is extremely heavy. I definitely think this is a near perfect example of how a west coast double IPA should taste. Drinkability is up near the top as well if you like an unbalanced D-IPA. With no hint of alcohol this could get you in trouble.

Overall this is an awesome beer. I just hope that Green’s in Atlanta continues to get them in as this could definitely become a personal favorite of mine, especially at 4.50/bomber. For me this beer compares well with the Flying Dog Wild Dog except with a touch less citrus, but this is much cheaper. I think I’ll have another…oh wait…I still have half the bomber to go!

Photo of nickadams2
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Deep bronze with a thick eggshell white head that lasts. Thick lacing.

S_Overpowering sweet malt upfront. Hints of vanilla,hops,and citrus breaking through.

T_More balanced than indicated by smell. Sweet caramel malt still dominates but rounded out by piny,citric hops.

M_Smooth and cream with a crisp finish.

D_Bomber is good enough.

Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light translucent copper. Solid 2 fingers of fairly thick head. Somewhat quick disapation, ample lacing, some big head bubbles left.

Pine, citrus. Noting too potent, surprising considering other Great Divides. Hope this isnt a bad sign.

Boom. Wow, hit in the face. Medium malt, potent hops. All over the baord. Thats a lot of hops. Alcohol there, but well balanced. Finishing with bitter and dryness. Really well done.

Extremely well balanced with the malt, hops and heat. Quite surprising. EVen the lasting hops flavor, all to the end.

Would love this beer at any time. DOnt think I could have too many though!

Photo of ROBORB
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft and served in a snifter. Poured a hazy orange color with a short lived 1 finger head. There was great lacing from start to finish. Aroma consisted of pine, citrus and fruits with perhaps a pinch of malts. The taste followed the aroma nicely. It wasn't as balanced as I would like an IPA to be as the malts never really controlled the hop profile. It leaves a dry aftertaste. This was a nice IIPA but clearly not one of the best.

Photo of sellmeagod
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is 100% about the hops and bitters.

From the label (which is the whole Arrogant Bastard brag thing done in a slightly more tasteful way) to the extreme aftertaste - the only thing here is intense hops. It's not even too hoppy for me; it's just that that is all there is. I question this.

What I do not question is the amazing way they packed 10% abv into this puppy, which tastes otherwise like a regular old IPA that you'd always pass up. So, I'm conflicted, but there are cheaper ways to buy mega boozy IPA's.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, after enjoying Titan IPA, I had this the next day. Fortunately, no one asked me which one was my favorite, because I couldn't begin to choose. This beer was amber with a more medium-sized head and some lacing. Very hoppy aroma, I thought mostly citrus. Likewise, the taste was mainly grapefruit, but again balanced with some malt, so that the hops didn't explode in my mouth. I wish I could get this brewery's offerings here in Maine, but am happy to visit my daughter in Houston and partake to my heart's content.

Photo of iddqd
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, a bit reddish with tan foam. Beautiful.

S: Flowers and citrus. Hoppy. It wouldn't hurt if it was stronger though, or maybe it's just because I have a cold.

T: The alcohol is present, but the beer is so balanced that it doesn't matter. Rather sweet and lots of grapefruit bitterness. Really smooth.

M: A bit thick, but it's not a problem. After all, this is a heavy beer. Carbonation is perfect.

D: I probably wouldn't want to drink another one, since it is very heavy and high on the alcohol. Then again, I think this type of beer is supposed to be enjoyed slowly.

Overall, this beer is one of the best I've had. If you have a chance to try it, do so.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful rich amber with a nice white head and lace.

S - Alcohol comes through right away. There is also hints of toffee, caramel, and fruitiness.

T - Initially, toffee and caramel come through the most. Then, the alcohol comes in and transitions into a sweetness and fruitiness (apples). This beer also has a teal-like herbal flavor that is truly amazing. The finish is a great bitterness that coats the back of your throat for a few seconds.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation.

O - This brew has a really nice flavor that does a great job of assimilating with the high alcohol content. I would definitely enjoy drinking several of these and would have no qualms about doing so.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bomber with some guy holding up a Q-Tip in front of the mountains. Nice gold with white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet toasted malt with background citrus hops.

Ohh, this is tasty. Great balance right off the rip - sweetish malts with hints of toffee combine with a solid hop bitterness and grapefruity flavors throughout the first three quarters of the sip. Alcohols raise their head near the end, along with a not-unpleasant grapeseedy kind of bitterness in the finish which lingers. Round and smooth. I need more. The store is closed. Oh well.

I'm digging this brewery's efforts so far. A very tasty example.

Photo of Beaver13
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.

Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.

It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didn't notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.

Wow, this is a very well made beer! An excellent IPA specimen...probably my favorite to date, IPA or any other style.

Photo of shapudding
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy volcano of head shooting out of the bottle! I thought I was being careful, and this one has been sitting in my fridge for a bit, so it was not warm... Poured out to a beautiful apricot-amber color with a bubble bath of thick orangey head that sat nice and creamily on top. Smells sooo good. Major pine coming from my glass. Fresh juniper berries, walnuts, white grapefruit...
Wow this is good stuff! Creamy, almost thickish mouthfeel, but not heavy feeling, just a bit chewy. A decent amount of carbination, but it flows so well around your mouth that you don't notice it. It feels soooo smooth and lovely. Such good happy freakin hoppiness going on here! Burnt toast, grapefruit rind, peppery, bit of caramel sweetness. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth after each sip. Very drinkable for the hop heads, I'm lovin' this one!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,775 ratings.