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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,534 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 3,897
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 250
Gots: 468 | 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: 1,534 | Hads: 3,897
Photo of Hop505
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a lasting one inch head. The nose is abound sweet fruit, hops, and a bit of citrus. While the mouthfeel is thick and enjoyable, there is something a bit amiss here. The hops are a bit subdued by the overpowering malt. All of the flavor sits on the front of this beer- its balanced flavor is completely lost on the finish and, especially for a DIPA, loses its effectiveness. With that said, it's definitely not a beer to avoid, but it may not live up to the expectations of an avid IPA enthusiast. Not regrettable, but there are better brews out there. (582 characters)

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours amber in color with a creamy light-tan head about two fingers tall. Has good retention and good lacing as you drink. The beer is very clear slow-moving carbonation.

Smell - Musty grain aromas with mild tropical hops as well. Moderate lemon/lime citrus as well. Slight alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More musty grain in flavor this time. A fairly equal mixture of resiny/bitter hops and tropical fruity hops with citrus all around. Alcohol comes through a bit more in the middle. Mild earthiness shows up and the beer takes on an overall caramel/grain character with a touch of the formerly mentioned hop flavors for the finish. More earthy flavors in the aftertaste with lingering hops and grain. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Well-structured carbonation, smooth and massaging in nature. The beer is medium/full-bodied and quite smooth and viscous.

Drinkability - Moderate hop levels and some musty flavors as well that some may find objectionable. Overall decent drinkability can be assigned to this beer.

I was overall a little let down with this beer. However, I did let this beer sit in my refrigerator for about six months, and I know I should drink and IPA or DIPA as fresh as possible. Oh well, just a warning to those reading my review. Overall it was a decent DIPA, but certainly not on the same level as other (most notably the Dreadnaught from Three Floyds.) Worth a shot, and probably recommended to must have if this beer truly is worlds better if it's more fresh. (1,571 characters)

Photo of Meshuggah135
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark copper color, didn't have much of a head at all

S: very hoppy, pine smell too it.

M: has a mild carbonation, leaves a bitter aftertaste as well as a chewy feeling in your mouth.

T: a bitter, piney, caramel taste. Has a heavy taste of hops, typical of an IPA.

O: this is a pretty good beer. It has almost an overwhelming hoppy/bitter taste to it. It is also a strong beer, with a 10% ABV so it can sneak up on you quickly. Overall, a good beer, though not the best IPA that I have ever had.

Beer was served from a bottle into a glass mug (551 characters)

Photo of kflorence
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent, deep amber in color with a thick, creamy, white head atop that dissipates to a thin layer of cream and leaves plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels look perfect.

S: Surprisingly lots of malt on the nose; caramel, brown sugar, some light fruits, maybe grape and apple, and an underlying earthiness not unlike fresh cut grass. Slight floral, pine and citrus hop presence.

T: Again, caramel and brown sugar malts, light fruits and fresh cut grass mixed with pine resin and a bit of citrus. Finishes crisp and dry with bitterness. A bit sour and acidic; even though the bitterness must be coming from the hops, I found it hard to detect prominent pine or citrus notes. The alcohol is definitely present, which might be contributing to some of the acidity.

M: Smooth with a medium body, ample carbonation and a bit of creaminess. There is a slight oily quality from the hops, but it remains quite thin. Goes down easy enough, but really sticks to the back of the tongue and lingers for a bit.

O: This is a quality brew, but I'm afraid it's not for me. The higher alcohol content mixed with the lingering bitterness just made this too acidic and unbalanced for my palate and it sit heavy in my stomach. Took me quite awhile to finish off the bottle and I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again. That said, I'm sure this will please hop enthusiasts seeking a higher ABV. As my introduction to this brewery I was a little disappointed, but I'm pretty sure it's due to the style since the craft seemed top notch. Cheers! (1,559 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up three fingers of thick frothy head that lingers forever over a hazy copper brew with visible carbonation.

S - Pine hops, vanilla and caramel malt. Faint alcohol meshes with the pine.

T - Pine, caramel malt and alcohol. Aftertaste has a moderately potent pine bitterness to it. Abv is undetectable. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. All and all, it is a bit rough here. Maybe sitting for a year or two would mellow it out a bit.

M - Syrupy thick, smooth and only slightly refreshing. Gums in my throat a bit.

D - It is a pretty good double IPA, but it loses some points from being syrupy thick and too sweet. It is a great beer, no doubt in my mind. I think there are better examples in the style though. (739 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head, beautiful, beautiful. Compact, beautiful color.
Hop smell, fresh, herbal. Good. Musky notes. A strong hoppy. Not too america, maybe.
At the taste: hop, well. Yes. And bitterness. Good, too.
85 IBU, and well, you can feel it.
Musky notes, and resinousous. Piney.
Goo, but not exceptional drinkability. (312 characters)

Photo of northaustin
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is grain madness!!!

poured into a schnifter. one and a half finger head. pours a light brown with gold showing when held to the light. a few floaters in it.

as mentioned earlier the smell is out of control and bites your nose with its intensity. i must say it is a great smell but quite odd for what i was expecting with a double ipa.

taste is a bit boozey with not very much hoppiness but still sweet and good. tastes more along the lines of a regular double ale than a double ipa.

not vey drinkable as a session beer as it is very thick and a bit strong. i got mine in a mix and match six pack and its doin me alright. for sure an interesting contribution to the world of dipa's (690 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it. (1,320 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.

S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.

T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.

M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.

D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category. (1,554 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Monstrous 3.5 finger fluffy head off the pour. Red/rusty tinged amber, clear and just plain juicy-looking. Great.

Pine needles and overbearing caramel malt in the smell. Not much sharpness to it. Get the feeling this is going to be a bit cloying.

Citrus-pine-aspirin hops at first, all quickly overwhelmed by the massive malt backbone. Unreconstructedly sweet without the promised bitterness to balance it out. Super-flavourful but unbalanced. Bit of alcohol heat in the finish. Bit of soap/vegetable as it warms. Glorious creamy mouthfeel.

I could have maybe one more. Over-the-top, but not in the way I was expecing. I've had an older bottle of this and didn't review it on account of it's age, but my impressions with this one are similar. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Overrated. (789 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a red/brown color with a one finger off-white head that settles to a film. As I drink it leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt and grassy and citrus hops. Taste starts with the malt, then I get some resin and floral hops. The sip concludes with more candi malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side, average carbonation. Definitely an east coast IPA. (379 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (2,307 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack. (581 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber in color with outstanding head and lace. Even with a careful pour a bit of bottle sediment made its way into my glass, but not enough to take away from the great appearance of this brew.

Smell: The first whiff reveals big notes of grapefruit and rosemary. Malts do come out more as it warms, but they're more of a background character.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit again with floral and herbal undertones. Malt flavor is non-existent, serving as little more than a foundation, while intense bittering hops stick to the palate for what feels like forever. Alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, which detracts from both the flavor and mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: This is one seriously aggressive DIPA. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's a decent beer. (800 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber dated dec. 2010.

nice slighty-cloudy amber color. aggressive pour yields a slightly disappointing initial head, receded to a thin film, some lacing.

smell is quite malty for a IIPA, carmelized sugars and breadiness. a bit of piney hops, but quite understated.

taste is a full-on malt bomb. good mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

not a bad beer, but there's better options out there. this strikes me as almost indistinguishable from an American Strong Ale. Lagunitas WTF is every bit the beer (or more) at half the price. (541 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower. (848 characters)

Photo of Preismj
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: rich red/amber with a quarter inch head, good retention and nicely sticky.

s: smells of hints of floral, though I am getting a lot of malt in here and a bit of a turn off as I wasn't expecting nor was I in the mood for it.

t: more of a combination IPA and Red if you ask me. I get a tremendous amount of nutty toffee and the thick syrup taste...considerably more than any hops I taste. I am not a fan of reds and this reminds of a red with it's strong malt profile.

m: nice feel in the mouth, coats the palette and finished dry enough for me to be satisfied. good fizz to it too.

o: won't actively search this out again, again the malt was too strong for the style and not something I was in the mood for. (712 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style. nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards). medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. the thing is, i remember having it a year or two ago on tap and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer. will have to get my hands on some where i can guarantee freshness and have another go-round.

originally reviewed: 04-10-2011 (1,284 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip IPA glass.

Dense copper amber color with a creamy tan head, 1-plus F. Foamy lacing.

Some citrus and pine hop aromas get pushed aside by a sugary sweet alcohol smell.

Lots of sweet caramel malts. The hop flavors are killed by the sweet booziness.

Thick feel. There's no ducking the syrupy sweetness and in my face alcohol. Over the top.

This beer's a mess of sugary malt and alcohol. Every one of the 85ibu fights to be noticed. (450 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Amber body with a decent-sized head. Smell is of citrusy hops struggling against the nutty malt. Same with the taste. The malt is just a bit too prominent, and I don't think the nuttiness goes all that well with the hops. Honestly, this struck me as a poor man's 90 Minute. Not the worst DIPA I've ever had, but not even close to the best. (375 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle served in snifter.

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.

Overall an above average Double IPA, but not my favorite. (1,057 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a typical slightly hazed orange-amber color with two fingers of soft fluffy off-white head that lasts for about three minutes, leaving medium amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of caramel, toffee, pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon peel, light amounts of herbal tea, and a touch of earthy dryness in the finish. Honestly, I was somewhat pumped up by the hype around this one before trying it, and I feel somewhat disappointed as a result. I still fail to see what all the fuss is about. It's just yet another typical well-made IPA in a market already over-saturated with the style with nothing in particular that makes it stand out above the rest. (746 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Piling such a monster thick head would be a crime if not for the fact that it complements the devilish amber color of the beer so well - you could literally spoon it off the top if you'd like.

Freakishly heavily hopped, it actually goes down pretty easily, as the burn of the hops doesn't set in until long after the drink is gone.

Once it does, it rolls from the tip of the tongue to the back adn then to the front like a slow wave.

Because it is so heavily hopped though, it is difficult to discern any other flavors, just smmothe and hot hops.

The 9.1% abv begins to settle in after a bit - drinkable, but not great. (626 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and brilliantly orange. Head is foamy...laces and sheets down the sides of a pint glass.
The smell is surprizingly faint...floral and piney hops.
Super sweet, heavy caramel candy malt gives a backdrop for the punch of the sprucey hops. There's also a lot of mint and menthol flavors from the hops.Super bitter too. There's a whack of sharp metal..that doesn't work so well. An almost hot spicy acidic aftertaste and I notice the alcohol mostly when exhaling...weird. A little harsh.
Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit cloying. A minty hop aftertaste.
Not a real standout IMHO, but definitely an interesting brew. (616 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#66 on my Beers of Fame list!

Pour is amber. white head floats in little sections.

The best words that come to mind about the smell is IDK. Semi sweet malt backbone, leafy dried hops, but no fresh hop flavors. hm.

Full body. Sticky sweet malt reminiscent of Hopslam and Two-Hearted. it feels so thick, like literal honey. Now enough with the malt, lets get to the hops, or the lack of. Theres a nice bittering hop presence which makes an attempt at balancing out the sweet malt, but it loses. Theres no ry hop flavors. What I get is very slight hints of pine, but its faint. Too faint. (589 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.