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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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Reviews: 1,539
Hads: 3,929
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 262
Gots: 482 | 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: 1,539 | Hads: 3,929
Photo of Fcolle2
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a thin half finger off white head.

Dominated by hops in the nose, earthy spicy and pine note followed by a bready malt backbone.

Loads of hoppy bitterness first and followed by bready malt. Mainly pine like hop pull through in the taste and there is a big hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick with hop resin and carbonation is moderate to low

Overall I would like to try one that is a little fresher, this one is pushing 4 months and is on its last leg, I can taste the hops starting to turn. As is, it a thick piney bitter ipa with a big hop bite.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a nice golden orange with minimal head. Pour it fairly quickly.

The smell is very woody. The hops remind me of the SN Bigfoot Barelywine. The taste is similar to the smell. Very strong, woody hoppiness that overpowers everything. Minimal malt flavor. I can detect some faint malts that might be interesting if I could perceive them better.

I think might be one to age, given the high abv and the over-intesity of the hops when fresh. I might give it a shot.

Overall: I am a hophead of sorts, but this one is too hoppy. One surprise - the alcohol is incredibly well concealed.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper and hazy in color with a nice size cream head that slowly recedes. Smell is not overly hoppy, but there is some fresh herbaceous aromas, a little 'smoky' hoppiness, as well as a very light orange and berry sweetness. Taste shows only the smallest amount of citrusy hops, there is a nice peppery bite of bitterness mid taste that blends into a spicy alcohol and piney hop finish that is fairly drying. Nice and creamy malt body balances the good sized bite of hops well. Not a bad beer at all but I definitely wasn't blown away flavor or aroma wise, not too much happening. Mouthfeel is quite nice though and if you are in need of a hop bite it can definitely suffice there.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hercules is a good name for this beer, because it is strong. With a notable alcohol presence and a very strong bitterness of grapefruit peel and a little grassiness, I just found this brew a bit too agressive for my taste. There's also a far amount of malt here for a double IPA. I can imagine real hopheads will really enjoy this, and understand all the rave reviews here, but this just isn't quite my speed. Looked good pouring, with a standard amber orange color and frothy persistant head with some lacing and sheeting as I drank. The citrus aroma. A slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of NODAK
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma starts out with notes of pine resin, but eventually opens up into a candied sugar sweet aroma with booze also present. Definitely malty.

Pours a nice orange, cloudy hue with a pretty fair head.

Taste starts out with an initial resiny bitterness that give into a very heavy maltiness that's characterized by a toffee, candied sugar taste along with a pretty high level of booze. Even for its ABV, it seems boozy and just "heavy" to me. This is a DIPA that slants more to the malts than anything, so it seems. There is a dry bitterness on the finish that helps it not become too cloying with its sweetness, but there's no mistake about this beer's character.

Decent DIPA but not my favorite, due to how much I can taste the alcohol and just how sweet it is. I suppose I prefer mine a little drier.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good double IPA. This beer doesn't mess around.

A- Beautiful clear copper, orange tint, white rim that stays on throughout.

S- Spicy pine and citrus, lots of hops.

T- Exactly what the smell suggests. Citrus comes through even more, though, and the pine stays solid throughout and really hits you on the back; bit of an alcohol taste on the way down (and there's nothing wrong with that!).

M- Strangely satisfying velvety feel, very substantial. If you could imagine squeezing one of those water filled tubes, the kind that shoot out of your hand, that's what the mouthfeel is like. Warming alcohol is nice.

D- Strong for an IIPA, but let's be honest, this isn't a hugely drinkable style in general. Really great to have, though, and it's a wonderful beer.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark rusty pour with a nice thick head. Lacing was thick and lasted. Smell of citrus, especially grapefruit and floral. Flavor is lightly bitter with citrus flavor. A good brew. Especially great if you make it to Great Divide in Denver and get to enjoy it on tap. Great place!

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Photo of Jonny41
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles about 6 months old and may be passing?
Was not blown away by this one at all being so highly rated, now granted I've had some great ipa's lately that I am comparing this to. I got more malt than hop and not a clean fresh finish that I like.
Think this one was purely preference on my part bringing down the score, and I did drink all four bottles over four nights as a reference.
Would love to ,
retry fresh or draught.

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Photo of cracgor
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. It is a normal appearing IPA, amber with a thin offwhite head on top. It smells pretty good with a nice aromatic blend of hops. The taste is not nearly as strong as I expected. It tastes good in that it is well balanced, clean, and refreshing, just not that special.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a generic tulip.

A: Pours a reddish copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Definitely an attractive DIPA with a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: There is a lot of caramel, plummy expressions, and faint pine on the nose. Surely, this one is past its prime.

T: A sweet caramel opening gives way to plenty of earthy, boozy, and piny qualities on the finish and aftertaste. Past its prime? Yeah - even still, I'm impressed by how balanced and mellow this one comes across. The boozy notes in no way ruin my moderate enjoyment of this one.

M: The texture is medium, and thankfully isn't too syrupy or boozy either way. It also lacks some of the sharpness some DIPAs develop - but to be fair, this IS an older bottle.

O: Quite good, considering its advanced age. Fresh, this is one to keep an eye on.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy-unfiltered. A nice golden copper color-very opaque. Minimal head and with a decent lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma-not overbearing but pleasant. Sweet caramel overtones are present-from the malt.

Taste: Hoppy as the aroma indicates-malt presence is noted-adds a sort of sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Good-Very slightly oily with medium carbonation-just about the right combo.

Drinkability: Above average-one or two a session is good.

Overall a good beer-Would like to get my hands on one right off the beer truck to sample-of course fresher is better with this style

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Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy apricot color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy.
Taste is also a hoppy experience, but the maly is completely overwhelmed.
Finish with strong hop notes and not much else.
Was difficult for me to finish. Not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper moving toward brown color with a slightly sticky off-white head. The aroma is pine, citrus, with some malt notes sneaking through. Medium bodied and coats the palate. Big hops and malt flavors. Pine and citrus and bitter dominate the palate but the caramel from malt provides a strong balance.

This brew has a good balance but there is something that just doesn't shout outstanding. Not bad but not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. i remember having it a year or two ago and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. hey, just one man's take. 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.

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Photo of Lothore
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish orange hue with a huge, thick, 2.5 finger head that seems to stay for quite a while leaving lacing galore.

S- Smells sweet, piney hops dominate followed by citrusy notes.

T- Thick earthy with hints of grapefruit and some pine. Bitter with the alcohol a bit to apparent.

M- Thick and clings a bit to the mouth. Very carbonated.

D- Not anywhere near the most drinkable dipa i've ever had. The alcohol is a bit too apparent and the bitterness is a bit intense in that it isnt balanced as well as i would have hoped. Aside from the criticism, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of clvand0
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma, as expected - cascades most likely. Not much more registers with me than the strong hop aroma. The flavor was much of what I expected, but not as hoppy. It's well hopped for an I2PA, but still not as much as I thought it would be. Nice sweetness balances out the hops pretty well and it turns out to be a very smooth drink. Malts can be found once it starts to warm a little, but the hops prevail.

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Photo of probiotic
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Beautiful hazy golden yellow.

Smell - Yeasty. Reminds me of a Matilda I had earlier this summer with a lacto infection, but with less of a "dirty diaper" smell. This particular bottle: 7/10/13 does seem to have some sort of infection but I haven't tried the other 3 in the 4-pack yet.

Taste - Malts are strong but the hops seem to be lost to the overpowering yeasty aroma. Sweetness prevails and I actually think that the infection seems to compliment the malts in a way that I never could have anticipated.

Mouthfeel - Bready/Chewy.

Overall - Seems like I've encountered an infected anomaly, but based on the malt profile I would take a Double Trouble over this guy any day.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tons of grapefruit aroma. as it warms I detect some Amarillos. Not a lot of malts here. Dark copper orange with a smallish beige head. As it warms, the head becomes very sticky. Nice. Bitterness overload. No too much balance. This thing grabs your tongue in a full nelson and has not intent of braking the hold. Medium body. Pretty puckering and astrigent. I’d take Hercules over most beer, but for IIPAs, very avarage.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber-brown color with yummy looking tan froth head.

Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, wood and alcohol.

Malty taste that gets a little too sweet when it warms but is also toasty and caramely. The other tastes are piney hops and alcohol (gets wayy stronger as it warms).

Basically its the mouthfeel I don't like about this beer, feels too soft. The alcohol is too dominant.

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Photo of rand
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap to delerium tulip glass

Pours amber-red in color, dense...viscosity suppresses the carbonation leading to a small head. Nothing lacking in nose though, as waves of ripe citrus notes and alcohol swarm. The taste is even more aggressive with bitter pine and citrus notes pressed up against sweet, chewy malts. Full bodied and complex, it takes a few sips before your palate can wrap itself around the astringent overtone.

Flavorful, but a little too big for its own good. The profile is layered but disjointed. I'd drink this again if it was offered, but there are a lot of more satisfying DIPA's out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a snifter at Great Divide's tap room in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream fair thickness, and damn good retention (especially for the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent copper peach.

Sm: A moderate strength aroma of hops and light cream.

T: Quite hoppy, with some cream. Fortunately, not too bitter on the finish. Balanced and subtle. Not complex, but featuring a sophisticated simplicity. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream.

Dr: Drinkable for an IPA. Subtle and lovely. I'd have it again. Would pair well with spicy food.


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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/6/0006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown color body, with a small head that is quickly diminishing, white. A strong aroma of hops, some sweetness. Strong bitter taste, but I've had stronger, slight chocolate, smooth, sweet, dry finish. Not a very complex flavor.

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Photo of hopluva1
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. served at 50* in a snifter

bottled 1-25-11

poured a nice orange with a thin 1/2 finger off-white head.
Aroma is decent amount of citrus, and resiny hops, there is a bready malt aroma as well.

Flavor is a smooth resin and citrus hop bitterness, balanced by the malt. The malt flavor is not sweet, its bread like (reminds me of the flavor of fat tire). You get a warmth from the alcohol.

This is not a beer that assaults you with hops. That being said it is a little simple for a DIPA. The malt flavor is to distinct, it differentiates itself from the hops instead of complimenting the hops.

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Photo of kenito799
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

Dark golden-amber brew raises a smallish head that leave some nice lace. Lovely floral/pine/grapefruit aromas emerge from the glass...hops just smell so wonderful. Then a drink...the mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and sticky. The alcohol is hidden well, balanced by extra sweetness, which also blanace the intense hoppy bitterness as well...but there the whole enterprise is dragged down. I don't know why I even bother with double IPAs...obviously i have a problem with the style. The the hop flavors and aromas are wonderful, so why mess with that beauty by weighing the brew down with all the extra alcohol and sweetness? I just don't get it. These beers always come across and heavy, unbalanced, and much less drinkable than the normal-strength IPAs in the family. This is a beer with great taste and it is made well, but it is marred by being made to be huge, IMO.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good. Dark orange and huge thick head
Smell is minimal hops and breads
Taste is more malt than hops but complex. Peppers, chocolate, cinnamon, and mild citrus. This is definitely an IPA for malty IPA fans. Not quite west or east.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.