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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,449
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 211 | FT: 5
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:
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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Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - about two fingers of loose light tan foam with a slight reddish hue. the beer is crystal clear, strong amber also with a nice red hue. leaves a thin spotty layer of lace as it and the beverage slowly fades.

S - lots of flowery citrus hops at first balanced by a load of caramel and brown sugar malts, finishes with some more grassy hops.

T - strong burst of massively citrus hops before some sweet sugar malts kick in. notes of grapefruit, caramel, honey, stale biscuit before finishing kick a huge bitter kick and a grassy aftertaste. definitely some alcohol throughout.

M - tad thin on the body, but the flavors stick to all corners of the mouth. also a touch hot with the carbonation, i like them a little more graceful.

D - solid DIPA, about as close as you can get to being too bitter. malts try to balance but just cut short. not one of my favorites, but something i might go to if the mood strikes.

Stigs, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy and a bit light ruby color with a big fluffy white head on top.

Smell: Plenty of those nice earthy hops that the Titan has with a similar sweet malt heavy backbone. The piny hops have overrun this aroma though and the ever so slight citrus hops have hid in the background.

Taste: Nice big piny flavor hits first. Second comes in the spicy hops that tingle the tongue. No huge bitter bite here, rather a nice bitter overtone with a sweet malty, creamy backbone that washes it away. Not nearly as bombastically flavored as the over hopped ruination/double simcoe/etc. However that bombastic over hopped flavor is why I like DIPA's, so unfortunately this great balanced brew will take a slight hit from me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean yet pretty heavy.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had to date, but this beer is pretty much an amped up Titan, which disappoints me a bit. One of my favorite things about DIPA's is that whenever I get into a rhythm of craving hops I can get a weeks worth in one huge DIPA, this beer leaves me hanging a bit. Still great, just not my idea of double.

BigIrishman, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No bottling date.

Off the pour sits a very nice uniform off white foam head of about three fingers. Body is clear, a perfect amber with little small slow rising bubbles of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Some sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a nice mix of toffee like malt, and sweet floral hop. Not jarring, but not small either. Smells a little soapy perfume as well.

Taste is a bit thick and syrupy, with good malt hop mix and very coating. The thickness kind of turns me off a little. Otherwise we got some real good flavor here and balance. Does feel a bit big and boozy though. Hop finish is quick and short.

Still pretty good drink from Great Divide here, good beer they make yes indeed!

smakawhat, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas are all about the grapefruity hop. Some more in the taste, hops, hops, hops. Dryer in the end, does not show alcohol that much either. A sticky hop aftertaste. It is a great double/ imperial IPA.

OWSLEY069, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown brew that pours a beautiful milk shake of a head, and it holds nicely right through the pint. The aroma is solidly hops, the green side of hoppy to be sure. Very inviting! The first taste is smooth, a grainy sweetness (brown rice?) and more hops. I do take some note of the alcohol content which makes it a little less drinkable in my book. It's pretty heavy for my tastes, but it is still quite enjoyable, obviously a quality brew. I will have to try more from this brewer!

Durge, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, darker brown for an IPA, syrupy quality to it, great foam on it, takes a while to dissipate. Once it settles down it is a thick coating on the side of the glass, definitely a sticky DIPA. Smells super fruity.

Tastes syrupy and sticky, has a big of malty quality, but at the same time it's fruity, and very carbonated. Taste pops in your mouth. Hop presence is small, and it is not dry, only in the slightest bit in the aftertaste. Has good taste though, and is relatively complex in that you can taste alot of different things. Hides the 10% ABV almost perfectly.

Another malty/fruity IPA, leaning away from the Hops/bitterness, but not bad the way it was done. I liked it.

Pittsburgh, May 16, 2010
Photo of usualpulp
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head. Good lacing down the glass as the beer is consumed.

Stong hop and malt smells are very apparent, but unlike most ipa's ive had, this one is very sweet sweet smelling. Definately not a bad smell, makes the beer very inviting.

The taste of hercules is interesting, very malty, nice roasted malt, makes the beer slightly sweet and bready, this is a good compliment to the very strong hops that hit the tongue when you first sip, very nice balance of bitter and sweet. There is a slightly fruity flavor to the beer, but nothing overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is slightly bitter, there is a strong aftertaste to each sip. I would prefer a slightly cleaner finish, but it doesnt take too much away from the beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer from a good brewery. I would definately reccomend this beer.

usualpulp, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a bottled on date of 2 months ago. Pours a clear copper-amber with a great, sticky head of foam that drops a few rings of lace. Aroma is fairly muted considering the freshness of the bottle. Things pick up on the palate with a punch of dank herbal hop flavor with a resinous hop oil texture. Malt is big too. Thick caramel and bread crust with a more than balancing sweetness. Almost more Barleywine than DIPA. Still a really nice beer. A little dryness and some more hops would put it more in line with my preference in this style.

bump8628, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Apr 11 2011

A - A beautiful gradient of deep amber fills my Goose Island stemmed wide-mouth glass. Light white foam, settles out to a dense ring and film.

S - Some pungent hops, fresh cut grass. Pretty tame.

T - At its coldest it is pretty disappointing, but the hops come out as it warms. Mostly bitter on the finish, some creamy characteristics.

M - Nice full body, good presence.

O (D) - not bad, wish it were fresher. I've had this before, and haven't been a huge fan. I think i need to find it fresher.

ColdPoncho, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really (emphasis on REALLY) nice IPA. Citrusy, refreshing and very, very drinkable. I purchased only one bottle of this just to sample it and was surprised by how good it was. I will probably go and buy a few more bottles today! Anyway, really nice, tasting notes follow:
A: Coppery, rusty amber with a lite carb head
S: Citrus, big big hops!!
T: Really smooth for a big IPA, very very nice!
M: Again, smooth and sweet
O: Nothing bad to say about this brew; a really nice IPA. If you have not tried it, it should be on your list as one of the ones to taste!!!

Great Divide has some really good brews and this is a nice example of one of their really good beers...

4thelvofbeer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: DEEP copper with mahagony highlights. Towering creamy head, light beige and oh so beautiful. Its clinging to every piece of glass it can get its bubbles on.

S: Over ripe oranges. Thats really it in a nutshell. Little hints of grapefruit and plum but thats it.

T: Quite a bit more foresty than the aroma lets on. Starts off with a nice syrupy hop profile with a considerable amount of red fruit malty sweetness. Not overwhelmingly bitter at any point in the process, the peak probably being ten seconds after the swallow. The alcohol esters are very prevelent on the tongue. Extremely balanced beer. With a malty backbone this thing is a barleywine.

M: Medium to full bodied with a quality smoothness with just a touch of bite from the carbonation.

D: Great beer. Not nearly as complex as some DIPA's but quality drinking none the less. I'll probably rate it lower than most drinkers for that reason (I like complexity above all else in a beer).

Westsidethreat, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of DRyan
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide’s
Hercules Double IPA
Pours copper with creamy white head that cascades well and sticks around for a while. Strong hoppiness right away, but smooth for how bitter it is. Citrusy, pungent hop flavor.

A: Coppery red, with white head that dissipates quickly but laces
S: Very little hop pungency. Very low aroma overall.
T: Hoppiness is much more reserved, does not stick around long, only on the opening notes of the taste. Quickly kicks in with a smooth, somewhat sweet, malty flavor. Bitterness on the end, but not strong at all.
M: Carbonation is light, overall pretty smooth and almost a bit velvety
D: Drinkable with nice spicy foods; not nearly as pungent overall as it was before, but not bad or skunky at all

DRyan, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber into the glass topped off with a slight amount of cream colored head. Sediment is apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: On first sniff I get a little caramel and a little hops. There's also a certain sweet doughy smell as well.

T: Taste consists of caramel, a little bit of bread and a definitive hops aftertaste that is pleasantly bitter. On second taste I belive there is just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.

M: A light-medium bodied beer. I would have to agree with other reviewer that like most IPAs this is a "dry" beer. It is also slightly less carbonated than I generally expect from the style.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. Not my top choice in IPAs but would drink again.

Nowhereman529, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazed red amber body with a small white head.

A- Sweet malt aroma. Quite a bit of alcohol. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

T- Sweet malty alcohol with a nice bitterness throughout. No real hop flavors, but this was an aged bottle. Superbly alcoholy aftertaste.

M- Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but the moderate carbonation doesn't make it feel so thick.

D- I imagine this beer is much better fresh. That said it was enjoyable, but I'd be wary of drinking too many of these back to back.

gpogo, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Petegrieco
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Petegrieco, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hercules is an american institution, a flagship big ipa thats been on the scene awhile. i can believe its taken me this long to write one up. on tap at the brewery, no better place to have it. clean copper color to this, and just a short white head. a more hefty grain bill is evident from the get go, but the nose reveals a dense woody hop profile, there has to be some columbus hops in this, or something else equally woody. the flavor has some coppery grain balance on the front end, no sweetness at all, and plenty of bite to it as the hops kick in. there is some pine, but i get that fresh milled wood profile first. its quite sturdy and intense on the hop front, powerful bitterness, and filling with all the grain weight as well. i like how big it is, how timeless this is, how often imitated. its a beer i can really only have one of, because its less carbonated like an english ipa, and is so strong that i get both full and drunk with small doses. love this beer though, famous for a reason.

StonedTrippin, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ROBORB
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

ROBORB, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of strangebrew52
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color a small amount of head that disappears quickly. Smells of hops, pine and citrus. Nice citrus flavor from the hops up front followed by a piney bitter taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability, this is a tasty Double IPA that goes down easy.

strangebrew52, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of mjtiernan
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Bottled on July 10, 2012.

A: One-finger off white head sits on a thick looking hazy gold body. Lacing and alcohol legs are prominent.

S: Peppery grapefruit and some pine. Not a ton of malt aroma but there’s a light whiff of caramel. Smells like it will be spicy, dry and biting. We’ll see.

T: Interesting combination of hops. Unique and very aggressive flavor. Not a lot of info about what hops are used on Great Divide’s site, but it’s delicious. Surprised to find that I was accurate to say that it was spicy, dry and biting. There is plenty of malt to back it up too.

M: It’s not a beer to rush through. So much intense flavor, it’s best to chill with this a bit. Finish is drying and alcoholic. Pretty well carbed, body is medium-full, and texture is somewhere between oily and syrupy.

O: Hercules doesn’t mess around. It’s a big 10% beer with an aggressive stance. I think it works pretty well as long as you are fully prepared to assault the inside of your mouth with flavor.

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of maleman
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. brew date on bottle. poured hazy deep amber with one finger head that receded into a thin cap. nice, clingy lacing.

S - hops very evident, some sweet bread notes.

T - malts come through right at the start...very bready with pepper mixed in.

M - medium-bodied, not much carbonation. has a full mouth feel. aftertaste is bold.

D - this is my first offering from Great Divide and i like it very much. will be trying more of their beers, but i'm sure i'll be revisiting this quite often.

maleman, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of iadler
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Surly pint.

A- Pours a cooper orange with a two finger fluffy head. Nice amount of sediment floating around. Good amount of lacing as well.

S- Toffee, orange zest, lemon, honey and alcohol

T- Big citrus hips hit immediately followed by a small malt background. Some alcohol is present but not overbearing. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Nice mouthfeel with some hop oiliness and a nice amount of carbonation to help drinkability.

O- Very drinkable for a 10% DIPA that can sneak up on you. Not an elite DIPA, but another great beer from Great Divide.

iadler, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of joekfsu
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz pint glass poured at Vintage. Pours golden orange with 1 cm off white head. Aroma is more citrus than pine, but both are overwhelming. Initial flavor is sweeter than expected for a double IPA, but still well balanced with the huge amount of hops. Hops dominated the aftertaste of the beer, and it is lasting. Some lacing, very light carbonation, light to medium body, and only some alcohol noted. High drinkability and hides the alcohol well.

joekfsu, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in OR, not available in CA (unfortunately). This one poured a deep rusty copper with lots of chunky sediment. Head is thin but dense and oily. Carbonation is active enough to keep the yeast from settling.

Sweet whiskey malts on the nose, along with the obvious hops: floral and resinous.

Pretty intense bitterness, mostly from the hops but probably from the malts as well. Fairly deep into carmel malt territory. A little bit sticky on my lips and tongue.

Aftertaste is more whiskey with those bitter malts and alcohol trying to hold their own against the bitterness of the hops. Dry finish with some tannins; this along with the bitterness remind me of oversteeped green tea. Oversteeped grains or hops maybe?

A fine 2xIPA but a few steps towards the barleywine domain, mostly because of the healty dose of heavy malts and the sugar they bring.

rayjay, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick head with an even thicker lacing down the glass. Wow what an appearance like a red amber ale color.

S: Hoppy with some winter spice mixed in but the dry hop aromas over power any other smells.

T: Pure hop flavors if you really like hops this is a great beer for you and it definitely fits the style. There is also a strong bittersweet taste but lacks much yeast or malt flavors but keep in mind the style on this one I had to.

M/D: Very dry and light in the feel. It was a good session beer but couldn't take to much of this one at all.

Kemmerlin, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with an orange hue, solid finger of soapy head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Soapy citrus, cedar and pine and some rich caramel on the finish.

T - Resiny hops, soapy citrus notes, the bitterness is subdued by the sweet caramel and toffee and the alcohol adds a hint of honey sweetness. At 10% this alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, but comes across a tad thin for my liking. The finish is surprisingly wet.

O - A very tasty DIPA with loads of flavours and nicely balanced between the bitter hops and sweet malts. Easily drinkable, and at 10% that could be problematic.

andrenaline, Oct 31, 2011
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,449 ratings.