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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 171
Gots: 187 | 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 mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle from Ryan's Party store in Port Huron ON- A deep and hazy orangey pour with a frothy and sticky white cap. Nice lace here too. Full on piney and floral hops, orange and grapefruit, heavy on the fruity malts, some bready notes. Nice hop profile in the flavour department. Orange and grapefruit again, with mango and apricot sweetness. A bit of pine/sap comes through. Balanced malts and hops, no trace of the ABV. Quite well made. Thanks for picking this up for me Chris and Erin!

07-29-2009 13:29:44 | More by mrmanning
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

355mll bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a deep rusty copper colour with some yeasty haziness. Slightly off white head poured tight thick and foamy then faded to thin frothy coating... no carbonation bubbles... decent amount of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

Aroma - Piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore mixed with a good amount of treacle sweetness, some ginger hints, biscuity malts - some cookie dough ? Cut wet grass and hay, floral, tart fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons, pears and apples), faint woodiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted bready and biscuity malts mixed with lots of grapefruit fruitiness and piney / grassy hop bitterness which is maybe a little on harsh side, some caramel sweetness, good roasted nut bitterness, other fruits include ripe pears and lemons, very floral and perfumed, resiny notes..

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily... medium bodied... because of the high alochol and extreme hops this probably isn't the most drinkable brew...

Overall - An extremely good if maybe slightly unbalanced DIPA.... definitely recommended though...

02-21-2008 14:02:28 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Mauerhan


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

i love double ipas. i just felt i should get that out before i start this review. i LOVE double ipas.

pours a nice rustic orange. a fluffy white two finger head pops up leaving a nice amount of lacing and a great layering of foam on top.

smell is great. nutty, malty, a nice hop presence.

i am hit by the malts up front. sweet. slightly biscuty, a nuttiness that leads into the hops. i am left with a nice slightly bitter aftertaste.

mouth is smooth to the point of creaminess. has a great aftertaste. a solid dipa.

i would drink this again. a very tasty beer. not perfect but a damn tasty beverage.

12-14-2008 06:57:32 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Incredibly cloudy dark orange with tons of carbonation. Deent finger of head; frosty lace. Appears to have sediment but probably not.

Deep, woody Imperial IPA hop smell. Hops sweeten up a bit as it warms; citrus comes out. Fruit + wood smell.

Hard core hop blast. Serious wood. Very strong. High alcohol taste. Might be considered a classic over-hop; bitter aftertaste.

Thick and foarmy. Quite creamy. Substantial. Leaves a thick film in its wake. This baby is a doozy. Massive hops, but so strong. It's very good, but only one thank you.

05-02-2007 01:16:50 | More by williamherbert
Photo of jmdrpi


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

22 oz bottle, dated Jun 05 2013

hazy orange rusty color. frothy off-white head, good lacing and head retention. earthy and piney hop aroma. taste has some good caramel malt body to support the big hoppy flavors. mouthfeel is a bit slick on the tongue, medium carbonation. works well. couldn't tell this was 10% abv at all. dangerous, and tasty.

11-15-2013 04:37:27 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of draheim


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

12oz bottle (bottled 11/7/2011) into a tulip. Pours an orange amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head, some chunks floating about. Better let this settle for a bit.

Aroma is lots of caramel malt and sweet mango and other fermenting fruit. Hops are there too, but either this one is showing its age or it's a malt bomb.

Taste is plentiful caramel malt and lots of bittering hops to balance things out. Not as sweet and caramelly as the nose, but not a super-hoppy beer either. Bold and assertive.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, a little chewy.

Overall this is pretty good beer, but it wouldn't make my top 10 list of DIPAs.

04-06-2012 21:39:28 | More by draheim
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A - A slightly dark amber, with a nice finger of head at the top that sticks to the glass after each sip.

S - Lots of hops, as well strong hints of citrus and bits of caramel.

T - Bitterness is king on this DIPA! Great tasting hops and a bit of caramel at the tail end.

M - Dry and medium bodied, some slight carbonation

D - Very drinkable even with the high alcohol content.

02-27-2011 23:46:15 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 02-09-2011, so a bit aged. Pours slightly cloudy dark orange color with a dense 1 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, and some alcohol in the background. Decent aromas here, with decent strength. Taste of huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, caramel, and pine. Big sweetness on the front with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors for a good amount of time. Much more malt forward as I expected. Medium carbonation and full bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, only a decent warming present on the finish. Fairly easy drinkability for the alcohol level, but still quite a sipper. Overall, a very nice DIPA with nice flavor and balance; with good drinkability for the level of alcohol.

08-09-2011 05:41:25 | More by superspak
Photo of clickpush


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

06-28-2006 19:57:21 | More by clickpush
Photo of laituegonflable


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark burnt orange colour with modest head that sinks too quickly but leave some gorgeous beige lace behind. Slow bead in the beer with a fairly clear body. Nice malty-looking beer, if only the head retained better.

Quite malty with some chocolate notes, caramelly and a fair pine resin aroma coming through. Some citrus and pineapple notes as well but subdued, with a buttery character coming through the stronger. Smells quite good but more like a barleywine, needs a bit more hop on there to carry it.

Tastes quite malty as well, caramel and buttery notes on the front with some deeper chocolatey tones. Hop bitterness comes in early with resiny flavours, a bit one-note and blarey, rather than nuanced and complex in the mouth. Phenolic flavours towards the back leaves quite a bitter aftertaste, and yeah overall the flavour is just a big dump truck full of bitterness. Could use more later addition hops, more flavour, less bitterness.

Full and thick on the feel, but not very sticky. Bit of dryness towards the back - yeah, pretty good.

Very drinkable beer though, the bitterness cleans up nicely and is not overpowering.

12-29-2009 22:50:41 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Notes from tasting 10/25/07

Appearance: Coppery orange colour with a medium creamy head. Leaves quite a bit of lace.

Aroma: Pretty sweet, lemons and other citrus.

Taste: Quite balanced for a DIPA. Not as bitter as some of this style. Citrus dominates but a nice malty spine. Bit of wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, decently bodied.

Final Statement: This one didn't stand out form the rest of the IPA's that evening, but that could be considered a good thing as there were a lot of exceptional beers and no bad ones.

10-30-2007 01:21:37 | More by MMansfield
Photo of DoubleJ


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 10-23-08...let's hope it's not too late to taste the hops. On to the beer:

Dark, ruby orange color, hints crimson if you squint hard enough....with a creamy, froathing head on top. A little nutty yeast in the aroma, to go along with the powerful, yet fading hop aroma. A zest of squeezed citrus makes it interesting. To the taste...it's a good one. Pretty well balanced, hidden alcohol = potentially lethal. Faded, but resinous hops start off the journey. Burnt caramel and pinneapple notes add pieces to the overall flavor. Leafy. Some dry malt tastes of dried bread. It hints wood and tobacco flavors. Feels lighter than the listed 9.1% ABV, quite smmoth with an occasional zip of carbonation bubbles.

Hercules DIPA is not for the faint of heart (as the label says), but it is fit for me and most left coast beer geeks.

03-29-2009 06:02:10 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

12oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Bottled on January 18, 2012 indicated on the label. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a lose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim - delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the course of the review. Nose expresses grapefruit, toasted malts and a slight bitter rind presence. Flavor profile is consistent with the nose - citrus is a bit more masked and rind is a bit more assertive; however, there's also a slight spicy character. Malt is not as assertive as I am accustomed to with the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium) with an oily consistency and a slightly prickly carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA with a well-hidden abv. My preference leans more towards the fruity side of the spectrum, but this beer has a nice balance and some interesting qualities. I'd like the opportunity to try this one out on draft.

03-06-2012 01:27:50 | More by Jwale73
Photo of srobertson59


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice (served at 54 degrees):

A - Pours a deep honey/amber with ample foam. Head recedes quickly (to be expected for the ABV) and leaves spotty lacing.

S - Citrus and Malt with a backfill of pine and grass.

T - Different! This is the first DIPA that seems like the malt is in the forefront and the hops fill in afterward to balance it out. This one presents opposite of most DIPAs that I've sampled. It gives the overall expectation of a DIPA, but leaves the mouth with a dry bitterness; not unpleasant, but slightly aspirin in quality.

M - Oily and sticky without cloying. Carbonation is very present, but not obtrusive and tends to clear the tongue between sips. This brew remains smooth through the warming process.

D - Outside of the fact that this is a DIPA in reverse, it is truly solid in the style.

I'm dying to try this on cask! A backwards DIPA in my opinion since the malt hit me first and was followed by the hops. Nonetheless, it is extremely balanced and flavorful. I'm glad that I've scratched this one off of my "Must Try" list and will revisit it occasionally.

04-05-2008 22:25:55 | More by srobertson59
Photo of alpinebryant


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Orange to amberish in color with a nice white head

S- Grassy smell with pine and maltiness to boot

T- I thought it was relatively sweet which hides the ABV well, also very piney and a nice malt finish

M- Nice and smooth with a medium body - I could drink probably a second bomber, but that might be the limits of what I would want to drink in one sitting.

06-07-2009 22:39:17 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of jspruit


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.

Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.

Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.

Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.

Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.

Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I don't think that I could drink alot of these over and over.

Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. I'll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldn't say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.

01-09-2010 11:53:54 | More by jspruit
Photo of evilkalla


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pours a clear, copper color with the thinnest hint of head on it. A slight level of carbonation is visible, but not a lot.

S: Smells of sweet malts and some hints of piney hops. Sort of mellow on smells but then again, my nose might be jacked up tonight. May have to re-review.

T: Hops and malts come together at the same time. Neither one really shows up first and neither goes away first. Pretty bitter but offset by a huge malt presence. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't offset the flavors too much. Good.

M: Feels thick and syrupy on the mouth. Bitterness really stays in the mouth for a while.

O: Not bad; I wish I could smell a little better tonight though. Will have to come back to this one when my nose clears up a little more.

07-29-2011 02:00:41 | More by evilkalla
Photo of sugeknight6289


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours an inch of frothy, bubbly head. Looks like a real malt bomb, almost like an amber ale. Unfiltered. Nice sticky lacing blanketing the sides of my Bells tulip.

It smells of alcohol, toffee, caramel,and hoppy goodness.

Hop flavors of pine and citrus. The malt backbone very expressive in the terms of breadiness, earthy, and like biting into an almond. The flavor is about the highlight of this brew.

The hops charge in at the beginning of the tongue, rolls back with a nice amount of carbonation. Balanced decently, with a syrupy like consistency.

I could drink a few of these before my palate begins to die off. Decent but nothing to blow my mind. The 10% deff is masked well, reminds me in a way of a Double Bastard with the syrupy-like thickness.

03-09-2011 00:59:48 | More by sugeknight6289
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Had a pint of this at Stub and Herbs

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a slight hazed dark orange copper.

Aroma: Floral pine hops up front with some bready malts and citrus blend. Nothing over the top.

Taste": Very interesting DIPA. Floral hops but a ton of caramel malt with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and sticky.

Overall, not a bad ipa, but I have had better for the style. Not something I want more of if something else is available.

04-02-2010 18:19:44 | More by mothman
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Brandy-like dark amber in colour, with a slightly off-white small head that shows great retention. 4

Aroma: The nose is powerfully hoppy, which is what you would expect for a beer with a 80+ IBU but there is also a subtle caramelly base which sits just behind. 3.5

Taste: Again, the flavours are predominently hops, lots of bitter resin tastes, very potent. The sweetish base comes through in the middle and balances the flavours out with a toffee sweetness. No real taste of alcohol, which is surprising given the whacking great ABV. 4

Mouthfeel: Quite oily and full on the palette, with little in the way of carbonation. Smooth and syrupy. 4

Drinkability: Great offering from the brewery, a nice balanced DIPA. Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. 4

10-09-2009 12:25:24 | More by PartyBear
Photo of jwillcourt


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Clear, golden-orange color. Small white head that goes quickly, leaving slight lacing and ring of foam. The head resurrects easily with a good swirl. There is a slow stream of tiny bubbles.

S - Caramel malt, earthy hops, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Follows the smell. Initial caramel malt, followed by juicy, earthy hops that quickly dominate the flavor. A slight saltiness emerges during the finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter, and this is where the alcohol makes itself known.

M - Medium- to full-bodied with soft carbonation. It starts off slightly creamy and grows creamier as it warms. There is little to no residual feel.

D - This has good overall flavor. It strikes a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well concealed.

03-17-2010 03:54:26 | More by jwillcourt
Photo of ChugginOil


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bronzed orange in color with an inch of white head and bubbly lacing. The nose is alcohol, piney hop, and bready malt. The taste is hoppy but not as present as the sweet malt. There is some pine and citrus but is a bit shadowed underneath a sweet caramel like malt. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy with a crisp dry finish. Overall, balance would make a mass difference in this brew but the 10% is well hidden, making this beast dangerous

06-18-2011 06:26:44 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of jdhops


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 2/7/14.

A: Pours a deep clear reddish brown, darker than expected. Off-white thin head, but pretty lacing. An aggressive pour on the second bomber yielded a thick two fingered head that thinned slowly.

S: A little piney and earthy. Not strong at all.

T: Smooth pineyness up front, some grapefruit at the end. Very nice drying bitterness late. More piney/earthy than citrusy. ABV 10% really well hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: One of the best Colorado DIPAs. Smooth early, bitter late. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content. Not as complex as some of the best west coast and Vermont DIPAs, but very solid.

03-30-2014 00:02:40 | More by jdhops
Photo of bbothen


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter. Listening to Loretta Lynn in background. I'm badass.

Pours a hazy copper like color with a 2 finger deep bubbly white head. Some sticky lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of spicy, citrusy, piney, tropical, fruity hops. Yeah, all of em. Plenty of sweet & bready maltiness comes through as well.

Barleywine like, massive sweetness of caramel, sugar, toasty malts along with equal sized hoppiness. Tropical fruity, grassy, citric bitterness. Big boy. Actually finished kinda light.

Medium bodied, moderate to full carbonation, not syrupy or sticky, slight lingering booziness.

A big ass %9 double IPA. The sweetness makes me think 2 pints & moving on to something else. Like another IIPA. Yeah.

07-14-2009 01:02:22 | More by bbothen
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for hooking a brother up.

Appearance- A truly amazing burnished orange brew, cascading fervently towards the top of my glass with no signs of stopping. Yes, the paper towels were out in seconds, with a soggy coaster beneath. My glass is now sticky. Outstanding. Ridiculous lacing... it completely drapes the inside without letting up. Damn, hot damn.

Smell- So strong is the hop aroma, it almost offends. This walks away with the most belligerent hop award ever, beating DFH 90 hands down. I actually detect the strength here in the nose... it makes my stomach quiver with fear and delight.

Taste- A surprisingly bold malt presence briefly counters the hop assault, even lending a nutty character to the mix. Burps are random and uncontrollable now, as I find a silly grin on my face and my toes going numb. As the beer opens up more, the hops completely obliterate the tongue from front to back... hell, I thought Ruination would show me who's boss, right now I'm mopping floors at the welfare depot. This is painful, yet necessary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, viscous, and appropriately carbonated. So huge in the mouth and belly that a bomber should most definitely be split with a friend or maybe three. For maximum enjoyment, save a bottle for a hophead gathering where the love can be shared. Holy crap, this beer will destroy your weak ass.

03-30-2006 05:45:34 | More by yelterdow
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.