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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,384 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,384
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 174
Gots: 198 | 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 Imstillthegman


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a hazy amber with nice head. Bubbles keep the head going for a while. Leaves nice lacing.
Woodsy smell. Piney hops with some grapefruit noticed in the background.
You actually taste some malts at the beginning giving way to the citrus from the hops. A balanced beer with a mild earthiness to it.
You will surely notice the prickly bite to it but doesn't burn from the bitterness as much as other DIPAs.
I enjoy this style so I find it to be pretty drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.

03-07-2006 20:03:28 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Had on tap at BoHo in Hollywood 6/1/2011

A - Pours a hazy orange with puffy, white, 2 finger head.

S - A bit underwhelming for a DIPA. Lots of flowery, earthy hops.

T - The power from the earthy hops carries over into the beer. It has plenty of those piney, bitter hops. A bit of sweet malt, but certainly weighed towards the hoppyness.

M - Pretty standard, left the mouth fairly dry.

Overall - A pretty decent DIPA. I wouldn't consider it world-class, but it did the trick. Sort of a lesser version of the world-class ones out there.

06-01-2011 20:31:23 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

10-09-2012 00:40:21 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Riggo


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Nice caramel/amber color witht thick sea-foam head, good head retention and outstanding lacing. Smell is alluring: cedary and woody, some lime zest perhaps and burnt sugar. Initially a pleasing prickly hop bite on the tongue. The middle is juicy and fruity but rich--a bit too rich for my tastes. A mixture of cedary hops and nutty almost smoky malt. Hops dominate in floral bouquet and bitterness but the malty richness underneath is cloying. Perhaps some of this cloyingness is due to the 9.10% ABV. Naturally the above complaint takes points away from drinkability. Finish is medium-length, hoppy (cedar), and fruity.

A potentially outstanding double IPA marred by a cloying richness. For my money, see Stone IPA for a lesson is how to avoid this--i.e. huge hops, high alcohol, without being cloying. Having said that, this being a somewhat new/"experimental" style, perhaps a double IPA should exhibit this kind of richness compared to something a like a Stone IPA. In the end, still an exciting and great beer.

01-26-2006 22:42:59 | More by Riggo
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick one off white foam head. Ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus hops scents with ample amounts of caramel and bready malt character.

T: A pretty balanced beer. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness on the front end. The bready/caramel malt balances the beer in the middle and on the back end.

M: Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate with a touch of alcohol.

D: A very nice DIPA. There is a good amount of hop in this beer, The alcohol showing up a little more makes me only want 1-2 in a sitting.

09-20-2010 23:32:10 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

it's sometimes tough to find the Great Divide brews in cuse. I was pumped to find this one in the fingerlakes tonight.

poured into a pint glass

A- reddish amber 90 min look, lack of carbonation and small head

S- malty and piney... and hopped to the extent. There are earthy tones as well. Sweet bready and malty tones

T- whoa, feeling the 10% in a sweet malt profile. Hops are slightly bitter... however they do have a dry flavor as well. It is very dark and filling. There is a caramel profile too

M- creamy and full bodied. There is good carbonation and thck flavor that lingers

D- a pretty good DIPA. I feel the alcohol kick in as it goes down. Herc sure is filling. I definitely recommend trying this brew

04-10-2010 02:13:15 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Monoptoman


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

I'm a wine guy, getting into beer thanks to two cool chicks. This is my first review, so I apologize. Bought this in Atlanta and impressed. Great orange/copper color and bubble bath head. Caramel nose is best part but one dimensional. A little flat in the mouth but tasty. Good balance of apricots caramel floral pine and nice hops.

12-23-2013 22:00:46 | More by Monoptoman
Photo of webmanspidey


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours copper-orange with slight foamy head.

Smells of hops, fruits, floral, slight caramel.

Taste: Very strong. Very bitter. What you would expect from a double IPA. Maybe a little too overpowering to have more than one in a sitting.

Maybe not the best double IPA I have had, but one of the better ones.

08-17-2008 03:05:26 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours an amber with a good, full off white head that lingers around and then leaves nice lacing,

Smells very floral, light nose of malt and caramel in the background. The hops and floral notes permeate throughout

Tastes pretty muh as it smells. Tastes as if you are eating a flower. Slight malty-ness, but the bitterness and floral really dominate.

Mouthfeel is nice, not really aware of the ABV.

A bit too floral for me to drink more than one growler, but a nice beer nonetheless

10-29-2008 02:10:39 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of klewis


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with big, lasting head. Lots of lacing.

S: The most delicious hops aromas that I've smelled to date are pouring from this brew. This is balanced nicely with a sweet candy/bubblegum aroma and hints of citrus and alcohol.

T: Initially, I thought "where's the hops", as I detected no hop flavor, just some maltiness. The hops explode in the finish with some astringency and some vegetal flavors. The taste is better than many beers, however, I felt let down after the great aromas.

M: Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: There are so many great qualities in this beer, but the taste was a little disapointing. In the future, I'll probably try a different double IPA or stick with a regular IPA.

08-16-2005 01:03:19 | More by klewis
Photo of bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Very memorable DIPA, pours a caramel amber thick, with light lacing and microbubbles. The smell of citrus, with earthy hops, and fresh malty hint, very organic in is olfactory sensation. The taste has a sweetness and depth to it with heavy hops and only a slighly odd after taste. Thick viscosity which love in a DIPA and even balanced carbonation. Upper echelon DIPA.

04-19-2014 23:07:15 | More by bryanbullock
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

best before 15 aug 2012

poured a really nice clear copper/amber color. inch of off-white head. a thin ring is left about half way through.

smell had nice hops, malt, bitter aromas.

taste was a bit hoppy, very malty, well balanced in terms of alcohol. overall it was good but i don't feel like it captured a dipa that well.

12-05-2011 03:32:39 | More by fostachild
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Two fingers of pale yellow foam, with excellent retention and concentric lacing. The brew is a semi-transparent copper-orange color. There's a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so make sure this sits for a while before pouring it.

S - Hoppy bitterness, tangerine, grapefruit. Surprising amount of malt, and I'm pretty sure the bottle is fresh as it has the new label. The smell isn't all that big, and it's pretty generic for a DIPA, albeit quite nice. There's a bit of alcohol present.

T - Starts with huge bitterness, but then mellows out to a nice caramel and citrus sweetness. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

M - Medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual mouth-coating stickiness.

D - The bitterness has defeated me after one bomber. The ABV would defeat me if I had anymore. It's a solid brew, but not one I'd want very often.

This is pretty good, but not in the class of other DIPAs I've had. If my selection were limited I'd be content, but it just doesn't stand out in a pretty crowded field. I think the 22oz serving size is also a little daunting.

02-11-2009 02:07:47 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Yetiman420


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz bottle bottled on January. Not certain of the year, I think 09.

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Dregs not included in the pour.

Pours an attractive gold, brown, copper color with a one finger tan head. Despite my effort, a couple of chunks of yeast suspended and floating around.

Head subsides leaving a solid layer of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malty with some floral hop presence in the background.

Full malt flavor. Well balanced and not the hop bomb variety. I suspect this could be a year and 4 months old as opposed to just 4 months old with the mellow barleywine characteristics.

04-23-2009 02:28:14 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of Halcyondays


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.

08-01-2007 02:21:52 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Pours a nice golden orange/amber color with about a quarter inch of seemingly dense near white head, retention is mediocre, lacing is good.

S - Sweet caramel malts, citrusy/tropical hops, a little bready. (my nose just went for a dip in the beer.. oops). Pretty malty smelling brew overall.

T - Very very nicely bitter, alcohol is detectable but not undesirable (for some it could be), some nice citrusy grapefruit flavors. I still pick up on the malt & bready quality in the back end a bit but the bitterness definitely dominates the sweetness from the malts

M - Medium bodied or more, fair amount of carbonation. not quite a sipper but definitely not a chugger.

O - All in all very solid brew, love the aggressiveness but still not overbearing

03-14-2012 00:23:19 | More by MacQ32
Photo of cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Poured a deep hue of sunset burnt orange. Half finger head that settled to a few bubbles around the middle. Some carbonation can been seen speckled through the cloudiness. Appears heavy and viscous. Little to no lacing.

S: Light pine, fruitcake, orange zest, molasses. The nose is rather subdued even after the beer has warmed.

T: Begins with a twinge of malty fruitiness then transitions to a fusion of molasses, grapefruit, tangerine, and aged pine. The bitter and sweet flavors intertwine fantastically.

M: Thick and chewy. The carbonation is just a tingly afterthought. This beer is incredibly smooth, the ABV is expertly masked by the delicate flavors.

O: Another smooth sippin' DIPA. When life takes you to the open range, better saddle up with some Hercules....and bring a partner.

03-24-2012 18:44:02 | More by cooler4life
Photo of aquazr1


3.91/5  rDev -5.3%

Pint glass poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear orange/copper color with little head. The smell is heavy to the piney side with very little citrus. The initial taste is hops followed by malt. There is some lingering bitterness at the end. A decent DIPA.

09-01-2013 03:27:09 | More by aquazr1
Photo of gonzo000


3.91/5  rDev -5.3%

a. Beautiful orange color with a two finger head. Sediment in the beer. Very cloudy.

s. Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, pine, honey

t. Bizar taste. Sweet and hoppy on the front, but the finish and aftertaste reminded me of rare steak. later the back side of the taste changed to dry hopped honey flavor.

m. Very good, but dry on the back end.

o. Very good beer.

08-10-2014 21:27:49 | More by gonzo000
Photo of Kraken


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

First Review- So take this with a grain of salt.

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beer must have been a bit older as Belgian size sediment was present, and to my knowledge this beer is not bottle fermented . Pour was amber orange with minimal head. Smell was not overly pungent as I one would expect with a double ipa with 85ibuu... HUGE Hop taste right off the bat, secondary flavors of Hops, followed by more hops Not much if any malt to balance; very long finish. Was looking for more depth . Overall a nice sipping beer,

02-26-2008 01:05:56 | More by Kraken
Photo of joeworrall


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

drinking this tonight head-to-head with Bear Republic Racer 5 and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in my ongoing search for the perfect IPA.

poured from a bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass, it has a clear amber color and thin head.

I really prefer Imperial/double IPA's so I was excited to try this after hearing how great it is. At first taste, I was impressed, but when I sipped the other two beers and compared the flavors, this tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. The aroma is fantastic, and the aftertaste is delightful, but the high alcohol content makes me want to sip it, not chug it.

I think I prefer Great Divide's Titan IPA to this, and I definitely find Racer 5 easier to drink...

I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, this is a unique one, worth trying once, but I probably won't go out of my way to have it again.

09-20-2013 02:28:39 | More by joeworrall
Photo of FleeVT


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. Really nice lace on this bad boy.

S: The nose is full of hops with a touch of citrus rind. An extremely clean smelling, well balanced offering with the faintest hints of pine.

T: The hops come through first and strongest, eventually giving way to a grapefruit back then alcohol. Not a whole lot of alcohol on the palate, but you feel it after swallowing; this beer warms your stomach.

M: A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Great body.

D: Another exemplary offering from Great Divide Brewing. This would pair nicely with summer evening grill fair.

03-24-2008 01:44:29 | More by FleeVT
Photo of KDawg


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

this was poured from tap and had a nice orange color with a foamy head.

Intense and rich nose with tones of citrus, hops, bananas and some oranges as well

Medium bodied with a really smooth feel and mostly hop tones with some citrus as well

While this was big it didn't show any booziness and wasn't too hoppy.

10-03-2011 15:17:56 | More by KDawg
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark copper in color. The beer shows an off white two finger head that dissolves quickly. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Floral. Cirtus and pine residue. Malts and biscut. Alcohol.

T: Wet citrus and pine hops that slap your tongue with an herbal bitter bite. Citrus fruit is following by toffee or caramel malts that try to muscle up to the initial hop blast. Grass or earth is met by a warm spicy alcohol finish.

M: Slighty syrupy but smooth. Minimal carbination. Slick or oily mouthfeel and dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable but the high alcohol content limits the amount had in one session. A hop lover's brew for sure. Another solid beer from Great Divide Brewing Co.

02-14-2007 23:46:49 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of ColdOneKev


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Orange, slight haze, very nice finger of off white head. Little lacing left behind. Slight haze.

S - Pine resin, light biscuit.

T - Very hop forward, malt is in there somewhere because it cuts the hops, but not enough to really say what it is.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Nice coating of the palate.

O - Excellent DIPA. 10% ABV is well hidden. I would definitely recommend and seek out again.

01-10-2014 23:04:05 | More by ColdOneKev
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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