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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | 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 watermelonman


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly dark orange and amber with a medium head. It left a fair amount of lace too.

The smell is fairly powerful and has plenty of citrus and pine. The taste has enough malt to provide a strong base but it has a bit of a caramel flavor that doesn't fit. Hop bitterness carries all the way through, fairly strong but the flavors are a little flat. The mouthfeel is medium while drinkability is good for the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 03:51:47 | More by watermelonman
Photo of JTahoe


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle serevd in a standard pint glass.

A - glowing copper--an extrodinary color--with nice off-white head leaving really nice patchy lace all over the glass.

S - Peppery with sweet floral hit followed by toasted grain.

T - Fairly restrained for a DIPA, more in common with a common IPA in many respects. Bitter hops exhibiting white and black pepper with some pine sap spice with pithy citrus rind bitterness. Roasted malt foundation is surprisingly present for the style. As it warms more juicy citrus pops through with orange and grapefruit, and a squeeze of lemon.

M - fairly rich, though not overwhelming. moderate carbonation, bist right with a bit of drying on thw finish.

D - Pretty drinkable for a DIPA, the alcohol is well integrated...which necessitates a note of caution. To me it was fairly tame at first, this one seems pretty subtle for the style to me, but it reveals itself more and more as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 06:08:28 | More by JTahoe
Photo of BigBigPickle


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into tulip-like glass.

A: Very clear - a light amber color. Thick head with staying power, even with the 2-pour.

S: Grain and Grass (as my brother-in-law says, "these beers taste like weeds"). Obvious Citrus and Apricot, with significant alcohol on the nose.

T: Bitter (in a good way) from start to finish. Vanilla (weird, I know). Bitter orange and grapefruit as you would expect, but the grapefruit almost takes a backseat to the apricot/vanilla, almost. This is a Hop Bomb, but not in the traditional sense. The vanilla/apricot seems to curb the intensity a bit, but it is still there.

M: A nice and easy pucker... Sorry, but it is bitter on the cheeks and tongue for quite awhile after the first sip and that, to me, is fabulous.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - not quite what I was expecting with a name like Hercules tied to it, but what do I know.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 23:54:19 | More by BigBigPickle
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 17 2010. The beer pours a nice hazy copper with a decent tan head that thins to a film and leaves a small bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet carmel with plenty of bitter pine hop aroma, really great. The flavor starts with some malt sweetness and then hits you with some strong hop flavor. The hops I taste are pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is stronger than the sweetness, but not quite unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but the carbonation lightens it. Overall it's very nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:48:45 | More by mjaskula
Photo of Absumaster


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown, amber beer, slightly murky with a very thin, bubbly head.

Smell is citric with lemon and grapefruit, which is a little sharp. A good hoppiness of raw hops. The malt give the beer a dextrinous and sweet malty smell.

Taste is very bitter and I get goose bumbs on my arms when I swallow the first sip. For me this is over the top bitterness. The hops are also aromatic and raw with grapefruit and lemon zest. The malt is dextrinous and sweet, given the beer a sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Body is medium and carbonation is good. Drinkability is not great, the bitterness is not something I get used to, it remains very bitter and a little too sharp for my liking.
Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 15:37:16 | More by Absumaster
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimple glass. Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. 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. 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. A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Good finish for a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:40:20 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of cvm4


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured this bomber into a pint glass. Nice clear orange color with about a finger head with good lacing.

S - Smelled of strong pine hops with citrus notes (grapefruit?).

T - Malty at the front with pine/citrus notes on the backend. Very interesting to me.

M - Well done with mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation to keep all the flavors interesting

Overall - I felt this double IPA had great malty characteristics with a good amount of pine taste and a small amount of citrus mixed in.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:38:37 | More by cvm4
Photo of ChazMania


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big ass bomber.

A) clear, not cloudy dark amberburst color. Not much of a head.

S) Big, floral, hops, mango, pineapple.

T) Good, big hops and alot of citrus. It's on the thin side of other DIPA I have had.

M) Again, a tad thin, not thick and chewy like the recent Avery Maharaja.

D) I love DIPA, so I would never turn this down, but certainly there are others I'd rate a little more complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 03:39:22 | More by ChazMania
Photo of irishevans


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellowish amber with a weak film of a head, it dose leave some lace though. the nose on the other hand is beautifully floral and inviting. the taste is only mildly bitter, but plenty hopy. the finish is where all bitterness is, but it presents itself in a smooth fashion. the mouth-feel is typical ipa. drinkability is a bit rough with all the hops in the mix. a pretty good beer, i'll drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:00:23 | More by irishevans
Photo of darkbegbie

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to chalice.

Poured amber/orangeish color.
Faint hops smell, with stronger citrus, and a little caramel.
Spicy/citrus taste. Very hoppy aftertaste I thought.
Medium bodied.
Couldn't drink a ton of this. Little too hoppy of my tastes.

Look forward to trying other Great Divide beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:58:31 | More by darkbegbie
Photo of Duane_Opfer


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/20.

A - Amber in color. Poured no head. Light carbonation. No lacing as liquid receded.

S - Moderately fragrant. Apricot and brown sugar.

T - Dominant malt backbone. Moderate sweetness composed of maple syrup, nutmeg, and hazelnut. Some tartness composed of orange and pineapple with a lemon rind finish. Key note is that mat backbone was dominant throughout. Some alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

O - A mess. Malt backbone over powering and inappropriate for an IPA or DIPA. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:41:18 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of peacebone116


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my little brother Marquito for this awesome Christmas gift. Poured from a bomber (bottle dated Oct 18 2011) into a Delirium snifter.

A: Beautiful light copper body with a slight haze to it. A thick finger of tight, tan foam rests on top, fading within minutes, leaving only a gorgeous lace at the leg of the glass as evidence of its profound existence.

N: Caramel and toffee dominate with a hint of pine & earth.

T/M: Tastes follow the nose, but there is a pleasantly potent bitterness to accompany the sweet candy flavors of caramel. Pine is the overwhelming hop characteristic on display within this beer. Although lacking in the floral qualities I enjoy, this ale gets better as it warms. The oily body is of medium-high weight and well carbonated for the style.

While the bitterness is certainly evident, this beer lacks the floral qualities I would expect from a great IIPA. Understanding that this beer is 3-months old, there seems to be a significant drop off of the floral qualities I would expect. However, this beer pairs excellently with a sharp cheddar quesadilla with habanero tomato salsa--the spicy and savory compliments the sweet and bitter of the beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:22:21 | More by peacebone116
Photo of Gtreid


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance was very yeast laden, it was floating vigorously in the glass. Color was a rich caramel. Thin head, very nice retention, and lacing. Smelled of citrus, grass, and pine hops. A good DIPA, not a great one. Medium body with a bitter finish. I couldn't have many of these, at 9.1% ABV and a 22 oz. bottle one was plenty for my taste last night. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 13:08:33 | More by Gtreid
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy brown with hints of red

S- strong grapefruit, pine and alcohol aroma.

T- lots of hops, lots of pione flavor that lingers on the tongue

M- very thick and smooth.light carbonation

D- hurts a little here because of the strong taste. One 22oz is just the right amount for me

overall- this is my first double ipa, and it really just tastes like a barley wine to me. But it is a good and strong beer. worth a try.

EDIT: Let this warm up a bit. After it got a little closer to room temp i enjoyed it much more

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 02:59:50 | More by Gritsak
Photo of spunionring

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious dipa, yet a bit unusual in its flavor. The smell of this beer doesnt seem to quite match the taste, being quite a delicious piney ipa smell. I have to say that the taste distinctively resembles the Yeti (stout from the same company). I can only assume they share some malt/hops combo that are not commonly used in other ipa's. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but it is an overwhelming flavor on the end swallow.

On the whole this is a delicious and well balanced beer, you will definitely want to try it if you've grown bored with "typical" ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:14:41 | More by spunionring
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:08:35 | More by washburnkid
Photo of nickadams2

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Deep bronze with a thick eggshell white head that lasts. Thick lacing.

S_Overpowering sweet malt upfront. Hints of vanilla,hops,and citrus breaking through.

T_More balanced than indicated by smell. Sweet caramel malt still dominates but rounded out by piny,citric hops.

M_Smooth and cream with a crisp finish.

D_Bomber is good enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:54:44 | More by nickadams2
Photo of mudhoney


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So lets see if this beer lives up to its mighty name.
Served from bottle into a hefe glass, this beer already smells fruity and sweet, almost peachy.
The color reflects the same. A cross between orange and peach color with a thick arrangement of floaties.
First taste brings a hop kick and a malty sweetness that comes through, but not enough to cover the alcohol taste at the finish.
Suprisingly this beer warmed nicely to a nectar taste and not much lacing to speak of, but altogether the beer improved as it reached its end.
I like the Eleven and the Maximus much better, but would recommend this to at least try if you like Double IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 19:25:13 | More by mudhoney
Photo of jim102864


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bronze and copper color with a thin head in my glass. Sticky lace throughout. Very big floral, herbal and earthy nose. Mega hop influence in this bomber. The tase is big, fat fucking hop balls. Much meatier than your typical double IPA. Citrus? Fuck no! Piney and hoppy is more like it. One big schlonged brew. Chewy mouthfeel. A single bomber affair for me. If you're into seriously aggressive hops, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:16:09 | More by jim102864
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very, very cloudy burnt-orange/brown. Looks like a decent bit of sediment - some kind of solids interspersed throughout the glass. Two fingers of white head that slowly subsided. Good lacing.

Smell: Well, hops. Mostly pine notes...Simcoe hops, I think. Very woodsy, earthy, and grassy. Maybe the barest hint of citrus, but not much.

Taste: Very bitter from the hops right away, with strong earthy notes. The malt backbone is a bit too noticeable, with some of the honey and bready flavors taking away some of the hop notes. The bitterness in the aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Unlike a lot of DIPAs, the bitterness doesn't really fade much after the first sip - it lingers for most of the glass. The malt is a little too present for my liking though - it's a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, but a little too sweet for me. The malt seems to clash a little bit with the hop flavors. It's not bad, but just not really my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 17:49:58 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip, fresh on date of June 2009.

A: Beautiful three finger head that dissipated slowly leaving behind a very nice lacing that is very sticky. The body is a nice golden orange hue that is more transparent than opaque, very clean appearance.

S: Big caramel malt with mild dried fruit presence (apricots) a piney hop resin floral note, bready yeast comes through in the end. A little tangerine as well.

T: Starts with a the caramel malt and dried fruits and gives way to the yeast slowly; eventually the pine hops kick in at the finish with a little resiny stickiness and a touch of citrus as well. The finish is a little funky...not sure what to call it but its not exactly pleasant, can't tell if its just the bottle or the the beer itself, but not the best finish.

M: Pretty well balanced for a DIPA, not overly viscous but still a medium body, crisp finish, a little funky, but crisp.

D: Fairly drinkable, alcohol is hidden among the malt and citrus/pine resin hops. Overall a pretty good DIPA but i've definitely had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:54:00 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of liquidsunshine


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought on recommendation from an employee at Big C's liquor, comes in a four pack for 9 bucks. Pours an inviting light amber/ copper colour, with a finger of white bubbly head. In the nose I get mainly alcohol and malt, with the hops not as present although for a double ipa I expected them to be more prominent. The hops really come through in the taste and give balance to the sweet malts and syrupy alcohol. The flavour also develops nicely over the palate, showcasing each of the individual ingredients nicely. Although I am not a fan of a syrupy mouthfeel in beers it is hard to avoid in a 10%abv brew and this beer does a good job of covering it up.

Excellent brew, would heartily advise any IPA lover to give it a try!

- Cheers, matt

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:35:10 | More by liquidsunshine
Photo of Reaper16


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 650mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a clean, see-through shade of amber with a fluffy, three-finger sized creme head that dissipates after ten minutes or so. The foam leaves sinewy lacing reminiscent of the shape of the black swirls amongst the red on the symbiotic suit of the Marvel comics character Carnage (I'm pretty sure that last comment is only descriptive/helpful to a small percentage of BA members).

Surprisingly subtle hop aromas. Of course its hoppy, but it is nowhere near overpowering. Very floral and slightly herbal - Hercules does no smell like pine & citrus, ala Pine-Sol products, but rather like one's backyard garden. A touch of cream, actually, and yeast.

The flavors surprise and surprise. With imperial/double IPAs, one expects (even looks forward to) a sharp bitterness. Hercules Double IPA manages to fit in a lot of hop flavor without that bitterness. Like the nose, the hops are not piney or citrusy or earthy, they are just light and floral. For a double IPA, this is very refreshing! There is plenty of sweetness from the malt profile, making this a very balanced double IPA. There is a nutty quality to this beer, I want to say hazelnut because of the ghosts of Amaretto I'm catching. The finish is clean with very, very minimal hop bitterness lingering on the aftertaste. The "hop burps," one of my favorite parts of hoppy beers, are disappointingly light on bitterness. One could say that the beer as a whole has a disappointing lack of bitterness, but based on this bottle anyway, that is clearly the intent of the brewers.

This beer is too thick, I feel. It has the thickness of an Imperial Stout without the strong flavors to back it up. With such a subtle flavor profile that aims to be refreshing, the thickness of this beer takes on a syrupy quality and becomes taxing. The carbonation is largely overshadowed. Drinkability is what you would expect from a 9.1% ABV beer; if not for its thickness one could put this beer down quickly.

I like this beer quite a bit apart from its overly thick mouthfeel. Its subtle floral notes match well with the abundance of malt sweetness, making for a refreshing change of pace from other, super-hoppy, double IPAs. It is such a change of pace that I was close to being disappointed (the hop-head that I am) before realizing that the subtlety was intentional. Because of this, however, Hercules is a "once in a while" beer. I will reach for other double IPAs first, but this is a quality brew, make no mistake.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 22:12:27 | More by Reaper16
Photo of BARFLYB


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the Memphis Taproom in a cute little tulip glass on Sunday afternoon.

Hercules looks like a double IPA, a deep orange hue with some faint traces of well orange, it looks real pretty. A nice white head above as well, how about that!!! Faint traces of falling lace, not that sticky. Smells include your standard tropic fruits with some grapefruit, mango and papaya. Taste include a layer of hop resin oil with liquid grapefruit a enormous amount of malt, without the over sweetness sometimes accompanied by it. It seems well balanced but the tropics don't hit me as hard as the malt backing, it's a double I so take that for what it is worth. Feel is a big medium and oily, slick with a small sting of alcohol at the end that fits quite nice for this 10% beast. I would not drink this all day but would go for it on tap again. Worthy of the double title, this is big and it will lay you out son. It does not seem as big as it is, caution while drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 22:45:38 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of lighthabit


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very solid offering from GD, not too sweet, not too bitter. as it warms it seems to pick up what seems like a hint of rye, which i like, ymmv. appearance is very faintly hazey amber, but still mostly clear. smell of smart hops, and at 85 ibus the hops are very much there, but not overpowering - a tad dry, though. mouth fell could use a tiny bit more resinous for my tastes, but still pretty good. it hides its abv rather well.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 06:00:39 | More by lighthabit
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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