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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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1,543 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,543
Hads: 3,944
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 265
Gots: 502 | 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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Photo of NickTheGreat
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aroma (3.5): Good enough aroma. Not a huge crazy aroma, but makes you want to drink it.
Appearance (4): Good color. Not as dark as I was expecting, but a nice dark red/amber color.
Taste (4): I was not impressed with my first sip. But the more I got into it, the more I got the sweet, caramel taste, along with the hops. Definitely has a bit of a boozy taste. Not sure if that's a compliment or not . . .
Palate (4): Has a good mouthfeel. Smooth, doesn't have a real lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 6/25/14. Clear amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Normal head with excellent lacing and retention. Nice nose of blended hops (pine, citrus and a bit of dank) over a caramel background with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Below average carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is complex, but a bit out of balance. The alcohol is quite prevalent. It begins with a caramel rush that flows into the hop flavor, but never totally recedes. The middle is a mild dank bitterness. The finish lingers with alcohol and a slight phenolic note.

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Photo of Lan_sanity
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Left very nice lacing on my glass. Head was thick and frothy. Taste was very crisp, slightly sweet and citrusy, exceptionally smooth, not too heavy. It was not as carbonated a I expected but it was balanced very well to give a nice mouthfeel. Hoppy taste lingers on the tongue for a satisfying aftertaste. Overall my favorite DIPA to date, I'd put it over six point resin (mainly due to the drinkability of Hercules)

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Photo of blinky1717
5/5  rDev +21.1%

My favorite DIPA by a country mile. Superb mouthfeel, dark/amber color. Hoppy but not overpowering as evidenced by the 85 IBU rating. 10% IBV has a nice kick.

Near perfection.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.5/5  rDev +9%

This brew pours a copper color with a frothy white head, some of which lasts until the end; thick lacing.

The smell is citrus, orange, melon and pine with a few roasted malts in the background; the hops dominate as they should in this style.

The taste follows the nose with orange, mint, lemon pine and a little bit of tobacco with a substantial roasted malt background. There is some alcohol leaking through but that does not detract from this brew or this style.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very good Double IPA. A good representative of the style and another winner from "Great Divide"

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with brown highlights. Smells barleywine-esque. You get citrus/grapefruit, but also malty bread like qualities, and a tinge of alcohol heat. The taste is rather subtle, focusing on light citrus, bread, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is dense. Carbonation is about average. Things get a tad sticky later on. Overall, a good dipa for those who like them to trend towards the barleywine side.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.

Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.

Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.

Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.

Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.

Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.

This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.

Generally I'm a huge fan of their big brews but this was just an average Double IPA, not my favorite.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - amber, frothy one finger head. Spotty lace and film after a while.

S - apricots, biscuity malts, slight floral hops.

T - cross between IPA and barley wine. Massive malt backbone and apricot and mango notes. Hint of pine. No real bittering hop bite to note.

M - smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noticeable.

O - good IIPA, tho not stellar example. Maybe freshness is an issue.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a balanced beer, but not my favorite. However, it is very easily obtained. The only downfall is it is not cheap, a four pack will run you around $16.

Appearance: Really nicely colored beer. Bronze with some head that falls to a very small lacing pattern.

Smell: More sweet malts, not as much hoppy floral aromas as a West Coast style. Not as much in the bouquet as I would prefer.

Taste: More flavor than you would detect from the aroma. Caramel malts present, but some hop bitterness, not as much citrus fruit flavors as I would prefer. I am really developing a palate for those type of IPAs.

Overall: A good beer but I probably wouldn't go with this one again, just due to the price and the fact that there are others that I like more out there for less money. But, I am not disappointed I had a chance to try it, it might have been THE beer. Variety is a good thing.

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Photo of Bone53
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review, so I thought id treat myself to a pricey, highly regarded IIPA.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Amber color with some floaties. One finger frothy egg shell colored head

Smell: Sweet malts (caramel, toffee), maybe some dark fruit, very little citrus

Taste: Even bigger on the malt; Huge toffee, caramel notes upfront, pine in the middle, with a citrus aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous body; Smooth with moderate bitterness

Overall: The dates were scratched off on the bottles, so maybe my four pack was old. Forget a malt backbone, this was almost all malts except for the aftertaste. I think Great Divide meant to put barleywine on the label instead. As highly rated as this is and at $15.99 a four pack, this is one of the most overrated beers I've had in any given style. Sure, it's a decent barleywine, but as a IIPA, it's baffling. I'll rate this somewhere in the middle. I don't even see this meeting its reputation fresh. I should've grabbed Founders Double Trouble afterall.

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Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle comes an orangey copper pour. Not so much cloudy, but enough color that it's primarily opaque. The head is a slight off white color, though not as thick as I expected. It's lacks the meringue like peaks of other IPAs, as well as the retention. Still, the beer itself is a bit darker than others.

Not sure of the hop variety, but it's faint on citrus. Sure, it's there, but it's laid back. Pine is as well. The scents are nice, but you have to really get your nose in the snifter to get at them. For a DIPA, you get plenty of malt notes.

The ingredients are more aggressive on the taste buds than the olfactories. Very biscuity taste before the hops drop their pine notes. The bottles says it's got a peanuty taste, and it does as you approach the finish. Citric notes are there, but it's mostly the rind instead of the juice. A slightly different taste than other DIPAs.

Again, the feel is a bit different. It's got a savory buttery feel. Kind of oily from the hops, the buttery feel goes hand in hand with it. Unlike a PA or IPA which can scrape your palate clean, this kind of smothers it and doesn't let go. Full bodied. Very clean bitter finish. The strong alcohol finally makes a move in the swallow for lingering heat.

Pretty good double overall. I wish the nose was a bit stronger, but it made up for it with the taste. The alcohol is present, but never obliterates your palate or throat.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer with great feel and awesome taste! The smell is mesmerizing. The hops jump out and tease your nose. Once it hits the palate, the hoppiness and bitterness pair perfectly together. Overall an awesome beer and definetly a go to for a starter beer. But not a finisher. It would be a waste to numb your taste buds before drinking this beer!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangey copper color pour with about an inch white head and scant lacing.

Nose comprises mainly of sweetness in biscuit and caramel. Piney maybe some citrus cutting through but that's about all the "fruit" I can detect. Earthy hoppiness as well with alcohol creeping in the back.

Taste is sweet as well. Earthy hop through and through. Heavy doses of pine and caramel malt. Alcohol definitely evident but in this case I don't mind since it works so well with all of the noted above. For me not much in the way of any fruit. Apricot or maybe an overripe unsweetened mango?-is that possible? Either way the alcohol cuts it out anyway.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a lot of sugars, just about falls into the line of Barleywine territory. Coats the palate well and creamy with ample carbonation.

Sometimes a DIPA is what the doctor orders and this is sure some medication that can be prescribed. For me this could have really sparkled with more fruit presence but oh well. Love that it's hop driven, malty balanced and the alcohol is sure a pleasing comfort. An imperial to get to know and spend time with.

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Photo of DeanWormer
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The icon. The measuring stick. The ideal to which all DIPAs must be compared. Balance, balance, balance. Hoppy, malty, yeasty, an aroma to die for. I hate the funkiness of Simcoe hops - none apparent here. I don't care for the onion / garlic overtones of Summit hops - none apparent here. What's here is an intense hop profile with 10% ABV that's so earthy, so balanced, so nuanced, that you really have to exercise some restraint to not forget what a kick in he backside you're enjoying. I've never had Heady Topper or either of the Plinys - they're on my "Ice Bucket" List. I'll try them when I get the chance but I'll be shocked, really shocked, if they measure up to Hercules, according to my palate. This is as good as it gets.

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Photo of tmm313
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque dark amber. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing.

S- Man, there's a lot going on: Orange, floral, toffee, fresh hop, bubble gum, grapefruit, and pine. Very unique.

T- Sweet citrus/caramel/hops up front, morphing into a super bitter, piney, spicy hop bomb. My poor palate just can't identify all the subtleties. Hops of all levels.

M- Thick side of medium. Oily, drying, coating.

O- This was a dynamite DIPA. To me, it fit right in with all the other sought after west coast IPAs out there. The aromas were heavenly, and the flavors were huge.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle which was bottled on Feb 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

Orange-amber pour leading up to a lingering foamy off-white head. Constant carbonation.

The nose is more fruity than anything else with a nod to apples and pears. The malt character is farther behind but notable. Also a keen sweetness. Not super floral or piney.

Medium to full body and smooth in texture.

OK. the 10.0% ABV is more noticeable in the taste that in the aroma. I still get that fruity character but the pungent barley malts drive their way in with pizzazz and then there is this a modest boozy bitterness at the finish. Except for the hop bitterness you might believe you are drinking a barleywine.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a darker orange color, leaving little head that quickly turns into lacing.

Smells like piney hops.

Tastes like piney, citrusy and fruity hops balanced with some caramel malt and alcohol. Fairly bitter overall, but not too extreme. Very solid taste overall.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, but a little thicker than most IPAs still.

Solid brew overall.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of aaroblero
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, clear amber beer with a slightly off white head that bubbles down. Notes of cane sugar in the nose. Hard for me to get a scent off this thing. I do smell your usual citrus flavors in there as well but they're very faint. Wow! Sweet, candy like flavors. The citrus flavors are in the background (orange, maybe a burnt orange). Maybe some date flavor, and I want to say even coffee flavor. This is interesting. Really awesome! Slightly syrupy, sticky in the mouth. What I would expect a IPA to be. Unlike the last few beers I've reviewed (save for the one disaster) this is NOT a beer I would drink to quench my thirst. This is a beer drinker's beer. This is an event. Very nicely done.

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-17-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Clear, copper-colored beer with a big 3+ fingers of cream-colored head. Very good retention and excellent lace

S: Aromas are of floral and citrus hops, plus bready and caramel malt smells

T: The taste is pretty bitter up front, to the point of being somewhat astringent. Flavors include tropical fruits, brown bread and then woody/earthy hop notes. Some alcohol warmth

M: High in carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is fairly aggressive on bitterness with some more of the astringency peeking through. Aftertastes are of caramel malts and bitter hops

O: Overall a pretty good DIPA but marred by the astringency. I liked it, but not enough to want another bottle

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled 3/25/13, so a bit over 13 months old. Let's see whether this has turned into a tasty Barleywine.

A: Hazy, deep orange-amber body under two fingers of dense, creamy off-white head. Terrific retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Yup, smells like a classic American Barleywine: caramel malt is up front, with faded but still strong fruity hops right alongside. Candied grapefruit and cannabis. Great.

T: Sweet at first, with caramelized malts leading in to fruity hoppiness midway through. Toffee, earthiness, bitterness, and mild booziness on the finish. Long, fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Really nice - still impressively bitter.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Pleasant.

O: I've had this fresh on tap, and enjoyed it, but I actually think it might have improved with a year of age. The hops have held on nicely, but the malt backbone has really come into its own. The finish is a little overly bitter, but otherwise it's quite reminiscent of year-old Bigfoot. If you forget about this one in the cellar, fear not!


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Photo of mediumtommy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a little darker than an IPA would typically. The smell was also a little more malty than I would have imagined. The first sip was a little strong, but immediately after it mellowed out. The second sip to the end were very smooth and not strong at all. It ended up being a great tasting beer. When it was poured it didn't have a lot of head, but I don't think that is totally a bad thing. Definitely a beer to look for if you are in the mood for a Double IPA

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave nice rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is relatively light for a big robust 10 % abv. IPA, consisting mostly entirely of a resinous smell. Pine hops are the biggest, but are accompanied by other hop aromas of an earthy and grassy aroma as well. Rounding out these smells are some lighter smells of a caramel and bready nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge amount of maltiness which only seems to intensity as the taste moves on. The malty flavors are a mix of a bready and doughy taste with some rather sweet tastes of a toffee and caramel nature present right from the start as well. With these initial tastes there is also some fruity flavors and a moderate amount of a grapefruit hop flavor. The fruit and grapefruit remain rather light throughout the taste, adding just a backdrop flavor. While the grapefruit hop remains light, the overall hoppiness does not, with more hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature coming to the tongue. Both really intensify as the favor profile advances forward, with the pine really taking the lead. Some of the sweetness actually increases more toward the end with the toffee becoming more pronounced as well, nicely balancing the resinous and dank hop tastes as they grow in strength. In the end, with a tiny bit of a boozy hit and with all the changes that occur throughout the taste, one if left with a very malty and dankly and resinously hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thick and chewy body are perfect for all the malty and hoppy flavors of the brew really accentuating them and making for a very slow drinker indeed.

Overall – Big and robust in the malt department with lots of dank and resinous hop. A very nice but slow sipping imperial IPA. Very tasty.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.