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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 172
Gots: 188 | 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 mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Brilliant copper orange in colour topped by loads of meringue-like head. The long lasting foam almost coats the walls of the glass with thick sheets of lace. The scent of it invites you in with peaches and flowers; biscuit and pine. A little bit of alcohol lurks behind it all. Solid peachy, tropical sort of hop flavour competes with sweet caramel malt. Very balanced. Pine and herbs show up towards the finish along with a firm, strong (but not extreme) bitterness. Fairly full bodied, with a smooth and sticky mouthful. I bet it would be even hoppier if it weren't brewed almost two months ago. Definately worth a try.

06-17-2010 00:19:29 | More by mintjellie
Photo of TeeCee


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Quick review - lives up to his name and not even Hercules will stand up to several of these.

My Hercules was poured into a 10 oz globe with not much head. The head I get from swirling the beer is light colored with tight bubbles that don't stick around, but leave a foam lacing. In the dim light of the Saucer, I see a reddish transparent beer. In good light, this beer is probably more of a deep amber.

Smelling this beer, I get an interesting hop note and some black pepper which is a first for me. There's some malt in there also, but not a lot that I can detect. Overall, this beer does not have a strong scent that I can detect. Might be my sinuses though.

The taste is hard for me to describe. While it's between an American Strong Ale and a double/imperial IPA, there's something catching me off guard as much as that black pepper on the nose. Plenty bitterness almost in a Czech pilsner way, but not as malty as I like my double/imperials (Harpoon Leviathan, Breckenridge 471). The flavor itself is rather strong, much stronger than the nose.

The mouthful is somewhat rich. As the pour was light, there's lots of bubbles when I swish. This beer holds its CO2 well.

Drinkability is good for the style, but you won't be throwing back a bunch of these on a hot day.

07-30-2010 03:37:47 | More by TeeCee
Photo of Docer


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz. bomber grabbed at a local QFC here... last one for the night lol...

- Cloudy orange/copper color.. almost glows... very bright. Minimal head as poured into a tumbler at an angle.. lace all about.

- Very nice balance citrus and floral hop scent with a great medium roasted caramel malt scent... can't smell a bit of alcohol...

- Honey glazed, sweet rich caramel malt... smooth as all hell..more hop in smell than taste... but its a creamy floral hop... flavor and no bitterness.. but a dry bite at the end... very balanced and thick.

- Chewy, creamy.. chalky.. but a robust aftertaste of caramel hop...

- Very drinkable.. hides it's strength too well... just a bit too sweet for my stomach.

04-09-2009 01:49:22 | More by Docer
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Purchased at Utobeer in the Borough Market. 9.10% abv, 35.5cl bottle. Fridge temp into a stein.

Dark brown body, lots of bubbles, thin-ish tan cap.

Nose is a bit subdued. Musty hops - orange rind, oak, floral notes. Some portish dark fruitiness that throws me off a bit. A little boozy.

Palate has a lot of wood, some dark fruitiness, must. Mango comes out in the finish. Grapefruit. Oily, resinous pine and woody hop notes cascade through the finish with a counterpart of rich sourdoughy maltiness to back it up. The finish is an unsurmountable wall of bitterness, really kicks you in the face, just as the kids like it.

Ultra creamy palate feel which finishes off with a strapping astringency and light oiliness. Really something.

Hop to it.

07-27-2008 10:58:29 | More by Antilochus
Photo of alcstradamus


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured directly into the center of my 25 oz. snifter and was greeted by a massive 3 finger head that left a nice web of lacing down the glass.

Smell is extremely potent floral hops with a citrus background. Mesmerizing.

Taste is huge floral hops with some malty sweetness that peeks its head through for a moment before being smothered by a wave of piney hop bitterness. This is a monster DIPA, a hop bomb by any definition. The only problem is the alcohol is not very well hidden here, and it lingers on the palate for quite a while after swallowing. Without that booziness this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.

On the full side of medium bodied, good for the style.

I was very excited upon first sip of this beer but in the end the booze was just a little too pronounced, keeping this from being a top tier DIPA. But I would still call it "very very good"

09-02-2009 22:17:35 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of cvaypai


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Guest beer offered at Town Hall Brewery. Poured into 10 oz snifter.

Appearance - Brown/Orange, deeper brown than most IPA's. 1 finger head which fades fairly quick, Thick layered lacing left. Normal head retention.

Smell - Smells of citrus and pine and usual ipa smells, but strong tingle in the nose and smell of alcohol. Small whiff of sweet malt.

Taste- Bitter with tastes of partly roasted malts. Tastes of wood, pine and grass. Very earthy taste. Bites the tongue. Small taste of alcohol and honey? at end. Different than most DIPA's i have had.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbonated, not too heavy even for its ABV. Tingles the tongue perfectly.

Drinkability - One or two is enough. I wouldn't drink much more based on abv and bitterness. Powerful beer and mighty tasty though.

Had to try it at Town Hall since I have never even seen it in bottles before and they had it on tap.

06-16-2009 22:01:27 | More by cvaypai
Photo of aracauna


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Beautiful beer. The color is rich and deep, somewhere in between ruby and copper. The slightly yellowish head builds easily into a dense, soupy foam. The hops dominate the aroma with dried peaches and grapefruit. The malt makes a stronger showing in the flavor with a nice caramel and biscuit sweetness that keeps the hoppiness from becoming overwhelming. The alcohol is well covered and sneaks up on you.

09-10-2004 22:26:31 | More by aracauna
Photo of roblowther


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

01-04-2007 00:52:29 | More by roblowther
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color. The beer has an eighth finger tall soapy beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film with a slightly thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma starts with some caramel malt sweetness which is followed by the smell of the hops - grapefruit/citrus dominates with lighter notes of pine/resin and floral hops.

T: Upfront this beer has a definite malt sweetness with light notes of caramel and some nuttiness. After that, the flavors are all hops - aggressive grapefruit/citrus with lighter amounts of pine/resin.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Easier to drink than I expected with the higher ABV but still an amazingly good beer and one for sipping. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable.

05-29-2012 18:58:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of littleg


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange with large lingering bubbles residing on top. Strong lacing of foam on all sides of the glass.
Smell: Pine, Pine, Pine with a hint of sweetness and then some more pine.
Taste: Very one dimensional pine throughout. Pine bitterness lingers for sometime after each swallow.
Mouthfeel: Lingering flavors create a coarse mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not an all-nighter but a good beer if you are looking for a piney hop-bomb. Not for the Miller Lite crowd but something that quenches your craving for some HOPS.

12-24-2009 15:41:46 | More by littleg
Photo of RBorsato


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Hazy dark gold/copper with a low beige head and nice slow light carbonation. Godd balanced malt-hop aroma and flavor. A touch of sweetness but nicely balanced by non-descript hops without being bitter. Full bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced but nicely light bitter finish.

Nice but a bit pricey for what you get ...

Per Label: "85 IBUs"

($6.99 / 22 oz.)

03-16-2007 15:30:03 | More by RBorsato
Photo of fatkahuna29


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours copper with a bit of red. About a half inch thick head. Good lacing.
S: The smell was citrusy, a little resin, and a nice sweetness.
T: The sweetness came through big in taste as well. i was a little surprised with this DIPA because of how balanced it was. Nice caramel taste blending perfectly with bitter floral hops. Aftertaste is a light lingering malt sweetness.
M: Medium body, i would have to say perfect carbonation with a sticky/oily texture to it.

It's not my favorite DIPA but it is a good showing of the style. Very balanced easy to drink and quite tasty.

08-11-2009 14:24:39 | More by fatkahuna29
Photo of Deuane


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to Nitrogen for this one...Growling at the Moon Trade.

A-Slightly hazy Copper with a thick light tan head. Moderate lacing all the way thru.

S-Nicely aromatic of pine and citrus with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Firm malt backbone with plenty of citrus hops and hints of pine. Alcohol is well hideen but an amount of warming comes thru. Overall, well balanced.

M-Medium bodies with a certain crsipness. Lot sof lingering astringency. Aftertaste of piney bitterness and citrus.

D-A good DIPA for sure. Not quite the right hop profile / malt balance for me to be a 5 but is surely one I could enjoy off and on.

02-14-2008 11:48:34 | More by Deuane
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 7/27/11 so still fresh I hope.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: big malt backbone with a big floral, somewhat funky hop aroma. Notes of citrus and notes of pine are present too. Very nice.

Taste: sweet, strong malt with a good balance of hop flavors, although the overall effect is pretty murky. Citrus and floral hops abound here, and the flavors are quite good if muddy. Bitterness is strong but not enamel-eroding.

Mouthfeel: big body and a good, big carbonation. I'm surprised! This thing has texture like a big Belgian ale! Love it.

Overall: a very good double IPA. This is a good and tasty example of the style; I'll definitely have this again.

10-03-2011 02:53:34 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Krakistophales


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a hazy rusty red with a great deal of murkiness, creating about half a finger's worth of head and receding into a bit of a cauldron of bubbles

S: Cane sugar, honey, citrus hops, orange zest

T: Initial hit of piny hops and grapefruit, receding into a slight honey malt character, with a bit of a hazy hops aftertaste, though not prominent in either hop intensity, malt sweetness, or aftertaste.

M: This one has great carbonation and goes down very smoothly, it's quite fizzy and is very refreshing. Not sticky or cloying at all.

O: This is a good, solid DIPA, but not one of my favorites. I prefer either hop domination or malt domination, or a really fine balance of both, and this one is smooth on the hops and easy on the malts, and has a bit too much of a citrus fruit thing going on for an IPA for me.

Still, not bad at all.

04-25-2011 03:50:14 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on tap at First Street Draught House. It was served in a snifter.

A-A nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Hoppy and slightly fruity.

T-Very hop forward of course, citrussy, fruity, with some caramel malt in the finnish. It tasted more like an American Barelywine to me than a double ipa.

M-Thick and syrupy, which was great.

D-A sipper for sure.

Overall, this is another solid beer from a great brewery. However, to me, this drank more like a barleywine than a double ipa. I will drink this again in the future for sure.

03-11-2012 22:25:30 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of claytong


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - decent long lasting head, amber brown in color

Smell - citrus, caramel, floral hops, minor pine

Taste - wow is this 10 percent? Citrus, sweet hops, caramel malts, delicious, not too hoppy as I expect from colorado breweries

Mouthfeel - medium to light body, chuggable from the citrus

06-17-2011 04:29:13 | More by claytong
Photo of Gobzilla


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured an amber brown color with yellow highlights that had a half finger og head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was a combination of grassy pine hops and caramel style malts along with bready and citrus notes. There was also some faint underlying booze notes to it. Upfront on the palate I did receive a little hop bite but the bitterness was helped out by some citrus grapefruit character and had grassy pine accents. The caramel malt was definitely there to help out on the balance and add a touch of sweetness. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piney,grassy hop, citric, and mild bitter finish. It drank quite well with the alcohol nicely hidden but I have to say the titan for me had a better hop punch and that's what I really look for in a DIPA.

10-05-2010 19:43:24 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of roadhouse


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful red-orangish copper with very fine particulates visible. Produces a one finger off-white head that dissipates to spotty sheets on top.

Aroma is reminiscent of tropical fruits, pine sap, grapefruit, and some sweet malt and alcohol in the background.

Flavor profile first reveals an intense nutty taste in combination with piney hops. Upon swallow, some citrus makes an appearance with a touch of some sweet caramel malt. Bitterness then lingers on after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and oily, but not really thick. Carbonation level is appropriate.

Pretty good DIPA. The only thing that puts me off is the initial nutty taste or whatever it is. Think I'd rather just get Dreadnaught for $1.50 more.

07-10-2008 21:21:11 | More by roadhouse
Photo of manahansf


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a lacy off white head. Earthy hop aromas and slight alcohol aromas rise out of the glass. Big bold body with moderate carbonation and is flavored with strong vinous qualities and a slight taste of the earthy hops. Mildly bitter and well balanced but strong and filled with alcohol presence. Finishes very dry and vinous and fades into a gentle warming.

11-19-2009 19:43:17 | More by manahansf
Photo of steve8robin


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Got this brew on a whim at a local beer store. 12oz bottled on 03/24/10...

A: Penny copper color with a faint hint of ruby red. 1 and 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a nice creamy maltiness upfront with some bitter hop quickly followed and blended well. I get very faint hints of alcohol and some caramel malt. Almost old ale like. Very good.

T: Super dry, bitter hop wall upfront followed by a boozy malty blend of flavor. I get a creamy sugar on the backend. This brew is good.

M: Full bodied with a nicely balanced carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This one is good once you get past the hop / booze character. Decent.

All in all, this is a very solid brew. I think I might make this one a regular staple of mine. Very unique and good for an IPA, not a standard DIPA. I definitely think you should give this one a try if you like a well balanced IPA.

10-02-2010 03:18:00 | More by steve8robin
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

07-24-2009 04:00:54 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Tucquan


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Had this on 2011-03-14 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a short tan head and good lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some pine, citrus and yeast.

T - Big chalky and sweet malt, moderate caramel, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is well-disguised. More hop bitterness please.

M - Creamy with medium body and light to medium carbonation. Not prickly.

D - Very drinkable. Glad it was available at this pub tonight.

03-15-2011 22:59:59 | More by Tucquan
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on tap earlier for happy hour.
Poured an amber color, pretty clear with a white head with good retention

Smell of fresh floral hops and slight hottness from alcohol.

Tastes of fresh grass or hay and a bitter end pretty big beer and well balanced

Overall another good beer by great divide

05-07-2008 23:31:16 | More by jmacdaddy2008
Photo of dasenebler


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Hercules pours a rich and clear amber hue with a dense white head. Laces very nicely.

Nose is kind of subdued for a DIPA, but there's some spicy, floral hops and sweet, brown sugary malty notes.

This is a very well-balanced beer. It's very hoppy, but I can't get all of that because of the great amount of malt. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit shines through. If I had to chose one modifier to describe the flavor, it would be sweet. It has an almost barleywine appeal, with rich, seductive maltiness a la brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Basically this is beer candy, full of honeyed hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel was awesome: full-bodied and resinous with medium-low carbonation. Drinks incredibly easily for a 10 percent brew.

I enjoyed this brew, though it was a bit too sweet and malty for my ideal DIPA.

07-25-2010 00:50:53 | More by dasenebler
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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