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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,385 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,385
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 174
Gots: 199 | 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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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budsboy

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours clear, orangey-amber, with lots of bubble trails and a nice white head that sticks.

Smell is full, warm carmel malt and piney hops that don't overwhelm. Hints of roasted malts in there also.

Taste is sweet, carmel malt chased on its heels by an aggressive piney hop that grows more bitter, then fades back to a coating of bitterness on the tounge. Very cool experience. That wallop of alcohol is well hidden in there.

Fairly soft and round in the mouth, creamy for a 2IPA. Only slightly oily.

Very drinkable 2IPA. Not a palate masher like Dreadnaught or Ruination, but still hoppiful. The mouthfeel of this is what impressed me the most. Its not the first Great Divide that has given me that sensation. I look forward to getting more of this guy. Try some.

08-18-2005 23:21:33 | More by budsboy
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tehchunk

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Big fan of this one. A very nice double IPA that goes down easy.

A: 22 oz. poured into a snifter with about a one finger, beige head. Light mohagany color that is very clear & clean looking with minimal lacing & very little retention, but overall a nice look.

S: Not overly hoppy like most double IPAs, but all in all a very pleasant aroma with hints of earthy hops, malt and a smoked tone to it.

T: Ahh, there are the hops I was hoping for. Minimal grapefruit/citrus taste, predominantly earthy like the smell. The taste is balanced nicely by a hint of caramel malt that has a somewhat bitter finish. Taste is capped off with a nice alcohol burn. Quite enjoyable.

M: Not a huge hop bite initially but after a second or two they come through. Like most IPAs, it becomes quite smooth & silky that rests well on the tongue.

D: This is a great beer for a 22 oz. bottle but not something I'd want to drink all night. Great for spicy food!

Overall this is a great double IPA. Wish the aroma was a bit hoppier but all in all this fits the bill nicely. Well done!

03-18-2010 03:45:10 | More by tehchunk
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: Deep amber, with millions of particles floating around and a nice head on top.

Smell: Initially smelled like a barleywine, kind of carmel and fruit but moved towards citrus after a while.

Taste: This is dominated by the hops. Piney and very bitter. Not a lot of sweetness behind the hops.

Mouthfeel: Lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: It's pretty strong but definitely hard to put down.

Finally saw the 12oz bottles for this so I picked up a few. It's a little different from most of the IPAs and DIPAs in that I tasted very little grapefruit from the hops. It's still hoppy and quite bitter and a very good beer.

08-13-2006 01:05:04 | More by Mdog
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Hercules was a clear, golden amber color when poured into my snifter. There was a short off white head. It smells like crispy hops and sweet syrup. There is definitely some hop bitterness but not straight "hoppy". I really prefer citrus and pine in my DIPA's.There was some malty caramel balance and not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was sticky and chewy. This is good stuff; too bad Great Divide raised their growler prices :( .

06-11-2007 22:44:42 | More by ArrogantB
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JBStith

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA from a 22 oz bottle...

A: Beautiful deep amber with a slight haze. Huge pillowy white head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Hops are quite aromatic. Spice, floral, and citrus. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness.

T: Follows smell. Finishes very bitter, but in a good way. No real presence of malt or sweetness. Stronger malt is needed to balance out this bitter beast.

M&D: A wee bit thin in mouthful for a double IPA. Needs a bit more malt backbone to stand up to the bitterness. Overall, a good beer though I wouldn't take down more than one bomber in a sitting.

07-09-2006 23:35:19 | More by JBStith
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Pours a befutiful amber with less than one full finger of slightly off-white head. The foam settles quickly into a thin frothy ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malty with just a dash of pine hops. There is way more malt than I would have wanted in an DIPA.

T: It starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malt and a nice spicy pine note. The spice lingers from first sip to finish. As the beer transitions into the middle and then into the finish, I get ever developing floral earth notes. I actually like the back end of this beer more than the start. The alcohol is present once the beer is gone from the palate.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, spicy, floral, and boozy. Not exactly a fast drinker. It's a touch syrupy, but I'm ok with it.

O: Nice beer. Not what I was expecting for a DIPA, but I kinda like it. The taste is much better than the nose. I don't know if I'll be buying this beer again, but I enjoyed it.

05-07-2013 20:26:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
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William85

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

In the glass, this one looks great: deep copper color, 1-2 finger head which settles gradually, but not too gradually (i.e. not over-carbonated).

However, the smell is a surprise. Predominantly yeasty/malty, the smell is not exactly bad, but I wouldn't describe it as a good DIPA aroma, either...unusual.

Unlike the smell, the taste is very crisp and hoppy -- much closer to what I was expecting out of a DIPA from Great Divide (Old Ruffian is one of my favorite beers of all time, so I bought this bomber with high hopes).

Overall, this is a better than average DIPA, but I found the smell to be very surprising. With most of my favorite DIPAs (e.g. DFH 90, Saint Arnold Endeavor), there is a very close correlation between taste and smell, but I had to enjoy this one in spite of its smell (again, it worked very well once on the palate).

05-16-2013 04:37:19 | More by William85
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A: copper-amber color; good head, but carbonation dissipates relatively quickly; glass nicely laces
S: bouquet abundant: it's a case of grapefruits right in your hand
T: "one big grapefruit" said Calvano, and with good reason. Very little aftertaste. Not much beyond the hops, but if that's not why you came in the first place, you'd better look for a different beer.
M: Silky! How the head disappeared so quickly I'll never know.
D: One will most likely want another immediately after drinking.

08-02-2010 13:23:47 | More by Arithmeticus
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Secret Santa 2005 # 4

Slighty hazy orange body. Thick "lunar surface like" off white froth. Very good lacing.

Aggressive piney aroma.

An initial surge of sweetness slithers across the tongue, trying to escape like a snake in the grass. Escape is hopeless though, as a tidal wave of hops crash and flood the mouth - piney and fruity, though not grapefruity. The hop crash lingers in the back of the mouth for a good while. Some sense of alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium plus. Surprising drinkability, though not necessarily dangerous.

Another fine example of Double IPA.

01-20-2006 22:29:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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JRed

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Bloody orange in body topped by white bubbly head that leaves plenty of sugary lacing. Citrus, hop resin, echoes of vegetables, slight booze, and nuttiness in the background of the aroma. Intense flavor: hop leaves, citrus, booze, nutty malt, cereal, hop resin, and finishes wet with juicy citrus and resin. Medium-heavy bodied brew with light carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. A strong beer that is definitely juicing. It throws massive hop flavor and couples it with booze and then attempts to balance it with hefty nutty malt but all that might be too much. A good beer that is ambitious enough to applause but a bit cumbersome in flavor.

03-21-2011 04:15:02 | More by JRed
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

From notes.

A - pours a bright yet deep golden color with an enormous head of off white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass. Nice head retention.

S - simple but mouth watering aroma of big grapefuit hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - strong bitterness coats the mouth. Piney, grapefruit bitterness. Just huge amounts of it but there is enough malty sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M - full bodied. Carb is really high.

D - not a bit of detectable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable ale dangerous. Solid brew all around.

12-18-2010 22:42:06 | More by Teleweizen2
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Dlish

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Orange honey tint, little head, no aparent carbonation looks thick and syrupy um and filled with hops.

S- Amarillo hops, sweet smell of caramel hints of vanilla aka lots of malts. Not as strong on the hops, I wouldn't mind a little more dry hopping to get more aroma I mean it is a double IPA!

T-Wooo hopapollza very piney at first hints of floral hops, it finishes out very citrusy and lots of grape fruit. Not as much malt as in the smell, but I like that there is some sweet malt but not much. Personally I think thats good in a double IPA, to much malt and i'm like where the hops?

M- Its thick but the carbonation is pretty prevelate gives the hops better taste by not making it as thick. Defenetly not as thick as I though while I was pouring it. Almost not burn from the alcohol so this might be dangerous.

O- Solid Double IPA, has some great quality the sweet malt is honey-ish and works well with the more floral citrus. Kind of reminds of union Jack. Anyhow, still bit price, but I might get it again!

05-20-2011 05:38:00 | More by Dlish
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troutmask96

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

All will bow fbefore the mighty Hercules Double IPA. This baby packs a mighty hop wallop and a smootheness unfound in other double IPA's.

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a billowy, soapy head. Smell is hoppy, but with an esteemable fruitiness to balance it. Taste is just wonderful, with a pleasant hop bitterness than lingers long after the sip. I mark it down a bit for drinkability, as the high 9.10% ABV makes this one to enjoy in utopic moderation...

05-15-2006 17:50:22 | More by troutmask96
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, grass, pine and dirt with slight citrus.

T-Starts with some malt then a good deal of hops but not waves of it. Earthy notes with some bitterness.

M-Medium to lighter, not much carbonation and slightly water.

O-A decent DIPA, but in a market so saturated it doesn't stand out. But the price is a huge plus.

02-22-2014 21:18:43 | More by rlee1390
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Serp1114

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

08-22-2014 02:59:34 | More by Serp1114
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heygeebee

Australia

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

07-19-2014 10:52:18 | More by heygeebee
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Clearish bright amber color, approaches mahogany. Good head frmation and retention but simple lacing on the glass. Nice nose, hoppy but with melon qualities that hint at a solid malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation understated -- probably underscored by a large contribution of barleymalt to the brew. Starts extremely well balanced, hops and a caramel and fleshy fruit sense well-matched (similar to DFH 90 Minute). What happens mid mouth to close is a slight turn to a syupy sense, sweetness seems a little much for me. There is an ashy bitterness to the aftertaste, but less than expected. A good beer, could be a little better within a loose style expectation.

08-19-2004 16:27:44 | More by ADR
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with good amounts of pine and citrus hop aromas. Hints of bready aromas waft out as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky and moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of biscuit flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit and the malt flavors sweeten, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was expecting an amped up version of Titan but instead got a mix between Titan and Old Ruffian. More malt-forward than I was expecting but still worth a shot.

08-13-2010 14:11:50 | More by glid02
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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
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TeeCee

Louisiana

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
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Docer

Washington

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
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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
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alcstradamus

Washington

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
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cvaypai

Wisconsin

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
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aracauna

Georgia

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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,385 ratings.