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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

3,426 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,426
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 178
Gots: 207 | 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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Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Hercules must of been pretty pissed bottled up, as soon as I cracked the cap off, he came busting out head and all down the bottle it was pretty suprising to me. Poured into a pint glass this is a nice orange amber color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet nectar apricots and other exotic fruit come to mind like jack fruit. Taste is like the smell, very fruity and full bodied with a very hop bitter ending very balanced and simply awesome to enjoy, hercules is top notch in my book.

gunnerman, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

DaveFL1976, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a Cigar City snifter glass. Nice orange color. Small head with some soapy bubbles. Smells like citrus, hops, and a bit of alcohol coming through. A nice hop kick in the taste, with some citrus and pine. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, but mostly overshadowed by the hops. Good, smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a good aftertaste.

A good DIPA. One of the best I can get here year round.

Danny1217, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A - deep brown/amber with small amounts of white head.
S - mmm, spicy hops goodness. this one smells delicious
T - slight maltiness up front but finishes with loads of hop flavor, hint of pine i think, not sure.
M - kind of light bodied I think compared others of this style, but still enjoyable. medium carbination.
D - tasty brew. I will probably buy this again sometime in the future, so if you haven't had this one give it a try.

AlesRTasty, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of karst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours hazy amber with dense ivory head that has Belgium persistance (in spite of the 9 ABV) and leaves substancial lace. Aroma from hops, citrus and pine-sap, sweet bubblegum emerges with some alcohol on warming.

Flavor of sweet caramel-toffee somewhat balanced by 85 IBU hop bitterness compining quinine and citrus pith. Interesting hop flavors but sweet caramel and maple syrup detracts from them IMHO. Medium body, with a pronounced dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and inspite of all those bitterness units! A good DIPA, but does not seem to pull off a strong clean malt base to display the hops as I have grown to expect from brewers like 3 Floyds-Dreadnaught, Dogfish Head- 90 minute, and AleSmith.

karst, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of rkarimi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled on date of Oct 17, 2011. This pours a nice copper color with a head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of caramel malts, pine hops and alcohol. The feel is medium, lots of mouth coating hop goodness. The taste is pretty good and heavy, lots of hop bitterness, plenty of balancing sweetness but an obvious amount of alcohol burn.

DavidST, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Terp96
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz. bomber picked up at the Central Market in Plano, TX for $3.89.

I heard so much about Great Divide that I bought every 22 oz. I could get my hands on at the Central Market. This is my first one.

Pours a nice orange, hazy hue with a very nice head. The one finger thick head had exceptional retention throughout the glass. Incredible lacing.

Smell was a little more subdued than expected. Very citrusy. I could tell this one would be a little sweeter than some of the other hop bomb DIPAs out there. More grapefruit and orange than floral overtones in the nose.

Tastes very nice. Definite malt sweetness with a hoppy dry backbone. Again, a nice departure from the typical DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well. A sour sweetness takes over after a few sips but this one lingers on the tongue long after the beer is gone. It leaves an imprint that you won't soon forget.

Drinkability is very nice for such a big beer. I couldn't find the alcohol anywhere. This one won't dry you out as much either. You can definitely go back for more. I will.

Terp96, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: Pours with a hazy copper color and a huge, rocky head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Malty, caramel aroma, with a pungent, piney aroma

Taste: This beer is full of herbal bitterness from the get-go, although a caramel sweetness does appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal bitterness develops a piney tone that overwhelms everything; the finish includes a touch of residual caramel sweetness that pokes through the hops

Mouthfeel: Thick and resinous; prickly carbonation; warming alcohol after the swallow

Drinkability: This is a full-flavored beer that is enjoyable, but so full-flavored that it is hard to drink in any quantity

brentk56, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Amber/red color with a nice clarity. A good beige head with decent lacing.

S - Good hop aroma with some malt as well.

T - The hops really greet you as the glass nears your mouth. Slightly sweet with some grapefruit and malt as well. A bit smoky too. A nice tangy, grapefruit finish.

M - Maybe a bit thin but still very nice. Good, moderate carbonation level.

D - A fun and strong beer but easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one.

GJ40, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Lare453
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz poured into a goblet.

A deep bronze color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Crystal clear

S biscuits, light molasses, light hops

T I taste fresh baked biscuits, butter, molasses, in the beginning and middle which leads into a big hoppy ending with lots of sweet floral notes. The aftertaste is light with nice bitter pleasant endin.

M a little thick, slightly prickly, good crispness.

O a great beer. Would buy and drink it often. A great big beer.

Lare453, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22oz. bottle with no date at all. Hope its not old. Lets give it a try.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice two finger off white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Nice and hoppy. This has to be fresh even though I can't find a bottled on date. Floral, citrus and slightly resinous. Semi sweet malt backbone is there as well but the hops are most prominent

T-Citrus and pine lead off with a slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the middle. Back end is a bitter hop bite again. As with the nose, the malt is clearly there but the hops win out.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite. Seems slightly oily upon swallowing, but afterwards is dry.

O-A very nice DIPA that I can see having a regular spot in my fridge.

Lerxst, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of hophead247
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured a rich copper color; cascading with a medium tan head. Smelled of wonderful rich hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was strong citrus and hops initially, with a sweet rich malt backbone and then some hops again on the finish. Wonderfully complex on the palate, this beer is almost refreshing even with the high alcohol content.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of gracebeliever
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewed from notes within 10 minutes of drinking.
12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Depending on light angle burnt orange/slightly reddish. Pours a one finger head yet quickly reduces to 1/4 inch or less till the finish. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops!

Taste: Holding on the tongue a bit brought a sharpness of hop flavors. The second tasting was smoother with a respectable hop flavoring to the end.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight creaminess and an appealing smoothness.

Drinkability: I need to make my fridge colder. The beer needed to be colder for certain but wasn't disagreeable. I expected a stronger hop intensity considering it is a "double IPA". Nevertheless I was not disappointed. But yes! I needed the beer to be colder.

gracebeliever, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of WAP
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

WAP, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of tdawgydog
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this on tap at a party last year, and I just finally got around to re-visiting it on my latest DIPA kick.

A - Pours a nice copper gold. You can see that it's carbonated properly from the very first pour. Doesn't generate too much foam and retains a nice head long after the initial pour.

S - More malt that I had expected from a DIPA. I much prefer the hoppy piney scent, but it's just not here. Doesn't make it a bad brew, just not what I had expected.

T - Again the malt is the base of the beer. A little more bitter than your typical DIPA.

D - Goes down smooth. I'm enjoying my 2nd glass as I type this review and I think the 10% is just now catching up to me. Someone is going to sleep well tonight :-)

M - Again you could see from the initial pour that it was well bodied. Smooth on the pallet, not something you'll be drinking copious amounts of.

All in all a well crafted beer.

tdawgydog, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of budsboy
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.

budsboy, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of tehchunk
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!

tehchunk, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Mdog
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.

Mdog, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of ArrogantB
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 :( .

ArrogantB, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of JBStith
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.

JBStith, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of trxxpaxxs
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.

trxxpaxxs, May 07, 2013
Photo of William85
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).

William85, May 16, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
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.

Arithmeticus, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
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.

RonfromJersey, Jan 20, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,426 ratings.