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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

3,289 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,289
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 167
Gots: 172 | 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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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-15-2014 01:43:52 | More by rchristensen
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pumaguy021

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-20-2012 02:12:46 | More by pumaguy021
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-18-2011 04:36:12 | More by jjheinrichs
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Graham21

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Looked very similiar to an apple cider. Nice and hazy with a creamy tan head that stayed in the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a strong floral scent. Reminded me also of something baking like apple pie. Nice and rich.

T- Very well balanaced but not as piney/hoppy as I though it would be. The hops provided some sweetness, it had a hint of apples and some maple in the flavor. The citrus and piney notes were pleasant and the alcholo was hidden well. The carbonation may have been lacking some, but overall a good double IIPA with a medium body that provides good drinkablilty.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 00:53:15 | More by Graham21
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-15-2012 22:34:56 | More by laxer8811
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jgreenward

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-28-2012 02:13:17 | More by jgreenward
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robmoak

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-13-2012 17:06:50 | More by robmoak
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-11-2012 14:18:31 | More by Jamesthebrit
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bcheng

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty, caramel, darker in color, this reminds me of DIPA like Lagunitas Sucks. Not the citrus or grapefruit finish like several other DIPAs I'm familiar with. At 10% ABV, it feels a bit sticky, warm in the finish, and a slight bite of alcohol. Reasonable, but better when it's kept very cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 18:18:39 | More by bcheng
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Mavajo

Georgia

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Exceptional appearance. Crystal clear amber color with a proud briliant two-finger thick head and abundant lacing. Nose is pine, grass and floral with malts and hops. Not a whole lot of citrus, which is a pleasant surprise. Taste is all those things - nice maltiness on the front with a moderate hoppy bitterness on the end. Smooth mouthfeel with with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable. Highly impressed with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 02:14:20 | More by Mavajo
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

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

Tremendous brew. An absolutely fantastic double IPA: smooth, but potent, with a great hop bitterness, but no lasting residue. While it is still cold it is somewhat sweet, but that sort of dissipates as the beer warms, letting the hops take over. Pours a hazy amber with a small head. Very little controlling alcohol.

My only complaint is that it is not quite as complex as other double IPA's that I've had. In other words, its a great beer that I would be lucky to drink every day, but it didn't blow my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 02:54:51 | More by Lnedrive14
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morimech

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper with a creamy off-white head that has very good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface.

I smell grapefruit, pine, but I also pick up the caramel malt. Some alcohol is also detected.

Has a nicely balanced flavor. The sweet caramel malt keeps the hops from taking over completely. Probably one of the better balanced DIPAs out there. Some alcohol warming comes in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

A very good DIPA. High ABV severly limits drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 22:24:19 | More by morimech
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gregshead

California

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

A: Reddish/Orange with a brown hue as well. A very foamy head with good retention to it.

S: Pine hops and sugary sweet malts.

T: Lots of floral tastes followed by pine hops with a caramel/brown sugar sweetness. The caramel sweetness makes it unique for a double IPA

M: Nice carbonation feel. Pretty thin feel for a DIPA w/ this much sweetness/balanced of taste. Was expecting something more surupy but pleasantly surprised at the thinness.

D: I definitely don't taste the 10%abv. It has a really nice balanced taste. It has a distinctly different flavors than the Titan IPA which I appreciate from a brewery. Also the first DIPA I've had with the caramel taste in it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 06:22:25 | More by gregshead
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Orange amber with centralized haze and a big, sticky head of creamy froth. Retains a solid, sticky sheet. Deep, resinous hop oil aroma - zesty citrus and pine. More smooth than exceedingly pungent. Some nutty sweet malts creep in as does some alcohol as it warms. All kinds of hops all over the palate: pine, citrus rind, fruit, floral. This seems to have a big malt center too, which is a strong point as it attempts to balance it all out. A flash of sweetness follows the initial onslaught of hops. The strength (in terms of alcohol) is well hidden. A strong, lingering bitterness leaves the mouth a little dry - mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full.

Damn good all around in the bottle but its even better on tap. A big, rich, hoppy treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 02:36:36 | More by wedge
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

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

It's so hard to put numbers on these beers. At this level, they are all good. Pale amber, slight haze and fairly thin head with a little lacing. Impressive hop aroma greets the nose; on the palate, the alcohol is evident but there is a nice balancing citrus and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth and concentrated, it rewards sipping.

We thought it a bit like Dreadnaught but a lot cheaper at the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 04:04:18 | More by AylwinForbes
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CHickman

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with ridiculously big 3 finger foamy tan head with a ton of tight bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing with rings and trails sticking to the sides.

Smells of big citrus hops and piney hops up front, with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine cone/piney hops, floral hops, grains, light brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like apple or pear, light spices and enough malt backbone to make it perfectly balanced for a DIPA. Not the strongest aroma for a DIPA, but a damn fine smelling beer.

Tastes sweet and hoppy, with piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, citrus hops, maybe some mango or guava, floral hops, brown sugar, caramel, toasted grains, burnt biscuit, toffee, fruity notes like pear or apple, tea leaf, herbs and spices like coriander, pepper and light cinnamon, and a mild boozy finish; the hops are very sweet and juicy, but the ABV shows up pretty much throughout the brew. The warming effect lets the malt/grains level it out a bit and makes it quite drinkable for such a high alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation and a bitter finish that is very sweet with an alcohol burn; the only knock on this beer might be the heat in the finish, but it was tolerable to me and not a major issue.

Overall a very good strong brew that I recommend trying; it had been 5 years since I first tried this and I will seek it out whenever I can find it. Expect to catch a buzz from one 12 oz bottle, this is potent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:11:13 | More by CHickman
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, dark-gold. Some suspended floaties. Small, tight, one-finger head that leaves a lot of lace behind.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel dominate. Also noticed was a hint of toasted malt and apple. Smells slightly boozy as it warms.

T: Huge pine and grapefruit hops that taste like they've been drizzled with caramel sauce. Some sweet and tangy apple as well. Some alcohol heat as it reaches proper temp.

M: Peppery and spicy throughout. Juicy and sweet in the finish yet it never loses it's zingy edge.

D: Very nice and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 15:19:27 | More by GbVDave
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

From notes last night. Nice fresh bottle from the end of December. Pours out amber with a head that retains like steel and is off-white and very creamy/frothy. Head dies down eventually and leaves incredibly thick lacing and a huge cloud on the beer. Amazing red color as light shines through makes for a very awesome looking beer. Smell and taste are basically the same. The alcohol comes through in the nose but not the flavor for me. Both are very malty for a IIPA (barleywine like malty). The hops are citrus and earthy and lend more bitterness than they do flavor and aroma. There is a tea-like aspect to them also. Some sweets and grassy aspects in the beer also. Great beer, just not exactly like a IIPA to me. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a huge beer and thats the only flaw in it. The carbonation is great and a huge bitter coat is left on the tongue. A bit of creaminess in the feel also. The drinkability is good. The flavor rocks, the price is decent. It is definately a sipper but not overly aggressive. Not what I expect in a modern IIPA but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 20:42:15 | More by cbutova
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guitarmage

Oregon

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

Appearance: A nice pinky amber, almost like a white zin when held up to the light, chill haze, ring of white lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted maltiness, hops are citrus, crisp, and piney, beer smells balanced, juicy and inviting.

Taste: Sweetness is caramel, brown sugar, hops piney and are smoothed out with alcohol warmth, citrus comes through, a toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Luscious and full bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated, easily drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer packs a punch and is very drinkable, the hops aren't in your face, they're big, but balanced. Sweet and bitter, this beer is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 06:57:58 | More by guitarmage
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a tulip pint: 3 fingers of of foamy, sticky, parchment head over medium-amber body, hazy. Tiny, slow nucleation bubbles. Leaves resinous stripes of lacing.

Ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, with some toasty & caramel smells, a little floral. Nothing new but oh, so right.

Starts with some biscuity caramel flavors, maybe toffee, moves into orange juice & orange soda, combined with a woody, pine bitterness. Usually I don't like DIPAs with a strong caramel presence, but for some reason this is really doing it for me now. Nice, sweet aftertaste, almost like an American barleywine. Some dry lemon-tea comes into play. Booze shows up a little, but doesn't turn up the heat too much.

Starts off crisp & grows in body, plopping a little sweet stickiness right on the tongue. Ends a little sticky, too, but that bitterness is there to scrub it down a little.

Gotta say, I'm not usually a huge fan of the style, but this one really hit the spot. The hops seemed to keep the malt bright & lively, whereas a lot of the time I find the sweetness in DIPAs to be heavy. Refreshing, tasty, & hides the booze remarkably well (whoa, now I feel it) -- regardless, this one's a winner!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 20:58:06 | More by OneDropSoup
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle, pours into a fluffy white head that lasts only briefly before falling into a sticky, glass clinging ring of bubbles and light foam. Nice lace curtains hang from the glass as it the volume decreases and my mood spirits raise..

Smell is hops at the forefront with touches of sweetness and citrus as well.

First sip, I get the sweetness from the malt first and as the drink moves towards the back of my mouth the hops come forth, growing in intensity. Hop explosion? Not quite, but they're here and they're near and I'm going to like it! I also get a good deal of pine here too. Fruits as well, but they and the pine flavors come from the hops. Didn't I mention it was hoppy?

Mouthfeel is not quite creamy but thickish. Not syrupy, not sticky but in no way thin. I know I'm drinking a beer and a good one at that.

Not a lot of alcohol apparent yet, this is quite drinkable. I like that it doesn't have a palette destroying level of hoppiness, but they are still at the forefront of the beer, making this one I could drink a few of, were I lucky enough to have a few more.

Great offering from GD, next time I'm going for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 01:37:42 | More by foureyedgeek
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle at Knightly Spirits. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome, rich thick and foamy head that stays throughout the drinking. Red, golden brown beer with "floaties" in it.

S: Hops galore, tea leaves, citrus zest, and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Very fragrant.

T: Bitter hops, floral goodies, tea, apples and more hops on the finish.

Drinkability: With an ABV of 9%, it's hard to classify this as a "session beer" but I'd say for someone who can handle it, it's very drinkable if you space them out.

Value: Worth every red cent.

Overall: This is one insane IPA for those who really wanna get hopped up.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:40:37 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA pours a still, slightly hazy copper color with a thick, frothy off white head on top. I see no carbonation bubbles in the beer.

The aroma is a bit more mild than I thought it would be. Notes of citrus (pineapple and orange) hops dominate. Some pine and alcohol is also present in the aroma.

This full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewy. It gives a mild carbonated tingle on the middle of the tongue, which surprised me since I didn't see any bubbles in the beer.

The flavor is mainly hops. Again, citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange are present. Towards the end some sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors emerge. A touch of nuts It finishes bitter with a mild hotness from the alcohol. Once gone a hoppy and nutty malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer is quite ddrinkable for 9% abv. It's fairly well balanced, although the hops have the edge in flavor. I was expecting a highly hopped, bitter, alcohol flavored monster and instead found a nice, enjoyable brew. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 18:22:14 | More by WanderingFool
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Tone

Missouri

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

Pours a clear, amber/maize color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight raisin, and strong alcohol. Overall, a really good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:29:59 | More by Tone
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2wheeledpirate

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a decent head. The head dissolves slowly and leaves a bit of lacing. You could almost say the aroma is all hops but after searching I noticed what I believed to be a hint of grapefruit smell. The flavor is typical IPA, with a bit of a pop at the end. I'm still sticking with it being a citrusy note. Carbonation seemed appropriate for an IPA giving that medium body. All in all a great beer I hope to experience again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:45:39 | More by 2wheeledpirate
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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