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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,530
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 183
Gots: 240 | 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 techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear orange copper with a nice head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and generous lacing.

Hops and grapefruit to the nose.

Taste is well balanced for this style. Of course the hops predominate to some extent; wouldn't match the style if it didn't.

Smooth and medium bodied, just a bit more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability is quite good, for a DIPA it ranks as one of the best.

techdiver, May 05, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

Rudgers73, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange peach color with a big fluffy off white head that laces well.
Aroma is lots of citrus mixed with pine and hints of caramel malt underneath a big bed of hop goodness.
Taste is hops ligtly sweet almost floral mixed with some caramel moving to a more bitter grapefruit, orange peel mixture of citrus. Finishes with a nice lingering pine tree bitterness that coats the mouth and tounge and begs for another drink, to wash away the resin and start the experience all over again.
Mouthfeel is good maybe a touch light in the malt department but very nice in the hop department.
Drinkability is great, hope this is a regular brew for One Stop now, us poor folks in East Tennessee could use another good Double IPA, having just one is hard to live with.

mntlover, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of cassanoj
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into a tulip. First thing I notice is the amount of lacing the brew leaves. So much lace, you'd think you walked into a lingerie store. Ha!...Copper color with a big white head.

Smells like...hops! And i mean HOPS! Big citrus zest as well as some floral yeastiness, caramel, toffee.

Tastes like BOOM! Hop and malt have never worked together so well. After the two beasts have had their way with my mouth, some zesty bitterness (piney) kicks in. Fruity, too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full, bitter, messy.

I thought this was one helluva beer. I've never had anything quite like it (the hop/malt balance was off the charts) and I'm quite glad I had it on tap where I could experience it so fresh.

cassanoj, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of mnstorm99
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was as good as it gets, nice hoppy citrus and pine. The flavor of this beer is sweet but so well balanced by the hops which again comes out piney and grapefruit citrus, the malty character of this beer is what I really liked about it. I am getting to be a huge fan of the DIPA's and this one is near the top of the list.

mnstorm99, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Spineypanda
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel color with an average head that laces nicely.
Smells hoppy and citrusy, with a good sweetness to it as well.
Taste is surprisingly balanced. Many of this style tend to be way to sweet for my tastes, but this one has a good refreshing hop profile that is not overdone with sugar tastes.

A great double, probably the best I have had.

Spineypanda, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of hanco005
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, indicates it was bottled during the 4th week of May, poured into a pint glass

A—slightly hazy deep amber with a 1 inch pillow like foamy tan head, lasts for about 10 minutes and thick layers of lace are produced as I drink

S—strong citrus and pine, mild floral notes, very fragrant and inviting

T—whoa! Sharp, bitter, floral and citrus hit you right away and stay until the dry finish. I can really taste anything else…

M—sharp, a bit chalky and dry, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—this one make you pucker for sure. As a hop head, I would have this again and again, but watch out for the 9% ABV...it's hidden very well.

hanco005, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber, almost glowing, color. Good one finger head that exuded hops aroma. Yes, hops, they're all over the place. Flowery and citrus hit the nose hard and dominate the palate. There are enough malts to bring the hops down to a good level of balance, but this is definitely a DIPA. A good bite that comes, goes, and then comes back in the finish. Served very cold at Falling Rocks (denver); perhaps better feel if warmer?
Could have drank plenty of these if not for the $$$.

Mebuzzard, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with just the slightest haze Thick head that slowly dissipates leaving a constant cap. Lots of sticky lacings. Big floral hoppy aroma, but not as intense as some DIPAs that I've tried. Citrusy orange aromas with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit. Full bodied feel that lets just a bit of malt flavor sneak in at the beginning before the citrusy hops take over. Lots of flavor woth a little alcoholic heat at the end. Dangerously easy to drink for the high ABV. The best DIPA I've had to date.

IronLover, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of jamesdergen
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice, cloudy pumpkin orange with a nice, dense foamy head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Nice, light piney floral hop aroma.

Taste: Big, dense ultra-hoppy flavor. Very nutty, piney and floral. I would never have guessed this brew is 9.1%, it is hidden exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied brew with a nice level of carbonation. Foams up a bit too quickly in the mouth, but otherwise very nice.

Drinkability: This 22 will not last long and, considering the ABV, it goes down easy, maybe too easy... :)

I had Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale and loved it so I decided to try this one and I am very glad I did! If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend it.

jamesdergen, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of applky
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a $14 four pack. Yikes.

Pours an incredible red-amber color with yeast floaters. Light orangey head. Great lacing. A crazy-looking beer.

Citrusy in the nose, as you might expect, but also some dark, honey flavors, too. Some dark, biscuity malt comes through as well -- another cue that this isn't an average beer.

Amazingly well-balanced between hops and malt, as other reviewers have noted. That carmel/honey flavor lingers without making the beer seem sweet. Still, the hops are the center of attention -- citrusy, funky, oily, a very unique flavor which is what you want in a DIPA from hops -- but not by much. A very unique flavor.

Finishes dry, as expected, but very creamy in the mouth! Still, like other "well-balanced" DIPAs, all the bitter flavors from both the hops and the malt tend to linger a bit longer than some might like. Still, a very easy beer going down. The 9% ABV isn't necessarily hidden well or anything. This beer is just delicious.

applky, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 11, 2009

This double IPA pours a bright coppery orange, very clear, with a huge truly Herculean off-white head on it, the massive foam is pocked with craters like an asteroid and as it recedes coats the side of the glass with thick slabs of honeycomb lacing.

The aroma is very nicely citrusy hoppy. Very bright with a thick sweetish caramel malt presence behind it.

The flavor is massive as one might expect from a double IPA but this one is equally balanced between a huge sweet bready malt with a bit of caramel, and a huge hop presence which is nearly equally divided between piney resin and orangey lemon citrus. The sweetness fills the mouth and is immediatley pared down by the hops leaving the finish nicely bitter and long. There is alcohol in there but it stays well hidden until the malts and hops have done their job leaving just a bit of burn in the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy with a finish that is silky, luxuriantly smooth. Did I say it was full thick and creamy? Lets add chewy in there too!

This is a very nicely balanced Double IPA, I applaud the hops used that focus on pine, orange and lemon while there is a complexity to the malt makeup that left me thinking of hints of chocolate, vanilla and a tad of butter. If I had another this beer would have piqued my curiosity enough to want another just to savor the various flavors again to see what I missed the first time. Highly recomended!

BlackBearForge, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to drink this fantastic beer at Volo, Toronto's premier beer bar. It pours a striking copper with an eggshell long lasting head. Theres a bit of chill haze which could just as well be hop haze. This beer is hoppy!

The aroma is intensely hoppy, with pungent pine notes wafting through the air as I poured. The taste starts with a high alpha almost harsh bitterness. This bitterness quickly leads into a plethora of piney, cedary, pithy, floral hop notes. Malt is present but not very robust, lending a subtle cookiedough background. The finish is mouth puckeringly bitter. Awesome!
The mouthfeel is Delicately carbonated with an almost oily consistency. Like all good DIPAs, hop oils coat my mouth and teeth, making the finish seem even longer.

I love West Coast American beers. They are so big and delicious and all the hype is justified.

A great DIPA.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Jeffo
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thick looking off white head with very good retention. Venetian red with lots of carbonation evident and quite clear. Decent film remains and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. Very good looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toasted and pale malt all together. Some floral hops and pine in there, along with a touch of citrus notes in the background. Quite enticing for the style.

TASTE: Caramel malt sweetness, floral hops there and a good dose of citrus grapefruit; much more than expected considering the nose. Finishes with a dose of bitter hops. Very bitter finish actually. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting, bitter, and floral with lots of grapefruit notes. A touch of spicy alcohol at the end as well.

PALATE: Very full body, big and thick, with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy, and goes down smooth with minimal bite. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Great big mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.

OVERALL: Every time I have this I am reminded of how good it really is. Huge body and tons of flavor on this one. Very tasty and very enjoyable double IPA, and extremely drinkable for the style as well. This one holds its own with all the big boys. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PH Brookline.
It pours a deep, rich orangey teak color with a thick, but fast fading beige head on top.
A very dry and earthy smell at first, begins revealing fragrant pine, phenol floral hop esters and a light underlying malty grain smell.
The first flavor out of gate, like a rocket, is a nearly overwhelming grapefruity citrusy hop wallop. A bone dry and somewhat cuttingly harsh citrus zest and a bit of a metallic bite is soon tempered, if ever so slightly, by a lightly sweet caramel maltiness.
This brew, as the name implies, is strongly tilted in favor of extreme hop enthusiasts. But at the same time, it is quite drinkable and becomes even more so as it sits for a few moments.
It also packs quite an alcoholic punch. So be careful of that. Unless you're planning on staying with this beer for the evening, save it for your last one, because your taste buds will be spent, rendering them useless to taste anything else.

BeerResearcher, May 15, 2005
Photo of Luchman
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper colored, with a nice frothy head that slowly dissipates to the side.

S: Citrus, hops, and a faint caramel back. Smell is not as strong as others, but still good.

T: Much like the smell. The orange, pineapple, and hops are definitely present, but do not overpower the sweet caramel malt that is also present, and tend more to compliment the overall beer, than simply being the headliner. This is good stuff!

M: Smooth, medium to full body. Fits the beer perfectly.

O: One thing is for sure... the 10% is nowhere to be found here. Definitely one the most drinkable dipa I've ever had.

Luchman, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rather plain unassuming mountain scene labeled double-deucer that just gives a basic "not for the faint of heart" blah blah blahs. If you are buying this beer at $58 a 12 x 22 oz case, you don't need that. Props for mentioning the 85 IBUs.

Hazy, cloudy, dark orange & copper hued pour into me Troegs pint glass, with a healthy dose of carbonation flowing up, under tight, sporadic tan sticky cap head. An exquisite pour, leaving stratus layers of tight foamy that would interst Dr. Louis Leaky and his daughter. I think there were some dinosaur bones in the lace.

Tart bitter hops aromas that will wake up any beer nose well. Juicy pine resin notes. All hops here.

First swigs: Tons of acidic pine resin and grapefruit juice and rind flavors. Mega bitter sandpaper on me tongue. The 85 IBUs are no slouch, neither. Bubble gum and Maple Syrup and pine sappy tastes lead to a quick middle dry finish.

Top notch mouthfeel that offers tons of sizzle, thanks to the generous 85 IBUs and over the top, hop till ya drop acidic sizzle.

Last swigs: GREAT DIVIDE has built a 2IPA in the vein of some IPA comparables, but plenty of hop goodness. For the price, there is a local BarleyCreek Brewing IPA called SuperHop that can compete toe-to-toe for $26 a case.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of Zodijackyl
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark bronze color, thick yet lacy head. The white head contrasts with the odd dark red/brown of the beer.

Very smooth smell, light and crisp malt sweetness and a stronger citrus hop profile.

The taste is a surprise - the stronger malt presence than expected in this style balances out the very heavy hoppiness, making it extremely smooth. The citrus hops feel almost syrupy, but not the same extreme hop presence that is typical of double IPAs. The malt is lightly earthy and nutty, it isn't as prominent in the taste as the hops, but it is nevertheless present. Clean finish with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

Zodijackyl, May 21, 2010
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Pineapple and other tropical fruit. Caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Tropical fruit. Spicy and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.

O: Fantastic look, smell, and taste with a descent mouthfeel. One of the best double IPAs.

SolipsismalCat, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of SudNut
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to golden orange amber with a great head and plenty of lacing. Smells sweet and hopy with a hint of pine and alcohol. The taste is sweet up front with a nice hop presence to balance it out and just a bit of alcohol to taste. MMM good beer! Mouthfeel was creamy and light with good carbonation. Drinkability was great! I want another one but everyone was leaving the bar. Guess I have to wait till next time.

SudNut, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of tmm313
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

tmm313, May 27, 2014
Photo of Norsebrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red/Amber clear pour with a 2+ head with good retention and nice lace
S-Sweet floural hops and some citrus undertones
T-Very fresh citrus and grass hop taste with a very nice constant bitterness.
M-Dry medium body with good carbonation
D-One of the best double IPAs I've had in a while. Great taste. I highly recommend this one.

Norsebrew, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of TheHopCharacter
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle after eating some totinos pizza rolls, with which it went perfectly.

This cloudy IPA pours to a reddish amber color with less than one cm of head. When I say cloudy I mean cloudy, there are many white specks floating around throughout the glass hinting to its heaviness.

It smells of citrus and pine, with orange and grapefruit being prodominate, a slightly sweet raisin malt smell is preasent in the background.

At first taste the hops are pleasantly overwhelming, the citrus comes through strong with pine resin and a delighful malty sweetness tasting of raisin and caramel caressing the background. The finish is extremely piny and there is definitely a booziness to it but it isnt apparent until the finish and only compliments the wonderful hop character/malt.

I love this brew, it definitely deserved being my first review for BA.

TheHopCharacter, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of FattyJLE
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Beautiful deep copper with a finger of off-white head and good lacing. Quite clear.

S – Tart citrus notes - orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice.

T – Very earthy bitterness right off the bat but perfectly balanced as the intense bitterness is soon subdued by a sugary malt sweetness. As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes even more offset by the malts. The citrus appears in the middle, predominately grapefruit peel. Piney notes linger on the back end. There is a bit of alcohol burn, even at colder temperatures. This increases as it warms as well.

M – Well carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is not dry but not too sweet either. Just right.

O – Everything you would want in an IIPA. Strong bitterness, well balanced with malt sweetness, flavorful hops, great aroma and a good amount of alcohol. No criticisms here. This beer ranks up there with the best of them.

FattyJLE, May 22, 2011
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,530 ratings.