Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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3,635 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,635
Reviews: 1,508
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 198
Gots: 285 | 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 Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA MRMOJORISING for the recommendation this afternoon. . . .

A: From a 22 oz bomber I gave it a moderately aggressive pour into a Piraat tulip glass. The result? A big, 3-finger khaki-colored head stays and stays and stays over an orangey-copper-slightly-red body with some haze, a decent amount of floatie sediment, and lacing that grabbed the side of the glass like a drowning man clinging to the rope tossed from a helicopter in the middle of a hurricane. A fluffy pillowy mound of cloud sat in the middle the entire time I drank my way down the glass, never giving up and never diminishing in strength. Very nice.

S: What you'd expect from a DIPA: piney, grassy, citrusy hops. And spicy alcohol, especially as it warms. Think orange rinds soaked in Southern Comfort in the middle of a pine forest and you've got the idea.

T: An initial taste of malty, toffee-like buttery sweetness is quickly destroyed by the onslaught of hops. Citrusy at first, but as it warms the hops flavors combine and meld into one big blend -- florally, citrusy and piney all at once (and I know that's tough to pull off). Hoppy bitterness lingers and the alcohol warmth steps in at the end, making its presence known at the back of the mouth and as it travels south.

M: Smooth and creamy with a dry finish early in the glass that becomes a tad bit sweeter the longer you drink it. Not much in the way of obvious, visible carbonation (other than that monster head at first pour). Good heft to the body -- you know you're drinking a heavy, almost cognac-like beer, and I'm good with that.

D: This is a slow-sippin' beer, not the kind you'd bring to a party or put back on a hot summer day. It took me a full hour to drink the bomber, and that's not a knock on its flavor at all. It's just a full-bodied beer. And I should mention the ABV does pack a bit of a wallop, so I can't imagine wanting to drink more than one bomber of this. I gave my wife a sip and she liked it but her immediate comment was "is this strong?" You can tell that this beer will kick your ass -- halfway through and I could feel the buzz pretty good -- and as a result, I think it's just instinctual to nurse it slowly.

Notes: highly recommended. I'm finding a lot of DIPAs that I like and this one didn't disappoint. Good balance between malty sweetness and the hops and a nice complicated blending of hoppy flavors, which I've come to expect from a good DIPA. Enjoy.

Photo of nezelrac
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - on tap, then I brought home a growler, review based primarily from draft observations supplemented with growler notes

A - Served/poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Orange tinged amber with a near 2 finger white creamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S - Caramel and sweet malts surround lightly piny and citrus hops with an interesting focused note of baked pineapple. A whole lot more malt on the nose than many DIPA's

T - Plenty of bitterness and hop flavors, but they are deeply embedded in a big malty body. Toasty, caramel maltiness and gentle nutty notes with hints of fruity esters hold a lot of hops in balance. The bitterness is evident on the palate and builds through the finish.

M - Deliciously smooth and creamy. Hops give some nice structure. Stops just shy of being a truly 'big' beer.

D - Dangerously drinkable. I will be filling the growler again soon. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - orange/amber color with a nice foamy beige head that lasted the entire glass, leaving lots of fine sticky lace.

S - it's all about the hops, very strong citrusy hop aroma.

T - very good tasting DIPA, sour citrus hop flavor hits first, followed by a slight hint of malt, finishing with a crisp hop bite.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated brew.

D - very tasty, but drinkable only to a point (4) because of 9% abv.

I have a question: why doesn't anyone make a brew this tasty with an abv of 5% or less, so it can be sessionable?

Photo of Arkay
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks for Great Divide for sending me this in a generous quality control make-up.
*10.0% ABV listed on bottle (as opposed to 9.10% listed here).

A- Clear and copper colored. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving a veritable sheet of lacing. Definitely borderline 5.

S- Big pine hoppiness, with only feint hints of sweet, malty notes.

T-Solid piney/slightly grapefruit hop flavors supply the bitterness. Very solid, fairly sweet malt pressence balances things out nicely. Excellent bitter finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium full feel, and fairly creamy. Slight oily coating. Quite good.

D- Excellent. Fantastic flavor and feel, and very easy drinker for it's 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Got this sent to me as part of a mea culpa from GD for an infected product....and I definitely came out pleased. Very good DIPA that I will be happy to actually pay for next time.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

3 Finger luscious tan/khaki head died to half finger and retained looks great.

Stong malty and hoppy nose. Gigantic hoppiness Great nose as well.

Good hop bite. Good sweet caramel malt with strong hop lingering finish. Almost barley wine in nature.

Good carbonation and great mouthfeel on this DIPA. Extremly smooth very drinkable.

Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joes back in November for $5.99.

This is a orange colored brew that poured a very sturdy 3 finger head that is leaving nice "tree rings" in my glass. Nose is malty, hoppy, citrusy-very interesting. Taste starts off trying to be balanced with a nice malt intro that quickly give way to a blast of citrusy hops. Can't say I am dissapointed! Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is very lively nicely carbonated beer. Drinkability is good as the brewer did a great job masking the high abv.

Photo of buzzarooski
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Light Carmel Orange Color with a Picture Perfect White Foamy Head that Remained Almost Through-Out...

SMELL: Hoppy Aroma that is Strong but Not Over-Powering....Subtle Nutty Scents are Evident also.

TASTE: A Refreshing yet Bold Malty Flavor that leaves no doubt that you are consuming a Higher ABV (10.0%) IPA yet ISN'T Harsh.

FEEL: Moderate Carbonation, Crisp Refreshing,

OVERALL: A Truly GREAT IPA that delivers in BOTH Taste and Kick. It is Obviously NOT a "Session" Beer but If you want to Relax and Casually ENJOY a Snifter or Two...I would HIGHLY Recommend this Gem!

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My "Bro" Artied2 has been going on and on about this bier.... So when I finally saw one locally I just had to snag it....

Out of the bottle it comes, a clear, rich, deep, dark golden bronze hue. Head was slightly off-white and creamy, maintaining at about 1/4" for a while before fading to a thin layer. The fine, tight bubbles leave nice lacing in the glass.

Has a toasty malt nose along with a piney hop flourish, though less than expected. Still enticing.

Hitting the tongue, it has a medium body along with a creamy smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. Has a touch of bubbliness, but doesn't get prickly at all.

Flavor is a big, toasty malt hit at the outset, with an almost Fest-like sweetness and a sort of crystal malt flavor. Very hoppy shortly thereafter, but more of a resiny flavor than an out-and-out citrus lean. Hops are sharp, and almost spicy, to a point. Lovely combo with the caramel-like notes from the malt. Reminds me both of Smutty Big-A as well as the Bastard in some respects. Nice stuff!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

821

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber clear color. Forms a big aired white to yellow head when poured. Good retention. It never disappears completely, leaving a small bubbled layer and nice lacings around

S: Smells like a well done double American IPA should smell :). Very aggressive on citrus-flowery-pine hops. A bit metallic. Caramel malts and yeasts

T: Tastes like a well done double American IPA should taste :). Light sweet upfront, followed by the caramel and caramel malts. Hops are citrus, grassy. Notes of pineapple. End is deliciously bitter respecting the 85 IBUs

M: Medium creamy molasses body with nice carbonation. Very nice hoppy aftertaste. The 10% ABV is not felt

O: Absolutely drinkable beer. Not aggressive nor extreme. A delicious US Double IPA specimen

Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-copper with a full apricot colored that slowly gave way to a dollop in the center. Thick sheets of lace are left all the way down.

S: Sweet, strong toffee malts with clear citrus bite. Pronounced floral aroma, yet nicely balanced with the malts...especially for an DIPA.

T: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine and citrus. Robust hop flavors balance surprisingly with the malt.

M: Full bodied, big beer. A better finish away from being a 5 in my book

D: 9.1 ABV and the finish keep this from being more drinkable. I was one-and-done with my bomber. The balance guarantees a repurchase.

Photo of erz316
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 floz brown bottle with Aug 12 2009 as the bottled on date, served into lachouffe snifter.

A - beer has a deep amber glow when held up to the light, a mix of cadmium red and yellow ochre. the head gets pretty big, about two fingers; its a light cream colour with a hint of orange, warming up the overall colour. the head settles in a normal amount of time. the colour of the body is the real high point of the appearance.

S - real big caramel malt appearance in the nose, along with a real blunt hop character. very herbal smelling, and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps a bit of pine. the hops character isnt as multifacited as other beers, but the presence is still there. the only thing that I can tell that makes this hop nose very different is that the individual notes seem to decrease in proportion.

T - the taste is pretty damn solid. the initial taste is a slightly off center blend of hops to malts, going in the favor of the hops. the malts are pretty damn big in the beer, but it manages to keep the hops in front; the malts are really caramely, quite amazingly so. the finish is where the brew gest the majority of its flavour: it starts hoppy, really quite floral actually, maybe a bit more pine and some grass, and continues to build in intensity till it climaxes in a pinch of warm alcohol. the aftertaste is quite long lasting and more piney than anything else.

MF&D - a lighter medium body, with great carbonation, which could asset itself more in that the scale is too small. the drinkability is also quite good, as I find myself wishing this weren't a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of mike24
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with some yeast sediment floating around, thin head the dissipates but some beautiful lacing that sticks around

S: toasted grain and big citrusy hops

T: Big toasted malt up front, fruity and juicy hop in the middle with a noticeable alcohol warmth coming through. beautifully balanced between hops and malt here, for a double IPA it's actually pretty remarkable.

M: creamy and coating without being syrupy, drying finish

D: Dangerously drinkable. full flavoured no doubt, but still very quenching.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Amber/copper color, clear, leaves light lace right away, beige head with lots of bubbles

S: Resiny hops, very juicy, malt adds a nice distinct sweetness

T: Just like the smell, it just tastes so gooey and delicious, the hops are so juicy, definite sweetness from the malt goes well with all the hops, can taste a little bit of alcohol too, but not much, bitter but not overwhelming because of the malt sweetness

M: Very smooth, mild carbonation

D: The flavors are so good its easy to drink, it doesn't even matter that its 10%

Notes: One of the best beers I have had in a while and maybe ever, it is just so delicious it is hard for me to find anything that I don't like about it. I could drink this every day. Definitely a must try.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper color with a larger sampling of off-white beige foamy head.
Smell is a kick in the nose of flowers, earthy yeast, and some sweet malt.
Taste is a whirlwind flavor-it starts with bitter/sweet hops followed by some sweet malt then gives me the flavor of pine needles on the end.
Finish is dry and rather quick considering the flavor explosion.
Drinks a bit dangerously if in the right frame of mind-while the first sips may be tough to get through-the last few gulps go down well.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy red shade of copper. The light brown head is very creamy and is of an average height. Retention is good. The aroma is of strong, citrissy hops with a smell most reminiscent of pineapples. An underlying malt sweetness is also present. Hercules has an excellent hop flavor, again pineapple comes to mind. Plenty of underlying malt flavor provides a nice balance and a bit of nutty flavor. Bitterness is ample, but doesn't seem unrelentingly harsh at 85 IBUs. The 9.1% ABV isn't noted at all. This is a great DIPA, the hop flavor is damn near perfect and the malt is well-matched. Highly recommended.

Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear bright golden orange with coppery highlights. Thick, dense cushion of light beige head. Great lacing painted all over the sides of the Duvel tulip. Moderate but appetizing nose of caramel, tropical fruits, pineapples, pine sap, Scotch tape, and a slice of orange.

Focused hop bite hits the tongue right away. Herbal and bitter with light toasted malt backing. Creamy and smooth feel. Sweet fruit and caramel/toffee malt backbone as the hop flavor and bitterness take over the palate. Big citrus, pineapple, and pine bitterness. Slightly warming finish with lingering candy apple malt and bitter hop resins. Full-bodied DIPA that goes down pretty easy for the hoppiness and the abv. Very good.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first aspect of this beer that I noticed was a nice thick 2 finger head that did not disappated all the way, but did leave a slight bit of lace.

The malt seems to stand out on my first full whiff, but as the beer begins to warm, the hopsbegin to break through to the top.

The color is a nice dark orange that was hazy and showed a slight bit of carbonation bubbling to the surface. There are also small flakes floating in the beer.

The malt taste is very distinctive as the beer hits your tongue. Although, the first taste is a bit sweet, the hops hit the back of your mouth as you complete your tasting. The aftertaste is not bitter, but very pleasing.

The beer is fairly light on the palate and leaves a nice trail of lace as you finish it.
The ABV is fairly high, which does affect the drinkablility a slight bit, but it is not that noticeable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

Photo of vtfan77
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange with a big off-white head, great retention, and fantastic lacing. Beautiful!

S- Ahhh... sharp piney hops and mouthwatering citrus notes spring forth, along with a nice, sweet malt backing.

T- Definite sweet malt up front, but it doesn't stick around long before the hops beat the hell out of it. More pine and juicy oranges and grapefruits play on the tongue as the hops do their thing. Hefty bitterness on the finish, but certainly not overpowering. Not exactly what I'd call "supremely balanced" or anything, but that's not what I'm looking for here. If I wanted supreme balance I'd drink a damn barleywine.

M- Nice and thick, almost a bit chewy. Carbonation is at a good moderate to high level.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me due to its high alcohol, but oh, what a one!

Fantastic, simply fantastic. I really, really liked this beer. Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had period. Really nothing fancy, either. Just straight up, hops forward goodness, with just enough malt backing to keep from overwhelming. If you like DIPA's you simply must give this a try. Highly recommended.

Photo of denflyr
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer!

I have always enjoyed IPA style beers and boy does this one take the "cake."

It poured into a Great Divide Cervoise Goblet nice orange/copper/amber colored. A nice copper head topped it off.

The taste and mouthfeel of the beer were fantastic. I was able to detect a nice malt backbone that melded very nicely with the very hoppy tones of this DIPA.

A fantastic nose for sure as well. You can sense the alcohol, but the hop overtones are more assertive. The two biggest profiles were the citrusy and pine notes of the hops.

I love this beer, but you can only have a bit as it is 9.1 ABV and not one you can drink all night long without some undesired affects.

This went VERY nice with some spicy chicken Chimichangas that we whipped up!

Happy drinking!

Photo of Strickzland
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a peach-tea color from the 22oz brown
bomber. There is no head but there are
active carbonation bubbles working overtime.

S: very strong hop nose of pine needles and
undertones of malt and grass. This brew
smells like the pine forest in my backyard.

T: Slap in the face with a pine branch! The 85
IBU seems underreprestative of this awesome
AIPA. There is some malt sweetness that
fights its way through the hop. The alcohol
his understated in its flavor but very
obvious by the end of the 22oz. bottle.

M: Great body on this AIPA, with an almost
creamy texture that is a nice surprise in
this style. The ability of this brew to
be so bold in its presence without being
syrupy is a great achievment.

D: Smooth, crisp, tastey, awesome, f'n awesome.

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with creamy off-white head and some lacing.

Smell: Bright citrus, sweet toasted malt and some spiciness.

Taste: Very juicy citrus (much more orange than grapefruit) with a strong counterbalance of sweet toasted malt. Ends with a long spicy and floral bitterness.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy and smooth medium to full body, somewhat warming and very dry. Can really feel the hop oils.

Drinkability: Despite the high alcohol, I find this to be more drinkable than most standard IPAs. Ultimately, this seems more like a very smooth, more malty standard IPA than many other more out-there DIPA's, such as Hopslam and Double Trouble.

Photo of crawfow
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. Bomber

A: I was a little disappointed in the hazy appearance. No doubt this beer has a serious charge of dry hops which can be a detriment to clarity. However, as the beer warmed to 55 degrees, the clarity improved. Yup, captian, we have protien influenced chill haze present.

S: Sweet, Feathery Jesus...God and the baby Jesus, this beer smells like resiny, piney heaven with a slight aroma of malt goodness. I mean not a hint of the 9.1% ABV stated on the bottle.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Initial citrus, grapefruit flavor followed by a bit of caramel malt (I guess that's the only thing left after every other fermentable element was gobbled up). Finish is quite bitter...IBUs seem to be higher than the 85 IBUs stated on the bottle. Lingering bitterness that screams for a bite of gorgonzola cheese.

M: Well attenuated and a touch thin as expected. I like a little more body in my ideal IPA….nothing personal. To get that much alcohol you probably have to ferment every sugar available to the yeast.

D: I love this beer...but I could not knock back 2 or three of these in a sitting. This is definitely a sipping beer that should be accompanied with a meal or at least hors d'ourves.

O: This is the pinnacle of the Imperial IPA genre. Great Divide accomplished their objective: Make a big ole IPA that can be enjoyed by the novice or the most seasoned beer aficionado.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,635 ratings.