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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

3,742 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,742
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 216
Gots: 357 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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.
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Ratings: 3,742 | Reviews: 1,532
Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy copper colour with 3 fingers of rocky yellow head. after 5 minutes the head has dropped about half way and left a ton of lace all around the glass.

aroma is nice. pine and grapefruit hops dominate.

taste is great. resinous piney hops that cling and linger for a long time. slight grapefruit. moderate maltyness, but this one is all about hops. a little alcohol, but it's balanced well against the hops.

mouthfeel is good. moderate body is about right for style, with a good carbonation level.

drinkability is higher than i would have expected for a 9.1% dipa. the lingering piney hops detract from the drinkability a little, but it's well balanced.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent DIPA. Pours a nice murky copper-red color with a beige colored head about an inch and a half high.

A citrussy-piney-hoppy aroma penetrates my olfactory senses as the aroma wafts into my nose. Apricot, nectarine. Flowers. For taste - very hoppy with a excellently-balanced amount of bitterness. Apricot and citrus are evident, as is black pepper and cardamom. Some clove, perhaps. There is still a note of floral hibiscus and hyacinth. An excellent expression of the style. The hops win out as the ale warms, resulting in a bitter sweet-citrus taste. The mouthfeel is spicy and carbonated, and the drinkability is good for a 9.10 % ABV ale. All in all, one of the better double IPAs I have tasted.

Photo of jc85
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color, with a good size off-white head. It left good retention and great lacing on the glass.

Smell- Malt is the first thing that comes through on this beer. Some citrus notes and a little bit of pine.

Taste- WOW, this tastes great. Just like the nose, malty sweetnes right up front, as you drink it the citrus comes in. On the back end a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied somewhat sticky.

Drinkability- This goes down great, not overly bitter, and not too sweet. Great beer overall

Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a clear copper orange color. About one and a half fingers of thick, pillowy off-white head rose from the glass. Good retention. Head lasted most of the way through and left generous lace. Smell: plenty of grapefruit, orange zest, bready yeast aromas and tons of resiny pine hops. Little alcohol in the nose. Taste: Tons of bittering hops met with plenty of sweet malty flavors. Also nice citrus and pine flavors with a little alcohol heat. Somewhat bready. Mouthfeel is full, complex and somewhat carbonated on the tongue. Pretty drinkable but can sneak up on you quickly.

Photo of Brewnami
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Great Divide brew that I tried. IPAs are my favorite style of beer and this particular one is really good. I bought a 4 pack for $16.13 (which seems quite a bit expensive) at a local store and poured on of the 12oz bottles in a pint glass. The dark amber brew left a soft creamy white head that slowly dissipated lacing every bit of the glass that it touched. Sticky hops overwhelm the smell. Behind the powerful hops is a citrus and bready scent. Once again, hops overwhelm the taste, however that is not a complaint. I notice some pine notes as well as a bit of alcohol in taste. Caramel malts are also very noticeable. The mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and pretty think... I think a bit more so than other double IPAs I've had. I do really enjoy this beer, however when this costs over $16 and Harpoon Leviathan costs $10 so I am definitely going to go with the Leviathan next time. Absolutely give it a try if you have not had it yet, especially if you find it on tap; but I cannot say that it is worth that price tag.

Photo of jsprain1
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a copper color with some more golden colored highlights. Head is thin and stays at about 1/8th of a finger, some lacing.
S- Smell initially was more malty than I expected but repeated wafts bring more and more hops. Slightly sweet but then piney and a bit of citrus hops. I am picking out more pine than citrus notes though.
T- There is enough malt backbone throughout to be sufficient with caramel notes poking through but pine hops are huge here. There is a bit of citrus again here but I would say that again thick piney flavors are the big winner.
M- SLick, almost oily on the tongue. Low carbonation adds to this heavy feeling but it sure makes the flavors linger.
O- A big beautiful IIPA. Definitely one that should be visited by any fans of the style.

Photo of emmasdad
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark golden color, with a nice white head. Huge hoppy aroma, pine, citrus, bready malt. Starts off with a big, resiny hop flavor, with some nice caramel sweetness mid-palate, before finishing with some nice, warming alcohol. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hop aroma with citrus, grass and spice notes. I tried, but I can't get any malt through all that hop smell.

Deep amber and clear. with medium head that lingers as a thin layer throughout. Just a little bit of rising carbonation.

Assertively bitter but there's also a solid sweet malt backbone. Some good crystal malt flavor and a little melanoidin which is a welcome surprise. Then there's good hoppy oily flavor with more citrus notes and just a little bit grassy. Finish is a nice combo of brown sugary sweet and bitter.

Full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. It doesn't look it, but the carbonic bite is solid.

Nice drinking beer. Big and assertive but not overbearing or so big that you need to sip it. Pretty much right where this style of beer should be.

Photo of SaintsFan
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect reddish-amber into my St. Feuillien glass. Small head, but sticks around forever, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is classic big IPA...pine, citrus, and alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste is a huge hops blast...delicious if you love this style. As it warms, some malts come through, but this is a big hop beer.

Mouthfeel is great...neither too thick nor too thin. Very drinkable given the hops assault.

This is a great exemplar of the style.

Photo of Ivanthehero
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review and I chose a doozy of a beer for number one. I love IPAs so it only stood to reason that I would love an IPA on steriods. Geeeezus...thats what came out of my mouth after the first sip. My tongue was not ready for that. I almost wish this weren't a double because I think without the high alch. content it would be amazing. Its still quite good nevertheless.

Appearance- Beautiful beer. poured a redish orange with a big frothy head that lasted.

Smell-ah, I love the IPA smell. Very fresh and earthy. Stings the nostrils.

Taste- all I can think of is fresh cut grass, or some sort of herb. Very fresh and crisp but I think the alchahol content takes away from the crispness I love in IPAs. Still, delicious.

MF-Kinda sticky, leaves a grassy film in the mouth.

drinkability- not as drinkable as the normal IPAs I like, but for its alchahol content it is very, very drinkable.

Overall-I wan't ready for the biggness of this beer although I don't know why it bieng called Hercules and all. The more I drank the more I got over this bigness and really enjoyed the fresh grassy goodness. Good stuff.

Photo of dbatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with reddish-gold color and a nice amount of creamy off white head. Solid amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral/pine hop aroma followed by a lovely maltiness.

T: Hop flavors abound up front, both piney and floral, giving way to a creamy caramel flavor.

M: Creamy finish, leaves a dry mouth, but it is a good dry.

D: Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. The 9% is noticeable, but manageable and easy to put down.

Photo of cooncat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving was on tap at the 2008 Brew Kettle "Ogre Fest" (Strongsville, OH.)

The brew is a golden copper color, with nice head and head retention. Swirl of the glass continuously brings up nice lacing.

Nose is dominated by the piney and floral hop notes.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. You are at first assaulted by a massive piney/citrus hop presence. However, these hops are backed up by caramel and bready malts, which make for a nicely balanced brew. IBU rating of 85 seems understated, but the 9.1% ABV is not noticeable until the end, when the beer has warmed up some. Dangerously quaffable - drink with respect and moderation.

We paired this up with a soft Bavarian pretzel with wasabi mustard sauce. This brew can handle intense flavors! Highly recommended. A fine offering from Great Divide!

Cheers!

Photo of YouSkeete
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and hazy copper/amber appearance with a finger-thick tan head. Bananas, grapefruit, cloves, fresh hops, rye and citrus malts on the aroma. Fresh hops, molasses, honey, lemongrass and wheat on the initial sip. Lots of bready, malty flavors with a big hit of fresh hops. Boozy oak follows. A moderately carbed brew with a floral, earthy, strong, full overall body. Aftertaste is composed of citrus, honey and a mild fruity sweetness. Given Great Divide rarely disappoints, this is a fantastic Double IPA.

Photo of kmcnair
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper to amber color and makes a modest offwhite head that lingers for quite a while. Aromatics are nutty and sweet, yummy pine cones. Flavor opens up with a moderate bitterness, followed by a nutty character and lots of pine, grapefruit, caramel and sweet chewy finish. This is really good! This one is thick on the palate, leaves a lingering syrupy quality and warmth from the alcohol. I look forward to finding this one again... its very drinkable. Sadly, it is not available in my area.

Photo of cueball52
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper with a small tight white head.
The aroma is nice mixture of malt and hops with a slight grassy note.
The taste starts with a bitter citrus hop punch that is quickly balanced by the malt. This is a very well balanced big beer. The alcohol at 9.1% isn't overpowering but you can tell it's there.
It has a very full mouth-feel, nicely carbonated, and is very drinkable. It would be easy to drink more of this than would be wise.
This is definitely one of the best Double IPA's I've tried.

Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to upsjeff for sending this great extra.

Pours a dark, murky orange color with a finger of foam. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a heavy malt backbone. The taste has a pleasant bitterness with some orange and slightly spicy flavors and a big malt profile to hold the whole thing together. Mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfection. A really great thirst quencher for these warm days.

Photo of ntatum
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, poured an orangish amber with lots of lacing. The hops definitely comes through on the nose but with some caramel maltiness also.

It has a nutty/caramel sweetness come through up front but then BAM comes that hops. The hops come through as citrus and piny finishing with a very nice floral flavor.

The mouth feel and viscosity of the beer is great as it allows those citrus/piny/floral notes to linger. It has excellent drinkability and I honestly wish i had one (or two) more to go with this one.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky gold amber with a thick creamy off white head. The head lasts very well and produces excellent lacing. Has a decent hoppy aroma of pine with subtle touches of malt. Has a good carbination with a solid thin texture. Has a real good duration and an excellent finish. Very solid all the way through. This one may not have complex aromas but the flavors and taste are awesome. Very smooth. Hopheads should definately check this one out.

Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured bomber into a mug

a- golden amberish with thick off white foam.
good retention and lacing

s- malty piney hops . breadiness and alcohol and sublte floral zest

t- the same as smell with a bit more of that spicy zest
the floral hops comes out on the way down. big alcohol bite

m- rich, resinous, sticky hops. just the right carbonation to bring this down smoothely

d- a good beer to set the pace between sipping and tossing em back.
this is the type of beer i like to gulp down in large sips @ about 20 mins per bomber, then let it sit before the next one.

Photo of beerphan
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler -> pint
2007 @ MadMex, Cranberry, Pa

Pours a clear copper, with a quaint one inch white head. Thin sheets f lace. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Strong hop nose mostly pine

Smooth silky mouthfeel. Strong sweet caramel malts upfront, followed by a fruity citrus pine back that finishes with a lingering pineapple bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden behind the full flavors. Pretty balanced as the full malt presence is subdued by the almost over the top hoppy bitterness.

Very drinkable DIPA, that will sneak up and bite you in the ass with the 9.1 ABV. Enjoy.

Photo of beck2008
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer - it reminded me of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. The only weird thing is it had a bunch of floaties. It was like drinking a home brew - I had to leave the last 1/4" in the bottom.

Beyond that, this beer is actually on the sweeter side given that it's an IPA. Lots of malty citrus on the front end, some nice balanced fresh hop bit on the back. The alcohol was easier to detect compared to the Dogfish Head 90.

Photo of GPHarris
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tumbler. it left nice sticky sides and really good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a slightly hazy amber color.
s - piney and resiny.
t - piney and earthy with a nice malt backbone. each sip the malt hits you on the front of the tongue and the hops hit the back.
m - incredibly creamy.
d - easy to take deep quaffs of this and it is so well-balanced. wish this had been larger than the 12 ounce bottle i had. another great beer from great divide. they are very underrated and should be talked about in the same breath as stone and DFH, et al.

Photo of Bumpon10s
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pretty thick amber, hint of orange. Small head on this, but what did you expect?

S - Hops and not much else, the alcohol is well masked.

T - A very tame hop, but I like it, again, the alcohol is very light despite how heavy it actually is.

M - Very smooth, light carbonation, a slippery beer.

D - Suprisingly drinkable for a double IPA, super smooth, I will get again.

Great Divide continues to impress me, for sometimes less than $5 it is an absolute steal for an awesome beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, compared side by side with Boulder's Mojo Risin'

pours a pretty nearly clear copper color with an off-white frothy head. A ring of lacing left with nearly every sip.

Nose is pretty typical double IPA - heavenly hops...but a lot is there. Floral as well as pine, and sugary sweet fruits. Only a hint of alcohol, along with fairly faint bready smell. Mouth-watering.

Taste? - Delicious. Noticeably more hops flavors and bitterness than the Mojo Risin I tried a few days ago. Malt profile is strong and surprisingly complex. Whereas the Mojo Risin seemed to have a bit too much residual sweetness, this beer is damn near perfect in this regard. There is caramel sweetness, but it is far from cloying. Little alcohol bite, especially for the strength.
Where the Mojo Risin (a fine beer in it's own right) screamed ultra-fresh hop flavors and dangerous drinkability, this beer seems more carefully crafted to create flavors that meld beautifully.

Medium to full body and very creamy. Only slightly unbalanced with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Drinkability is limited only by your alcohol tolerance. I will say it was significantly more expensive than the Mojo Risin (which I found today for $2.89 for a 22 oz bomber!)

All the things I like about the style, and none of the potential flaws. Well done. I hope everyone can get this gem in their area.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,742 ratings.