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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,431
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
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 jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours an orange amber color, slightly lighter than some products in this style. Full finger light tan head that faded before i could type this out. A good amount of lacing observed.

The smell is really good. Floral hoppy, pine and and significant sweetness.

Full bodied, the mouth feel has a good complexity that starts out with the hop bitterness up front and is balanced well with a solid sweet malty characteristic. The fresh hopped flavor is strong enough to linger slightly in the finish.

Quite drinkable - The 9.1% is present but not distracting. The Great Divide Crew's people presence takes their efforts to the next level. May they continue to enjoy the current level of karma into the future.

jjayjaye, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured a biggun' into a pint glass, shows a burnt golden copper color with thick off-white foam that leaves impressive, sticky lacing. Aroma is full of hoppy forests and spice. Sweet floral, citrus, and a sharp alcohol note also present.

Taste is exceptionally well balanced, alot like their Fresh Hop Pale. The alcohol note is strong in this one, as is the malty organic notes. Feels juicy and thick on the tongue, and leaves a bite on the aftertaste. I'll be having this one again for sure.

wagenvolks, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of nickss
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

22oz bottle.

Pours a beautiful amber with a fluffy white head. Looks ALOT like Old Horizontal in the glass... almost identical.
Come to think of it... it smells alot like Victory's O-H as well. Big hops fill the nose upon inhalation. wow.... hints of grass and hay make for a strong finish.

Tastes alot like 90min, IMO.... which is a very good thing. HUGE hoppiness! mmm. A bit of lemony citrus came through as the beer warmed a bit.

mouthfeel is thick and tongue coating, no complaints here. Very crisp feeling.

Excruciatingly drinkable... not at all overwhelming. A brilliant example of the style.... extremely well balanced... fine work indeed.

nickss, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

I must say I do like the “Great Minds Drink Alike” logo stamped on the top of the bottle cap. Anyway, it pours a deep rusty orange color with a short and creamy head that leaves trails of lace on the walls of the glass. Pungent hop aromas are quite noticeable as well as a bit of fresh pine and a hint of alcohol. The taste begins with a sugary sweetness and fresh lemon followed by a touch of bready malt all leading up to a big kick of bitter raw hop resins. A grapefruit rind aftertaste lingers on the tongue until the next sip. This is one heck of an IPA—definitely recommended.

Morris729, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This dipa pours a very dark cloudy orange that could look brown in some light, with a very light tan head. The head only rises about 1 one finger is mostly gone in 30 seconds with the exeption of a couple big bubbles. The lacing is thin and spotty.

The aroma is oustanding. Its very strong and complex. The biggest note right of the bat is sweet citrus bursting with notes of oranges and grapefruit. As I dig in deeper I come across a little hops.

The taste stays very true to the smell with a big hit of sweet oranges at the beginning then you are hit with a huge rewarding hop ending and you can taste all those 85 ibu's.

The beer is a little light but it coasts your mouth well and leaves a nice after taste.

For a 10% beer this is extermely drinkable and the ibu in no way get old.

This is an outstanding DIPA, that I will certainly drink more of in the future.

jrallen34, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of beertastegood
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep orangey-amber color with a finger-width, slightly rocky fluffy head.

Smells of grapefruit/piney hops, with an intensely sweet toffee-like aroma from the malt. Alcoholic strength is evident in the smell. This one is going to be a hammer.

Taste: Big whack of hops in your face - notes of citrus, pine/spruce, with a very slight hint of mint as well. Immediately after the hops comes the malt to back them up. And what a great backup it is, a distinct nutty flavor mixed in with the caramel-like sweetness that makes me think there is some Munich malt in this brew. The alcohol is evident as the maltiness sweeps over my tongue.

Nice viscous mouthfeel (although I think the alcohol content contributes to this in a big way) with medium carbonation. A wonderfully bitter, drying finish that almost causes me to pucker up - the hops get one last lick in here before you are left with a faint pine flavor on your palate. I am not a huge fan of beers that finish like this (I like 'em to finish malty and smooth rather than bitter and drying), but it is an amazingly clean aftertaste.

Drinkability - one of the few beers above 7% ABV that I can finish a bomber of. Not to mention I don't want to split a beer this good. An excellent offering from Great Divide that catapults them to the top of my brewery list.

(Not to mention I got to meet Brian Dunn at the Dixie Cup this past weekend. It was great talking with him - he was very laid back and willing to give me some homebrew pointers.)

beertastegood, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of peabody81
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz. bottle, the first thing that hits you with this beer is the smell (that and the lingering head). VERY strong citrus, I knew I was in for a serious hop experience. Color was orangish-brown, the thing that impressed me was the head and the lacing on my mug, more like a carpet than a lacing, and it was sparkly, almost crystalline.

Taste is hops, hops, hops, to me, this had a stronger hop presence than even Stone Ruination. Don't get me wrong, I love hops, but would have liked just a little bit of malt.

If you're looking for total hop immersion, this is your beer, if you want more balance, go elsewhere.

I have now had both this and Great Divide's Old Ruffian Barleywine, which was sublime, I think I had a religious experience drinking it, I am very impressed with this brewery.

peabody81, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

A: A hazy burnished orange-copper with a massive light toffee-apricot colored head that slowly recedes to a thick creamy center-cap that floats over the beer. Thick, sticky sheets of lace are left all the way down my Duvel tulip--Hercules' appearance rivals that of its current glass's namesake.

S: Strong, sweet toffee malts with a prevalent citrus twang. Bold, yet still balanced for a DIPA. I'm a fan.

T&M: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine, grapefruit, and lemon. This is what a balanced DIPA should taste like. I like hops with the best of them, but Hercules showcases robust malt and hop flavors in an artistically artisan sense. The body is medium to full, but not quite as creamy as I'd like--still, a minor complaint on an otherwise excellent beer.

D: High ABV and less than ideal feel keep this from being a 5. Hercules DIPA has a wonderful flavor and balance--this is a beer that I could buy in cases.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of JohnParadee
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

Yowza! This one will jump up and smack you in yo damn face! Deep orange/amber pour into DFH IPA glass. Good one finger foamy head, dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lots of tiny bubbles and ample lacing all the way down. Cloudiness and floaties yield an unfiltered appearance. Smell is strong piney nose with hints or orange and grapefruit. On the palate, the hops dominate (85 IPUs, for crying out loud), but there is enough malt on the backside to provide some balance, which helps offset the heavy alcohol (10% ABV). Big chewy mouthfeel. Hard to imagine drinking more than 1-3 of these and living to tell about it, but maybe that is how it got its name.

JohnParadee, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BDIMike
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a dark golden color in its thin parts and a burnt orange hue at the main part of the body. A good amount of carbonation but a thin white head. The head does have a nice fluff to it that covers the brew throughout the drink.
Smell has a nice citrus hop dominance to it. However, there is a good amount of nutty and sweet smells as well, giving a very intriguing aroma.
Taste is very nice on this beer. A backbone base taste of nutty malts and sweet sugars. Overtaken by a very nice citrus hop, but the two combine for a very nice balance.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Very silky and smooth, but with a nice thickness, making it almost syrupy.
Drinkability is unbelievable for a Double IPA. Great tastes but a very nice balance making this one of the most drinkable and best double IPAs I have ever had. One of those beers you use to judge all other beers of its style against.

BDIMike, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

This Herculean adventure begins in spongy froth, one which slowly subsides to form a marshmallow crown. While not a student of mythology, I don’t believe Hercules was a king of anything. Anyway, the copper colored body is somewhat cloudy and imbedded with wayward carbonation bubbles.

As to the aroma, honey, peach and mango ruled this day; as for the taste: upon the first sip, the palate becomes awash in a complex potion of fruit and toast, both of which drift away in a smooth and hoppy finish.

Hercules had me fooled. Despite the label reading “… not for the faint of heart” as well as the intimidating 85 IBUs, I assumed it to be a hop bomb; strangely enough, it was not; it was pleasant enough and proof of what a great brewer can do.

jjboesen, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%

Great beer with great feel and awesome taste! The smell is mesmerizing. The hops jump out and tease your nose. Once it hits the palate, the hoppiness and bitterness pair perfectly together. Overall an awesome beer and definetly a go to for a starter beer. But not a finisher. It would be a waste to numb your taste buds before drinking this beer!

Andyyyyyy, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%

From the 650 ml. bottle which was bottled on Feb 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

Orange-amber pour leading up to a lingering foamy off-white head. Constant carbonation.

The nose is more fruity than anything else with a nod to apples and pears. The malt character is farther behind but notable. Also a keen sweetness. Not super floral or piney.

Medium to full body and smooth in texture.

OK. the 10.0% ABV is more noticeable in the taste that in the aroma. I still get that fruity character but the pungent barley malts drive their way in with pizzazz and then there is this a modest boozy bitterness at the finish. Except for the hop bitterness you might believe you are drinking a barleywine.

puboflyons, May 26, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured a hazy golden orange with a huge off white fluffy cloud into a tulip glass at Roman’s Pub in South Milwaukee. Beautiful bright orange hues. Head is luscious, thick, lasting, fragrant, and creamy. This looks great! Nose is wonderful too. Balanced citrus, floral, pine, juniper, and grassy hops. Taste is just as well balanced. A refreshing juicy fruit hop front matches the spicy pine and tangerine hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Body is full, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is nuts considering the IBV and ABV, almost as good as Dreadnaught. This is extremely tasty stuff and ever so creamy and luscious feeling. I love it.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 24, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,431 ratings.