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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,679
Reviews: 1,518
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, lightly hazy orangey copper with a frithy 1/2 inch ivory head. Leaves sheets of lace. Smells strongly of grapefruit and tangerine. Some peach and mandarin orange. Not a bitter or biting hops aroma but very sweet citrus.

Tastes tangy and bitter. A sweet citrus offset and intermingles with a biting bitterness. Tangerine very evident as well as grapefruit, orange rind and light peach. Mouth is lightly sticky and has a long biter hoppy aftertaste. You can lick the alpha acids off your teeth. Very tasty...I Like it!!!

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kelly's Olympian, a great place.

A: reddish orange hues throughout that fused with golden and yellow colors at the bottom and edges when held up to the dim bar lights. A dense ring of white foam cap that trickled down, sip upon sip. Just about motionless in the glass with a few outcast bubbles amongst the radiant color. Even at the bar it looked real tasty

S: nice hop hitter, Hercules does hit you in the nose on this one. Nice blending of pine, lemon, floral, and citrus scents. Sweetness relies on caramel and burnt brown sugar with buttery whiffs. This beer had no problem cutting through the usual bar smells, very pleasing nose

T: this is flipping great! The malts play a bigger role than you think. Caramel and brown sugar drizzled over roasted malty goodness. Pine and citrus (lemon, grapefruit, oranges) hops are prefect match with hearty sweet malts. It is really well balanced overall with hops riding shotgun with the malts, even for a double IPA the hops are in total harmony

M: mild body and bursting with very drinkable flavors. Alcohol is very tame for its % and smooth body make it very delightful

D: a hop hitter and sweet malt kicker...great beer! Almost to well rounded for the label as a double IPA, not sure if that is possible? but, in any event, get a hold of it if you can! A must for hoppy beer fans

Photo of mdunman
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy amber with a tick head and a lot of linger.

S: Hop bomb, with a bit of spice and malt.

T: Again, a hop bomb. But this one was complemented with a lot of good spices and some citrus notes to make this IPA a bit more unique.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer. This beer stands out in the world of hop bombs in it's own way. I would gladly come back for another round.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is orange brown very thick with yeast and carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers & rocky, off white and leaves some good lace.

The smell is piney, woodsy, with alcohol. Big Hops, Big Malt & Big Alcohol, all coming my way

The taste is really good, The hops is really nice, Big hopy flavor, grape fruit, pine, But the malt makes this one great, with excellent balance.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, great carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I could really just suck on this all day. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Photo of edb7
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The pour: This beer is a golden orange with average head. It leaves lace on the glass as the beer disappears. Funny how they all disappear, huh?

Smell: I detect hops, a pinch of pine and fruit.

Taste: Hops at the front end that continues through the sip. A good bitterness that lingers for a few seconds after swallowing. I like this IPA. Taste includes a sweetness in the background (honey-like), but is mostly hops and grapefruit. There is a notable citrus toward the end of each sip. I do not taste the alcohol, which is a good thing. Considering the 10%, I am shocked.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a tinge of bite at the end.

In summary, this is a tasty IPA with a good balance of complex flavors and bitterness. I will visit Hercules again! I am also curious to try other Great Divide varieties as this was my first.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy copper with a finger of white head that dies slow. Smells of the west coast with big citrus, rindy hops and a malty backbone. The bittering hops smack you with full force, the sweet malt makes a noble attempt at balancing but the hops give way and linger. Medium in the mouth with crisp carbonation. Session this if you can.

Photo of CrazyOtto623
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with about a finger and a half of head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very hoppy with a little bit of fruitiness.The taste is similar to the smell with lots and lots of hops and some citrus flavor.

A great IPA overall.

Photo of huhl23
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.

Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.

It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didn't notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of soupyman10
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 11/25/08 - 5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
Put a bottle away when I got the first four-pack back in March and let it sit around for eight months. Might not have been enough time to really see much of a change. Appearance is same, but with a ton of crap floating around in it, oddly enough. Nose has got a bunch of caramel and toffee malt in it now, almost maple syrup. Flavor is still a hop bomb. Not getting any sourness at this point, but there's still a smooth caramel malt front that explodes in fruity hops on the back end. Still, a fantastic beer.

ORIGINAL POST: 3/26/08 - 4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4
Pours a nice looking copper-amber color with a massive three fingers of white, billowy head. Leaves good looking lacing as it drains. Crystal clear. A near perfect looking DIPA (or are we calling them SDPAs now?). Nose is tons of citrus and piney hops. A very subtle sour note shows through as well, which is fairly unique for a DIPA. Very light caramel malt hints. This is a hoppy beer, no question, not in the sweeter DIPA vein of 120 Min. Taste is likewise powerfully hoppy. First off is a strong bitter, sour hoppiness. Middle there's a smooth cookie flavor, but the malt is very mild on this. Very light caramel. Ends with strong, drying hops as well. Wow. Body is nice and thick, with fairly mild, smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a big hoppy bruiser of an DIPA, just like the Hopslam, although not quite as fruity as that beer, which makes it a little less drinkable in my mind. It's a really great, delicious beer, but that drying aspect keeps it from the top of my DIPA list.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery with a thick pearly white head- extreme lacing, thick webbing throughout the entire glass.

Hops, leaves, Autumn. Cidery cirtus, fruity pineappleness with malty brownsuggary sweetness throughout.

A very, very smooth DIPA. F-me this is a 10.0% ABV! Nutty, malty and gloriously hoppy. The most pleasant balanced hop bitterness lingers throughout. You can taste this beer long after it has slid gracefully down your gullet.

This feels wonderful in the mouth. It's 10%, but you could drink a couple of those, yessir.

This is Victory Beer.

Photo of ReDave
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle [bomber] Amber color. Nice creamy head [that slowly dwindles away] Nice lace all the way down. Some nice hoppy aroma, but not very strong. Nice big hoppy flavor. good malt balance. This is a good real double IPA. Hint of sweetness of malt. Great bitter aftertaste.

Photo of nlmartin
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just wow! Poured from a bomber into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer has a very nice amber coloration with a white colored head of almost an inch and a half. The lacing literally did not stop until the end of the beer.

Smell: This beer had a great piney malty citrus smell.

Taste: This beer presented with a somewhat sweet malty front taste along with a very crisp and biting hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is yet another very big and dangerously drinkable IPA. This beer has a nice hoppy taste with a great malty backbone. Dam I wish I had more.

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully fresh hop aroma of grass, fruit (mostly citrus) and flowers. Complex and enjoyable throughout.
Bright, clear (almost brilliant). Dark amber of orange, red brown, gold. Firm solid head. Above average lacing. Beautiful.
Terrifically balanced. Just enough malt from start to finish to temper the intensity of the complex hops. Bitterness grows from mild to moderate in the middle to bolder in an extremely long finish of some dryness. Flavors of hops match the aroma.
Moderate feel with some fullness from the carbonation. Only mild softness.
The resiny quality of the hops can be a bit too much at times, otherwise very well done.

Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Your off white cloudy foam impresses very much. Burnt orangish red milky aspects browning just a touch. Hop out at me let me breath in your citrusy even warmth. But one taste it’s over with; now we’re to the point. Even hops articulated evenly over tongue. With a complex twist of nuttiness citrus and heat won’t come undone. What else can be told of a godly beer such as thee. I must admit I would like another two or three.

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, what a great looking orangish hazy copper pour, there was some fine particulate present. The off-white fluffy head contrasts beautifully. There was great lacing left in the glass.

It has a delicious bitter hop smell and apricots. Nice malty aromas backup the hops, I'm thinking sweetlike...caramel.

Definitely a bitter ale that endures the entire swallow from start to finish. It is much like the bitterness of an orange peel. A considerable hop profile that is surpassed by few beers that I have had. A creamy caramel aftertaste.

Medium to heavy bodied beer with a great bitter drying finish that seriously leaves me thirsting for more. The bitterness is almost jaw clenching, wow this is good. The carbonation is just to my liking.

This is definitely a beer that I could drink until I was on my back. Although I found it to be a little filling, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The bitterness is probably a little much for some people, but it is right up my alley.

Photo of gleemonger
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small, creamy white head. Very refreshing looking.

Fairly subtle fruity hop aromas mixed with some sweet malt. Not the huge kick I look for in the style, but not bad.

Much more hoppy in flavor than in the aroma, but leans more toward the bitter side than anything - but doesn't linger much. Hops definitely pretty complex, with citrusy taking the lead followed by some pine. Really pretty mellow overall with not much of an alcohol presence despite the size.

Moderate body with a lighter carbonation, but with a little bite. Doesn't linger on the tongue. Pretty smooth DIPA.

Much more subtle than I expected - not as huge and complex as I normally like for the style, but a very good beer. This is one of those where you have to watch yourself, since it's so smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of nezelrac
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong dark copper color with some light reddish hints. There is a nice dense and strong off white head that stays for a very long time. Nice and sticky. Looks perfect!

S - Citrus hop hints come up rushing at you. Followed by a nice strong caramel sweetness. Some mild flowery hints are present as well. A bit of honey in the nose as well.

T - Smooth sweetness comes up front immediately and then transitions into even more sweet hints with a hop citric kick. Some sweet grapefruit hints. There is mild honey sweetness with also some grainy hints intertwined in the sweetness. Very delicious DIPA that is not too overwhelming. Well balanced if you can believe it.

M - Nice and smooth with just enough CO2 to clean the palette from the resiny hops. Medium body that is very satisfying.

D - Drinkability is very high for a DIPA. Very nice! High ABV that warms the body and mind.

Edit: As it warms there are some nice candy/caramel hints that get even more distinctive. Even some vanilla.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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!


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


Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 erz316
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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