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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 340 | FT: 6
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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 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.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely excellent DIPA from the bewery I'd never heard of before that was not worth the money I paid for it.

A: This is the most impressive DIPA I've ever seen. Dark burnt orange glow with a humongous head and tons of lacing. The head boils down into a flotilla of head that stays with the beer until the finish.

S: Like a true DIPA, this beer filled the room with its aroma. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because it lacked the punch I expected.

T: This is similar to the unearthly IPA by Souther Tier, but it has less malt and is better balanced, in my opinion. Overall, it's just a smooth, well-tempered brew, but it doesn't have any highs to speak of. I was just expecting more of a punch from this brew, really. If you're going to claim you are producing a DIPA, it darn well better make sure I know.

M: The most exceptional mouthfeel I've ever had from a DIPA. Perfect in the mouth...you can swirl this and taste it for hours before swallowing.

D: Be careful. This is the most drinkable DIPA I've ever had, bar none. Slow down and take it easy.

Overall, this is an absolutely phenomenal brew, however, it does not justify its price of nearly $9 for a 22oz'er. Really, for $9, I was expecting a lot more hops, and this beer just didn't quite deliver in that area. Certainly, this is the smoothest DIPA I've ever had... none can compare in that department, but when I buy a DIPA, I expect it to be pushing the limits of what I can handle, flavor-wise, and this beer is barely stronger than some regular IPA's I've had. Again, this is one of the best DIPA's I've ever had from a general perspective, but the Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas is $5, and it behaved more like a DIPA than this brew did.

Consider spending your money elsewhere.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Translucent orange/red in color. Big head upon pour that falls quickly. Lots of lacing left over. Presence of sediment and "floaties" really take away from what would otherwise be a very sexy beer. Floaties are rather large.

4.5 S: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine and resin to boot (all those alpha acids, big turn on). Malt character lends a supportive role, balancing out the hops.

4.5 T: Most apparent tastes are citrus and oak (which isn't present in the smell, pretty weird). The malt character is much more pronouced than I would have expected. In fact, I'd say the malts put up a good fight with the hops and balance the beer nicely. Burnt sugar and biscuity.

4.0 M: Nothing wrong with the MF, but I would prefer it to be a little more creamier.

4.5 D: Good brew that I wouldn't mind having a second of.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Caramel/amber hazy with lots of suspended yeast. Two finger head sticks around for awhile before falling to a bubbly patchy cap that doesn't go away. Lacing is amazing.

S - Upfront butter from the malts backed by floral and citrus hops.

T - Malt sweetness dominates early on, but floral/leafy/piney hops mark the transition to bitterness. Starting mid palate, grapefuit peel begins the bitterness, going into earthy, woody, almost chocolately tones. Bitterness is high but balanced well. Aftertaste of sweet tobacco and dirt lingers for a couple of minutes. The high alcohol is hidden very well.

M - Just right considering the intensity of this brew. Moderate to high carbonation with a solid medium body. A little slick.

D - This is a great beer, but I can already feel the 9.1% even though I'm only halfway through the glass. The flavor is magnificent but I doubt I'd want to experience more than 12 oz of it at a time. Very good though.

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very impressive overall.

Strong ABV, but hidden well by the high hops. Good bit of yeast floats at the bottom of this one. (not a bad thing.) Appearance and mouthfeel are as good as any out there!

Special Note: My wife tried to annoy me by attempting to chug this one down before I could try it. I HAD THE LAST LAUGH, as she shuddered for 10 minutes afterward! This is definitely an intensely flavored sipping beer... enjoy at your leisure.

Photo of JmillX45
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Palealetial
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could suck it back as long as I could stay conscience.

Huge amount of hops from start to finish. The smell has hints of barnyard and the bitterness of an English ale.

Some good stuff. Overlook the aspirin bite and you have a nearly perfect beer.

I hop to have more of this in the future.

Photo of corey0212
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Boof BIF from SirSketch!! Haven't had Hercules in a long time...

Pours a perfect color for the style, a slightly murky orange/honey/amber, smallish sand-colored head fades into a thin film on top of the beer, tons of clingy web-like lacing on the glass, and a lot of floaties in the beer. Lots of soft tangerine notes on the nose, some grapefruit, and a huge caramel malt presence. Big citrus flavor, juicy grapefruit, just bitter enough without being overpowering, and an almost melted-caramel sweetness. Sticky, creamy, lush mouthfeel, pretty spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Faint lingering bitterness. I think this was the second Imperial IPA I ever had (after Ruination), and it's just as tasty as I remembered.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees...let warm up for awhile.

A - Beautiful burnt orange with copper tones. Off-white, foamy head that took several minutes to simmer down to a small ring. Ample carbonation that held throughout the long life of the beer.

S - Juicy hops dominate the aroma on citrus/floral tone.

T - Strong hops, but met with caramelized malt. Background notes of tart grapefruit and piney/floral earth tones. Altogether, the hops still overpower the rest of the flavors, leaving a smooth bitterness. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish that leaves a bitter taste.

D - Excellent DIPA. I had been saving it for several months, and it was worth the wait. Very good balance.

Photo of mccorvey
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is richly hoppy and promising. Color is a beautiful dark amber with a nice thick head. Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a piney tone, as well as some hoppy bitterness, but not so much as to be unpleasant. I highly recommend this beer to all hops fanatics.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with reddish hues throughout, and a nice off white head that leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is breathtaking, huge dose of citrusy hops with hints of grapefruit and lemon as well as a piney, resiny aroma and a light carmelly malt scent. Taste begins with a massive hop flavor; I detect grapefruit, lemon, pine oil/sap, herbal and floral notes, then the malt which for the most part takes a backseat but is hefty enough to stand up to the hops. The malt profile is lightly sweet with hints of caramel and turbinado sugar and a hint of hazelnut maybe. The finish is dry and pretty bitter and complex (but not at all unpleasant) and the alcohol is noticeable but not really any more so than other highly hopped IPA's, in other words it's well concealed. Another excellent brew from great divide, it's very much like the TItan on steroids (kind of similar to the relationship of the bell's expedition and kalamazoo stouts)...hopefully we'll see this one in NC soon. POP THE CAP!!!

Photo of rsyberg01
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled the 2nd week of July.

A - Pours a copper with some suspended sediment that doesnt offset the clarity too bad, you can see through without a problem, head is about 1 1/2 fingers then down to a slightly patchy cap on top of the beer with sticky webs running down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel, citrus, malty, slightly spicy, soft fruitiness, maybe strawberry in there also. Very enjoyable and inviting.

T - Hoppy bitterness along with an herbal tone, citrusy, malty sweetness, I think theres banana in there as well, caramel is in there but not too big, bitter finish, great.

M - Almost perfect, maybe could use a little more bitter in the finish but it hardly affects it.

D - 3 maybe 4 would be perfect, a very good beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was tricked into paying 6 bucks for a 10oz pour. On tap at "The Library" in the south side.

A - Very carbonated and the pour gave me a nice 1/4 inch of fluffy sticky head. Color is a clear amber brown.

S - Very malty with biscuit and caramel but I am getting a good deal of pine and citrus hops.

T - Taste starts off bitter but unbelievably smooth for 10%. No alcohol taste is always good and the bitter hops do mend with the caramel/vanilla like sweetness to balance with a citrus zest. Tasty.

M - Oily, slightly resinous but again remarkably smooth. Even after it warmed up a bit I got no ABV in the taste.

Overall this is pretty much the only way I could have enjoyed this beer since most bottles are 5 bucks and bombers being 10, and all are well over 6 months beyond brew date. It is quite a damn good DIPA so it was worth the coin.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass in two servings. Pours an amber color with a moderate amount of sediment floating in it. Large, thick head with nice lacing. I should have poured a little gentler, as I almost overflowed my glass. Very strong aroma of hops and pine, with a little citrus as well. Taste is similar...very hoppy with pine and citrus. It's got a real nice hoppy bite to it. For a strong beer, the alcohol doesn't jump out during tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. A very enjoyable beer to drink. As I watch my St Louis Rams get the living shit kicked out of them, this beer makes it a little easier to handle.

Photo of fps_dean
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a darker orange color, leaving little head that quickly turns into lacing.

Smells like piney hops.

Tastes like piney, citrusy and fruity hops balanced with some caramel malt and alcohol. Fairly bitter overall, but not too extreme. Very solid taste overall.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, but a little thicker than most IPAs still.

Solid brew overall.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,724 ratings.