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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,594
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 261 | 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 AmitC
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated Jan 23 2013.

Pretty fresh. Poured into a snifter. Very neat amber golden color. Extremely clear. Less than a finger thick white colored head that settles into a thin white layer very soon. Stays very long. Excellent lacing on the sides. Very few bubbles.

Aroma is hoppy and very full of weeds and flowers. Lemony, citrus and piney. A bit floral. A lot of raw grape fruit. Some hidden spreads of malt sweetness. Overall, it gives an idea of things to come. No alcohol whatsoever. Strength is moderate to slightly strong. Not one of the aromas that i like but still very good. Complete;y different kind of hop profile i would assume.

Taste starts with palate surrounding bitterness and is complemented very well by the good profile of malts in between and ends with a bitter note. Will wreck the palate for no other drinks for some time. Though not one of the highest IBUs at 85 but still good enough. Dry hopped. Aftertaste and finish are bitter.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. A little of oily touch that i enjoy very much in an IPA. Moderate carbonation. No astringency. Very much at par with and similar to hopslam. I would call it an Hopslam alternate though the hop profiles would be different and this one does not use honey.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.5

AmitC, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Donsmitty, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

LambicPentameter, Feb 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Johncnh, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

baybum, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of hardy008
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on January 10, 2013.

Pours dark amber with a very thin off white head which disappears quickly, leaving no lacing. The aroma has Grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, and caramel malt.

Tastes sweeter than I expected, with some light bitterness for balance. Has grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and caramel malt. Makes for a nicely balanced beer.

Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation, and a sweet aftertaste. Leaves a bit if a sticky feling in the mouth. The alcohol is well disguised for a 10.00 % abv beer. I would have scored this higher, had there been proper carbonation.

hardy008, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mendvicdog, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

csmartin6, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

reitzbrewing, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

JLapadura, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

nmickels13, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DeschutesFan, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Apathetiq, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Haven't tried this one for a while, but I needed to review it in order to keep chipping away at the "Beers of Fame" list.

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Classic DIPA, orange red color, with a substantial amount of chill haze and a robust melted orange sherbet-looking head that stuck to the glass as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Melted orange popcycle with some hop air freshener (Lysol-based) with out a trace of yeastiness in the entire nose. Whoa... hop sauce, through and through!

T: The bitter, sweet and floral hop profile stained my teeth and then some. Flavor packed to the hilt, with a slight bit of candy-coated booze thrown into the mix.

M: While this was sweet and thick, I still wouldn't call it syrupy. Sugar, lots of sugar on this one, but the extremeness of the hops cut through that nicely. Lots of lacing left on the glass... and underneath my gums!

O: What a steal for only a few bucks in my area. I really need to come back to this one more often whenever I'm in the mood for a hop fix.

Chaney, Feb 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

bostonryan, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rayre, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

slavall, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

KeyWestGator, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

randylangford, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes, Pours a darkened amber orange with an ecru head that builds up slowly after the initial pour - quite pretty to watch. Aroma is mostly pine and citrus hop notes but there’s a big caramel malt tone backing things up. Maybe, touches of bubblegum and sugar cane. Starts sweet and finishes with bitter hops and candy caramel. Good lingering hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky. Booze is hidden quite well. This is pretty close to ASA territory, definitely not a West Coast-style DIPA. Good stuff.

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Kips, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Bearman13, Jan 27, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,594 ratings.