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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,030 Ratings
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Ratings: 3030
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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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Kromes

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt and pine and fruity hop aroma.

T: The toasted malt is apparent up front and then the pine hops and alcohol kick in. Finishes a little bitter and peppery from the alcohol.

M: Medium body and peppery, dry and warm from the alcohol.

O: A really good double IPA. Recommend picking up if you like bitter hop.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2012 18:50:51 | More by Kromes
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden orange/amber color with about a quarter inch of seemingly dense near white head, retention is mediocre, lacing is good.

S - Sweet caramel malts, citrusy/tropical hops, a little bready. (my nose just went for a dip in the beer.. oops). Pretty malty smelling brew overall.

T - Very very nicely bitter, alcohol is detectable but not undesirable (for some it could be), some nice citrusy grapefruit flavors. I still pick up on the malt & bready quality in the back end a bit but the bitterness definitely dominates the sweetness from the malts

M - Medium bodied or more, fair amount of carbonation. not quite a sipper but definitely not a chugger.

O - All in all very solid brew, love the aggressiveness but still not overbearing

Serving type: growler

03-14-2012 00:23:19 | More by MacQ32
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atr2605

New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a soft reddish amber with an off white head that leaves a nice lace around the rim
S-tons of citrus, a slightly pine aroma in the background
T-Malt dominates the flavor up front providing a nice sweetness followed by a great hop bitterness that continues to be citrus and pine. Clean finish
M-Medium bodied.
O-tons of flavor and very well balanced double ipa. It is a big beer but still remains very drinkable and has lots of hops. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 03:26:16 | More by atr2605
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a pretty darn good fit for me (tonight and most any night). Beautiful color and aroma. Lacing to die for. The taste is full bodied - lots of over the top hoppines. All this completely masks the alcohol.

I have another great divide to try in bottles, and I know I tried some of theirs when I was vacationing at Vail. Hercules willl be one to try again. Hopefully it is as good in a bottle as on tap.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 23:49:34 | More by schoolboy
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange color, fluffy head that lasts and good carbonation.

S: The aroma is pine, citrus and a slight floral blast.

T: Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweetness gives the bitterness a run for its money.Caramel, pine, floral and citrus make up the taste

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me as IIPA. Stone IPA is about the same to me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 03:23:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler from Fathead's Pittsburgh

A-pours a bright golden copper color with an off white head that is dense and creamy leaving a solid lacing.

S-the nose brings a fair amount of caramelized brown sugar and notes of caramel. pine sap takes over with light notes of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit.

T-caramel and caramelized brown sugar lay the malt base with an explosion of chewy pine sap, resignous and thick. citric notes, grapefruit and appricot in the back with an assertive hop bitterness in the finish.

M-extremely full bodied, thick and chewy, syrupy and coats the mouth, moderate carbonation, rather crisp finish and even slightly dry.

D-wow, this beer is huge! one of the biggest bodies I've had in any kind of ipa. the flavors are big, it is resignous, piney, chewy. the thick malt base adds some balance but this is a piney bitter hop lovers dream.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2010 02:03:39 | More by cpetrone84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sticky lace clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops mixed with a bit of herbal grass hop characteristics. Smooth medium bodied beer is mild with carbonation and a nice balance of malt sweetness verse hop bitters verse the alcohol bite. The high abv accents the hop bitterness and flavors quite well with an extra kick of spice. Quite warming overall which is to be expected from 10%. Lingering hops make themselves known long after the last sip. Overall quite good however nothing overly exciting that jumps out as making this beer remarkable. As it warms, a mild piney character comes out in both aroma and taste.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2010 02:21:08 | More by stakem
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nitrogen for this one...Growling at the Moon Trade.

A-Slightly hazy Copper with a thick light tan head. Moderate lacing all the way thru.

S-Nicely aromatic of pine and citrus with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Firm malt backbone with plenty of citrus hops and hints of pine. Alcohol is well hideen but an amount of warming comes thru. Overall, well balanced.

M-Medium bodies with a certain crsipness. Lot sof lingering astringency. Aftertaste of piney bitterness and citrus.

D-A good DIPA for sure. Not quite the right hop profile / malt balance for me to be a 5 but is surely one I could enjoy off and on.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2008 11:48:34 | More by Deuane
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satowns

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.

Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.

Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.

The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).

Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...

If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.

GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion

Serving type: growler

02-04-2008 00:00:49 | More by satowns
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2007 01:50:55 | More by beerphan
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules was a clear, golden amber color when poured into my snifter. There was a short off white head. It smells like crispy hops and sweet syrup. There is definitely some hop bitterness but not straight "hoppy". I really prefer citrus and pine in my DIPA's.There was some malty caramel balance and not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was sticky and chewy. This is good stuff; too bad Great Divide raised their growler prices :( .

Serving type: growler

06-11-2007 22:44:42 | More by ArrogantB
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Celt44

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2006 23:19:03 | More by Celt44
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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very memorable DIPA, pours a caramel amber thick, with light lacing and microbubbles. The smell of citrus, with earthy hops, and fresh malty hint, very organic in is olfactory sensation. The taste has a sweetness and depth to it with heavy hops and only a slighly odd after taste. Thick viscosity which love in a DIPA and even balanced carbonation. Upper echelon DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 23:07:15 | More by bryanbullock
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ksimons

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a bright amber with a fingers worth of white head that slowly disappears to leave a thin layer of lace

S-caramel malt and citrus. Smell starts out a bit muted but then grows as the beer warms

T-caramel malt backbone with a very large amount of hops, I am getting lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very enjoyable beer, big bitterness might make it difficulty to have a second, but if you like things bitter, you will like this

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:45:12 | More by ksimons
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jdhops

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 2/7/14.

A: Pours a deep clear reddish brown, darker than expected. Off-white thin head, but pretty lacing. An aggressive pour on the second bomber yielded a thick two fingered head that thinned slowly.

S: A little piney and earthy. Not strong at all.

T: Smooth pineyness up front, some grapefruit at the end. Very nice drying bitterness late. More piney/earthy than citrusy. ABV 10% really well hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: One of the best Colorado DIPAs. Smooth early, bitter late. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content. Not as complex as some of the best west coast and Vermont DIPAs, but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:02:40 | More by jdhops
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kcrosson492

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

RICH. Despite Double IPA being plastered on the bottle, I was not expecting the rich, hoppy, potentially 90 IBU flavor. Healthy head that dissipates quickly. Floral, citrus aroma that is deceivingly smooth. Taste is immediately rich and hoppy in nature. If hearty IPA is your taste, this should be on your list.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:02:24 | More by kcrosson492
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amazingly found in the bargain bin of a local liquor store for $1.

Clear amber liquid with a substantial off-white head.

Bracing, hop-laden aroma.

The flavor is more subdued than I expected from a DIPA. The hops definitely dominate but there is backbone of malt here that gives it enough sweetness to not be completely insanely bitter. Lingering hop oilyness on the palate. A little bit of copper. A little bit of wheat bread. Mostly piney hops, especially on the finish.

The bottle says it is 10% ABV but I can't tell it.

Very nice full mouthfeel that sticks around.

I would recommend this for any hop-heads. It might make a good counterpoint to serve with a sweet fruit pie.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:34:00 | More by jmbranum
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, grass, pine and dirt with slight citrus.

T-Starts with some malt then a good deal of hops but not waves of it. Earthy notes with some bitterness.

M-Medium to lighter, not much carbonation and slightly water.

O-A decent DIPA, but in a market so saturated it doesn't stand out. But the price is a huge plus.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:18:43 | More by rlee1390
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Richelwyn

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Tastes like a bourbon barrel aged beer. I love double IPA's and this one is excellent. I've been drinking a lot of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA recently, which is an excellent beer, but Hercules blows it away. Good balance of bitterness and some malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:39:29 | More by Richelwyn
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BierJager89

California

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazyish orange with a white ring of head.

S: Orange, citrus peel, mango, tangerine and a hint of grass and pine in the nose.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, pine, and a touch of grass.

M: Full bodied and smooth for an IPA which is nice.

O: A great DIPA, flavors were off a bit (they didn't taste extremely fresh or authentic, though they were still pretty good), otherwise I'd have given it higher ratings.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:49:00 | More by BierJager89
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first double IPA and it did not disappoint at all. Sitting at a hefty 10% ABV it didn't feel like it. It went smooth,while still retaining the hoppy characteristics of an IPA. The balance of this brew is not to be underestimated, you may see the 10% and think it to be strong/overpowering but it is not. It's a very evenly balanced beer that can be enjoyed by anyone from seasoned IPA drinkers to those venturing out of their comfort zone unto IPA territory.

If you see this on-tap, do not hesitate to try this brew, you will not regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 02:50:57 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. BAM! This is an double-barreled shotgun of an IPA. Nice and strong but balanced enough to want more than one. My first "double-IPA" but I like the big, bold character of this brew. Yet another powerhouse from Great Divide. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:05:18 | More by Johnny_Muir
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on December 13, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A earthy, floral, and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of grass, pine, and citrus. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops. Dank hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready scent of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very earthy and piney hop forward taste with big notes of grass and citrus. Big mix of earthy, herbal, and floral hops upfront. Wet taste of grass. Big presence of dank pine resin. Citrus hop taste with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. Sweet and bready malt background with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, yeast, and cracker. Very hop forward as expected. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and chewy. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Its more earthy hop driven than the more citrus driven West Coast style. Very good piney notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:58:29 | More by MattyG85
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle dated 11/11/13 into a new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan finger head. Head dissipates moderate with decent lacing.

S-Aroma of slight pine, strong citrus fruits scents melon and apricot, and caramel undertones.

T-Taste is not overly sweet, bitterness is a little more pronounced but fairly nicely balanced. Same as aroma.

M-Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel at the beginning and slight dry at the end, good carbonation.

O-Overall a strong IPA which hides the 10 ABV and very good brew have to get more only bought single.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:46:11 | More by reebtaerG
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick and foamy light tan head

S-smells like a nice mix of fresh hop pellets. Smells like how it does when your adding hops while brewing. Smells real good. Medium strength. Some citrus to it as well.

T- comes in with a very bitter flavor of hops. Reminds me of chewing on fresh hop leaf. Only thing is that the flavors themselves aren't too strong. It's a good flavor with a small hint of grainy pumpernickel. The bitterness is lasting, the flavors aren't.

M-almost watery. Not much carbonation. Watery finish.

O-it's an easy drinking double IPA. They flavors are mild, but there's no off flavors which is a plus, and the bitterness is all that's expected from the style. I don't expect people to go crazy over this, but I recommend it to IPA fans who want something different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 21:19:10 | More by AdamBear
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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,030 ratings.