Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 447 | FT: 7
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:
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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with good amounts of pine and citrus hop aromas. Hints of bready aromas waft out as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky and moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of biscuit flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and pine hop flavors, in that order. Midway through the sip the hops fade a bit and the malt flavors sweeten, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was expecting an amped up version of Titan but instead got a mix between Titan and Old Ruffian. More malt-forward than I was expecting but still worth a shot. (975 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus and resiny pine and herbal/vegetal hops. A smorgasbord of greenery here. A little bready and caramel maltiness, but not much.
The taste unfortunately follows the nose with the hops blasting your tastebuds, not balanced at all like I enjoyed my DIPAs. All hops here, extreme Simcoe and citrus hops are on show here which is pleasant for some, but not me. There almost should be a separate category of beers called Imperial IPA and Double IPA with one being balanced hops and malts and one having just a bunch of alcohol and bitterness (as is presented here). Too much alcohol and bitterness to be enjoyed for my taste buds. (639 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, pine, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. The taste is along the same lines as their Titan IPA, a dry hoppy and woody type of flavour. More of a pine taste than a fruity one that you'd find in the west coast ales. There is however some light grapefruit flavour. It finishes with a malty pine/hop aftertaste.

Overall - Although it's a very good beer, I'm more of a fan of the fruity/juicy DIPA's. I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again. (812 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after evacuating the 22 ounce brown bottle set up residence in my glass a slightly hazy burnished copper color, the head is Brontosauric in size, semi-creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan color, the lace forms a tight seal around the glass to conceal its charms. Nose is blessed with a hop floral spiciness, sweet malt at the back, citrus like in its crispness, fresh an appetizing this noise, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops wallops your palate to full attention and it stays that way to the very dry and sweet finish. (623 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (919 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: is incredible. hops, sweet malts,

taste: sweet malts, citrus hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nice crisp finish

drinkability: this is a well balanced double ipa. will definitely going back to the store and picking up the rest of the 4 pack that I left behind.

Cheers,
The CPJ (381 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA had a lot of particles floating around in it, giving it an odd, off-putting appearance. Poured a nice head though. It had a sweet, pleasant smell. The taste was a bit much. The hops overwhelmed it, making it overly tart and leaving a bitter aftertaste. It did have a good, highly carbonated mouthfeel, though. If you like IPA's, this might be the beer for you. I thought the taste was a bit much. Nonetheless, not a bad brew. (434 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Riley's

appearance: pours a hazy orange-copper, foamy beige head with lots of lacing forms immediately...snifter is coated all around with the foamy remains

smell: big and bold aromas...pungent and juicy floral hops...loaded with bittersweet pink grapefruit, herbal/grassy nature, fresh huge pine cone aroma, no alcohol detected in the nose...lots of tropical fruit, apricot...medium malt presence

taste: super juicy floral hops...bittersweet freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, intense pine resin, orange-grapefruit citrus hops...medium sweet malt backbone. little alcohol detected in the nose but a big alcohol burn in the body. very nutty, strong caramel malt. very good but very bitter

mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, strong alcohol burn, super bitter-sweetness

drinkability: inhibited slightly by the bitterness (851 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Hercules DIPA is a is a dark garnet with a very large khaki head that leaves heavy, very attractive lace. This is actually beyond red IPA like, the dark cola notes, not my favorite, but great head and I prefer them darker.

Smell is strong, big west coast hops but such a rich, caramel backbone, it's more like a DRPA, which I love!

Taste is good, like the nose, loads of hops struggling to balance the huge crystal malt bill...only here, the scale is tipped away from the hops, which are still very citric and bitter, with a dry, resiny bitter finish. I've had this only a few times, but over the years, on draught or bottle, my impression is always pretty much, "eh, this is a pretty sweet DIPA, but eh." Very scientific, the framework dictates a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a heavy body regardless of how red a DIPA it is.

Drinkability is pretty good, as readily available and affordable as this is, it's not one I ever gravitated to, but I'm not really sure why - this is a hop lovers dream! (1,060 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at irish pol in philly

Pours a clear golden copper color, nice layering of white head, filmy retention, curtains of lacing everywhere.

One-two punch of staunch hops and sweet malt in the nose, pine and caramel with bitterness and a kick of alcohol.

Intensely bitter up front with a smack of grapefruit and citrus rind. Touches of pine bitterness, light fruit sweetness as well. Impressive caramel malt backbone, sweet and burly underneath the hop attack. Finishes bitter, dry, and boozy.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and tingly on the palate. Drinks nice despite the high abv, great example of balance between extreme hops and malt. (663 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it. (1,320 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.0% ABV, Bottled on Jan 25 2011, Suggested food pairings listed.

A - The tan head deflates pretty quickly but leaves some nice patchy lace on the glass. The clear beer is a vibrant golden orange with a gorgeous shine.

S - Pine and citrus wafts out of this ballsy beer, complete with a mango fruitiness that's fantastic. Willamet-like earthy hops balance out the citrus and caramel with Munich malt that provide a great backbone. A hint of alcohol comes across the back.

T - Citrus hops seem to get pushed to the side by some earthier hops in the flavor. Sweet caramel malt fades to the back but continues to provide good balance. A splash of solvent rubbing alcohol pops in too.

M - Medium-full-bodied and smooth with a pretty bitter finish. A little harsh but the citrusy zest balances nicely.

O - A good double IPA but I wish the citrus profile of the aroma would carry over into the flavor a little more. The earthiness gets just a bit old. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings. (2,307 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a copper body with a sticky two finger head that leaves lacing everywhere. A great mix of citric hops along with heavier fruits and hints of malts like caramel. Medium-bodied and drying, the hops prickle the tongue and there are also notes of roasted or coffee malts for a drying aftertaste as while. Fruit notes in the taste include citrus and some darker fruits b/c the body is a little heavier (grape?). This is a beer that is balanced but overall the fruit/sweet taste is overpowered by hops, making a beer that will kick your palette's ass. I couldn't session this but I did enjoy it. (627 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown brew that pours a beautiful milk shake of a head, and it holds nicely right through the pint. The aroma is solidly hops, the green side of hoppy to be sure. Very inviting! The first taste is smooth, a grainy sweetness (brown rice?) and more hops. I do take some note of the alcohol content which makes it a little less drinkable in my book. It's pretty heavy for my tastes, but it is still quite enjoyable, obviously a quality brew. I will have to try more from this brewer! (492 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice lacing from this dark amber beer.

S-Malty hops are present but not overpowering.

T-normally I am dissappointed when I drink an IPA and its not super hoppy. This beer is more malt than hop. Almost not an IPA but... Still delicious. Has its own specific taste. hops come through in the end but definately a different take on the IPA style.

M-Pretty thick and chewy. Alcohol makes an appearence.

D-quite drinkable. 10.00% is high and somewhat noticeable but the brew is unique and tasty. (495 characters)

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

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. Bottled June 16, 2011. From notes.

A - Poured with a slightly hazy medium copper colour with good carbonation and a half finger of off white head coming up. A little lace was left with a filmy retention.

S - Piney with grapefruit and lot's of tropical fruits and a touch of toffee.

T - Really strong, beefy hop punch with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral notes with a light toffee and a fair amount of soapiness.

M - Faily bitter with good carbonation and a medium to full body. The bitterness carries a slight harshness with it.

O/D - Nice DIPA. Not as sweet as some others and very well hopped. Very drinkable and smooth, but slightly soapy and rough at the same time. (711 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber reddish color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Piny, citrus, and grapefruit hops. A large bitterness in the nose. Very little malt sweetness. Almost no balance.
T: Again, piny, citrus, and grapefruit. Bitterness is up front. A very light malt sweetness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy, oily, and sticky consistency. Not the hardest DIPA to drink, but the bitterness makes this a one and done.

Not the worst DIPA I have ever had. Nothing out of the ordinary. I will probably never get this again. Though if you are a fan of oily and bitter hops, I would recommend this. (686 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Bottled on January 18, 2012 indicated on the label. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a lose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim - delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the course of the review. Nose expresses grapefruit, toasted malts and a slight bitter rind presence. Flavor profile is consistent with the nose - citrus is a bit more masked and rind is a bit more assertive; however, there's also a slight spicy character. Malt is not as assertive as I am accustomed to with the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium) with an oily consistency and a slightly prickly carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA with a well-hidden abv. My preference leans more towards the fruity side of the spectrum, but this beer has a nice balance and some interesting qualities. I'd like the opportunity to try this one out on draft. (928 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head, beautiful, beautiful. Compact, beautiful color.
Hop smell, fresh, herbal. Good. Musky notes. A strong hoppy. Not too america, maybe.
At the taste: hop, well. Yes. And bitterness. Good, too.
85 IBU, and well, you can feel it.
Musky notes, and resinousous. Piney.
Goo, but not exceptional drinkability. (312 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass pour fairly clear golden amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and average lacing, fluffy. Smells chiefly of piney hops with a bit of grassy and grapefruit notes. Starts a bit sweet caramel and toffee malts but quickly become piney bitter and moderate amount of alcohol taste that isn't entirely pleasant with the weak malt background. Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy. Average-low drink-ability considering the harsh character and booze taste, I was expecting to like this one more. (545 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brownish oranage with nice cap of white foam, good retention & sticky lacing. Scent is of floral, earthy and spicy hops backed by a strong presence of citrus and sweet carmel. Taste brings a big bitter bite with spicy, earthy and piney hop charachteristics, notes of citrus blend in with a malty carmely sweet background, but the overall big bitterness keeps this in check. Medium bodied, coating, bitter sting, alcohol warmth. A nice dIPA thats all about the bitterness but lacking an overall great flavor profile. (529 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (871 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.