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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,552 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,552
Hads: 3,982
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 272
Gots: 528 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 bark
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep amber-brown; the low head sinks quickly down to an off white ring. Some lacing.

The smell is surprisingly creamy and balanced: There are of course lots of citric hops here; mostly grape fruits and lemon peels, but also some tangerines. There are some sweet notes of raw beef and a hint of vanilla ice cream.

The taste is… Oooohhhh, this is great stuff! At fist, there are some sweet fruity notes, but it is soon replaced by massive grape fruit bitterness. It is kind of that sourness one experience when tasting a little citric acid – it is all over the mouth and it won’t let go! There are some lightly chemical flavours of oil colour and wax, but those are just minor nuances in the sour-bitter landscape. The aftertaste is bitter with some citric sourness, a light sweetness and a hint of broth and meat. It is very very long lasting. The finish is bitter.

The carbonation is strong, but not too strong. Fresh small bubbles; the liquid is medium thick.

As I said earlier, this IS great stuff. Aggressive with lots of attitude, but it is still balanced in an odd way. This is certainly one of the best American brews I have reviewed so far!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my Piraat glass. Looks good.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a good amount of biscuity malt in the nose as well.

Taste is also full of floral, grassy hops that give way to a buttery, biscuity malt underneath that is pretty decent. Hops don't seem to be the focus here but this bottle is nearly 6 months old (forgot to read the date when purchasing). Still pretty decent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grassy hop flavor and biscuity malt flavor. Feels well balanced, even if the hops aren't as strong.

Well, I'm positive that this would have more of a hop kick if it were fresh. Still, I can't complain because it's still delicious and easy to drink. I'll definitely check the bottle next time but otherwise, I like this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a rich, dense, cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, mint, pine, grapefruit, and earthy hops form the initial aroma. There's a slightly sweet, bready, toasted malt component underlying the hop notes.

Flavor is sweet and earthy initially, with citrus pith hitting mid palate, finishing earthy, resiny, and a touch bitter. Caramel malt forms the backbone.

Body is full, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

I expected more hop character. The sweetness of the malt is somewhat overwhelming. Bitter hops counter in the finish, but the middle ground is lacking a bit. This may have passed muster back in the day, but times...they are a changin'.

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Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, gold colour. Nice, big ivory head. Good head retention.

Sweet juicy hops are all over this. Candy-like nose with caramel, citrus, a hint of grass and a touch of nut.

Really smooth for a DIPA. There isn't any harsh, gripping bitterness. Well balanced attack with caramel teaming with a piney, resinous bitterness. Good pine and citrus through the midpalate and flowing right into the backpalate. Solid lingering bitterness which is nice. A slightly toasty, nutty malt profile suits this beer well.

Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Quite creamy.

Smooth and tasty. The alcohol is well hidden here. Very drinkable.

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Photo of claspada
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours in a reddish copper color with a slight bit of head with a decent amount of lacing.

The aroma has sweet deep malts however dominate. You get some grapefruit and pine, but this really lacks aroma.

The taste gives a little kick of grapefruit and hops. Then it goes towards a malt finish of caramel, grassiness, and round mouthfeel. The bitterness is really woody and resiny. It's a strong lingering bitterness. Then the finish is almost chalky or acrid because it sticks on your tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

I’m a big malt head, but there’s something about the bitter finish and the grassiness that doesn’t quite do it for me. It really is a malt bomb of a Double IPA, or more like an American barleywine.

This really did not do it for me. I've had it both 3 weeks fresh and on tap. That woody bitterness and weird finish is quite offensive.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a pint glass. Awesome appearance: Clear orange color with a thick and sticky cloud on top. The smell was deep hops, and the flavor was hops with a malt backbone. Nice combination of flavors, and the oily mouthfeel keeps the flavor coated on the tongue. This is a very good beer and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a snifter

Sits with an orange hue and a thin, one finger creamy, yellow-infused cap. Some spider web lacing.

The aroma is a nice balance of pine resin and grapefruity goodness. Clean and only an inkling of clean pale malt underneath.

Resiny, oily hops burst onto the palate with grapefruit and tangerines quickly in tow. There is a little bit of malt holding down the back end, but the hops really shine. A nice bitter kick mingles with some faint alcohol for the finish.

An oily feel, medium to full body with a good dose of bitterness. This does everything very well and is a great example of the style. Not as clean as the most elite of the style, but this has its charm. A solid, well-enjoyable DIPA that is welcome in my glass any day.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold/copper with a low beige head and nice slow light carbonation. Godd balanced malt-hop aroma and flavor. A touch of sweetness but nicely balanced by non-descript hops without being bitter. Full bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced but nicely light bitter finish.

Nice but a bit pricey for what you get ...

Per Label: "85 IBUs"

($6.99 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Says Bottled On May 12 2011

A- Pours a cloudy copper color with a one finger head that lessens to a sporadic ring with great lacing creating stalactites of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- Vibrant, sweet hop aroma that's a bit perfumey.

T- Strong hop bitterness melds with a sweet, grainy malt structure that's just as strong. Alcohol is very well-hidden for a ten-percenter since only after a few hearty swigs do I feel the warmth. A hint of caramel. What else can I say? Spot on!

M- Medium-high carbonation with a creamy, silky feel that is a sought-after component in a double IPA (although this borders on a triple).

O- Strength is the name of the game and Hercules will always win! Score another winner for Great Divide.

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a bar in Connecticut.

Appearance is a copper tone with a medium sized white head, poured into a pint glass.

Smell is rich with wood, spice, and hoopy tones all present.

Taste is very hoppy but not too hoppy, a very well balanced ipa and the first beer that I have had from Great Divide, I am very impressed with this selection.

Drinkability is solid, but with a high ABV, pace yourself.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.