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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

3,444 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,444
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 210 | 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 Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

I already know I'm going to have good luck with this beer. I tripped over my roommate's backpack with the full glass in my hand and didn't lose a drop.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, leaning towards copper. Didn't get too much of a head out of this one, but there are plenty of bubbles and swirls of foam at the top. All of the active particles in the glass almost make it look like pulpy orange juice.

The smell is dominated by citrus and pine, as any good IPA should be.

The hops deliver blow after blow in this one. Huge malt backbone makes for a nice balance. Very nice finish with a slight bitter piney hop aftertaste. Very, very smooth.

Gyle41386, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

dominic4beer, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of dedbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

dedbeer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

erlenmeyer, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of kevindp9
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

kevindp9, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Chuffbomb
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a creamy smooth capped amber color, with the head sticking in there till the end. Some small lacing noted.

S: Aroma is of Hops ,Hops ,Hops.Nice citrusy grapefruity hops and yet sweetened by malts to a small balance.

T: The taste is a Hops explosion in your mouth with a slightly malty background.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth rich creamy and of medium body with good legs down glass.

O: Overall a great beer and the hit of dinner, I like everything about this beer except needed more balance with malts. IMO Thanks Great Divide

nukem5, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of einman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

einman, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of badbeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a slight red hue and a creamy off white head that stays throughout the glass and leaves very nice lacing. Grapefruit and pineapple and a bit of lemon flow through my nose leaving me to wonder if anything could smell better. Taste is full of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and a little bit of caramel in there. A slight alcohol presence. Less than average carbonation and medium bodied, paired quite well. An exceptional brew and very fairly priced to boot. I'll be picking up more of this, try it if you can.

badbeer, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pours a dark orange with amber hues, a frothy ring of cream coloured head, and webbed lacing all over the snifter. Smell and taste are citrus, pine, caramel, vanilla wafers, burnt sugar, white grapefruit, alcohol, and a strong, resinous hop bitterness. Malt profile imparts taffy and molasses with an unpleasant astringency. Seems a little off. Full-bodied mouthfeel is syrupy and creamy upfront, bitter and sticky-dry in the finish. The bold malt presence is overdone and somewhat buttery, not what I want from a DIPA. The IBUs are evident here but there's not much complexity from the hops, and this is much boozier than others in the style. I get the feeling that my bottle did not travel well from Colorado to Florida and up to Canada. A drinkable but disappointing beer.

cratez, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of leodarko
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

leodarko, Mar 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

heavenlyStash, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

rojapa, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of beerphan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

beerphan, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ne0m00re
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle (dated Feb 8, 2010) into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Dark amber with yellow hues, it poured with a big fluffy cream head that stuck around.
S: Earthy grapefruit hops, floral citrus over caramel sweet bread. This is a very inviting aroma.
T: Resiny fresh hops burn in the back of a sweet bread caramel candied oranges. It's a slow burn with the hops and the bitterness resides like citrus pine.
M: Somewhat syrupy, frothy, and smooth.
D: Pretty good. I'd only want to have two bottles in a row, though.

ne0m00re, Apr 29, 2010
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

pavpav12, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazed red amber body with a small white head.

A- Sweet malt aroma. Quite a bit of alcohol. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

T- Sweet malty alcohol with a nice bitterness throughout. No real hop flavors, but this was an aged bottle. Superbly alcoholy aftertaste.

M- Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but the moderate carbonation doesn't make it feel so thick.

D- I imagine this beer is much better fresh. That said it was enjoyable, but I'd be wary of drinking too many of these back to back.

gpogo, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

agreenman19, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -3.1%

cherche, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

dagubna, Thursday at 05:19 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mortarforker, Apr 06, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,444 ratings.