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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

3,674 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,674
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 202
Gots: 310 | 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:
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 RuudJH
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this beer is another great introduction to American brewed beers, in this case a double IPA (a style to which I'm quite new).

Nice brown glowing beer; not much carbonation or head though.
Great fresh hoppyness in the taste, great green grass smell, pine, together with some apricots , I would say, and some milky chocolate malts.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's just very smooth. Alcohol is hardly present, even for the 9.1% as stated on my bottle , it's well masked.

Very glad to have tried this. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands. Thanks to their assortment.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of treyrab
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Great Divide that I have yet to try. Poured this one into my pint glass tonight...

A: Hazy copper with a very nice and creamy two finger tan head; There are pieces floating in this one, almost looks like orange pulp? Anyway, it doesn't make it unappetizing. Oh, this one laces like the best of them!

S: Hops galore. Very nice floral hop aroma, mostly of citrus hops. Smells like a good DIPA should.

T: Wow, the hops are blowing my head off. Very, very bitter with citrus hops. I do not detect the pine hops in here until the finish, for the citrus hops take the cake. It is balanced nicely and has a nice alcohol taste in the finish as well.

Overall, a great DIPA. Right up there with Pliny and 90 minute in my opinion. Get one if you have the chance!

Photo of DRTBrewster
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber copper color with minimal head. Little lacing is left behind, and only a ring around the glass forms.

Definitely has a hoppy aroma, citrusy to be more specific. Tangerine and orange hop aromas dominate the nose, and a honey like sweetness fills in the gaps.

Hercules has a great flavor, that is more balanced than some of the other beers from Great Divide. There is a little malt sweetness up front, again tasting like honey. Then a huge wave of hop flavors hit you, this time both citrusy and piney hops. The finish is pretty solidly bitter, but does not have the same tooth-enamal stripping quality that Old Ruffian has. Very pleasant, and quite refreshing for such a big beer. Almost seems like it has more than 85 IBU's.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is relatively high. Once again, another good beer from Great Divide. This is one of the better IIPA's that I've had recently, as it lacks the metallic hop flavor. Very nice all around, and highly recommended.

Photo of sillyhed8
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chalkies in Indianapolis, a mere $4 per pint. They left off the ABV on this particular beer, leaving me to wonder why my head was so split open after only two beers. ~9% will do it to you...especially during the day.

In the tumbler, this beer was pretty in its unassuming stature. Golden, nice lacing, little head. A hellacious whiff of pine needles and slightly scorching booze.

I often find myself resorting to the lame, unspecific adjective of "winey" when describing beer. Finally a beer has risen to the point where this somewhat shotty description truly fits, and I am almost shocked by the fact that nary a single BA mentioned this in their review.

Merlot. Sorry Miles, but this brew is laden with hopped up Merlot essence. And its a good thing.

Damn, this is one good IIPA on tap...gotta try it in the bottle to see if this winey essense was truly as potent as on-tap.

Photo of Yabev15
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of KlayWey
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rojapa
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Rothobinide
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Pineapple and other tropical fruit. Caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Tropical fruit. Spicy and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.

O: Fantastic look, smell, and taste with a descent mouthfeel. One of the best double IPAs.

Photo of dedbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

This is a terrific DIPA. Nice coppery color with a large fluffy off-white head. Retention was terrific and left lots of nice lacing on the glass. Tons of citrus hops in the aroma. Also some piney notes to speak of. The taste was great as well. Despite the huge hop aroma this beer had gread balance as it provided a strong malty backbone to coincide with the hops. Mouthfeel was great for a beer for this strength. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. This is not the most over-the-top Double IPA I've ever had, but who says it needs to be? This was more balanced than most that I've had before and more enjoyable than most as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good! all the characteristics that make an IPA are there. this is a top 10 beer for me. i prefer dry bitter beers so the IPA is my choice. this is an excellent choice.

now i could review it beyond the above ratings like everyone usually does. but when i review a brew i just put what i like and dont like. i am certainly not trained in this area so i leave it to my vast experience. IPA's are not for everyone so if you like a sweet easy drinking beer look elsewhere. if you like IPA's you will be very pleased with this one!

suckem up and movem out!!!

giblet
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Photo of bboven
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium reddish copper body; clear with big pillowy head that leaves enormous chunks of lace.

Smell is well balanced between earthy, piney hops and complex malt. There must be a lot of crystal in this one.

The malt rolls into the front of your mouth then gives way to metallic, piney bitter hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is really spot-on for a bottled IIPA. I would love to try a cask version of this one.

I'm going out to buy more of this. Tomorrow.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

Photo of loganburgh
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kelly's Olympian, a great place.

A: reddish orange hues throughout that fused with golden and yellow colors at the bottom and edges when held up to the dim bar lights. A dense ring of white foam cap that trickled down, sip upon sip. Just about motionless in the glass with a few outcast bubbles amongst the radiant color. Even at the bar it looked real tasty

S: nice hop hitter, Hercules does hit you in the nose on this one. Nice blending of pine, lemon, floral, and citrus scents. Sweetness relies on caramel and burnt brown sugar with buttery whiffs. This beer had no problem cutting through the usual bar smells, very pleasing nose

T: this is flipping great! The malts play a bigger role than you think. Caramel and brown sugar drizzled over roasted malty goodness. Pine and citrus (lemon, grapefruit, oranges) hops are prefect match with hearty sweet malts. It is really well balanced overall with hops riding shotgun with the malts, even for a double IPA the hops are in total harmony

M: mild body and bursting with very drinkable flavors. Alcohol is very tame for its % and smooth body make it very delightful

D: a hop hitter and sweet malt kicker...great beer! Almost to well rounded for the label as a double IPA, not sure if that is possible? but, in any event, get a hold of it if you can! A must for hoppy beer fans

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 3 finger solid head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Nice bronze orange color.

S. Big floral hop smell. Citrusy and piney hops. Sweet caramel malt lying beneath the delicous hop aroma. Not as strong a hop smell as some DIPAs, but it has nice balance.

T. Not the hop blast that I was expecting. Piney hops on the tongue. Sweet caramel malt. Nice balance. It is a pretty easy DIPA to put down. Not very much detectable alcohol presence.

M. Medium bodied. A little sweet, but a pretty clean finish. Not much noticeable alcohol heat. Medium carbonation.

D. This is a well balanced DIPA. It is very drinkable. More malt forward than my personal preference, but it works for me.

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,674 ratings.