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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
93
outstanding

3,624 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,624
Reviews: 1,504
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 275 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps unfair, I tried this after having Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail.  Unremarkable at the time, it seemed as though it wasn’t malty or hoppy enough to be a DIPA.  I judge all my DIPAs against Heady, and this seemed thin and lacking flavor.  I’ll have to revisit it on a fresh palate to give it another whirl and see if my initial impressions were correct, but for now, there are many other DIPAs I’ll reach for (hello Dirtwolf!)

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown with an excellent creamy head. Great retention and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich hop nose, spicy, meaty, earthy hop nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Toasty and roasty malt flavor. Not what I expected from a Colorado IPA but really good. Sweet and malty with some burnt sourness. Bitter sandy middle. This beer is not a hop monster of a beer that tears into the palate. I like that. Sweet with candy flavors and a piney, oily, resiny hop finish. The feel is smooth and clean, medium to nearly full bodied in texture.

Drinkability: For a DIPA it's not bitter but I appreciate the complexity and rich flavors. No single flavor is too strong or overpowering. Well balanced and tasty. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Alesmith IPA.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a two finger off-white head. Head is very fluffy with big bubbles that recedes quickly leaving nice lacing around the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass.

S - Orange and lemon peel. Slight hoppy aroma and pine needles.

T - Pretty impressed that I can't taste the booze in this big beer. Nice blend between bitter hops and sweet citrus fruits. Very well balanced and smooth.

M - Light and smooth. Very little carbonation and no alcohol burn. Pretty impressive for %10.

O - Very drinkable DIPA. Would be a great beer to break someone into the category. I prefer my doubles to have a little more bite, but overall this is a pretty amazing beer.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a persistant thick off-white head. Aroma is very nice citrusy hops with a certain sweetness in the background. Taste is all about hops throughout. Citrusy and herbal. Sweet malt backbone just makes its presence barely felt to help balance things a bit near the end. Hops provide bitterness throughout and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit. Mouthfeel is very nice. Heavy, creamy almost. Really good DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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. 

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did not the expect the level of dark Bronze color that this beer portrayed in my devel glass. Aggressive pour resulted in a a scant 1/2 inch of foamy-thick, tan head. the head fell quite slwly as I took my notes. After it did receede to a long lasting thick coat, it also left thick opaque lace up the glass the exact height of the head that formely resided there.

Smell was of thick gooey caramel cooking on the stove. There was a sweet simple syrup aroma also. The middle of the aroma brought a slap across the olfactory of big piney hops. This aroam brought to mind the flavors that i would hope would follow. The finish was of bitter greens.

Big hop bit right up front. Piney and bitter greens abound. The carameland other sweet sugary flavors from the nose serve as a sizable malt backbone. The finish is quite refreshingly bitter and last quite a long time. This bitter finish play extremly well with the firm and sweet malt middle.

Medium to full body is cut quite nicely by the spry, tingly carbonation. This level of carboantion was unexpected but not unwelcome. Not alcohol heat to speak of.

I could drink several glasses of this until it couls get ugly. The 9.1% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden copper color w/ a thick off-white tinged with yellow head which sticks around for a bit before leaving a full coating of lace in my goblet
S- surprisingly not a very strong smell, cereal grains and cattish pine hops mixed with some toasted nuts, fruit and just a hint of alcohol
T- starts out with a good initial bite to balance the sticky sweet malt backbone, grapefruit galore in this one, some nutty caramel notes come through about midway but are dwarfed by the almost overwhelming hop presence, as with the smell, a faint fruity alcohol note makes itself known, finish is quite bitter and slightly metallic
M- a rich, full bodied beer with a nominal co2 level

Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Amber-orange body, thick white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation suspended in body.

S: Rich caramel maltiness up front with crisp hoppiness following. Some alcohol astringency.

T: Much like aroma. Very malty backbone with hoppy bite. Significant astringency.

M: Thick, low carbonation, significant hops.

D: More like a barleywine than a DIPA. Too malty, not enough hops.

(I was probably a bit harsh on this brew numerically, but if we're rating per-style, I feel it's pretty fair. A DIPA really shouldn't be this caramelized and malty in my opinion, and although it'd be a good choice as an introduction for someone who likes barleywines, it really doesn't work as well as a DIPA. YMMV.)

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,624 ratings.