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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

3,596 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,596
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 263 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Carl_R, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a nice golden color, a little dark for an IPA but nothing negative about it, a good head poured out, but it didnt last long, even thou it left good lacing
S- has a really nice hoppy smell, with a medium malt backing it up
T-Has a great crisp hop flavor, tastes really good
M- Has a medium/light body which works great
D- great, i could drink a ton of these, cant really notice the 9% alcohol

Atron67, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of KlayWey
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

KlayWey, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of tmm313
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque dark amber. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing.

S- Man, there's a lot going on: Orange, floral, toffee, fresh hop, bubble gum, grapefruit, and pine. Very unique.

T- Sweet citrus/caramel/hops up front, morphing into a super bitter, piney, spicy hop bomb. My poor palate just can't identify all the subtleties. Hops of all levels.

M- Thick side of medium. Oily, drying, coating.

O- This was a dynamite DIPA. To me, it fit right in with all the other sought after west coast IPAs out there. The aromas were heavenly, and the flavors were huge.

tmm313, May 27, 2014
Photo of EF4
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of tonistruth
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper to amber in color with a fluffy two finger white head, really good on the retent, god lacing as well

S- sweet, floral, citrus, hoppy

T- very strong on the bitterness (duh), sweet and sour grapefruit like citrus flavor in the beginning, earthy with some slighty nutty malt in the middle and finishes with pine (w/ a bit of a sour twang), warm alcohol & touch of spicy earthiness.

M- smooth medium bodied brew. leaves a film on the palate.

D- enjoyable, bitterness can be harsh, nice touch with the earthy/nutty malts as opposed to the usual caramel malts. hop profile doesnt do much to set it apart from other DIPA's.

tonistruth, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of obrike
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely looking DIPA in my 512 IPA pint glass. Caramel color, spiderweb lacing all over the glass...quite pretty.

The smell...well, let's just say...bud...kind bud...smells like piney, resiny marijuana. Wow...fresh out of the woods. A bit of citrus and sweet caramel mixed in only makes this better. Top notch!

Sweet bready malt upon first sip, followed by fresh, bitter hops...bang! Nice wallop. This one stays on the tongue and back of the throat for a good long while. Damn...this is a fine beer. Uber smooth...hard to believe it's a 10abv...quite dangerous, in a good way.

An incredibly good DIPA...sorry I waited so long to try it.

obrike, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange topped by a yellowish and frothy head. Very typical for this style in my experience. Foam dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Powerful hop aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Faint caramel malts. Obviously, this is Titan on steroids.

Taste: Ultra bitter and tangy hopes on the start. Peppery, brash, citrusy, and sprucy. Just enough caramel malt sweetness to keep this tolerably balanced, but maybe not exquisitely so. This is an IIPA after all. Not quite as complex as Dreadnaught.
Mouthfeel: Solid and burly medium bodied beer with long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Like it's namesake, this is powerful and strong. A great IIPA. Dreadnaught, best be watchin' yer ass. Thankfully, finishing the bottle is not a Herculean feat.

ManekiNeko, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zachary80, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +21.1%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

leodarko, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TypsiYpsi, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a orange amber color with small head that retains very well. Unfortunately it was poured to me in a just cleaned glass and ruined the aroma. The taste has a generous hop note with a good balance of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is the biggest detractor with me feeling like I need to continuously lick the roof of my mouth. Overall I think you should definitely try it.

csiewert, Dec 10, 2010
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
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 CHILLINDYLAN
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear vibrant copper with tangerine orange highlights. Small offwhite head that becomes a resin pool. Small sticky laces.

Fresh pungent hops: Grapefruit, floral, and herbal. sweet toasty caramel.

Sharp citrus, juicy grapefruit, spicy floral, fresh hops. Sweet caramel, nutty, light toastiness. Dank grapefruity bitterness. resinous mouth coating.

Sticky, dry, smooth, med bodied, perfectly carbonated.

Nice sturdy and balanced, but still hoppy as fuck. Great balanced DIPA that goes down well despite the 10% and loads of hops.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 10, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

nosavingsaccount, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Luk13
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle @ Volo. Copper colored beer with an off-white to pale yellow head. Aroma is heavy, sappy pine hops. Taste is very much the same caramel with tons of pine bitterness. The label calls it hefty, and it is. Mouthfeel is almost gritty it's so bitter and it has almost no carbonation feel

Luk13, Feb 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium burnt-orange with a thin yet frothy head. Aroma is almost all orangey hops, sweet mandarin oranges, bordering on syrupy. Good lacing all the way down.

Taste is strong and aggressive, lots of hops but with a strong enough malt base to handle it. Bready nature hits first, followed by the bitter citrus hops and both merge into the finish. Good light sweetness, plenty of smooth esters with some nuts and oil flavors. Aftertaste is dry and bitter but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and slightly oily. No trace of its hefty alcohol content in the taste. A good job at handling both sides of the spectrum and far, far better balanced than the Titan, also by this brewery.

assurbanipaul, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of EStreet20
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very nice reddish golden color with a half finger white head.Lots of lacing on my glass.

S - A nice citrus hoppy smell with a lot of bitter hop smell plus some malt that smells like tea leaves.

T - A very bitter taste here but tastes good. Comes over a malty lead that has some sweetness to it.

M - Very smooth. Follows up the bitterness nicely by not being too csrbonated.

D - Makes you want more. A nice taste. Might be too hoppy for some non hopheads.

EStreet20, Mar 21, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

huysmans, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

washburnkid, Jun 19, 2009
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,596 ratings.