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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

3,368 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,368
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 192 | 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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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-15-2013 20:59:39 | More by banger7
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Shmeal

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-30-2013 23:54:02 | More by Shmeal
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davesway10

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-19-2011 15:33:16 | More by davesway10
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AlexM

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 20:03:13 | More by AlexM
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pathead

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-14-2014 02:37:44 | More by pathead
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Naes

New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%

This DIPA pours out a dark orange, almost brown. The head is a tall frothy layer of off white foam.
Aroma is of piney hops.
The flavor is of hops all the way, though it is most bitter in the finish. There is also a slight malt character throughout the entire sip. Some ripe fruit as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

11-13-2005 05:34:06 | More by Naes
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Rudgers73

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

11-22-2006 21:32:07 | More by Rudgers73
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

I'm glad to find a one month old entry from Great Divide in Greater Boston. Some of their other hoppy offerings were almost a year old! I poured this 12 oz. single into a nice giant wine glass.

Appearance: Pure copper in color. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. The remarkable aspect of the look is the pure, clear shades of amber in the glass at different points of thickness.

Aroma: Pine and citrus jump out first, but, as with a lot of DIPAs, there is a good amount of caramel/biscuity smells to balance things out. After a few drinks, the meld of hops and malt create an almost spicy scent as alcohol heat kicks in.

Taste: Nice variety of hop flavors initially that eventually finish with a nice, not too over-the-top bitterness. The same notes from the nose are here, but a nice addition floral flavors also enter the picture. Malt provides adequate sweetness, but nothing that gets in the way of the main attraction of hops. Finishes with a pronounced, but not to sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: As medium-bodied as they come. Carbonation goes almost undetected with the exception that it keeps the body slick in the mouth. For a 10% DIPA, this one is rather drinkable. Be warned.

Overall: This is a very solid beer. It may not make my all-time greatest hits of the style, but there is nothing GD could do to improve what they were going for in this beer. It presents a great variety of hoppy flavors, keeps hop flavors and bitterness in good balance, and presents a great complementary malt that knows it is just a back-up singer in this band.

11-24-2010 20:59:42 | More by soze47
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-04-2014 13:58:36 | More by mattboyer182
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tjsmith910

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

05-09-2014 21:58:39 | More by tjsmith910
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

I had this on tap at First Street Draught House. It was served in a snifter.

A-A nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Hoppy and slightly fruity.

T-Very hop forward of course, citrussy, fruity, with some caramel malt in the finnish. It tasted more like an American Barelywine to me than a double ipa.

M-Thick and syrupy, which was great.

D-A sipper for sure.

Overall, this is another solid beer from a great brewery. However, to me, this drank more like a barleywine than a double ipa. I will drink this again in the future for sure.

03-11-2012 22:25:30 | More by thegodfather2701
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-30-2012 18:27:42 | More by larbush
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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-20-2013 02:14:13 | More by einman
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-02-2013 00:34:34 | More by a0lbudman
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured 12oz bottle dated 11/11/13 into a new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan finger head. Head dissipates moderate with decent lacing.

S-Aroma of slight pine, strong citrus fruits scents melon and apricot, and caramel undertones.

T-Taste is not overly sweet, bitterness is a little more pronounced but fairly nicely balanced. Same as aroma.

M-Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel at the beginning and slight dry at the end, good carbonation.

O-Overall a strong IPA which hides the 10 ABV and very good brew have to get more only bought single.

01-16-2014 13:46:11 | More by reebtaerG
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MickeyHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-20-2012 02:17:44 | More by MickeyHops
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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-17-2012 06:02:56 | More by jlindsey
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Popp24

California

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-09-2011 22:30:35 | More by Popp24
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-11-2011 18:38:49 | More by uziangis
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-26-2013 11:13:59 | More by ComRock12
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rojapa

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-13-2013 01:31:58 | More by rojapa
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roblowther

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

It looks reddish-gold in the glass, with tiny bubbles everywhere rising to form a dense, off-white rocky head. Smell? Hops. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Not surprising for an IPA, I reckon (we do that in Texas). The taste is peppery and floral. Maybe a bit of pine in there somewhere. It is strongly hoppy but not overpowering. A maltiness comes on after the initial hop assault, then more hops but a more delicate, slightly astringent version. It has a warm, ale-like finish. Mouthfeel is dense and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a double IPA. I say that because hops really aren't my thing but this one manages to deliver a lot of hops without just beating you senseless with them.

01-04-2007 00:52:29 | More by roblowther
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-07-2012 03:14:13 | More by andthevolcano
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

From notes.

A - pours a bright yet deep golden color with an enormous head of off white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass. Nice head retention.

S - simple but mouth watering aroma of big grapefuit hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - strong bitterness coats the mouth. Piney, grapefruit bitterness. Just huge amounts of it but there is enough malty sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M - full bodied. Carb is really high.

D - not a bit of detectable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable ale dangerous. Solid brew all around.

12-18-2010 22:42:06 | More by Teleweizen2
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beerhan

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -14%

pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack.

10-01-2010 04:16:10 | More by beerhan
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,368 ratings.