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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

3,544 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,544
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 182
Gots: 242 | 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%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of BierReise
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber No Date This is one excellent brew. In my opinion it ranks up there with the best California IIPA’s. It poured a clear orange tinted amber with a thick full head. The aroma is potent with grapefruit, pinapple and piney hops. Alcohol is also very much present and to an extent detracts overall. I also smell the malt which has a nutty grainy like aroma.Very much like Dreadnaught, and in some ways reminds me of Marin/Moylans and Yulesmith as well. The body is full and smooth. The flavors are hoppy fruity malty alcohol and despite the latter, delicious. This Ale finishes with a cruel bitterness that hopheads will desire. I do. Excellent retention leaves a well laced empty glass. Top 50? If this belongs there so do some other great IIPA’s.

BierReise, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +21.1%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

nosavingsaccount, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of dgallina
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-red with a foamy white head. Leaves filmy lace on the glass long after the beer is gone. Smells quite hoppy, with a bit of grainy malt firmly in the background. Flavor is strongly hoppy. Plenty of north-american hops and *very* little else going on here. Just hops from start to finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Kind of boring and simplistic in my opinion. Tons of hops. That's all folks.

dgallina, May 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

erlenmeyer, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of AwYeh
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 10 2013 (just a bit old), poured into snifter.

A: Foggy copper-amber color; straightforward IIPA look.

S: Big tropical fruit hops, cracker malts, hint of alcohol that works pretty well adding spice to everything else.

T: There's a big variety of fruits showing up here. I get more apricot and some hints of dark fruits than anything else, maybe due to the bit of age this beer has on it. Still piny, still very tropical, with a little vanilla in there and a sweet finish that reflects the bready malts. Pretty complex.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and slightly sticky. Does good to leave flavor behind on the finish.

O: Solid offering from Great Divide; it's got a pretty unique flavor, the apricot and vanilla have left a pretty big impression on me. Looking forward to getting this a bit fresher to see how it changes.

AwYeh, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

WoodburyMN, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber, leaving a 2 inch head subsiding to an inch by halfway down and a 1/2 inch the rest of the way, leaving a thick lacing all the way. Color - this was a hazy orange -copper - the expected IPA color. Aroma - pine and citrus hops, smellable at arms length away, with a mildly sweet malt note at closer range. Taste - delivered exactly what the aroma promised -a delightfully bitter hop bite of pine and grapefruit with a caramelly malt backbone that was just right- not too sweet - perfectly complimenting the hops, and then finished wtih more pleasing pine and citrus bitterness. No alcohol taste at all to interfere with flavor- in spite of the high ABV - just flavor; amazing!
Smooth and full mouthfeel- excellent!! I found this to be entirely drinkable, in spite of high abv, just will have to be conscientious of it and practice restraint when enjoying what has become one of my favorites! Excellent brew !!

ultralarry2006, Mar 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for this brew.

Appearance
Deep coppery amber beer, with an attractive finger-thick creamy off white head. Was impressed with the moderate lacings. Finely carbonated.

Aroma
Sweet, decadent ripe fruity esters, caramel covered nuts, citrus, and alcohol made its presence known as the beer warmed.

Taste
A rich and creamy nuttiness and caramel was followed by citrusy notes, orange, grapefruit, and pine. The alcohol became more evident in the taste as well as this ale warmed.

Mouthfeel
The big, bitter, and resinous hops are very nicely offset by the sweet, creamy, caramelly nuttiness of the malts. This beer has alot of substance and mouth presence. Its thick and almost cloying, but this is also balanced by the hop bitterness, the alcohol warmth, and the fine carbonation.

Drinkability
This is a big and substantial beer. Its rich and decadent nature of course makes it a poor choice for a session beer, but in my opinion thats not the purpose of a DIPA so i wont hold it against this treat. This beer is also big and hoppy enough that its definately not something to serve as a crossover beer. But this is a wonderful treat for any hophead. Ill be enjoying this one again.

demcorhip, Aug 18, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Amber body with a decent-sized head. Smell is of citrusy hops struggling against the nutty malt. Same with the taste. The malt is just a bit too prominent, and I don't think the nuttiness goes all that well with the hops. Honestly, this struck me as a poor man's 90 Minute. Not the worst DIPA I've ever had, but not even close to the best.

BarrelO, Nov 16, 2009
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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
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a finger head, nice retention, and pretty white lacing.

Smell is nice, hoppy and open. Kinda subdued but very attractive- floral and pine hop scents with a touch of malt sweetness.

Tastes excellent- moderate hop bitterness, good pale malt backbone, floral and pine hops well balanced with malt. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well- medium bodied with light carbonation. A decent amount of hop resin. Exceptional DIPA- seek it out!

Hopdaemon39, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

salinasa, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

leodarko, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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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
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

KlayWey, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 08, 2014
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
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

agreenman19, Oct 26, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,544 ratings.