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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | 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%

05-18-2013 04:18:40 | More by lilnicky068
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New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle to a brandy snifter.
bottled 11/9/11

Pours a deep amber red, with burnt orange highlights. A big frothy 1 finger foamy head that slimes its way around the glass, exactly what i want from a DIPA. Big piny hops slam in the face, followed by big juicy citrus with a big sugary malt backbone. Citrus hops on the tongue, mango meets grapefruit, with a strong brown sugar follow up and a lemon meets aspirin bitter bite on the finish. This drinks exceptional, no way this is 10%?? Medium on the body, sugary and tart, bold hops with bitter finish, very creamy and smooth. This is a fantastic DIPA, the look is right the smell is right and damn the taste is right, cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:36:34 | More by gabedivision
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-01-2013 20:45:03 | More by MightiestBeard
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-13-2012 15:15:28 | More by Treb0R
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

06-30-2013 22:23:41 | More by OB1
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review, decided to go with the massive Hercules.

A - Deep orange with brown and golden hues. Poured a nice head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Candied malt with a surge of citrusy hops.

T - This beer had a suprisingly bigger malt backbone than I had expected. Full to mid bodied. Upfront has a nice quick malty rush, which doesn't stay around for long. Halfway through a huge hop rush breaks through, piney and juicy. The hops meet the palate, and linger for quite a while. Bitterness is perfect and lasts and lasts and lasts. I would also like to point out, that the first glass I poured out of the 22oz bomber had no sediment. Where as the 2nd glass was full of sediment making it far more bitter than the first glass. Mouthfeel was oily. Drinkability is excellent for such a big beer. Not incredibly complex, but still a damn good IPA. Honored that I could try this for my 100th review.


Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:14:00 | More by HoustonTX
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-27-2013 11:27:57 | More by guezarka
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BoHo in Hollywood 6/1/2011

A - Pours a hazy orange with puffy, white, 2 finger head.

S - A bit underwhelming for a DIPA. Lots of flowery, earthy hops.

T - The power from the earthy hops carries over into the beer. It has plenty of those piney, bitter hops. A bit of sweet malt, but certainly weighed towards the hoppyness.

M - Pretty standard, left the mouth fairly dry.

Overall - A pretty decent DIPA. I wouldn't consider it world-class, but it did the trick. Sort of a lesser version of the world-class ones out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 20:31:23 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-02-2012 20:29:57 | More by DrIPA
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-01-2013 02:08:12 | More by miadw3
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-10-2011 02:56:41 | More by cantfindme
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-22-2013 03:30:45 | More by kevindp9
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 03:09:19 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2012 15:56:24 | More by erha2
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good brew for sure. Got this in a trade and was looking forward to it. Really good taste that makes me wish that I could buy this brew all the time.

It pours a golden orange that comes with a frothy off white head. The head is really foamy and sticks around for a while. The bottle is neat, but does not have a best by date on it. Leaves a great lacing around the glass.

The smell and taste are great. I combine the two characteristics because they are similar. There are citrus hops, and a lingering bitterness taste after a few sips that sticks with you the rest of the bottle. It starts sweet and citrusy, but ends dry and bitter. LOVE IT. The mouthfeel is great because it effects the whole palate with it's bitterness. Really a great brew because it tastes great, and is incredibly fun and easy to drink. Before I knew it I had drank the whole bomber. The mouthfeel also has an aftertaste that I love about DIPA's. I got this dryness after drinking this that left a hop taste lingering in my mouth for about an hour or so, I loved it. I love the brutal attack of hops on the palate, the reason I drink DIPA's. Overall a drinkable brew that is a great great addition to my recent trade. Overall a great brew.


Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 05:40:05 | More by Jmoore50
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-30-2013 17:27:57 | More by Satan70
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-04-2014 13:58:36 | More by mattboyer182
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my wife picked up at Bauer's Liquors in Boston.

A: Clean and clear amber hue with a thin long lasting buff head. Sticky lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Good grapefruity hoppy aroma. Bready doughy malt aroma. Grapefruit scent is not particularly biting - kind of mellow. I suspect that is partially thanks to the strong malt background.

T: As in the nose, sweet malty back up adds pretty good balance to the grapefruit hop flavor. Long and lingering bitterness is present but not harsh. Boozy alcohol flavors as well.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Not nearly as syrupy as many double IPAs. Alcohol warming present.

D: Very good sipping double IPA from the always good Great Divide Brewing Company. Well balance, complex, and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 15:28:23 | More by Nipitato
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:59:42 | More by soze47
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2013 03:52:54 | More by midnitesun11
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-14-2012 17:00:40 | More by brealbg
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-08-2013 22:11:47 | More by Dirty25
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This Herculean adventure begins in spongy froth, one which slowly subsides to form a marshmallow crown. While not a student of mythology, I don’t believe Hercules was a king of anything. Anyway, the copper colored body is somewhat cloudy and imbedded with wayward carbonation bubbles.

As to the aroma, honey, peach and mango ruled this day; as for the taste: upon the first sip, the palate becomes awash in a complex potion of fruit and toast, both of which drift away in a smooth and hoppy finish.

Hercules had me fooled. Despite the label reading “… not for the faint of heart” as well as the intimidating 85 IBUs, I assumed it to be a hop bomb; strangely enough, it was not; it was pleasant enough and proof of what a great brewer can do.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:18:45 | More by jjboesen
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2013 02:28:45 | More by Lambocalrisien
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-27-2014 05:06:46 | More by Nordbier
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,261 ratings.