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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

3,717 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 213
Gots: 337 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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.
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Photo of HopsMatt
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of khiasmus
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber with dense white head that takes a few minutes to settle to a lace.

S- Perfect. A hop monster being over taken quickly by malty goodness. Even a little alcohol and spice in the aroma party.

T- Amazingly hoppy and bitter, but still almost balanced by caramel malt that makes it delicious.

M- Highly carbonated and smooth, giving way to slightly dry and astringent.

D- Excellent for a double IPA. No more drinkable beer at this IBU level in the world.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tapped into a tulip

Appearance - Hazy amber body. White creamy head with great stick and retention.

Smell - Light sweet malt balanced out nicely by the hop.

Taste - Great malt and hop balance. Mildly bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Creamy. Some alcoholic astringency that works really well.

Overall Drinkability - Reminds me of why double IPAs are so awesome. A great but not excellent example of one.

Photo of 420Rick
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of supercolter
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark golden amber color with 1 finger head and decent lacing
Smell- is of citrus and floral hops a small amount of malt and alcohol
Taste- is very similar to the smell, well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a bit too creamy but good.
Drinkability gets better through the beer.

Photo of waughbrew
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[$6.99 bomber from downtown wine & spirits]

Orange-gold with a perfect five head that is off-white with some yellow, creamy, and great R&L. Orange-nectarine aroma is resinous. A bit of Amarillo-aspirin seems to be present, but not so much as to ruin anything. Tastes big malty piney vanilla nougat with citrus fruits, sweet but balanced. Neat, though odd. Nicely melded, as I cannot tell what flavors come from what ingredient. Orange honey.

Great beer, especially as it approaches room temp. The flavor could be a little bit better, but that is about it. I still prefer the regular IPA, but this is still wonderful.

Photo of mattboyer182
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Bustersuess
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Elfastball7
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of dedbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Lothore
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish orange hue with a huge, thick, 2.5 finger head that seems to stay for quite a while leaving lacing galore.

S- Smells sweet, piney hops dominate followed by citrusy notes.

T- Thick earthy with hints of grapefruit and some pine. Bitter with the alcohol a bit to apparent.

M- Thick and clings a bit to the mouth. Very carbonated.

D- Not anywhere near the most drinkable dipa i've ever had. The alcohol is a bit too apparent and the bitterness is a bit intense in that it isnt balanced as well as i would have hoped. Aside from the criticism, I really enjoyed this brew.

Photo of eat
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of RuudJH
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this beer is another great introduction to American brewed beers, in this case a double IPA (a style to which I'm quite new).

Nice brown glowing beer; not much carbonation or head though.
Great fresh hoppyness in the taste, great green grass smell, pine, together with some apricots , I would say, and some milky chocolate malts.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's just very smooth. Alcohol is hardly present, even for the 9.1% as stated on my bottle , it's well masked.

Very glad to have tried this. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands. Thanks to their assortment.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of treyrab
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Great Divide that I have yet to try. Poured this one into my pint glass tonight...

A: Hazy copper with a very nice and creamy two finger tan head; There are pieces floating in this one, almost looks like orange pulp? Anyway, it doesn't make it unappetizing. Oh, this one laces like the best of them!

S: Hops galore. Very nice floral hop aroma, mostly of citrus hops. Smells like a good DIPA should.

T: Wow, the hops are blowing my head off. Very, very bitter with citrus hops. I do not detect the pine hops in here until the finish, for the citrus hops take the cake. It is balanced nicely and has a nice alcohol taste in the finish as well.

Overall, a great DIPA. Right up there with Pliny and 90 minute in my opinion. Get one if you have the chance!

Photo of DRTBrewster
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of phisig137
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber copper color with minimal head. Little lacing is left behind, and only a ring around the glass forms.

Definitely has a hoppy aroma, citrusy to be more specific. Tangerine and orange hop aromas dominate the nose, and a honey like sweetness fills in the gaps.

Hercules has a great flavor, that is more balanced than some of the other beers from Great Divide. There is a little malt sweetness up front, again tasting like honey. Then a huge wave of hop flavors hit you, this time both citrusy and piney hops. The finish is pretty solidly bitter, but does not have the same tooth-enamal stripping quality that Old Ruffian has. Very pleasant, and quite refreshing for such a big beer. Almost seems like it has more than 85 IBU's.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is relatively high. Once again, another good beer from Great Divide. This is one of the better IIPA's that I've had recently, as it lacks the metallic hop flavor. Very nice all around, and highly recommended.

Photo of KlayWey
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MaxPowers
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chalkies in Indianapolis, a mere $4 per pint. They left off the ABV on this particular beer, leaving me to wonder why my head was so split open after only two beers. ~9% will do it to you...especially during the day.

In the tumbler, this beer was pretty in its unassuming stature. Golden, nice lacing, little head. A hellacious whiff of pine needles and slightly scorching booze.

I often find myself resorting to the lame, unspecific adjective of "winey" when describing beer. Finally a beer has risen to the point where this somewhat shotty description truly fits, and I am almost shocked by the fact that nary a single BA mentioned this in their review.

Merlot. Sorry Miles, but this brew is laden with hopped up Merlot essence. And its a good thing.

Damn, this is one good IIPA on tap...gotta try it in the bottle to see if this winey essense was truly as potent as on-tap.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,717 ratings.