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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 357 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 3,739 | Reviews: 1,531
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two inch head and good lacing.
The aroma of malts,hops and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet malts,hops,fruits and a mild grapefruit with a hint of alcohol.
The feel: medium body and a smooth carbonation. Great balance. Some mild bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Notes: A fine beer indeed. I picked this up and I got exactly what I expected.

Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JEdmund
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
What immediately stands out is that it's hazy, and having had this before, I know that's reflective of how how flavorful and hearty this beer is; it has a bright and vibrant orange color, with lots of strings of carbonation that continue bubbling for the duration of the beer (which I sipped on for more than an hour); the head, though somewhat small at about an inch (could be a bad pour on my part), is thick and whipped cream-like, hanging around as a small, but still creamy film throughout the whole drink

Aroma
Awesome. So hoppy and spicy; full of citrus and pine and a hint of malt sweetness; really big and appetizing

Taste & Mouthfeel
Great hop bite and sting all the way through; fizzles up with just slight movement in mouth, lending to a full and creamy texture; leaves a very flavorful hop aftertaste that stays with you for quite a while; some oiliness in the mouth; certainly some malty sweetness present, but not much; hops predominate this beer

Overall
One of my all time favorites, Hercules is so big on hops and is really refreshing and tasty--a complete hop-lovers treat. Every sniff and sip keeps me wanting more. On one hand I could stand to have some more malt heft, but then it would be closer to a barley wine.; I really do love the big hop character.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 03/23/2011. 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours blood orange with a finger and a half of white head that holds and laces well.

S: Piney hops, slightly sour pineapple, and papaya.

T: Some juicy fruitiness, floral and piney hoppiness, tropical fruitiness, and strong maltiness balancing late.

M: It has a medium-heavy body with a little lower carbonation than I prefer.

O: This isn't my favorite DIPA; it is average quality and too expensive to routinely drink.

Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, here. The deep amber body is slightly hazy, and holds up a good size tan head that notches and laces all the way down. I'm ready to drink.

Nose was more well balanced than I was anticipating, not a hop assault. Sweet caramel and roasted nuts match the citrus/pine hop profile very well. Pink grapefruit, bubblegum, a bit of acidity and a dash of soapiness make up the hop bill. Not an overload, a bit more strength would have been alright, but it's still very good.

Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma and the taste, definitely no evidence of 10%ABV. It's certainly smooth for the style, perhaps a little low octane on flavor, but very enjoyable. Once again, very well balanced all the way through. Grapefruit and pine get boosted with spice and a sturdy toasty malt backbone.

The about medium, plenty sticky with a dry finish. The carbonation is modest but ample. Brutally easy to drink, watch yourself because it goes down like a regular IPA and packs twice the wallop.

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dedbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another super hoppy IPA on my last trip to Texas.

The phrase I used to describe this one in my notepad was "hoppy as fuck" so I'm going to stick with it!

The beer pours a gold-amber color... white head, lots and lots of hops giving all sorts of grapefruit and citrus flavors as well as pine.

One of the best IIPAs I've ever tried, will certainly look for this one again on the next trip to Texas.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style.

nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards).

medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. i remember having it a year or two ago and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. hey, just one man's take. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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 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 BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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