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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

3,371 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 193 | 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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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-16-2014 03:09:36 | More by cherche
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-11-2012 01:36:53 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-08-2014 20:14:43 | More by foxyaardvark27
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-27-2013 11:27:57 | More by guezarka
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sneezye

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2013 22:05:41 | More by sneezye
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TonyY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-07-2014 10:31:13 | More by TonyY
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-01-2014 01:19:05 | More by Carl_R
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erha2

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2012 15:56:24 | More by erha2
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Satan70

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-30-2013 17:27:57 | More by Satan70
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,371 ratings.