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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 208 | 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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Photo of salinasa
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

salinasa, Jan 21, 2013
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Hecules Double IPA is a monster!
The beer poured out an amber color with some orange highlights towards the bottom. A 1" foamy off-white head rests on top for a while then recedes to about a 1/4" and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The nose, man, the nose!!! HOPS!! Lemon peel, orange peel, hard candy, pine oil, a pungent liquid christmas tree!
The taste is dominated by the super hop bitterness from lips to throat. At first the citrus in the aroma is not apparent in the taste, after the beer warms a little the tangy citrus comes out. Sort of a medicinal or cough drop aftertaste. It has a nice finish and I could taste some malt balance in there.
The beer warms up nicely and seems to mellow a little after 30 or so minutes out of the bottle, or is that me mellowing?!!? I am wondering if this might age well and change in the bottle. Might be worth a try.
This Double IPA from Great Divide is a very enjoyable "on occassion" beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

banger7, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

got one of these puppies from my local beer palace. haven't had it yet so lets give it a whirl

pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big white head which has some lacing. smells great, bitter apples, pine, spicy hops. tastes amazing, the alcohol warms the tongue and the different flavors make my taste buds go crazy. hoppy but with the first sip you can still discern from malty yumminess. mouthfell is rich and thick. very impressive. drinkability is good, with this being over 9% abv, i think this one bomber will be enough for tonight.

1fastz28, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of cubedbee
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

On tap served in a pint glass, this comes out a pretty glowing amber, a finger of off-white head, excellent lacing. Nose is a solid dose of hops, citrus and grapefruit all the way, very nice and fragrant, allowing just a slight bready malt to come through. Taste is what I expected, bursting with juicy grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops, a caramel malt backbone doing an admirable job in balacing, a nice lingering hoppy bitter finish. Hops are big, but your tongue doesn't get scoured by them, and you're still tasting by the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly slick and oily feel. This is an excellent DIPA, I look forward to trying more beers from Great Divide.

cubedbee, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Very beautiful orange-copper ale with an off white, fluffy head that lingers well for a high hop beer. I wasn't very careful pouring, and there's a lot of floating debris, though I don't remember having a similar problem before, so maybe I'll revise this with a future review. I dinged it a bit on appearance as a result, though it may be more my fault than GD's.

Strong pine and resin hop nose that's clean, and it's oily, Belgian like quality follows through the taste. Hops linger nicely without actually being overly bitter in the mouth. The strong biscuity malt back up the beer well.

This is my third or fourth bottle of this--I recommend the same, or more.

FightingEntropy, Jul 04, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Pours a very nice amberish orange enormous fluffy eggshell-colored head that sticks around like the head on a rootbeer float. The lacing is super thick and frothy, sticky, too. Aroma is piney-citrusy hops -- extremely pleasant and not overpowering, probably because of the sturdy malt presence. This malt comes through beautifully in the taste as well with strong hops, of course, slapping around the palate both at the front (clementine rind and grapefruit juice) and the back (oily, piney bitterness). The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. High alcohol presence (9.1% abv) is skillfully masked but emerges as the beer warms. This one is dangerously drinkable. No wonder Premier is always out of stock on this one. Highly recommended.

orfeu, Sep 11, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Profchaos20, Mar 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Coldsnack, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

pathead, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

corysmith01, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ccurrid, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Satan70, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

lilnicky068, May 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

tjsmith910, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Hercules Imperial IPA shows the craft behind this hedonistic subgenre of beer. With a rich caramel/peanut brittle malt profile that appreciably deepens as the brew warms and pure hop flavor in perfect -- yes, perfect -- balance, we've entered 90 Minute territory with this beer.

Forget the hop tea of Dreadnaught or the sheer intensity of Hop Wallop. Hercules is, indeed, a titan among IPAs. When cold, the nose reveal little and, as it warms, we get characteristic West coast hop fruitiness, but it's controlled. This isn't dry-hopped to infinity and it sees no fancy-pants "minute" hop additions. Hercules is an IPA made traditionally -- if a new style like this could ever lay claim to tradition.

The hop profile is strong, up front with an elemental licorice/grass flavor. This is what hops -- any hops -- taste like if you take a big bite out of them. And were this all, I'd be happy; the malts are thick, chewy even, but never cloying and the hops, for all their bitterness, are never intrusive.

Yet, Hercules manages what few beers can -- it develops with every sip. I don't mean it develops from cold to warm or that I can realize more of its inherent flavors as I go through the 22 oz bottle -- I mean the flavor changes in a single sip as the hop resins marinate on the tongue and the thick malt coats the roof of the mouth. They gain a fruitiness that isn't inherently West coast, one that even calls on British old ales, somehow.

By the time this beer hits 60 degrees, it goes the way of phenols, pure hop resin -- this brew really dies in the glass -- and what seems to me to be big fat fuggles hops (though the website says all four varieties in this beer are American). Honestly, the taste would get a 4.3 if it could, but I'll have to round down here. Never mind the ratings though; this beer proves the importance of a thorough review.

With perfect carbonation, so much malt character, a clean yeast, and mouthfeel and lacing that would make the Real Ale movement want to set-up shop in Denver (even if this is filtered), there's little to contend with in Hercules. Sure, the hops and alcohol become pressing after 18 ounces, but who's to blame for that? Me and only me; I'm young and need to work out more. Finally, I have someone to look up to.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, May 20, 2004
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

bottle poured into a snifter

a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.

s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit

t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.

m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.

UDbeernut, Jul 24, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL bottle.

This beer pours an orange with a frothy white head that holds beautifully and laces well. The smell is a fantastic mixture of citrusy hops and some sweet maltiness. Just a great aroma. The taste is also a major hop bomb. Again a fanastic hop flavor exhibiting some fantastic citrus (grapefruit) character but balanced out nicely with some good maltiness. There is a good thickeness to this beer and a nice carbonation. Overall highly drinkable, I just love a good DIPA.

MSchae1017, May 29, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mattboyer182, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

jpd026, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Rudgers73
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a short chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Looks very much like apple cider. Amber/brown with a haze to it. Micro bubble thin head, slight lacing, blotchy and thin across the top.

S- Sweet, grape, citrus, piny hops. Almost a berry smell.

T- Wow. This is really interesting. Very bitter and piny to start with a kick of warming alcohol in the middle followed by a increasingly sugary fruitiness. This is quite a dynamic beer. There is no real alcohol taste present, impressive for 9.1%.

M- Very dry at the start, but it dissipates into a well balanced feel of an american strong ale or a strong red ale.

D- This is great in taste, quality, and everything but it is so damn strong. If you're gonna have 4-5 of these stay in for the night.

Rudgers73, Nov 22, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.