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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

3,218 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,218
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 159
Gots: 159 | 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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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22ox bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle courtesy of a trade with grub, thanks buddy!

Aggressive pour leaves 1 1/2 inches of head with heavy lacing, very appealing. Orange in colour with tons of unfiltered chunky bits floating about. Fairly vigorous carbonation that dosen't let the head die easily. Aroma is heady and extremely appealing. Well balanced is how I would describe it. Lots of floral hops with a touch of citrus...orange and lemon peel mostly. The malt is very bready and warm, a bit like a cake baked with oranges. Caramel, vanilla and even a little mango in there....well balanced and delicious smelling.

Taste is very hop-forward, as expected. The floral character is delicate and melds well with the citric sourness. Medicinal, herbal, anise like flavours come out as well. The malt presence is huge and has to be to try to balance this beer out. Yeasty breadiness in the back with the caramel, vanilla and fruit flavours making this a very baking-like experience. The mouthfeel is thick with all that malty goodness, and the carbonation is medium, about right I'd say. I have a bomber to myself, and I know it'll knock me on my ass but I don't care, it's very good!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 03:04:00 | More by trevorwideman
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees...let warm up for awhile.

A - Beautiful burnt orange with copper tones. Off-white, foamy head that took several minutes to simmer down to a small ring. Ample carbonation that held throughout the long life of the beer.

S - Juicy hops dominate the aroma on citrus/floral tone.

T - Strong hops, but met with caramelized malt. Background notes of tart grapefruit and piney/floral earth tones. Altogether, the hops still overpower the rest of the flavors, leaving a smooth bitterness. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish that leaves a bitter taste.

D - Excellent DIPA. I had been saving it for several months, and it was worth the wait. Very good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 02:39:05 | More by JohnnyM2002
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out with a thick two and a half finger off-white head over a clear copper beer. Some visible bubble trails throughout the glass. The head clings to the edges all the way down and has a great pillowy character to it.

Nose: A bit too light, but has some good notes: hops, of course, hints of vanilla, and the ever present pine and grapefruit combination of strong hoppy beers. Smells smooth and creamy, not too harsh.

Mouth: Sweet, smooth, creamy entrance and a long hop finish. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue but not as much diversity in flavors as I would have hoped. At room temperature the alcohol is very present, accentuating the pine flavors of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 19:57:21 | More by clickpush
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corysmith01

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-28-2013 22:01:54 | More by corysmith01
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riored4v

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/16/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, rocky head. Clear, dark golden body. Great lacing.

Smell is malty, caramel and hops. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aroma.

Taste is citrus and spicey hops up front with a nice bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmty. A nice balance with sweet malt and caramel flavors. Hints of pine and nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel is oily with a medium piney. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Mild alcohol warmth, but still easily drinkable although not quite sessionable.

Overall its an excellent DIPA. Big on hops w/ a well balanced maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:24:08 | More by riored4v
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-25-2013 01:40:21 | More by JoeLacy
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kevindp9

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-22-2013 03:30:45 | More by kevindp9
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-23-2014 15:18:10 | More by Oidmoe
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cameraman

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper/golden color with hints of orange. It has nice head, that laces down the glass slowly. Strong aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit, as well as floral and piney scents. The taste is surprising, it starts with a sweet taste of malt and little bit of honeyin there as well. The hops soon begin to dominate the taste, with prodominantly a citrus flavor. It is slightly heavy, as it comes across the palate at the beginning, then it gradually thins itself out. Drinkability, this is hop-head beer, though it was a tad disappointing I was expecting a stronger hoppiness in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 14:25:14 | More by cameraman
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy fiery orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready and carmely malt along with some spicy citrus and piney hops. There is also some alcohol present in the nose as the beer warms.

This is very well balanced for a double IPA. While the hops are definitely well represented for all hopheads the malt has a strong showing as well. There are notes of toffee, caramel, sweet bread, grapefruit and some pine. The more the beer warms, the more the hops come out.

Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly carbonated; pretty smooth and almost creamy.

Hard to believe there is 9% ABV here, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. A great Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 02:04:37 | More by hckyfn9999
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearances: Richly orange and nebulous with a sugary white head. Not a highly motivated head, as it takes the rest of the night off without any consideration of how it is making the beer look overall. Selfish bastard. Anyway, the ring forms and spittle is left atop the pond. Sticky lace results just like when fancy panties get pilfered and end up in the hands of a pervert. Like me. Very subdued carbonation fizzles through what appears to be a dense glass of matter.

Smell: This smells like heaven. The freshest, most vibrant hop smack in the kisser I have had in a long while. Maybe ever. Nice malty undertones give a thick sweet aroma off, but the hops. Wow, this smells fabulous. No deterioration of hop character here. This nose is fresh and citrusy with herbal and grainy notes popping off left and right. Super delightful scent.

Taste: Very well balanced betwixt malt and hop. I wouldn't have expected such synergy judging by the nose. The hops bolster the grain to an excellent degree. Slightly dry finish, but enough juicy and mouthwatering sweet character to ward off the cotton chop effect. Caramel tones abound. The hop flavour is equally as amazing as the nose. Fruity and resinous and sappy. This is really a great specimen. A double dose of awe inspiring magnitude. So fresh. Earth...

Mouthfeel: The texture is very pleasing. Not much carbonation which makes this baby feel juicy and heavy, yet it remains light on the wings of the flavour.

Drinkability: A dangerously delicious drink without question. The sweetness could conceivably cause a premature cease in consumption, but I am so satisfied with this bomber.

Primo. I was expecting another rediculously hopped up novelty, but this boy sure made me eat crow. Recommendations must be dispersed at this time. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 03:15:46 | More by SupaCelt
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:16:42 | More by DaveFL1976
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heysuz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2012 04:23:59 | More by heysuz
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TheDoak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-10-2013 16:49:09 | More by TheDoak
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-19-2012 02:24:06 | More by Jmick28
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VaporDome

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

05-06-2013 22:59:56 | More by VaporDome
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jwswigs

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-23-2014 06:12:30 | More by jwswigs
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dfried

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a complete IPA. I wouldn't say it's cloudy, but definitely not clear, with a coppery color and a slight, thin head. Alot of these stronger IPAs are quite citrus like in smell, but I would say this one is more floral than citrusy, and I would say the same about the taste. Floral, fruity, with less powerful citrus undertones hop flavors, with a sweet malt. This is a very well rounded, heavy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 15:52:14 | More by dfried
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PatronWizard

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Been waiting to try this.

Transparent copper. Very rich frothy head.

Wonderful smell of hops. I may even be able to pick up a malt.

Biting bitter hops! Yummy. The bottle says something about a malt backbone, but I gets hops and hops. I like it. Flavor stays with ya for a long time.

Fairly smooth and big time drinkable. I fear this ill-fated bomber is about to die an untimely death.

The malts try to stage a comeback late in the game but are brutally repelled.

Overall: officially changing my favorite style to DIPA

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 22:55:27 | More by PatronWizard
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-12-2013 04:38:21 | More by BugTownPub
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heavenlyStash

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-19-2013 06:09:01 | More by heavenlyStash
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sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bomber with some guy holding up a Q-Tip in front of the mountains. Nice gold with white head, slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet toasted malt with background citrus hops.

Ohh, this is tasty. Great balance right off the rip - sweetish malts with hints of toffee combine with a solid hop bitterness and grapefruity flavors throughout the first three quarters of the sip. Alcohols raise their head near the end, along with a not-unpleasant grapeseedy kind of bitterness in the finish which lingers. Round and smooth. I need more. The store is closed. Oh well.

I'm digging this brewery's efforts so far. A very tasty example.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 02:59:32 | More by sponberg
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hercules, I crown thee king, king of double IPA's. At least, so far as my search for the best goes.
It looks like carbonated refreshing Iced Tea. With a nice 1 inch head capping it of course. Sparse lacing is left on the way down through the glass.
The nose is like being smacked in the face with a branch of a pine tree. I have never smelled a pine aroma this strong. After the pine I get sweet grapefruit and orange.
Taste is again, pine, followed by grapefruit, sweet caramel, lemon and orange. Finish is massively bitter.
Mouth is so damned balanced it could be a gymnast.
Of course the drinkability is excellent because it tastes so damned amazing. Stone calls it's double IPA ruination but this one delivers on that promise far more. A real gem.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 02:04:58 | More by TheBungyo
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terence

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

09-07-2013 22:36:17 | More by terence
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benito

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lots of head and some lacing, colored nectarine and sienna with little carbonation. The head hangs on and on and on.

Even before I really start sniffing, I get whiffs of a huge floral nose, especially strong grapefruit scents and hints of cream.

Down the hatch. In one word, it's hoppy, specially in the aftertaste
The floral scents don't carry through onto the palate...it's more
bitter and less sweet. In general, there isn't much to match the
hops. Liquid hops in the mouth with trace maltiness.

For true hop heads this would be heaven. For me it's a little too
unbalanced. The 'herculean' hop isn't a joke.

Overall, this has a full, strong body in the mouth and reasonable
drinkability for something this strong.

I'd recommend this to only the most diehard hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 19:47:57 | More by benito
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,218 ratings.