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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,275
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 165
Gots: 168 | 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.

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Photo of jmbranum


4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amazingly found in the bargain bin of a local liquor store for $1.

Clear amber liquid with a substantial off-white head.

Bracing, hop-laden aroma.

The flavor is more subdued than I expected from a DIPA. The hops definitely dominate but there is backbone of malt here that gives it enough sweetness to not be completely insanely bitter. Lingering hop oilyness on the palate. A little bit of copper. A little bit of wheat bread. Mostly piney hops, especially on the finish.

The bottle says it is 10% ABV but I can't tell it.

Very nice full mouthfeel that sticks around.

I would recommend this for any hop-heads. It might make a good counterpoint to serve with a sweet fruit pie.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:34:00 | More by jmbranum
Photo of allforbetterbeer


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with a slightly cloudy orange-fruit body under a pure white head that sticks everywhere on the glass.

The nose is dripping with grapefruit and pineapple juice, with undertones of evergreen sap and assorted citrus fruits. No malts can be detected, and a hint of mint can be found underneath the citrus.

First off, this isn't a DIPA that is only hops. There is a huge malt backbone that acts as a trellis for the vines of hop flavors to climb. To the hop purist this might detract, however I find that it works well here. This beer takes the citrus route more than the evergreen route with hop flavors, but incorporates both. The hops really are wonderful, bursting with pineapple, brown-sugar drenched grapefruit, a touch of peach, mint and Ponderosa Pine sap.

The mouthfeel is excellent: The carbonation is just enough to keep this mouth-wateringly easy to quaff. Overall it maintains a smoothness that is just dandy, and the alcohol is so well hidden this might as well be 6.5% ABV.

Conclusion: This is a great ale, no doubt about that. I love the hop profile and the mouthfeel especially. My favorite of the style so far, but I have not tried that many.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:25:13 | More by allforbetterbeer
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly dark amber, with a nice finger of head at the top that sticks to the glass after each sip.

S - Lots of hops, as well strong hints of citrus and bits of caramel.

T - Bitterness is king on this DIPA! Great tasting hops and a bit of caramel at the tail end.

M - Dry and medium bodied, some slight carbonation

D - Very drinkable even with the high alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 23:46:15 | More by thedoubler55
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-28-2013 18:00:04 | More by Barnsley
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-23-2014 06:12:30 | More by jwswigs
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and brilliantly orange. Head is foamy...laces and sheets down the sides of a pint glass.
The smell is surprizingly faint...floral and piney hops.
Super sweet, heavy caramel candy malt gives a backdrop for the punch of the sprucey hops. There's also a lot of mint and menthol flavors from the hops.Super bitter too. There's a whack of sharp metal..that doesn't work so well. An almost hot spicy acidic aftertaste and I notice the alcohol mostly when exhaling...weird. A little harsh.
Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit cloying. A minty hop aftertaste.
Not a real standout IMHO, but definitely an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:03:14 | More by Hautacam
Photo of rayjay


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in OR, not available in CA (unfortunately). This one poured a deep rusty copper with lots of chunky sediment. Head is thin but dense and oily. Carbonation is active enough to keep the yeast from settling.

Sweet whiskey malts on the nose, along with the obvious hops: floral and resinous.

Pretty intense bitterness, mostly from the hops but probably from the malts as well. Fairly deep into carmel malt territory. A little bit sticky on my lips and tongue.

Aftertaste is more whiskey with those bitter malts and alcohol trying to hold their own against the bitterness of the hops. Dry finish with some tannins; this along with the bitterness remind me of oversteeped green tea. Oversteeped grains or hops maybe?

A fine 2xIPA but a few steps towards the barleywine domain, mostly because of the healty dose of heavy malts and the sugar they bring.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 07:19:47 | More by rayjay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured a orange/golden clear. My bottle said it was 10.1% and you couldn't taste any alc% at all. Very damn tasty, and easy to drink. Damn solid beer. Will definately look for this tasty brew again. Would love to find a even fresher one too, to compare.

Pours a clear orange, slight amber colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes very malty, almost with a hint of honey to it. Theres a little bit of hop bitterness here, but I'm really picking up the malt backbone a lot more. Thats not a bad thing either. I find this to drink down pretty smooth and I detect no heat in the beer at all with the higher abv%. Had this one over a year ago, but my palate has aged a lot since then. Decent imperial ipa overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:47:29 | More by WeedKing4
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New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a soft reddish amber with an off white head that leaves a nice lace around the rim
S-tons of citrus, a slightly pine aroma in the background
T-Malt dominates the flavor up front providing a nice sweetness followed by a great hop bitterness that continues to be citrus and pine. Clean finish
M-Medium bodied.
O-tons of flavor and very well balanced double ipa. It is a big beer but still remains very drinkable and has lots of hops. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 03:26:16 | More by atr2605
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%

07-23-2013 14:44:21 | More by sonofliberty2
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-06-2013 22:59:56 | More by VaporDome
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-11-2013 18:57:30 | More by Cvescalante
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-06-2014 22:05:27 | More by fellowrs
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-17-2014 17:00:43 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep copper color with slight haze. Nice thick off-white head with heavy lacing.

S: Hops and heavy citrus mixed with sweet malt.

T&M: Real smooth with a full body. Big clean bitter hop taste. Nice clean citrus pine taste.

This is a great complex IPA that deserves a try! Really nice Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:34:36 | More by cdizinno
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a hazy orange into the glass with a skim head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is pine, malt, citrus, and some dark fruit - very inviting.

T - Wow, this is a sipper. With 85 ibus you, it's a smack in the mouth with hoppiness. Citrus dominates and the alcohol comes through in the finish and warms the belly quite nice.

M - I'd say the carbonation is moderate.

D - Wow, this is good beer but you need to take your time. It is very hot and I'm not sure that time would help. Bottled Jan 09 so it's had a little time to age. Overall, very good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:45:52 | More by beerman207
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-25-2013 01:48:59 | More by Geuzedad
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-25-2013 01:40:21 | More by JoeLacy
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.

S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.

T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.

M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.

D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 03:10:35 | More by EPseja
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-11-2012 21:02:37 | More by kspongeworthy
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-16-2014 03:09:36 | More by cherche
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant copper orange in colour topped by loads of meringue-like head. The long lasting foam almost coats the walls of the glass with thick sheets of lace. The scent of it invites you in with peaches and flowers; biscuit and pine. A little bit of alcohol lurks behind it all. Solid peachy, tropical sort of hop flavour competes with sweet caramel malt. Very balanced. Pine and herbs show up towards the finish along with a firm, strong (but not extreme) bitterness. Fairly full bodied, with a smooth and sticky mouthful. I bet it would be even hoppier if it weren't brewed almost two months ago. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:19:29 | More by mintjellie
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really beautiful copper-red color, with a relatively small head that faded quickly. Pretty minimal carbonation.

The smell is like a forest, honestly--almost too much pine!--so I was glad to see that this is a really well-balanced beer with a silky and medium body. I got some grapefruit and caramel malts in addition to the pines, it's got a bold flavor profile all around, not just with the hops.

It ends bitter but still hides the 9.2 ABV very well. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:13:53 | More by lstokes
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2013 12:02:46 | More by pcsnyder
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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