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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,368
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 173
Gots: 192 | 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 jhillwastaken


4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-23-2012 16:43:01 | More by jhillwastaken
Photo of letsgopens


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.

In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.

The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.

A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.

07-11-2007 17:28:33 | More by letsgopens
Photo of StoneTSR


4/5  rDev -3.1%

APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.

SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.

TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.

DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.

02-01-2011 03:47:43 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Approximately a 9 month old bottle.

A- Orange-brown with medium high carbonation and most of the time, a solid large head. Little bits of yeast follow the cycle of the carbonation, and enhance the look a lot.

S- Hops and malts, a bit of citrus, some grapefruit and pine, a bit of spice, and caramel.

T- Malt's lead this beer, with noticably large amounts of hops in the background. It gave a caramel hop and citrus taste at first. Later on it began to leave a bit of a coffee flavor behind. A bit of alcohol hits you in this one, leaving a small mark on the aftertaste.

M- Medium body, a bit lacking on the carbonation. Very smooth though.

D- Fairly easy to down. A bit of the ABV is detectable which holds you back, but the bold flavor takes it out of the light. It's a solid drink, and I'd love to try it fresh.

09-18-2010 00:25:29 | More by BBP
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-08-2013 23:04:19 | More by Franch
Photo of jngrizzaffi


4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-18-2013 01:28:11 | More by jngrizzaffi
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

07-28-2013 18:00:04 | More by Barnsley
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-13-2013 18:48:12 | More by 21Maestro8
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2012 15:56:24 | More by erha2
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

on tap at redbones

A - nice orange body to this with a powdery white head that has good retention and quality lacing.

S - nice grapefruit citrus smell to this and some hops. its not bad but it certainly isn't standing out for me.

T - again grapefruit citrus and a good hop bite at the back. mild alcohol finish to it as well. its tasty but really isn't doing anything to stand out from the crowd.

M - good carbonation. sticky and dry on the mouth but not too much.

O - not a bad brew. its not doing anything wrong but its kinda forgettable in its straight-forwardness.

05-03-2011 15:14:39 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15%

02-25-2012 00:30:18 | More by jpd026
Photo of OB1


5/5  rDev +21.1%

06-30-2013 22:23:41 | More by OB1
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

08-05-2007 18:06:44 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle to a brandy snifter.
bottled 11/9/11

Pours a deep amber red, with burnt orange highlights. A big frothy 1 finger foamy head that slimes its way around the glass, exactly what i want from a DIPA. Big piny hops slam in the face, followed by big juicy citrus with a big sugary malt backbone. Citrus hops on the tongue, mango meets grapefruit, with a strong brown sugar follow up and a lemon meets aspirin bitter bite on the finish. This drinks exceptional, no way this is 10%?? Medium on the body, sugary and tart, bold hops with bitter finish, very creamy and smooth. This is a fantastic DIPA, the look is right the smell is right and damn the taste is right, cheers.

12-09-2011 03:36:34 | More by gabedivision
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

10-03-2013 01:42:35 | More by JT99125
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-12-2013 16:19:41 | More by Romulux
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

02-27-2011 23:46:15 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of suspect

New York

2.88/5  rDev -30.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Bottle date of June 16, 2011.

A: Beautiful amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a slowly building coppery tinted white head that measures in about 1.5 fingers high. Lots of sticky lacing up and down the glass.

S: Malt-forward in the nose, not a ton of hops. This thing is only 2 months old and already it feels like it's lost freshness. The alcohol is present for certain.

T: Follows the nose directly. Malt-forward, poorly balanced and pretty hot. Really disappointing flavor.

M: Hop bitterness is here and finally this is like the IIPA that I like but it's too little, too late.

O: A solid disappointment but I'm chalking this one up to lack of freshness. I'll revisit with a bottle that's as fresh as possible.

08-22-2011 22:09:00 | More by suspect
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-28-2013 22:01:54 | More by corysmith01
Photo of sweethome


4.5/5  rDev +9%

Pours a pewter color with a thin head suggesting the alcohol to follow. A near perfect nose for this hophead. Grapefruit and a facefull of hop cones.

Hop flavors burst open on the palate and give a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Not too thick as with a few in this style. The grapefruit hoppiness blends with a pine and spruce flavoring. With all the flavor hops, there is still enough malt to provide backbone. This is one fine, hoppy brew.

I savored it, sip by tiny sip and and took in the abundance of flavor. It provided an evenings worth of flavor and alcohol warmth to boot! What a treat.

01-14-2005 05:01:08 | More by sweethome
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-20-2014 03:11:44 | More by Necronomad
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-01-2011 03:41:15 | More by Joshgonzales79
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-08-2013 22:11:47 | More by Dirty25
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-10-2013 16:49:09 | More by TheDoak
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-31-2013 01:02:19 | More by mikehillman
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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