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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 213
Gots: 337 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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 FatBoyGotSwagger
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bboven
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium reddish copper body; clear with big pillowy head that leaves enormous chunks of lace.

Smell is well balanced between earthy, piney hops and complex malt. There must be a lot of crystal in this one.

The malt rolls into the front of your mouth then gives way to metallic, piney bitter hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is really spot-on for a bottled IIPA. I would love to try a cask version of this one.

I'm going out to buy more of this. Tomorrow.

Photo of Magpie14
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kelly's Olympian, a great place.

A: reddish orange hues throughout that fused with golden and yellow colors at the bottom and edges when held up to the dim bar lights. A dense ring of white foam cap that trickled down, sip upon sip. Just about motionless in the glass with a few outcast bubbles amongst the radiant color. Even at the bar it looked real tasty

S: nice hop hitter, Hercules does hit you in the nose on this one. Nice blending of pine, lemon, floral, and citrus scents. Sweetness relies on caramel and burnt brown sugar with buttery whiffs. This beer had no problem cutting through the usual bar smells, very pleasing nose

T: this is flipping great! The malts play a bigger role than you think. Caramel and brown sugar drizzled over roasted malty goodness. Pine and citrus (lemon, grapefruit, oranges) hops are prefect match with hearty sweet malts. It is really well balanced overall with hops riding shotgun with the malts, even for a double IPA the hops are in total harmony

M: mild body and bursting with very drinkable flavors. Alcohol is very tame for its % and smooth body make it very delightful

D: a hop hitter and sweet malt kicker...great beer! Almost to well rounded for the label as a double IPA, not sure if that is possible? but, in any event, get a hold of it if you can! A must for hoppy beer fans

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 3 finger solid head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Nice bronze orange color.

S. Big floral hop smell. Citrusy and piney hops. Sweet caramel malt lying beneath the delicous hop aroma. Not as strong a hop smell as some DIPAs, but it has nice balance.

T. Not the hop blast that I was expecting. Piney hops on the tongue. Sweet caramel malt. Nice balance. It is a pretty easy DIPA to put down. Not very much detectable alcohol presence.

M. Medium bodied. A little sweet, but a pretty clean finish. Not much noticeable alcohol heat. Medium carbonation.

D. This is a well balanced DIPA. It is very drinkable. More malt forward than my personal preference, but it works for me.

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of oldedog
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Higravity
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a DIPA I was expecting more. This beer looked really good clear Amber with a fluff of a white head that leaves lace. A good smell of citrus hops that go well with the maltyness. The taste is of crystal malt to the extreme. The hops are a good hit of citrus spice and as well as the deep bitterness that is expected. The malt flavor just take away from a good display of the hops ever if they are a bit grassy. It holds up in the mouth and is not too cloy and is not hard to drink a dinner bottle at 9%. Not the first among DIPA but good if it is available.

Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Truh
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Held the weight of the world on my shoulders with this one on 5/2/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Brain-like coating of ¾ inch head that settles into the same, thinner pattern with a patina of stick. Very full, glowing orange hue with some haze and weighed down bubble action. Cranky hop and green juice on nose is fragrant and fresh with some lemon, oranges, and hop oil all mixed up and thrown in. Juicy fruit gun sweetness on mouth explodes immediately, followed by a plentiful amount of hop bitterness; touches of cane sugar, candy corn, macadamia nuts and grapefruit all wash around.

Very nice double IPA and one I would gladly pick up when in need of a pour from this style.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Orange-tan head (OK retention) atop a hazy, orange-copper beer, glowing.

S-Some light citrus mingling withing heavy-handed piney hops. A bit of esteriness, alongside a slight maltiness, maybe bread/caramel.

T-Pronounced bitterness right from the start! Then a thick and dark, resinous and earthy hop flavor emerges. Some malts come through, with a caramel and toasty bread character. Bitterness sustains trhough the flavor, into the dry finish.

M-Medium body with a hint of heaviness near the end. Enjoyably light within my mouth with a playful and appropriate carbonation.

D-I like this beer. It's a shame I only have a 12 oz bottle of it! Be prepared to sit on this one, enjoying it slowly, as the bitterness is very strong, but very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of taylor714914
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps unfair, I tried this after having Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail.  Unremarkable at the time, it seemed as though it wasn’t malty or hoppy enough to be a DIPA.  I judge all my DIPAs against Heady, and this seemed thin and lacking flavor.  I’ll have to revisit it on a fresh palate to give it another whirl and see if my initial impressions were correct, but for now, there are many other DIPAs I’ll reach for (hello Dirtwolf!)

Photo of nkelley77
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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