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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

3,426 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,426
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 178
Gots: 207 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

erha2, Dec 22, 2012
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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.

StoneTSR, Feb 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

huysmans, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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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.

BBP, Sep 18, 2010
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

OB1, Jun 30, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

jmbranum, Feb 27, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -18.9%

22oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

Dark golden-amber brew raises a smallish head that leave some nice lace. Lovely floral/pine/grapefruit aromas emerge from the glass...hops just smell so wonderful. Then a drink...the mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and sticky. The alcohol is hidden well, balanced by extra sweetness, which also blanace the intense hoppy bitterness as well...but there the whole enterprise is dragged down. I don't know why I even bother with double IPAs...obviously i have a problem with the style. The the hop flavors and aromas are wonderful, so why mess with that beauty by weighing the brew down with all the extra alcohol and sweetness? I just don't get it. These beers always come across and heavy, unbalanced, and much less drinkable than the normal-strength IPAs in the family. This is a beer with great taste and it is made well, but it is marred by being made to be huge, IMO.

kenito799, Apr 21, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

VaporDome, May 06, 2013
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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.

letsgopens, Jul 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Andrew041180, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

This Herculean adventure begins in spongy froth, one which slowly subsides to form a marshmallow crown. While not a student of mythology, I don’t believe Hercules was a king of anything. Anyway, the copper colored body is somewhat cloudy and imbedded with wayward carbonation bubbles.

As to the aroma, honey, peach and mango ruled this day; as for the taste: upon the first sip, the palate becomes awash in a complex potion of fruit and toast, both of which drift away in a smooth and hoppy finish.

Hercules had me fooled. Despite the label reading “… not for the faint of heart” as well as the intimidating 85 IBUs, I assumed it to be a hop bomb; strangely enough, it was not; it was pleasant enough and proof of what a great brewer can do.

jjboesen, Apr 21, 2013
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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.

celticfutblclub, May 03, 2011
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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.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 05, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JoeLacy, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TheDoak, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Romulux, Jan 12, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +14.5%

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

atr2605, Mar 03, 2012
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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.

thedoubler55, Feb 27, 2011
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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.

suspect, Aug 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Dirty25, Jul 08, 2013
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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.

sweethome, Jan 14, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

mikehillman, Aug 31, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,426 ratings.