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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

3,346 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 170
Gots: 187 | 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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HoustonTX

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

My 100th review, decided to go with the massive Hercules.

A - Deep orange with brown and golden hues. Poured a nice head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Candied malt with a surge of citrusy hops.

T - This beer had a suprisingly bigger malt backbone than I had expected. Full to mid bodied. Upfront has a nice quick malty rush, which doesn't stay around for long. Halfway through a huge hop rush breaks through, piney and juicy. The hops meet the palate, and linger for quite a while. Bitterness is perfect and lasts and lasts and lasts. I would also like to point out, that the first glass I poured out of the 22oz bomber had no sediment. Where as the 2nd glass was full of sediment making it far more bitter than the first glass. Mouthfeel was oily. Drinkability is excellent for such a big beer. Not incredibly complex, but still a damn good IPA. Honored that I could try this for my 100th review.

Cheers!

08-07-2006 01:14:00 | More by HoustonTX
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DrIPA

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-02-2012 20:29:57 | More by DrIPA
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-15-2013 21:38:33 | More by mlefebvre7
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

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.

02-27-2014 05:34:00 | More by jmbranum
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miadw3

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-01-2013 02:08:12 | More by miadw3
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toppoop

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-24-2014 19:50:40 | More by toppoop
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jjboesen

Maryland

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.

04-21-2013 01:18:45 | More by jjboesen
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

When does a Double IPA become a Barley Wine? Right here. Great appearance, with a foamy head, cloudy amber hue. Lots of thick lacing. Hop aromas jump out of the bottle. Crisp, hoppy taste, followed by malty backbone. Not dissimiliar to a Bigfoot (one of my absolute faves). This is terrific stuff. 9.10% well hidden, goes down relatively easy. Barley Wine fans, seek it out.

04-21-2005 03:09:19 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Good brew for sure. Got this in a trade and was looking forward to it. Really good taste that makes me wish that I could buy this brew all the time.

It pours a golden orange that comes with a frothy off white head. The head is really foamy and sticks around for a while. The bottle is neat, but does not have a best by date on it. Leaves a great lacing around the glass.

The smell and taste are great. I combine the two characteristics because they are similar. There are citrus hops, and a lingering bitterness taste after a few sips that sticks with you the rest of the bottle. It starts sweet and citrusy, but ends dry and bitter. LOVE IT. The mouthfeel is great because it effects the whole palate with it's bitterness. Really a great brew because it tastes great, and is incredibly fun and easy to drink. Before I knew it I had drank the whole bomber. The mouthfeel also has an aftertaste that I love about DIPA's. I got this dryness after drinking this that left a hop taste lingering in my mouth for about an hour or so, I loved it. I love the brutal attack of hops on the palate, the reason I drink DIPA's. Overall a drinkable brew that is a great great addition to my recent trade. Overall a great brew.

J

02-08-2009 05:40:05 | More by Jmoore50
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A gift from my wife picked up at Bauer's Liquors in Boston.

A: Clean and clear amber hue with a thin long lasting buff head. Sticky lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Good grapefruity hoppy aroma. Bready doughy malt aroma. Grapefruit scent is not particularly biting - kind of mellow. I suspect that is partially thanks to the strong malt background.

T: As in the nose, sweet malty back up adds pretty good balance to the grapefruit hop flavor. Long and lingering bitterness is present but not harsh. Boozy alcohol flavors as well.

MF: Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Not nearly as syrupy as many double IPAs. Alcohol warming present.

D: Very good sipping double IPA from the always good Great Divide Brewing Company. Well balance, complex, and smooth.

05-29-2007 15:28:23 | More by Nipitato
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midnitesun11

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2013 03:52:54 | More by midnitesun11
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brealbg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-14-2012 17:00:40 | More by brealbg
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joegard

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-04-2014 00:48:56 | More by joegard
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2013 02:28:45 | More by Lambocalrisien
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robear

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2014 19:24:57 | More by robear
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atr2605

New York

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

03-03-2012 03:26:16 | More by atr2605
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

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

Hawaii

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

09-19-2006 07:19:47 | More by rayjay
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-25-2013 01:48:59 | More by Geuzedad
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Jules11788

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-21-2013 04:43:21 | More by Jules11788
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huysmans

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2012 22:09:24 | More by huysmans
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Cvescalante

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-11-2013 18:57:30 | More by Cvescalante
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fellowrs

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-06-2014 22:05:27 | More by fellowrs
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,346 ratings.