1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,434 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hercules Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,434 | Reviews: 1,489 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery

A: clear and amber with golden hue. quarter finger head with lots of lacing left behind.

S: pungent and musty hops with some pine and citrus.

T: grassy hop bitterness with citrus sweet finish. roasted caramel malt in background throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: A very drinkable DIPA especially for 10% ABV but not as complex as the top reps in this category.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a wonderfully clear orange-amber color with a pillowy, off-white head.

Smell: What a winning aroma! A fresh assortment of juicy citrus fruits served with bread dough and orange blossom honey.

Taste: Mild, smooth butterscotch sweetness provides a solid malt foundation that tapers off into a full salvo of orangy hop flavors that are a touch peppery. Renewed accents of toasted caramel lead into a dry, piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite creamy with a soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of intense hop flavors and bitterness offset by a rich, malty sweetness. That settles it, Great Divide's Hercules is a very well made Double IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking clear copper color with a thick white head on top. The lacing was sticky on this brew. The smell of the beer was hoppy, full of citrus and pine notes on the nose. The taste of the beer had a good amount of pine like bitterness with some fruity citrus flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, it was nicely carbonated with a light oily feel to it. Overall this brew was pretty good, I would buy it again.

Knapp85, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a tight one finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind.Wow this puppy is hopped to the tilt intense orange and lemon hit with an underlying pine,big juicy citrusy flavors just bursting out at ya i do notice a touch of nutty malt it barely holds up to the intense hoppiness but its there.A slight alcohol burn is noticable not bad in any way,this beer is bad ass and takes no prisoners,hell yeah.

oberon, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber in color with outstanding head and lace. Even with a careful pour a bit of bottle sediment made its way into my glass, but not enough to take away from the great appearance of this brew.

Smell: The first whiff reveals big notes of grapefruit and rosemary. Malts do come out more as it warms, but they're more of a background character.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit again with floral and herbal undertones. Malt flavor is non-existent, serving as little more than a foundation, while intense bittering hops stick to the palate for what feels like forever. Alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, which detracts from both the flavor and mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: This is one seriously aggressive DIPA. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's a decent beer.

largadeer, May 10, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden brown, with a copious amount of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lace as it disappears. It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas, and some thin caramel malt. The taste is a dense caramel malt backbone, bitter orange liqueur, a bit of orange vodka, and some mixed citrus hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body heavy, oily, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, some fruity sweet malt lingering for a good while.

A pretty decent DIPA, all the components are jacked up to just the right smack-you-in-the-head levels.

biboergosum, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even carefullly poured from a long-standing and refrigerated bottle, Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA delivers a somewhat hazy orange-amber body with a bit of a light crimson cast. Its frothy off-white head drops steadily to become quite creamy; and then slowly fades to a standard collar and whispy surface covering. It leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass, however, which are quite nice. Bright, floral, grassy, lightly piney, and citrusy hops appear in the nose alongside some yeasty fruitiness and sweetish, honey-drizzled malt. The mouthfeel is quite nice: full and dextrinous with a very-fine bubbled, median carbonation as ballast - leaving a gently bubbly caress on the tongue before becoming more creamy and smooth. More sweetish, bready (and even dough-like), and honeyish malt appears in the flavor, dripping with floral hoppy flavors; and tempered by a slap of alcohol and a punch of bitterness that allows it to dry almost immediately in the finish! Hops, however, linger on the palate - floral, piney and citrusy; dancing and swirling until what residual malt is left fades and only bitterness remains. It's a solid duoble IPA to say the least! And very well done! The hops are blended just enough that they don't stray too far towards any particular character (fruity, citrusy, leafy, or grassy for example); and they balance perfectly with the malt that follows the same profile (ie. not too grainy, sweet, honey-ish, etc.). NICE!

NeroFiddled, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

SocalKicks, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ Sunset Grill, thanks liefman for sharing this with me.

Deep copper, slightly hazed with a lace that would not stop leaving trails down the glass.

Smelled of resiny hops, piney and citric yet very clean. Hints of malt and subtle alcohol under the hops. Almost silky smooth with a strong medium body, big punch of clean bitter hop ... clean hop oil permeates citric and pine. Faint alcohol on the palate, its very hidden ... deceiving.

Wow, damn straight this Double IPA came at me like a bat out of hell. I am very impress by this brew.

Jason, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.

T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.

M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.

D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, amber body with nice lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with some pine. Sweet malt and some caramel to back it up.

T - Big grapefruit hop flavor and some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with big malt sweetness in the middle. Substantial bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the huge malt character.

M - Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A strong and very sweet DIPA. The hop character is nice, but not complex and the malt is dominant is a way that becomes cloying after a while. Maybe I would like this better if it was billed as a barleywine, but as a DIPA it just doesn't have a vibrant enough hop character.

nickfl, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.

WVbeergeek, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange with a big 2+ finger widths of billowy off-white head that nearly fills 1/3 of the glass. After settling down, it retains beautifully into a creamy covering that left awesome sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is a Wowzas! huge bouquet of floral hops and piney notes, citrus, and bready sweetness.

The taste is just a big as the aroma, with bold piney resinous hops that are nicely balanced by a brawny backbone of grainy malt. The bitterness lasts well through the finish and lingers on the palette. The mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat, being as muscular and powerful as its mythological namesake with a thick and chewey nature that matches well with its other characteristics. Heat is present but it's not stinging. It just adds even more strenghth to the body and accecuates the bitterness in the finish.

Hercules is one of my favorite Great Divide beers as to me, it does everything a good DIPA should. With fresh pungent hop characteristics, a sturdy malt backbone to keep it in check, and a big body that lets you know that your drinking a beer that means business. It's definitely a sipper but when a beer is this good, that's fine by me!

Kegatron, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol

Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.

MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please

Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...

russpowell, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Two fingers of pale yellow foam, with excellent retention and concentric lacing. The brew is a semi-transparent copper-orange color. There's a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so make sure this sits for a while before pouring it.

S - Hoppy bitterness, tangerine, grapefruit. Surprising amount of malt, and I'm pretty sure the bottle is fresh as it has the new label. The smell isn't all that big, and it's pretty generic for a DIPA, albeit quite nice. There's a bit of alcohol present.

T - Starts with huge bitterness, but then mellows out to a nice caramel and citrus sweetness. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

M - Medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual mouth-coating stickiness.

D - The bitterness has defeated me after one bomber. The ABV would defeat me if I had anymore. It's a solid brew, but not one I'd want very often.

This is pretty good, but not in the class of other DIPAs I've had. If my selection were limited I'd be content, but it just doesn't stand out in a pretty crowded field. I think the 22oz serving size is also a little daunting.

MasterSki, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful.
Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling!
Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice.
Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren't out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover's tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum."
Tastiness beerily personified!

feloniousmonk, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to froggyfrog for sharing this fresh keg on his bday, I enjoyed mixing this w/ his peach wheat ale, but pure drinking was excellent. I poured this cold into my weeping radish mug.

A -A clear copper w/ amber highlights and a full two inches of light tan foam, starts w/ a full cap and the retention is very good. The clarity suffers slightly from the oily hop goodness contained in the bruiser

S - Very floral w/ citrus just pouring out of the glass. A very hoppy fragrant aroma w/ a touch of pine, not much booziness like you might expect from a beer w/ 9.10% abv

M- Very intensely hop resinous feel w/ a touch of mild yet moderately full carbonation. The hops have s spicy feel while the ale is subtly sweet in the finish.

T - A very rich and flavorful IIPA, intensely hop flavored, yet not overly bitter, more juicy w/ citrusy amarillo and other West coast hop flavor. The taste is mild for the high Abv and not as intensely bitter as some Imperial IPA's I have had. The malt is slightly creamy but supports the hops and the sweetness is almost balancing. A good dose of vegetal flavors from the intense hopping is pleasant to my taste. The taste is fresh green and less bitter than the bottled version. This is very decent flavor wise and has a significantly higher amount of hop flavor than Titan, but doesn't come off like a barleywine like some IIPa's.

D - I loved this IIPA on tap it was great to try it again. Great drinkability from Great Divide an extreme Ipa that really isn't harsh w/ bitterness or alcohol even at 9.1% it is pretty well balanced for an Imperial Ipa and gives plenty of fresh tasty hops for those who expect it. Slgithly boozy, but there really isn't any one flavor taking the spotlight this has nice complexity and balance for the style.

Slatetank, May 20, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra with a trade, very excellent. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is heady, yellowish light brown head that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a definite hop character as you'd expect with high malt and high alcohol sweetness in aroma. A very inviting smell for an imperial IPA.
Beer is dark brown and cloudy. I have to object to this beer at this point and penalize it for CHILL HAZE. As I drank this beer it clarified. This is classic chill haze, this is a professionally crafted beer, add a protein rest for your product's sake.
Beer is plenty sweet with nicely balanced hop bitterness. Finishes nicely, plenty for the palate to analyze. Mouthfeel is nice and full. The alcohol content slightly cuts the mouthfeel a little bit, drinkability is decent. hard to have such a high ABV beer with such high hop and alcohol highly drinkable, but this is very good. I like Great Divide. I'm going to seek out their other beers. Watch the chill haze guys.

drabmuh, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hercules is an american institution, a flagship big ipa thats been on the scene awhile. i can believe its taken me this long to write one up. on tap at the brewery, no better place to have it. clean copper color to this, and just a short white head. a more hefty grain bill is evident from the get go, but the nose reveals a dense woody hop profile, there has to be some columbus hops in this, or something else equally woody. the flavor has some coppery grain balance on the front end, no sweetness at all, and plenty of bite to it as the hops kick in. there is some pine, but i get that fresh milled wood profile first. its quite sturdy and intense on the hop front, powerful bitterness, and filling with all the grain weight as well. i like how big it is, how timeless this is, how often imitated. its a beer i can really only have one of, because its less carbonated like an english ipa, and is so strong that i get both full and drunk with small doses. love this beer though, famous for a reason.

StonedTrippin, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a healthy white head. Fruits and citrus hops in the nose. Very tasty, with citrus and piney hops, smooth malts in the background...surprisingly fruity. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a bit of film in the mouth from the fruitiness and alcohol, but overall nice and drinkable.

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,434 ratings.