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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
93
outstanding

3,588 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,588
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 189
Gots: 258 | 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 Cath
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Cath, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of nleaders
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 6/25/14. Clear amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Normal head with excellent lacing and retention. Nice nose of blended hops (pine, citrus and a bit of dank) over a caramel background with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Below average carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is complex, but a bit out of balance. The alcohol is quite prevalent. It begins with a caramel rush that flows into the hop flavor, but never totally recedes. The middle is a mild dank bitterness. The finish lingers with alcohol and a slight phenolic note.

tillmac62, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hercules Double IPA pours a golden orange color with a generous white head that sticks well and laces nicely.

The smell has floral, biscuity, and piney notes. Very appetizing.

The taste has similar notes with a forward hoppiness that pleases the hop-headed palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lasting hoppy aftertaste.

This beer is quite drinkable although at 10% abv, I wouldn't drink more than 1 or 2 at a sitting.

slyke, May 24, 2010
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Dwtucker90, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of rickyleepotts
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I played 18 holes of golf today, so I wanted to celebrate. Nothing beats celebrating with a BIG bottle of beer with a TON of booze. This beer is 10% ABV, and is just loaded with flavor. I have had it before, but it was a LONG time ago. Why am I using so many CAPITAL letters tonight? Who cares. I am ready to drink.

In the Glass: This is a healthy looking IPA. It is rich in copper color and produces a very thick head. The head is white, and sits on top for a LONG time. There I go again with the capital letters. I will stop. No more. Anyway, this looks like a good strong IPA. A double IPA perhaps! (It is fair for me to put IPA in all caps… that is the point!)

Nose: For a beer that has this much booze and is loaded with that many IBUs, I expected a more overwhelming nose. But it is weak. Their Titan IPA smells a lot better. But I am hoping the aroma starts to come out when this beer heats up. We pulled this from the fridge, so it is ice cold.

Flavor: The flavor is also not what I expected. As the tasting notes say, it is very well balanced. The flavor is never overwhelming and slides from the front of the palate and into the aftertaste without much focus on hops. I am surprised that this beer is just exploding with flavor… but maybe that is the point. They focused more on the overall enjoyment rather than making this a “knock your socks off” kind of beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite boring. There is a subtle hint of hops on the back of the palate, but is is quick and isn’t obvious. You can smell as you drink to get more of the citrus notes that you expect… but the flavor is just polished (it makes sense when you drink it) from the start to the finish. This is like a domestic for a fan of IPAs.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. It is smooth all the way through, and the aftertaste is pretty boring. Now, having said all that… the beer is good. It is solid. It is… you got it, polished. It doesn’t have to be a big punch of hops that knocks me over. I wanted that, but the beer is good. The booze isn’t obvious either.

I like Great Divide, and while I had higher exceptions, this one is still a good IPA from a great portfolio of beers.

Hercules Double IPA - The bottle says: “HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for 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.”

rickyleepotts, May 18, 2012
Photo of JulianB
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JulianB, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of KMitch
4/5  rDev -3.1%

KMitch, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Lebzilla
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Lebzilla, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Harvey98, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

The beer poured an amber golden with a minimal head that quickly faded. You could tell that this beer was so saturated with hop oils that it suppressed any chances of a big head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent with a nose that was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a medium/light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated so it wasn't smackingly sweet like, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in IPAs and DIPAs. Many brewers out there bottle condition their DIPAs, but in my opinion, the yeast cake zaps much of the intended potency of the beer after a few months. When it comes to DIPAs, I'm in favor of enough time for flavors to meld, but not mellow.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer had a touch of vinous flavors, which helped give it its own character. Distinctive and rich, this beer is a classic. Now that it's available in 12oz. 4-packs, I'll try to grab it more often.

SacoDeToro, Nov 20, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

lookrider, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jaybags
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jaybags, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of JSOBB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JSOBB, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Dduquette
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Dduquette, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle at Knightly Spirits. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Awesome, rich thick and foamy head that stays throughout the drinking. Red, golden brown beer with "floaties" in it.

S: Hops galore, tea leaves, citrus zest, and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Very fragrant.

T: Bitter hops, floral goodies, tea, apples and more hops on the finish.

Drinkability: With an ABV of 9%, it's hard to classify this as a "session beer" but I'd say for someone who can handle it, it's very drinkable if you space them out.

Value: Worth every red cent.

Overall: This is one insane IPA for those who really wanna get hopped up.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

GFish, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of fdrich29
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I honestly can't remember where I got this bottle. I want to say Downtown Wine and Spirits but it's really hard to say. It's a 1 PT. 6 FL . OZ bottle.

Ummm... almost what I would expect from a double IPA, but not quite there. Taste is sweet and hoppy with a syrupy body, but still somehow just a tad below my expectations.

The head spilled all over my homework. That sucked, but it is of no fault of the brewers.

Quite smooth bit the only way I can articulate it is that it "fakes it". It tastes fine but at the same time doesnt impress me. I couldn't find it in myself to lower my review numbers though.

If you see it, pick it up, it's worth a try. I just can't guarantee you'll pick it up for a second time.

fdrich29, Jun 02, 2005
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber. Bought a week ago and had been sitting in my fridge, daring me to give it a go. I will now give in and comply. I will review as I drink this for the 1st time ever...The top has been popped, and poured into a Chimay Goblet. Pours a rich amber color, kinda hazy. Nice head, dissapated quickly due to my expert pouring ;)

Smell: Hippity-HOP! Smack!...but theres a caramelly sweetness in the aroma. The smell reminds me of DFH 90min. Floral, hoppy, sweet, caramel, alcohol.

Taste: Bitter hops up front...Alcohol hiding nicely...doesnt feel like a 9+% ABV beer. A little citrus/pine combo, followed by that delicate caramel-like sweetness. Almost stings my tongue with its hoppy goodness. Upon swallowing, a nice dryness, making me want another sip..

mouthfeel: Viscous, slight oiliness, and leaves me thirsty after every sip, almost like the tannins in a dry wine. Almost no aftertaste other than lingering hop oiliness. Wonderful.

Drinkability: Although the taste makes me think this beer has super drinkability, and it does, I have to curtail my rating a tad because of ABV. I wouldnt even attempt to drink a 2nd bomber of this because it tastes so good Id be compelled to drink it too fast, and thats not something I want to do.

Highly recommended. Great divide has a winner here.

wingnutter, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of twax
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

twax, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 22 0z Bomber bottle. Poured into pint glass.

Pour is nice dark amber color. Head is 1", but slowly does down to a thin lacy layer. Somewhat hazy with bits of hops in suspension in brew.

Smell is nice and hoppy, Some citrus and a lottle bit of pineyness. Taste is very hoppy. Good bitterness makes the ale easily drinkable.

The finish is very nice. I wish I had bought another one of these as this is a very easy to drink and enjoyable brew.

mattster, Jan 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

s_wit, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Joestradamus91, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of enfield249
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep copper, with gold highlights. No head, and thin layer of white foam on the surface.

S - Strong pine, resin, spicy hop aroma.

T - Same as above, only up to 11. Very strong hop flavors, no maltyness.

M - Full, slightly sharp and very bitter.

D - Wow, a good IIPA, but I wouldn't want more than one.

enfield249, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of ZPB
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ZPB, Mar 07, 2013
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,588 ratings.