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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,216
Reviews: 1,479
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 159
Gots: 159 | 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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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange/amber/red color, the head dissipated fairly soon after pouring into a large mug. The aromas are initially sweet fruit, orange peel and caramel, followed by resiny hops and then a whiff of pure alcohol. Viscous body; there is a delicious dry hop flavor that is perfectly balanced by sweet and sticky flavors of oranges and other citrus. Moderately carbonated and very drinkable with a long finish. This pushes the limit of sweetness for my personal taste, but is so well made and enjoyable to drink that I did not mind.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 15:46:12 | More by malloyca
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-12-2012 02:10:46 | More by bsimms
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-28-2012 03:02:21 | More by wcl113
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New Hampshire

1.75/5  rDev -57.7%

11-11-2013 05:13:45 | More by niiiv
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-03-2014 01:47:49 | More by Aprice34
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pretty thick amber, hint of orange. Small head on this, but what did you expect?

S - Hops and not much else, the alcohol is well masked.

T - A very tame hop, but I like it, again, the alcohol is very light despite how heavy it actually is.

M - Very smooth, light carbonation, a slippery beer.

D - Suprisingly drinkable for a double IPA, super smooth, I will get again.

Great Divide continues to impress me, for sometimes less than $5 it is an absolute steal for an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 05:01:08 | More by Bumpon10s
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bought in Colorado (Superior Market), bubble wrapped, boxed and packed on a plane to San Diego....then poured into a tulip glass

A - Rich dark copper color with a good size head that recedes to just a slight cream colored film on the top. Beautifully clear.

S- bready and citric hops smells this smells interesting. Smell of alcohol

T - Whatever this hop is, I dig it. An apricot-citrus taste. Dry bread-like taste.

MF - Nice, coats the mouth with hop resin. Borderline barleywine with a warming alcohol burn in the finish

D - Med to full bodied. Tastes great. High ABV. Maybe 1 bomber. Don't remember what I paid. But it wasn't particularly expensive for a IIPA in a hop shortage, so I give it a good drinkability rating.

Overall, this is mind kind of hops....fruit and bread, dry but not punishing. This is an excellent IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:04:28 | More by mbunje
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper colored, with a nice frothy head that slowly dissipates to the side.

S: Citrus, hops, and a faint caramel back. Smell is not as strong as others, but still good.

T: Much like the smell. The orange, pineapple, and hops are definitely present, but do not overpower the sweet caramel malt that is also present, and tend more to compliment the overall beer, than simply being the headliner. This is good stuff!

M: Smooth, medium to full body. Fits the beer perfectly.

O: One thing is for sure... the 10% is nowhere to be found here. Definitely one the most drinkable dipa I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:17:17 | More by Luchman
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Kwakwhore.

Poured into a pint glass. Amber with a cappuccino head, bubbles fighting their way to the top. The malt aromas almost overpower the hops on this one, but there are definite notes of citruis permeating the malty nose.

Flavor follows suit, with hints of wood, buttered toast and a bitter hops finish. The malt & alcohol linger.

Full bodied with a nice mouthfeel, if somewhat heavy (expected); don't think I'd do more than one of these in a single sitting but it's definitely worth seeking out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 16:57:14 | More by Rzzzzz
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-28-2014 06:01:41 | More by mjc3151
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-22-2012 00:43:05 | More by dcellis
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-16-2012 01:02:00 | More by hlaus
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 20:53:49 | More by boston2bburg
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bistro DIPA festival. Poured a light coppery color. The smell was all hops. The taste was similar, a very dry (for a DIPA) piney hop taste predominated. It did not have a very stong malt presence, and I would say it tasted like an uber-hoppy IPA. Having said that, given the ABV of the beer, it is deceptively strong (i.e. it hides it alcohol well behind the hops). A good DIPA, but I prefer more malt presence to counter-balance the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 23:06:56 | More by jwolfie70
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

William Pang (Queens, NY) loves this beer.

Pours out the bottle with a very light amber/dark orange color, with a thin head that recedes fairly quickly and a stringy, top to bottom lacing.

Smell is a lot of fruit character with some hops and a lot of malt sweetness, strange for a double IPA.

Taste is very mild. Lots of biscuit/malt flavor, mixed with a very small amount of citrus.

Medium body with a very smooth character and a very nondescript finish.

This is a strange beer in terms of drinkability. A little heavy to drink too much of, but very mild in terms of flavor. Probably wouldn't dare to drink too many in one session.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 21:57:28 | More by tittymcj
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to admit,I'm a little bit confused by this one! Was expecting or maybe hoping for a more hop forward brew but that just is not the case. Now dont get me wrong this is an extremely good brew but just lacking somewhat in the hops dept.
Beautiful pour with a deep golden orangish hue, minimum headage but lots of lacing.
I smell mostly sweet malts touch of breadiness .
Taste is alot like smell with a good alchol bite.
Mouth is somewhat thickish but enjoyable, not much carbonation to speak of.
Old double herc went down pretty nicely with a pleasant warming effect as it happened, NICE!!!!
Have to note this bottle was slightly over 9 months old , could have been the reason for the hoplessness.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:24:19 | More by btorsdog
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-23-2011 00:11:16 | More by warbird07
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-23-2012 21:00:07 | More by alva7172
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-29-2014 21:48:41 | More by Steve_Gonz
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-24-2014 03:01:41 | More by Sbjeff
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4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a large white head.

Smell is very nice with lots of hops; pine-needle, elder, citrus and grapefruit.

Taste is great; grapefruit, pine-needle, citrus and a great, great bitterness. Sligthly of malty caramel/toffee notes and sweetness.

I really like the mouthfeel. It's extremly filling and full-bodied.

Drinkability is high, according to me. It's a big beer, but not too extreme either.

Classy stuff! A new favourite.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 19:09:27 | More by Ljunkan
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-16-2012 17:44:27 | More by mbixler
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-20-2012 02:12:46 | More by pumaguy021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great brew. This brew poured a amber/caramel color. The hops are most definitely present. The taste is hoppy and lingers on the palate throught the whole drinking experience. I believe there are more than 85 IBU's in this brew.

The whole beer is packed with flavor. I let my wife try it and she even said wow about 15 seconds after she took a sip. The 10% alcohol is present but hidden so watch out.


Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 15:56:59 | More by STKPICR0720
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-26-2012 04:05:05 | More by jmo2k1
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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