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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 219 | 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 PartyHatjo
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color with tints of orange/tan in a thick, head. Beautiful sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Impressive malt presence. Impressive in that it actually dominates a strong citrus/piney hop nose. Biscuit/caramel tones highlight the maltiness.

Taste: Sweet malt hits first, caramel/pear/biscuit flavors. The malt fades to a nice citrus hop flavor, and some other fruity esters come through, pear is prominent throughout. Alcohol is surprisingly absent in the flavor profile, which says a lot for a brew of over 9%

Mouthfeel: Malt does dominate the flavor profile, but there is a lot of bitterness to balance it out. Body is a bit on the heavy side for a DIPA (almost barleywine level).

Drinkability: Alcohol not in the taste, but you can feel it after a brew. Body tends to hurt drinkability as well

PartyHatjo, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of cozmo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cozmo, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of cpn920
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a short lived head that dissipates to a thin layer. Yeasty particles suspended throughout. Get big caramel malt aroma and floral hops. Taste was not what I have grown accustomed to in Double IPA's. For me it was overly malty with the hops giving a bitter finish. Medium body with adequate carbonation. I wouldn't go back to this one when there are others that I enjoy so much more. Unearthly, Double Simcoe, 90 Minute, Dreadnaught, Gordon are all much better IMO.

cpn920, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +21.1%

ryancorn, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jbear68
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jbear68, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of bluehende
3/5  rDev -27.4%

bluehende, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of sharkboy
4.5/5  rDev +9%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of skinnycox
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

skinnycox, May 22, 2013
Photo of gimmehead
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed copper with a veritable army of yeasty floaters, and a frothy white head that laces the glass beautifully. The monstrous aroma is of citric floral hops contributing to the grapefruit character that I so love, and a subtle malty undertone. The first taste is the expected initial citric hop blast. Moving forward I notice some sweet caramel malts underneath the bitter rush, some yeasty nuttiness, and a barely perceived alcohol kick. There is a great coating, lingering resinous aftertaste. Full bodied and very smooth, this magnificent brew is like a Siren softly singing my name, seductive and dangerous. 'Ware the ABV.

gimmehead, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of maundythirsty
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge cream-colored head. Sat there looking at me for a while, but when it fell in big rocky clumps it went fast and laced the glass almost completely. Beer is orange-amber and clear. Smell is almost all hops, citrusy with some pretty inviting peppery notes. Just a touch of warm malt.

Complicated hops taste tips more toward the spicy end of the scale than the citrus that runs all over the smell. Good malt presence makes for a complete beer, but I expected to be knocked out by the hops. They are vying for my attention. It is bitter, but the hops are not as dominant as I thought they would be. I'd never guess the ABV comes in so high.

Heavy in the mouth. The carbonation appears to have hit the road with the initial booming head. Very interesting taste. I'll drink more of it.

maundythirsty, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Plonk
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Plonk, May 29, 2013
Photo of patmcd
4/5  rDev -3.1%

patmcd, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Forb
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy copper hue; common of a beer in this style. Artful lacing just carries down the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas here from the heavy hop bitterness to the sweet ending that carries behind the pine.

Taste: Piney, citrusy, oily, resiny; all around heavy hops as expected. Interestingly this one ends with a faint sweetness that grows on your very quickly.

Mouthfeel: A medium to heavy body packed with a punch of flavor at 10% ABV. Smooth nonetheless.

Overall: A great Imperial IPA. Will go back to this one.

Forb, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bcal16, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of brudz2134
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

brudz2134, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of MOB210SA
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

3 Finger luscious tan/khaki head died to half finger and retained looks great.

Stong malty and hoppy nose. Gigantic hoppiness Great nose as well.

Good hop bite. Good sweet caramel malt with strong hop lingering finish. Almost barley wine in nature.

Good carbonation and great mouthfeel on this DIPA. Extremly smooth very drinkable.

MOB210SA, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Cane4Beer
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Cane4Beer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of robmoak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +15%

TimBeaulieu, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. BAM! This is an double-barreled shotgun of an IPA. Nice and strong but balanced enough to want more than one. My first "double-IPA" but I like the big, bold character of this brew. Yet another powerhouse from Great Divide. Cheers!

Johnny_Muir, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of bifrostguard
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with a descent off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a prevalent malt sweetness.

T - Too sweet and malty for me. Not bad hop flavor, but I certainly prefer my double IPAs less malty. Citrus and pine notes are well balanced.

M - Sticky and medium bodied.

D - Too sweet and malty. I'm definitely looking to moving on.

bifrostguard, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange in the glass, massive lacing, lots of stick to this one.

Biscuity citrus on the nose. Just a touch of juniper.

Taste is majorly biscuity, bitter, big time hops.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, the hoppiness definitely sticks around for a second.

Put this one side by side with Lagunitas Maximus and have to give the Max the nod. This is an amazing DIPA nevertheless!


midnite2sixman, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha this on tap at the flying saucer in downtown kc. Amazing place!!

A- looks like a nice amber brown. Transparent. About half inch of head. shows nice carbonation.

S- malts and hops combined perfectly. Fruits and grain. Roasted. Grapefruit and maybe pineapple.

T- hops right in the front massively. not too bitter though. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness and malt character. Then end is dry and give a nice full finish.

M&D- a bit fuller than I like most of my brews. a great feel on the pallet.

HOPPYKC, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of tstigz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

tstigz, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of B33R501
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed alot this past week. much better than their barleywine (old ruffian). big american fruity citrus hops, huge caramel malt background. which i dont mind at all, give me tons of malts, tons of hops, lots of alcohol, and hide it well. didnt notice much difference between my growler and the bottles. sweet, smooth, strong and very satisfying. would (and did) get this one again. recommended.

B33R501, Jan 24, 2012
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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