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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,345
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2013 00:20:10 | More by BtownIrish20
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-23-2013 03:25:06 | More by 440kk
Photo of Smokezz


4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-27-2013 21:49:27 | More by Smokezz
Photo of G_Est


4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-26-2014 23:23:55 | More by G_Est
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-01-2013 20:39:25 | More by KELPAK
Photo of brow1901


4.13/5  rDev 0%

A- Med. Amber in color with large white head. Excellent retention plus nice lacing. The beer is clear.

S- Loads of hops to be expected. Definitely american varieties, not a lot of cascade (I don't smell much grapefruit). If I had to guess I would say the hop profile contains mostly Simcoe. Nice toasty carmel smell.

T- Very bitter, only the slightest malty sweetness sneaks by. I swear I taste a hint of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming, its more of a warming feeling.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for a DIPA. The perfect amount of carbonation, not an overly gassy beer.

D- Highly drinkable, however it could be balanced a little better and the alcohol isn't necessarily a bad thing but it hurts the drinkability a little bit.
Overall a great beer worthy of another try.

07-24-2009 01:51:59 | More by brow1901
Photo of setexascustoms


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Deep copper with a slight haze. One finger of rocky head that couldn't hold on against the high ABV, but still left some nice lacing.

S: Citric hops with some herbal and spicy notes. Slight dark fruits along with the bready malts.

T: Citric hops with a lot of bitter rind. Big malt back bone that is pleasantly sweet. Properly balanced with more of a malt presence as it warms. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with lots of mouth feel and just right carbonation.

O: A good double IPA, but not great. It's a little pricey in my neck of the woods, but if it offered a better value I would definitely buy it again.

10-24-2011 00:25:10 | More by setexascustoms
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

09-02-2012 19:16:16 | More by Barbie
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-24-2014 22:42:02 | More by MikeLenehan
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-29-2014 21:48:41 | More by Steve_Gonz
Photo of BigDaddyWil


4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a undated bomber, into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden orange color, with a fantastic fluffy off white head. Minutes go by before the head fades, leaving tons of delicate lacing. This brew compares to Dreadnaught from Three Floyds in almost everyway. Very aromatic, lots of resiny hops, citrus fruits, peppery, with a strong malt smell in the finish. This is definitely a hop bomb, but does have a great sweet malty backbone. Very well balanced with a medium bodied feel. Good amount of carbonation and very easy too drink. The alcohol content isn't a factor, making this one of the best double ipa's, I had so far. An excellent offering from Great Divide!!! Hopheads will love this one!

05-08-2006 00:35:54 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of mtbbaboon


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass in two servings. Pours an amber color with a moderate amount of sediment floating in it. Large, thick head with nice lacing. I should have poured a little gentler, as I almost overflowed my glass. Very strong aroma of hops and pine, with a little citrus as well. Taste is similar...very hoppy with pine and citrus. It's got a real nice hoppy bite to it. For a strong beer, the alcohol doesn't jump out during tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. A very enjoyable beer to drink. As I watch my St Louis Rams get the living shit kicked out of them, this beer makes it a little easier to handle.

09-07-2008 20:08:32 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of Drewcifer


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a nice amber, slightly murky, with a big white head. Took a while to settle, lots of lacing.

Aroma is pretty much all hops - pine and citrus notes dominate, some flowery notes. Slightly sweet.

Taste is, as promised, lots of hops. Again, citrus and pine flavors are prevalent. A noticeable malty sweetness comes out a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. Also a bit too much carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Hides the ABV well, and just a very pleasant drink. Would absolutely grab some of this again.

03-13-2008 22:48:34 | More by Drewcifer
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-05-2012 16:09:11 | More by Kavon
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz. bomber picked up at the Central Market in Plano, TX for $3.89.

I heard so much about Great Divide that I bought every 22 oz. I could get my hands on at the Central Market. This is my first one.

Pours a nice orange, hazy hue with a very nice head. The one finger thick head had exceptional retention throughout the glass. Incredible lacing.

Smell was a little more subdued than expected. Very citrusy. I could tell this one would be a little sweeter than some of the other hop bomb DIPAs out there. More grapefruit and orange than floral overtones in the nose.

Tastes very nice. Definite malt sweetness with a hoppy dry backbone. Again, a nice departure from the typical DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well. A sour sweetness takes over after a few sips but this one lingers on the tongue long after the beer is gone. It leaves an imprint that you won't soon forget.

Drinkability is very nice for such a big beer. I couldn't find the alcohol anywhere. This one won't dry you out as much either. You can definitely go back for more. I will.

12-18-2005 14:29:09 | More by Terp96
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-15-2014 01:43:52 | More by rchristensen
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-03-2014 01:47:49 | More by Aprice34
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-21-2014 01:50:45 | More by eaphikap
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-23-2014 00:55:37 | More by ben4unc
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-12-2014 21:26:17 | More by ChristianT
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4.78/5  rDev +15.7%

I have to say this is the new #1 on my list. Pours out with a heavy appearance, a strawberry red/honey gold color with a creamy tan head that lingers...and lingers...and lingers...and lingers. The aroma is citrus, roasted malts, piney hops, and some light spice. The taste is phenomenal, sweet malts up front, tart citrus with some more sweet dark fruit undertones in the middle, malt and a lot of nice dry bitter hops in the finish...perfectly balanced and a kick that begs you to come back again. The moutfeel is the best I have had...the measuring stick for all beers in this category. Creamy....ultra creamy, smooth with a bit of oily hop that actually ads a bit of character, and a perfect amount of carbonation...any less and it would be a bit flat...any more and it might overpower the delightful creaminess. Nice and drrinkable a joy...go get this one.

Thanks bditty187, for the bottle.

05-26-2006 02:04:00 | More by hoffman
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2012 15:19:05 | More by Blargimus
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-02-2013 21:52:12 | More by DeschutesFan
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

From my point of view
IN this area I think this is the best buy for your wallet. I think it was $6.00 for a 22oz. But the new place I have been going to is $6.50.

I bought one of their t--shirts which was cheap cotton, very thin and it was the ipa verison. I was hoping for a Hercules's T.

This beer impressed me on the first time adventure.

03-15-2007 11:56:41 | More by mortarit
Photo of BurnsTau


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a dark amber, good head, small amount of lacing.

Smell is florally hops, slight sweetness noticable. Taste is a bit complex. Hops are obviously what you notice right off the bat, strong and flavorful, and great. But there is a good malty sweetness in there that is still darn noticable. Good medium carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is not overwhelming, especially for a 9% beer.

An awsome, hoppy and downright good beer, very much recommended.

01-04-2007 02:39:11 | More by BurnsTau
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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