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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

3,628 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 279 | 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 CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a pint glass -

A - Copper body, with a very leggy and lacy head.

S - Hops, malt, and alcohol - which is rounded out with pleasant notes of pine and sap resin.

T & M & D - The abv is hidden within this palate making is a kick in the pants brew. Citrus hops right up front with a sugary sweet pine malty taste. The citrus notes come through in the middle and lend themselves to earthen pine notes on the back end. Great carbination and incredibly balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this DIPA and I think you will too.

-Cheers

Photo of RussBecker1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice copper. Nice colored DIPA with a frothy finger of head that. Nice lacing after the fact.

S-Huge hop profile, with a good deal of pine and very small bits of citrus.

M-Crisp and pretty much ideal for a beer of such huge flavor.

T-Huge huge huge DIPA. The hops are fantastic and remarkably complex. The balance is beautiful on the palate as well, but it finishes very very clean which makes the entire bomber very drinkable.

O-One of my favorite examples of American DIPA

Photo of drewfromboulder
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Conner
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tmaury
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JackStraw22
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque deep amber with a huge ass tan head. Looks like a cartoon head, ridiculous. Head retention is great as is the lacing.

Smell: Hops are really in your face and wonderful. Smells like they just came off of the vine and into the glass. Lots of resin aroma, piny as hell. This is how I want my DIPAs to smell.

Taste/Feel: This might be the hoppiest tasting beers I've had, not the most bitter, but the taste is intense. Just enough malt to make it drinkable, but those hops are screamin'! Nice light hop aftertaste that makes you want that next sip. Great mouthfeel, not too sticky, can be refreshing.

I'm so glad the local beer store just got these in, hopefully the supply won't dry up!

Photo of rsyberg01
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottled the 2nd week of July.

A - Pours a copper with some suspended sediment that doesnt offset the clarity too bad, you can see through without a problem, head is about 1 1/2 fingers then down to a slightly patchy cap on top of the beer with sticky webs running down the sides of the glass.

S - Caramel, citrus, malty, slightly spicy, soft fruitiness, maybe strawberry in there also. Very enjoyable and inviting.

T - Hoppy bitterness along with an herbal tone, citrusy, malty sweetness, I think theres banana in there as well, caramel is in there but not too big, bitter finish, great.

M - Almost perfect, maybe could use a little more bitter in the finish but it hardly affects it.

D - 3 maybe 4 would be perfect, a very good beer.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a a hazy orange with thick offwhite head
smells of orange, lemon, pine, intense hops but malt as well
tastes is a hop assult, but the malt balances it well, hints or orange, grapefruit, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol
mouthfell is carbonated with a boozey burn, drinkable for its abv, of the better dipas i have had.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours amber in color with a creamy light-tan head about two fingers tall. Has good retention and good lacing as you drink. The beer is very clear slow-moving carbonation.

Smell - Musty grain aromas with mild tropical hops as well. Moderate lemon/lime citrus as well. Slight alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More musty grain in flavor this time. A fairly equal mixture of resiny/bitter hops and tropical fruity hops with citrus all around. Alcohol comes through a bit more in the middle. Mild earthiness shows up and the beer takes on an overall caramel/grain character with a touch of the formerly mentioned hop flavors for the finish. More earthy flavors in the aftertaste with lingering hops and grain. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Well-structured carbonation, smooth and massaging in nature. The beer is medium/full-bodied and quite smooth and viscous.

Drinkability - Moderate hop levels and some musty flavors as well that some may find objectionable. Overall decent drinkability can be assigned to this beer.

I was overall a little let down with this beer. However, I did let this beer sit in my refrigerator for about six months, and I know I should drink and IPA or DIPA as fresh as possible. Oh well, just a warning to those reading my review. Overall it was a decent DIPA, but certainly not on the same level as other (most notably the Dreadnaught from Three Floyds.) Worth a shot, and probably recommended to must have if this beer truly is worlds better if it's more fresh.

Photo of BrianCuoz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of joekfsu
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz pint glass poured at Vintage. Pours golden orange with 1 cm off white head. Aroma is more citrus than pine, but both are overwhelming. Initial flavor is sweeter than expected for a double IPA, but still well balanced with the huge amount of hops. Hops dominated the aftertaste of the beer, and it is lasting. Some lacing, very light carbonation, light to medium body, and only some alcohol noted. High drinkability and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of tbern007
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bottle. 10%.
Pours orange/amber, large head, great lace that remains.
S - hoppy, floral, malty, orange. Very nice smell.
T - like it smells - hops, floral, the west coast hops, malty, orange, less bitter than some DIPAs I've had. Good balance. Able to taste a bit of the alcohol, but only after about half the bottle.
M & D - quite drinkable. Great balance. Very tasty and not as overwhelming like some DIPAs can be.

Photo of C20Percent
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy copper color with reddish tint. Reddish egg-white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Heavy citrus aroma with piney notes. Not particularly aromatic -- even flat.

T: Grapefruit splash followed by a boozy finish. The citrus flavors do overwhelm the boozy fight, which is impressive for the high abv. Crisp. Surprisingly easy drinking.

M: Light-heavy body.

O: This is a good beer. Better than average to be sure. But, there's nothing especially great that stands out here. Flavor holds up very well versus the abv.

Photo of CellarGimp
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Moo5152
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mgdeth
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish amber, and quite clear. Beautiful creamy off white - and long-lasting to boot. Good lacing.

Smell - Floral hops galore, with malt as background. I also pick up pungent hop smell - it sort of forms the base for the whole aroma experience.

Taste - I happen to enjoy hop overkill, and this beer fits the ticket perfectly. I have a hard time concentrating on the malt, but some sweet flavors develop as the beer warms. The hops are so rough that a small burn develops at the back of teh throat. Stylistically, this beer is almost perfect.

Mouthfeel - Almost resiny. This is super thick beer. Offer a macro brew drinker a sip of this for a serious checkle.

Drinkability - How drinkable is a beer that gives you instant cotton mouth? It can be pretty darn drinkable, if it's Hercules. It will probably improve if aged for a while.

Comments - Not for the faint of heart. Drink this if you ever need to restore your faith in anything.

Photo of mbbransc
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, darker brown for an IPA, syrupy quality to it, great foam on it, takes a while to dissipate. Once it settles down it is a thick coating on the side of the glass, definitely a sticky DIPA. Smells super fruity.

Tastes syrupy and sticky, has a big of malty quality, but at the same time it's fruity, and very carbonated. Taste pops in your mouth. Hop presence is small, and it is not dry, only in the slightest bit in the aftertaste. Has good taste though, and is relatively complex in that you can taste alot of different things. Hides the 10% ABV almost perfectly.

Another malty/fruity IPA, leaning away from the Hops/bitterness, but not bad the way it was done. I liked it.

Photo of indybearsfan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of vr6corrado
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of station815
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Walshwi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MikeLenehan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ejquin
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel colored with thick wihte head. Good lacing.

S: Brown sugar, with some piney hops. Underlying nuttiness and sweetness.

T: Carmely and malty up front. Fades to piney hops. Very nice, but not overpowering. Well balanced. Hops linger on long finish.

M: Heavy and slick with good carbonation

D: Very good. Hops aren't overpowering so it lets you enjoy the taste of the beer for a long time.

Photo of One2Remeber
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Off-white, creamy thick head that stays put. Light copper color with an amber/orange hue. Transparent body. Head covers throughout entire drinking experience while leaving thick, sticky legs.

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malts, clean and crisp. Not too explosive in aroma. Faint smell of toasted grain.

T: Grapefruit, tangy, citrus hops come strong to be undercut by a hefty caramel malt backbone. Big one two punch of hops than malts compared to a graceful slide all the way down. Not crazy in complexity.

M: One of the smoothest IPAs. On feel alone the beer flows without any boozy burn (esp for Imperial IPA) and only a subtle hop presence lingers leaving a secured, satisfied pallet.

O: Does not blow me away in flavor but for style not much compare. Reminds me a 90 minute IPA with a more pronounced hop presence. GD knocks every style out of the park.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.