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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 208 | 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 Bone53
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

100th review, so I thought id treat myself to a pricey, highly regarded IIPA.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Amber color with some floaties. One finger frothy egg shell colored head

Smell: Sweet malts (caramel, toffee), maybe some dark fruit, very little citrus

Taste: Even bigger on the malt; Huge toffee, caramel notes upfront, pine in the middle, with a citrus aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous body; Smooth with moderate bitterness

Overall: The dates were scratched off on the bottles, so maybe my four pack was old. Forget a malt backbone, this was almost all malts except for the aftertaste. I think Great Divide meant to put barleywine on the label instead. As highly rated as this is and at $15.99 a four pack, this is one of the most overrated beers I've had in any given style. Sure, it's a decent barleywine, but as a IIPA, it's baffling. I'll rate this somewhere in the middle. I don't even see this meeting its reputation fresh. I should've grabbed Founders Double Trouble afterall.

Bone53, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of nezelrac
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Serving type - on tap, then I brought home a growler, review based primarily from draft observations supplemented with growler notes

A - Served/poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Orange tinged amber with a near 2 finger white creamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S - Caramel and sweet malts surround lightly piny and citrus hops with an interesting focused note of baked pineapple. A whole lot more malt on the nose than many DIPA's

T - Plenty of bitterness and hop flavors, but they are deeply embedded in a big malty body. Toasty, caramel maltiness and gentle nutty notes with hints of fruity esters hold a lot of hops in balance. The bitterness is evident on the palate and builds through the finish.

M - Deliciously smooth and creamy. Hops give some nice structure. Stops just shy of being a truly 'big' beer.

D - Dangerously drinkable. I will be filling the growler again soon. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

nezelrac, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of micko323
4/5  rDev -3.1%

micko323, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Daniel9913
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Daniel9913, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Poucher86
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poucher86, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ben4unc
4.5/5  rDev +9%

ben4unc, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of rodemey2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

rodemey2, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of justinthegypo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

justinthegypo, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of zdauber
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zdauber, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of meadhead
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

An excellent Big beer
Recently tried the 22 oz serving;
they say its not for the faint of heart
the wonderfully pungent hopping
is certainly....

it is very well balanced
with the malty backbone lending a sweet, rich and slightly (just slightly) sugary
to the enormous hop whop
sensation of pine, grass, citrus, and floral
drinkability is exceptional
and pleasently too easy
given the high ABV

one could almost get drunk
without knowing it!


meadhead, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of FunkyFibes
5/5  rDev +21.1%

FunkyFibes, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of corzocl
4/5  rDev -3.1%

corzocl, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.5/5  rDev +9%

ShawneeIrish, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Pours a rich golden orange with bubbly and active white head

aromas of cascade hops, slight pine, and slight malt

rich grapefruit upfront followed by solid and sturdy pine hops dominate with subtle malty undertones

a truly fun and complex beer starting big and bold upfront, then mellowing a bit, then the hops just seem to coat the tongue ever so smoothly.

a fantastic, crisp, clean, balanced, yet bold and completely memorable IPA. Worth the extra cash for sure.

bitterthebetter, May 31, 2008
Photo of Chrash16
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Chrash16, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of seedsofchaos
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass while outside on the first deliciously warm and mild Spring night of Southern Illinois.

A: Two finger head is off-white with hints of a bleached khaki; It lingers for quite some time until settling to about 1/3 inch thick with great carbonation bubbles throughout. The head is foamy and frothy. Color of this brew is reminiscent of oranges, ambers and coppers. Nice lacing with good head retention. Actively carbonated with strands of bubbles throughout the body.

S: Smells biscuity and bready with resinous piney hops sneaking up behind.

T: First taste is a delicious vegetative hop flavor. My first thought is simply "Juicy". Roasty malts come up quickly with hop bitterness on the second taste. The brew (cold) is slightly medicinal in the bitterness much like aspirin but allowing the beer to warm properly is where it's at. Although the taste is not the punch in the mouth that I personally expect from a DIPA the bitterness is and more earthy and piney flavors come out with each subsequent sip. Aftertaste is of caramel malts with a decent dose and rounding of more hop bitterness. Call me greedy but I want more from this DIPA.

MF: Medium to slightly medium heavy. Right on for the style.

D: Heavy... Intoxicating... Not sessionable but a great brew to start off a night with.

seedsofchaos, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Rozyravens
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Rozyravens, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of PatYoda
2.85/5  rDev -31%

Great appearance, tons of velvety lacing the whole way. That's about all I was impressed with with this beer though. Both smell and taste were pure hops. Boatloads of citrusy and piney hops. I tasted hardly any malt whatsoever, and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel was very harsh as well, not at all creamy like I look for in a double IPA. I could barely finish my pint.

PatYoda, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of troutmask96
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

All will bow fbefore the mighty Hercules Double IPA. This baby packs a mighty hop wallop and a smootheness unfound in other double IPA's.

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a billowy, soapy head. Smell is hoppy, but with an esteemable fruitiness to balance it. Taste is just wonderful, with a pleasant hop bitterness than lingers long after the sip. I mark it down a bit for drinkability, as the high 9.10% ABV makes this one to enjoy in utopic moderation...

troutmask96, May 15, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle Pours a murky gold amber with a thick creamy off white head. The head lasts very well and produces excellent lacing. Has a decent hoppy aroma of pine with subtle touches of malt. Has a good carbination with a solid thin texture. Has a real good duration and an excellent finish. Very solid all the way through. This one may not have complex aromas but the flavors and taste are awesome. Very smooth. Hopheads should definately check this one out.

Birdiebeagle, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of hopslam11
4.5/5  rDev +9%

hopslam11, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of psumjl269
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%

This is easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had. I like IPAs that punch you in the mouth with hops. This definitely fits the bill. I also like high ABV IPAs, which also is a fit here.

It pours a nice amber color and has very little head. It smells very hoppy and the 10% ABV is completely hidden in the flavor.

Though different, this compares very favorably to Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, another IPA that I think is an absolute classic.

psumjl269, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of tylerprince
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a bottle dated 2/7/12, admittedly a tad older than ideal.

A: Quite a bit of yeast floating around the bottom of the bottle - pour this one very softly. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-copper. Unfortunately, no head or lacing whatsoever, and yes, my glass was clean.

S: A well balanced citrus/grapefruit with a caramel/biscuit malt profile. Well balanced. Some yeast throughout. Wish this had more of a head so I could describe it more accurately.

T: Yummy. Starts with gobs of citrus, clear grapefruit and lemon zest. Not a heck of a lot else going on here. A nice round malt finish, but very weak and hardly noticeable. Yeasty, non-bitter finish. Citrus lingers.

M: Crisp, albeit a tad watery. Resinous. I don't say this much, but this could use a tad more carbonation.

O: This is disappointing - I'm a huge fan of GD and was really looking forward to trying their DIPA. I'll have to try a fresh batch to see if it lives up to the hype.

tylerprince, May 08, 2012
Photo of bendukes86
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bendukes86, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Book
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Book, Mar 30, 2014
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.