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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

3,597 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 264 | 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 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.

One2Remeber, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ajmitch4
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ajmitch4, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Blazer22
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Blazer22, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of OCSA_1978
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%

OCSA_1978, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Riggo
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice caramel/amber color witht thick sea-foam head, good head retention and outstanding lacing. Smell is alluring: cedary and woody, some lime zest perhaps and burnt sugar. Initially a pleasing prickly hop bite on the tongue. The middle is juicy and fruity but rich--a bit too rich for my tastes. A mixture of cedary hops and nutty almost smoky malt. Hops dominate in floral bouquet and bitterness but the malty richness underneath is cloying. Perhaps some of this cloyingness is due to the 9.10% ABV. Naturally the above complaint takes points away from drinkability. Finish is medium-length, hoppy (cedar), and fruity.

A potentially outstanding double IPA marred by a cloying richness. For my money, see Stone IPA for a lesson is how to avoid this--i.e. huge hops, high alcohol, without being cloying. Having said that, this being a somewhat new/"experimental" style, perhaps a double IPA should exhibit this kind of richness compared to something a like a Stone IPA. In the end, still an exciting and great beer.

Riggo, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice. I was especially impressed with the fluffy head that help up almost through the entire glass. Color leans toward amber.

Aroma isn't quite as intense as i'd like for a IIPA, but it was there and a good indicator of the flavor. Of course intensely bitter. Citrusy.

Alway amazed when something so strong and bitter can be that drinkable...

Bonhoeffer, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in KC.

Poured a crystal clear amber with a slight orange hue. Thin ring of head and scarce trace of lacing.

First inhale yields a strong hop aroma with an earthy pine fragrance bringing up the rear.

Tastes of a hop explosion with a nutty, earthy aftertaste. Each of the different flavors have their own show for a short period, meaning there are distinguishable periods in each swig. The aftertaste lingers for approximately 30 seconds after each drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a little carbonation.

Very strong yet very good, I see how this has formed its reputation. Drinkability is on the low side due to ABV but starting out the night with one of these would suffice.

Zadok, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hercules is a good name for this beer, because it is strong. With a notable alcohol presence and a very strong bitterness of grapefruit peel and a little grassiness, I just found this brew a bit too agressive for my taste. There's also a far amount of malt here for a double IPA. I can imagine real hopheads will really enjoy this, and understand all the rave reviews here, but this just isn't quite my speed. Looked good pouring, with a standard amber orange color and frothy persistant head with some lacing and sheeting as I drank. The citrus aroma. A slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

RunDWP, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of cooler4life
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep hue of sunset burnt orange. Half finger head that settled to a few bubbles around the middle. Some carbonation can been seen speckled through the cloudiness. Appears heavy and viscous. Little to no lacing.

S: Light pine, fruitcake, orange zest, molasses. The nose is rather subdued even after the beer has warmed.

T: Begins with a twinge of malty fruitiness then transitions to a fusion of molasses, grapefruit, tangerine, and aged pine. The bitter and sweet flavors intertwine fantastically.

M: Thick and chewy. The carbonation is just a tingly afterthought. This beer is incredibly smooth, the ABV is expertly masked by the delicate flavors.

O: Another smooth sippin' DIPA. When life takes you to the open range, better saddle up with some Hercules....and bring a partner.

cooler4life, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of dcs1548
4/5  rDev -3.1%

dcs1548, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- pours a dark amber color... haziness in the glass. Sediment appearing, shows its not to fresh... big white head... quickly dissolves to a thin ring on the beer... wavy lacing to the glass

S- hop resin, piney sap smack, grassyness, buttery malt

T- piney resin, sweet buttery malt,

M- smooth and kind of creamy, medium body ... moderate carbonation ... hoppy ending for a lingering upon minutes on the tongue and mouth

O- this is good but I wish I had a fresh bottle to review... I can see where it would take off but this bottle falls short due to age... overall though with age, still holds it own for a DIPA

warrenout330, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of JefferyYoung
4.5/5  rDev +9%

JefferyYoung, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Dirt
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dirt, May 28, 2013
Photo of AFchino
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

AFchino, May 10, 2014
Photo of jspruit
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle dated July 22, 2005.

Very cloudy appearance in an orange amber color-nice. Creamy foamy 1 finger head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing throughout with a bit of sediment.

Smells grassy, hoppy, sort of malty and also sweet with sticky notes again. There is also a bit of citrus/grapefruit notes detected.

Tastes largely of hops, but not too strong and bitter. I feel like the 10% ABV can be detected near the end of each taste. The malt presence is stronger than I would have thought and the grapefruit notes are much stronger than in the smell.

Medium body mouthfeel overall. Smooth for all of the ABV and as much of a hopbomb that this is supposed to be.

Because it is so strong in its flavors and with a 10% ABV, I don't think that I could drink alot of these over and over.

Overall, I thought that it was a good DIPA, but not as outstanding as I would have expected. I'll try it again as it has a great reputation (and maybe the age of my bottle had something to do with not completely overwhelming me) but I wouldn't say that it is the best DIPA that I have ever had.

jspruit, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of jtrockchalk
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jtrockchalk, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of FleeVT
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. Really nice lace on this bad boy.

S: The nose is full of hops with a touch of citrus rind. An extremely clean smelling, well balanced offering with the faintest hints of pine.

T: The hops come through first and strongest, eventually giving way to a grapefruit back then alcohol. Not a whole lot of alcohol on the palate, but you feel it after swallowing; this beer warms your stomach.

M: A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Great body.

D: Another exemplary offering from Great Divide Brewing. This would pair nicely with summer evening grill fair.

FleeVT, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Parrotshake
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Monstrous 3.5 finger fluffy head off the pour. Red/rusty tinged amber, clear and just plain juicy-looking. Great.

Pine needles and overbearing caramel malt in the smell. Not much sharpness to it. Get the feeling this is going to be a bit cloying.

Citrus-pine-aspirin hops at first, all quickly overwhelmed by the massive malt backbone. Unreconstructedly sweet without the promised bitterness to balance it out. Super-flavourful but unbalanced. Bit of alcohol heat in the finish. Bit of soap/vegetable as it warms. Glorious creamy mouthfeel.

I could have maybe one more. Over-the-top, but not in the way I was expecing. I've had an older bottle of this and didn't review it on account of it's age, but my impressions with this one are similar. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Overrated.

Parrotshake, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of dbert21
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

dbert21, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Arkay
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Arkay, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of alli4051
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with around a finger of slightly golden head.

S: An invitingly resiny scent. Nice strong smell of pine hops.

T: As expected the hops pack a strong punch up front; however, malts still play a strong well as well. Hops aren't as dominate as I expected but the balance is pleasant.

M: Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D: Surprisingly high. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily drink several of these. Think I may be adding this one to the regular rotation.

alli4051, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Pecafaced
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

A- A nice copper color with a nice big beige head that actually dissipated fairly quickly after the pour. Looks like a great DIPA!

S- Hops? Where are you? The initial smell I had to check the bottle to make sure this was truly a DIPA! I was thrown off. My first sniff brought aromas of a nutty sweetness like pecans. Then the malt sweetness made its presence known. And in the very back some hops were being detected.

T- Again, I was missing the hops. Don't get me wrong, this beer was good but it was not what I was expecting with a DIPA on the label. This beer seemed to be VERY balanced. The malt sweetness was there, the hops were there but it wasn't wearing away at my enamel.

M- Good mouth feel. Seemed to be moderate in body and good carbonation.

O- A good beer, just not what I was expecting with a DIPA. I'm wonder how old this one was....

Pecafaced, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of RandyJ
4/5  rDev -3.1%

RandyJ, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of iskeptopotamus
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

iskeptopotamus, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of millertime416
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

millertime416, Sep 20, 2014
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.