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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
92
outstanding

3,525 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 184
Gots: 239 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

tomholland, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

BigDaddyJohn, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Lionhearted1987, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Gritsak
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy brown with hints of red

S- strong grapefruit, pine and alcohol aroma.

T- lots of hops, lots of pione flavor that lingers on the tongue

M- very thick and smooth.light carbonation

D- hurts a little here because of the strong taste. One 22oz is just the right amount for me

overall- this is my first double ipa, and it really just tastes like a barley wine to me. But it is a good and strong beer. worth a try.

EDIT: Let this warm up a bit. After it got a little closer to room temp i enjoyed it much more

Gritsak, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of slayer3604
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice with a pumpkin/ruby color adorned with some creme` brulet on top.

Grasping little tinges of citrus and pine. Nothing too crazy, though. Little grassy and sweet smelling as well.

A long drag produces a sweety and tangy nuances that were going from bitter to mellow all while providing a heavy fruit note for a long finish.

Smooth and creamy. Same with the Yeti I had just spilled all over the rug right before this guy. Has a balanced high intensity double IPA weight that will assure dead taste buds for the next week.

Nice feel to it. Very warming and smooth for its strength. I like this beer a lot but think that the nose was a little to light for what it produces in your mouff.

slayer3604, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a lacy off white head. Earthy hop aromas and slight alcohol aromas rise out of the glass. Big bold body with moderate carbonation and is flavored with strong vinous qualities and a slight taste of the earthy hops. Mildly bitter and well balanced but strong and filled with alcohol presence. Finishes very dry and vinous and fades into a gentle warming.

manahansf, Nov 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

xnapshot, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

VTEno17, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Seefeldt, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Preismj
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: rich red/amber with a quarter inch head, good retention and nicely sticky.

s: smells of hints of floral, though I am getting a lot of malt in here and a bit of a turn off as I wasn't expecting nor was I in the mood for it.

t: more of a combination IPA and Red if you ask me. I get a tremendous amount of nutty toffee and the thick syrup taste...considerably more than any hops I taste. I am not a fan of reds and this reminds of a red with it's strong malt profile.

m: nice feel in the mouth, coats the palette and finished dry enough for me to be satisfied. good fizz to it too.

o: won't actively search this out again, again the malt was too strong for the style and not something I was in the mood for.

Preismj, Apr 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

TimBeaulieu, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of brandoneast
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours deep orange with golden highlights and displays a massively stacked two-finger ecru head, leaving a spider web of lacing. Aroma is highly piney oiled hops, toasted nuts, and pineapple. Taste is sweet and quite earthy with strong grapefruit at the beginning then gooey hops lingering through each sip. The malt and hop flavors impeccably balance and last long enough to be complex. Malt side compliments its hop side. One of my favorite DIPAs I've ever had.

brandoneast, Aug 02, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Jordanbryan10, Jun 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

SquidVicious, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DoomVM, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Aprice34, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Sintech, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of RickSawyer
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent golden honey with ruby highlights. White bread colored head bellows up from the glass leaving a nice pillowy head that drapes the walls of the glass in lace. Smell is strong. I can smell it from the table... Fresh ruby red grapefruits explode followed by sweet buscuity malt and some floral rose aromas. Taste great. Begins up front with some big sweet, syruppy, brown sugar maltiness. A bit deeper you feel your tongue cringe as an assault of grapefruit bitterness destroys your taste buds. This one is strange, where I normally can detect some strong aroma hops, this one seems to be an all business bitterness DIPA. Finishing off, the bitterness grabs the back of the throat while the alcohol evaporating against the tonsils sends a surreal nerve jarring experience to the brain. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Even a minute after a sip you can feel and taste fresh grapefruit in your mouth. I do wish this had a bit more aroma as it feels a bit one dimensional, however, it is a very fine DIPA!

RickSawyer, Jun 20, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I rarely drink more than one beer a night, especially if it is a bomber. I had a Hercules and a Maharaja in the fridge and the Hercules was first by coin flip. I'll review the Maharaja tomorrow night.
Dark orange, cloudy bottle-conditioned look. The head was not as aggressive as I was thinking it might be but was significant enough and it really hangs around.
I'm not a huge IPA or DIPA guy, but I've found that the nose is my favorite part of these beers and Hercules is no different. I love the smell! You can catch the malts in the background and all the floral and citrus notes as well. I poured bomber to snifter and it does a great job catching all the great aromas in the beer.
The taste is not as impressive as the smell. The same notes are there but just at a reduce level as the bitterness of the hops takes over. It is fairly well balanced for the style, but not all the flavors can come through with this many bitterness units.
The mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy until the hop dryness erases all other feelings you can possibly have in your mouth. I could feel the alcohol easily before I finished, meaning this is not a beer you could session for very long.
Overall, though, I feel this is a very good representation of the style and I would recommend it to any hop head and to any beer drinker for at least a sample.

joshuadlight, Feb 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

prg1976, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of beersensei305
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: On tap World of Beer tampa Palms

A- Amber in color, fairly merky..off white head good rentention

S- Piney citrus rind malty nad of course robust floral hops

T- starts off malty sweet, middle is the hop slam, then bitter from grapefruit.. well balanced

M- Bitter and medium bodied sticky/syrupy average carbonation

D- this is a big flavored DIPA really good and balanced none of the flavors get out of control it is a great one

beersensei305, Feb 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: this was bottled in February.

Copper color with minimal head that fades quickly. Lots of sediment.

Grapefruit, orange, and floral hops dominate the nose. Alcohol creeps into the background

Short, bready caramel sweetness hit up front, but then quickly is killed. Sharp hop bitterness dominates from there. Slight warmth from the alcohol, but nowhere near overpowering. It is medium thickness, with fairly light carbonation.

I enjoyed this, but it seems I may have gotten it a bit late. It had an unusual amount of sediment at the bottom. Alcohol is incredibly well masked, and sneaks up on you. I definitely intend on trying this again.

fatmcb1, Jul 17, 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
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

gmcsierra91, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

hlatimer266, Oct 26, 2012
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.