Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,867
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 445 | FT: 7
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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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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.
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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Stub and Herbs

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a slight hazed dark orange copper.

Aroma: Floral pine hops up front with some bready malts and citrus blend. Nothing over the top.

Taste": Very interesting DIPA. Floral hops but a ton of caramel malt with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and sticky.

Overall, not a bad ipa, but I have had better for the style. Not something I want more of if something else is available. (542 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit. I get a lot of peaches and apricots with some orange notes also mixed in. There is also a little bit of bready malt in the aroma.

The flavor is also all about the hops. I get some nice bitter apricot and papaya notes as well as a little bit of pine. The bitterness is about medium and the beer is very easy to drink. The alcohol is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (481 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/ruby color with a one finger off-white head. Moderate retention with spotty lacing.

S: Nice citrus aroma, hoppy, with lighter fruits like apricot and some pineapple. There is a slightly grainy aroma, as well a light nutty smell and a bit of caramel.

T: A burst of hops upfront and on the sweet side. Not as in you face hoppy as previous versions I have had. I remember it being a bit hoppier, and this bottle is only a month old, so it is a bit confusing. The hops are certainly present, but more at the IPA level. Citrus and pine combine nicely with some grainy caramel to balance it out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight alcohol heat.

O: This bottle is a bit different from other versions I have had in the past. It is certainly not old, but doesn't have the hop presence I remember. Hopefully, next time I have it, it will be hoppier and I will alter my review accordingly. (952 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sticky lace clings in patches to the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops mixed with a bit of herbal grass hop characteristics. Smooth medium bodied beer is mild with carbonation and a nice balance of malt sweetness verse hop bitters verse the alcohol bite. The high abv accents the hop bitterness and flavors quite well with an extra kick of spice. Quite warming overall which is to be expected from 10%. Lingering hops make themselves known long after the last sip. Overall quite good however nothing overly exciting that jumps out as making this beer remarkable. As it warms, a mild piney character comes out in both aroma and taste. (705 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/31/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky amber in color. Nice fuller inch or so head with decent lacing left behind.

Smell- Wonderful scent of deep malt with a brown sugar whiff. Pine hops come through as well.

Taste- Toasted malt comes through hardcore with a roasted caramel flavor. Pine hops sear through the malt and make you take notice. Maybe a light touch of vanilla as well. Seems a tad more malty though. Still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A touch creamy with a heavier mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Seems to taste more like a barleywine to me than an IPA. Maybe even and English style barleywine. Very tasty. Starts out mellow but grabs your attention soon thereafter. If you are a fan of the heavier malted IPA's, give this one a try. Recommended. (921 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Sample
Pours a lightly hazy, ruby-copper color. The beer is topped by a creamy tan to amber colored head. The aroma is most strongly of candied citrus fruits, and pine. This is a nice fully hop-flavored beer. I get notes of grapefruit, lychee, pine, and a nectar that is made up of hop Lupulin glands. There is a nice mouth coating bitterness in the finish. The taste reminds me of candied orange peels, but also has notes of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, heady malts. Overall this beer is quite chewy with a medium bodied character that is derived from the residual malts that help carry and accentuate the hops. This beer finishes with a citrus hop zing that definitely lingers on the palate.

Second Sample
Pours a clear copper color that sits under a foamy, thick tan head. The aroma is redolent of piney hop aromatics. There is a thick mouthfeel to this beer that definitely lingers. The taste is dominated by pine and it is quite bitter in the finish. There are definite notes of candied orange peel, but the flavor is dominated by the pine notes and the intense bitterness in the finish. As my palate adjusts to the harshness in this beast, it gets tastier and more in balance. I can't really taste it, but there is a serious malt backbone here, which helps to carry the over-the-top level of hopping that is in this beer. This tastes quite fresh, but, oddly not nearly as good and balances as when I first had this. I think that this needs a little bit of age on it to mellow out. (1,501 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the Memphis Taproom in a cute little tulip glass on Sunday afternoon.

Hercules looks like a double IPA, a deep orange hue with some faint traces of well orange, it looks real pretty. A nice white head above as well, how about that!!! Faint traces of falling lace, not that sticky. Smells include your standard tropic fruits with some grapefruit, mango and papaya. Taste include a layer of hop resin oil with liquid grapefruit a enormous amount of malt, without the over sweetness sometimes accompanied by it. It seems well balanced but the tropics don't hit me as hard as the malt backing, it's a double I so take that for what it is worth. Feel is a big medium and oily, slick with a small sting of alcohol at the end that fits quite nice for this 10% beast. I would not drink this all day but would go for it on tap again. Worthy of the double title, this is big and it will lay you out son. It does not seem as big as it is, caution while drinking. (962 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head with several large bubbles that lasts quite a long time. Some moderate lacing develops. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface.

Smell: lots of pinecones and citrus are easily detected by the nose.

Taste: nice malt backbone, caramel, orange sweetness, grapefruit tartness, pine bitterness, grass, and hints of alcohol. Well balanced as the flavor tones are all easily discernable.

Mouhtfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, with a smooth, lightly crisp finish. Aftertaste is long on the pine bitterness and citrus tones.

Drinkability: the bomber bottle was quaffed rather quickly and I was looking for another, but I only bought one. Insanely good, just a great beer. A must buy. (799 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Biere Garden in Asheville

A - orange with a big, dense, white head that has great retention

S - bread, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges

T - bread, caramel, sugar, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, good carbonation

This is a pretty big, bold IPA. The alcohol is present but adds warmth and body. The hop character is not bitter and is very citrusy. It's malt forward and has incredible drinkability for the ABV. I will definitely have this again. (508 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me. (583 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication/vintage info. Allowed to warm quite a bit. Glowing auburn amber, with a creamy tan head, leaving lots of fine and whispy lacing. Nose is full of grapefruit rinds with malty undertones. This is an incredibly smooth DIPA, oozes hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, also smooth honey and layers of malt add to this one's luster. Goes down/finishes with a tiny hint of gin and warming alcohol. Great beer, Hop lovers and DIPA lovers will love this one. (487 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 335ml Brown Bottle, obtained from Borough Market, London. Recommended by BA ColoradoBobs.

Poured into a Hoegaarden 'Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass.

A dull, deep terracotta orange body with an off-white almost biege coloured, tight but thin foaming head. The beers body has a very slight haze to it, but not enough to detract from its fine looks.

The aroma was all hops and more hops, some malty molasses type smells did pop up if I sniffed hard and long enough.

I tasted this straight after a Titan IPA, this is a seriously hoppy brew compared to that (and I thought that hoppy). It is a little too hoppy for my English tender tastebuds, but it obviously hits all the right notes for the style. I obviously can't compare it with others within its class, but overall I liked it.

Not used to 9.10% beers (although I do hit Belgium regular), this seemed well balanced and hid the alcohol very well.

Will this turn me into a hop monster? Probably not. Will I look out for hoppy American beers in the future? Probably.

Thanks John, only another 5 Colorado beers left to try/review (before I buy some more?). (1,111 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

I've also recently reviewed Hopslam and Hop 15. I didn't find the same similarities with this beer as I did between those two (generally speaking). This had much less of the citrus/honey sweetness that the other two had and had more of a hop presence from start to finish.

A: Translucent copper/amber color that is cloudy with sediment. Fluffly white head that dissipates to thick film with generous lacing.
S: Hops first and more than anything followed by some bitter citrus and pine with the slight burn of alcohol
T: Clean, crisp punch of hops from the start that never lets up. Some bitter citrus and earthy pine flavor and then a very dry finish of bitter hops. As this warms up a little more it gets a little sweeter, like grapefruit.
M: Medium body with light carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly watery. Slight presence of alcohol
D: Easy drinking for 9.1% abv. Despite the hops digging in form the beginning and the bitterness never really letting up, the finish is very clean and refreshing. Doesn't attack the taste buds in quite the same way that Hopslam does. A little more sweetness would make this easier to drink for me. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber, almost glowing, color. Good one finger head that exuded hops aroma. Yes, hops, they're all over the place. Flowery and citrus hit the nose hard and dominate the palate. There are enough malts to bring the hops down to a good level of balance, but this is definitely a DIPA. A good bite that comes, goes, and then comes back in the finish. Served very cold at Falling Rocks (denver); perhaps better feel if warmer?
Could have drank plenty of these if not for the $$$. (493 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No bottling date.

Off the pour sits a very nice uniform off white foam head of about three fingers. Body is clear, a perfect amber with little small slow rising bubbles of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Some sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a nice mix of toffee like malt, and sweet floral hop. Not jarring, but not small either. Smells a little soapy perfume as well.

Taste is a bit thick and syrupy, with good malt hop mix and very coating. The thickness kind of turns me off a little. Otherwise we got some real good flavor here and balance. Does feel a bit big and boozy though. Hop finish is quick and short.

Still pretty good drink from Great Divide here, good beer they make yes indeed! (746 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 10-23-08...let's hope it's not too late to taste the hops. On to the beer:

Dark, ruby orange color, hints crimson if you squint hard enough....with a creamy, froathing head on top. A little nutty yeast in the aroma, to go along with the powerful, yet fading hop aroma. A zest of squeezed citrus makes it interesting. To the taste...it's a good one. Pretty well balanced, hidden alcohol = potentially lethal. Faded, but resinous hops start off the journey. Burnt caramel and pinneapple notes add pieces to the overall flavor. Leafy. Some dry malt tastes of dried bread. It hints wood and tobacco flavors. Feels lighter than the listed 9.1% ABV, quite smmoth with an occasional zip of carbonation bubbles.

Hercules DIPA is not for the faint of heart (as the label says), but it is fit for me and most left coast beer geeks. (866 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like? (469 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. The smell starts with a little graininess and progresses to clean hops. The taste starts with bitter fruity hops with a late grapefruit hit. There is also a solid malt background that is nicely balanced with the hops. The mouthfeel is a little grainy that makes the beer slightly heavier than I'd like, but nice balance of creaminess and crispness. (396 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours anice cloudy amber/orange. Aroma of hops (of course) with a slight floral and malt scent. Very impressed with this IPA. Although very hoopy, there is a nice balance of slight sweetness that rounds out this beer. Highly reccomended for hop heads. (251 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an entire sixtel of this on draft and failed to review it. I'm getting my chance now with this 22 ounce bottle.
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Good amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, honey, citrus, pine, and fruity apple blossoms.
Taste is of the aromas, along with a doughy, sweet caramel found in the background of the citrus & pine blasted hop profile.
Mouthfeel is well balanced of sweet malts, and hoppy, grapefruit that meld together for a hop lover's dream. The feel is medium-full bodied but creamy. (614 characters)

Photo of Lare453
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a goblet.

A deep bronze color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Crystal clear

S biscuits, light molasses, light hops

T I taste fresh baked biscuits, butter, molasses, in the beginning and middle which leads into a big hoppy ending with lots of sweet floral notes. The aftertaste is light with nice bitter pleasant endin.

M a little thick, slightly prickly, good crispness.

O a great beer. Would buy and drink it often. A great big beer. (486 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden bronze colour, with a thick, fine-bubbled head of white foam. Lacing is excellent, and the retention of the head is good, staying as a fine film of bubbles right down to the bottom of the glass. Fair amount of tiny carbonation. Pretty nice.

Big and pungent nose of fruity and resinous hops. Notes of peach and pine resin, with lots of cut grass as well. Not quite the tropical notes of a big c-filled IPA - it actually reminds me of a US-brewed ESB. The hops are slightly sharper and more resinous. Still, it's a powerful nose, and bursting with flavour. Very nice.

Taste is initially smooth, with a welling of medicinal hops, and a slight butterscotch character on the back that stays around a little too long, leaving the finish slightly cloying. Fortunately, the hops are sharp enough to counteract this effect, leaving a big, biting bitterness slicing through the center. By the time the sweet finish has been subdued, there's still a decent dollop of hop oil sitting on the tongue. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with just a slight aeration from the carbonation giving it a little levity. Very nice indeed.

Yes, a very tasty brew. Heaps of character, and although the balance and integration is slightly off, the amount of craziness makes up for it. I enjoyed it a great deal. (1,304 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and hoppedup.

After the pour I am rewarded with a chill hazed copper colored ale with a good one-inch tan colored head. Quite good head formation for the strength of this beer.

Smell is strong spicy hops, very tasty smelling. Strong but clean citrus hop aroma, mostly of the grapefruit type. Strongly spicy and peppery to the nose, this gives the sensation of cinnamon, mint and oranges to the nose as well as black pepper. Hard to pick out the individual hop aromas here, the hops are very aromatic.

Taste is sweet and fairly woody with a strong grapefruit after taste at the beginning. Quite spicy on the tongue and almost HOT from the hop strength. Noticeable alcohol in the flavor but it is sensed as pepper by the tongue in combination with the VERY heavy hop load used here. The website says this is 85 IBUs but it seems stronger than that in the same class as Stone Ruination in Hops that kick your butt sensation. Hop flavors span the entire spectrum but are stronger in pineapple, grapefruit, lime and wood/tea flavors. Quite bitter but after the 3 sip you tongue is quite numbed by the hops and you don't notice it. A hop heads wet dream in a glass.

Mouthfeel is good for such a powerful brew.

Drinkability here is all about how much hops you can tolerate. At this point I have in fact evolved into something of a hophead and I love these hop bombs. For a hophead this is a 4.5 in drinkability. For a non-hop head, this is more like a 2 in drinkability; it will seriously kick your butt.

Great Divide should put that on the label in big letters "Warning! This beer will kick your Butt! Only meant for hopheads and the inmates of a Oregon Hophead insane asylum!"

Personally I REALLY liked this beer! (1,777 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange color, fluffy head that lasts and good carbonation.

S: The aroma is pine, citrus and a slight floral blast.

T: Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweetness gives the bitterness a run for its money.Caramel, pine, floral and citrus make up the taste

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me as IIPA. Stone IPA is about the same to me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

D: Very drinkable. (458 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style. (2,016 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.