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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

3,527 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,527
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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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber to orange with a white head, very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Nice earthy hops, malt and some alcohol

Taste: Hop smack, alcohol, pineyness. Extreme pineyness & dryness on the finish.

MF: Chewy but not overwhelming. More carbonation please

Good drinkabilty, but a lot of hopiness to fight through. Another classic from GD!!! Even better on tap...

russpowell, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Two fingers of pale yellow foam, with excellent retention and concentric lacing. The brew is a semi-transparent copper-orange color. There's a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so make sure this sits for a while before pouring it.

S - Hoppy bitterness, tangerine, grapefruit. Surprising amount of malt, and I'm pretty sure the bottle is fresh as it has the new label. The smell isn't all that big, and it's pretty generic for a DIPA, albeit quite nice. There's a bit of alcohol present.

T - Starts with huge bitterness, but then mellows out to a nice caramel and citrus sweetness. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

M - Medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual mouth-coating stickiness.

D - The bitterness has defeated me after one bomber. The ABV would defeat me if I had anymore. It's a solid brew, but not one I'd want very often.

This is pretty good, but not in the class of other DIPAs I've had. If my selection were limited I'd be content, but it just doesn't stand out in a pretty crowded field. I think the 22oz serving size is also a little daunting.

MasterSki, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful.
Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling!
Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice.
Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren't out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover's tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum."
Tastiness beerily personified!

feloniousmonk, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra with a trade, very excellent. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is heady, yellowish light brown head that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a definite hop character as you'd expect with high malt and high alcohol sweetness in aroma. A very inviting smell for an imperial IPA.
Beer is dark brown and cloudy. I have to object to this beer at this point and penalize it for CHILL HAZE. As I drank this beer it clarified. This is classic chill haze, this is a professionally crafted beer, add a protein rest for your product's sake.
Beer is plenty sweet with nicely balanced hop bitterness. Finishes nicely, plenty for the palate to analyze. Mouthfeel is nice and full. The alcohol content slightly cuts the mouthfeel a little bit, drinkability is decent. hard to have such a high ABV beer with such high hop and alcohol highly drinkable, but this is very good. I like Great Divide. I'm going to seek out their other beers. Watch the chill haze guys.

drabmuh, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a healthy white head. Fruits and citrus hops in the nose. Very tasty, with citrus and piney hops, smooth malts in the background...surprisingly fruity. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a bit of film in the mouth from the fruitiness and alcohol, but overall nice and drinkable.

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery amber in the Leffe tulip. Moderately sudsy with pleasing carbonation in the mouth. It's hard to get a read on the smell, which is more medicinal than beery. Hugely hopped, and leaves a woody, astringent taste on the tongue. Kind of a candy flavor, a Sugar Daddy dipped in quinine. That sweet and bitter combo is not too pleasing after a few sips. This one will have to go into stud service, goosing the hops on some less well-endowed ales.

This is my least favorite offering from this brewery, and I'm a big Great Divide fan. My favorite Colorado brewery, in fact. Label says bottled on Oct. 18, 2011.

mactrail, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mendvicdog, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet and rich, malty scent with a wonderful hop aroma that is floral. The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop flavor laid over a rich malty base. It goes down smooth and finishes slightly warm with a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting beer; a good drinker.

WesWes, May 15, 2005
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date is unreadable.

a - Pours a transparent orange color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light lemon. More malts than I expected.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pretty bitter, pine hop, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, little bitter bite up front.

d - A pretty good DIPA. A bit strong and a bit bitter, but still good. Would give another shot.

mdfb79, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.1%

MarkyMOD, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -3.1%

beernads, May 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to label, bottled in fourth week of September (about 2 months before tasting).

Pours deep copper with a thin head that leaves trails of lacing.

The smell is of citrus fruits with a hint of nuts. There is an underlying mustiness.

The taste is of chewy, bitter hops upfront - orange and grapefruit, along with some breadiness. A sweet, nutty, slightly grains malt backbone is very subtle, but enough to give it a nice body and to tie the hops together. The assertive hop character stays well ahead of the malt. A slight alcohol kick along with the hops gives it a long, dry finish.

The feel is incredible - chewy, full, rich, creamy and smooth.

This is a very nice double IPA. I wasn't overly impressed by the smell, but the taste is delicious and the feel dream-like. At 85 IBU's, this one lets it hop presence known loud and clear. But, the slight malt is not forgotten and gives it some relative balance. Although there are traces of alcohol in the finish, the alcohol is well-hidden for the abv level. A very good "sip and enjoy" hoppy delight.

jwc215, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

smcolw, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a snifter at Great Divide's tap room in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream fair thickness, and damn good retention (especially for the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent copper peach.

Sm: A moderate strength aroma of hops and light cream.

T: Quite hoppy, with some cream. Fortunately, not too bitter on the finish. Balanced and subtle. Not complex, but featuring a sophisticated simplicity. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream.

Dr: Drinkable for an IPA. Subtle and lovely. I'd have it again. Would pair well with spicy food.

B-

kojevergas, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -3.1%

oriolesfan4, May 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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?).

BlackHaddock, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Gavage, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

GClarkage, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2008
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.