Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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92
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3,637 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,637
Reviews: 1,509
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 198
Gots: 288 | 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 LXIXME
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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?

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a chilled 650 mL capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep orange color. There is a slight hazy in the glass, but not enough to make me consider sediment or yeast. There is a minimal ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a strong aroma of citrusy NW US hops. The concentration smells fairly strong.

Taste: The ale has a hoppy bitterness that grabs you from the get-go. The hops do not scald the mouth, but they come pretty close. The alcohol in this beer is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a bit too strong and leave a bitter taste in the mouth that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer for a hophead, although I find the alcohol and hop characters both to be overwhelming.

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a nice amber brown body that is slightly hazy with a nice creamy yellowish head. It has a good carbonation various size bubbles.

S- Smell so slightly toasted malts and pale malt lay the base for some spicy green hops. The malt has a hint of sweet graham cracker as it warms.

T- The big taste of hops has hints of pine, light grapefruit and some juicy fruit notes. There are nice flavors of caramel and lightly toasted malt that give it a good base for all the hops. The finish is a nice hop bitterness with some spicy qualities followed by a nice alcohol warmth.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a faint hint of fizz and a nice alcohol warmth that is very gentle.

D- This beer has nice big hops but it is well balanced by a good malt backbone and some alcohol warmth. The hops have a very complex flavor and it is hard to pick one or two main characteristics to the hops.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit/pine nose. Flavor is sweet, hoppy grapefruit and pine. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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 $$$.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a nice dark copper color, some carbonation, small head, very nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops aplenty, citrusy, and some sweetness. Very nice taste of hops, and sweet. Medium body with a nice bitter bite at the end. Very drinkable at 9.1% ABV, the bottle also sez 85 IBUs which is the first time I've seen this on a bottle, what it means I'm not sure. This brew is highly recommend for sure, will be buying again.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stunned to see this on cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose... mmmm.... this beer is all DIPA goodness, with considerable pine, orange citrus, jelly bean and light white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA. There's something of a honey and sweet jelly bean finish in this beer, which marries incredibly well in this otherwise hoppy, citrusy DIPA. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the hoppy bitterness, and at no point was the malty sweetness excessive or over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, soft, orange candy and bitter finish. Drinkability is good to the point of danger. There is nothing hot or heavy about this beer, though you can tell the alcohol is up there.

Wow! Stunner. mmm...

Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wine drinkers will recognize this orangey colour from the label of the illustrious Veuve Clicquot champagne; beer drinkers know it best as the American IPA. It is a toasty golden tone that welcomes the light with open arms, becoming a much brighter, much glassier (and slightly more transparent) tone. A sandy brushing of head blankets the surface and cakes the glass in layer upon layer of droopy, eccentric patterns of lacing.

The aroma is certainly Herculean. The way this thing smells it sends out a message saying: 'I am; I am here; I am now'. It doesn't so much as say 'hello' as it does smack you upside the head. It is a budding orchard, it is fresh cut citrus fruit, it is mysterious herbals, it is nectar serum, it is... an utmost amazing, tantalizing thing.

With Hercules DIPA you start to see hops, I mean really, literally start seeing hops. Your field of vision goes green, your eyes water up with resins and your tears taste of a stinging citrus. The malts may also be deserving of some mention, but with a hop spectacle such as this there just really isn't the room to spare to write about them.

I find Greek mythology pretty interesting to begin with, but find a way to write Great Divide somewhere into that lore and hot damn sign me up for that class (it would certainly be a popular course)! I'm sure Greeks everywhere have already started claiming credit for this beer; certainly it is worthy of its own saga and mysticism.

I swear, one day they'll find something in the water in Bolder, something that should account for why every Great Divide beer drinks with such polished finesse and unequaled quaffability. Even with all its backbreaking bitterness (85 IBU) and almighty alcohol content (10%) this drinks with an intense level of gratification and refreshment.

Hercules has a gargantuan hop profile, colossal strength and mighty character - it is well deserving of its namesake. The write up says something about this beer not being fit for mortals, but suitable for the Gods. And once you finish it, you do kind of feel like one - either because you made it through a titanic 9.1% bomber or just because the 9.1% itself! Whatever the case, this is certainly a heavenly, divine experience.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,637 ratings.