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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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Ratings: 3024
Reviews: 1463
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%

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.

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Photo of Cold


4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dk. Amber/Orange, modest, but dense tan head
S: Sweet, toasty malt over strong piney hop
T: Intensely bitter piney, floral, perfume-y hop, barely balanced by light malt sweetness and graininess as well as thickness and body from aggressive carbonation.
M: Surprisingly thick, given the color and taste.
A: Piney hop bitter, slightly astringent, and clean.

Overall: Here's a beer that lives up to its double IPA promises proudly displayed on its label. Hop profile kicks off in a burst of pine with each sip, introduces other, well-layered notes of citrus, perfume, and floral, but comes back to the pine in the end. Manages to showcase the intense hops while still maintaining its own version of balance. It's 10.0% ABV is incredibly well-masked, so proceed at your own risk, and the advertised 85 IBUs seem accurate, and possibly even a bit modest.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:51:29 | More by Cold
Photo of tylerprince


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2/7/12, admittedly a tad older than ideal.

A: Quite a bit of yeast floating around the bottom of the bottle - pour this one very softly. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-copper. Unfortunately, no head or lacing whatsoever, and yes, my glass was clean.

S: A well balanced citrus/grapefruit with a caramel/biscuit malt profile. Well balanced. Some yeast throughout. Wish this had more of a head so I could describe it more accurately.

T: Yummy. Starts with gobs of citrus, clear grapefruit and lemon zest. Not a heck of a lot else going on here. A nice round malt finish, but very weak and hardly noticeable. Yeasty, non-bitter finish. Citrus lingers.

M: Crisp, albeit a tad watery. Resinous. I don't say this much, but this could use a tad more carbonation.

O: This is disappointing - I'm a huge fan of GD and was really looking forward to trying their DIPA. I'll have to try a fresh batch to see if it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:19:16 | More by tylerprince
Photo of DM1293


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

The taste of this Double IPA is like my tongue being suplexed right from the word go. Malts and piney hops slam the tongue here. This beer is a 10% and its not afraid to show you it is. The afterbite isn't too bad though, so while this beer has plenty of punch its not going to wreck your palate, and it'll go down fairly smooth.

While the initial taste is fine (and what I've come to expect from most IPA's or DIPA's), I can't help but feel that for a beer to have such a strong initial punch, the finish goes kinda dull and boring.

Aside from the odd finish, its an otherwise fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 19:32:56 | More by DM1293
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper amber colour with tinges of orange. A half centimetre tall, foamy head that fades to a thin lacing after about 30 sec.

Malts and a strong helping of hops that make for a bitter sweet aroma with plenty of pine notes following this up. Great fruity notes and even some mango follow this up along with citrus and a touch of pineapple and caramel finish.

Lots of hops and malts as the nose suggested with lots of sweet fruits and a touch of citrus too. There is a huge amount bitterness to this one and some mango along with strong grapefruit flavours.

Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. There is plenty of bitterness to this one and a touch of sweetness in there too.

Good and very drinkable although the huge amount of bitter to this one is pushing it for me. It was still a beer that I enjoyed and the mango on the nose was a particularly nice.

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Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 17:51:15 | More by flyingpig
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Double IPA from one of my favorite breweries.

The appearance is golden and hazzy. A nice sticky head sits atop the beer and forms an excellent lace on the glass.

You can smell the beer as soon as you crack it open and it makes itself known from across the table. Floral and citrus hops greet the drinker. A strong malt backbone is also present with some hints of the underlying alcohol in this beer. I also pick up esters, pineapple, and some grapefruit.

The first sip is malty with a toffeeish backbone. Bitter hops round out the sip and the beer finishes with an alcohols kick.

The medium body and nutty malt taste help to balance out the hop profile of this medium body and somewhat sticky beer.

This is an awesome double IPA that more than lives up to its name. The malt backbone supports the hops without overpowering them. Beware of the 10% ABV that is almost undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 23:22:11 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a finger head, nice retention, and pretty white lacing.

Smell is nice, hoppy and open. Kinda subdued but very attractive- floral and pine hop scents with a touch of malt sweetness.

Tastes excellent- moderate hop bitterness, good pale malt backbone, floral and pine hops well balanced with malt. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well- medium bodied with light carbonation. A decent amount of hop resin. Exceptional DIPA- seek it out!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 23:27:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of draheim


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

12oz bottle (bottled 11/7/2011) into a tulip. Pours an orange amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head, some chunks floating about. Better let this settle for a bit.

Aroma is lots of caramel malt and sweet mango and other fermenting fruit. Hops are there too, but either this one is showing its age or it's a malt bomb.

Taste is plentiful caramel malt and lots of bittering hops to balance things out. Not as sweet and caramelly as the nose, but not a super-hoppy beer either. Bold and assertive.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, a little chewy.

Overall this is pretty good beer, but it wouldn't make my top 10 list of DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:39:28 | More by draheim
Photo of grannaniwa


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

Brewed Nov 2011, tasted Apr 2012.

Hazy golden-amber color, with tons of particles floating around. Nose has some citrus/orange hops, some piney hops, and something much sweeter. Hops are definitely not overpowering on the nose.

Hops and malts race to make the first impression on the first sip. Obviously heavily-hopped, but has a more complicated set of flavors than many of the hop bombs out there. Carbonation holds up well in the middle. Leaves a sour tang in the back of the throat, while tongue is covered in bitter aftertaste. Not as bitter as I expected, though, at 85 IBUs. Alcohol is a little jarring on the first few sips, but less noticeable afterward and sneaks by despite the 10% ABV.

Overall: B+/A-, fits together well

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:42:08 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of spunionring

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious dipa, yet a bit unusual in its flavor. The smell of this beer doesnt seem to quite match the taste, being quite a delicious piney ipa smell. I have to say that the taste distinctively resembles the Yeti (stout from the same company). I can only assume they share some malt/hops combo that are not commonly used in other ipa's. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but it is an overwhelming flavor on the end swallow.

On the whole this is a delicious and well balanced beer, you will definitely want to try it if you've grown bored with "typical" ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:14:41 | More by spunionring
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours ultra hazy burnt orange, cant see anything through it. A one finger of quickly dissipating head with some pretty good lacing. A dank looking IPA, just what I love to see.

S- A well balanced and pungent smell. Overly ripened grapefruits, some old fruits like pineapple and some figs even. A sweet maltiness here. A little caramel and a good deal of breadyness. A tiny touch of alcohol. Very fruity and rank, an awesome smelling brew.

T- The taste really reflects the smell. A heap of funky fruits up front like that old grapefruit, figs and rotting citrus, I mean that in a good way. Sort of stings the tongue with bitterness and carbonation, a really live beer. The hop profile in this beer is complex, funky and bizarre, it changes with every sip and keeps me guessing. A caramel breadiness lies beneath the crazy hop profile but still has a strong presence in the beer. A fantastic and very interesting tasting beer.

M- This beer is not lacking in the flavor department and is far from watered down, but having said that, this brew isn't too hard to get down, not a daily drinker but not quite a sipper. Leaves the mouth with a robust bitterness and a funky fruit aftertaste. A creamy feeling beer but isn't over bearing.

O- This is an amazing DIPA, A dank appearance, a pungent and funky smell and taste that is very complex and ever changing. Its fairly easy to get down yet wont gonna make you sick. I recommend this to all my friends who like a good hoppy beer, this is a real winner. Reminds me a bit of Stones 14th, as good if not better.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:26:55 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:44:02 | More by cooler4life
Photo of jhtipton


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

Great find in Madrid. Tad steep in price, about 5$ but hey I've paid $10 for bombers of less ambitious beers. Pours a deep golden in my wine glass with a one inch beige head. Realitively clear with some sediment. Bold smell; malt and heavy pine presence. Powerful hop presence and some malt but the alcohol does shine through. Mouthfeel is medium hop oil presence gives it a syrupy feel. Overall a great DIPA and will try again. Not sessionable. Two of these is like drinking a whole bottle of wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 17:23:33 | More by jhtipton
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#66 on my Beers of Fame list!

Pour is amber. white head floats in little sections.

The best words that come to mind about the smell is IDK. Semi sweet malt backbone, leafy dried hops, but no fresh hop flavors. hm.

Full body. Sticky sweet malt reminiscent of Hopslam and Two-Hearted. it feels so thick, like literal honey. Now enough with the malt, lets get to the hops, or the lack of. Theres a nice bittering hop presence which makes an attempt at balancing out the sweet malt, but it loses. Theres no ry hop flavors. What I get is very slight hints of pine, but its faint. Too faint.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:35:16 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of EMPotter

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice IPA, in the top 10 class. Poured a beautiful frothy orange head with a rich cloudy amber/caramel color.
S- very light sweet hoppy with a hint of malt.
T- very rich hop blast on the tongue with very light bitterness.
M- coats the palate with a bold richness that last to the next sip.
O- would rank this IPA in the top class, great appearance with a great flavor. Light smell gives to a nice hoppy flavor without a lot of bitterness. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:08:14 | More by EMPotter
Photo of C20Percent


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review taken from notes*

A: Hazy copper color with reddish tint. Reddish egg-white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Heavy citrus aroma with piney notes. Not particularly aromatic -- even flat.

T: Grapefruit splash followed by a boozy finish. The citrus flavors do overwhelm the boozy fight, which is impressive for the high abv. Crisp. Surprisingly easy drinking.

M: Light-heavy body.

O: This is a good beer. Better than average to be sure. But, there's nothing especially great that stands out here. Flavor holds up very well versus the abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:41:50 | More by C20Percent
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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

Reviewed 3/17/12

Appearance: Dark copper/amber color, very clear - moderately sized, creamy white head, leaves some wispy lacing

Smell: Aggressively hoppy and malty - almost like they were going for some balance - wet, oily hops - orange and grapefruit rind, resiny pine, slightly herbal - caramel malts, toasted biscuits, bread dough - sweet, but not excessive

Taste: Somewhat beastly - tons of hops, very oily and resinous - orange and grapefruit rind, some pith, and a ton of juicy pine - above average bitterness, with lingering bitterness - chewy malts - caramel malts, biscuits, bread, bread crust - sweet, but not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body - sticky and resiny, a little chewy, but the carbonation holds it together quite impressively

Overall: Big, even for the style

This almost feels more like a hoppy American Barleywine than a typical DIPA. In general, I like this style to be dryer and less heavy. But somehow, I actually like this. It's borderline too sweet, but it doesn't actually cross the border. And it hides the alcohol pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 02:55:00 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden orange/amber color with about a quarter inch of seemingly dense near white head, retention is mediocre, lacing is good.

S - Sweet caramel malts, citrusy/tropical hops, a little bready. (my nose just went for a dip in the beer.. oops). Pretty malty smelling brew overall.

T - Very very nicely bitter, alcohol is detectable but not undesirable (for some it could be), some nice citrusy grapefruit flavors. I still pick up on the malt & bready quality in the back end a bit but the bitterness definitely dominates the sweetness from the malts

M - Medium bodied or more, fair amount of carbonation. not quite a sipper but definitely not a chugger.

O - All in all very solid brew, love the aggressiveness but still not overbearing

Serving type: growler

03-14-2012 00:23:19 | More by MacQ32
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at First Street Draught House. It was served in a snifter.

A-A nice amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Hoppy and slightly fruity.

T-Very hop forward of course, citrussy, fruity, with some caramel malt in the finnish. It tasted more like an American Barelywine to me than a double ipa.

M-Thick and syrupy, which was great.

D-A sipper for sure.

Overall, this is another solid beer from a great brewery. However, to me, this drank more like a barleywine than a double ipa. I will drink this again in the future for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 22:25:30 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of greencovesteve

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange, very bubbly. Average off white head.

S: citrus smells are dominate, orange, lemon, hint of banana. Also hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate.

T: not what I expected. Malty, sweet, and smooth. A very nutty brown taste.

M: smooth on entry, warming, and a subtle dry finish.

O: Solid offering. One of the smoothest 10%ers I had. This one has a moonshine quality about it, smooth and warming. It really taste like this one should be brown in color.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:24:53 | More by greencovesteve
Photo of One2Remeber


4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 03:38:17 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Bottled on January 18, 2012 indicated on the label. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a lose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim - delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the course of the review. Nose expresses grapefruit, toasted malts and a slight bitter rind presence. Flavor profile is consistent with the nose - citrus is a bit more masked and rind is a bit more assertive; however, there's also a slight spicy character. Malt is not as assertive as I am accustomed to with the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium) with an oily consistency and a slightly prickly carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid DIPA with a well-hidden abv. My preference leans more towards the fruity side of the spectrum, but this beer has a nice balance and some interesting qualities. I'd like the opportunity to try this one out on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:27:50 | More by Jwale73
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 17, 2012

Copper/amber in colour, with a moderately sized off-white head. Fades to a film before long, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma contains citrus notes amid a malty background, caramel and bread. The malt component is actually more pronounced.

This is a bold, robust DIPA. Taste is fairly bitter, full of soapy citrus (grapefruit, primarily). A rich caramel malt provides the backbone, somewhat biscuity.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, chewy and a bit oily.

Overall, a really good DIPA. The significant hop bitterness is well matched by the malt flavours. Packs a punch and is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 20:08:15 | More by jrenihan
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a soft reddish amber with an off white head that leaves a nice lace around the rim
S-tons of citrus, a slightly pine aroma in the background
T-Malt dominates the flavor up front providing a nice sweetness followed by a great hop bitterness that continues to be citrus and pine. Clean finish
M-Medium bodied.
O-tons of flavor and very well balanced double ipa. It is a big beer but still remains very drinkable and has lots of hops. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 03:26:16 | More by atr2605
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New York

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Consumer Beverage in Lockport, Ny bottled 9/9/11

Pours an orange color with white head, decent lacing after short retention

Aroma is dominated by citrus and malty sweetness.

I get worried with double ipa's because if they are not done right the flavor can have an orange juice like quality. With the aroma I was a little worried but the flavor is nicely balanced between the citurs and pine hops, malt sweetness and dryness from the alcohol. The bitterness is accertive but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is medium body and slightly prickly from the hops and alcohol.

I can't ask for more from a double ipa, this one does it right. Very drinkable, very american, I can have it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:35:43 | More by alexkeil
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3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hercules has a very hazy, orange-brown body with a thin tan head. The retention is great, and some pretty nice lacing is left behind as well.

The aroma is sweet and powerful. Lots of malt, lots of citrus from the hops.

The best way to describe Hercules is Big. It has a ton of everything. The hop profile is huge, with loads of citrus. The focus is on grapefruit, and there are loads of bitterness. The malt profile is at least as big as the hop profile. Hercules is really sweet, with lots of caramel flavors, as well as sweet bread. The finish has some more bitterness, and a good kick of warmth.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full, with a slightly oily feel from the hops. The bitterness is palpable.

Hercules has a huge hop profile, which is nice, but it is insanely sweet and a little bit boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 21:03:20 | More by Hojaminbag
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,024 ratings.