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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

3,430 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 208 | 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 majorbase2
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a large light brown foam head, with good retention. Kind of cloudy. Leaves a ton of lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is bursting with citrus. Very strong scent of grapefruit, with a little bit of grassiness and floral notes. Pleasant notes of pine. A little bit of maltiness. After reading the reviews, this one is definitely reminiscent of a barleywine.

Earthy hops up front followed by pine and some very pleasantly sweet, bready malts. The citrus and grapefruit is more absent than I expected. It's definitely there, but not as present as in the aroma. Very bitter, but it works. Despite the mention of nuts in the description, they're not very noticeable until the back end, and even still barely noticeable. Even still, a nice touch. Amazingly balanced. Alcohol is masked masterfully.

Medium bodied. A little sticky but still goes down pretty smooth. Easy going for a 10%er.

Overall, a fantastic brew. This is my first from Great Divide and boy, what a first. This one will definitely vault to the top of my list.

majorbase2, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jworkman, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EdwardK77, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

AmericaGWShark, Jul 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

nkelley77, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

G_Est, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Clemskis, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

jdaddy, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

warmbier804, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

blabaer, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Psberrier, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

njnj2000, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Narthax, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

thufflife, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

BuzzFee, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

khargro2, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

hipboy221, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

JakeTheDuck, Jul 21, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours an overcast orange with a meaty head that dwindles to an off-white swirl of melted ice milk. The glass is held together by pretty white lace that clings in all the right places.

Aroma is dirty C-hops rich with malt. You've definitely got your grapefruit citrus in the house, but the piney hops are more cone than needles.

Lots of slick acidic Lupulin. More malt presence than most American DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is cream-filled. Full and feathery soft fades to a slow acidic Humulene chemical burn.

This brew takes an interesting approach to the DIPA style shooting for a very active nutty maltiness in the forefront to bring equilibrium to the loaded hops. The result however I think emphasizes the somewhat unpleasant oil-like burn brought by DIPA level hop rate. By choosing to not showcase the hop aroma and flavor as prominently as others this beer has taken away from itself an important component that makes heavy-hitting IPAs so enjoyable.

Generally I'm a huge fan of their big brews but this was just an average Double IPA, not my favorite.

ExtraStout, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

zacalabeer76, Jul 20, 2014
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.