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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

3,278 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,278
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 165
Gots: 168 | 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.

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HOPPYKC

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha this on tap at the flying saucer in downtown kc. Amazing place!!

A- looks like a nice amber brown. Transparent. About half inch of head. shows nice carbonation.

S- malts and hops combined perfectly. Fruits and grain. Roasted. Grapefruit and maybe pineapple.

T- hops right in the front massively. not too bitter though. A nice mix of hoppy bitterness and malt character. Then end is dry and give a nice full finish.

M&D- a bit fuller than I like most of my brews. a great feel on the pallet.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 02:27:53 | More by HOPPYKC
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant amber coloring with a slight haze, and a thin lacing of foamy head. Hops and hops and hops all over the nose, with a good blend of piney and citrusy-sweet notes, also. Bits of spice/pepper in the deep inhales. The beer is round, and fills your mouth right off the bat! Malty sweet flavors slip onto the tongue first, laying down a nice foundation for the aromatic and piney hops that follow. The spices continue to be present, and highlight the aftertaste as well. There are also some sweet grapefruit and grassy tastes towards the end of the tongue. Aftertaste is all hops, with the slight peppery spices mentioned before. Surprisingly, the finish is lingering and sweet, and the slightest bit bitter. My mouth actually watered the longer I tried to focus on the aftertaste and finish, so I guess that ranks high on the drinkability scale!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:53:54 | More by GarthDanielson
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beersensei305

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: On tap World of Beer tampa Palms

A- Amber in color, fairly merky..off white head good rentention

S- Piney citrus rind malty nad of course robust floral hops

T- starts off malty sweet, middle is the hop slam, then bitter from grapefruit.. well balanced

M- Bitter and medium bodied sticky/syrupy average carbonation

D- this is a big flavored DIPA really good and balanced none of the flavors get out of control it is a great one

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 02:14:30 | More by beersensei305
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JMad

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured my bomber of Hercules into a tall Genghis Grill beer glass...

The beer poured a copper, amber color with a thick, white, bubbly head.

It smells bitter and fruity, I mostly noticed grapefruit and mango with sweet malt and a bubblegum like quality. There was also a hint of alcohol.

Tastes like grapefruit too, and there was a tropical like sweetness, lots of fruity flavors with a nice bitterness.

And it's so smooth, the soft carbonation is like candy on your tongue.

This is a delicious brew, it hides the alcohol well, definitely worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:58:12 | More by JMad
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/11

A: If you'd told me this was a DIPA, I'd have called you a liar. It is one of the darkest and murkiest DIPA's I've ever seen. Amber/red hues with unfiltered dregs really looks like something I'd find in a barleywine. Regardless, it does come out swinging, as the head is thick and tall, a good 1.5 fingers. Intense lacing remains as the head slowly falls.

S: There's no hiding the alcohol here - it's up front and all around. I do get a mild hint of hops, but the alcohol comes roaring back and sqashes the humulus lupulus like a gnat making friends with a rolled up newspaper.

T: Have I introduced you to Senor Alcohol? This one is hot, but I like it. Given a second in my mouth, the traditional profile cornerstones do pop out: faint citrus, hoppy bitterness and a suprisingly rich maltiness (which I wasn't expecting).

M: A massivly big and heavy DIPA. It really comes off with a lot more oomph then I would have expected. It's like they took "Lawrence of Arabia" and crammed it into beer form - just huge and epic.

O: Not what I was expecting. I think I dug it, but I'm still kind of in awe. Great Divide really put it all on the table with this one, and for that I give them credit. But for my day to day drinking, I don't know how often this one will be chilling in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 20:07:20 | More by Rhettroactive
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obywan59

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour 1 from a 650 into my Duvel tulip.
Coppery colored towards a light, more of a cherry or ruby appearance away from the light. It reminded me of Mad Elf. A 1 finger off-white head which dissipates to mostly a ring around the glass and a thin film over the brew. A moderate stream of bubbles rises in the middle. Pour 2 into my St. Bernadus glass was similar except for being translucent rather than nearly transparent.

Grassy hops in the aroma, along with some sweet malt, gives the impression of over-ripe citrus.

Very sweet up front, but balanced nicely by a supreme bitterness that doesn't waste much time asserting itself.

Moderate in feel. a thicker mouthfeel might have made it cloying. Creamy to the mouth, biting to the tongue, and a lasting burning to the throat that is not to be denied.

An awesome drinker. Excellent balance between the sweetness of the malt, bitterness of the hops, and the moderate mouthfeel. The only thing slowing me down was the ABV, and that just means there's more time to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:54:40 | More by obywan59
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jc85

Virginia

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

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color, with a good size off-white head. It left good retention and great lacing on the glass.

Smell- Malt is the first thing that comes through on this beer. Some citrus notes and a little bit of pine.

Taste- WOW, this tastes great. Just like the nose, malty sweetnes right up front, as you drink it the citrus comes in. On the back end a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied somewhat sticky.

Drinkability- This goes down great, not overly bitter, and not too sweet. Great beer overall

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:27:46 | More by jc85
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.

SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.

TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.

DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:47:43 | More by StoneTSR
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Bfarr

Washington

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

Hazy orange amber and a big tan frothy head with awesome retention and great lacing. Big sweet citrus aroma. Flavor follows the aroma, also in a big way with great hop bitter linger and alcohol warming. The alcohol makes up a big part of the flavor. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I had a hard time determining a taste score because it was simple but really well done. Strong clear flavors and a bit of complexity creeped in as it warmed up a bit as well as hints of pepper as the yeast hit the glass. Really an exceedingly well done beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:26:52 | More by Bfarr
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pioppo

Italy

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber coloured. A light beige foam, so fine and persistent.

S - Resinous (pine) and herbaceous by hop. Also citric. There is also the smell of caramel malt.

T - The bitterness is huge!! So the hop remains a lot in the aftertaste!!

M - Dry with a medium body. Anyway the preponderance of bitter is balanced in part by malt and alcohool, so the effect is not of an unbalanced beer..

D - Although 10% it's a drinkable beer and the very high level of bitterness doesn't tire!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 12:39:27 | More by pioppo
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimple glass. Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. The nose is full of hops with a touch of citrus rind. An extremely clean smelling, well balanced offering with the faintest hints of pine. The hops come through first and strongest, eventually giving way to a grapefruit back then alcohol. Not a whole lot of alcohol on the palate, but you feel it after swallowing; this beer warms your stomach. A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Good finish for a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:40:20 | More by CuriousMonk
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feylure

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got my hands on this (bottled July 1, 2010).

It pours quite well with a healthy amount of carbonation (as it lasts on the rim of the glass). Looks like a lovely golden and almost transparent brew.

Smell is nice and sweet. Sugary with a small sense of hops; almost making it smell light.

Taste is a great, biting contrast to the smell. The initial bold hit of hops is followed with a full bodied, almost dark flavor. I really quite enjoy the sharpness of the bitter elements in this drink. The tail leaves you with a light, lingering sweetness fom malts that is complimented by it's hops character.

Definitely recommend this to IPA fans who enjoy the bitters!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:14:18 | More by feylure
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules double IPA has a big 1 cm head that lasts and good lacing. It has an inviting, slightly cloudy orange colour. The smell is orange and hoppy. Yum. The taste is initially very fruity and yum. There is some slight bitterness, but it's not unpleasant at all. The alcohol is hidden very well. This beer has a nice creamy texture with a decent amount of carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:08:07 | More by vandemonian
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jsh420

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 8-1910

pours cloudy dark copper amber orange with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing all down the glass

smell - is mostly of pine with other citrus hops

taste is stong hop flavors - a little out of balanced and boozy - the hops are over the top pine earthy grass citrus hops with little malts

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation very creamy

drinkability is decent - bubble gum sweet malts with strong hops 10% abv make it a good bomber to share

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:46:02 | More by jsh420
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BeerNemesis

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules Double IPA | 650 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
Deep, reddish-amber with a milky top.

Aroma:
Fresh, citrusy, grassy, piney

Taste:
Big mouthful of resiny hops, dashed with citrus. A malty backbone, laced with caramel ensues. The finish has a lightly, smoked whiskey quality that quickly turns into a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Full and assertive with tenacious carbonation, whose kick drops off towards the end.

Harmony:
A bold brew that keeps its constituent flavors in check with an uncanny mastery.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Bottled: November 30, 2010
Served: January 15, 2011 (~45 days later)

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:19:58 | More by BeerNemesis
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

A - Pours a hazy copper amber. A small billowy white head that creates 3 round mounds and stays throughout. Very nice lacing patterns.

S - Grapefruit, sugar candied bready caramel, mango fruit and rind. Has a green hop bitterness to it. An orange peel resin sticks to the tongue and adds huge hop flavor. The malt has a dense doughy character but not too heavy. Finishes with a long green pine and moderately bitter.

M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, slick.

A full 3 C hop profile backed by an excellent sweet doughy malt. Plenty bitter and full flavored. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 21:56:46 | More by StaveHooks
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into chalice. Bottle varies from picture and is noted to have 9.1% alcohol, not 10%.

Fresh deep "brown bottle" color. Leaves a unique very full mineral lacing down the glass. A lot of yeastie boogers are not welcome... much more than your average production quality beer.

Has a crisp deep fruit hop profile with rich caramel malts.

Deepest caramel flavor i've encountered for a DIPA. Hops are actually in the foreground. Kind of reminds me of a rough Arrogant Bastard.

Very good mouthfeel with good carb.

Moderate to high drinkability.

I think that maybe this 9.1% batch may be inferior or watered down compared to the normal 10....

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:34:50 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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Rjhami

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange amber color, darker than I expected. Little head maybe a cm thick. Lacing spreads out the length of the glass after every sip.

S - Big hoppy nose hits you immediately. Finishes with a sweet malt nuance. Even has a leathery smoothness to it.

T - Nutty with touches of a caramel sweetness. Extremely well balanced hiding much bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticeable considering the abv.

F - A tiny warmth from the alcohol yet still very smooth. A nice light chewiness from the malt presence.

D - An outstanding DIPA that is quite drinkable despite the high abv. Different than most of the style I usually consume due to the heavy malt that is perfectly balanced.

Served from 12oz to New Belgium globe

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:21:31 | More by Rjhami
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bigboytim28

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well balanced hop head heaven. A definite cant miss for any hophead. Poured out of 22 oz into regular pint glass. exceptional color. citrusy aroma, definite cant miss, great divide is making incredible hoppy beers and this is one of them. if you can try this and the fresh hop

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:34:00 | More by bigboytim28
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 03:23:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this on a recommendation from a local retailer. It is quite good, but it is also quite expensive. Also, the ABV is too high for it to be a decent session beer. The alcohol does not over power the taste, but it makes me too loopy after just a few.

Nevertheless, this is a great choice if there's only time for one bottle/glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:48:29 | More by TheOtherMike
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Beerenauslese

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with an ample sudsy head that lingers, leaving chunks of lace on the glass.

This smells of sweet malt and grapefruit and pine hops.

Tastes very malty sweet up front with concentrated, resinous pine and fruity hops. Finishes with a tongue-numbing hop presence and slight bitterness.

Body is medium. Although the carbonation is light, the sudsy head contributes to a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a decent DIPA effort. The sweetness and 10% ABV limits its drinkability. I find this similar to the 120 minute Dogfish Head which is also immensely hoppy and very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:19:40 | More by Beerenauslese
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle.

Bottled July 15, 2010.

Dark orange body shimmers in the light. Thin white head.

Brandy soaked stone fruit, orange marmalade, grapefruit rind. Fruit driven aroma.

Caramel, fruit cake, apricot, tangerine, orange zest, pine sap, quite resiny. Exceptionally bitter, but well balanced by substantial maltiness.

Full, sticky, rich mouthfeel.

Hercules indeed. This is one powerful DIPA. Big malt, big fruit, big bitterness. Bold, brash, boozy and bitter. Hefty. I think the ready availability of Hercules makes us forget just how excellent it is. I never feel a sense of urgency to buy it, so I don't. What a mistake. Delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:49:41 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours a bright yet deep golden color with an enormous head of off white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass. Nice head retention.

S - simple but mouth watering aroma of big grapefuit hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - strong bitterness coats the mouth. Piney, grapefruit bitterness. Just huge amounts of it but there is enough malty sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M - full bodied. Carb is really high.

D - not a bit of detectable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable ale dangerous. Solid brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:42:06 | More by Teleweizen2
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ictmattb

Kansas

4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm sitting in Great Divide Brewery in Denver, CO as I write this. This beer is exceptional. I was expecting it to have a really thick hop bitterness, but it actually goes down very easy. This beer is amazing! I've always enjoyed Great Divide, but visiting here has made this beer even better. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 21:03:38 | More by ictmattb
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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