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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

3,724 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 341 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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 peacebone116
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my little brother Marquito for this awesome Christmas gift. Poured from a bomber (bottle dated Oct 18 2011) into a Delirium snifter.

A: Beautiful light copper body with a slight haze to it. A thick finger of tight, tan foam rests on top, fading within minutes, leaving only a gorgeous lace at the leg of the glass as evidence of its profound existence.

N: Caramel and toffee dominate with a hint of pine & earth.

T/M: Tastes follow the nose, but there is a pleasantly potent bitterness to accompany the sweet candy flavors of caramel. Pine is the overwhelming hop characteristic on display within this beer. Although lacking in the floral qualities I enjoy, this ale gets better as it warms. The oily body is of medium-high weight and well carbonated for the style.

While the bitterness is certainly evident, this beer lacks the floral qualities I would expect from a great IIPA. Understanding that this beer is 3-months old, there seems to be a significant drop off of the floral qualities I would expect. However, this beer pairs excellently with a sharp cheddar quesadilla with habanero tomato salsa--the spicy and savory compliments the sweet and bitter of the beer!

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of edb7
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy!

The pour: This beer is a golden orange with average head. It leaves lace on the glass as the beer disappears. Funny how they all disappear, huh?

Smell: I detect hops, a pinch of pine and fruit.

Taste: Hops at the front end that continues through the sip. A good bitterness that lingers for a few seconds after swallowing. I like this IPA. Taste includes a sweetness in the background (honey-like), but is mostly hops and grapefruit. There is a notable citrus toward the end of each sip. I do not taste the alcohol, which is a good thing. Considering the 10%, I am shocked.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a tinge of bite at the end.

In summary, this is a tasty IPA with a good balance of complex flavors and bitterness. I will visit Hercules again! I am also curious to try other Great Divide varieties as this was my first.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and hazy copper/amber appearance with a finger-thick tan head. Bananas, grapefruit, cloves, fresh hops, rye and citrus malts on the aroma. Fresh hops, molasses, honey, lemongrass and wheat on the initial sip. Lots of bready, malty flavors with a big hit of fresh hops. Boozy oak follows. A moderately carbed brew with a floral, earthy, strong, full overall body. Aftertaste is composed of citrus, honey and a mild fruity sweetness. Given Great Divide rarely disappoints, this is a fantastic Double IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of beck2008
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer - it reminded me of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. The only weird thing is it had a bunch of floaties. It was like drinking a home brew - I had to leave the last 1/4" in the bottom.

Beyond that, this beer is actually on the sweeter side given that it's an IPA. Lots of malty citrus on the front end, some nice balanced fresh hop bit on the back. The alcohol was easier to detect compared to the Dogfish Head 90.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of B33R501
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed alot this past week. much better than their barleywine (old ruffian). big american fruity citrus hops, huge caramel malt background. which i dont mind at all, give me tons of malts, tons of hops, lots of alcohol, and hide it well. didnt notice much difference between my growler and the bottles. sweet, smooth, strong and very satisfying. would (and did) get this one again. recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,724 ratings.