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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

3,384 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,384
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 174
Gots: 198 | 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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secondtooth

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Very amber in color, with a medium head. Limited lace.

Aroma is delectable and amazing. I get pine resin, citrus, and pineapple. Otherworldly.

Hops presence upon tasting is heavy on the tongue, even peppery and pungent. There's a thick and malty backbone in there, but the bitter hoppiness is omnipresent. A fine imperial IPA.

07-08-2011 03:55:16 | More by secondtooth
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -24.9%

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a creamy off-white head.

S: Definitely on the sweet side for an IPA with lots of caramel and toffee aromas. There's a mild citrus hop aroma along with a fair amount of pineapple. Some other sweet fruits also make an appearance.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is also quite sweet. Plenty of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are prsent. There is a fairly mild hop character and very little bitterness. Minimal citrus and fruit flavors wth a bit of grass and alcohol.

M: The body is medium to full with medium carbonation.

O: Overly sweet and not all that hoppy. That's not a combination I look for in an IPA.

07-05-2011 15:02:06 | More by womencantsail
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huhl23

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

The Hercules Double IPA pours a slightly cloudy, copper color with a large, pillowy, light brownish-orange head that displays great retention and some nice lacing.

Its aroma is hops with citrus (apricot) and pine notes and some subtle malt in the background.

It has a nice, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced. Lot of big hops with some nice citrus notes and a good malt backbone to offset it, followed by a crisp finish. I didn't notice the 9.1% alcohol at all - it is surprisingly drinkable.

06-30-2011 20:11:25 | More by huhl23
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 5/13/11, consumed 6/26/11

A: A perfectly clear amber pour. Big light beige head that sticks around well. Good lacing too.

S: Very strong hop aroma on this one. Mostly pine and citrus (can't tell which one is stronger, nicely balanced) with some surprisingly strong bread. Leads me to believe this is going to be a nicely balanced DIPA.

T: Pine/earthy hops followed by a very nice sweet bread taste from the malt. Citrus hops seem largely overwhelmed, there are light tastes of grapefruit and orange sometimes but they are quite subtle.

M: Medium as with most DIPA. Oily sensation coast the mouth on each sip and gives the illusion of an even heavier mouthfeel. Finish is surprisingly clean, bitterness is kept in check by the healthy malt backbone.

O: A strong, well balanced and tasty DIPA. If the citrus were a bit stronger in the flavor this would be an easy A rating or even better. Regardless, a pleasure to drink.

06-27-2011 01:52:10 | More by Dope
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Forb

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy copper hue; common of a beer in this style. Artful lacing just carries down the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas here from the heavy hop bitterness to the sweet ending that carries behind the pine.

Taste: Piney, citrusy, oily, resiny; all around heavy hops as expected. Interestingly this one ends with a faint sweetness that grows on your very quickly.

Mouthfeel: A medium to heavy body packed with a punch of flavor at 10% ABV. Smooth nonetheless.

Overall: A great Imperial IPA. Will go back to this one.

06-26-2011 04:41:00 | More by Forb
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stercomm

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap in a pint glass

A - Coppery, hazy hue, slight head, medium lacing

S - Pine, some orange and lemon, very good aroma profile

T - Very nice, what I liked most about this beer is the fact a hop junkie will like yet at the same time it tastes well balanced; notes of pine, citrus, and some malty sweetness

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation

D - Very good, would definitelyhave this again, lots of great taste here

06-24-2011 23:08:17 | More by stercomm
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Hercules Double IPA into Unibroue glass on June 24, 2011.

Appearance: 3.5
Clear caramel body with 1 inch of slightly yellow-white head, dissipates into a thin covering. Mild lacing.

Smell: 4.5
Caramel, maple from the malt, combined with a very predominant citrus, almost tangerine/grapefruit as well as piney resin. Strikes me as similar to 90 minute IPA dogfish head. Good balance been malt and hops characteristics.

Taste: 4
Very hop forward beer, but also has a strong malt backbone. Hops have a very prominent, but not overpowering bitterness. Good mix of both piney and citrus qualities. Te malt offers a soft toffee and bready aspect to the flavor. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness; with a touch of astringency and a small amount of sweetness from the malt. Alcohol offers mild warmth and sense of body, but is surprisingly subdued given 10% alcohol. Alcohol does become more prominent as beer warms.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate thickness with a very good coating and a nice amount of astringency from the hops. Mild creaminess and carbonation.

Overall: 4.5
Really a nice beer. Despite being aggressively hopped, still a relatively balance between malt and hops. Reminds me of dogfish head 90, and actually I believe I prefer this one. At 10%, hides the alcohol extremely well. Strong representation of the style. Recommend.

06-24-2011 22:58:28 | More by EnemyWithin
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A: semi-cloudy clay orange body, finger white head, fine lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, orange rind, mango, pine, hint of nuts

T: sweet citrus (lemon), big malt with nutty taste, long sticky bitter finish

M: med/heavy, BIG oily/sticky mouth

O: Very nice malty/hoppy Imperial IPA!
Definitely big sipping brew, alcohol warmth
crawls out of the pint glass and slips into
your spirit...oh so smoothly.
Great Divide continues to make me love
their beers and this is no exception.
I will seek this again.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

06-21-2011 22:31:22 | More by BeerLover99
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.0% ABV, Bottled on Jan 25 2011, Suggested food pairings listed.

A - The tan head deflates pretty quickly but leaves some nice patchy lace on the glass. The clear beer is a vibrant golden orange with a gorgeous shine.

S - Pine and citrus wafts out of this ballsy beer, complete with a mango fruitiness that's fantastic. Willamet-like earthy hops balance out the citrus and caramel with Munich malt that provide a great backbone. A hint of alcohol comes across the back.

T - Citrus hops seem to get pushed to the side by some earthier hops in the flavor. Sweet caramel malt fades to the back but continues to provide good balance. A splash of solvent rubbing alcohol pops in too.

M - Medium-full-bodied and smooth with a pretty bitter finish. A little harsh but the citrusy zest balances nicely.

O - A good double IPA but I wish the citrus profile of the aroma would carry over into the flavor a little more. The earthiness gets just a bit old.

06-19-2011 16:24:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Fux

France

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

A : clear orange/copper colored. Pours a small bubbly head with a quite long lasting lacing.

S : Citrusy, hoppy, but not agressive given the IBU.

T : Sweet, very malty and resinous. Alcohol is very well hidden ! Finishes dry with a clear pine hop aftertaste.

M : Medium bodied with a good carbonation.

O : Nice brew, bitterness is well balanced by the malty sweetness, making it very enjoyable to savor slowly !

06-18-2011 14:40:37 | More by Fux
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bronzed orange in color with an inch of white head and bubbly lacing. The nose is alcohol, piney hop, and bready malt. The taste is hoppy but not as present as the sweet malt. There is some pine and citrus but is a bit shadowed underneath a sweet caramel like malt. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy with a crisp dry finish. Overall, balance would make a mass difference in this brew but the 10% is well hidden, making this beast dangerous

06-18-2011 06:26:44 | More by ChugginOil
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claytong

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - decent long lasting head, amber brown in color

Smell - citrus, caramel, floral hops, minor pine

Taste - wow is this 10 percent? Citrus, sweet hops, caramel malts, delicious, not too hoppy as I expect from colorado breweries

Mouthfeel - medium to light body, chuggable from the citrus

06-17-2011 04:29:13 | More by claytong
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Loved their Yeti Imperial, figured I'd give the IPA a go. Pours a clear brownish-red, firm 2 inches poofy head, last inch lingers. Nose suggests primarily lemon, a bit of cinnamon & some caramel in the back (though the style is hop-forward, this is a sign they didn't forget the malt side either).

Very clean citrus taste on swig, with significant but not annoying straight-up bitter. Halfway through a tinge of apple even peeks out to say hi. As for the alcohol, it must've taken a magic lesson from Criss Angel, because my mouth swears it's not there. Does go down slightly thinner than expected though.

Despite the strength, this ends up dangerously chuggable. Kinda want another one, actually...

06-16-2011 03:57:55 | More by longbongsilver
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, pine, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. The taste is along the same lines as their Titan IPA, a dry hoppy and woody type of flavour. More of a pine taste than a fruity one that you'd find in the west coast ales. There is however some light grapefruit flavour. It finishes with a malty pine/hop aftertaste.

Overall - Although it's a very good beer, I'm more of a fan of the fruity/juicy DIPA's. I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again.

06-15-2011 16:41:33 | More by spinrsx
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doughanson78

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz. bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice amber color. Little on the darker side. Very clear. Almost no head what-so-ever. Ok lacing on what head there was.

S: Very citrusy. Very hoppy. Little piney. Good mix of sweet smells.

T: Nice and hoppy. Light floral mixed with grapefruit. Light caramal.

M: Medium to full bodied. Little bit creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: Very good beer. Expecting to be blowin away by bitterness but did a great job subduing the hops with light malts.

06-12-2011 23:16:24 | More by doughanson78
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Jameskorte

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured bottle from 4-pack into tulip glass. Not a ton of head immediately but rose to about an 1" son thereafter. Great scent, good body and nice taste. Masked the alcohol quite well. After tasting some Canadian pale ales in clagary (not a fan) this is just what I needed!

06-12-2011 19:19:29 | More by Jameskorte
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottled on Apr 11 2011

A - A beautiful gradient of deep amber fills my Goose Island stemmed wide-mouth glass. Light white foam, settles out to a dense ring and film.

S - Some pungent hops, fresh cut grass. Pretty tame.

T - At its coldest it is pretty disappointing, but the hops come out as it warms. Mostly bitter on the finish, some creamy characteristics.

M - Nice full body, good presence.

O (D) - not bad, wish it were fresher. I've had this before, and haven't been a huge fan. I think i need to find it fresher.

06-11-2011 22:10:50 | More by ColdPoncho
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mryuk

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

pours an unfiltered orange with a finger of head.

smell is very sweet and malty with not much hops.

taste is also sweet and malty all the way through. slight bitterness at finish with subtly smoky undertones.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

overall flavors were just not very good and beer was not very interesting.

06-11-2011 15:50:26 | More by mryuk
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: My god! The clarity on the beer is something to behold. It's got a very clear, copper color that just screams, "drink me". Frothy one-finger head just tops off this beauty.

Smell: Buttery with an oak scent? Yes I said it...it smells like oak...I was expecting pine, but what do I know! Oh wait, the pine does come out ever so slightly at the very end.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mmmmm, buttery velvet hops are encompassing my mouth and so smooth too boot. The astringency of the ABV doesn't rear it's head until near the end, which is hides that 10.00% ABV very well....almost too well! Has a smokiness to it that is a bit unusual with this beer style. Did I mention that the alchol is very well hidden? Because it is....I can't hammer this point home enough...but I digress.

Overall: For being the first Great Divide beer I've ever had, I've gotta say that I started off strong. Gotta give props to my girlfriend's mother for thinking of me while in Colorado and bringing this beauty back with her. Guess I'm going to have to make trips out to get more, because this is worth searching out.

06-10-2011 07:47:01 | More by July2Nov
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

06-07-2011 01:25:04 | More by mdaschaf
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -14%

poured from a bomber dated dec. 2010.

nice slighty-cloudy amber color. aggressive pour yields a slightly disappointing initial head, receded to a thin film, some lacing.

smell is quite malty for a IIPA, carmelized sugars and breadiness. a bit of piney hops, but quite understated.

taste is a full-on malt bomb. good mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

not a bad beer, but there's better options out there. this strikes me as almost indistinguishable from an American Strong Ale. Lagunitas WTF is every bit the beer (or more) at half the price.

06-06-2011 04:32:48 | More by robbrandes
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Had on tap at BoHo in Hollywood 6/1/2011

A - Pours a hazy orange with puffy, white, 2 finger head.

S - A bit underwhelming for a DIPA. Lots of flowery, earthy hops.

T - The power from the earthy hops carries over into the beer. It has plenty of those piney, bitter hops. A bit of sweet malt, but certainly weighed towards the hoppyness.

M - Pretty standard, left the mouth fairly dry.

Overall - A pretty decent DIPA. I wouldn't consider it world-class, but it did the trick. Sort of a lesser version of the world-class ones out there.

06-01-2011 20:31:23 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Aircow86

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Served chilled into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: Very dark for a DIPA, looks like a barleywine. I've been aging this beer for almost 2 years (bottled August 12 2009) but I don't think that affects the color. Frothy head, recedes quickly most likely because of the 10% ABV

Smell: Citrusy hop aromas are still present but the aroma is really dominated by the malt. Normally I like hop-forward DIPAs but this malt actually smells great. A caramelly sweetness matches the hop smells very well

Taste: The hops are still present here but no doubt have lost much of their bite, I'll have to grab a fresh version of this beer to check it out sometime. Hop bitterness is strong, a nice kick in the taste buds. The malt provides an aftertaste of molasses which complements the hops very well. At this point in its lifetime, Hercules tastes more like a Barleywine than a DIPA but is still delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick, expands in the mouth. Surprisingly well carbonated for being almost 2 years old.

Overall: As I said above, at almost 2 years old Hercules DIPA really better resembles a Barleywine. Nonetheless, it is still delicious. Great Divide has another winner here. I'll be on the lookout for a fresh one to really do the hops justice.

05-30-2011 21:41:40 | More by Aircow86
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%

I think I may have a had a bad bottle of this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer poured an extremely hazy orange with lots and lots of floating sediment. Reading other reviews, I can't help but think this was extremely abnormal. Very thin head with no lacing.

The beer smelled like a muted version of what a good DIPA should smell like. There were hints of piney, resinous hops but the overall aroma was fairly weak.

The taste was very hoppy...piney with some citrus notes. Again, though it felt like something was missing. There just wasn't enough flavor in this one. Makes me think the bottle was off since Great Divide packs the flavor into their brews.

Mouthfeel was slightly resinous and sticky. The sediment really detracted from the overall mouthfeel as did a noticeable lack of carbonation.

Overall, this was certainly disappointing. I'm eager to try this one again given I'm not certain that this bottle was representative of the beer.

05-29-2011 00:44:44 | More by pburland23
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hopluva1

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%

22oz. served at 50* in a snifter

bottled 1-25-11

poured a nice orange with a thin 1/2 finger off-white head.
Aroma is decent amount of citrus, and resiny hops, there is a bready malt aroma as well.

Flavor is a smooth resin and citrus hop bitterness, balanced by the malt. The malt flavor is not sweet, its bread like (reminds me of the flavor of fat tire). You get a warmth from the alcohol.

This is not a beer that assaults you with hops. That being said it is a little simple for a DIPA. The malt flavor is to distinct, it differentiates itself from the hops instead of complimenting the hops.

05-26-2011 23:44:31 | More by hopluva1
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,384 ratings.