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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
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3,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 356 | 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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Ratings: 3,739 | Reviews: 1,531
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery amber in the Leffe tulip. Moderately sudsy with pleasing carbonation in the mouth. It's hard to get a read on the smell, which is more medicinal than beery. Hugely hopped, and leaves a woody, astringent taste on the tongue. Kind of a candy flavor, a Sugar Daddy dipped in quinine. That sweet and bitter combo is not too pleasing after a few sips. This one will have to go into stud service, goosing the hops on some less well-endowed ales.

This is my least favorite offering from this brewery, and I'm a big Great Divide fan. My favorite Colorado brewery, in fact. Label says bottled on Oct. 18, 2011.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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%

Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JayAre46
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 1/18/12 poured into a pint glass, not sure why i like my ipas/dipas in them but i do. anyway a transparent amber with an off white 1 finger head that shows great retention and is just stick icky! very malty in the nose with caramel notes fresh hops and some pine. the taste has a big malt profile that wrapped with caramel. fresh hops with resin, pine and nice bitter and nutty dry finish alcohol is well hidden. now that i think about it this beer has an oak barrel like characteristic. well balanced dipa. the mouth feel is top notch and the carbonation perfect for the style and for such a big beer its pretty easy to put down. overall this is well made and well balanced imperial ipa. ive waited to review for freshness reasons and i won't get much better than two weeks in the lone star state. nice job great divide you are fit for the gods and a leopard would be envious of the lace like printing this one leaves behind, rather unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of AllenJasper
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.59 single at Blue Max, Burnsville, MN.
Bottle to Mug

A: Golden orange with little head, yet plenty of lacing.

S: I may have to get my nose checked out, because this is the third beer in a row i want to say smells like grapefruit. slight hint of pine too.

T: Tart hoppy citrus pine

M: Coarse

O: A great beer, but not necessarily a great double IPA

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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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%

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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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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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