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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
93
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3,597 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 265 | 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 perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a beautiful burnished copper tone; a moderately vigorous pour yields 1" creamy/foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly... some lacing but below average for the style.

nose is surprisingly malty, even for a DIPA with a malt backbone; there is a citric/pine presence but it's almost relegated to second fiddle; definitely not an aromatic hop monster.

flavor profile follows suit, to the point it's reminiscent of a barleywine and i'm questioning the freshness (can't find a bottled date even though my understanding is there should be one; was told at the store it's fresh.) don't get me wrong, it's drinkable and reasonably tasty, just nowhere near a top flight double IPA (at least by my own personal standards).

medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i have to say i feel hercules was a bit of a letdown. i remember having it a year or two ago and REALLY enjoying it; our renewing of acquaintances hasn't gone so well, unfortunately. hey, just one man's take. don't get me wrong, i'll happily drink this any day; it's just that i could easily rattle off a couple dozen DIPAs that i'd prefer.

perrymarcus, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great dipa from these guys!

the color is murky brown reddish...not much head or i just poured it slow...not much lacing either

the smell is citrus with a sweet malt character too...there is also an earthy things going on as well....

the taste smacks you right in the mouth!...the front is a strong malt flavor....with a strong bitterness as it leaves....

the feel is very carbonated....kinda dry

overall this is a very well put together dipa...i've had better but this one is up there!

nickthegun12, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of felipe2toes
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden reddish-orange with thin white head. Pretty clear. Lots of lacing and crust.

Smells of hop resin, spice, grapefruit, pineapple malt, even some dark fruit.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine. Hop bitterness well-balanced with malt flavors. Not as bitter as I expected though, but still great. Something of a sweet finish as well.

Medium-bodied, but nicely carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

felipe2toes, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear dark, ruby infused, amber. A small tan head. little lacing but goos curtains.

The smell has toffee, tropical fruits and pine needles.

The whole shebang is there; toffee, good bread, grape-fruit. passion fruits, pine resin.

Medium high carbonation, a heavy body, a looong dry finish.

A solid intensive good DIPA.

rarbring, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Medium golden hazy. Small head no lace.

Enjoyable citrus pine apple smell. It sweetish, but with noticeable hoppiness.

Sweet to hoppy with smooth dry finish. The sweet malt is tasty, yet the bitter piney hop is present with me throughout and I'm happy about it. Superb balance here in the taste, it's very very good. The bitter is good. The spicy sweet balance lingers in a good way. Wow, the malts here are just so tasty combined with the dark orange-citrus/pine in the hops. Nicee.

Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, goes down easy. Alcohol is present, but with the 1 beer I had, was good.

I like it. I enjoy DIPAs and this is definitely up there near the top, especially since the alcohol is well balanced. Definitely would drink and enjoy again. I'm loving the hops here.

Sensaray, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold with stiff white whipped cream froth that clings well and leaves sheety rings.
Caramel and bitter orange on the nose. Mango and Orange Crush up front with tangerine sorbet and lemon zest hops. Sweet and sour finish and fading pine resin bitterness lingers. Medium, oh so creamy and soft, some stick, no hint of ABV.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster as like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped around a solid gold brick. Pretty much the same for Hercules.
Iron fist in a velvet glove comes to mind, too. Beats Titan hands down. Luscious, balanced and quietly deadly.

2nd tasting: Candy corn and caramel sweetness, resin and blood orange hops, raw cane sugar end. Sticky and hot with brandy-like depth.

StJamesGate, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of shand
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a red-amber color with two fingers of head that retains and laces well. The beer has very high clarity for the style. Aroma isn't blasting with hops, but instead well-balanced with hops, citrus, pepper and surprisingly nutty malts. The taste on this? Eh. This is a fairly fresh bottle, but the malts and alcohol really take front and center here, with a bit of a peppery kick. The hops are kicked to the background, giving this much more of a barelywine flavor. And not a great barleywine either. With only a month and a half of age on the bottle, this is a little silly.

The mouthfeel is nice enough, it's fairly full-bodied and a bit less carbonation than I'd like. The drinkability is a bit below average, I found this glass a bit of a slog. The high ABV isn't doing this brew any favors. A below-average DIPA that I'd struggle to recommend.

shand, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of danielsonc
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a great light orange amber color

Smell: Amazingly aromatic. Pouring the beer brought out so much smell. Subtle citrus smells

Taste: A blast of hoppiness with a side of pepper that stays consistent until the end. The bitters start out strong but slowly end to a smooth, malty finish. The taste is hops and malts righteously stays in the mouth for a long while after finishing

Overall: i think the hoppiness is great. A blast of hops at the beginning and time-taking smooth finish. The 10% can definitely leave you feeling it after one or two. Overall a nice, strong IPA that has a nice end balance taste to it

danielsonc, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle date 8/19/10

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber. Fairly gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger eggshell color head. The head discipated rather quickly leaving a think layer of slick film on the top. No real retention of lacing to speak of.

S - Mostly sweet and malty upfront. Initially its reminding me of DFH 90min IPA. There is some piney hop presence as well, but im mostly getting malts and sweet biscuit. This isn't my favorite smelling beer in this category. Im thinking this is definitely an East Coast Style IPA.

T - This beer must be past its prime. Something doesn't taste quite right. I've never had a beer that blended all the flavors together like this. So much so that i cant differentiate anything in the flavor profile. Its a mess. Its, bitter and sweet and malty. Warming alcohol presence.

M - Bready, somewhat thick and creamy. It leaves a fairly strong hop bitterness in the mouth thats lingering for a while.

O - I really didn't enjoy this beer. I feel that to be fair i will need to review a fresher bottle, but this one really didn't do it for me. The best thing i can say is that at 10% i got a buzz, but it was pretty rough.

dubinsky, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stunned to see this on cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose... mmmm.... this beer is all DIPA goodness, with considerable pine, orange citrus, jelly bean and light white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA. There's something of a honey and sweet jelly bean finish in this beer, which marries incredibly well in this otherwise hoppy, citrusy DIPA. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the hoppy bitterness, and at no point was the malty sweetness excessive or over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, soft, orange candy and bitter finish. Drinkability is good to the point of danger. There is nothing hot or heavy about this beer, though you can tell the alcohol is up there.

Wow! Stunner. mmm...

John_M, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of uustal
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish red/orange with a small fizzy white head. Not much lacing or retention in this pour. Aroma of pine, a bit of a citrus mix, light booze. Taste starts off with bittering pine. A taste of floral and citrus hops. Sweet, syrupy and bready malt and a pretty good amount of booze finish up this brew. Creamy, sticky mouthfeel.

uustal, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a beautiful orange, amber color with a one finger head. The head is lots of small bubbles and recedes quickly.

S- Citrus, yeast and some nice hop smells. Slightly floral smell makes it a nice brew to smell.

T- Strong boozyness is the first thing i get. The hops and malts come in perfectly, but dont hide the alcohol. I wouldnt expect a HERCULES douple IPA to hide the alcohol...Just not my particular taste to judge.

M- The flavors dont leave the mouth quickly, but this is a very good strong IIPA. Expect what you will get by just saying that name...

D- Strong and not my favorite brew but a nice IIPA! strong and packs a punch! Good on one but one really packs a punch! not my thing..

JesteR14, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A > Nice amber with some reddish to it

S > Nice great floral smell with the hoppiness just lingering

T > Nice light hop kick with alcohol really coming in late, was hoping for more based on the smell. just a slight touch of sweetness

M > Average mouthfeel nothing clingy but very noticeable alcohol burn

Was a bit disappointed but enjoyed it for the good kick of alcohol. Not much drinkability after 1.

derekmorris7, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bloody orange in body topped by white bubbly head that leaves plenty of sugary lacing. Citrus, hop resin, echoes of vegetables, slight booze, and nuttiness in the background of the aroma. Intense flavor: hop leaves, citrus, booze, nutty malt, cereal, hop resin, and finishes wet with juicy citrus and resin. Medium-heavy bodied brew with light carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. A strong beer that is definitely juicing. It throws massive hop flavor and couples it with booze and then attempts to balance it with hefty nutty malt but all that might be too much. A good beer that is ambitious enough to applause but a bit cumbersome in flavor.

JRed, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of werdnacross
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle picked up at the beer cave in camarillo, ca.

A- Dark red with a brownish hue. Head pours thick and sustains well

S- strong hoppy yet dry smell.

T- Malty undertones with strong hoppy presence. A slight smokiness fills the aftertaste.

M- strong presence but tastes great. Goes down smooth.

O- Great beer. Goes down easily and could definitely see myself drinking more in the future.

werdnacross, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-14 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a short tan head and good lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some pine, citrus and yeast.

T - Big chalky and sweet malt, moderate caramel, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is well-disguised. More hop bitterness please.

M - Creamy with medium body and light to medium carbonation. Not prickly.

D - Very drinkable. Glad it was available at this pub tonight.

Tucquan, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown pour with a really small white head. Hardly any retention, but what is left laces a bit.

S: Citrus hops with some grapefruit thrown in. Seems to all be built on a malt backbone.

T: No hop bomb for me on this one. Hops are more piney than the smell gave on, but the citrus and grapefruit are present. Malt backbone is subdued, but balances the flavors nicely.

MF: Some carbonation, hardly any taste of alcohol, pretty light bodied.

D: Hops aren't overpowering, neither is the sweetness. Not bad.

russwbeck, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus and resiny pine and herbal/vegetal hops. A smorgasbord of greenery here. A little bready and caramel maltiness, but not much.
The taste unfortunately follows the nose with the hops blasting your tastebuds, not balanced at all like I enjoyed my DIPAs. All hops here, extreme Simcoe and citrus hops are on show here which is pleasant for some, but not me. There almost should be a separate category of beers called Imperial IPA and Double IPA with one being balanced hops and malts and one having just a bunch of alcohol and bitterness (as is presented here). Too much alcohol and bitterness to be enjoyed for my taste buds.

claspada, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a pint glass -

A - Copper body, with a very leggy and lacy head.

S - Hops, malt, and alcohol - which is rounded out with pleasant notes of pine and sap resin.

T & M & D - The abv is hidden within this palate making is a kick in the pants brew. Citrus hops right up front with a sugary sweet pine malty taste. The citrus notes come through in the middle and lend themselves to earthen pine notes on the back end. Great carbination and incredibly balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this DIPA and I think you will too.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: is incredible. hops, sweet malts,

taste: sweet malts, citrus hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nice crisp finish

drinkability: this is a well balanced double ipa. will definitely going back to the store and picking up the rest of the 4 pack that I left behind.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

301st review on BA
bottle to tulip
12 oz bottle
9/30/10 bottle date

App- Dark amber orange with a nice long lasting one finger head. Had a decent amount of lacing to it as well.

Smell- Huge malty sweetness with a big hops kick. Big caramel sweet bite as well with a tang of fruit in there.

Taste- Well 5 ½ months old. That was my fault for not checking the bottle date on this Great Divide. I always forget to check their bottles. Here goes. Well it's a mix of malty grapefruit and some caramel tangy sweetness. Hops are still prevalent but somewhat muted. Malts are a bit bigger than I thought. Has a slightly nutty taste as well. I am giving a 4 for my potential.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Malty/nutty aftertaste.

Drink- I'll need to revisit this with a fresher bottle. I think this has a lot of potential if it were fresher to be a really good DIPA. I do like what Great Divide does with their beers.

FosterJM, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of sugeknight6289
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch of frothy, bubbly head. Looks like a real malt bomb, almost like an amber ale. Unfiltered. Nice sticky lacing blanketing the sides of my Bells tulip.

It smells of alcohol, toffee, caramel,and hoppy goodness.

Hop flavors of pine and citrus. The malt backbone very expressive in the terms of breadiness, earthy, and like biting into an almond. The flavor is about the highlight of this brew.

The hops charge in at the beginning of the tongue, rolls back with a nice amount of carbonation. Balanced decently, with a syrupy like consistency.

I could drink a few of these before my palate begins to die off. Decent but nothing to blow my mind. The 10% deff is masked well, reminds me in a way of a Double Bastard with the syrupy-like thickness.

sugeknight6289, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thick bubbly head.

Smell is foremost of malts, biscuity malts. Bitter grapefruit aromas are quite prevalent as well.

Taste is bitter up front, with a sweet malty finish. Great balance in this DIPA, very hoppy, but a nice malt backbone works well.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, very well done Great Divide!

pmccallum86, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass...

A: pours a reddish orange with a thick off white head.

S: aromas of citrus(grapefruit, lemon peel, orange juice) and other hoppy aromas such as grass and pine, blended with a subtle maltiness.

T: caramelized orange peel, grapefruit, and lime joined with pine sap and sweet candied, syrupy malt flavor. fades to a resinous and spicy finish with a nutty malt fade. This one gets points for balance.

M: medium body with a syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. leaves the mouth feeling prickly, resinous, and dry.

Overall, a damn good DIPA. While the bottle says 10%abv i find it hard to believe. It's very drinkable and I finished this one glass in under 20 minutes. I will keep an eye out for more of this one.

OlRasputin989, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of 100floods
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/30/2010. Definitely not the freshest batch of this brew (it is 10%, so I don't feel as bad about the age), but lets see how it goes. Before even opening it I see some haze, possible sediment, at the bottom of the bottle. And now we pour....

Pours a apple juice golden hue, with plenty of bubbles to be seen. Cream, off-white head. Not as hazy as I would imagine, but that's never a bad thing.

Notes of malt and some hops. Citrus for sure. This has a very clean smell.

Such a good balance of malt and hops. This is definitely a natural progression from their IPA. Hoppy start and resin that stays with the malty finish.

Not much presence of the 10%. Not much warmth competing for presence here. While this is six months old it still holds up. I can imagine a fresher batch would be nothing short of divine, as this bottle is doing justice to my pallet.

100floods, Mar 04, 2011
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.