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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,680
Reviews: 1,518
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 310 | FT: 5
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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 Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rich amber with an ample white/red head that has good retention/lacing. clear.

S: a very distinctive citrus/fruitiness in the nose. the bitterness is pungent but welcoming.

T: similar citrus flavor shines from start to finish. a reasonable sweetness to balance this intense bitterness.

M: a significant amount of carbonation. definitely makes the beer more of a refresher than a sipper.

D: a good DIPA from colorado. not too too surprising, but i definitely appreciate the availability of this one.

Photo of FattyJLE
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Beautiful deep copper with a finger of off-white head and good lacing. Quite clear.

S – Tart citrus notes - orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice.

T – Very earthy bitterness right off the bat but perfectly balanced as the intense bitterness is soon subdued by a sugary malt sweetness. As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes even more offset by the malts. The citrus appears in the middle, predominately grapefruit peel. Piney notes linger on the back end. There is a bit of alcohol burn, even at colder temperatures. This increases as it warms as well.

M – Well carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is not dry but not too sweet either. Just right.

O – Everything you would want in an IIPA. Strong bitterness, well balanced with malt sweetness, flavorful hops, great aroma and a good amount of alcohol. No criticisms here. This beer ranks up there with the best of them.

Photo of Dlish
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange honey tint, little head, no aparent carbonation looks thick and syrupy um and filled with hops.

S- Amarillo hops, sweet smell of caramel hints of vanilla aka lots of malts. Not as strong on the hops, I wouldn't mind a little more dry hopping to get more aroma I mean it is a double IPA!

T-Wooo hopapollza very piney at first hints of floral hops, it finishes out very citrusy and lots of grape fruit. Not as much malt as in the smell, but I like that there is some sweet malt but not much. Personally I think thats good in a double IPA, to much malt and i'm like where the hops?

M- Its thick but the carbonation is pretty prevelate gives the hops better taste by not making it as thick. Defenetly not as thick as I though while I was pouring it. Almost not burn from the alcohol so this might be dangerous.

O- Solid Double IPA, has some great quality the sweet malt is honey-ish and works well with the more floral citrus. Kind of reminds of union Jack. Anyhow, still bit price, but I might get it again!

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a snifter

Sits with an orange hue and a thin, one finger creamy, yellow-infused cap. Some spider web lacing.

The aroma is a nice balance of pine resin and grapefruity goodness. Clean and only an inkling of clean pale malt underneath.

Resiny, oily hops burst onto the palate with grapefruit and tangerines quickly in tow. There is a little bit of malt holding down the back end, but the hops really shine. A nice bitter kick mingles with some faint alcohol for the finish.

An oily feel, medium to full body with a good dose of bitterness. This does everything very well and is a great example of the style. Not as clean as the most elite of the style, but this has its charm. A solid, well-enjoyable DIPA that is welcome in my glass any day.

Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange in color with a few hop bits stirring about and a massive head of fluffy foam that leaves loads of lacing clinging to the glass.

Big sweet malty scent to go with the plump juicy hop presence. An impressive nose.

Big hoppy taste with notes of citrus and some pine. A touch of tropical fruit. Moderately bitter. A big sticky sweet malt presence to back all of the hops up. Big flavor and very tasty. Clean aftertaste.

Smooth feel all the way, supple carbonation and a dry feel.

Very enjoyable all around DIPA. Very worthy of the high scores. I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber in a pint glass

A - a hazy golden color. Lots of head and tons of lacy retention on the glass. A bunch of sediment floating in the beer. Awesome!

A - Tons of piny and citrus hops. Hoppy! Smells delicious.

T - Surpingly, the malty backbone is overwhelming on this double IPA. But alot of hops obviously as well. Very good! Damn smooth double IPA. Not a hop bomb.

M - Well carbonated. Medium bodied.

O - A damn good Double IPA. I am really impressed with the couple of Great Divide beers that I have had. Great drinkers think alike..

Photo of ckollias
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22ozl bottle enjoyed in a large snifter.

A: This beer pours has a nice copper-orangish hue. Not much of a head here, but it leaves a hint of a white lace that leaves persist trail all the way down the glass.

S: Strong overwhelming hoppy hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus and pine are present here.

T: Similar to the smell, the hops are overwhelming and delicious. The malt balances out the hops to make this a nice blend. The citrus and pine are also present here

M: Medium body and light carbonation

O: A very well balanced beer, and a definite sipper at 10% ABV. Appropriately named, this a Hercules Double IPA.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a healthy white head. Fruits and citrus hops in the nose. Very tasty, with citrus and piney hops, smooth malts in the background...surprisingly fruity. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a bit of film in the mouth from the fruitiness and alcohol, but overall nice and drinkable.

Photo of Triples
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had two bottles of this and one was fantastic and the other was dumped without finishing. The former was purchased at Coasters in Indian Harbor Beach, FL. The latter was purchased at what I thought was a good beer and wine store, however the date on it indicated that it was bottled almost 1.5 years ago and I guess that makes all the difference.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of off-white head atop. The head fades down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of piney/grassy hops and sweet caramel malts. There is also some other fruit and citrus aroma in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of citrus hops and some sweet malt. There is also some other sweet fruit flavor in the background. Through the middle, some bitterness and stronger malt flavor comes through. Some floral elements also mix in.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness and some sweetness. Very smooth with a super dry finish that feels really great.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent hop profile and very nice balance by the malt. The addition of some fruity flavors really blends nicely with the hops.

Photo of
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours bright copper with a small head.

Smell - Aroma is piney, resinous hops and dark nutty caramel. Reminds me of peanut brittle in a pine forest. Boozy notes emerge as the beer warms.

Taste - Flavour is rich and intense malt sweetness with notes of buckwheat honey and a strong bitterness on the finish.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poursba hazy dark amber with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, slight pine, some berry-looe smells, and light yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is very dry, slightly yeasty, with a citrusy/pine hop flavor. I love the dryness, and although I do favor Titan, I appreciate Great Divide's attempt to amp up an already great IPA.

Photo of NefariousR
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Orange-amber with a one-finger, offwhite, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pretty malty for a DIPA, fresh, sweet fruits shining through with a decent helping of pine and citrus.

T - Big hop flavor upfront, rounded out by a pleasantly sweet malt backbone. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, sticky but not unusually so for the style. Quite warming from the alcohol.

O - Damn good DIPA, especially considering its year-round availability. Great if you love your IPAs big but not necessarily at the ridiculous hop levels of, say, Ruination.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at redbones

A - nice orange body to this with a powdery white head that has good retention and quality lacing.

S - nice grapefruit citrus smell to this and some hops. its not bad but it certainly isn't standing out for me.

T - again grapefruit citrus and a good hop bite at the back. mild alcohol finish to it as well. its tasty but really isn't doing anything to stand out from the crowd.

M - good carbonation. sticky and dry on the mouth but not too much.

O - not a bad brew. its not doing anything wrong but its kinda forgettable in its straight-forwardness.

Photo of dmsohyea
2.52/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from bottle to IPA glass. Bottle dated 3/06/11.

I'm hoping this is an infected bottle, because this beer just doesn't taste good.

A - The beer is a dark orange brown with orange tinged soapy head. Retention and lacing are both good. TONS of huge floaties all over the place. Big turn off.

S - Smell is decent, brown sugar and piny hops with a touch of grapefruit.

T - Huge yeast flavor upfront and very bitter through mid palate to a very dry, semi bitter finish. I'm picking up some candy sugar and other bready flavors that aren't working well with the hops. It's bitter, but not in a good way that I would expect from a double IPA. It's more about the malt than the hops. I would consider this more of a barelywine. Alcohol on the finish, too. Aftertaste is just terrible.

M - it's ok. Nothing special. Pretty astringent but carbonation is good.

O - I don't like this at all. Sorry GD. Maybe I'll stick to your stouts.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 03/23/2011. 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours blood orange with a finger and a half of white head that holds and laces well.

S: Piney hops, slightly sour pineapple, and papaya.

T: Some juicy fruitiness, floral and piney hoppiness, tropical fruitiness, and strong maltiness balancing late.

M: It has a medium-heavy body with a little lower carbonation than I prefer.

O: This isn't my favorite DIPA; it is average quality and too expensive to routinely drink.

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

i seem to like this one when its been aged quality a lot. as the hops degrade the palate really opens up into bitter notes and all sort of fruits coming at you all at ones. the most consistently good most definitely. not as effervescent. but a beauty of a nose. nice caramel malt backing. best when still fresh enough to get grapefruit grassy hints along side a honey malt.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a somewhat hazy reddish amber color, no real head to speak of.

Smells strongly of pine hops and maybe a bit of citrus.

Tastes of piney hops, hints of citrus and noticeable honey sweetness. The hops are very strong but not super bitter, mostly just floral.

Decent tingly carbonation, medium but slightly sticky feel.

Very delicious flavorful strong IPA. Good mixture of flavors with exactly what you would expect and also just a bit of surprise in the honey sweetness and citrus notes. Too strong to session but would love to enjoy one again as a sipper.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy rusty red with a great deal of murkiness, creating about half a finger's worth of head and receding into a bit of a cauldron of bubbles

S: Cane sugar, honey, citrus hops, orange zest

T: Initial hit of piny hops and grapefruit, receding into a slight honey malt character, with a bit of a hazy hops aftertaste, though not prominent in either hop intensity, malt sweetness, or aftertaste.

M: This one has great carbonation and goes down very smoothly, it's quite fizzy and is very refreshing. Not sticky or cloying at all.

O: This is a good, solid DIPA, but not one of my favorites. I prefer either hop domination or malt domination, or a really fine balance of both, and this one is smooth on the hops and easy on the malts, and has a bit too much of a citrus fruit thing going on for an IPA for me.

Still, not bad at all.

Photo of iadler
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Surly pint.

A- Pours a cooper orange with a two finger fluffy head. Nice amount of sediment floating around. Good amount of lacing as well.

S- Toffee, orange zest, lemon, honey and alcohol

T- Big citrus hips hit immediately followed by a small malt background. Some alcohol is present but not overbearing. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Nice mouthfeel with some hop oiliness and a nice amount of carbonation to help drinkability.

O- Very drinkable for a 10% DIPA that can sneak up on you. Not an elite DIPA, but another great beer from Great Divide.

Photo of psumjl269
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best IPAs I have ever had. I like IPAs that punch you in the mouth with hops. This definitely fits the bill. I also like high ABV IPAs, which also is a fit here.

It pours a nice amber color and has very little head. It smells very hoppy and the 10% ABV is completely hidden in the flavor.

Though different, this compares very favorably to Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, another IPA that I think is an absolute classic.

Photo of audiodav
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy medium to dark amber. Somewhat of a light head, but it lasted well and had very nice lacing.

S - Not too strong but lots of piney hops with a hint of floral.

T - Starts very malty, a lot more than I thought. You can taste hints of toffee. Finishes with good solid piney-hop bitterness

M - Carbonation is medium and has a lot of body - especially the warmer it gets.

O - It's not as overly aggressive with the hops as most DIPAs which makes this a very drinkable double. Overall, I loved this one and plan on it frequenting my fridge this summer.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from the notes
22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a straight 20 glass.
A - slightly cloudy amber with lingering head and lace.
S - HOPS! floral piney hops.
T - HOPS! the hops beat out the malt but I expect this with a double IPA, but the malts are there to be found.
M - sharp carbonation that cuts the resinous hoppy character.
D - being an IPA fan I could drink plenty of this.

Photo of Preismj
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: rich red/amber with a quarter inch head, good retention and nicely sticky.

s: smells of hints of floral, though I am getting a lot of malt in here and a bit of a turn off as I wasn't expecting nor was I in the mood for it.

t: more of a combination IPA and Red if you ask me. I get a tremendous amount of nutty toffee and the thick syrup taste...considerably more than any hops I taste. I am not a fan of reds and this reminds of a red with it's strong malt profile.

m: nice feel in the mouth, coats the palette and finished dry enough for me to be satisfied. good fizz to it too.

o: won't actively search this out again, again the malt was too strong for the style and not something I was in the mood for.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No bottling date.

Off the pour sits a very nice uniform off white foam head of about three fingers. Body is clear, a perfect amber with little small slow rising bubbles of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Some sticky lacing.

Bouquet is a nice mix of toffee like malt, and sweet floral hop. Not jarring, but not small either. Smells a little soapy perfume as well.

Taste is a bit thick and syrupy, with good malt hop mix and very coating. The thickness kind of turns me off a little. Otherwise we got some real good flavor here and balance. Does feel a bit big and boozy though. Hop finish is quick and short.

Still pretty good drink from Great Divide here, good beer they make yes indeed!

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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