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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 ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of longbongsilver
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of doughanson78
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jameskorte
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mryuk
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of July2Nov
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of robbrandes
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Aircow86
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pburland23
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopluva1
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled date not on the label in typical locale.

A: Orange-copper ale with less than a finger of creamy head which falls in a moment to a sheet of the same. spotty lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet and nutty malts with nice earthy and citrus hops. Hints of toffee. Decent.

T: Sweetness of malts are countered with substantial hop bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional as a beer. Some hints of resin and maybe even a touch of mint?

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Silken feel. Dry finish.

O: Beer is good, easily drinakble for 10%ABV. The bottle date would have been nice, and likely would help me out on the judgment of the beer, but such as it is - face value. Not likely to buy again.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a two week old 22 oz bomber.
Clear orange-copper colored DIPA with a thin film of a head that stays throughout the course of the drink. Very good carbonation.
Aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops with citrus, pine and hints of sweetness.
Taste is bold. A hint of sweetness upfront before the hops absolutely assault the palate. Just what I was looking for in a DIPA. The lingering bitterness from the hops is perfect.
Nice oily, chewy mouthfeel with very good lacing.
All in all one of the best DIPA's I have had.
Drinkability is very good considering the 10% alcohol.
This is a must-try for every hop head. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of litheum94
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/30/10. Reviewed 5/3/11. Picked up at the Bruery Provisions.

Orange-brown body with a bubbly, small, light tan head. Settles out to a patchy cover. Tons of sediment is suspended in the body.

Loads of tropical fruit aromas; mango and papaya. Some grapefruit hops. Sweet Carmel malts, with a little nuttiness. Candy like sweetness. Overall, the aroma profile leans toward the sweet side.

Sweet, tropical fruit leads the way in the mouth. Malt middle, nutty and full. Some carmel tones. Finish is piney and bitter, with a residual sweetness.

This might have been past it's prime, as I wasn't too impressed. The sediment makes me think this was too old.

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

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours with a slightly cloudy orange-fruit body under a pure white head that sticks everywhere on the glass.

The nose is dripping with grapefruit and pineapple juice, with undertones of evergreen sap and assorted citrus fruits. No malts can be detected, and a hint of mint can be found underneath the citrus.

First off, this isn't a DIPA that is only hops. There is a huge malt backbone that acts as a trellis for the vines of hop flavors to climb. To the hop purist this might detract, however I find that it works well here. This beer takes the citrus route more than the evergreen route with hop flavors, but incorporates both. The hops really are wonderful, bursting with pineapple, brown-sugar drenched grapefruit, a touch of peach, mint and Ponderosa Pine sap.

The mouthfeel is excellent: The carbonation is just enough to keep this mouth-wateringly easy to quaff. Overall it maintains a smoothness that is just dandy, and the alcohol is so well hidden this might as well be 6.5% ABV.

Conclusion: This is a great ale, no doubt about that. I love the hop profile and the mouthfeel especially. My favorite of the style so far, but I have not tried that many.

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..

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