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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,674
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 202
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 Rhettroactive
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/11

A: If you'd told me this was a DIPA, I'd have called you a liar. It is one of the darkest and murkiest DIPA's I've ever seen. Amber/red hues with unfiltered dregs really looks like something I'd find in a barleywine. Regardless, it does come out swinging, as the head is thick and tall, a good 1.5 fingers. Intense lacing remains as the head slowly falls.

S: There's no hiding the alcohol here - it's up front and all around. I do get a mild hint of hops, but the alcohol comes roaring back and sqashes the humulus lupulus like a gnat making friends with a rolled up newspaper.

T: Have I introduced you to Senor Alcohol? This one is hot, but I like it. Given a second in my mouth, the traditional profile cornerstones do pop out: faint citrus, hoppy bitterness and a suprisingly rich maltiness (which I wasn't expecting).

M: A massivly big and heavy DIPA. It really comes off with a lot more oomph then I would have expected. It's like they took "Lawrence of Arabia" and crammed it into beer form - just huge and epic.

O: Not what I was expecting. I think I dug it, but I'm still kind of in awe. Great Divide really put it all on the table with this one, and for that I give them credit. But for my day to day drinking, I don't know how often this one will be chilling in my fridge.

Photo of obywan59
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour 1 from a 650 into my Duvel tulip.
Coppery colored towards a light, more of a cherry or ruby appearance away from the light. It reminded me of Mad Elf. A 1 finger off-white head which dissipates to mostly a ring around the glass and a thin film over the brew. A moderate stream of bubbles rises in the middle. Pour 2 into my St. Bernadus glass was similar except for being translucent rather than nearly transparent.

Grassy hops in the aroma, along with some sweet malt, gives the impression of over-ripe citrus.

Very sweet up front, but balanced nicely by a supreme bitterness that doesn't waste much time asserting itself.

Moderate in feel. a thicker mouthfeel might have made it cloying. Creamy to the mouth, biting to the tongue, and a lasting burning to the throat that is not to be denied.

An awesome drinker. Excellent balance between the sweetness of the malt, bitterness of the hops, and the moderate mouthfeel. The only thing slowing me down was the ABV, and that just means there's more time to savor.

Photo of jc85
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color, with a good size off-white head. It left good retention and great lacing on the glass.

Smell- Malt is the first thing that comes through on this beer. Some citrus notes and a little bit of pine.

Taste- WOW, this tastes great. Just like the nose, malty sweetnes right up front, as you drink it the citrus comes in. On the back end a nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied somewhat sticky.

Drinkability- This goes down great, not overly bitter, and not too sweet. Great beer overall

Photo of StoneTSR
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either. Poured a medium copper color with a thin, quickly dissipating, white, fluffy head. Lacing lined the opposite side of the glass with big, thin rings.

SMELL: Intense was the first word that came to mind. Very hoppy and piney with a hint of citrus noticable.

TASTE: A bit of a let down considering the smell was so intensely hoppy. The 85 IBUs are almost overpowered by the malt during the first few sips, although the balance does move back into the hop head's balance a little ways into the bomber. After a few sips the hops return as the star of the show and are quite impressively delicious with notes of pine a touch of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: This was impressive. The beer seems to bite the tongue, while at the same time coating the rest of the palate. Strong carbonation, especially for a Double IPA.

DRINKABILITY: Hercules is a strong and excellent beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. Do not introduce anyone to the style with this beer. It is for the hop heads. It demands respect even though it may not be enjoyed and fully appreciated by everyone.

Photo of Bfarr
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber and a big tan frothy head with awesome retention and great lacing. Big sweet citrus aroma. Flavor follows the aroma, also in a big way with great hop bitter linger and alcohol warming. The alcohol makes up a big part of the flavor. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I had a hard time determining a taste score because it was simple but really well done. Strong clear flavors and a bit of complexity creeped in as it warmed up a bit as well as hints of pepper as the yeast hit the glass. Really an exceedingly well done beer and easy to drink.

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

A - Amber coloured. A light beige foam, so fine and persistent.

S - Resinous (pine) and herbaceous by hop. Also citric. There is also the smell of caramel malt.

T - The bitterness is huge!! So the hop remains a lot in the aftertaste!!

M - Dry with a medium body. Anyway the preponderance of bitter is balanced in part by malt and alcohool, so the effect is not of an unbalanced beer..

D - Although 10% it's a drinkable beer and the very high level of bitterness doesn't tire!!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimple glass. Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. The nose is full of hops with a touch of citrus rind. An extremely clean smelling, well balanced offering with the faintest hints of pine. The hops come through first and strongest, eventually giving way to a grapefruit back then alcohol. Not a whole lot of alcohol on the palate, but you feel it after swallowing; this beer warms your stomach. A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Good finish for a double IPA.

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

Just got my hands on this (bottled July 1, 2010).

It pours quite well with a healthy amount of carbonation (as it lasts on the rim of the glass). Looks like a lovely golden and almost transparent brew.

Smell is nice and sweet. Sugary with a small sense of hops; almost making it smell light.

Taste is a great, biting contrast to the smell. The initial bold hit of hops is followed with a full bodied, almost dark flavor. I really quite enjoy the sharpness of the bitter elements in this drink. The tail leaves you with a light, lingering sweetness fom malts that is complimented by it's hops character.

Definitely recommend this to IPA fans who enjoy the bitters!

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules double IPA has a big 1 cm head that lasts and good lacing. It has an inviting, slightly cloudy orange colour. The smell is orange and hoppy. Yum. The taste is initially very fruity and yum. There is some slight bitterness, but it's not unpleasant at all. The alcohol is hidden very well. This beer has a nice creamy texture with a decent amount of carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 8-1910

pours cloudy dark copper amber orange with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing all down the glass

smell - is mostly of pine with other citrus hops

taste is stong hop flavors - a little out of balanced and boozy - the hops are over the top pine earthy grass citrus hops with little malts

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation very creamy

drinkability is decent - bubble gum sweet malts with strong hops 10% abv make it a good bomber to share

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

Hercules Double IPA | 650 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

Deep, reddish-amber with a milky top.

Fresh, citrusy, grassy, piney

Big mouthful of resiny hops, dashed with citrus. A malty backbone, laced with caramel ensues. The finish has a lightly, smoked whiskey quality that quickly turns into a bitter aftertaste.

Full and assertive with tenacious carbonation, whose kick drops off towards the end.

A bold brew that keeps its constituent flavors in check with an uncanny mastery.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: November 30, 2010
Served: January 15, 2011 (~45 days later)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper amber. A small billowy white head that creates 3 round mounds and stays throughout. Very nice lacing patterns.

S - Grapefruit, sugar candied bready caramel, mango fruit and rind. Has a green hop bitterness to it. An orange peel resin sticks to the tongue and adds huge hop flavor. The malt has a dense doughy character but not too heavy. Finishes with a long green pine and moderately bitter.

M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, slick.

A full 3 C hop profile backed by an excellent sweet doughy malt. Plenty bitter and full flavored. Well done.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into chalice. Bottle varies from picture and is noted to have 9.1% alcohol, not 10%.

Fresh deep "brown bottle" color. Leaves a unique very full mineral lacing down the glass. A lot of yeastie boogers are not welcome... much more than your average production quality beer.

Has a crisp deep fruit hop profile with rich caramel malts.

Deepest caramel flavor i've encountered for a DIPA. Hops are actually in the foreground. Kind of reminds me of a rough Arrogant Bastard.

Very good mouthfeel with good carb.

Moderate to high drinkability.

I think that maybe this 9.1% batch may be inferior or watered down compared to the normal 10....

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

A - Orange amber color, darker than I expected. Little head maybe a cm thick. Lacing spreads out the length of the glass after every sip.

S - Big hoppy nose hits you immediately. Finishes with a sweet malt nuance. Even has a leathery smoothness to it.

T - Nutty with touches of a caramel sweetness. Extremely well balanced hiding much bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticeable considering the abv.

F - A tiny warmth from the alcohol yet still very smooth. A nice light chewiness from the malt presence.

D - An outstanding DIPA that is quite drinkable despite the high abv. Different than most of the style I usually consume due to the heavy malt that is perfectly balanced.

Served from 12oz to New Belgium globe

Photo of bigboytim28
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well balanced hop head heaven. A definite cant miss for any hophead. Poured out of 22 oz into regular pint glass. exceptional color. citrusy aroma, definite cant miss, great divide is making incredible hoppy beers and this is one of them. if you can try this and the fresh hop

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

A: Pours an orange color, fluffy head that lasts and good carbonation.

S: The aroma is pine, citrus and a slight floral blast.

T: Taste is, obviously, dominated by hops but the malty sweetness gives the bitterness a run for its money.Caramel, pine, floral and citrus make up the taste

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me as IIPA. Stone IPA is about the same to me. There is a definite aftertaste of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this on a recommendation from a local retailer. It is quite good, but it is also quite expensive. Also, the ABV is too high for it to be a decent session beer. The alcohol does not over power the taste, but it makes me too loopy after just a few.

Nevertheless, this is a great choice if there's only time for one bottle/glass.

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

Pours clear amber with an ample sudsy head that lingers, leaving chunks of lace on the glass.

This smells of sweet malt and grapefruit and pine hops.

Tastes very malty sweet up front with concentrated, resinous pine and fruity hops. Finishes with a tongue-numbing hop presence and slight bitterness.

Body is medium. Although the carbonation is light, the sudsy head contributes to a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a decent DIPA effort. The sweetness and 10% ABV limits its drinkability. I find this similar to the 120 minute Dogfish Head which is also immensely hoppy and very sweet.

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

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle.

Bottled July 15, 2010.

Dark orange body shimmers in the light. Thin white head.

Brandy soaked stone fruit, orange marmalade, grapefruit rind. Fruit driven aroma.

Caramel, fruit cake, apricot, tangerine, orange zest, pine sap, quite resiny. Exceptionally bitter, but well balanced by substantial maltiness.

Full, sticky, rich mouthfeel.

Hercules indeed. This is one powerful DIPA. Big malt, big fruit, big bitterness. Bold, brash, boozy and bitter. Hefty. I think the ready availability of Hercules makes us forget just how excellent it is. I never feel a sense of urgency to buy it, so I don't. What a mistake. Delightful beer.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours a bright yet deep golden color with an enormous head of off white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass. Nice head retention.

S - simple but mouth watering aroma of big grapefuit hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - strong bitterness coats the mouth. Piney, grapefruit bitterness. Just huge amounts of it but there is enough malty sweetness to balance the extreme bitterness.

M - full bodied. Carb is really high.

D - not a bit of detectable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable ale dangerous. Solid brew all around.

Photo of ictmattb
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm sitting in Great Divide Brewery in Denver, CO as I write this. This beer is exceptional. I was expecting it to have a really thick hop bitterness, but it actually goes down very easy. This beer is amazing! I've always enjoyed Great Divide, but visiting here has made this beer even better. Cheers!

Photo of beagle75
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Draft pour into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Bubbles are visible rising in loose streams from the bottom and sides of the glass.

S: Toasted bread, earth, and dark vinous fruit constitute the bulk of this beer's smell. Occasional whiffs of pine foliage, caramel, and fusile alcohols break through (the latter dissipating after a few minutes).

T: Begins sweet, with intense pale and caramel malts soon joined by dark, treacly citrus hop aromatics. The middle remains hoppy, but some astringency and cloying soapiness also emerge. The finish dries out somewhat, with moderate bitterness and grapefruit peel lingering. The flavor of pure alcohol never really stands alone, although it may play a part in creating some of the less desirable qualities found here.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation whose presence is felt too noticeably.

D: This DIPA has a lot going on, but some of its sensory qualities are problematic. Flavor-wise it is big but not satisfying--the kind of strong ale that fatigues the palate almost after a single sip. In its defense, it probably pairs with savory food better than some other more noteworthy examples of the style. Within its style Hercules treads near to the barleywine border, cultivating dark flavors over bright--it will not be mistaken for a West coast IPA. It is similar in this sense to Ninkasi Tricerahops or Avery Maharaja, although both are superior efforts to this.

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on date on 10/19/10. Been trying to get fresher but that's about the best I can seem to do here in Dallas. Was a slightly hazy copper color. Great carb streams from the etching. It had a large fluffy white head that slowly settled into a thick collar and thin foam cap. Great slow sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was awesome. Great mix of pine, grapefruit and orange, and caramel malt. You can smell the underlying bitterness but it's tempered by the malt. The taste is also excellent with a citric hop that builds to a piney bitter finish that is balanced throughout with the caramel malt. This one has a good dose of bitter but the malt balances well so it's never too much. There is a delayed heavy bitter very late in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Good carb levels.

Overall, an excellent ADIPA. It's been a few years since I had it as I have been waiting to get something near fresh. Glad I finally found one close enough. I remember last time I had it thinking that it was too bitter but my palate has really changed over the past 18 months so this one is now right in my sweet spot when I want a bitter bite. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - now that I've tried it again, it will be in heavy rotation while fresh. [H;Y]

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a orange amber color with small head that retains very well. Unfortunately it was poured to me in a just cleaned glass and ruined the aroma. The taste has a generous hop note with a good balance of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is the biggest detractor with me feeling like I need to continuously lick the roof of my mouth. Overall I think you should definitely try it.

Photo of ebin6
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber coloring with a decent head which hung around as expected

S - Funky, sweaty hop smell with fruity citrus finishing

T - Deep, throaty malt profile that stays on the lower half of the tongue. Different than most DIPAs I've had, not as hoppy as I expected

M - Unexpected action on the roof of the mouth considering the sub-par taste

D - Very drinkable considering the 10% ABV, though not something I'd have a substantial amount of

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,674 ratings.