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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,739 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
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

tap

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!

Photo of hopheadtony1
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber beer with strong beige head, it smell hoppy and fruity : banana feeling. Small carbonation, first taste clearly malty and sweet turns into strong hoppiness. The bitterness is agressive due to double quantities. When the aftertaste comes, you feel it straight. Good mix bettween malts and hops.

Photo of iSip
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It’s not that often that I will spring $13 for a four-pack of beer. The Hercules Double IPA had better be good! The off-white head does not pour very thick, but it lasts well. Not much aroma, which is a disappointment. I was expecting a great whiff of hops. The color is deep and dark for an IPA. Well, flavor is what counts. Lots of malt, but not enough hops for an IPA in my view. The Great Divide Hercules Double IPA definitely has a rich mouth feel, and is very smooth to drink. It’s a good beer, and would make a nice gift for a non-IPA drinker. But as IPA’s go, I need more hop flavor than the Hercules delivers.

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

22oz. bottle with no date at all. Hope its not old. Lets give it a try.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice two finger off white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Nice and hoppy. This has to be fresh even though I can't find a bottled on date. Floral, citrus and slightly resinous. Semi sweet malt backbone is there as well but the hops are most prominent

T-Citrus and pine lead off with a slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the middle. Back end is a bitter hop bite again. As with the nose, the malt is clearly there but the hops win out.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite. Seems slightly oily upon swallowing, but afterwards is dry.

O-A very nice DIPA that I can see having a regular spot in my fridge.

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

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep gold-amber with over a finger of sticky looking, dense light-yellow head that lasts a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose. Sweet caramel candy, some grass, pink grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt, grassy, citrus hops take over and turn into lasting bitter pine and mixed-citrus rind. Alcohol present, but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Good DIPA that's fairly balanced and full in flavour and body. A "Hercules" indeed!

Photo of tbern007
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bottle. 10%.
Pours orange/amber, large head, great lace that remains.
S - hoppy, floral, malty, orange. Very nice smell.
T - like it smells - hops, floral, the west coast hops, malty, orange, less bitter than some DIPAs I've had. Good balance. Able to taste a bit of the alcohol, but only after about half the bottle.
M & D - quite drinkable. Great balance. Very tasty and not as overwhelming like some DIPAs can be.

Photo of Pecafaced
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

A- A nice copper color with a nice big beige head that actually dissipated fairly quickly after the pour. Looks like a great DIPA!

S- Hops? Where are you? The initial smell I had to check the bottle to make sure this was truly a DIPA! I was thrown off. My first sniff brought aromas of a nutty sweetness like pecans. Then the malt sweetness made its presence known. And in the very back some hops were being detected.

T- Again, I was missing the hops. Don't get me wrong, this beer was good but it was not what I was expecting with a DIPA on the label. This beer seemed to be VERY balanced. The malt sweetness was there, the hops were there but it wasn't wearing away at my enamel.

M- Good mouth feel. Seemed to be moderate in body and good carbonation.

O- A good beer, just not what I was expecting with a DIPA. I'm wonder how old this one was....

Photo of notchucknorris
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark in color. A clear coppery color with a massive cream colored head that takes forever to go away.

S: Pretty solid hit of pine hops with a little overripe mango and a hint of banana.

T: I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed by this one. The malts completely overpower the hops. There's a lot of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of pine hops, but the malts ride right over the hops. It's still a good beer, but far from being one of the better DIPAs I've had.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Sensaray
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of shand
2.81/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of danielsonc
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of dubinsky
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,739 ratings.