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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

3,428 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,428
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 178
Gots: 208 | 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.

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Photo of schroederm
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

In a snifter:

Absolutely tons of head form... Four fingers in my snifter. Nice copper color to the body as well. Notes of orange and grapefruit in the nose. Malty, bready and yeasty aromas also present. Tons of maltiness does well to round out strong citrusy hops. Thick and very creamy for the style. Good carbonatio Great flavor and balance make this a highly drinkable brew for me.

schroederm, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter. Listening to Loretta Lynn in background. I'm badass.

Pours a hazy copper like color with a 2 finger deep bubbly white head. Some sticky lacing on glass as it goes down.

Smells of spicy, citrusy, piney, tropical, fruity hops. Yeah, all of em. Plenty of sweet & bready maltiness comes through as well.

Barleywine like, massive sweetness of caramel, sugar, toasty malts along with equal sized hoppiness. Tropical fruity, grassy, citric bitterness. Big boy. Actually finished kinda light.

Medium bodied, moderate to full carbonation, not syrupy or sticky, slight lingering booziness.

A big ass %9 double IPA. The sweetness makes me think 2 pints & moving on to something else. Like another IIPA. Yeah.

bbothen, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep amber in color, cloudy, with a three finger head, head dissapates to leave a small amount of lacing. Retention down the glass is perfect.

Smell: Huge dose of hops here, a good malt backbone kicks in to slow the pace. Piney, yet rich malt combine to make your nostrils tingle upon first whiff. The traditional DIPA malt to hop aroma is present with some spiciness and citrus aromas.

Taste: Hoppiness jumps off right off the bat, citrus, mango, eucalyptus, and pine are evident up front, malt comes through to slow it down a bit. The malt plays a big role here although it's slightly hidden. The finish consists of lots of malt spice, hop oil and a huge wallop of earthy citrus florals. Alcohol is here as well in the finish with such a big bodied DIPA. This brew is smooth and piney!

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, bitterness kicks your tounge to the curb with such a big amount of carbonation. Sits on the tongue nicely and the malt keeps it in check.

Drinkability: A wonderful DIPA to say the least, hops and a slight malt profile balance perfectly to produce a winner of a beer. This has the hop fix for anybody who enjoys a big bodied DIPA. Lightyears ahead of the Maharaja as far as quality, yet not enough to win the drinkable category as the DFH 90MIN. A solid offering from GD and one I will come back to.

thespaceman, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of abar22
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark cloudy amber color with a big creamy white 3 finger head. The head settled into a thin cap but had a heavy ring that left a thick band of lacing all around the glass.
I swear the first whiff I got was of bubble gum. Maybe even the first two. After a swirl the bubble gum gave way to a peppery pine scent with hints of citrus.
I can feel the bitterness at first sip. Also in the front was sweet malts followed by a splash of lemon/citrus flavor. The end is moderately bittering, grassy and a touch sweet.
This DIPA feels a hair watery. Not in a bad way mind you but not as creamy as others. This could be either good or bad depending on my mood. Moderate carbonation and dry after taste rounds out a quality drink.
This beer is quite drinkable for the style. The lighter body and lack of alcohol presence makes it easy going. The alcohol will catch up eventually though so proceed with caution.

abar22, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

22oz Bottle purchased at Glen Rock NJ Bottle King for $7.99

Appearance: reddish iced tea body with a 1 finger white crown. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops and fruity malt. Hops seem to be very floral but some red fruit notes are present. I'm not sure if they stem from citrus hops or the malt. Reminiscent of Alpha King Pale Ale.

Taste: Nice initial hop bitterness blast followed by a nice sweet malt center and a bitter finish. The hops are different than Alpha King but the malt seems very similar to me.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and fairly slick.

Drinkability: At 9.10% abv with a nice amount of bitterness I can't score it too high but the brew is tasty and I'm getting through the 22oz bomber at a good pace.

Great Job Great Divide!

koopa, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

A- pours a slightly hazy golden copper color w/ a thick off-white tinged with yellow head which sticks around for a bit before leaving a full coating of lace in my goblet
S- surprisingly not a very strong smell, cereal grains and cattish pine hops mixed with some toasted nuts, fruit and just a hint of alcohol
T- starts out with a good initial bite to balance the sticky sweet malt backbone, grapefruit galore in this one, some nutty caramel notes come through about midway but are dwarfed by the almost overwhelming hop presence, as with the smell, a faint fruity alcohol note makes itself known, finish is quite bitter and slightly metallic
M- a rich, full bodied beer with a nominal co2 level
D- a bit of a sipper, doesn't drink quite like a 9.1% ABV brew but not by much, an avg. DIPA, not really impressed by this one...

animal69, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled on date of December 30th 2008, making this bottle a little over half a year old.

Appearance: A bit of floaties suspended in the hazy amber body. Tan head has decent lasting power.

Smell: Sweet barleywinish aroma with some slightly past their prime citric hops.

Taste: Taste is much like the smell. Like many imperial IPA's this begins to blur the line into barleywine territory, in my opinion. Or perhaps it's just the age on the bottle making me make the comparison.

BierFan, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 355ml bottle, BB 03/2009, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with plenty of tiny cottony bits of yeast sediments and a constantly-flowing but fine carbonation, topped with a moderate layer of dark beige frothy head that lasts very decently.
S: the nose is dominated by a dense composition of oily hops, richly apricot- and lychee-ish as well as flowery, on top of a decent backbone of brown-sugary (a bit like Chinese white-gourd candy) maltiness, creamy lychee syrup and random honey. The balance is certainly retained, but gearing towards the sweet side of maltiness, for sure.
T: a lubricating, rich swallow of mild alc., spicy-fruity hoppiness as of lychee fruits, pines and tannic Chinese teas comes on top of really juicy pale malts (with touches of burned sugar and white gourd candy), which prolongs the mid-taste for a good while until the underlying impact of hop resins and bitterness manifests itself in full swing, rendering a deep and moderately bitter finish ("moderate" as opposed to the Stone Ruination IPA at 100+ IBUs consumed yesterday...). As the tannic bitterness expands on the palate, the aroma of hops seems to penetrate through the thick malty body as well, revealing a complex, aromatic aftertaste of overripe red-grapefruits, lychee-fruit stems, prunes, and a bouquet of hop juice.
M&D: super fine fizziness pairs with the rich but not heavy body just well, making this really flavoursome and thick ale ever lighter and more drinkable. Overall, the taste is really remarkable in a sense that all the hop flavour and bitter impacts are harmoniously balanced by a considerable yet soothing malt backbone, allowing for smooth manifestation of hop complexities. This is a highly drinkable DIPA to me, without any "sharp" or overwhelming characters that one might usually relate to this beer style.

wl0307, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a dark blood orange with a thin but creamy head, and left spotty lacing when had in a brandy snifter

The sweet toffee and caramel malt aromas stand up just as strongly as the piney citrus hops in the nose.

This is a very balanced DIPA, and that is to say this is a very malty DIPA. The hops are by no means hidden, and they are very bitter lemon and lime, orange rind, grapefruit and piney. Earthy and grassy even. The malt is just as strong though, and is sweet and sticky. The finish isn't dry but is very long.

This is a medium bodied DIPA, and the carbonation is sharp but low.

Maybe its a contradiction but this beer is by no means a mere showcase of hops, it is balanced, and could even be seen as a pretty malty DIPA.

EatsTacos, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Keith238
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Rich thick head and tight lacing. Caramel colored with strong floral and citrus aroma. Very malty in my opinion for a double IPA. It was like a Scotch Ale mixed with an IPA. I would prefer a little less of the malt flavor but overall it was pretty well balanced. 1 more bottle in the fridge so I'll give it another shot and update if necessary.

Keith238, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Phylomatic
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

A: Color is good. It is nice an amber like a beautiful strawberry blond rockstar...disappointed in the froth..where is it?
S: Smell, citrus and bitter, yum.
T: About the same as the smell, but doesn't go much further.
M: There is a odd smoothness to this beer..and then BAM bitterrr. It tastes good, but it lingers like a cheap beer.
D: The taste and the mouthfeel combine to create a drinkable beer that you could drink really fast and get into trouble.

Phylomatic, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev 0%

A - A deep orangish-reddish-amber body...big, rocky, tan head that retains nicely...great lacing

S - Huge sweet hop aromas...pretty balanced between your citrus hops and sweet malts

T - A big battle here...very complex...and for me the complexity battles loses a little something...starts off sweet...mainly caramel malts...fades into grapefruit and pine hops...very bitter...the sweet malts come back and the hops stay and the battle between the two begins...

M - Medium bodied...smooth

D - As I said...very complex and the battle between sweet and bitter is well...bittersweet...I much prefer Titan

thain709, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

A: pours a peach-tea color from the 22oz brown
bomber. There is no head but there are
active carbonation bubbles working overtime.

S: very strong hop nose of pine needles and
undertones of malt and grass. This brew
smells like the pine forest in my backyard.

T: Slap in the face with a pine branch! The 85
IBU seems underreprestative of this awesome
AIPA. There is some malt sweetness that
fights its way through the hop. The alcohol
his understated in its flavor but very
obvious by the end of the 22oz. bottle.

M: Great body on this AIPA, with an almost
creamy texture that is a nice surprise in
this style. The ability of this brew to
be so bold in its presence without being
syrupy is a great achievment.

D: Smooth, crisp, tastey, awesome, f'n awesome.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam Adams sample glass. Thanks to the bro for this one.

A: Pours a ruddy golden orange color with noticeable suspended sediment floating with carbonation beneath the thin veil of foam.

S: Smells very citrusy and spicy to the nose. A lot of bready malt sweetness creeps into the aroma as well. Some fruity candied grape smells as well.

T: Flavor is quite complex. Barleywine like malt profile at first, with a heavy bourbon flair and fruity ale flavors. This gives way to a nice bitter coriander hop flavor which balances out quite nicely. A little smoky wood flavor and bitterness near the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly acrid due to the strong hopping of the brew.

D: This tasty, malty DIPA weighing in at over 9% ABV is best served with a friend. The strong spiced wood and hop flavors in this brew could stand to mellow a bit, and this ale would age pretty well.

A very balanced, if not young tasting DIPA. The hopiness doesn't hog the main stage, and the smooth spicy, oak flavor and sweet bread malt characteristics make it that much more intriguing. Makes me want to run out and try the Oak Aged variety. Another solid brew from Great Divide.

Gambrinus1184, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

washburnkid, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Guest beer offered at Town Hall Brewery. Poured into 10 oz snifter.

Appearance - Brown/Orange, deeper brown than most IPA's. 1 finger head which fades fairly quick, Thick layered lacing left. Normal head retention.

Smell - Smells of citrus and pine and usual ipa smells, but strong tingle in the nose and smell of alcohol. Small whiff of sweet malt.

Taste- Bitter with tastes of partly roasted malts. Tastes of wood, pine and grass. Very earthy taste. Bites the tongue. Small taste of alcohol and honey? at end. Different than most DIPA's i have had.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbonated, not too heavy even for its ABV. Tingles the tongue perfectly.

Drinkability - One or two is enough. I wouldn't drink much more based on abv and bitterness. Powerful beer and mighty tasty though.

Had to try it at Town Hall since I have never even seen it in bottles before and they had it on tap.

cvaypai, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

a: dark, hazy amber color, good head settles to layer thickness quickly
s: sweet malts with strong piny hops and citrus aromas
t: sweet caramel malts balance very well with piny hops througout, finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness and alcohol
m: nice mouthfeel -- great balance of medium/heavy body with carbonation
d: balance makes this an easy dipa to drink in spite of the abv

belgbeerdrinker, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into brandy snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a decent head that falls pretty quickly, though sticks to the sides of the glass pretty well.

Smell is quite incredible...a lot going on here. Super hoppy, as it should be...and a lot of the flavors one would expect from a double IPA--grapefruit, pine, etc. There are some notes of vanilla, and some other sweet undertones.

Hmmm...not what I expected from the aroma. It's pretty thick up front, prompting thoughts of bittersweet citrus...and leaves a good creamy coating across the tongue, allowing the flavor to linger there. The bitterness lingers a bit too long, and doesn't give way to some of the malty sweetness that gives those hops a nice balance.

Overall, this is good...the aroma definitely adds to the enjoyment of the beer, and the flavor is pretty good. It's drinkable, for sure...and another impressive beer from Great Divide.

movingtrain, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Bamabrew22
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Great brew. Beautiful rich coppery color straight out of the bottle and into my glass. Good looking, clean, well brewed beer. Aroma was citrusy with a commanding hop presence, needless to say. Loved the taste: tart, dry, hoppy with hints of old leather and mild fruitiness. Finished crisp, clean and strong. Well balanced, delicious brew.

Bamabrew22, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A- Orange to amberish in color with a nice white head

S- Grassy smell with pine and maltiness to boot

T- I thought it was relatively sweet which hides the ABV well, also very piney and a nice malt finish

M- Nice and smooth with a medium body - I could drink probably a second bomber, but that might be the limits of what I would want to drink in one sitting.

alpinebryant, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: cloudy, caramel orange/brown in color, low carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell:pineapple, pine, hops, and some sweet fruit

Taste:pineapple, pine, hops, caramel, and some sweet fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet start followed by a big bitter finish..medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: drinks almost like a barleywine with its complexity. I would only do one due to high abv. On the sweet end for the style, but very good. Hides the alcohol well.

tigg924, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of wampahoofus
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%

Wow! I had this beer on tap at the brewery yesterday. I am not sure if it is was due to its freshness right from the source, its exceptional craft or both but it was one of the best Imperial IPAs that I have had to date.

The most striking aspect of this IPA was the aromas. I was amazed by the amount floral, citris, hoppiness coming out of the glass. Amazing aroma!

The taste did not disappoint. It is a well balanced Imperial IPA with tons of citris and florals. There must be a very thoughtful blend of hops going on here. The server was not forthcoming with the hop varieties in use. (I don't blame her.)

All in all this is an exceptional brew. Hop heads will be very pleased!

wampahoofus, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of lincoln44
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

I love DIPA's and this was a new product available in my area.

A- Beer poured with a decent but shallow frothy head. Color is light amber leaning towards a golden amber. After a sip the head remains and left some foam on the glass as well.

S- There is a good balance between hop and malt aroma. I pick up a spicy sweet aroma from the malt but the floral aroma from the hops.

T- At 85 IBU's this is a well balanced beer. There is some spice at the end maybe from the alcohol but it is not prominent. The malt flavor is not annoyingly sweet and the hops balance out the sweetness that is present.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a mouth stimulating taste of hops.

D- I like this, but I would not be able to drink this all day. It would best go after a light meal.

lincoln44, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

smell is grain madness!!!

poured into a schnifter. one and a half finger head. pours a light brown with gold showing when held to the light. a few floaters in it.

as mentioned earlier the smell is out of control and bites your nose with its intensity. i must say it is a great smell but quite odd for what i was expecting with a double ipa.

taste is a bit boozey with not very much hoppiness but still sweet and good. tastes more along the lines of a regular double ale than a double ipa.

not vey drinkable as a session beer as it is very thick and a bit strong. i got mine in a mix and match six pack and its doin me alright. for sure an interesting contribution to the world of dipa's

northaustin, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Hercules Double IPA pours a still, slightly hazy copper color with a thick, frothy off white head on top. I see no carbonation bubbles in the beer.

The aroma is a bit more mild than I thought it would be. Notes of citrus (pineapple and orange) hops dominate. Some pine and alcohol is also present in the aroma.

This full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewy. It gives a mild carbonated tingle on the middle of the tongue, which surprised me since I didn't see any bubbles in the beer.

The flavor is mainly hops. Again, citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange are present. Towards the end some sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors emerge. A touch of nuts It finishes bitter with a mild hotness from the alcohol. Once gone a hoppy and nutty malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer is quite ddrinkable for 9% abv. It's fairly well balanced, although the hops have the edge in flavor. I was expecting a highly hopped, bitter, alcohol flavored monster and instead found a nice, enjoyable brew. Well done!

WanderingFool, May 31, 2009
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,428 ratings.