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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

3,444 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,444
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 177
Gots: 210 | 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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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Photo of capra12
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with wheatman106 on 8/14/09,

Appearance: Dark tan and cloudy.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: Opens with a citrus hop, from the middle to the end there is a bitter hop which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: I would have another on another night, though the hop grows on my palate.

capra12, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/7/09

A- Reddish color. Tall white head, not a tower though, this would spill over if poured to create an over the rim head. (Okay, poured to hard and had a spill over). Clear for the most part and plent of lacing.

S- Citrusy, lots of hop punch and some alcohol.

T- Comparable to ruinaton! Huge hopbomb, sweeter than Stone though. Maybe some honey and lots of grapefruit. Great malt presence (just the right amount). Slick mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D- High alcohol and potent flavors make this kind of a sipper.

dankbrew21, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of fatkahuna29
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper with a bit of red. About a half inch thick head. Good lacing.
S: The smell was citrusy, a little resin, and a nice sweetness.
T: The sweetness came through big in taste as well. i was a little surprised with this DIPA because of how balanced it was. Nice caramel taste blending perfectly with bitter floral hops. Aftertaste is a light lingering malt sweetness.
M: Medium body, i would have to say perfect carbonation with a sticky/oily texture to it.

It's not my favorite DIPA but it is a good showing of the style. Very balanced easy to drink and quite tasty.

fatkahuna29, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of slk22
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, a bit of cloudiness, with a quickly dissipating cream colored head. Aroma jumps out of the glass. A pink grapefruit sweetness struck me first followed by hints of malt and alcohol. Very inviting. Taste followed the nose beginning with a big citrusy sweet pink grapefruit/orange flavor which then gives way to more bitter citrus notes in the finish. Bitterness was a nice shock to the tongue and did not linger. In addition to the citrus bitter-sweetness of this beer was a nice caramel malt flavor providing a bit of balance, although clearing slanted towards citrus. Alcohol was well masked. In the mouthfeel, this beer was of light body and medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and could easily have a few if not for the 9.1% ABV.

slk22, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber reddish color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Piny, citrus, and grapefruit hops. A large bitterness in the nose. Very little malt sweetness. Almost no balance.
T: Again, piny, citrus, and grapefruit. Bitterness is up front. A very light malt sweetness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy, oily, and sticky consistency. Not the hardest DIPA to drink, but the bitterness makes this a one and done.

Not the worst DIPA I have ever had. Nothing out of the ordinary. I will probably never get this again. Though if you are a fan of oily and bitter hops, I would recommend this.

champ103, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the original Double IPAs that i started drinking. It was hard to find and i loved getting it when i could find it. It's still one of my favorites but it is among a larger group (I'll usually take Green Flash or Gordon's in front of it) and it's among the more expensive. Definitely one to consider and is as good as the many beers this brewery makes.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light copper with a thick head that gradually provides very attractive lacing down the side of the glass. On the nose, this beer puts its sweet side forward: some butterscotch, honey, and a bit of breadiness with citrus and floral notes playing a supporting role. Mouthfeel is too thick, bordering on full-bodied, with only some mild carbonation preventing this from being a beershake. The taste leads with a one-note caramel sweetness that lingers until the beer falls apart at the finish. The finish is too alcoholic for my tastes which provides an acidity that unpleasantly combines with the intensely bitter hop coda. I love a DIPA bomb as much as the next guy, but this is bad combo that's so strong it stays on the palate until you're halfway through your next beer. I'm going to revisit this beer in case I got a bad bottle, but my first impression is that this beer is a bit unbalanced and the finish is a plain 'ol mess.

chicagobeerriot, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice head and some sticky lacing..the smell is great lots hop resins grapefruit malt bread and other fruit and spice smells.the taste was not as great as the smell as it was to malt forward and sweet and did not have a strong hop presence having said that it is still a remarkable dipa and really easy to drink @9.1 abv.. its a creamy malty easy to drink flavorful dipa (if it had more hop flavor i would rate this much higher) that is very recommended and will buy again

gatornation, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ryan's Party store in Port Huron ON- A deep and hazy orangey pour with a frothy and sticky white cap. Nice lace here too. Full on piney and floral hops, orange and grapefruit, heavy on the fruity malts, some bready notes. Nice hop profile in the flavour department. Orange and grapefruit again, with mango and apricot sweetness. A bit of pine/sap comes through. Balanced malts and hops, no trace of the ABV. Quite well made. Thanks for picking this up for me Chris and Erin!

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a English nonic pint glass, around 10c. Pours a pale ale color, huge head, freaking amasing lace.

Aroma is mild for a IIPA, a lighter hop presence, some citrus and pine, much maltier in the nose than what I expect from a IIPA. Almost worried it might be cloying sweet. Flavor : Wonderful, alot of malt and a perfect hop bite. Alot of american hops in the falvor, I can taste centenial hops.

Nice dry finish, not cloying sweet. Awesome beer, Great Divide once again delivers.

bloberglawp, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with nice label

Apperance: Hazy dark gold beer with a big ivory large bubbled cap...good retention

Smell: Big toasted caramel and grapefruit/piney hops...everything's nicely in balance here, the hops aren's as aggressive as I thought...I'm looking forward to the first sip

Taste: This is VERY nicely balanced with earthy hops and loads of biscuity malt keeping each other nicely in check

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy with a bit of noticeable alcohol

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice very well-balanced DIPA...nothing smashing or revolutionary, but quite a solid brew, one I plan to return to. Yet another reason why this brewery just plain rocks.

BedetheVenerable, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice opaque amber hue with a very impressive lacy head. just a really beautiful beer.

dominated up front by the floral hops, but there is also a nice caramel malt backing.

Very hoppy nice floral notes with grapefruit lingering. The smooth sweet nutty malt adds a nice complexity. The alcohol is so well masked on this guy.

The carbonation is very nice for this beer. A little lingering thickness. Not the most sessionable, but a 22oz works perfect.

bfields4, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a snifter

a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.

s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit

t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.

m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.

UDbeernut, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark woody brown with amazing off-white head. Some of the best retention and lacing I've seen (think Duvel).

S- A little lacking here. This is an up and down beer for me. Some really good things, some things that aren't so good. This is the latter. Nothing too strong, just molasses-like malt and some citrusy/leafy hops.

T- Nothing too exceptional at first: the regular (but not bad) blend of caramel/molasses/sweet malt with some leafy bitter hops. What I really like about this one is the toasty, nutty malt finish that pushes its way through on the end. That's different and nice.

M- A little thin, dry finish. Coating.

D- Very enjoyable and interesting drink... definitely worth seeking out. Another great brew by Great Divide.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Med. Amber in color with large white head. Excellent retention plus nice lacing. The beer is clear.

S- Loads of hops to be expected. Definitely american varieties, not a lot of cascade (I don't smell much grapefruit). If I had to guess I would say the hop profile contains mostly Simcoe. Nice toasty carmel smell.

T- Very bitter, only the slightest malty sweetness sneaks by. I swear I taste a hint of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming, its more of a warming feeling.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for a DIPA. The perfect amount of carbonation, not an overly gassy beer.

D- Highly drinkable, however it could be balanced a little better and the alcohol isn't necessarily a bad thing but it hurts the drinkability a little bit.
Overall a great beer worthy of another try.

brow1901, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of praufs01
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear copper color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut pine aroma.

Taste - Smooth pine resin hop flavor floating on a solid malt backbone.

Overall - Really good ale. Not as complex as Titan IPA but really goon none the less.

praufs01, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 09, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,444 ratings.