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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

3,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 357 | 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: 1,532
Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stunned to see this on cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and fair lacing. On the nose... mmmm.... this beer is all DIPA goodness, with considerable pine, orange citrus, jelly bean and light white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted DIPA. There's something of a honey and sweet jelly bean finish in this beer, which marries incredibly well in this otherwise hoppy, citrusy DIPA. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the hoppy bitterness, and at no point was the malty sweetness excessive or over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, soft, orange candy and bitter finish. Drinkability is good to the point of danger. There is nothing hot or heavy about this beer, though you can tell the alcohol is up there.

Wow! Stunner. mmm...

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

Pours a darkish red/orange with a small fizzy white head. Not much lacing or retention in this pour. Aroma of pine, a bit of a citrus mix, light booze. Taste starts off with bittering pine. A taste of floral and citrus hops. Sweet, syrupy and bready malt and a pretty good amount of booze finish up this brew. Creamy, sticky mouthfeel.

Photo of JesteR14
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a beautiful orange, amber color with a one finger head. The head is lots of small bubbles and recedes quickly.

S- Citrus, yeast and some nice hop smells. Slightly floral smell makes it a nice brew to smell.

T- Strong boozyness is the first thing i get. The hops and malts come in perfectly, but dont hide the alcohol. I wouldnt expect a HERCULES douple IPA to hide the alcohol...Just not my particular taste to judge.

M- The flavors dont leave the mouth quickly, but this is a very good strong IIPA. Expect what you will get by just saying that name...

D- Strong and not my favorite brew but a nice IIPA! strong and packs a punch! Good on one but one really packs a punch! not my thing..

Photo of derekmorris7
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A > Nice amber with some reddish to it

S > Nice great floral smell with the hoppiness just lingering

T > Nice light hop kick with alcohol really coming in late, was hoping for more based on the smell. just a slight touch of sweetness

M > Average mouthfeel nothing clingy but very noticeable alcohol burn

Was a bit disappointed but enjoyed it for the good kick of alcohol. Not much drinkability after 1.

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

Bloody orange in body topped by white bubbly head that leaves plenty of sugary lacing. Citrus, hop resin, echoes of vegetables, slight booze, and nuttiness in the background of the aroma. Intense flavor: hop leaves, citrus, booze, nutty malt, cereal, hop resin, and finishes wet with juicy citrus and resin. Medium-heavy bodied brew with light carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. A strong beer that is definitely juicing. It throws massive hop flavor and couples it with booze and then attempts to balance it with hefty nutty malt but all that might be too much. A good beer that is ambitious enough to applause but a bit cumbersome in flavor.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle picked up at the beer cave in camarillo, ca.

A- Dark red with a brownish hue. Head pours thick and sustains well

S- strong hoppy yet dry smell.

T- Malty undertones with strong hoppy presence. A slight smokiness fills the aftertaste.

M- strong presence but tastes great. Goes down smooth.

O- Great beer. Goes down easily and could definitely see myself drinking more in the future.

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

Had this on 2011-03-14 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a short tan head and good lacing.

S - Caramel malt with some pine, citrus and yeast.

T - Big chalky and sweet malt, moderate caramel, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is well-disguised. More hop bitterness please.

M - Creamy with medium body and light to medium carbonation. Not prickly.

D - Very drinkable. Glad it was available at this pub tonight.

Photo of russwbeck
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown pour with a really small white head. Hardly any retention, but what is left laces a bit.

S: Citrus hops with some grapefruit thrown in. Seems to all be built on a malt backbone.

T: No hop bomb for me on this one. Hops are more piney than the smell gave on, but the citrus and grapefruit are present. Malt backbone is subdued, but balances the flavors nicely.

MF: Some carbonation, hardly any taste of alcohol, pretty light bodied.

D: Hops aren't overpowering, neither is the sweetness. Not bad.

Photo of claspada
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus and resiny pine and herbal/vegetal hops. A smorgasbord of greenery here. A little bready and caramel maltiness, but not much.
The taste unfortunately follows the nose with the hops blasting your tastebuds, not balanced at all like I enjoyed my DIPAs. All hops here, extreme Simcoe and citrus hops are on show here which is pleasant for some, but not me. There almost should be a separate category of beers called Imperial IPA and Double IPA with one being balanced hops and malts and one having just a bunch of alcohol and bitterness (as is presented here). Too much alcohol and bitterness to be enjoyed for my taste buds.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a pint glass -

A - Copper body, with a very leggy and lacy head.

S - Hops, malt, and alcohol - which is rounded out with pleasant notes of pine and sap resin.

T & M & D - The abv is hidden within this palate making is a kick in the pants brew. Citrus hops right up front with a sugary sweet pine malty taste. The citrus notes come through in the middle and lend themselves to earthen pine notes on the back end. Great carbination and incredibly balanced and complex.

I really enjoyed this DIPA and I think you will too.

-Cheers

Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: is incredible. hops, sweet malts,

taste: sweet malts, citrus hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nice crisp finish

drinkability: this is a well balanced double ipa. will definitely going back to the store and picking up the rest of the 4 pack that I left behind.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

301st review on BA
bottle to tulip
12 oz bottle
9/30/10 bottle date

App- Dark amber orange with a nice long lasting one finger head. Had a decent amount of lacing to it as well.

Smell- Huge malty sweetness with a big hops kick. Big caramel sweet bite as well with a tang of fruit in there.

Taste- Well 5 ½ months old. That was my fault for not checking the bottle date on this Great Divide. I always forget to check their bottles. Here goes. Well it's a mix of malty grapefruit and some caramel tangy sweetness. Hops are still prevalent but somewhat muted. Malts are a bit bigger than I thought. Has a slightly nutty taste as well. I am giving a 4 for my potential.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Malty/nutty aftertaste.

Drink- I'll need to revisit this with a fresher bottle. I think this has a lot of potential if it were fresher to be a really good DIPA. I do like what Great Divide does with their beers.

Photo of sugeknight6289
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch of frothy, bubbly head. Looks like a real malt bomb, almost like an amber ale. Unfiltered. Nice sticky lacing blanketing the sides of my Bells tulip.

It smells of alcohol, toffee, caramel,and hoppy goodness.

Hop flavors of pine and citrus. The malt backbone very expressive in the terms of breadiness, earthy, and like biting into an almond. The flavor is about the highlight of this brew.

The hops charge in at the beginning of the tongue, rolls back with a nice amount of carbonation. Balanced decently, with a syrupy like consistency.

I could drink a few of these before my palate begins to die off. Decent but nothing to blow my mind. The 10% deff is masked well, reminds me in a way of a Double Bastard with the syrupy-like thickness.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thick bubbly head.

Smell is foremost of malts, biscuity malts. Bitter grapefruit aromas are quite prevalent as well.

Taste is bitter up front, with a sweet malty finish. Great balance in this DIPA, very hoppy, but a nice malt backbone works well.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, very well done Great Divide!

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass...

A: pours a reddish orange with a thick off white head.

S: aromas of citrus(grapefruit, lemon peel, orange juice) and other hoppy aromas such as grass and pine, blended with a subtle maltiness.

T: caramelized orange peel, grapefruit, and lime joined with pine sap and sweet candied, syrupy malt flavor. fades to a resinous and spicy finish with a nutty malt fade. This one gets points for balance.

M: medium body with a syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. leaves the mouth feeling prickly, resinous, and dry.

Overall, a damn good DIPA. While the bottle says 10%abv i find it hard to believe. It's very drinkable and I finished this one glass in under 20 minutes. I will keep an eye out for more of this one.

Photo of 100floods
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/30/2010. Definitely not the freshest batch of this brew (it is 10%, so I don't feel as bad about the age), but lets see how it goes. Before even opening it I see some haze, possible sediment, at the bottom of the bottle. And now we pour....

Pours a apple juice golden hue, with plenty of bubbles to be seen. Cream, off-white head. Not as hazy as I would imagine, but that's never a bad thing.

Notes of malt and some hops. Citrus for sure. This has a very clean smell.

Such a good balance of malt and hops. This is definitely a natural progression from their IPA. Hoppy start and resin that stays with the malty finish.

Not much presence of the 10%. Not much warmth competing for presence here. While this is six months old it still holds up. I can imagine a fresher batch would be nothing short of divine, as this bottle is doing justice to my pallet.

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

Had this on tap at a party last year, and I just finally got around to re-visiting it on my latest DIPA kick.

A - Pours a nice copper gold. You can see that it's carbonated properly from the very first pour. Doesn't generate too much foam and retains a nice head long after the initial pour.

S - More malt that I had expected from a DIPA. I much prefer the hoppy piney scent, but it's just not here. Doesn't make it a bad brew, just not what I had expected.

T - Again the malt is the base of the beer. A little more bitter than your typical DIPA.

D - Goes down smooth. I'm enjoying my 2nd glass as I type this review and I think the 10% is just now catching up to me. Someone is going to sleep well tonight :-)

M - Again you could see from the initial pour that it was well bodied. Smooth on the pallet, not something you'll be drinking copious amounts of.

All in all a well crafted beer.

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

650 ml bomber.
Bottled on Jan 25, 2011.
Picked up at Premier.

Pours a deep clear golden amber with an inch of fluffy off white head. Nose is crisp pine and grapfruit hops, balanced by noticeable caramel malt. Taste is resiny hops that show bitterness in the finish and and predominant malt character. Earthy undertones linger on the pallate. Mouthfeel is well rounded and full bodied. Overall this is an easy drinking Imperial IPA. I have to wonder if this is due to the hops fading already, but there is a large caramel malt taste that I didnt expect. Could just be a well rounded DIPA rather than a hop-bomb. One of my favourite styles, this one was decent to try.

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date is unreadable.

a - Pours a transparent orange color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light lemon. More malts than I expected.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pretty bitter, pine hop, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, little bitter bite up front.

d - A pretty good DIPA. A bit strong and a bit bitter, but still good. Would give another shot.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle, poured an orangish amber with lots of lacing. The hops definitely comes through on the nose but with some caramel maltiness also.

It has a nutty/caramel sweetness come through up front but then BAM comes that hops. The hops come through as citrus and piny finishing with a very nice floral flavor.

The mouth feel and viscosity of the beer is great as it allows those citrus/piny/floral notes to linger. It has excellent drinkability and I honestly wish i had one (or two) more to go with this one.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of Jan. 24, 2011. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and pine hops. Kind of sweet smelling by the smell of hops dominates. Taste is very bitter upfront. Flavor is mostly the pine hops. A bit floral near the end to go with the bitter aftertaste. Slightly boozey but certainly not as much alcohol flavor as one would expect for a beer with a double digit ABV. I like the bitterness of this one but it masks many of the other nuances. Overall, it's a good buy every once in awhile.

Photo of MattAtAmeriCraft
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA.

Appearance- Nice Amber Reddish hazy beer. Good foamy head that left lacing on the glass.

Smell- Fragrant hoppy with a tinge of citrus in the nose.

Taste- Awesome. Really satisfying complex DIPA. Good hop character with a really smooth finish. A little sweetness on the finish with a hint of citrusy orange.

Drinkability- Very fun beer to drink. A little warmth on the finish due to the high alcohol content but the presence of alcohol was not harsh at all. Great with a burger or other food or simply on it's own.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly dark amber, with a nice finger of head at the top that sticks to the glass after each sip.

S - Lots of hops, as well strong hints of citrus and bits of caramel.

T - Bitterness is king on this DIPA! Great tasting hops and a bit of caramel at the tail end.

M - Dry and medium bodied, some slight carbonation

D - Very drinkable even with the high alcohol content.

Photo of darkbegbie
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to chalice.

Poured amber/orangeish color.
Faint hops smell, with stronger citrus, and a little caramel.
Spicy/citrus taste. Very hoppy aftertaste I thought.
Medium bodied.
Couldn't drink a ton of this. Little too hoppy of my tastes.

Look forward to trying other Great Divide beers.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle at Brickskeller in DC in October 2009, and this review is from the notes taken then.

Orangish-copper color with a nice white head and good lacing.

Aroma is piney and citrusy hops and sweet malt.

Flavor is sweet, toffeeish caramel malt balanced by lots of fresh-tasting pine and citrus and hop bitterness lingering on the finish.

Hop oils on the palate, medium-full for the style.

A very solid DIPA overall, if a bit overrated.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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