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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,262
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | 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 srobertson59


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice (served at 54 degrees):

A - Pours a deep honey/amber with ample foam. Head recedes quickly (to be expected for the ABV) and leaves spotty lacing.

S - Citrus and Malt with a backfill of pine and grass.

T - Different! This is the first DIPA that seems like the malt is in the forefront and the hops fill in afterward to balance it out. This one presents opposite of most DIPAs that I've sampled. It gives the overall expectation of a DIPA, but leaves the mouth with a dry bitterness; not unpleasant, but slightly aspirin in quality.

M - Oily and sticky without cloying. Carbonation is very present, but not obtrusive and tends to clear the tongue between sips. This brew remains smooth through the warming process.

D - Outside of the fact that this is a DIPA in reverse, it is truly solid in the style.

I'm dying to try this on cask! A backwards DIPA in my opinion since the malt hit me first and was followed by the hops. Nonetheless, it is extremely balanced and flavorful. I'm glad that I've scratched this one off of my "Must Try" list and will revisit it occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 22:25:55 | More by srobertson59
Photo of Norsebrew


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red/Amber clear pour with a 2+ head with good retention and nice lace
S-Sweet floural hops and some citrus undertones
T-Very fresh citrus and grass hop taste with a very nice constant bitterness.
M-Dry medium body with good carbonation
D-One of the best double IPAs I've had in a while. Great taste. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 22:00:55 | More by Norsebrew
Photo of Overlord


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the kind of beer that if it was available locally, I'd grab all the time. Pours a bright amber, big white foam head (surprising given the ABV). Mouthfeel is nicely thick and resiny.

Smells of grapefruit and floral hops. Taste is more balanced, with a delicious explosion of grapefruit/citrus tones with caramel malt. It's not that this offers anything new or crazy with the DIPA style (ala Dreadnaught's tropical bent) but it's just an absolutely well put together beer. So many brews that try for this type of balance fail. This does not.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 07:57:22 | More by Overlord
Photo of Beertracker


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Commercial Description: Hoppier, maltier and with more alcohol than a standard IPA, Hercules Double IPA definitely is not for the faint of heart. Hercules Double IPA is, however, an elixir fit for the gods. A brash but creamy wonder, Hercules pours a deep orange-coppery color, forming substantial lace in the glass. Hercules Double IPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from start to finish. A hefty backbone of nutty, toffee-like malt character balances Hercules' aggressive, punchy hop profile. 9.1%ABV; 85 IBU's.

Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA pours up big & lively with a rocky, creamish-white head that tops the slightly hazy, dark copper-orangish amber body. Lots of lacing with very good head retention. The fruity aroma is sharply pungent with fresh herbal dry hops overlaying a toasted, nutty, toffee maltiness. Underlying all those piney Northwest hops is some noticeable alcohol. The flavor starts off with a lovely toasted caramel maltiness that quickly gives way to a resiny hop bitterness that dominates to deliver a big, bold finish with a warming alcohol presence that becomes increasing noticeable towards the end. Slightly full-bodied and chewy. Whether bottled or on tap, Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA is a gargantuan hop drop with 'Herculean' strength. Great Minds, Drink Alike!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 06:16:07 | More by Beertracker
Photo of Pencible


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a mostly clear dark amber with good tan head. It smelled of nothing but pine hops. The flavor was coppery, with lots of hops and no malt or yeast. There was a bitter aftertaste that lingered, which made this beer a little hard to drink. The texture was pretty good with fairly strong carbonation. Overall it was good but not the best Double IPA I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:38:13 | More by Pencible
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 11/25/08 - 5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
Put a bottle away when I got the first four-pack back in March and let it sit around for eight months. Might not have been enough time to really see much of a change. Appearance is same, but with a ton of crap floating around in it, oddly enough. Nose has got a bunch of caramel and toffee malt in it now, almost maple syrup. Flavor is still a hop bomb. Not getting any sourness at this point, but there's still a smooth caramel malt front that explodes in fruity hops on the back end. Still, a fantastic beer.

ORIGINAL POST: 3/26/08 - 4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4
Pours a nice looking copper-amber color with a massive three fingers of white, billowy head. Leaves good looking lacing as it drains. Crystal clear. A near perfect looking DIPA (or are we calling them SDPAs now?). Nose is tons of citrus and piney hops. A very subtle sour note shows through as well, which is fairly unique for a DIPA. Very light caramel malt hints. This is a hoppy beer, no question, not in the sweeter DIPA vein of 120 Min. Taste is likewise powerfully hoppy. First off is a strong bitter, sour hoppiness. Middle there's a smooth cookie flavor, but the malt is very mild on this. Very light caramel. Ends with strong, drying hops as well. Wow. Body is nice and thick, with fairly mild, smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a big hoppy bruiser of an DIPA, just like the Hopslam, although not quite as fruity as that beer, which makes it a little less drinkable in my mind. It's a really great, delicious beer, but that drying aspect keeps it from the top of my DIPA list.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 23:37:22 | More by soupyman10
Photo of FleeVT


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Beautiful hazy glowing burnt yellow with a magnificent cake-like head that lines the glass like icing. Really nice lace on this bad boy.

S: 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.

T: 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.

M: A nice medium body with a hefty dose of carbonation. Great body.

D: Another exemplary offering from Great Divide Brewing. This would pair nicely with summer evening grill fair.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 01:44:29 | More by FleeVT
Photo of BretSikkink


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found nothing standout about this one on tap. It's still rather smooth for the style, with a decently full mouthfeel. Attractive color, tan head leaves large bubbles and certainly enough lacing.

Aroma and flavor, especially as it warms, lend a nice pine touch. Hops are most of the flavor but the malt is crunchy enough to provide backbone and some depth of caramelly sweet flavor.

Check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 00:56:25 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of JEdmund


4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What immediately stands out is that it's hazy, and having had this before, I know that's reflective of how how flavorful and hearty this beer is; it has a bright and vibrant orange color, with lots of strings of carbonation that continue bubbling for the duration of the beer (which I sipped on for more than an hour); the head, though somewhat small at about an inch (could be a bad pour on my part), is thick and whipped cream-like, hanging around as a small, but still creamy film throughout the whole drink

Awesome. So hoppy and spicy; full of citrus and pine and a hint of malt sweetness; really big and appetizing

Taste & Mouthfeel
Great hop bite and sting all the way through; fizzles up with just slight movement in mouth, lending to a full and creamy texture; leaves a very flavorful hop aftertaste that stays with you for quite a while; some oiliness in the mouth; certainly some malty sweetness present, but not much; hops predominate this beer

One of my all time favorites, Hercules is so big on hops and is really refreshing and tasty--a complete hop-lovers treat. Every sniff and sip keeps me wanting more. On one hand I could stand to have some more malt heft, but then it would be closer to a barley wine.; I really do love the big hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:37:57 | More by JEdmund
Photo of stephens101


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won't say I'm a true hop-head, but I've found my taste for hops has grown exponentially over the past six or so months. I have a newfound respect for really tasty, hopped-up beers. The first time I tried this beer it was a bit too much for me. Now I'm really looking forward to to another try. Pours a brownish-orange with a two-finger off- white head. Retention is fleeting with not much lacing left behind. Smells of potent, citrusy hops. Tastes like the big hop-bomb you were expecting, with a bit of astringency and chalkiness layered toward the end. A zesty orange squirt mingles in well just before the nice little alcohol kick. Has a medium bodied mouth-feel with excellent carbonation. An extremely tasty wallop across the palate that may leave you in withdrawals until you can get some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:23:34 | More by stephens101
Photo of Drewcifer


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber, slightly murky, with a big white head. Took a while to settle, lots of lacing.

Aroma is pretty much all hops - pine and citrus notes dominate, some flowery notes. Slightly sweet.

Taste is, as promised, lots of hops. Again, citrus and pine flavors are prevalent. A noticeable malty sweetness comes out a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. Also a bit too much carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Hides the ABV well, and just a very pleasant drink. Would absolutely grab some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 22:48:34 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of alamode


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle into American pint glass

A-gorgeous amber with white head. 2nd pour was on the cloudy side, but still looked great!

S-slight floral hops, earthy, some roasted malt. overall, meh...

T-sweet citrus as it hits the tongue, then sugared malt, then hops, some alcohol in the finish. great aftertaste! near perfect!

M-a little thin in the mouth on the first pour, much better on the 2nd, has some stickiness and ends up pretty dry. Very good!

D-I can drink the hell out of this!! What it lacks in smell, it makes up for everywhere else. Since I'm not snortin' this beer, I declare it a winner!!! Perfect example of what I think this style should be. I will keep this on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 16:03:51 | More by alamode
Photo of HotHabanero


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with an amber colour and with a nice off-white head. Aroma of floweris, green, earthy hops and caramel. Citrus and caramel flavour with lot of hops. Honey texture. Full bodied. The strong alcohol is just present. Long nice finish. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 18:08:21 | More by HotHabanero
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Exceptional appearance for a beer of this style, pouring a creamy, dark, murky, light brown color with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Top-notch, strong, IPA aroma, bursting with fresh hops, vanilla, and slight, sweet sugars...
Taste was equally a step-above most beers in this category, with a powerful suggestion of fresh, wild hops, bittersweet caramel and vanilla flavors, a touch of sugar balanced well with a strong floral presence that makes this an exceptional all-around beer...
Excellent thick, creamy, rich, and satisfying mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise very good, without any hint of the hefty 9.1% ABV...
Another winner from Great Divide...
Definitely recommended as an amazing depiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 23:19:26 | More by dsa7783
Photo of garymoose13

New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a= Pours a copper orange hue with some haziness
thin white head

s= The smell is very sweet, orange citrus honeysuckle sweet flower aroma.

t= refreshing, and crisp on the palate leads up to the toasted malt which gives way to the intense hoppiness a little zip zap zing that i love dry-sweet hop eruption.

m= The mouth is left somewhat spectacular, but not overly dry, very smooth throughout. outstanding

dynamite drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:46:57 | More by garymoose13
Photo of SaucyA


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Thin, yet long lasting 1/2 finger white head. Very hazy, looks a lot like apple cider.

S - Citric hops and sweeet malts. Very sweet. Copping a yeasty/alcohol undertone that I'm not totally diggin.

T - A definite hopbomb. Not bad, though. Semi-complex hop profile... I'm thinking my sample MAY be a little old. Malt backbone is very very big, and noticeable. Almost nutty. Starts bitter and piney, finishes bitter and slightly metallic with huge malty sweetness through the last half of the sip.

M - Perfect. Exactly how a DIPA should be. Thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation, slick and oily. Can't get better.

D - If it weren't so big (ABV-wise), and didn't have such a sweet maltiness, I'd rate it a bit higher. It has the chance to get slightly cloying. I can see myself putting down a bomber now and again if it's available, but I don't think I'll be hunting for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 03:41:16 | More by SaucyA
Photo of Kraken


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Review- So take this with a grain of salt.

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beer must have been a bit older as Belgian size sediment was present, and to my knowledge this beer is not bottle fermented . Pour was amber orange with minimal head. Smell was not overly pungent as I one would expect with a double ipa with 85ibuu... HUGE Hop taste right off the bat, secondary flavors of Hops, followed by more hops Not much if any malt to balance; very long finish. Was looking for more depth . Overall a nice sipping beer,

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 01:05:56 | More by Kraken
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colour with quite of bit of a head. It appears to be mildly carbonated like most American IPAs.

S: Malty aroma, that smells of pine with a slight hint of fruits.

T: What a complex beer. This is my first double IPA, and it starts off with a lot of malts. It doesn't quite make sense, with a double IPA, but it works really well. After the piney/malty flavour the hops rush onto your tongue. The hop flavour in this beer is simply addicting.

M: There is a bit of a bite with the carbonation, but after that it has a thick smooth feel in the mouth.

D: I'm not sure how many I could drink of these, simply because I'd get a bit drunk with the high alcohol content. Beautifully hoppy.

I'm going to have to search for more Double IPAs, this is might become one of my favourite styles.

Serving Type: Bottle in an English pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:08:45 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of JDV


3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark rich amber pour with a big offwhite head. Tons of floaties (yeast?) If not for this, possibly a perfect appearance, but it was riddled with them and was very unexpected.. Nice hoppy smell, some sweet graininess, but quite a bit of alcohol present in the aroma as well, which kept it from having the great big bold hop aroma I hoped for. Taste is quite hoppy, very bitter, but tolerable. Drinkable, but not quite at peak enjoyment level at this level of bitterness. Sweetened up a bit as it warmed, and overall, the alcohol didn't detract from the flavor too much, but I like DFH's 90 minute Double IPA quite a bit better than this. Not bad, but not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:58:17 | More by JDV
Photo of jim102864


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bronze and copper color with a thin head in my glass. Sticky lace throughout. Very big floral, herbal and earthy nose. Mega hop influence in this bomber. The tase is big, fat fucking hop balls. Much meatier than your typical double IPA. Citrus? Fuck no! Piney and hoppy is more like it. One big schlonged brew. Chewy mouthfeel. A single bomber affair for me. If you're into seriously aggressive hops, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:16:09 | More by jim102864
Photo of joekfsu


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz pint glass poured at Vintage. Pours golden orange with 1 cm off white head. Aroma is more citrus than pine, but both are overwhelming. Initial flavor is sweeter than expected for a double IPA, but still well balanced with the huge amount of hops. Hops dominated the aftertaste of the beer, and it is lasting. Some lacing, very light carbonation, light to medium body, and only some alcohol noted. High drinkability and hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 03:27:35 | More by joekfsu
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355mll bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a deep rusty copper colour with some yeasty haziness. Slightly off white head poured tight thick and foamy then faded to thin frothy coating... no carbonation bubbles... decent amount of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

Aroma - Piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore mixed with a good amount of treacle sweetness, some ginger hints, biscuity malts - some cookie dough ? Cut wet grass and hay, floral, tart fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons, pears and apples), faint woodiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted bready and biscuity malts mixed with lots of grapefruit fruitiness and piney / grassy hop bitterness which is maybe a little on harsh side, some caramel sweetness, good roasted nut bitterness, other fruits include ripe pears and lemons, very floral and perfumed, resiny notes..

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily... medium bodied... because of the high alochol and extreme hops this probably isn't the most drinkable brew...

Overall - An extremely good if maybe slightly unbalanced DIPA.... definitely recommended though...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 14:02:28 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Biscuit033


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a creamy white head and good retention and great lacing.

S: Strong citrus (a lot of grapefruit) and some pine.

T: Lots of malts up front, caramel and toffee, then you are hit with the pine, lemon, and grapefruit and finishes with a bit of butter at the end.

M: Creamy and bitter (more and more bitter after each sip) with a clean finish.

D: The bitterness grows a lot after each sip. This would be tough for me to do more than one or two. It is very well balanced though. You can't taste the alcohol but it does warm the face.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 02:39:29 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of mltobin


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a bar in Connecticut.

Appearance is a copper tone with a medium sized white head, poured into a pint glass.

Smell is rich with wood, spice, and hoopy tones all present.

Taste is very hoppy but not too hoppy, a very well balanced ipa and the first beer that I have had from Great Divide, I am very impressed with this selection.

Drinkability is solid, but with a high ABV, pace yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 23:17:20 | More by mltobin
Photo of cooncat


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving was on tap at the 2008 Brew Kettle "Ogre Fest" (Strongsville, OH.)

The brew is a golden copper color, with nice head and head retention. Swirl of the glass continuously brings up nice lacing.

Nose is dominated by the piney and floral hop notes.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. You are at first assaulted by a massive piney/citrus hop presence. However, these hops are backed up by caramel and bready malts, which make for a nicely balanced brew. IBU rating of 85 seems understated, but the 9.1% ABV is not noticeable until the end, when the beer has warmed up some. Dangerously quaffable - drink with respect and moderation.

We paired this up with a soft Bavarian pretzel with wasabi mustard sauce. This brew can handle intense flavors! Highly recommended. A fine offering from Great Divide!


Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 15:33:54 | More by cooncat
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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