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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,549
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 181
Gots: 243 | 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 Jeffo
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thick looking off white head with very good retention. Venetian red with lots of carbonation evident and quite clear. Decent film remains and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. Very good looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toasted and pale malt all together. Some floral hops and pine in there, along with a touch of citrus notes in the background. Quite enticing for the style.

TASTE: Caramel malt sweetness, floral hops there and a good dose of citrus grapefruit; much more than expected considering the nose. Finishes with a dose of bitter hops. Very bitter finish actually. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting, bitter, and floral with lots of grapefruit notes. A touch of spicy alcohol at the end as well.

PALATE: Very full body, big and thick, with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy, and goes down smooth with minimal bite. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Great big mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.

OVERALL: Every time I have this I am reminded of how good it really is. Huge body and tons of flavor on this one. Very tasty and very enjoyable double IPA, and extremely drinkable for the style as well. This one holds its own with all the big boys. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep copper color with slight haze. Nice thick off-white head with heavy lacing.

S: Hops and heavy citrus mixed with sweet malt.

T&M: Real smooth with a full body. Big clean bitter hop taste. Nice clean citrus pine taste.

This is a great complex IPA that deserves a try! Really nice Double IPA.

cdizinno, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured directly into the center of my 25 oz. snifter and was greeted by a massive 3 finger head that left a nice web of lacing down the glass.

Smell is extremely potent floral hops with a citrus background. Mesmerizing.

Taste is huge floral hops with some malty sweetness that peeks its head through for a moment before being smothered by a wave of piney hop bitterness. This is a monster DIPA, a hop bomb by any definition. The only problem is the alcohol is not very well hidden here, and it lingers on the palate for quite a while after swallowing. Without that booziness this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.

On the full side of medium bodied, good for the style.

I was very excited upon first sip of this beer but in the end the booze was just a little too pronounced, keeping this from being a top tier DIPA. But I would still call it "very very good"

alcstradamus, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty and tasteful DIPA.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Bloated brief narrative noting how big a brew this is, along some received awards. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (85), and Alc. by Vol (9.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Orange amber brown with a large smooth foamy head. Nice lacing as it disappears and goes down to a thin lumpy layer.

S - Hoppy over a sweet malt feeling, dried fruit aroma, peach like with some orange peel and tied to nice sticky hops.

T - Nice sweet bitter flavor, with a rolling malty sense giving way to a nice hoppy bite.

M - Smooth with a medium to large body, and a balanced carbonation.

D - Nicely drinkable although it feels a tiny bit heavy handed and slightly repetitive towards the end.

Notes: I'm liking it, and it is a great DIPA. But I don't know if it succeeds more in making a heavy impression, which it does, than in offering a totally outstanding drinking experience.

Daniellobo, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium golden brown, with a copious amount of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lace as it disappears. It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange citrus hop aromas, and some thin caramel malt. The taste is a dense caramel malt backbone, bitter orange liqueur, a bit of orange vodka, and some mixed citrus hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body heavy, oily, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, some fruity sweet malt lingering for a good while.

A pretty decent DIPA, all the components are jacked up to just the right smack-you-in-the-head levels.

biboergosum, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip, fresh on date of June 2009.

A: Beautiful three finger head that dissipated slowly leaving behind a very nice lacing that is very sticky. The body is a nice golden orange hue that is more transparent than opaque, very clean appearance.

S: Big caramel malt with mild dried fruit presence (apricots) a piney hop resin floral note, bready yeast comes through in the end. A little tangerine as well.

T: Starts with a the caramel malt and dried fruits and gives way to the yeast slowly; eventually the pine hops kick in at the finish with a little resiny stickiness and a touch of citrus as well. The finish is a little funky...not sure what to call it but its not exactly pleasant, can't tell if its just the bottle or the the beer itself, but not the best finish.

M: Pretty well balanced for a DIPA, not overly viscous but still a medium body, crisp finish, a little funky, but crisp.

D: Fairly drinkable, alcohol is hidden among the malt and citrus/pine resin hops. Overall a pretty good DIPA but i've definitely had better.

RedBrewer83, Aug 22, 2009
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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,549 ratings.