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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,421
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 178
Gots: 206 | 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 cubang8r
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Very excited, I haven't had a beer in 3 months, my wife is pregnant. I hope it doesn't skew my test!!!

Looks wonderful, great lacing and much darker than you would expect an IPA. Dark amber.

Smells hoppy and piny. A cool, early winter morning, snow and fresh cut evergreens in the air.

Taste is sharp, bitter, floral, and citrus melded together very smoothly as it goes down. I love it at the first sip. I was surprised by the high alcohol content, doesn't taste that high.

Smooth and quiet in the mouth. Subtle carbonation that covers the tongue all over.

I love this beer.

cubang8r, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and decent lacing. It has a great scent, very hoppy with citrus and floral overtones. Absolutely great American IPA flavor, a great hop combo, a great bitter, hoppy taste, without being too much, with nice citrus undertones. A very smooth beer for being so high ABV. Nice job.

JamesS, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of orangedive
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

A - Amber-orange color - 1-inch head

S - Citrus, hops, little bit of alcohol

T - Bitter, orange, alcohol, not too complex, not too syrupy like some double IPAs

M - soft, good, medium bodied

D - easy and nice drinking except for a little alcohol burn

orangedive, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Received in trade with deepsouth. Poured into a snifter.

Pours nice, thick and creamy, leaving a nice frothy half inch white head. A deep, nearly opaque burnt orange color. Moderate carbonation. Thick, lasting lace.

Smells like alcohol and a moderate amount of hops for an imperial. A well balanced IPA with some nice backing of sweet malts. Hops are very dank with some citrus/pine tones.

A very well balanced Imperial IPA. Alcohol present, but well masked for being a 9.1%. A slightly bitter lasting finish. A lot of good quality ingredients used in this tasty brew. The grapefruit and citrus come through more in the taste and the malts are more hidden by these hefty flavors.

This is a thick and creamy beer. Not as smooth as I expected it would be. A bit course going down and that remains in your mouth causing the long lasting aftertaste. Light carbonation. Decent drinkability which is good because this one is pretty strong.

Seems a bit overrated to me. I could recommend a couple other imperial ipas ahead of this one.

ibbjamin, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

Smell: sweet malt, toffee, biscuit, some butter, and hoppy notes of grape, grass, citrus. Really nice smell.

Taste: surprisingly (for me) smooth and creamy, sweet malt, toffee, biscuit and a lot of american hops - grape, apples, resin, grass. Some salt as well, and very bitter. I like it, especially the balance between smooth sweet malt and heavy, bitter hops. However, I did detect some alcohol, and the hops are not as rich in flavours as, I believe, Rouges IIPA. Or perhaps its the bitterness that dominates too much. Or - perhaps its just me not fully appreciating this style.

simonjohansson, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Orange amber haze with a pronounced white head. Impressive retention. Rich aroma of orange hop zest with hints of caramel toffee. Explosive hop bitterness. Bisquity, robust flavor. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Nicely hidden abv, and a smooth creaminess that is very rare for DIPAs. This brew packs a herculean punch, and I could definitely get carried away with it. This is a top DIPA.

itcomesnpints, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Another Great Divide that I have yet to try. Poured this one into my pint glass tonight...

A: Hazy copper with a very nice and creamy two finger tan head; There are pieces floating in this one, almost looks like orange pulp? Anyway, it doesn't make it unappetizing. Oh, this one laces like the best of them!

S: Hops galore. Very nice floral hop aroma, mostly of citrus hops. Smells like a good DIPA should.

T: Wow, the hops are blowing my head off. Very, very bitter with citrus hops. I do not detect the pine hops in here until the finish, for the citrus hops take the cake. It is balanced nicely and has a nice alcohol taste in the finish as well.

Overall, a great DIPA. Right up there with Pliny and 90 minute in my opinion. Get one if you have the chance!

treyrab, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

22 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish-orange color with an average frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, a touch of grains, and a buch of hops, pine, grapefruit, and a little fruity. Flavor is very nice, mainly hoppy. Very good malt/hop balance, but mainly a piney hop finish.

mtstatebeer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Translucent orange/red in color. Big head upon pour that falls quickly. Lots of lacing left over. Presence of sediment and "floaties" really take away from what would otherwise be a very sexy beer. Floaties are rather large.

4.5 S: Very hoppy and citrusy. Pine and resin to boot (all those alpha acids, big turn on). Malt character lends a supportive role, balancing out the hops.

4.5 T: Most apparent tastes are citrus and oak (which isn't present in the smell, pretty weird). The malt character is much more pronouced than I would have expected. In fact, I'd say the malts put up a good fight with the hops and balance the beer nicely. Burnt sugar and biscuity.

4.0 M: Nothing wrong with the MF, but I would prefer it to be a little more creamier.

4.5 D: Good brew that I wouldn't mind having a second of.

DavoleBomb, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

Appearance: Cloudy-unfiltered. A nice golden copper color-very opaque. Minimal head and with a decent lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma-not overbearing but pleasant. Sweet caramel overtones are present-from the malt.

Taste: Hoppy as the aroma indicates-malt presence is noted-adds a sort of sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Good-Very slightly oily with medium carbonation-just about the right combo.

Drinkability: Above average-one or two a session is good.

Overall a good beer-Would like to get my hands on one right off the beer truck to sample-of course fresher is better with this style

Edgecrusher, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

A: Pours a copper color with not much head at all. The ring of bubbles around the rim leaves a sheet of lacing. There is a ton of floaties in this one. I would have given it a slightly better grade if not for all the floaties and lack of head.

S: Pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose. Even though the hops dominate, the malt is still noticeable along with a hint of alcohol as well. This one smells fantastic.

T: What a wonderfully complex beer. The malt is forward which I didn't expect from the aroma. The initial malt taste is huge, almost barleywine-like. Then the hops start to come in and fill the mouth with a nice bitterness that isn't overpowering. The alcohol is well hidden but comes through as its rolled in the mouth. The after taste is a pleasant oily bitterness. I enjoyed licking the inside of my cheeks after I swallowed the beer.

M: It has a medium body. The carbonation makes it creamy in the mouth if rolled vigorously on the tongue.

D: With the hidden alcohol and excellent balance, I could really knock these back. Of course, it would likely knock back since it is over 9%.

This is a very good beer. It is the most balanced DIPA that I can recall trying.

GatorBeerNerd, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%

12 oz bottle

My second attempt at liking this beer, my second time failing.

It pours a very murky orange color with a small, very sticky white head, lots of large floaties. Big grapefruit and spicy citrusy hops, some alcohol on the nose as well as a sweet malt presence. The beer attacks first with a short, but bright burst of resiny hops, followed by a very muddy and sweet malt profile, wood notes and lots of armpit funk, chewy and syrupy body, the combination of its thick body and chunky appearance doesnt sit well with the subconscious, theres better options for the style, way better. Two bad bottles? i hope not...

ATPete, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A: Great color here. Pours a nice amber tinted copper. Very rich and vibrant. What I would imagine pure liquid honey to look like. It may have been what was in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase but with an even better glow. Large copper and white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Smells as good as it looks. Clean, fresh pine and flowery hop aroma. The alcohol is vaguely present but easily outmatched by pure sweetness.

T: This is a very heavy and hoppy beer which is a great thing, in my opinion. The taste of citrus and pine come out immediately and stay in the forefront throughout. Despite the heavy ABV there is a sweetness to this beer that makes it even more drinkable. With an amazing long lasting after taste. Everything about this beer stimulates the taste buds. If you ever dream of being in a dizzying kaleidescope of zesty hops and citrusy pine then this does the trick.

M: Medium, crisp, smooth, piney, perfect carbonation, and nice hop sting.

D: As a huge fan of this style beer it is very drinkable. It sneaks up so use caution or throw caution to the wind. If you are also fond of this style then go get it. A must with any good meal or loud music or sporting event or whatever your thing happens to be.

erikm25, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass in two servings. Pours an amber color with a moderate amount of sediment floating in it. Large, thick head with nice lacing. I should have poured a little gentler, as I almost overflowed my glass. Very strong aroma of hops and pine, with a little citrus as well. Taste is similar...very hoppy with pine and citrus. It's got a real nice hoppy bite to it. For a strong beer, the alcohol doesn't jump out during tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. A very enjoyable beer to drink. As I watch my St Louis Rams get the living shit kicked out of them, this beer makes it a little easier to handle.

mtbbaboon, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured deep amber with a good head. Smell is hops/ grapefruit / pine...and it's a good smell. :) Taste is hops upfront with a pine/grapefruit hint too. Not a big alcohol taste (which is my problem with this style) and a little oily. Drinkability is above average for this style for me because after one I could have another.

unionturf, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Bomber into a tulip. Dark amber, thick foam, sticky lacing. Aroma is as if I'm walking through a pine forest eating an orange and grapefruit salad. Hints of caramel round out the nose. Flavor blast of oily, resinous, hops. Pine and citrus flavors up front, a nice caramel, bready, biscuit-like malt in the middle, followed by a bitter dry finish. Excellent balance, nice use of malts for such a hoppy and bitter brew. Alcohol can be felt on the tongue, but is not overbearing for such a high ABV. Full bodied, oily, slick. Lovely and delicious..

KeefD, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of denflyr
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

What an amazing beer!

I have always enjoyed IPA style beers and boy does this one take the "cake."

It poured into a Great Divide Cervoise Goblet nice orange/copper/amber colored. A nice copper head topped it off.

The taste and mouthfeel of the beer were fantastic. I was able to detect a nice malt backbone that melded very nicely with the very hoppy tones of this DIPA.

A fantastic nose for sure as well. You can sense the alcohol, but the hop overtones are more assertive. The two biggest profiles were the citrusy and pine notes of the hops.

I love this beer, but you can only have a bit as it is 9.1 ABV and not one you can drink all night long without some undesired affects.

This went VERY nice with some spicy chicken Chimichangas that we whipped up!

Happy drinking!

denflyr, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%

Nice amber color with a large white head.

Smell is very nice with lots of hops; pine-needle, elder, citrus and grapefruit.

Taste is great; grapefruit, pine-needle, citrus and a great, great bitterness. Sligthly of malty caramel/toffee notes and sweetness.

I really like the mouthfeel. It's extremly filling and full-bodied.

Drinkability is high, according to me. It's a big beer, but not too extreme either.

Classy stuff! A new favourite.

Ljunkan, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Pours an amber color topped with a relatively thin head but a bunch of lacing ends up on the glass. If you hold it to the light it looks pretty much like orange to me. The aroma is great consisting of piney hops, citrus and floral notes and you get it as soon as you crack the bottle. A rush of sweet hops and pine needles come out right away in the flavor followed by a long gradual bitterness. Malty base provides some stickiness and honey. There's a lot of hops and a lot of flavor here but it's also quite smooth and easy to drink. Definitely well done!

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of warmdog
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

great divide dbl ipa. aroma is so choice. could close eyes and smell this all day. top layer is wonderful, oily. pours a beautiful dark amber orange.
mouthfeel is intense, alcohol is intense. after a few sips I feel a light buzz.
straight up, an excellent beer. a little scared of drinking these on a regular occasion. regular pale ale's are starting to taste like mineral water. my hop addiction is out of control.

morry, send me a pliny!

ps purchased from utobeer london

warmdog, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Serving type- Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A- Pours an orange and amber red, with a nice medium head that dwindles inot a nice white lace present thrhoughout. No carbonation activity present after pour.

S- Smell of hops and citus. A clean combination. After thoughts of alcohol and pine.

T- This beer delivers with the hop flavors. Nice counterpunch to the alcohol that resonates from the mouthfeel.

Got this in a trade with thehand and even though Great Divide offers other selections in my area this is not one of them. I liked this alot, it had a good hop and malt flavor that finished smooth. Strong presence but not overwhelming. I hope that this is soon offered in my neck of the woods because I would like to have this brew again.

cbros, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours deep red-copper with a thick, crisp white head. Sheets of lacing. Very nice.

Aroma is caramel malt base with hints of brown sugar. However, it is the piney and citrus hops that really take center stage. Complex and interesting. A touch of earthy nuttiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but the massive, grainy caramel malt has more of a presence. Surprisingly nutty, while retaining the resinous piney, citrus hop character. This is a DIPA that shows restraint and offers a rich flavorful experience. Flavor is big but balanced. Finish is dry with lingering hop spice and mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. very creamy and smooth.

This is a winner! Unlike some DIPA's that seem to try to be as bitter as possible, this one offers a range and complexity of flavor that supersedes any other DIPA I can think of. I'm honestly surprised at how good this is.

Blakaeris, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours copper-orange with slight foamy head.

Smells of hops, fruits, floral, slight caramel.

Taste: Very strong. Very bitter. What you would expect from a double IPA. Maybe a little too overpowering to have more than one in a sitting.

Maybe not the best double IPA I have had, but one of the better ones.

webmanspidey, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of simplexiton
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

Had this on-tap at Bierra Paradiso in Georgetown DC

While this was a really well crafted beer it was really just too much for my tastes. I can certainly appreciate it for what it was and Great Divide did a great job in the formulation of the recipe but I am not yet accustomed to the DIPAs.

Appearance: Dark copper, brass colored. Some chill haze, small but stable fine-bubbled lacing head. Very attractive.

Aroma: wow, thats a lot of hops. The smelled so fresh and pungent, it was really strong. Perfumy, piny, citrusy turning grassy. Lurking somewhere behind all of that greenery was considerable malt caramel sweetness. Almost made me shudder.

Flavor: If I thought that the aroma was strong, the taste of this was considerably stronger than the smell let on. The dominant and lingering taste was like that of eating hop pellets (homebrewers should know what I am talking about). Super strong alcohol and super syrupy malt.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy but balanced well by the moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely low

Comments: definitely worth a try if you like DIPAs or are curious about this new substyle. If I were into DIPAs I would probably love this beer but its well worth a try.

simplexiton, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in KC.

Poured a crystal clear amber with a slight orange hue. Thin ring of head and scarce trace of lacing.

First inhale yields a strong hop aroma with an earthy pine fragrance bringing up the rear.

Tastes of a hop explosion with a nutty, earthy aftertaste. Each of the different flavors have their own show for a short period, meaning there are distinguishable periods in each swig. The aftertaste lingers for approximately 30 seconds after each drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a little carbonation.

Very strong yet very good, I see how this has formed its reputation. Drinkability is on the low side due to ABV but starting out the night with one of these would suffice.

Zadok, Aug 11, 2008
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,421 ratings.