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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 163
Gots: 168 | 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 2wheeledpirate

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a decent head. The head dissolves slowly and leaves a bit of lacing. You could almost say the aroma is all hops but after searching I noticed what I believed to be a hint of grapefruit smell. The flavor is typical IPA, with a bit of a pop at the end. I'm still sticking with it being a citrusy note. Carbonation seemed appropriate for an IPA giving that medium body. All in all a great beer I hope to experience again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:45:39 | More by 2wheeledpirate
Photo of RunawayJim

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack open my 22 oz. bomber of this tonight. This beer pours a nice amber color with a decent head (I probably would’ve had more head if it was a bit warmer when I poured it). It is also not cloudy like their Titan IPA. The smells are of mainly malty goodness, but there’s a bit of a piney citrusy hops scent as well.

The taste and drinkability are where it’s at. This beer is a perfectly balanced double IPA. The flavors up front are of the sweet malts, perhaps some caramel malt. Down in back, you get the tingle of the hops, piney and citrusy, like the scent. Though the alcohol content is high, you don’t know it in the flavor. It feels a bit thicker and heavier, but that’s to be expected. I have easily drunk most of this glass (and I still have about half the bottle left).

This beer is pure pleasure. If you like IPA’s and you want to move onto bigger beers, this is a great start and finish (though I would still recommend trying more and more). I have definitely found my favorite double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:03:21 | More by RunawayJim
Photo of biggmike


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

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:23:10 | More by biggmike
Photo of mnstorm99


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

Aroma was as good as it gets, nice hoppy citrus and pine. The flavor of this beer is sweet but so well balanced by the hops which again comes out piney and grapefruit citrus, the malty character of this beer is what I really liked about it. I am getting to be a huge fan of the DIPA's and this one is near the top of the list.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 14:13:46 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one good looking DIPA. Hercules pours with a large tanned head. Lots of lacing fills the inside of the glass, great retention and a hazy orange color.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruits, yeasty spice, dark fruits and a dash of malt.

Tastes of citrus, grapefruits the label says a nutty malt and I do agree the malt comes into play and blends everything well for a really nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:49:16 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:26:03 | More by tempest
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.

Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.

Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.

If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.

This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 19:09:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A delicate pour yields a massive, fluffy white head that retains its density quite well and leaves thick lacing on its painstakingly slow descent. After a while, cloud formations appear as if the glass had its own weather system. The beer is a see-through ambery-rust color that looks attractive.

S: Lots of citrusy hops in the nose, hints of grapefruit, but with a depth of character that entices the tastebuds. Other than that, not much else is noticeable, but this is definitely enough to get me going.

T: Big, bold, and balanced. Just as it should be. The array of hop flavors, predominantly citrusy, with floral and grassy notes as well, hit the palate toward the middle and finish, but the malty base up front is strong enough to ride out the wave of flavor and provide great balance. Seeing the darker, amber hue, I had hoped this would be the case, and I was not disappointed. Finish and aftertaste are refreshing and fade gently away.

M: Mealy and chewy, sticky, with an enjoyably thick aftertaste of hops that really stands out amongst the Double/Imperial IPA crowd. Still, even with a heavier texture, it glides off the tongue and throat smoothly and doesn't stick around too long or taste too harsh.

D: Incredibly drinkable, especially for a style known for being rather extreme. Balance is the key here, and I'm glad Great Divide picked up on that when they brewed this thing. The description on the label reading "its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile" is as accurate as one can get. Great job on an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 22:38:35 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of rallison


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

Finally, a Great Divide beer!

Pours a wonderful dark amber with a 1 finger white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smells of lots of caramel malt with some piny and citrusy hops. Looking forward to the taste...

First sip is quite nice. Caramel malt. Piny hops. Some citrus follows. Nice balance, but with rich flavors. Nice and malty. Almost barleywine-like with respect to the malt/hop profile. A wonderful and tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is rich but well carried by the carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability is very high. I'd drink this all day.

Highly recommended. A skillfully crafted DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:53:43 | More by rallison
Photo of tronester


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 23:53:45 | More by tronester
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a three fingered head. Dissipates down to a nice frothy cap and lacing is everywhere.

S-Biscuity pine cones. Very fragrant.

T-Very strong on the hop character with a biscuity dry malt character. Hops are strong with the pine. Not exactly what I would call well balanced. The alcohol is very evident as well. You really taste the burn on the follow through.

M-Slightly thin and low on the carbonation

D-I am not digging this. Completely one sided with a strong alcohol flaw. It is harsh and I woudl say over rated

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:05:25 | More by sleazo
Photo of seaoflament


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to upsjeff for sending this great extra.

Pours a dark, murky orange color with a finger of foam. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a heavy malt backbone. The taste has a pleasant bitterness with some orange and slightly spicy flavors and a big malt profile to hold the whole thing together. Mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfection. A really great thirst quencher for these warm days.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:29:46 | More by seaoflament
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

pours a nice hazy red amber. thick head, some lacing, esp. the first layer.

aroma is very malty with strong hop backbone, fruity and piney.

lots of sweetness upfront from both malt and fruity compounds (i guess from both hops and yeast-produced esters, etc). leads into resiny hops and then bitterness with malt lingering.

somewhat light but smooth, while also slightly creamy

great stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 01:17:34 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of roller


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber a beautiful, clear golden amber color with a frothy, off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with grapefruit and orange. Taste is grapefruit with a malty finish. Very hoppy but well-balanced. Well carbonated with a medium body. Another hit from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 06:47:29 | More by roller
Photo of cueball52


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper with a small tight white head.
The aroma is nice mixture of malt and hops with a slight grassy note.
The taste starts with a bitter citrus hop punch that is quickly balanced by the malt. This is a very well balanced big beer. The alcohol at 9.1% isn't overpowering but you can tell it's there.
It has a very full mouth-feel, nicely carbonated, and is very drinkable. It would be easy to drink more of this than would be wise.
This is definitely one of the best Double IPA's I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:50:17 | More by cueball52
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice apperance with nice head and retention.

Smell is strong and hoppy. Slight malty notes as well.

Taste is malty, but not overly malty like other dipas. Nice hoppiness as well. Nice earthy hoppiness reminiscent of cascades and chinook.

This beer has a nice finish and is pretty drinkable for a DIPA. Defintely give this beer a try. Great divide has yet to let me down.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 06:33:45 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of TheSarge


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

This is what I've been craving for the last three months. A great IPA, a double none the less. The Mighty Herc is richly full of the aromas that make a great IPA, well, great. Very piny and grassy, and a bit lemony too.

When poured this produces a beautiful tight head, about two fingers thick into my pint glass. The body is ultra hazy and is orangish amber in color. The head sticks very well to the glass all the way through.

The taste of this brew is awesome. It is one of the most perfect IPAs I've had. Of course it's been a while, but damn this has the perfect balance of pine and sweet molasses at the same time. Very warming to the palate.

Like I've said, it's been a while since I've had an IPA let alone a double, but you've got to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 18:23:48 | More by TheSarge
Photo of boblog


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Clear brownish copper. Big head which leaves a big amount of lacing.
Smell: Like a good IPA the hop smell is strong and clean, with a slight lemon twang to it. Malt is smell very subtle.
Taste: In one work "big". The hops dominate the flavor but sweet malt flavors can be noticed it ends on a nice alcohol induced warmness. The hop taste sticks on the palate for a long time taking a sip.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost creamy. Light on carbonation. It has a good velvet like senesation to it.
Drinkability: Well the damn thing comes in a pint and is 9.10 ABV so your taste buds might scream for another but your liver will scream "enough!!!".
Overall: A fine brew. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel. I havent had many Double IPA's but I would say this a good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:58:58 | More by boblog
Photo of Onslow


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

..on the open,
thick cream like tan foam started oozing out of the bottle.

The head is quite good, but the lacing is exceptional! .

.Colour is of dark fresh honeycomb..

smell is rustic pine cones, fresh crushed hops, pine needles, and honey.

.Sits oh so kindly in the mouth, not overly heavy.

.The drink of Spies.

.Alcohol is very well hidden and it warms your belly up!..it beats the ole slave labor camp.

. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but it was almost to smooth, it just disappeared outta my glass, like that "___" ..

..Great Divide has just upped their reputation with me!!

"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet" ...."not if you called them Stench Blossoms!" -Bart Simpson"

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 00:09:18 | More by Onslow
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas are all about the grapefruity hop. Some more in the taste, hops, hops, hops. Dryer in the end, does not show alcohol that much either. A sticky hop aftertaste. It is a great double/ imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 13:59:52 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of SwillBilly


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

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear and bright amber with hues of ruby shining throughout. A thick foamy white head tops the beer as tiny bubbles of carbonation race to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer disappears.

Smell: Very fruity and sweet with a grapefruit like citrusyness woven into the aroma. A very slight hint of alcohol permeates through the fruity goodness.

Taste: Starts with a big malty sweetness, fruity, candi sugar, molasses, the middle transitions from the the malty and yeasty fruitness to a big citrusy finish with plenty of grapefruit rind giving the beer a lingering bitterness long after the swallow. Just a slight touch of alcohol makes its self known, otherwise its pretty well hidden of a 9% abv beer. Very well balanced between sweet and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bording on thick, creamy and slightly slick with good carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Don't know why it took me so long to review this beer. I've had it numerous times and its one of my favorite DIPA. Very well balanced with plenty of fruity and sugary malts to offset the big citrusy hops that are present in the finish. Not a hop tea by any means. A big beer that is actually pretty easy to drink but the 9% abv will makes itself know in short order, definitely not a beer to make a session of, but one to savor. A damn good DIPA and another fine beer from the folks at Great Divide, a very underrated brewery in my opinion. Seek and Enjoy. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 20:02:07 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 18:06:44 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of boston2bburg


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 20:53:49 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of Halcyondays


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 02:21:52 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of treehugger02010


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Total Wine and More in Tampa, Fl and poured into 2 pint glasses.
Appearance: A beautiful body of orange, brown and amber tones, a tan head that was pretty large with lots of big bubbles and it stayed tight the entire way down.
Smell: A deep citrus hop with an imagined floral hint.
Taste: A strong citrus taste, grapefruits and oranges, with a strong malt backbone that hits you after a few sips.
Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp.
Drinkabiltiy: Great.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 21:16:19 | More by treehugger02010
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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