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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,450
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 178
Gots: 212 | 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 jar2574
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy bubbles and plenty of foamy head. Orangish beer.

Both hops and malts in the scent with a touch of citrus. Nothing amazing though.

Holy s*!t. That's the first thing you're gonna think when you take a sip. This thing is loaded with hops and spices. Extremely hoppy. A touch of pineyness, but not too much.

The alcohol is well-disguised. This is the highest rank I've ever given for an IPA It's not my favorite style, but this is very good.

The aftertaste is too piney, but less than with other IPAs.

A good beer. Great representative for its style.

jar2574, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange with a big 2+ finger widths of billowy off-white head that nearly fills 1/3 of the glass. After settling down, it retains beautifully into a creamy covering that left awesome sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is a Wowzas! huge bouquet of floral hops and piney notes, citrus, and bready sweetness.

The taste is just a big as the aroma, with bold piney resinous hops that are nicely balanced by a brawny backbone of grainy malt. The bitterness lasts well through the finish and lingers on the palette. The mouthfeel of this beer is a real treat, being as muscular and powerful as its mythological namesake with a thick and chewey nature that matches well with its other characteristics. Heat is present but it's not stinging. It just adds even more strenghth to the body and accecuates the bitterness in the finish.

Hercules is one of my favorite Great Divide beers as to me, it does everything a good DIPA should. With fresh pungent hop characteristics, a sturdy malt backbone to keep it in check, and a big body that lets you know that your drinking a beer that means business. It's definitely a sipper but when a beer is this good, that's fine by me!

Kegatron, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a lucious sight of unfiltered yeast floating throughout the scene. Smell is upfront floral with a little lingering of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is definately floral and citrus hops. Very apealing and soothing. A nice presentation of a DIPA. Not the greatest, but does the style justice. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very pleasing to the palate. A very well-done DIPA from Great Divide. Drinkability is very good as well. Especially during warm spring/summer days. For winter, I do prefer darker (Stouts/porters). Well done from GD I was very pleased, since I enjoyed their Titan IPA so much. Good Brew!!!

DrinkinBuddy, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is richly hoppy and promising. Color is a beautiful dark amber with a nice thick head. Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a piney tone, as well as some hoppy bitterness, but not so much as to be unpleasant. I highly recommend this beer to all hops fanatics.

Cyberkedi, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

I've also recently reviewed Hopslam and Hop 15. I didn't find the same similarities with this beer as I did between those two (generally speaking). This had much less of the citrus/honey sweetness that the other two had and had more of a hop presence from start to finish.

A: Translucent copper/amber color that is cloudy with sediment. Fluffly white head that dissipates to thick film with generous lacing.
S: Hops first and more than anything followed by some bitter citrus and pine with the slight burn of alcohol
T: Clean, crisp punch of hops from the start that never lets up. Some bitter citrus and earthy pine flavor and then a very dry finish of bitter hops. As this warms up a little more it gets a little sweeter, like grapefruit.
M: Medium body with light carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly watery. Slight presence of alcohol
D: Easy drinking for 9.1% abv. Despite the hops digging in form the beginning and the bitterness never really letting up, the finish is very clean and refreshing. Doesn't attack the taste buds in quite the same way that Hopslam does. A little more sweetness would make this easier to drink for me.

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Tolann
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bomber poured into 2 big tumbler glasses.

A- very nice looking for a double IPA. Very copper/amber with a thick yellowy head. Leaves a nice unorganized lacing on the glass.

S- A balance of pine and citrius. really nice.

T- Better than GDs Titan. A nice balance but very hoppy. nice for a double IPA. Not for a light drinker.

M- Not as easy to drink as Titan. Easy on the pallet, but still is a medium/light bodied beer.

D-very drinkable considering the ABV and it being a double IPA.

Tolann, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 22 0z Bomber bottle. Poured into pint glass.

Pour is nice dark amber color. Head is 1", but slowly does down to a thin lacy layer. Somewhat hazy with bits of hops in suspension in brew.

Smell is nice and hoppy, Some citrus and a lottle bit of pineyness. Taste is very hoppy. Good bitterness makes the ale easily drinkable.

The finish is very nice. I wish I had bought another one of these as this is a very easy to drink and enjoyable brew.

mattster, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Colorado. Was a little hesitant, IPA's are usually enough for me led alone a double.

A: A dull cloudy copper with a head that was decent sized with good retention. Very intriguing. Cloudyness is interesting for an IPA.

S: The smell is very citrusy and reminds me somewhat of grapefruit, mostly hops is all I can smell.

T: WOW! Very impressive, not too bitter, not a flaming hop bomb. There are a few sweet tastes, more than likely from the yeast and most definitely hops. I like the lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, almost a bite to it like black pepper, makes me want to take another drink.

M: Perfect in the mouth, not much to be said, not too thick and grainy, not to thin and watery. Perfect.

D: I don't think this would be a good session beer, I think one would be perfect on a cool winter's day like today. All in all a great DIPA hopefully I can find some more.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color. The aroma has a bunch of citrus and piney hops. Not much malt in there. The flavor is much different. A good amount of malt with a nice bitterness. Hop flavor is mostly piney. The body is nice and heavy. Nice solid DIPA all around.

drseamus, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color with a golden-white head.

Smell: Good hop presence, touch of alcohol.

Taste: Good initial hop blast. It provides a good bite to work along with the strong malt backbone of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. It has a sticky quality to it.

Drinkablity: This is a good brew. Powerful, yet balanced.

SargeC, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA had a lot of particles floating around in it, giving it an odd, off-putting appearance. Poured a nice head though. It had a sweet, pleasant smell. The taste was a bit much. The hops overwhelmed it, making it overly tart and leaving a bitter aftertaste. It did have a good, highly carbonated mouthfeel, though. If you like IPA's, this might be the beer for you. I thought the taste was a bit much. Nonetheless, not a bad brew.

avalon07, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like this one as much as others.

Looks really good, like glowing honey with the exception of a million huge sediment particles floating around in the thing. They don't seem to affect the taste much but they look horrible.

Smells superb. Very hoppy, very, very hoppy with a nice maltiness lingering around in the background.

Super sweet hoppy taste to this. Nice maltiness as well. There is something to this one that I don't like as well as some of the true elite IIPAs. Kind of wangy or something.

Pretty good but not great.

Tilley4, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Theres lots of hops citrus hops and some alcohol gets through

T - A bunch of hops in your mouth finishes slightly bitter

M - This is a medium bodied brew

D - If you like DIPAs this is a beer for you if you can get your hands on this one you'll be happy

armock, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of SaintsFan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect reddish-amber into my St. Feuillien glass. Small head, but sticks around forever, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is classic big IPA...pine, citrus, and alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste is a huge hops blast...delicious if you love this style. As it warms, some malts come through, but this is a big hop beer.

Mouthfeel is great...neither too thick nor too thin. Very drinkable given the hops assault.

This is a great exemplar of the style.

SaintsFan, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard chalice (2 pours). Pours a murky orangey amber with a big head that left serious lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet citrus, oranges and grapefruit, with a piney note that lingers. Taste is big on the hops. Nice. Lots of grapefruit and pine, with a bready flavor and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavier then I expected with a positive effect on the beer. There is just a little carbonation and it finishes pretty dry. A great beer by a great brewery.

hwwty4, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium reddish copper body; clear with big pillowy head that leaves enormous chunks of lace.

Smell is well balanced between earthy, piney hops and complex malt. There must be a lot of crystal in this one.

The malt rolls into the front of your mouth then gives way to metallic, piney bitter hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is really spot-on for a bottled IIPA. I would love to try a cask version of this one.

I'm going out to buy more of this. Tomorrow.

bboven, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky orange/amber hue, thin layer of white head that is sustaining, sticky lacing all over glass
S- Sweet citrus and floral hops, pine resin, caramel malts, and alcohol
T- Sour grapefruit hops followed by sweet citrus and floral tones, underlying bread and caramel malts as well as a nutty presence, finishes sweet and hoppy
M- Full-bodied, oily and slick texture coats the mouth, mild carbonation
D- Well-balanced DIPA with low alcohol presence, very drinkable but not as hoppy or bold as most Cali DIPAs

Stoneman78, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, dark-gold. Some suspended floaties. Small, tight, one-finger head that leaves a lot of lace behind.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel dominate. Also noticed was a hint of toasted malt and apple. Smells slightly boozy as it warms.

T: Huge pine and grapefruit hops that taste like they've been drizzled with caramel sauce. Some sweet and tangy apple as well. Some alcohol heat as it reaches proper temp.

M: Peppery and spicy throughout. Juicy and sweet in the finish yet it never loses it's zingy edge.

D: Very nice and easy to drink.

GbVDave, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Graham21
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Looked very similiar to an apple cider. Nice and hazy with a creamy tan head that stayed in the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a strong floral scent. Reminded me also of something baking like apple pie. Nice and rich.

T- Very well balanaced but not as piney/hoppy as I though it would be. The hops provided some sweetness, it had a hint of apples and some maple in the flavor. The citrus and piney notes were pleasant and the alcholo was hidden well. The carbonation may have been lacking some, but overall a good double IIPA with a medium body that provides good drinkablilty.

Graham21, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark, slightly hazy orange with almsot an inch of off white head that falls to a thin whisp.
S - A nice, strong piney and citrus hop hit. Some slight alcohol is detectable.
T - Very hoppy to taste as well but also has a dry, biscuity maltiness to balance out. Warming alcohol is also more noticeable in the taste.
M - Fairly full bodied, slightly sticky. Medium carbonation & a lindering bitterness.
D - It's probably a good thing that this costs so much here because this is just so tasty. Despite a 9.1ABV% I could have a few...well try anyway.

brendan13, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber obtained at Total Wine into a pint glass.

A. Nice cherry dark red brew with a nice healthy head that settles down to beautiful lacing.

S. The smell is impressive. Nice bold hops but without any one hop overwhelming the other. Pine, grapefruit and grass share the stage.

T. Wow, this is where this beer shines. There are so many West Coast style IPA's where they overwhelm you with hops. But while this was strong, the hops were BEAUTIFULLY balanced. Someone really worked at the recipe before they found this balance. In addition, it compliments the malt base.

M. Very smooth and went down well.

D. Very drinkable despite the higher abv. Probably my favorite DIPA.

MarkSCCOT, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a cherry wood brown with a rocky and fluffy inch and a half sticky off white head supported by a bit of carbonation bubbling up from the center of the glass.

S: That good old mellon and pine is as sweet and heavy as ever.

T/MF: Very juicy and smooth at first, with a big sweet hit of the mellon to begin but then becomes quite piney and nutty and much much more bitter especially on the swallow. This beer just ravages the tongue on the finish leaving a streak of hop oil down the center of the tongue giving a nice prickly sensation. A hop lovers dream.

D: For as bitter as this beer is and for as high as the ABV it is incredibly fun and drinkable beer, a real hoppy tooth melter if just a tad one dimensional.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of irishevans
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellowish amber with a weak film of a head, it dose leave some lace though. the nose on the other hand is beautifully floral and inviting. the taste is only mildly bitter, but plenty hopy. the finish is where all bitterness is, but it presents itself in a smooth fashion. the mouth-feel is typical ipa. drinkability is a bit rough with all the hops in the mix. a pretty good beer, i'll drink it again.

irishevans, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy copper with a finger of white head that dies slow. Smells of the west coast with big citrus, rindy hops and a malty backbone. The bittering hops smack you with full force, the sweet malt makes a noble attempt at balancing but the hops give way and linger. Medium in the mouth with crisp carbonation. Session this if you can.

franksnbeans, Dec 15, 2007
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,450 ratings.