Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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3,643 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,511
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 199
Gots: 292 | 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 MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Two fingers of pale yellow foam, with excellent retention and concentric lacing. The brew is a semi-transparent copper-orange color. There's a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so make sure this sits for a while before pouring it.

S - Hoppy bitterness, tangerine, grapefruit. Surprising amount of malt, and I'm pretty sure the bottle is fresh as it has the new label. The smell isn't all that big, and it's pretty generic for a DIPA, albeit quite nice. There's a bit of alcohol present.

T - Starts with huge bitterness, but then mellows out to a nice caramel and citrus sweetness. Leaves a persistent bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

M - Medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Lots of residual mouth-coating stickiness.

D - The bitterness has defeated me after one bomber. The ABV would defeat me if I had anymore. It's a solid brew, but not one I'd want very often.

This is pretty good, but not in the class of other DIPAs I've had. If my selection were limited I'd be content, but it just doesn't stand out in a pretty crowded field. I think the 22oz serving size is also a little daunting.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber cloudy hue with average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Heavy hop and medium malt aroma. Moderate bitter flavor with a balanced finish of long duration. Medium body with a slick texture.

Very good full body brew.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good brew for sure. Got this in a trade and was looking forward to it. Really good taste that makes me wish that I could buy this brew all the time.

It pours a golden orange that comes with a frothy off white head. The head is really foamy and sticks around for a while. The bottle is neat, but does not have a best by date on it. Leaves a great lacing around the glass.

The smell and taste are great. I combine the two characteristics because they are similar. There are citrus hops, and a lingering bitterness taste after a few sips that sticks with you the rest of the bottle. It starts sweet and citrusy, but ends dry and bitter. LOVE IT. The mouthfeel is great because it effects the whole palate with it's bitterness. Really a great brew because it tastes great, and is incredibly fun and easy to drink. Before I knew it I had drank the whole bomber. The mouthfeel also has an aftertaste that I love about DIPA's. I got this dryness after drinking this that left a hop taste lingering in my mouth for about an hour or so, I loved it. I love the brutal attack of hops on the palate, the reason I drink DIPA's. Overall a drinkable brew that is a great great addition to my recent trade. Overall a great brew.

J

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, what a great looking orangish hazy copper pour, there was some fine particulate present. The off-white fluffy head contrasts beautifully. There was great lacing left in the glass.

It has a delicious bitter hop smell and apricots. Nice malty aromas backup the hops, I'm thinking sweetlike...caramel.

Definitely a bitter ale that endures the entire swallow from start to finish. It is much like the bitterness of an orange peel. A considerable hop profile that is surpassed by few beers that I have had. A creamy caramel aftertaste.

Medium to heavy bodied beer with a great bitter drying finish that seriously leaves me thirsting for more. The bitterness is almost jaw clenching, wow this is good. The carbonation is just to my liking.

This is definitely a beer that I could drink until I was on my back. Although I found it to be a little filling, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The bitterness is probably a little much for some people, but it is right up my alley.

Photo of cpn920
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a short lived head that dissipates to a thin layer. Yeasty particles suspended throughout. Get big caramel malt aroma and floral hops. Taste was not what I have grown accustomed to in Double IPA's. For me it was overly malty with the hops giving a bitter finish. Medium body with adequate carbonation. I wouldn't go back to this one when there are others that I enjoy so much more. Unearthly, Double Simcoe, 90 Minute, Dreadnaught, Gordon are all much better IMO.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours translucent dark amber with generous white head that dissipates to a thin layer, covered with random sized bubbles like you'll find on the reverse side of your morning pancakes.

Nose has a somewhat musty caramel, marshamallow hoppiness to it.

Palate offers what was expected - caramel candied malt sweetness, balancing hops, and a modest reminder in alcohol warmth that this is a big beer. Finishes powdery dry.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in an oversized wine glass for a copper body with a sticky two finger head that leaves lacing everywhere. A great mix of citric hops along with heavier fruits and hints of malts like caramel. Medium-bodied and drying, the hops prickle the tongue and there are also notes of roasted or coffee malts for a drying aftertaste as while. Fruit notes in the taste include citrus and some darker fruits b/c the body is a little heavier (grape?). This is a beer that is balanced but overall the fruit/sweet taste is overpowered by hops, making a beer that will kick your palette's ass. I couldn't session this but I did enjoy it.

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended to me at my favorite Lawrence, KS bottle shop - MASS Beverage.

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper (think amber), just the right amount of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. left a resiny web on my glass as I drank it down Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather a perfect balance. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit from the hops, followed at a distance by some sticky pine, and held up by a chewy, almost candy-like malt sweetness.

GREAT balance in the flavor as well. Hops are let loose from the beginning, but almost equally matched with the malt, a smooth blending.
Biscuity and light caramel malt, creamy texture, slow rising of orange citrus in the middle along with some floral hops, building to a contained finish of pine and grapefruit rind, it really only starts ripping the tongue and palate in the aftertaste, then instantly, and gently the perfect amount of malty sweetness creeps in to temper the bite.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel. To me this is what I want in a beer! just bold enough that the smallest sip caresses every single taste bud you have! Leaving you with the faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it make you instantly reach for another sip to reinforce your previous impression.

One of the smoothest and most balanced DIPA's I've ever had. Almost no trace of alcohol content in the flavor whatsoever, it only really sinks in about half way through the bottle. This brew REALLY met my lofty expectations!

*my only perfect score in 2 years*

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Nov 2008.

Poured into 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large tight foamy head. Almost flat. Clear bright orange color. Aroma of pineapple upside down cake. Pineapple a little lighter in the taste than the smell. Fairly sweet and caramel, green banana but good citric bitterness throughout. Finish is bittersweet. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol fairly hidden.

Nice aroma with this.

Photo of tittymcj
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

William Pang (Queens, NY) loves this beer.

Pours out the bottle with a very light amber/dark orange color, with a thin head that recedes fairly quickly and a stringy, top to bottom lacing.

Smell is a lot of fruit character with some hops and a lot of malt sweetness, strange for a double IPA.

Taste is very mild. Lots of biscuit/malt flavor, mixed with a very small amount of citrus.

Medium body with a very smooth character and a very nondescript finish.

This is a strange beer in terms of drinkability. A little heavy to drink too much of, but very mild in terms of flavor. Probably wouldn't dare to drink too many in one session.

Photo of zerofear13
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm actually a pretty big fan of Great Divide. Bold flavors. Very underrated brewery in my opinion. This brew poured out a very clear brown, deep copper color. Head retention wasn't any amazing, but the smell is fantastic. Really floral hoppy aromas. Interesting taste. You get that hop kick. But it's quite watered down. Like the initial hop kick seems muted, and as a result, a little bit more accessible on the tongue. Like you have more time to realize those sweet caramel malts before your tongue is numb from a bashing of hops. The bitterness is there, but I don't think I would've ever labelled this as a double based on flavor. Great mouthfeel. Very smoothe. Very light. I'd definitely grab another. Again, a solid brew from Great Divide.

Photo of applky
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a $14 four pack. Yikes.

Pours an incredible red-amber color with yeast floaters. Light orangey head. Great lacing. A crazy-looking beer.

Citrusy in the nose, as you might expect, but also some dark, honey flavors, too. Some dark, biscuity malt comes through as well -- another cue that this isn't an average beer.

Amazingly well-balanced between hops and malt, as other reviewers have noted. That carmel/honey flavor lingers without making the beer seem sweet. Still, the hops are the center of attention -- citrusy, funky, oily, a very unique flavor which is what you want in a DIPA from hops -- but not by much. A very unique flavor.

Finishes dry, as expected, but very creamy in the mouth! Still, like other "well-balanced" DIPAs, all the bitter flavors from both the hops and the malt tend to linger a bit longer than some might like. Still, a very easy beer going down. The 9% ABV isn't necessarily hidden well or anything. This beer is just delicious.

Photo of markaberrant
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - colour is glowing orange, clear except for the loose yeast floaties that were easily disturbed, off-white head with good retention, leaves close to full sheet of lace down the sides of my tulip.

S - you can smell the big malt, a touch of caramel, and alcohol, but there is also plenty of citrus hops, fairly balanced.

T - More of that evenly balanced, yet quite robust, malt/hop balance. I'm really enjoying the sweet caramel malt, it holds up well to hops which are quite pungent in flavour. Bitterness is not over the top, but still firm. Finish is biscuity malt, lingering bitterness and smooth alcohol.

M - med body seems to bring out a fair bit of oilyness from the hops. Med low carbonation, makes for a very smooth and creamy texture. Finish is a dry, astringent, lip smacking, alcohol warming delight.

D - excellent interplay between hops and malt, a rewarding beer to savour as you go back and for between the two.

Quite a tasty treat. The alcohol presence in the aroma, finish and mouthfeel really adds to the overall effect in this beer. By American standards, it's not a hop bomb (at least not anymore, I just checked the bottle date, and it's mid-Aug 08, so about 5 months old), but there is still plenty of hops in there, with an excellent malt bill to round things out.

Photo of Magpie14
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kelly's Olympian, a great place.

A: reddish orange hues throughout that fused with golden and yellow colors at the bottom and edges when held up to the dim bar lights. A dense ring of white foam cap that trickled down, sip upon sip. Just about motionless in the glass with a few outcast bubbles amongst the radiant color. Even at the bar it looked real tasty

S: nice hop hitter, Hercules does hit you in the nose on this one. Nice blending of pine, lemon, floral, and citrus scents. Sweetness relies on caramel and burnt brown sugar with buttery whiffs. This beer had no problem cutting through the usual bar smells, very pleasing nose

T: this is flipping great! The malts play a bigger role than you think. Caramel and brown sugar drizzled over roasted malty goodness. Pine and citrus (lemon, grapefruit, oranges) hops are prefect match with hearty sweet malts. It is really well balanced overall with hops riding shotgun with the malts, even for a double IPA the hops are in total harmony

M: mild body and bursting with very drinkable flavors. Alcohol is very tame for its % and smooth body make it very delightful

D: a hop hitter and sweet malt kicker...great beer! Almost to well rounded for the label as a double IPA, not sure if that is possible? but, in any event, get a hold of it if you can! A must for hoppy beer fans

Photo of Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

I already know I'm going to have good luck with this beer. I tripped over my roommate's backpack with the full glass in my hand and didn't lose a drop.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, leaning towards copper. Didn't get too much of a head out of this one, but there are plenty of bubbles and swirls of foam at the top. All of the active particles in the glass almost make it look like pulpy orange juice.

The smell is dominated by citrus and pine, as any good IPA should be.

The hops deliver blow after blow in this one. Huge malt backbone makes for a nice balance. Very nice finish with a slight bitter piney hop aftertaste. Very, very smooth.

Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden to copper, with massive carbonation and a fluffy head that falls quickly to nice lacing. There appear to be chunks of yeast floating in the beer, even in the first of two pours from a 22 oz bottle.

The aroma is typically Double IPA - sweet, cloyingly malty, with some non-specific fruity hops.

The flavor is malty and alcoholic, with strong grapefruity hops. The beer, although quite sweet, has an almost salty character. It's like a sweet preserved apricot with a little salt.

The mouthfeel is clingy, leaving a slow developing, almost hot bitterness on the finish.

This is a good beer, but tending toward the out of balance.

Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fun, frothy head of large cream white bubbles, enjoyable to just watch them pop, any lacing left behind doesn't last. Healthy chrome orange to bronzed color, touch of dark yellow around the rims, murky yet incandescent. Interesting nose of rubber, sneaker sweat, salami and pine resin, not offensive, just weird, then more normalizing orange rind, corn syrup, more fig and date fruit than anything darker, light floral musk appears before it's all gone. Full-bodied, very broad and filling without becoming unduly dense. The malts bring a touch of caramel and milk chocolate but really just smooth out any burrs in the hops. On that note, the hops lean more towards sweet grains and oats, pine and lemon oil, like you just cleaned the house, The carbonation is by no stretch weak yet cannot disturb the weight presented here. Apricot, white grape, peach and pear fruit come through as it moves forward. Only fault might be it tries too hard to please.

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

Pours a fairly vibrant amber color with almost two fingers of light tan head that sticks around a rather long time. Aroma is pretty good. Pine and citrus hops are initially dominant but then malts come a bit more the to forefront. There is a rather large malt presence for a DIPA with a fair amount of caramel and a bit of sweetness. There is also a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Taste is very reminiscent of the aroma with a good american hop presence. The malt flavor seems a bit more restrained than the aroma. The malt character that is there is caramel but very much in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a medium body and moderate+ carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well. The alcohol presence is restrained given the 9.1% ABV. Overall I found this rather enjoyable but it seemed to have a touch too much body and a bit too much caramel malt character.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-dark amber with a nice head. Smell is citrusy with a lot of pine coming through. The taste is very hoppy. Definitely a DIPA, though not the most overwhelming I've had. Piney hops make themselves known immediately and stay in the mouth after the beer is gone. A citrus taste is there as well. The beer is bitter, but balanced. A nice, slightly creamy malt taste balances this ale perfectly. The mouthfeel completes the balance of the ale. The hops, malt, and carbonation are almost perfect. I drink a fair bit of great divide and I would offer one word of caution; I have had a few bottles of this and the barleywine that were subdued and off balance. These beers seem to past their prime quicker than many. Again, I'm just speculating about that. But when you get one that doesn't suffer from that affliction, great divide is spot on.

Photo of jjazz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow head that doesn't stick around for very long.

Significant malty aromas, along with piney hops. Not the citric DIPA that I was expecting.

Flavor is very balanced for a DIPA, with lots of sweet malt and a hop dominated finish. Bitterness doesn't stand out like it does in most DIPAs; the malt really balances it out. I think I would actually like this more if it was less balanced. Needs more hop flavor/aroma for a DIPA, or some more malt to go in another direction.

Overall, this is certainly good, but not quite as distinctive as I was hoping for. More hops would have been nice.

It is certainly possible that this bottle was a bit past its prime, but its hard to tell since it has no date anywhere. I'd like to try a fresher bottle for sure.

My least favorite GD beer so far. The Titan and Yeti are much better beers IMO.

Photo of mentor
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Four finger tan head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells pine, pith, and soapy. Oranges, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Some alcohol (with some fusel) and seashore.

Tastes potent hoppy with alcohol edge hitting in with the hops. Hop bitter is high and hop flavor is so potent the flavors take on a sourish role. Pine sol with grassy dry to boot. Wet that hits the front of the tongue is wiped immediately clear with grassy hops, edgy alcohol and too strong carbonation. Gritty hop bits into the papillae in the aftertaste turning the alcohol and hops into a fusel mess. WTF is all the hype of this crap. Light body and overcarbonated.

Photo of bassmantin
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a nice golden orange with minimal head. Pour it fairly quickly.

The smell is very woody. The hops remind me of the SN Bigfoot Barelywine. The taste is similar to the smell. Very strong, woody hoppiness that overpowers everything. Minimal malt flavor. I can detect some faint malts that might be interesting if I could perceive them better.

I think might be one to age, given the high abv and the over-intesity of the hops when fresh. I might give it a shot.

Overall: I am a hophead of sorts, but this one is too hoppy. One surprise - the alcohol is incredibly well concealed.

Photo of iddqd
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, a bit reddish with tan foam. Beautiful.

S: Flowers and citrus. Hoppy. It wouldn't hurt if it was stronger though, or maybe it's just because I have a cold.

T: The alcohol is present, but the beer is so balanced that it doesn't matter. Rather sweet and lots of grapefruit bitterness. Really smooth.

M: A bit thick, but it's not a problem. After all, this is a heavy beer. Carbonation is perfect.

D: I probably wouldn't want to drink another one, since it is very heavy and high on the alcohol. Then again, I think this type of beer is supposed to be enjoyed slowly.

Overall, this beer is one of the best I've had. If you have a chance to try it, do so.

Photo of humanawho
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a nice dark amber color with an off white head that sticks around and laces well

S - very nice floral hops, somehow smells of strawberries

T - great balance although the finish is a little rough. nice sweet and bitter, there is some watermelon flavors and again strawberries

M - pretty think but the carbonation is very nice and almost creamy

D - for me is has a rough finish which hurts it

Photo of mdcrouser
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Piling such a monster thick head would be a crime if not for the fact that it complements the devilish amber color of the beer so well - you could literally spoon it off the top if you'd like.

Freakishly heavily hopped, it actually goes down pretty easily, as the burn of the hops doesn't set in until long after the drink is gone.

Once it does, it rolls from the tip of the tongue to the back adn then to the front like a slow wave.

Because it is so heavily hopped though, it is difficult to discern any other flavors, just smmothe and hot hops.

The 9.1% abv begins to settle in after a bit - drinkable, but not great.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,643 ratings.