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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 213
Gots: 335 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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 washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a freshness date...was I looking in the wrong place? Thanks to jdmek9 for this bomber. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber and copper with a small off-white head.
S: Bready malts, lots of yeast, a bit of floral hops that are taken over by malt notes for the most part. I'm not too impressed with the aroma yet!
T: Floral and earthy hops. Pine pulls through with a bit more warmth on the beer. Big bready malts still. Dark fruit, currant and fig. I'd like some more hop notes in my DIPAs, but this one is still good.
M: Medium mouthfeel leaves TONS of residuals. I love it!
D: Alcohol hides well on this one, but it isn't the first DIPA I'd go to.

Photo of cvaypai
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guest beer offered at Town Hall Brewery. Poured into 10 oz snifter.

Appearance - Brown/Orange, deeper brown than most IPA's. 1 finger head which fades fairly quick, Thick layered lacing left. Normal head retention.

Smell - Smells of citrus and pine and usual ipa smells, but strong tingle in the nose and smell of alcohol. Small whiff of sweet malt.

Taste- Bitter with tastes of partly roasted malts. Tastes of wood, pine and grass. Very earthy taste. Bites the tongue. Small taste of alcohol and honey? at end. Different than most DIPA's i have had.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly carbonated, not too heavy even for its ABV. Tingles the tongue perfectly.

Drinkability - One or two is enough. I wouldn't drink much more based on abv and bitterness. Powerful beer and mighty tasty though.

Had to try it at Town Hall since I have never even seen it in bottles before and they had it on tap.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark, hazy amber color, good head settles to layer thickness quickly
s: sweet malts with strong piny hops and citrus aromas
t: sweet caramel malts balance very well with piny hops througout, finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness and alcohol
m: nice mouthfeel -- great balance of medium/heavy body with carbonation
d: balance makes this an easy dipa to drink in spite of the abv

Photo of movingtrain
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into brandy snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a decent head that falls pretty quickly, though sticks to the sides of the glass pretty well.

Smell is quite incredible...a lot going on here. Super hoppy, as it should be...and a lot of the flavors one would expect from a double IPA--grapefruit, pine, etc. There are some notes of vanilla, and some other sweet undertones.

Hmmm...not what I expected from the aroma. It's pretty thick up front, prompting thoughts of bittersweet citrus...and leaves a good creamy coating across the tongue, allowing the flavor to linger there. The bitterness lingers a bit too long, and doesn't give way to some of the malty sweetness that gives those hops a nice balance.

Overall, this is good...the aroma definitely adds to the enjoyment of the beer, and the flavor is pretty good. It's drinkable, for sure...and another impressive beer from Great Divide.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew. Beautiful rich coppery color straight out of the bottle and into my glass. Good looking, clean, well brewed beer. Aroma was citrusy with a commanding hop presence, needless to say. Loved the taste: tart, dry, hoppy with hints of old leather and mild fruitiness. Finished crisp, clean and strong. Well balanced, delicious brew.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Orange to amberish in color with a nice white head

S- Grassy smell with pine and maltiness to boot

T- I thought it was relatively sweet which hides the ABV well, also very piney and a nice malt finish

M- Nice and smooth with a medium body - I could drink probably a second bomber, but that might be the limits of what I would want to drink in one sitting.

Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, caramel orange/brown in color, low carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell:pineapple, pine, hops, and some sweet fruit

Taste:pineapple, pine, hops, caramel, and some sweet fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet start followed by a big bitter finish..medium body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: drinks almost like a barleywine with its complexity. I would only do one due to high abv. On the sweet end for the style, but very good. Hides the alcohol well.

Photo of wampahoofus
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I had this beer on tap at the brewery yesterday. I am not sure if it is was due to its freshness right from the source, its exceptional craft or both but it was one of the best Imperial IPAs that I have had to date.

The most striking aspect of this IPA was the aromas. I was amazed by the amount floral, citris, hoppiness coming out of the glass. Amazing aroma!

The taste did not disappoint. It is a well balanced Imperial IPA with tons of citris and florals. There must be a very thoughtful blend of hops going on here. The server was not forthcoming with the hop varieties in use. (I don't blame her.)

All in all this is an exceptional brew. Hop heads will be very pleased!

Photo of lincoln44
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love DIPA's and this was a new product available in my area.

A- Beer poured with a decent but shallow frothy head. Color is light amber leaning towards a golden amber. After a sip the head remains and left some foam on the glass as well.

S- There is a good balance between hop and malt aroma. I pick up a spicy sweet aroma from the malt but the floral aroma from the hops.

T- At 85 IBU's this is a well balanced beer. There is some spice at the end maybe from the alcohol but it is not prominent. The malt flavor is not annoyingly sweet and the hops balance out the sweetness that is present.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a mouth stimulating taste of hops.

D- I like this, but I would not be able to drink this all day. It would best go after a light meal.

Photo of northaustin
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is grain madness!!!

poured into a schnifter. one and a half finger head. pours a light brown with gold showing when held to the light. a few floaters in it.

as mentioned earlier the smell is out of control and bites your nose with its intensity. i must say it is a great smell but quite odd for what i was expecting with a double ipa.

taste is a bit boozey with not very much hoppiness but still sweet and good. tastes more along the lines of a regular double ale than a double ipa.

not vey drinkable as a session beer as it is very thick and a bit strong. i got mine in a mix and match six pack and its doin me alright. for sure an interesting contribution to the world of dipa's

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA pours a still, slightly hazy copper color with a thick, frothy off white head on top. I see no carbonation bubbles in the beer.

The aroma is a bit more mild than I thought it would be. Notes of citrus (pineapple and orange) hops dominate. Some pine and alcohol is also present in the aroma.

This full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewy. It gives a mild carbonated tingle on the middle of the tongue, which surprised me since I didn't see any bubbles in the beer.

The flavor is mainly hops. Again, citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange are present. Towards the end some sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors emerge. A touch of nuts It finishes bitter with a mild hotness from the alcohol. Once gone a hoppy and nutty malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer is quite ddrinkable for 9% abv. It's fairly well balanced, although the hops have the edge in flavor. I was expecting a highly hopped, bitter, alcohol flavored monster and instead found a nice, enjoyable brew. Well done!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules Double ipa.

A- A very inviting orange tinted hazed liquid with a off-white foamy head with decent retention.

S- Nice smell of floral hops, grassy hops, mild malts and sweet alcohol esters.

T- Unbelieveable hop flavor from begining to end. This is how a double ipa should taste. Amazing floral compound of hops with the right amount of bitterness to follow. Small amount of malts are also very appearent in this brew. Well balance and great flavored beer.

M-D- Mouthfeel is excellent with nothing to complain about. Drinkablity is wonderfull I would put down a six pack easy.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours ruby red/Amber with an unbelievable head, great lacing and retention.

S- smells of pine, toast, and carmel, very complex and deep, I keep smelling it because I know there is another smell that I am just missing completely.

T- a long lasting bitterness that just soothes your body, it feels like this beer is giving me a good rub down...and that this beer is a hot brunette. The hops are more earthy than I am used to but there is enough grapefruit in there to balance it out. Not to mention a hefty malt back bone. Much more well balanced than I am used to in a DIPA

M- perfectly carbonated with a medium body, very low cloying considering it is a double IPA.

D- Very drinkable for an IPA, I think this is my favorite rainy day beer. It warms you up yet is still refreshing enough to make you wish it was sunny and warm enough outside to go play.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Pours a deep dark golden brown, slightly darker than honey with an off-white almost tan head that dissipates quickly to cap the beer

S=Wonderful smell of hops with very piney notes. Not very much citrus on the nose.

T=Nice, very similar to the smell, with piney hops being the primary flavor, and some faint malt flavors on the finish and aftertaste.

M=Good, light carbonation, not huge alcohol flavors or warming. Some oily feel.

D=very good clean crisp flavors and really a good drinking beer.

Photo of BigMike
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Hercules Double IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods"

I can't remember a better looking, better smelling IPA then Hercules.

Pours a beautiful dark amber orange with a nice thick and creamy picture perfect two finger head with tremendous lacing.

The aroma is amazing. Caramel, toffee, roasted almonds. Roasted nuts are in the forefront.

The flavor is just like the smell except even nuttier. This is a great change of pace from the other Double IPA's i've had. This is definitely unique and in a league of its own.

Hops, Malts, sweetness, bitterness. This beer has it all. My first beer from Great divide, but most definitely not my last.

Photo of Yesac
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Excellent amber color. Small one finger foamy off-white head.

S- Skunky bitter hops and lots of em'. Gassy notes.

T- So smooth. Strong bitter hop and the 9% ABV makes its presense known. Oily and grassy. Slight malt at the end.

M- Thick bodied. Coats the palate nicely. Medium carbonation.

D- It's overall smooth and the mouthfeel is good. The bitterness and ABV blend doesn't really do it for me.

Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my Piraat glass. Looks good.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a good amount of biscuity malt in the nose as well.

Taste is also full of floral, grassy hops that give way to a buttery, biscuity malt underneath that is pretty decent. Hops don't seem to be the focus here but this bottle is nearly 6 months old (forgot to read the date when purchasing). Still pretty decent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grassy hop flavor and biscuity malt flavor. Feels well balanced, even if the hops aren't as strong.

Well, I'm positive that this would have more of a hop kick if it were fresh. Still, I can't complain because it's still delicious and easy to drink. I'll definitely check the bottle next time but otherwise, I like this.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Hercules Double IPA pours the stunning deep color of a copper kettle with a billowy tan head that leaves thick sticky layers of lace. Sediment floats lazily in the copper body. This beer is drop-dead gorgeous.

The smell is subtle earthy, dominated by pine and grass. The flavor exceeds the promise of this beer's stunning good looks. It packs the perfect combination of bitter earthy hops, up-front, followed by a caramel-like finish that is simply delicious. It is impossible to drink this as slowly as the alcohol content dictates.

I have had great earthy DIPAs and great sweet DIPAs, but Hercules Double IPA is the first I've had that is great in both respects. This is what "happy" feels like.

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules double IPA

Tall 22oz brown glass bottle with a red and white pry off cap.
The label is a brown wooden board on a white background and large green lettering.
Deep clear honey copper body with no carbonation. Light tan head of small to medium bubbles, good retention and great lace.
Strong hoppy grass scent, very inviting and fresh. Warm caramel and toffee notes among spices and mild vegetables.
Nice caramel flavor well balanced by strong spiced pine and grass hop flavors. The aftertaste is a long lived hop malty flavor.
Full body with good coating.
Excellent drinkability, sweet, spiced, hoppy and fresh.


Photo of SeanRedd
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tulip captures this dark, amber, sappy monster impressively. Thick white head, rocky in the center, pillowy around the edges. Scents of flowers, cashews, and syrupy malt escape between thick, modern art lacing. Notes of wood, sap, burnt sugar, tart, dark, cherry syrup. Big malt body provides the foundation these beasts need. The hops are balanced; spicy and robust. Booze sneaks in on the back end, followed by a bitter trail. A barleywine of a DIPA...excellent interpretation demanding respect.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden amber reddish hues,

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. very solid double with heavy grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with spicy snacks or meals.

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

the newer label (?) bomber...all i had clean to pour this into was my tulip...

ok, looks like a winner...good lacing, deep ambeRed color and a decent head.

smells, hmmm, like a classic IPA...a nice balance of intense hops AND maltiness. not expected. usually it's just all hops in the nose. something that is not frowned upon either...but i like this start.

ok, very different from that Harpoon Leviathan i just had. this is even chewier...less hoppy (but it's still damn hoppish). this is much sweeter with the notable pine-character stepped back a bit. now, i admit, as it warms, this hops up...the sweetness (oddly) steps down. there is a lot going on here and this is certainly top shelf on all accounts. i very much admire the ratio of elements at play. i give this high stars, but i do STILL prefer other amp'd up IPAs...

the ABV is more noticeable here, so you'll probably make sure you are careful in quaffing this. the Harpoon Leviathan is more stealthy and thus dangerous!

all in all a drinkable brew, a masterpiece. i simply prefer about 8 other masterpieces to this one. don't session this...! unless you are prepared for the aftermathematics...;)

Photo of timmay41
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber whose label indicates Nov. 7, 2008 bottling.

A: Pours an amber, shiny copper-like color (meaning it's pretty bright). Delicious-looking tuft of eggshell white head--a solid 1.5 fingers deep. Retention and lacing are solid.

S: Sweet, almost caramel malt scent up front with piney hops of medium intensity, considering the style. Some citrus and pine nut notes as well.

T & M: A little more robust and aggressive than the smell would suggest. I found more piney hop flavor than citrus or floral. Medium body, hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste the most and there's slight alcohol warmth on the back end. Taste and mouthfeel linger with a fullness, thickness on the palate.

D: Really drinkable considering the abv and hop profile. Let it warm up and it's terrific. With some DIPAs, even the really good ones, every sip is another round in a prize fight--a challenge, something you have to get up for, something that can knock you around. This is a smoother, very negotiable flavor experience.

Photo of JasonA
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light translucent copper. Solid 2 fingers of fairly thick head. Somewhat quick disapation, ample lacing, some big head bubbles left.

Pine, citrus. Noting too potent, surprising considering other Great Divides. Hope this isnt a bad sign.

Boom. Wow, hit in the face. Medium malt, potent hops. All over the baord. Thats a lot of hops. Alcohol there, but well balanced. Finishing with bitter and dryness. Really well done.

Extremely well balanced with the malt, hops and heat. Quite surprising. EVen the lasting hops flavor, all to the end.

Would love this beer at any time. DOnt think I could have too many though!

Photo of sevopie
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber red with visible floating sediment. Tan head that laces well.

Rather light on the nose, I get a bit of pine, a bit of butter, and a bit of bread.

Some pine and citrus in level blend with a bit of honey and bread. It doesn't overwhelm like some DIPAs, but the hops certainly take the fore while having a sweet backbone to finish the palate.

Thick and moderately low carbonation.

For a DIPA, this is deceptively drinkable. The sweetness sneaks up on you as it warms, but it goes down very smooth due to the somewhat low carbonation. Kind of dangerous as well, as it disappears before you realize it.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,714 ratings.