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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,596
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 262 | 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 corby112
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours anice cloudy amber/orange. Aroma of hops (of course) with a slight floral and malt scent. Very impressed with this IPA. Although very hoopy, there is a nice balance of slight sweetness that rounds out this beer. Highly reccomended for hop heads.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of kevd193213
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Deep reddish rust colored pour that screams "drink me!" with a generous copper head. Aroma of sweet citrus and hops. Taste of hops and grapefruit, sweet as most doubles are but really drinkable despite the hop explosion and higher ABV. Fantastic bitter finish, you can almost chew this beer.

kevd193213, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/6/0006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown color body, with a small head that is quickly diminishing, white. A strong aroma of hops, some sweetness. Strong bitter taste, but I've had stronger, slight chocolate, smooth, sweet, dry finish. Not a very complex flavor.

jujubeast6000, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hercules is a good name for this beer, because it is strong. With a notable alcohol presence and a very strong bitterness of grapefruit peel and a little grassiness, I just found this brew a bit too agressive for my taste. There's also a far amount of malt here for a double IPA. I can imagine real hopheads will really enjoy this, and understand all the rave reviews here, but this just isn't quite my speed. Looked good pouring, with a standard amber orange color and frothy persistant head with some lacing and sheeting as I drank. The citrus aroma. A slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

RunDWP, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden amber with a small bubbly head that doesn't stick around very long and leaves only traces of lacing.

The smell is dominated by citrus and grassy hops up front with a big bready malt presence as well.

This may be an older bottle as the taste was dominated by the malts and sugary sweetness with the citrus hops more of a complementary aspect. There is also a little bit of booze heat int he finish as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for the style and sticky with the mixture of sweetness and hop resin.

I enjoyed this bottle though, as I said, it may be a bit old and I may try a fresher bottle next time to see if the hops are bigger in the taste. Still, it's a very good DIPA.

gford217, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One sip and you are instantly in a pine forest anywhere west of the Rockies. This is one fine beer! My initial thought is this beer smells just like Green Flash Imperial IPA - another beer I love. But in a way it almost has a sweet smell like DFH's Midas Touch. Amazingly the sweet nose is nothing like the taste.

I poured this one into an old school German ball pilsner glass from the late 60's. I am currently transplanted from my usual locale so I must make do with what I have. The light lacing in the afterpour which you would expect from any great Double IPA is present.

The smell of pine trees, winter flowers, and sweet malt tease the senses. The first taste is bitter then piney then bitter again. WOW I love this beer. If it were summer I would be in love with it. There is absolutely no detection of any alcohol (until you stand up). The 9.1% is cleverly hidden from smell and taste.

My only complaint is the texture. I love a full body but this is almost like olive oil. There must be a mountain of Dextrin in there. Oh, well it is a great beer non-the-less. Treat yourself to one and send me one while you're at it!

PerzentRizen, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend... poured into my Chimay goblet...

1" head drops very fast.. some ribbons of lace.. and the cap is pretty nice... but what catches the eye ... is this is one dark DIPA.. very amber.. with deep orange highlites when held to a lamp.

again.. even the nose smells dark... caramel... toffee... toasty grains... maybe even some nutty/cocoa components.. west coast hops.... grapefruit and pine.. but the malts seem way out of whack in my mind.

big bitterness moves quickly into the expected darker malt components.. nutty.. caramel.. and again darker toffee.. too sweet IMHO (for the style) .... resiny pine and lemon zest hoppiness.... some yeasty fruitiness.... and then a looong piney and bitter finish.. the body is fairly thick... and carbonation levels are pretty much spot on... the bitter finish would probably get to me after more than one glass.

despite my above negativity.... this brew is pretty damned tasty... I just prefer DIPA's that have more of a singular malt bill.


JohnGalt1, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, came in a four pack. New style labels. No date.

Appearance: Reddish orange color, average sized head, good retention.

Smell: Resinous hop flavors - a bit of pine and grapefruit. Some nice malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Fairly thick mouthfeel, almost a bit chewy. Tons of hop flavor, but with enough malt backbone to keep it from being overpowering. Just a hint of alcohol, which is impressive considering the ABV.

Overall impression: Very nice - this is a highly drinkable example of the style. Great hop aromas and flavors.

rowew, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the new labels.

Pours a nice clear ruby red color with a bigass white fluffy head that sticks around for sometime and leaves good lacing.

Nose is all west coast hops. Some slight malt sweetness, but WC grapefruit and pine hops dominate this nose.

Wow. Very tasty. West coast hops from the get go. Grapefruit, pine, and even a little spice in there. A nice malt backbone, but the hops are clearly the star of the show here. This is quite tasty. Some citrus peel flavor in here as well. Malt profile is right where it should be. This is a good DIPA. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and hop resins.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be not too thick, not too thin, and carbonation is just right. If anything, it is a bit too thick maybe.

Drinkability is fantastic. Especially for the abv. Having trouble trying to keep typing i am drinking this so quickly. I better slow down. A touch hot, but still very good.

Overall a very impressive DIPA from great divide. Get it fresh though, because i have had this one in the past when it is a few months old and the hops fade very quickly. But fresh, this one easily competes with alot of west coast DIPAs. Very well made, very clean, and very tasty. Try it!

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of BravoTwo
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange with a very nice rocky head and lacing that tells a story down the pint glass.

S - Hops and sweetness in the nose, very pleasing aroma.

T - Nice floral hops in this beer, with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced and not at all alcoholic despite the ABV.

M - Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and resinous. good for this style though.

D - Personally for me a very balanced drinkable example of the style. Clean tasting american DIPA that would please any connisouer of the style.

BravoTwo, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear golden amber brown with a one finger very clingy offwhite head.

Smell is a malty grapefruit pine forest. Lots of hop smell.

Taste is very sharp bitter, yet but not quite biting. Malty backbone is still despite the hoppiness.

Chewy mouthfeel that feels like it is lingering. Very good.

With all of the hop goodness, it is not too bitter. Very good maltiness balances one of the great dipa's.

aubuc1, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Great Divide tap room Denver CO.

A: Pours a radiant amber hue with a nice 3/4 finger head. Lots of bubbles which lead to good retention. Nice sheets of lace noted.

S: Nice caramel malt sweetness up front. Hints of sweet pine and sparkling citrus.

T: Wonderful balance displayed in this one. Bold malt sweetness up front. Bold caramel malt with hints of sweet fruit. Citrus cuts thru and turns a bit piney and sweet. Hints of grassy bitterness linger in the finish. Wonderful.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced.

tpd975, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/16/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, rocky head. Clear, dark golden body. Great lacing.

Smell is malty, caramel and hops. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aroma.

Taste is citrus and spicey hops up front with a nice bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmty. A nice balance with sweet malt and caramel flavors. Hints of pine and nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel is oily with a medium piney. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Mild alcohol warmth, but still easily drinkable although not quite sessionable.

Overall its an excellent DIPA. Big on hops w/ a well balanced maltiness.

riored4v, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Bright copper with a nice head no real lace.

S-Piney, with alot of fresh hops and alcohol notes

T-Big hops in the front middle and finish nice citrus grapefruit flavor as well, good bitter finish

M-Medium body nice and smooth though very complex and well balanced

D-Not something I would drink all the time but good for a big hop fix

SpecialK088, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copper and clear, thin head that thins quickly

smells of a rich floral bouquet, a hint of alcohol is well hidden behind the mound of hops.

hops and more hops, but suprisingly well balanced. a blend of bittering hops. grapefruit and apricot, with a piney hint

well balanced, but for the massive hops it's suprisingly not oily. easily drinkable but I probably couldn't have more than one growler

naterock, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with a good, full off white head that lingers around and then leaves nice lacing,

Smells very floral, light nose of malt and caramel in the background. The hops and floral notes permeate throughout

Tastes pretty muh as it smells. Tastes as if you are eating a flower. Slight malty-ness, but the bitterness and floral really dominate.

Mouthfeel is nice, not really aware of the ABV.

A bit too floral for me to drink more than one growler, but a nice beer nonetheless

Chelsea1905, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color with ruby highlights. Decent inch and a half of head forms on the pour. Looks good. Smell is hoppy, but with substantial caramel malts behind lending the support. Juicy, citrusy hops start off initially, then the bitterness kicks in and finishes off the taste. Big and bold in the mouthfeel. This is a big beer. Good DIPA but far from my favorite.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Hercules DIPA is a is a dark garnet with a very large khaki head that leaves heavy, very attractive lace. This is actually beyond red IPA like, the dark cola notes, not my favorite, but great head and I prefer them darker.

Smell is strong, big west coast hops but such a rich, caramel backbone, it's more like a DRPA, which I love!

Taste is good, like the nose, loads of hops struggling to balance the huge crystal malt bill...only here, the scale is tipped away from the hops, which are still very citric and bitter, with a dry, resiny bitter finish. I've had this only a few times, but over the years, on draught or bottle, my impression is always pretty much, "eh, this is a pretty sweet DIPA, but eh." Very scientific, the framework dictates a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a heavy body regardless of how red a DIPA it is.

Drinkability is pretty good, as readily available and affordable as this is, it's not one I ever gravitated to, but I'm not really sure why - this is a hop lovers dream!

ccrida, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Pours a deep copper color with 3 inches of foam that gradually dissipated leaving plenty of lacing

S This one definitely had a "bitey" aroma, a warning of whats to come

T As expcted, this one was bitey, but i think it is somewhat subdued due to the malt sweetness

M/D I'm not really sure about this one. I could definitely drink this again, but i'm sticking with one and then onto something else.

mikereaser, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hercules Imperial IPA pours deep amber with a thick, caramel colored head. Good lacing down the side of my tulip glass as the beer is consumed.

S: I smell a strong and sweet floral hop and malt smells are very apparent, very nice.

T/M: Hercules taste has a great deal of roasted malts, almost to the point where it's sweet and bready. This pays a solid compliment to the very apparent floral hop blend presence - nicely balance bitter and sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied, slightly bitter, as there is a strong aftertaste to each sip.

Overall, this is a good beer from a solid brewery. I would definitely recommend it to people craving a well balanced DIPA.

beachbum1975, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this bad boy at a Yokes in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper, lots of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. Chunky coral branches of lacing left in its wake. Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather an applaudable 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.

Nice balance in the flavour 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, almost as if it's on a delay. Dry white grapefruit rind in the aftertaste that quietly lingers and burns on.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel, like a magic carpet ride across the tongue. The faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it barely hits the radar. This is rare for a double IPA, let alone an IPA.

Wow, and wow again, it was worth the hassle at the border to bring this back home. One of the smoothest and balanced IPA's I've ever had, let alone a double. No trace of alcohol content in the flavour whatsoever, it only really sinks in well after the bottle is empty. This stuff is alchemy, for once the hype on the label is correct, it *is* fit for the gods. We're not worthy...

IronDjinn, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Been waiting to try this.

Transparent copper. Very rich frothy head.

Wonderful smell of hops. I may even be able to pick up a malt.

Biting bitter hops! Yummy. The bottle says something about a malt backbone, but I gets hops and hops. I like it. Flavor stays with ya for a long time.

Fairly smooth and big time drinkable. I fear this ill-fated bomber is about to die an untimely death.

The malts try to stage a comeback late in the game but are brutally repelled.

Overall: officially changing my favorite style to DIPA

PatronWizard, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it.

DefenCorps, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a thin and fizzy beige head that burns off quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with floral hops, grapefruit and earthy malt flavors. The finish is hoppy with some citrus and pine aftertaste that lingers awhile. Pretty solid IIPA all around.

Dogbrick, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Boof BIF from SirSketch!! Haven't had Hercules in a long time...

Pours a perfect color for the style, a slightly murky orange/honey/amber, smallish sand-colored head fades into a thin film on top of the beer, tons of clingy web-like lacing on the glass, and a lot of floaties in the beer. Lots of soft tangerine notes on the nose, some grapefruit, and a huge caramel malt presence. Big citrus flavor, juicy grapefruit, just bitter enough without being overpowering, and an almost melted-caramel sweetness. Sticky, creamy, lush mouthfeel, pretty spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Faint lingering bitterness. I think this was the second Imperial IPA I ever had (after Ruination), and it's just as tasty as I remembered.

corey0212, Oct 07, 2008
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,596 ratings.