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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 282 | 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 Fatduck
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking copper with a cloudy pale head. Holy hops batman, this thing is loaded with aroma, and flavor, and a great bitter aftertaste. This is one viscus beer, it would have to be with that much hop. I don't know if I could taste anything after this, so the drinkability drops, but who buys a beer that they want to drink 5 of?

Photo of Mauerhan
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love double ipas. i just felt i should get that out before i start this review. i LOVE double ipas.

pours a nice rustic orange. a fluffy white two finger head pops up leaving a nice amount of lacing and a great layering of foam on top.

smell is great. nutty, malty, a nice hop presence.

i am hit by the malts up front. sweet. slightly biscuty, a nuttiness that leads into the hops. i am left with a nice slightly bitter aftertaste.

mouth is smooth to the point of creaminess. has a great aftertaste. a solid dipa.

i would drink this again. a very tasty beer. not perfect but a damn tasty beverage.

Photo of Risser09
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a garnet highlight. The head rises 1" and shows great retention.

Smell: Deep malt aroma and fresh flowers. A faint citrus aroma. Lots of caramel aroma for a DIPA.

Taste: Bitter citrusy hops are full of orange flavor. Lots of IBUs and plenty of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter with a sweet finish. Alcohol is noticable. Lingering bitterness, medium to thick body.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a different breed of DIPA-could actually be considered an American Barleywine. The heavy malt is different and not very quenching. You could do a few.

Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy dark amber, plenty of head. Leaves sticky, webby lacing.

S - Mostly a deep malt presence, pine notes at end.

T - Deep center of caramel, nicely squashed by a citrus bitter affront.

M - Medium to heavier, good carb and coating. Almost reminds me of a heavily hopped barley wine.

D - The crispness keeps it exciting. This could creep up.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange cooper color with golen highlights

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, and citrusy hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very slick and sweet while maintaining the hop bitterness. Toffee and caramel malts, which gives it almost a candied feel. Piney citrus hops balances this one out masterfully.

Drinkability - Like my Double IPA's to be a little more hoppy than sweet, but it's definitely being nitpicky. Respect this one.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear amber with clumpy white head that clings firmly to the edges. S - More malt sweetness overall. The hop notes almost seemed a little masked by the nice malt scent. Hops may have mellowed a bit as this one was cellered for about a year. T - Nice citrus hops then bitterness. Malt taste is nice sweet and balanced. the two almost mash togetherly perfectly in my mouth. M - medium carbonation a slick feel and crisp taste make this very pleasent D - I loved this. This was a just straight up solid DIPA. It had its wow moments but never left me wanting any more than it gave me. Just right!

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

Very bitter and sharp Imperial. Pours clear dark amber with a humongous white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops, with some citrus and a wooden scent. Taste is bitter hops, with no sweetness. It has a nice back of malt and resin, which grows on you after a few pulls. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 11/18/08 with the new labeling.

A- deep transparent amber, almost ruby, colored body under a large fluffy eggshell colored head that quickly reduces to no more than one cm. lots of heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass

S- lots of caramel malt and tons of hops. floral, spicy, and citrus. very nice.

T- sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a bitter blast of hops. lots of piny and citrus. some floral notes. wonderfully bitter. some traces of alcohol, but at over 9% thats expected.

M- full bodied and oily. mouth coating. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- an easy beer to finish. not my favorite DIPA, but one ill try again and again because of the price which was 5.49 tonight. the alcohol is well hidden. check this one out if given the chance.

Photo of cbn
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is beautiful deep golden amber with a large off-white head that leaves curtains of lace as it retreats.

The aroma is of volatile hop oil and alcohol with honey,citus and ripe fruit notes.

Tongue coating hops meet sweet pale malt, just a touch of caramel. Grassy,floral and citric hop flavors dominate.

Solid, silky smooth, medium mouthfeel with a lightly carbonated edge.

This brew hides its abv well, subtly disarming, part of its charm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,631 ratings.