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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,679 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,679
Reviews: 1,518
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 310 | 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:
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 Gyle41386
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
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
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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
2.67/5  rDev -35.2%
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
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 650mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a clean, see-through shade of amber with a fluffy, three-finger sized creme head that dissipates after ten minutes or so. The foam leaves sinewy lacing reminiscent of the shape of the black swirls amongst the red on the symbiotic suit of the Marvel comics character Carnage (I'm pretty sure that last comment is only descriptive/helpful to a small percentage of BA members).

Surprisingly subtle hop aromas. Of course its hoppy, but it is nowhere near overpowering. Very floral and slightly herbal - Hercules does no smell like pine & citrus, ala Pine-Sol products, but rather like one's backyard garden. A touch of cream, actually, and yeast.

The flavors surprise and surprise. With imperial/double IPAs, one expects (even looks forward to) a sharp bitterness. Hercules Double IPA manages to fit in a lot of hop flavor without that bitterness. Like the nose, the hops are not piney or citrusy or earthy, they are just light and floral. For a double IPA, this is very refreshing! There is plenty of sweetness from the malt profile, making this a very balanced double IPA. There is a nutty quality to this beer, I want to say hazelnut because of the ghosts of Amaretto I'm catching. The finish is clean with very, very minimal hop bitterness lingering on the aftertaste. The "hop burps," one of my favorite parts of hoppy beers, are disappointingly light on bitterness. One could say that the beer as a whole has a disappointing lack of bitterness, but based on this bottle anyway, that is clearly the intent of the brewers.

This beer is too thick, I feel. It has the thickness of an Imperial Stout without the strong flavors to back it up. With such a subtle flavor profile that aims to be refreshing, the thickness of this beer takes on a syrupy quality and becomes taxing. The carbonation is largely overshadowed. Drinkability is what you would expect from a 9.1% ABV beer; if not for its thickness one could put this beer down quickly.

I like this beer quite a bit apart from its overly thick mouthfeel. Its subtle floral notes match well with the abundance of malt sweetness, making for a refreshing change of pace from other, super-hoppy, double IPAs. It is such a change of pace that I was close to being disappointed (the hop-head that I am) before realizing that the subtlety was intentional. Because of this, however, Hercules is a "once in a while" beer. I will reach for other double IPAs first, but this is a quality brew, make no mistake.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Orange-tan head (OK retention) atop a hazy, orange-copper beer, glowing.

S-Some light citrus mingling withing heavy-handed piney hops. A bit of esteriness, alongside a slight maltiness, maybe bread/caramel.

T-Pronounced bitterness right from the start! Then a thick and dark, resinous and earthy hop flavor emerges. Some malts come through, with a caramel and toasty bread character. Bitterness sustains trhough the flavor, into the dry finish.

M-Medium body with a hint of heaviness near the end. Enjoyably light within my mouth with a playful and appropriate carbonation.

D-I like this beer. It's a shame I only have a 12 oz bottle of it! Be prepared to sit on this one, enjoying it slowly, as the bitterness is very strong, but very enjoyable.

Photo of ericduran
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had this last night, at $13 for a 4-pack, I was expecting something exceptional.

The color was a nice clear brown but all of GD's beers are crystal clear, so nothing special about that.

It did smell really good, I will give it that, like a boquet of hop flowers.

The taste was really disapointing, this could really benefit from being conditioned in the bottle, not just carbed and poured in. That's fine when it's from a tap fresh, but leave a dead beer in the bottle for two months (mine was bottled in Oct according to the label) and uhhhh....yeah. I didn't see any yeast sediment at the bottom and the beer was so clear it either wasn't bottle conditioned or they use a very miraculous strain of yeast.

Very biting mouthfeel, resiny from all the hops. Like chewing on hops. A little creaminess at the end, maybe but really just jagged, cloyingly bitter, resinous and biting. Flash of green followed by a jolting brown. Unpleasant.

Fairly drinkable, I worked thru the two I bought (asked the guy to half the 4pack for me because of the price) in about an hour because I wanted to get drunk and it does its job pretty well at 9% ABV, but I would not drink it again. May try it off a tap if I come across the opportunity. Horribly disappointing.

Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a hazy, dark, orange-amber body with a silky, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: A bitter, hop smell with some grapefruit notes. There were also some alcoholic undertones evident as well.

T: A fairly bitter taste with a biting alcohol taste as well. There was some earthiness in the taste and more evidence of earthiness in the aftertaste as well. As I drank the beer, the alcohol receded to the background of the beer and the bitter hops and some of the citrus-grapefruit notes made themselves more evident.

M: A fairly thick and silky, full-bodied mouthfeel that was nice on the palette and made the beer pretty easy drinking.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that yielded a beer that was pretty good example of a DIPA. While the alcohol was evident in the beginning of the beer, it receded into the background, allowing the true hoppy and citrus flavors of the beer to make more of an impact on the overall experience with this one.

Photo of bifrostguard
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with a descent off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a prevalent malt sweetness.

T - Too sweet and malty for me. Not bad hop flavor, but I certainly prefer my double IPAs less malty. Citrus and pine notes are well balanced.

M - Sticky and medium bodied.

D - Too sweet and malty. I'm definitely looking to moving on.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Double Daughters. Poured coppery with a tannish head. Smelled floral and citrusy, very strong aroma of hops, slightly sweet. Tasted hoppy with a slight punch, tasted sweet but not overly so. In all, a really solid double IPA that's on the sweeter side as far as DIPAs go, a very refreshing change of pace.

Photo of hoplover82
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA is very impressive. From the hop profile, to the nutty, caramel maltiness, this beer is amazing.

It pours a beautiful foggy dark orange color. Up from the beer arises this tan head that sticks around till the shows over.

The flavor is so intense but smooth... I hope the Lord has this beer for me in Heaven.

There's truly no harshness to it. It's smooth sailin' all the way down. full bodied.

Thank you Great Divide. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

Photo of aibkstaff
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Titan IPA has a rich reddish coppery color, is semi foggy, and has a thick tall yellowy head. Very foamy. The taste it nice and hoppy with some herbal and nutty notes. It's also very, very malty. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavy body. Drinkability is pleasing.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from a bottle with Bheilman. Poured a dark amber with a small white head. Smells of sweet bread, just reeks of yeast. And those are the tastes that hit you at first, this malty bread taste which is quickly followed by your taste buds getting on board the hop-train, last stop Bittersville. It's a great trip to bittersville from breadtown and my taste buds enjoyed the ride. This is a thick brew and I don't know if I'd want more then one in an evening, but it is an excellent rendition of a DIPA and fans of the style should seek this one out.

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

A- Amber in color, semi clear beer. Huge off white head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S- Citrus hops, pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt.

T- Initial minor caramel malt taste and then a huge hop explosion. Citrus and pine hops galore. This is NOT a balanced beer, but I love it! Can you say BITTER??

M- Thick, chewy, and bitter aftertaste left in my mouth.

D- Not extremely drinkable from a session sense, but extremely drinkable for hop heads. Love this beer and could drink 2 or 3 in a sitting.

Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from apparently 12/2003

A - Pours a copperish amber color. Little head formation, but is there is awfully white. THe film that is leftover is very light. Bubbling is subdued, indicating light carbonation.

S - A potent nose of orange and grapefruit hop notes. Some sweet malt in there, but it is playing at best third fiddle. Lots of alpha acids here.

T - Starts off with the only malt note that you'll ever get out of this beer. Continues with the big hammer of the bitterness. A bit biting. Finishes with a huge flourish of sweet hops. Very floral, and grapefruit. Amazingly light aftertaste.

M - Thick and full of body. There must be lots of unfermentables here. Creamy. No carbonation bite to speak of.

D - This is probably a solo or a double flier in a night for me. The bitterness becomes somewhat overbearing as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Weight on the palette is manageable. ABV is a hair potent.

A solid offering from the good folks at GD. I'd say this is in the same vain as Flying Dog's Double Dog.

Photo of jackorain
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did not the expect the level of dark Bronze color that this beer portrayed in my devel glass. Aggressive pour resulted in a a scant 1/2 inch of foamy-thick, tan head. the head fell quite slwly as I took my notes. After it did receede to a long lasting thick coat, it also left thick opaque lace up the glass the exact height of the head that formely resided there.

Smell was of thick gooey caramel cooking on the stove. There was a sweet simple syrup aroma also. The middle of the aroma brought a slap across the olfactory of big piney hops. This aroam brought to mind the flavors that i would hope would follow. The finish was of bitter greens.

Big hop bit right up front. Piney and bitter greens abound. The carameland other sweet sugary flavors from the nose serve as a sizable malt backbone. The finish is quite refreshingly bitter and last quite a long time. This bitter finish play extremly well with the firm and sweet malt middle.

Medium to full body is cut quite nicely by the spry, tingly carbonation. This level of carboantion was unexpected but not unwelcome. Not alcohol heat to speak of.

I could drink several glasses of this until it couls get ugly. The 9.1% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,679 ratings.