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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

3,452 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,452
Reviews: 1,492
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 179
Gots: 213 | 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 Floydster
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Liquid Solutions

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a dark reddish orange color and a 3/4 inch white soapy head that left some lace

Smell was full of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, also some floral and grassy aromas

Taste was nice with a lot olf hops especially evident as the beer warmed up, very well balanced with sweet citrus malt and hops, lots of grapefruit, very bitter at first and then turns into a malty smooth finish, very carbonated for an IPA, I want to say more so than any I have ever had, definitely a sipper becuase of the alcohol content

Only real complaint about this beer is that it was not as dry as I was hoping, meaning the bitterness was more sweet because the large amount of malt

Strong beer, making it hard to drink lots of it, but finishing a bomber was no problem and it is pretty light on the stomach unlike some DIPAs

I am glad I got to try this brew even though it was expensive and I had to wait two weeks along with others to get shipped to me, worth seeking out, 3 more Great Divide bottles left for me to try now, nice IPA from Colorado

Floydster, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bomber at Market of Choice, Eugene, OR.

Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color. Thin head settles fairly quickly to leave a e collar and some well defined lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus, but not overly so. Some faint pine. Many DIPA go all out in the aroma department, but this one goes just far enough. Well done. Taste has some woodsy notes, hints of a pine flavor resin and just the right bit of alcohol bite. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, Goes down easy and finishes nicely. This is a very good, well balanced DIPA. I would certainly seek this out again. Well worth it!

BigJTrucker, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower.

MiScusi, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a a hazy orange with thick offwhite head
smells of orange, lemon, pine, intense hops but malt as well
tastes is a hop assult, but the malt balances it well, hints or orange, grapefruit, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol
mouthfell is carbonated with a boozey burn, drinkable for its abv, of the better dipas i have had.

redneckchugger, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish orange hue with a huge, thick, 2.5 finger head that seems to stay for quite a while leaving lacing galore.

S- Smells sweet, piney hops dominate followed by citrusy notes.

T- Thick earthy with hints of grapefruit and some pine. Bitter with the alcohol a bit to apparent.

M- Thick and clings a bit to the mouth. Very carbonated.

D- Not anywhere near the most drinkable dipa i've ever had. The alcohol is a bit too apparent and the bitterness is a bit intense in that it isnt balanced as well as i would have hoped. Aside from the criticism, I really enjoyed this brew.

Lothore, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got one of these puppies from my local beer palace. haven't had it yet so lets give it a whirl

pours a cloudy dark orange color with a big white head which has some lacing. smells great, bitter apples, pine, spicy hops. tastes amazing, the alcohol warms the tongue and the different flavors make my taste buds go crazy. hoppy but with the first sip you can still discern from malty yumminess. mouthfell is rich and thick. very impressive. drinkability is good, with this being over 9% abv, i think this one bomber will be enough for tonight.

1fastz28, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of MrMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber, almost red, with a 2" off white, almost a light tan head that lasted forever. I let it sit for a while in an oversized snifter and the head slowly faded, leaving concentric rings for 2" down the glass. Just beautiful! The head all but disappeared, leaving a small "island" floating in the center of the glass.

Very floral, citrus hop profile right up front. A little grassy, with a hefty sweet malt background. A little bit of bread and spice as well.

As the bottle says, it starts off with a nutty, sweet malt flavor up front, but is then followed by a rush of hops. A lot of citrus and pine, but some bready malts come out as it warms up a bit. Finishes with a strong, long-lasting citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied without being especially thick or sticky. It coats the mouth a bit, but goes down smoothly.

Great drinkability! Although at 9.1 ABV, I would probably call it quits after one bomber.

MrMonkey, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of 2wheeledpirate
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a decent head. The head dissolves slowly and leaves a bit of lacing. You could almost say the aroma is all hops but after searching I noticed what I believed to be a hint of grapefruit smell. The flavor is typical IPA, with a bit of a pop at the end. I'm still sticking with it being a citrusy note. Carbonation seemed appropriate for an IPA giving that medium body. All in all a great beer I hope to experience again.

2wheeledpirate, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of RunawayJim
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to crack open my 22 oz. bomber of this tonight. This beer pours a nice amber color with a decent head (I probably would’ve had more head if it was a bit warmer when I poured it). It is also not cloudy like their Titan IPA. The smells are of mainly malty goodness, but there’s a bit of a piney citrusy hops scent as well.

The taste and drinkability are where it’s at. This beer is a perfectly balanced double IPA. The flavors up front are of the sweet malts, perhaps some caramel malt. Down in back, you get the tingle of the hops, piney and citrusy, like the scent. Though the alcohol content is high, you don’t know it in the flavor. It feels a bit thicker and heavier, but that’s to be expected. I have easily drunk most of this glass (and I still have about half the bottle left).

This beer is pure pleasure. If you like IPA’s and you want to move onto bigger beers, this is a great start and finish (though I would still recommend trying more and more). I have definitely found my favorite double IPA.

RunawayJim, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first double IPA. Pours a deep golden color with nice head that lasted a while. Aroma is citrus fruit and a bit malty as well. Flavor is fruity and hoppy and finishes bitter. Flavor is fairly complex and must be drank slowly to truly appreciate. Hides the alcohol well, so drinkability is good for the 9.1% abv.

biggmike, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was as good as it gets, nice hoppy citrus and pine. The flavor of this beer is sweet but so well balanced by the hops which again comes out piney and grapefruit citrus, the malty character of this beer is what I really liked about it. I am getting to be a huge fan of the DIPA's and this one is near the top of the list.

mnstorm99, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one good looking DIPA. Hercules pours with a large tanned head. Lots of lacing fills the inside of the glass, great retention and a hazy orange color.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruits, yeasty spice, dark fruits and a dash of malt.

Tastes of citrus, grapefruits the label says a nutty malt and I do agree the malt comes into play and blends everything well for a really nice treat.

irishkyle21, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, I think this might be slightly shelf-aged from the Party Source in Syracuse, making it come off more like Rogue's Old Crusty than I remember. The hops here sweet, reisiny citrus in the aroma, more black pepper tastes comes out with taste and lingers with big-league citrus rind. There's some sweet bready malts in the aroma, similar to DFH 120, but lighter of course.

Overall, this is a big and fairly aggressive DIPA (but not too aggressive). What's not to like?

tempest, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App- There is a huge, sheberty head on this beautiful beer. Crystal-clear amber color, respectable lacing, even on my family's head-hostile glassware.

Nose- Extremely inviting cinnemon, deep beady malt, and grapefruit.

Taste- Ballanced, mellow. Begins with hop bitter, juicy crystal malt, and slight yeast bite all stacked. Big hop bitter slowly cascades over other flavors, but never quite suppresses the exceptional malt character of this beer. It is a great, robust, toffee/ bready malt flavor. I get slight spiciness as the beer warms. Aftertase is strongly resinous hop bitter, pehaps with a wisp of alcohol. Moutheel is perfect wieght and has a nice level of sticky.

If you are looking for a double IPA that blows your mind with a spectrum of hop characters, this is not your beer. However I can not think of a Double IPA I have had that brings, bigger, fuller, flavors, foregounds the bitter, achieves balance, and maintains drinkability better than this beer. While it is by no means the main character, the malt flavor here really makes this beer stand out among others in its style. The only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 for taste is I would like at least one identifiable hop chaacter besides straight bitter.

This is an exceptionaly well-built beer.

JudgeRoughneck, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A delicate pour yields a massive, fluffy white head that retains its density quite well and leaves thick lacing on its painstakingly slow descent. After a while, cloud formations appear as if the glass had its own weather system. The beer is a see-through ambery-rust color that looks attractive.

S: Lots of citrusy hops in the nose, hints of grapefruit, but with a depth of character that entices the tastebuds. Other than that, not much else is noticeable, but this is definitely enough to get me going.

T: Big, bold, and balanced. Just as it should be. The array of hop flavors, predominantly citrusy, with floral and grassy notes as well, hit the palate toward the middle and finish, but the malty base up front is strong enough to ride out the wave of flavor and provide great balance. Seeing the darker, amber hue, I had hoped this would be the case, and I was not disappointed. Finish and aftertaste are refreshing and fade gently away.

M: Mealy and chewy, sticky, with an enjoyably thick aftertaste of hops that really stands out amongst the Double/Imperial IPA crowd. Still, even with a heavier texture, it glides off the tongue and throat smoothly and doesn't stick around too long or taste too harsh.

D: Incredibly drinkable, especially for a style known for being rather extreme. Balance is the key here, and I'm glad Great Divide picked up on that when they brewed this thing. The description on the label reading "its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile" is as accurate as one can get. Great job on an outstanding beer.

CharlieMopps, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a Great Divide beer!

Pours a wonderful dark amber with a 1 finger white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smells of lots of caramel malt with some piny and citrusy hops. Looking forward to the taste...

First sip is quite nice. Caramel malt. Piny hops. Some citrus follows. Nice balance, but with rich flavors. Nice and malty. Almost barleywine-like with respect to the malt/hop profile. A wonderful and tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is rich but well carried by the carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability is very high. I'd drink this all day.

Highly recommended. A skillfully crafted DIPA.

rallison, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of tronester
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with tiny clumps of yeast. Great white head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is incredible. Great hop character and malty backbone virtually hide the taste of the alcohol. One of the best Double IPA's. The only downside is its drinkability, drinking the entire 22oz bottle yourself is almost too much!

tronester, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of sleazo
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber with a three fingered head. Dissipates down to a nice frothy cap and lacing is everywhere.

S-Biscuity pine cones. Very fragrant.

T-Very strong on the hop character with a biscuity dry malt character. Hops are strong with the pine. Not exactly what I would call well balanced. The alcohol is very evident as well. You really taste the burn on the follow through.

M-Slightly thin and low on the carbonation

D-I am not digging this. Completely one sided with a strong alcohol flaw. It is harsh and I woudl say over rated

sleazo, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to upsjeff for sending this great extra.

Pours a dark, murky orange color with a finger of foam. Smells of pine and citrus hops with a heavy malt backbone. The taste has a pleasant bitterness with some orange and slightly spicy flavors and a big malt profile to hold the whole thing together. Mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfection. A really great thirst quencher for these warm days.

seaoflament, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice hazy red amber. thick head, some lacing, esp. the first layer.

aroma is very malty with strong hop backbone, fruity and piney.

lots of sweetness upfront from both malt and fruity compounds (i guess from both hops and yeast-produced esters, etc). leads into resiny hops and then bitterness with malt lingering.

somewhat light but smooth, while also slightly creamy

great stuff

tai4ji2x, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of roller
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber a beautiful, clear golden amber color with a frothy, off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy hops with grapefruit and orange. Taste is grapefruit with a malty finish. Very hoppy but well-balanced. Well carbonated with a medium body. Another hit from Great Divide.

roller, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of cueball52
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper with a small tight white head.
The aroma is nice mixture of malt and hops with a slight grassy note.
The taste starts with a bitter citrus hop punch that is quickly balanced by the malt. This is a very well balanced big beer. The alcohol at 9.1% isn't overpowering but you can tell it's there.
It has a very full mouth-feel, nicely carbonated, and is very drinkable. It would be easy to drink more of this than would be wise.
This is definitely one of the best Double IPA's I've tried.

cueball52, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice apperance with nice head and retention.

Smell is strong and hoppy. Slight malty notes as well.

Taste is malty, but not overly malty like other dipas. Nice hoppiness as well. Nice earthy hoppiness reminiscent of cascades and chinook.

This beer has a nice finish and is pretty drinkable for a DIPA. Defintely give this beer a try. Great divide has yet to let me down.

jasonjlewis, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I've been craving for the last three months. A great IPA, a double none the less. The Mighty Herc is richly full of the aromas that make a great IPA, well, great. Very piny and grassy, and a bit lemony too.

When poured this produces a beautiful tight head, about two fingers thick into my pint glass. The body is ultra hazy and is orangish amber in color. The head sticks very well to the glass all the way through.

The taste of this brew is awesome. It is one of the most perfect IPAs I've had. Of course it's been a while, but damn this has the perfect balance of pine and sweet molasses at the same time. Very warming to the palate.

Like I've said, it's been a while since I've had an IPA let alone a double, but you've got to give this a try.

TheSarge, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of boblog
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Clear brownish copper. Big head which leaves a big amount of lacing.
Smell: Like a good IPA the hop smell is strong and clean, with a slight lemon twang to it. Malt is smell very subtle.
Taste: In one work "big". The hops dominate the flavor but sweet malt flavors can be noticed it ends on a nice alcohol induced warmness. The hop taste sticks on the palate for a long time taking a sip.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost creamy. Light on carbonation. It has a good velvet like senesation to it.
Drinkability: Well the damn thing comes in a pint and is 9.10 ABV so your taste buds might scream for another but your liver will scream "enough!!!".
Overall: A fine brew. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel. I havent had many Double IPA's but I would say this a good one.

boblog, Aug 21, 2007
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,452 ratings.