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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 341 | FT: 7
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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 StarlightSeraph
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very, very cloudy burnt-orange/brown. Looks like a decent bit of sediment - some kind of solids interspersed throughout the glass. Two fingers of white head that slowly subsided. Good lacing.

Smell: Well, hops. Mostly pine notes...Simcoe hops, I think. Very woodsy, earthy, and grassy. Maybe the barest hint of citrus, but not much.

Taste: Very bitter from the hops right away, with strong earthy notes. The malt backbone is a bit too noticeable, with some of the honey and bready flavors taking away some of the hop notes. The bitterness in the aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Unlike a lot of DIPAs, the bitterness doesn't really fade much after the first sip - it lingers for most of the glass. The malt is a little too present for my liking though - it's a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, but a little too sweet for me. The malt seems to clash a little bit with the hop flavors. It's not bad, but just not really my style.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 1/12/09
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Hercules DIPA
9.1% Alc.
22oz. Bomber

Just had the Titan, comparing them both.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Frog and Peach pint glass yields a very small pinkie size head. Good head retention though... Cakey foam floaties, cloudy mist covers the glass. Deeper orange and more opaque than the Titan. Did i mention good head retention?

Smell= Again, like the Titan, not a huge nose. Good smell though.

Taste= Extremely balanced again! Not an overly hopped DIPA. Very nice to drink, taste is excellent, finishes clean and hoppy.

Mouthfeel= Thicker than Titan, leaves a more resiny film/taste on the palate after you swallow. Overall, nicely done.

Drinkability= @ 9.1% it's not a session beer. I would drink 2 of these and be straight 4 the rest of the night. Very good DIPA. I would have these in my fridge all the time if they had local distribution.

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper in color with some dark orange in the shading as well; poured a solid 2 finger head that was a bit rocky and off-white; head had decent retention and eventually faded to a thick skim with heavier spots that look chewy; sticky/oily foamy residue clings to the sides of the glass as the head disappears; oily residue on the swirl clings as well. Beer is very clear with no sediment or cloudiness whatsoever.

Smell: Wonderfully bitter right up front - nice and citrus (grapefruit) with hints of pine; a firm sweet malty backing is there as well and there's a certain sweetness that's a little honey-esque as well. I'm especially excited about the upfront bitterness here.

Taste: Outstanding. Bitter again right up front from a great hop presence, a little more piney than I thought it would have been, but the citrus flavor is still the most dominant. There is a very mild sweetness buried in there as well, but it's very subdued and allows the bitterness to be very much upfront. I would place the taste in the realm of Founders Double Trouble due to the bitterness as opposed to the sweetness of a Hopslam.

Mouthfeel: A nice body, not thin at all -- nice and full; a nice sticky coating is left behind from the hop oils and great malt backing; once the beer gets down the throat, I find that the palate begins to dry very warmly and a nice tingling is present from the higher ABV. Very nice and it's exactly what I would expect from a DIPA.

Drinkability: Moderate, but not too high. While it's a great drink and very enjoyable, the ABV is pretty high and I couldn't take more than one, possibly two in a night -- I think if I went that direction I'd be pretty well intoxicated so I'd stick with just one at the end of the night.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 10-23-08...let's hope it's not too late to taste the hops. On to the beer:

Dark, ruby orange color, hints crimson if you squint hard enough....with a creamy, froathing head on top. A little nutty yeast in the aroma, to go along with the powerful, yet fading hop aroma. A zest of squeezed citrus makes it interesting. To the taste...it's a good one. Pretty well balanced, hidden alcohol = potentially lethal. Faded, but resinous hops start off the journey. Burnt caramel and pinneapple notes add pieces to the overall flavor. Leafy. Some dry malt tastes of dried bread. It hints wood and tobacco flavors. Feels lighter than the listed 9.1% ABV, quite smmoth with an occasional zip of carbonation bubbles.

Hercules DIPA is not for the faint of heart (as the label says), but it is fit for me and most left coast beer geeks.

Photo of enfield249
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep copper, with gold highlights. No head, and thin layer of white foam on the surface.

S - Strong pine, resin, spicy hop aroma.

T - Same as above, only up to 11. Very strong hop flavors, no maltyness.

M - Full, slightly sharp and very bitter.

D - Wow, a good IIPA, but I wouldn't want more than one.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Me and ShakeyHands splittin a bomber

Looks like a beer

Smells like candied pineapples from a trail mix bag

What's going on here? Very off balance, deisel, and fairly unpleasant. Past experiences with this beer not confirmed. Hops drowned out in a bitter, murky mess.

Either I'm not myself, or this beer's a bummer.

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

Poured from 650ml bottle into pint glass:
A - Dark golden amber in color with 1-2 finger white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on glass.
S - Citrus and pine hops,caramel.
T - Grapefruit and pine at first followed by carmel. Maltier than expected from the smell. Finishes with citrus, pine and some warmth from the alcohol.
M- Medium. A bit slick. Not a lot of carbonation.
D - This is a big beer! It's reasonably priced (@3.69?. However, I've had some better tasting DIPA's. There is certainly nothing wrong with it; and at the price, it's worth a try.

Photo of Nowhereman529
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber into the glass topped off with a slight amount of cream colored head. Sediment is apparent at the bottom of the glass.

S: On first sniff I get a little caramel and a little hops. There's also a certain sweet doughy smell as well.

T: Taste consists of caramel, a little bit of bread and a definitive hops aftertaste that is pleasantly bitter. On second taste I belive there is just the faintest hint of vanilla as well.

M: A light-medium bodied beer. I would have to agree with other reviewer that like most IPAs this is a "dry" beer. It is also slightly less carbonated than I generally expect from the style.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. Not my top choice in IPAs but would drink again.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange in the glass, massive lacing, lots of stick to this one.

Biscuity citrus on the nose. Just a touch of juniper.

Taste is majorly biscuity, bitter, big time hops.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, the hoppiness definitely sticks around for a second.

Put this one side by side with Lagunitas Maximus and have to give the Max the nod. This is an amazing DIPA nevertheless!


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

I've tried numerous times to like this beer, I honestly have, but so far I have not yet enjoyed it, here's hoping it's better on draft. Served in standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice hop blend that is more subtle than I remember from the bottle. The beer is certainly somewhat heavy with decent carbonation. I must say, I finally like this beer!

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, amber body with nice lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit with some pine. Sweet malt and some caramel to back it up.

T - Big grapefruit hop flavor and some spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with big malt sweetness in the middle. Substantial bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance the huge malt character.

M - Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A strong and very sweet DIPA. The hop character is nice, but not complex and the malt is dominant is a way that becomes cloying after a while. Maybe I would like this better if it was billed as a barleywine, but as a DIPA it just doesn't have a vibrant enough hop character.

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

poured real nice into one of those new sam adams glasses - puts up a 1 1/2 finger off white head that starts lacing as it dissipates -
beautifully clear amber/golden color - the lacing sticks hard to the glass - smells hoppy, piney, citrus-ey, and sweetly floral - and delivers these goods in it's taste - really nicely balanced - hops throughout, with a sweet malty backbone - seriously coats the tongue, but in a good way, beckoning for another swig - there is no perceptible alcohol presence here, until i'd finished a 22oz bomber - but i think i could go for another, safe in my chair at home....

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two inch head and good lacing.
The aroma of malts,hops and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet malts,hops,fruits and a mild grapefruit with a hint of alcohol.
The feel: medium body and a smooth carbonation. Great balance. Some mild bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Notes: A fine beer indeed. I picked this up and I got exactly what I expected.

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

This is a great beer for fans of double IPA's. From the deep amber color to the strong floral smell, there are only good things to say about Hercules. It pairs well with food too. I like a big a beer and this one certainly delivers on all accounts. You have to be careful, this beer is very drinkable, and with it's high ABV, you can end up past the point of no return quicker than intended.

Photo of mizzourah
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich amber color with a half inch off-white head.

S- I pick up some sweet malts, but it's mostly pines and citrusy hops. You can tell that this DIPA is going to have a powerful hops flavor.

T- Wow is this a tasty beer. I was surprised by how balanced it was after I picked up mostly hops from the smell. I detect hints of caramel and toffee at first. The malts work hard to show their face, but the hops, cascade I believe, win over with pines and citruses. The bottle says it has 85 IBU's. This is an aggressive beer.

M- It's very smooth and creamy.

D- I drank the bomber and wished I had more. The strong balanced taste makes it so easy to drink. Just beware of the strong alcohol.

Photo of jsapunor
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a beautiful amber. Very clear. The head melts away quickly.

Smells like hops and malt and some caramel.

The taste was a surprise. I expected an all out hop assault but although the hops are present in full measure the malt comes through with enough authority to create a very nice balance. There are pine notes as well and a nice caramel background.

Mouthfeel is big and somewhat oily and extremely smooth.

It hides the 9.1% very well.

Anyone with a taste for double IPA's would do well to try this beer. It's big, smooth and delicious.

Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on date on label. Purchased from Skee Vue Liquors for $6.59.

A: Inviting dark honey amber with billowing 2-3 finger head which sticks for minutes before any sign of receding. The lacing is spectacular.

S: While I would not call this a balanced DIPA, the malts are almost up to the level of the hops in the nose. Caramel and toffee are early contenders but are eventually dominated by a potpourri of hops aromas which include pine sap, orange, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and floral Cascade and/or Centennial hops. The herbal category is the only one not represented, but I don't really miss it.

T: The flavor is excellent but vastly maltier and sweeter tha I would have thought from the exceedingly hops-dominated nose. Very sweet and caramelly which accentuates the complex hops flavor that has a both floral and earthy aspect to it. Don't worry though -- hopsters will love the oncoming wave of citrus and pine flavors. This beer is dangerously easy to consume at 9.1% ABV -- no alcohol is detectable.

M: Silky, coating, and not too dry with exceptionally low carbonation and delicious pine and citrus dominated aftertaste.

D: An exceptional DIPA that is easy to drink but hits so many different hops flavors and aromas, it's hard to go wrong. Great Divide has created an excellent brew -- hopefully they will extend out to other regions beyond the West.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a deep amber with a thick, caramel colored head. Good lacing down the side of my tulip glass as the beer is consumed. Has the smell of a strong and sweet floral hop and malt smells are very apparent, very nice. The 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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops, cracker malt, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is quite malty--crackery and caramel. Some dark fruits and raisiny notes. A good IPA...not sure if this is old or if it's supposed to be like this, but I didn't get much hops from this. So it was just ok.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of rwrk42
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: a dark golden copper with a nice head that sticks to the glass all the way down
Smell: Hops, hops and more hops along with a faint citrus smell.
Taste: A nice malty, pine and hops taste. Smooth with a bitter hop finish
A great Double IPA which I highly recommend. The 9.1% ABV can be deceiving.

Photo of omnigrits
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely not a beer for the faint-hearted. It's big in every sense of the word. I personally love this style now, but when I first started drinking beer at the age of around 14... almost 40 years ago, I think I'd have run a mile if someone gave me this and said 'This is what beer tastes like, try it'.

The hops are stronger in the nose than on the palate, where the malty richness is more prevalent, but the hops come back in the finish. There's not too much of an alcoholic hint that this is almost 10%, in fact the body is quite delicate for such a big brew. Pleasantly so in fact.

I've only marked it down on drinkability because I wouldn't care to have more than one of these in an evening, and I think I'd prefer a 16oz pint over the 22oz bomber I'm currently working my way through. But I will most certainly buy this again. It's bloody good.

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

A - Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Hoppy and caramel sweet malt.

T - Sweet and piny up front. Slightly normalized strong hop flavor. Not as highly a multilayered variance in hop flavor like some better DIPAs, but not bad. Citrusy, bitter finish.

M - Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

Photo of Gigantis
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 22oz bottle of Hercules at Cherry Hill Market in Grand Rapids. I had been on a real DIPA kick recently and thought I would give this a try because I really enjoyed the Yeti from Great Divide (also from a 22oz) when I had it a couple of months ago. I poured this brew into a pint glass.

A- A glowing dark amber/copper with a frothy, white head that quickly descends leaving behind traces at the top of my glass. A slightly thicker, darker look than most IIPAs I've had recently.

S- A citrus aroma trailed to the hole by piney, acidic hops. Slight traces of very floral alcohol in the backgroud. Quintessential DIPA smell.

T- Ahh! Each sip, large or small, starts kind of fruity/sweet but quickly turns resinous and hoppy. I expected an alcoholic aftertaste but was treated instead to a lovely bitter sensation.

MF- The hops and bitters are like a bomb going off and sort of dominate anything else. Granted, this is something I enjoy; so know that this beer is big in your mouth and will leave you with a prickly, bitter pine sensation mitigated by the citrus aroma.

D- It tasted so good that I wanted, against my better judgment, another one of these. Good thing I just had the 22oz. Look, it's a thick, alpha male type of IIPA which is great but not really something you want to too many of.

Overall, Hercules stacked up quite well against the likes of Hopslam, Double Trouble, Twin Sisters, Ruination and DFH 90. It was certainly thicker than any of them but in many ways it was also bolder. Of all of those DIPAs, the one it is most similar to is DFH 90 min. The description of Hopslam is a "bitter, tongue bruiser".... that would actually be a better description of Hercules which is not a particularly subtle DIPA; though whether you think it is the worse for it is debatable. I liked it a lot.

Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant copper-orange body. The creamy white head majestically descend to reveal moth eaten lace curtains. The aroma is classic double IPA, with whippings of caramel and grapefruit. Similar taste to the DFH 90, but with more of the clear hearbal hoppiness of the DFH 60 escaping the malts. There's certainly lots of grapefruit flavour going on, and this amps up the bitterness to puckering levels, but it never really gets out of control, and the sweet caramel malts reel it back from the brink. What I'm really appreciating here, though, is the hops. They are simply bursting with freshness, and the flavours are so clean. At the same time, I'm amazed at how quickly my glass is emptying, and how little I'm noticing the alcohol. Its certainly a well-crafted beer, and this extends to the smooth mouthfeel and the tingly carbonation, which cleanses the palate for the next hop assault.

Thanks Bryan (BigBry) for picking this one up.

Photo of strangebrew52
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color a small amount of head that disappears quickly. Smells of hops, pine and citrus. Nice citrus flavor from the hops up front followed by a piney bitter taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability, this is a tasty Double IPA that goes down easy.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,724 ratings.