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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 197
Gots: 279 | 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 changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color topped with a relatively thin head but a bunch of lacing ends up on the glass. If you hold it to the light it looks pretty much like orange to me. The aroma is great consisting of piney hops, citrus and floral notes and you get it as soon as you crack the bottle. A rush of sweet hops and pine needles come out right away in the flavor followed by a long gradual bitterness. Malty base provides some stickiness and honey. There's a lot of hops and a lot of flavor here but it's also quite smooth and easy to drink. Definitely well done!

Photo of warmdog
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow!
great divide dbl ipa. aroma is so choice. could close eyes and smell this all day. top layer is wonderful, oily. pours a beautiful dark amber orange.
mouthfeel is intense, alcohol is intense. after a few sips I feel a light buzz.
straight up, an excellent beer. a little scared of drinking these on a regular occasion. regular pale ale's are starting to taste like mineral water. my hop addiction is out of control.

morry, send me a pliny!

ps purchased from utobeer london

Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A- Pours an orange and amber red, with a nice medium head that dwindles inot a nice white lace present thrhoughout. No carbonation activity present after pour.

S- Smell of hops and citus. A clean combination. After thoughts of alcohol and pine.

T- This beer delivers with the hop flavors. Nice counterpunch to the alcohol that resonates from the mouthfeel.

Got this in a trade with thehand and even though Great Divide offers other selections in my area this is not one of them. I liked this alot, it had a good hop and malt flavor that finished smooth. Strong presence but not overwhelming. I hope that this is soon offered in my neck of the woods because I would like to have this brew again.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red-copper with a thick, crisp white head. Sheets of lacing. Very nice.

Aroma is caramel malt base with hints of brown sugar. However, it is the piney and citrus hops that really take center stage. Complex and interesting. A touch of earthy nuttiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but the massive, grainy caramel malt has more of a presence. Surprisingly nutty, while retaining the resinous piney, citrus hop character. This is a DIPA that shows restraint and offers a rich flavorful experience. Flavor is big but balanced. Finish is dry with lingering hop spice and mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. very creamy and smooth.

This is a winner! Unlike some DIPA's that seem to try to be as bitter as possible, this one offers a range and complexity of flavor that supersedes any other DIPA I can think of. I'm honestly surprised at how good this is.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-orange with slight foamy head.

Smells of hops, fruits, floral, slight caramel.

Taste: Very strong. Very bitter. What you would expect from a double IPA. Maybe a little too overpowering to have more than one in a sitting.

Maybe not the best double IPA I have had, but one of the better ones.

Photo of simplexiton
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at Bierra Paradiso in Georgetown DC

While this was a really well crafted beer it was really just too much for my tastes. I can certainly appreciate it for what it was and Great Divide did a great job in the formulation of the recipe but I am not yet accustomed to the DIPAs.

Appearance: Dark copper, brass colored. Some chill haze, small but stable fine-bubbled lacing head. Very attractive.

Aroma: wow, thats a lot of hops. The smelled so fresh and pungent, it was really strong. Perfumy, piny, citrusy turning grassy. Lurking somewhere behind all of that greenery was considerable malt caramel sweetness. Almost made me shudder.

Flavor: If I thought that the aroma was strong, the taste of this was considerably stronger than the smell let on. The dominant and lingering taste was like that of eating hop pellets (homebrewers should know what I am talking about). Super strong alcohol and super syrupy malt.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy but balanced well by the moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely low

Comments: definitely worth a try if you like DIPAs or are curious about this new substyle. If I were into DIPAs I would probably love this beer but its well worth a try.

Photo of Zadok
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Yardhouse in KC.

Poured a crystal clear amber with a slight orange hue. Thin ring of head and scarce trace of lacing.

First inhale yields a strong hop aroma with an earthy pine fragrance bringing up the rear.

Tastes of a hop explosion with a nutty, earthy aftertaste. Each of the different flavors have their own show for a short period, meaning there are distinguishable periods in each swig. The aftertaste lingers for approximately 30 seconds after each drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a little carbonation.

Very strong yet very good, I see how this has formed its reputation. Drinkability is on the low side due to ABV but starting out the night with one of these would suffice.

Photo of Rainintheface
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark copper with orange highlights, minimal head and lacing and light-moderate carbonation

S: subtle, not overpowering.juicy. blood orange, faint pine forest and a faint sweetness

T: some oily hops, orange and a little bit of a nutty balance

M: some creaminess. balanced with light-moderate carbonation. most, not all, of the bitterness shows in the aftertaste. dry.

D: Pretty decent but didn't live up to what I was expecting. There are other DIPA's I'll visit b/4 this

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colour with large off-white head of which a thin layer remains during the entire session. Soon there is heavy lacing around two-thirds of the glass. Simply beautiful.

The nose has a nutty bitter tone to it. An intense smell of American hops fill the room as soon as I begin to pour. Definite pine tones can be found.

Heavy, dry, bitter taste. The alcohol makes itself apparent immediately.

Smooth, dry, mouthfeel with an aftertaste that sticks to the back to your mouth for a long time. The carbonation is thankfully relatively light.

What can be said about drinkability then? Considering how heavy this beer is, it goes down almost easier than one would want.

Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a radiant amber color with a robust 3 fingers head of dense froth

S- Scents of sweet malts and citrus hops with floral and fruit undertones.

T- Flavor mimics the scent and leads with caramel malts which roll into floral note and finish with bitter hops

M- Thick and rich coats the mouth

D- An excellent example of the style. Only falls short in complexity of flavor other than that it has all the characteristics of a great DIPA.

Photo of JanM
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In Sweden alcohol is only sold in governemnt stores called Systembolaget. To help you imagine the taste of a product they use a kind of scale of the three dominating taste traits. Hercules DIPA would probably blow the top. It poured in a delicious amber color, not much foam. The smell was grassy and very hoppy (!), rich with fruit notes and a kind of candy sweetness. The taste was BITTER and fruity with a dry finish. Some licorice in there too. The alcohol lurks somewhere in the background. What can I say: Refreshing, rich and ravishing!

Photo of brandoneast
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules pours deep orange with golden highlights and displays a massively stacked two-finger ecru head, leaving a spider web of lacing. Aroma is highly piney oiled hops, toasted nuts, and pineapple. Taste is sweet and quite earthy with strong grapefruit at the beginning then gooey hops lingering through each sip. The malt and hop flavors impeccably balance and last long enough to be complex. Malt side compliments its hop side. One of my favorite DIPAs I've ever had.

Photo of FSUmac
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bort11 for the trade!

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter....

Appearance: A deep orange with a slight head that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Beautiful!

Smell: Whoa, piney hops galore. I also get a definite grapefruit smell. Fantastic.

Taste: The bitterness hits you right away, but it is surprisingly not overpowering. I definitely catch the malt as the beer passes the tongue. The finish is slighty bitter with a piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Carbonation is pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Let me say that this is obviously not an everyday drinker. That said, this is a fantastic double IPA. I rank it right up there with the Stone Ruination. It is bitter, but it also has some balance. Well done Great Divide.

Photo of chuckd123
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very good double IPA example. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice, darkish copper color, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, looks like most IPA's and DIPA's. Poured with about a 2-3 finger head, and laced up nicely as I drank it. Very sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting. Faint floral aroma, hops domiante and you can almost smell the high abv%. Initial taste is bitter, and the alcohol is very present. Hops are great and must be a ton of them in this one. Somewhat fruity & malt is blended in nicely. I don't mind a big IPA where the hops absolutely dominate, but this one blends them with the maltiness nicely.

Drinkability is very good, but at the higher abv, I would probably move to something lower after a couple of these. Excellent example of a d-ipa, worth trying if you can get one.

Photo of mike24
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with some yeast sediment floating around, thin head the dissipates but some beautiful lacing that sticks around

S: toasted grain and big citrusy hops

T: Big toasted malt up front, fruity and juicy hop in the middle with a noticeable alcohol warmth coming through. beautifully balanced between hops and malt here, for a double IPA it's actually pretty remarkable.

M: creamy and coating without being syrupy, drying finish

D: Dangerously drinkable. full flavoured no doubt, but still very quenching.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Poured an orange-red with a thin off-white/cream colored thick head that was retained for awhile. Nice presentation.

S: The aroma was a little more faint than I expected from a DIPA, but it consisted of hops with some hints of some florals and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Taste, again, was good, but I expected it to be stronger. Mainly hops with some malt undertones with some hints of the alcohol with a touch of sweetness.

M/D: Carbonation was good and the beer was somewhat rich (clearly I expected more from it), creamy and smooth. I would say that it is more drinkable than some DIPA's simply becasue it is not as strong. Overall, a good beer that I will pick up again.

Photo of Antilochus
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Utobeer in the Borough Market. 9.10% abv, 35.5cl bottle. Fridge temp into a stein.

Dark brown body, lots of bubbles, thin-ish tan cap.

Nose is a bit subdued. Musty hops - orange rind, oak, floral notes. Some portish dark fruitiness that throws me off a bit. A little boozy.

Palate has a lot of wood, some dark fruitiness, must. Mango comes out in the finish. Grapefruit. Oily, resinous pine and woody hop notes cascade through the finish with a counterpart of rich sourdoughy maltiness to back it up. The finish is an unsurmountable wall of bitterness, really kicks you in the face, just as the kids like it.

Ultra creamy palate feel which finishes off with a strapping astringency and light oiliness. Really something.

Hop to it.

Photo of blackjack000
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured twice into a pint glass.

Appearance: Foggy honey color with a light caramel head.

Smell: Sweet and alcoholic syrupy smell. Freshly cut oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep alcoholic sweet strap to the tongue, boarded over with strong grassy and woody hops. Very present hop aftertaste complemented with rich malt. Thick and smooth with a carbonated hoppy zest that tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: Very delicious and addictive, but the alcohol content can creep up quickly from 22 ounces.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-copper with a full apricot colored that slowly gave way to a dollop in the center. Thick sheets of lace are left all the way down.

S: Sweet, strong toffee malts with clear citrus bite. Pronounced floral aroma, yet nicely balanced with the malts...especially for an DIPA.

T: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine and citrus. Robust hop flavors balance surprisingly with the malt.

M: Full bodied, big beer. A better finish away from being a 5 in my book

D: 9.1 ABV and the finish keep this from being more drinkable. I was one-and-done with my bomber. The balance guarantees a repurchase.

Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of the double IPA style, but this is a nice representation overall. It is a thick, full bodied, somewhat syrupy beer with a big head, big nose, and big mouthfeel. There is nothing particularly subtle about this beer. It pours a hazy orangey copper color with loads of creamy, thick, foamy head that clings to the glass. There is loads of lacing and retention.

The aroma is strong hop sweetness, lots of estery hop notes, pungent dark fruits, and plenty of sweet malts. There is plenty of ABV in the nose as well. The taste is strong, full bodied, with plenty of ABV. There isn't a strong throaty burn with this beer, and that is appreciated, but I wouldn't say the beer masks its alcohol content all that well either. This is an extremely hopped up, estery, oily and resinous hoppy beer. There is a thick, creamy, chewy malty sweetness and a bready quality to the beer. There is strong raisin, maybe fig, rind, or other heavy fruitiness that balances quite well with the strong hop flavors. The beer is just too strong for my tastes, and definitely not for the uninitiated or the faint at heart. This beer makes a statement.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper in color with a two finger light brown bubbly head. Decent retention with sheets of lace down the glass.

S - Very strong aroma of caramel malts with a piney hop aroma in the background. Faint aroma of alcohol as well. Smells like a big, in-your face DIPA with huge loads of malts and hops.

T - Sweet caramel taste up front. Then a piney hop taste takes over before a very sweet taste finishes and lingers.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Very well balanced DIPA that is incredibly easy drinking given the overload of hops, malts, and alcohol.

I prefer my DIPA's off-centered to the hoppy side, but this is still one darn good DIPA.

Photo of Palealetial
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could suck it back as long as I could stay conscience.

Huge amount of hops from start to finish. The smell has hints of barnyard and the bitterness of an English ale.

Some good stuff. Overlook the aspirin bite and you have a nearly perfect beer.

I hop to have more of this in the future.

Photo of Squelch
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, reddish hues, crystal clear. Slightly off white head that lingers.

Smell: Piney hop aroma fills the nose. Nice aroma. Would like a little citrus aroma in here.

Taste: Malty. Not as hoppy has I would have hoped. I would have liked to have a hop bomb and expected one having tried the Titan IPA from this brewery. Sweet maltiness way overpowers the hops. Probably some light to medium crystal in here as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Very heavy. Needs a bit more carbination. Alcohol hidden well.

Drinkability: Too heavy for me. It's a sipper. I like their Titan and Fresh hop ales better but this is still good.

Photo of ralree
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Reddish orange with a small white head. Laces great, retention really good.

S: Pretty grapefruity with heavy hop aroma. Smells really tangy like you just cut a grapefruit. Awesome.

T: Hops are so good. Grapefruit flavor is more subdued than in the smell. Malt flavor backs this one nicely with a sweet toasted flavor. Heavily bitter on the swallow.

M: Perfect - medium astringency, perfect carbonation. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinks like a charm. I'll have to get more.

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful red-orangish copper with very fine particulates visible. Produces a one finger off-white head that dissipates to spotty sheets on top.

Aroma is reminiscent of tropical fruits, pine sap, grapefruit, and some sweet malt and alcohol in the background.

Flavor profile first reveals an intense nutty taste in combination with piney hops. Upon swallow, some citrus makes an appearance with a touch of some sweet caramel malt. Bitterness then lingers on after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and oily, but not really thick. Carbonation level is appropriate.

Pretty good DIPA. The only thing that puts me off is the initial nutty taste or whatever it is. Think I'd rather just get Dreadnaught for $1.50 more.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.