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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
93
outstanding

3,591 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,591
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 189
Gots: 260 | 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 GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Amber/red color with a nice clarity. A good beige head with decent lacing.

S - Good hop aroma with some malt as well.

T - The hops really greet you as the glass nears your mouth. Slightly sweet with some grapefruit and malt as well. A bit smoky too. A nice tangy, grapefruit finish.

M - Maybe a bit thin but still very nice. Good, moderate carbonation level.

D - A fun and strong beer but easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one.

GJ40, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent golden honey with ruby highlights. White bread colored head bellows up from the glass leaving a nice pillowy head that drapes the walls of the glass in lace. Smell is strong. I can smell it from the table... Fresh ruby red grapefruits explode followed by sweet buscuity malt and some floral rose aromas. Taste great. Begins up front with some big sweet, syruppy, brown sugar maltiness. A bit deeper you feel your tongue cringe as an assault of grapefruit bitterness destroys your taste buds. This one is strange, where I normally can detect some strong aroma hops, this one seems to be an all business bitterness DIPA. Finishing off, the bitterness grabs the back of the throat while the alcohol evaporating against the tonsils sends a surreal nerve jarring experience to the brain. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Even a minute after a sip you can feel and taste fresh grapefruit in your mouth. I do wish this had a bit more aroma as it feels a bit one dimensional, however, it is a very fine DIPA!

RickSawyer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deeper golden-amber, almost to the point of being a copper hue. Crisp and clean, and topped with a notable 2 finger, dishwasher bubbled head.

S: A nice balance of citrus aromas and a great malt profile providing a sweeter backbone.

T: Citrus and somewhat piney hop flavours, rounded out with a somewhat caramel maltiness. A nice, pleasantly sweet backbone. Some alcohol spiciness gives things a little bit of a kick. Very nicely done.

M: A big, somewhat chewy, quite smooth, and a little oily.

D: Overall, a very nicely done DIPA, and probably one of my favourite offerings from Great Divide. They've managed a very nice balance, and delivered a really tasty brew. As far as the style goes, one of the better ones I've had the pleasure of trying out.

Proteus93, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Beautiful deep copper color, with a phatty light tan head that works hard to keep going and leaves substantial sticky lacing all over the glass. Mmmm.

Aroma is full of earthy malt, and hops reminiscent of a damp musty pine forest. Tastes of sweet caramel, piney hops with a twist of citrus woven in. Big and earthy. If ever a beverage came from Mother Earth this is it. The bitter hop finish lasts long and gets better as it goes. Nice!

Big body, substantial in the mouth, yet smooth and not filling. Several distinct layers of lacing remain with the glass half empty (ok half full!). I'd be down for another if I had one.

ZimZamZoom, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from the ABC in New Port Richey, FL

Beer pours hazy, burnt orange color with a thick tan-hued head that coats your finger and slips down the side of the glass. Smell is aggressive, whiffs of cherry, toasted raisin bread, and faint grapefruit rind.

HUGE chewy sweet malt with preserved fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots) upfront and a potent grapefruit hop present from start to finish. Fairly hefty alcoholic finish to pair with the hop burn that stays on the tongue - reminding you to take another sip.

Big malt, big hop, and big alcohol are what this style is all about. This one pulls off a Godzilla on all three fronts.

hooligan, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Kwakwhore.

Poured into a pint glass. Amber with a cappuccino head, bubbles fighting their way to the top. The malt aromas almost overpower the hops on this one, but there are definite notes of citruis permeating the malty nose.

Flavor follows suit, with hints of wood, buttered toast and a bitter hops finish. The malt & alcohol linger.

Full bodied with a nice mouthfeel, if somewhat heavy (expected); don't think I'd do more than one of these in a single sitting but it's definitely worth seeking out in the future.

Rzzzzz, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of AmishT
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with an intense pale orange head that hangs around for quite awhile. Fair amount of lacing. Definitely looks like a beer named Hercules should in my opinion...a very thick and sturdy look to it

S - Wow, potent nose for sure. Floral hops, complex malts, and alcohol is prominent as well. Like the appearance, it does justice to its name.

T&M - Toffee malts, spicy hops, and hints of fruit start off the taste for me, and it finishes with a malty/alcohol kick in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium to full with tons of flavor. A warming affect from the alcohol is present. Smooth. Unfortunately, the finish really started to wear on me: the blend of alcohol and malts really started to get a bit cloying at times; however, the kick at the end is probably intended and appropriate for the style.

D - Definitely a sipper; this is probably another characteristic of a DIPA. Like I mentioned, the finish did wear on me, and I did have trouble finishing my glass (although it should be pointed out that I'm very much a lightweight at times). Bottom line is that Hercules DIPA kicked my ass.

AmishT, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy burnished orange-copper with a massive light toffee-apricot colored head that slowly recedes to a thick creamy center-cap that floats over the beer. Thick, sticky sheets of lace are left all the way down my Duvel tulip--Hercules' appearance rivals that of its current glass's namesake.

S: Strong, sweet toffee malts with a prevalent citrus twang. Bold, yet still balanced for a DIPA. I'm a fan.

T&M: Toffee and sweet caramel malts are blended with pine, grapefruit, and lemon. This is what a balanced DIPA should taste like. I like hops with the best of them, but Hercules showcases robust malt and hop flavors in an artistically artisan sense. The body is medium to full, but not quite as creamy as I'd like--still, a minor complaint on an otherwise excellent beer.

D: High ABV and less than ideal feel keep this from being a 5. Hercules DIPA has a wonderful flavor and balance--this is a beer that I could buy in cases.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Thiestru
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/orange with a white head that laces the glass beautifully. A good bit of sediment hangs inside, which is something I love to see.

Smell: Bittersweet, with emphasis on the 'bitter'. That this is loaded with hops is obvious at first whiff, but you can also detect the mellower malts. A bit of alcohol hits the nose, too.

Taste: A very bold, bitter hop character with prominent sweet nuttiness from the malt. This beer doesn't screw around: it's an IPA lover's IPA. And the taste doesn't just vanish, either; the flavor of delicious hops lingers on the palate long after the beer's been swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and creamy, with good carbonation that prevents it from feeling flat.

Drinkability: I'll admit that I've put away many of these in one sitting, but that 9% alcohol catches you after a while. It's a small price to pay, though, because when you've got a hankering for some hops, there isn't much that tops this.

A classic IPA.

Thiestru, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Caramel/amber hazy with lots of suspended yeast. Two finger head sticks around for awhile before falling to a bubbly patchy cap that doesn't go away. Lacing is amazing.

S - Upfront butter from the malts backed by floral and citrus hops.

T - Malt sweetness dominates early on, but floral/leafy/piney hops mark the transition to bitterness. Starting mid palate, grapefuit peel begins the bitterness, going into earthy, woody, almost chocolately tones. Bitterness is high but balanced well. Aftertaste of sweet tobacco and dirt lingers for a couple of minutes. The high alcohol is hidden very well.

M - Just right considering the intensity of this brew. Moderate to high carbonation with a solid medium body. A little slick.

D - This is a great beer, but I can already feel the 9.1% even though I'm only halfway through the glass. The flavor is magnificent but I doubt I'd want to experience more than 12 oz of it at a time. Very good though.

PatrickJR, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden orange with bubbly and active white head

aromas of cascade hops, slight pine, and slight malt

rich grapefruit upfront followed by solid and sturdy pine hops dominate with subtle malty undertones

a truly fun and complex beer starting big and bold upfront, then mellowing a bit, then the hops just seem to coat the tongue ever so smoothly.

a fantastic, crisp, clean, balanced, yet bold and completely memorable IPA. Worth the extra cash for sure.

bitterthebetter, May 31, 2008
Photo of righlander
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

pours a super cloudy dark amber from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. smells super hopped and malted up. a lot going on in the smell. maybe some caramel lots of hops. taste is super bitter alcohol malty hoppy madness. not as alcohol tasting as one would think. very balanced tasting. a monster sweet malt assault with some extremely well balanced but very bold hop character. tastes awesome, just how you want an IPA to be. I imagine this is how the first IPA's were. mouth feel light carb easy to drink but, at 9.1% i can only handle a 22oz so drinkability not so good for me.
exceptional brew.

This beer has become my new favorite IPA. It's amazing. This has become my new standard for IPA's. This beer is a must try for IPA lovers in my opinion.
excellent excellent excellent!
ALL BOW TO THE KING! HERCULES DOUBLE IPA!

righlander, May 29, 2008
Photo of sml505
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep orange, copper. Nice two finger off white head. Lace throughout.

S - Piney, floral, hop aroma. Cookie, malt.

T - Nutty malt flavor. Strong hops of pine and citrus and moderately bitter. Sweet.

O/ M - Medium mouthfeel. Piney and citrus hop flavor give a great flavor that is nicely balanced by sweetness. A great DIPA.

sml505, May 25, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger and a half of creamy beige head over a completely opaque orange-tan body with some chunks.

Smell - 4.5
Lovely aroma, hop driven (of course) with citrus, a little spice, rich cooking cake and some alcohol.

Taste - 4.5
Beautifully balanced considering this is probably the most bitter beer available in Australia. Starts sweet with flavours of gingerbread, grapefruit and sweet biscuity malt. Then the 85 IBUs hit home, although not in an unpleasant way, as there is plenty of citrus and sweetness. Low alcohol presence for a beer with 9.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate carbonation is fine, the beer feels thick and heavy, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
I'm sure many malt-heads would score this lower, but for the style I see this as very drinkable. I could go for a second right now.

OVERALL - 4.3
This is my first DIPA and I love it! Not as complex and a Belgian ale, but not one dimensional either. Unfortunately as a low-volume newbie to Australia it is overpriced, so I will not be buying again until the price drops.

LittleCreature, May 24, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to froggyfrog for sharing this fresh keg on his bday, I enjoyed mixing this w/ his peach wheat ale, but pure drinking was excellent. I poured this cold into my weeping radish mug.

A -A clear copper w/ amber highlights and a full two inches of light tan foam, starts w/ a full cap and the retention is very good. The clarity suffers slightly from the oily hop goodness contained in the bruiser

S - Very floral w/ citrus just pouring out of the glass. A very hoppy fragrant aroma w/ a touch of pine, not much booziness like you might expect from a beer w/ 9.10% abv

M- Very intensely hop resinous feel w/ a touch of mild yet moderately full carbonation. The hops have s spicy feel while the ale is subtly sweet in the finish.

T - A very rich and flavorful IIPA, intensely hop flavored, yet not overly bitter, more juicy w/ citrusy amarillo and other West coast hop flavor. The taste is mild for the high Abv and not as intensely bitter as some Imperial IPA's I have had. The malt is slightly creamy but supports the hops and the sweetness is almost balancing. A good dose of vegetal flavors from the intense hopping is pleasant to my taste. The taste is fresh green and less bitter than the bottled version. This is very decent flavor wise and has a significantly higher amount of hop flavor than Titan, but doesn't come off like a barleywine like some IIPa's.

D - I loved this IIPA on tap it was great to try it again. Great drinkability from Great Divide an extreme Ipa that really isn't harsh w/ bitterness or alcohol even at 9.1% it is pretty well balanced for an Imperial Ipa and gives plenty of fresh tasty hops for those who expect it. Slgithly boozy, but there really isn't any one flavor taking the spotlight this has nice complexity and balance for the style.

Slatetank, May 20, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass.

A: A nice deep amber orange color with a tight 2 finger off white head. Not a ton of glass lacing.

S: Nice pine and citrus hops nose with a slight sweet malty smell. Very balanced on the nose.

T: Based on the nose, I actually expeced more hops in this beer. The pine and citrus hops take over the first taste, but the deep sweet caramel malt takes over very quickly. The hops are there and let themselved be known, but I think the malt is as equally strong. Very balanced and very good.

M: Medium to thick oily mouthfeel with nice medium carbonation.

D: I say medium drinkability. With the abv you can have a bomber and maybe a second one, but you can't drink this all night.

Overall a very solid DIPA, but nothing more than that. I was sort of underwhelmed as people spoke oh so highly of this beer. I had it the day after I had a Smuttynose Big A, and no question the Big A is a better beer hands down. Still, a nice try and I would easily drink it again.

Kadonny, May 19, 2008
Photo of matjack85
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like all the beers I've had from The Great Divide Brewing Company, this one comes in a big 1 pint 6oz. brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find.

It pours a hazy orange color with a 1½ finger bubbly white head with tons of heavy lacing that coats the entire glass and lasts forever.

The nose is a delicate blend of piney, citrus, and floral hops. Not as strong as I thoght it would be givem the name of Hercules.

What it lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for in flavor and taste. This is a hugely hoppy beer. While there is plenty of sweet toffee-like malt in here to help with the balance, the bitter piney and citrusy hops overpower everthing. Despite the moderately high carbonation, the beer has a creamy smooth mouthfeel which I liked.

The high alcohol is hidden well in the taste, but really comes out in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

This is a really good beer, but you have to like bitter hops to enjoy it.

matjack85, May 17, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, reading a few recent reviews of this beer, that most have percieved it as hop dominated. That is how I remembered it, but not how it came across tonight.

On tap at Humpy's in Anchorage. $4.50 8oz/5.75 13oz

It poured a clear orange/amber with a small white head, but with lasting lacing.

Smelled piney, citrusy, hoppy and with some malty sweetness.

The taste, tonight, as I percieved it, was strong malty sweetness up front, and the sweetness lingers as the hops come in and balance it. The bitterness is clearly there but restrained, but it lingers, though not too intensely. This sample was definitely balanced toward malt more than hops, though surely there were hops aplenty. Some hops heads may be disappointed in this one, as I tasted it tonight. But see other reviews that consider it more of a hop bomb than what I experienced tonight. I consider myself a hop head and I strongly approve of this beer. But this particular sample was clearly sweet and malty.

Medium body, fizzy and warming in the mouth. Lingering sweetness and bitterness.

Not a session beer, but considering the 9%abv, it goes down quite easily. I could (and have) drain a 22 with ease and then want more.

sprucetip, May 17, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slighty hazy copperish color with white fluffy head that left a great amount of lacing.

S- Hops here. I could pick up pine, citrus and floral notes here. Later as it warmed I could pick up some grape fruit.

T- Pine hops explode up front, followed by some citrus and then malt that balances everything very nicely.

M- Silky smooth. A nice rich taste that isn't overpowering.

D- A very nice brew and easy to drink.

nrbw23, May 13, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber in color with outstanding head and lace. Even with a careful pour a bit of bottle sediment made its way into my glass, but not enough to take away from the great appearance of this brew.

Smell: The first whiff reveals big notes of grapefruit and rosemary. Malts do come out more as it warms, but they're more of a background character.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit again with floral and herbal undertones. Malt flavor is non-existent, serving as little more than a foundation, while intense bittering hops stick to the palate for what feels like forever. Alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, which detracts from both the flavor and mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: This is one seriously aggressive DIPA. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's a decent beer.

largadeer, May 10, 2008
Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap earlier for happy hour.
Poured an amber color, pretty clear with a white head with good retention

Smell of fresh floral hops and slight hottness from alcohol.

Tastes of fresh grass or hay and a bitter end pretty big beer and well balanced

Overall another good beer by great divide

jmacdaddy2008, May 08, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, after enjoying Titan IPA, I had this the next day. Fortunately, no one asked me which one was my favorite, because I couldn't begin to choose. This beer was amber with a more medium-sized head and some lacing. Very hoppy aroma, I thought mostly citrus. Likewise, the taste was mainly grapefruit, but again balanced with some malt, so that the hops didn't explode in my mouth. I wish I could get this brewery's offerings here in Maine, but am happy to visit my daughter in Houston and partake to my heart's content.

lordofthewiens, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no dating into my Troeg's pint. Comes out a semi-hazy amber with a minimal head and some lacing.

Smell is dominant with piney hops and a whiff of grass and malt, but primarily and overwelmingly hops.

Taste follows smell, hops and more hops with enough malt backbone to support this hopbomb.
Alcohol is present but well disguised

Mouthfeel is good, velvety and smooth.

Drinkability is limited at this ABV but one was very enjoyable. A durable and drinkable DIPA.

OldYoda, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was recommended by a local liquor store employee who said he keeps a keg at his house. Not something I would consider a session beer by any means but to each his own.

It pours a beautiful clear amber with good head retention. Nice hoppy aroma but nothing exceptional. Taste is good initially but turns sharp and acidic on the finish. The 9% is not well-concealed and I would hesitate to buy this again. The Hop Henge (most recent imperial IPA I've had) is superior in every way.

I enjoyed this more at first but as time goes on, it wears a little thin. I can't imagine going through a whole keg but Hercules is worth a try if you love IPAs.

GilGarp, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 335ml Brown Bottle, obtained from Borough Market, London. Recommended by BA ColoradoBobs.

Poured into a Hoegaarden 'Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass.

A dull, deep terracotta orange body with an off-white almost biege coloured, tight but thin foaming head. The beers body has a very slight haze to it, but not enough to detract from its fine looks.

The aroma was all hops and more hops, some malty molasses type smells did pop up if I sniffed hard and long enough.

I tasted this straight after a Titan IPA, this is a seriously hoppy brew compared to that (and I thought that hoppy). It is a little too hoppy for my English tender tastebuds, but it obviously hits all the right notes for the style. I obviously can't compare it with others within its class, but overall I liked it.

Not used to 9.10% beers (although I do hit Belgium regular), this seemed well balanced and hid the alcohol very well.

Will this turn me into a hop monster? Probably not. Will I look out for hoppy American beers in the future? Probably.

Thanks John, only another 5 Colorado beers left to try/review (before I buy some more?).

BlackHaddock, Apr 22, 2008
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,591 ratings.