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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

3,475 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 219 | 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 SwillBilly
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear and bright amber with hues of ruby shining throughout. A thick foamy white head tops the beer as tiny bubbles of carbonation race to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer disappears.

Smell: Very fruity and sweet with a grapefruit like citrusyness woven into the aroma. A very slight hint of alcohol permeates through the fruity goodness.

Taste: Starts with a big malty sweetness, fruity, candi sugar, molasses, the middle transitions from the the malty and yeasty fruitness to a big citrusy finish with plenty of grapefruit rind giving the beer a lingering bitterness long after the swallow. Just a slight touch of alcohol makes its self known, otherwise its pretty well hidden of a 9% abv beer. Very well balanced between sweet and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bording on thick, creamy and slightly slick with good carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Don't know why it took me so long to review this beer. I've had it numerous times and its one of my favorite DIPA. Very well balanced with plenty of fruity and sugary malts to offset the big citrusy hops that are present in the finish. Not a hop tea by any means. A big beer that is actually pretty easy to drink but the 9% abv will makes itself know in short order, definitely not a beer to make a session of, but one to savor. A damn good DIPA and another fine beer from the folks at Great Divide, a very underrated brewery in my opinion. Seek and Enjoy. Highly Recommended.

SwillBilly, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber- perfect sunday to relax, watch a game, and indulge in a great ber from Great Divide.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A Deep Amber Color- glowing with hints of orange and brown- some red tint- incredible lacing sticking all over the glass- head with little hills, nooks, and crannies.

S- Smelled of citrus hops- slight grapefruit- some pine.

T- Taste was incredible- enjoyed every sip. Those citrus/pine hops were perfect- alcohol burned my tongue and some on my throat- Such a creamy texture to this beer- oily on the tongue though-

I absolutely love this beer- a perfect example of the style and possibly the best DIPA I have had to date.

This one is a winner and a huge hop bomb. I'll have some more please.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of boston2bburg
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

boston2bburg, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass,

A: Dark amber, with a tannish head, with quite a greenish-style hue, with excellent Belgian-style lacing.

S: A lot of hops, very hoppy, with tangerine, grapefruit, and pine, very fragrant.

T: Big grapefruit and other citrus notes, balanced by a good caramel malt background, with a fair amount of warming alcohol.

M: Big and chewy, very resiny.

D: A good beer, a good Double IPA, in my opinion a little too malty for the style, but that is a minor complaint. A big beer, though, one bomber is more than enough for me.

Halcyondays, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Total Wine and More in Tampa, Fl and poured into 2 pint glasses.
Appearance: A beautiful body of orange, brown and amber tones, a tan head that was pretty large with lots of big bubbles and it stayed tight the entire way down.
Smell: A deep citrus hop with an imagined floral hint.
Taste: A strong citrus taste, grapefruits and oranges, with a strong malt backbone that hits you after a few sips.
Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp.
Drinkabiltiy: Great.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - orange/amber color with a nice foamy beige head that lasted the entire glass, leaving lots of fine sticky lace.

S - it's all about the hops, very strong citrusy hop aroma.

T - very good tasting DIPA, sour citrus hop flavor hits first, followed by a slight hint of malt, finishing with a crisp hop bite.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated brew.

D - very tasty, but drinkable only to a point (4) because of 9% abv.

I have a question: why doesn't anyone make a brew this tasty with an abv of 5% or less, so it can be sessionable?

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Blupoet03
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is little to be improved in this beer, I think. I have only found one that exemplifies the style better.

It pours a golden honey color with a foamy pillowy head that lasts all the way down the glass.

Nose: fruity, hoppy, sour, subtle.

Taste: This beer sizzles as soon as it hits the tongue and then smooths out. There is a strong citrus flavor, but then it finishes clean. The taste lingers on the tip of the tongue, and the flavor is well-rounded hops and very robust. It finishes with a noticeable warming.

This beer starts sweet and summary and ends dry, warm, and wintery. Recommended for year-round enjoyment.

Blupoet03, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a light orange amber with gold highlights. The moderately thick pearl head recedes leaving a nice bit of lace.

In the aroma there is some malt and plenty of hops. Surprisingly some roastiness as well and a hint of citrus fruitiness.

The flavor has some strong hops and the slight roasty nuttiness adds to the complexity of this selection. Some roasty malt before a sweet caramel finish that curiously seems to mellows as the beer warms.

A nice initial bite with some natural carbonation that does not lighten up the texture of the finish much. Very good overall.

letsgopens, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a rich copper hue with a huge two finger fluffy off-white head that stays around forever. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for a DIPA. Smell is a nice floral hop explosion with a background with a bit of citrus as well. A bit of sweet malt is mixed in as well which makes it very enjoyable to the nose. Taste is a bit dull. Starts off with an earthy hop flavor that mixes with a bit of some floral tastes on the tongue. Lacking some malt balance. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability lacks a bit, but still is enjoyable. Not bad, but I've definitely had better DIPA's.

BeerTruth, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle - tumbler

A: 1" foamy cream colored head, fell to a thin cover that staye to the finish. Left lacing all over the glass. Impressive copper to orange body.

S: The hops punch you in the nose. This beer is clearly not for the kiddies. Citrus & pine scents with - aw, never mind - this beer just threw down a challenge. I'm not going to spend one more second sniffing.

T: It's a good thing I braced myself. There's no fooling around with this one. Spectacularly bitter, but yet there's a sweet malt backing that gives it tremendous balance. YUM!

M: Shockingly smooth - medium body - dry, sweet finish - but my tongue may be permanently altered.

D: From the smell and taste, even a dead man would know it's very strong, but the alcohol is hidden very well. Thank God (or maybe I should say Zeus in this case) the abv is printed on the bottle or I might not know when to stop.

I wanted to raise the bar tonight because I head to PA (and Victory) tomorrow. Consider the bar raised. Excellent beer!

OKCNittany, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with reddish-gold color and a nice amount of creamy off white head. Solid amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral/pine hop aroma followed by a lovely maltiness.

T: Hop flavors abound up front, both piney and floral, giving way to a creamy caramel flavor.

M: Creamy finish, leaves a dry mouth, but it is a good dry.

D: Definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. The 9% is noticeable, but manageable and easy to put down.

dbatch, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one MONSTER of a beer. Pours a craggy, rich, pillowy head with citrusy scents. Smells of oily grains and top notch hop aroma. Nice smelling beer with a deep golden color, almost amber. Very full bodied with initial malts on front followed with big, big hoppy taste, balancing this beer nicely. A great find!

bigdeuce, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark reddish-gold with a creamy beige head. Lacing is nicely defined but not too heavy.

The aroma is full and sweet. Floral hops with a nice malty balance.

Deep, rich and strong. A strong malt backbone with some citrus from the hops is noted. The alcohol also lets you know of it's presence.

Medium bodied and smooth, with little carbonation.

I like this beer. Nicely balanced and a carrying bit of attitude. Another nice offering form Great Divide.

Monkeyknife, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.6/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Transparent amber body with thick foamy pale rust colored head. Great head retention and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Balanced aromas of citrus, caramel malt, toffee, and hops. Smell is rather welcoming.

T- Citrusy hops are first with a caramel malt and toffee back bone. Seems prety balanced. This is followed by a very agressive crass hop finish that lingers and lingers in the back of the palate. Nothing is at the end to balance out the hops.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth creamy body. Well done.

D- The crass hop aftertaste was over the top for me and I found it hard to enjoy. I tend to enjoy fuller more balanced DIPAs rather than agressive ones. This one just wasn't for me.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lovely deep tangerine color with a huge frothy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smells amazing! Fantastic sweet piney hops galore! Very inticing.

Taste is just as good! Starts out with an intense hop bitterness, closely followed by lovely creamy piney hops that linger in the back of the mouth.

Very full and creamy, but not at all syrupy.

Highly drinkable at 9%. One of the best DIPA's I've had. Maybe one of the best beers I've had period!

bluegrassbrew, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of cnybrewblog
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This was poured out of a 22oz bottle.

Out of the bottle I was very impressed. There was an off white cream head that stuck around for a while. The color was a dark amber to copper tone.

The aroma was great! It had a complex malt-hop mix that was different than most DIPA's that are all hops aroma.

The taste was heavy and unimpressive. I most of the flavors melded together into an indistinguishable burn. I think there were some hints of pine, but they were all quickly erased by the harsh alcohol burn. Too much.

Mouth feel was thick and heavy. This drank like a stout and overstayed it's welcome on my tongue.

IMHO Great Divide pushes towards some great big beers, but needs to learn when to say when. I had a Saranac High Peaks side by side with this, both DIPA's and there was no comparing the two. One was thick heavy and a struggle to get down, the other smooth and full of character. I recommend the Saranac HP for anyone looking for a good DIPA.

*I need to disclose that I live in Syracuse (not far from Utica where Saranac is brewed) so I am always a little bias towards the home town brew.

cnybrewblog, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great DIPA. Tastes like Celebration Ale on steroids. Highly recommended for hop-heads. Pours a hazy orange with an average size head. The head fades down to a covering of the glass. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Excellent aroma. You know you have a great hoppy experience waiting for you on first sniff. Really great taste. Hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit predominant). As I sipped the beer (drank all marvelous 22 oz myself) I noticed some maltiness in the finish. Wouldn't call this balanced in any shape or form, but I can detect the malt as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Coats the tongue and palate with resiny goodness. I wouldn't want to rate another beer after this one. Drinkability is good for a 9.1 abv beer. 22 oz is enough, but I enjoyed the last oz as much as the first. A really impressive beer.

JayQue, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of giblet
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good! all the characteristics that make an IPA are there. this is a top 10 beer for me. i prefer dry bitter beers so the IPA is my choice. this is an excellent choice.

now i could review it beyond the above ratings like everyone usually does. but when i review a brew i just put what i like and dont like. i am certainly not trained in this area so i leave it to my vast experience. IPA's are not for everyone so if you like a sweet easy drinking beer look elsewhere. if you like IPA's you will be very pleased with this one!

suckem up and movem out!!!

giblet
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giblet, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's obvious why they went with the Hercules moniker. Big, robust hops, with a thick, creamy feeling. Bitter? Yes, but the type of bitterness you look for. Monstrous head which settles down in a fairly normal lacy foam. Very piney, fairly citric, and all around great.

Very similar to the amazing Simcoe Double IPA by Weyerbacher. I'm not sure which I'd favor, but they're fairly close.

Contra, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a rather thick creamy head. Foamy lacing galore.

Smells sooo good. Pine resin, grapefruit, orange, and caramel malt.


Mildly sweet. Loads of caramel, toffee, biscuit malt flavors upfront. This is back upped with lots of Northwest hop flavors; grapefruit rind , orange pulp and pine needle. I have tasted hoppier beers but this DIPA has a certain balance that is pleasurable. Noticable alcohol. Bitterness is high and on-spot.

This is a very nice DIPA that is worth trying. Hop foward yet balanced nicely with tasty malt flavors. Will try again.

bosco7, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules was a clear, golden amber color when poured into my snifter. There was a short off white head. It smells like crispy hops and sweet syrup. There is definitely some hop bitterness but not straight "hoppy". I really prefer citrus and pine in my DIPA's.There was some malty caramel balance and not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was sticky and chewy. This is good stuff; too bad Great Divide raised their growler prices :( .

ArrogantB, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown brew that pours a beautiful milk shake of a head, and it holds nicely right through the pint. The aroma is solidly hops, the green side of hoppy to be sure. Very inviting! The first taste is smooth, a grainy sweetness (brown rice?) and more hops. I do take some note of the alcohol content which makes it a little less drinkable in my book. It's pretty heavy for my tastes, but it is still quite enjoyable, obviously a quality brew. I will have to try more from this brewer!

Durge, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown, amber beer, slightly murky with a very thin, bubbly head.

Smell is citric with lemon and grapefruit, which is a little sharp. A good hoppiness of raw hops. The malt give the beer a dextrinous and sweet malty smell.

Taste is very bitter and I get goose bumbs on my arms when I swallow the first sip. For me this is over the top bitterness. The hops are also aromatic and raw with grapefruit and lemon zest. The malt is dextrinous and sweet, given the beer a sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Body is medium and carbonation is good. Drinkability is not great, the bitterness is not something I get used to, it remains very bitter and a little too sharp for my liking.
Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Absumaster, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a nice golden color, a little dark for an IPA but nothing negative about it, a good head poured out, but it didnt last long, even thou it left good lacing
S- has a really nice hoppy smell, with a medium malt backing it up
T-Has a great crisp hop flavor, tastes really good
M- Has a medium/light body which works great
D- great, i could drink a ton of these, cant really notice the 9% alcohol

Atron67, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber color, slightly lighter than some products in this style. Full finger light tan head that faded before i could type this out. A good amount of lacing observed.

The smell is really good. Floral hoppy, pine and and significant sweetness.

Full bodied, the mouth feel has a good complexity that starts out with the hop bitterness up front and is balanced well with a solid sweet malty characteristic. The fresh hopped flavor is strong enough to linger slightly in the finish.

Quite drinkable - The 9.1% is present but not distracting. The Great Divide Crew's people presence takes their efforts to the next level. May they continue to enjoy the current level of karma into the future.

jjayjaye, Jun 09, 2007
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,475 ratings.