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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

3,717 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 213
Gots: 337 | FT: 6
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:
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 CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Orange-tan head (OK retention) atop a hazy, orange-copper beer, glowing.

S-Some light citrus mingling withing heavy-handed piney hops. A bit of esteriness, alongside a slight maltiness, maybe bread/caramel.

T-Pronounced bitterness right from the start! Then a thick and dark, resinous and earthy hop flavor emerges. Some malts come through, with a caramel and toasty bread character. Bitterness sustains trhough the flavor, into the dry finish.

M-Medium body with a hint of heaviness near the end. Enjoyably light within my mouth with a playful and appropriate carbonation.

D-I like this beer. It's a shame I only have a 12 oz bottle of it! Be prepared to sit on this one, enjoying it slowly, as the bitterness is very strong, but very enjoyable.

Photo of ericduran
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had this last night, at $13 for a 4-pack, I was expecting something exceptional.

The color was a nice clear brown but all of GD's beers are crystal clear, so nothing special about that.

It did smell really good, I will give it that, like a boquet of hop flowers.

The taste was really disapointing, this could really benefit from being conditioned in the bottle, not just carbed and poured in. That's fine when it's from a tap fresh, but leave a dead beer in the bottle for two months (mine was bottled in Oct according to the label) and uhhhh....yeah. I didn't see any yeast sediment at the bottom and the beer was so clear it either wasn't bottle conditioned or they use a very miraculous strain of yeast.

Very biting mouthfeel, resiny from all the hops. Like chewing on hops. A little creaminess at the end, maybe but really just jagged, cloyingly bitter, resinous and biting. Flash of green followed by a jolting brown. Unpleasant.

Fairly drinkable, I worked thru the two I bought (asked the guy to half the 4pack for me because of the price) in about an hour because I wanted to get drunk and it does its job pretty well at 9% ABV, but I would not drink it again. May try it off a tap if I come across the opportunity. Horribly disappointing.

Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a hazy, dark, orange-amber body with a silky, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: A bitter, hop smell with some grapefruit notes. There were also some alcoholic undertones evident as well.

T: A fairly bitter taste with a biting alcohol taste as well. There was some earthiness in the taste and more evidence of earthiness in the aftertaste as well. As I drank the beer, the alcohol receded to the background of the beer and the bitter hops and some of the citrus-grapefruit notes made themselves more evident.

M: A fairly thick and silky, full-bodied mouthfeel that was nice on the palette and made the beer pretty easy drinking.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that yielded a beer that was pretty good example of a DIPA. While the alcohol was evident in the beginning of the beer, it receded into the background, allowing the true hoppy and citrus flavors of the beer to make more of an impact on the overall experience with this one.

Photo of bifrostguard
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with a descent off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a prevalent malt sweetness.

T - Too sweet and malty for me. Not bad hop flavor, but I certainly prefer my double IPAs less malty. Citrus and pine notes are well balanced.

M - Sticky and medium bodied.

D - Too sweet and malty. I'm definitely looking to moving on.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Double Daughters. Poured coppery with a tannish head. Smelled floral and citrusy, very strong aroma of hops, slightly sweet. Tasted hoppy with a slight punch, tasted sweet but not overly so. In all, a really solid double IPA that's on the sweeter side as far as DIPAs go, a very refreshing change of pace.

Photo of hoplover82
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA is very impressive. From the hop profile, to the nutty, caramel maltiness, this beer is amazing.

It pours a beautiful foggy dark orange color. Up from the beer arises this tan head that sticks around till the shows over.

The flavor is so intense but smooth... I hope the Lord has this beer for me in Heaven.

There's truly no harshness to it. It's smooth sailin' all the way down. full bodied.

Thank you Great Divide. The Lord bless the hop harvest.

Photo of aibkstaff
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Titan IPA has a rich reddish coppery color, is semi foggy, and has a thick tall yellowy head. Very foamy. The taste it nice and hoppy with some herbal and nutty notes. It's also very, very malty. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavy body. Drinkability is pleasing.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from a bottle with Bheilman. Poured a dark amber with a small white head. Smells of sweet bread, just reeks of yeast. And those are the tastes that hit you at first, this malty bread taste which is quickly followed by your taste buds getting on board the hop-train, last stop Bittersville. It's a great trip to bittersville from breadtown and my taste buds enjoyed the ride. This is a thick brew and I don't know if I'd want more then one in an evening, but it is an excellent rendition of a DIPA and fans of the style should seek this one out.

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

A- Amber in color, semi clear beer. Huge off white head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S- Citrus hops, pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt.

T- Initial minor caramel malt taste and then a huge hop explosion. Citrus and pine hops galore. This is NOT a balanced beer, but I love it! Can you say BITTER??

M- Thick, chewy, and bitter aftertaste left in my mouth.

D- Not extremely drinkable from a session sense, but extremely drinkable for hop heads. Love this beer and could drink 2 or 3 in a sitting.

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

12 oz bottle from apparently 12/2003

A - Pours a copperish amber color. Little head formation, but is there is awfully white. THe film that is leftover is very light. Bubbling is subdued, indicating light carbonation.

S - A potent nose of orange and grapefruit hop notes. Some sweet malt in there, but it is playing at best third fiddle. Lots of alpha acids here.

T - Starts off with the only malt note that you'll ever get out of this beer. Continues with the big hammer of the bitterness. A bit biting. Finishes with a huge flourish of sweet hops. Very floral, and grapefruit. Amazingly light aftertaste.

M - Thick and full of body. There must be lots of unfermentables here. Creamy. No carbonation bite to speak of.

D - This is probably a solo or a double flier in a night for me. The bitterness becomes somewhat overbearing as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Weight on the palette is manageable. ABV is a hair potent.

A solid offering from the good folks at GD. I'd say this is in the same vain as Flying Dog's Double Dog.

Photo of jackorain
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did not the expect the level of dark Bronze color that this beer portrayed in my devel glass. Aggressive pour resulted in a a scant 1/2 inch of foamy-thick, tan head. the head fell quite slwly as I took my notes. After it did receede to a long lasting thick coat, it also left thick opaque lace up the glass the exact height of the head that formely resided there.

Smell was of thick gooey caramel cooking on the stove. There was a sweet simple syrup aroma also. The middle of the aroma brought a slap across the olfactory of big piney hops. This aroam brought to mind the flavors that i would hope would follow. The finish was of bitter greens.

Big hop bit right up front. Piney and bitter greens abound. The carameland other sweet sugary flavors from the nose serve as a sizable malt backbone. The finish is quite refreshingly bitter and last quite a long time. This bitter finish play extremly well with the firm and sweet malt middle.

Medium to full body is cut quite nicely by the spry, tingly carbonation. This level of carboantion was unexpected but not unwelcome. Not alcohol heat to speak of.

I could drink several glasses of this until it couls get ugly. The 9.1% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking copper with a cloudy pale head. Holy hops batman, this thing is loaded with aroma, and flavor, and a great bitter aftertaste. This is one viscus beer, it would have to be with that much hop. I don't know if I could taste anything after this, so the drinkability drops, but who buys a beer that they want to drink 5 of?

Photo of Mauerhan
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love double ipas. i just felt i should get that out before i start this review. i LOVE double ipas.

pours a nice rustic orange. a fluffy white two finger head pops up leaving a nice amount of lacing and a great layering of foam on top.

smell is great. nutty, malty, a nice hop presence.

i am hit by the malts up front. sweet. slightly biscuty, a nuttiness that leads into the hops. i am left with a nice slightly bitter aftertaste.

mouth is smooth to the point of creaminess. has a great aftertaste. a solid dipa.

i would drink this again. a very tasty beer. not perfect but a damn tasty beverage.

Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a garnet highlight. The head rises 1" and shows great retention.

Smell: Deep malt aroma and fresh flowers. A faint citrus aroma. Lots of caramel aroma for a DIPA.

Taste: Bitter citrusy hops are full of orange flavor. Lots of IBUs and plenty of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter with a sweet finish. Alcohol is noticable. Lingering bitterness, medium to thick body.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a different breed of DIPA-could actually be considered an American Barleywine. The heavy malt is different and not very quenching. You could do a few.

Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy dark amber, plenty of head. Leaves sticky, webby lacing.

S - Mostly a deep malt presence, pine notes at end.

T - Deep center of caramel, nicely squashed by a citrus bitter affront.

M - Medium to heavier, good carb and coating. Almost reminds me of a heavily hopped barley wine.

D - The crispness keeps it exciting. This could creep up.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange cooper color with golen highlights

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, and citrusy hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very slick and sweet while maintaining the hop bitterness. Toffee and caramel malts, which gives it almost a candied feel. Piney citrus hops balances this one out masterfully.

Drinkability - Like my Double IPA's to be a little more hoppy than sweet, but it's definitely being nitpicky. Respect this one.

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

A - pours a clear amber with clumpy white head that clings firmly to the edges. S - More malt sweetness overall. The hop notes almost seemed a little masked by the nice malt scent. Hops may have mellowed a bit as this one was cellered for about a year. T - Nice citrus hops then bitterness. Malt taste is nice sweet and balanced. the two almost mash togetherly perfectly in my mouth. M - medium carbonation a slick feel and crisp taste make this very pleasent D - I loved this. This was a just straight up solid DIPA. It had its wow moments but never left me wanting any more than it gave me. Just right!

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very bitter and sharp Imperial. Pours clear dark amber with a humongous white, fluffy head. Aroma is all hops, with some citrus and a wooden scent. Taste is bitter hops, with no sweetness. It has a nice back of malt and resin, which grows on you after a few pulls. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 11/18/08 with the new labeling.

A- deep transparent amber, almost ruby, colored body under a large fluffy eggshell colored head that quickly reduces to no more than one cm. lots of heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass

S- lots of caramel malt and tons of hops. floral, spicy, and citrus. very nice.

T- sweet caramel malt upfront followed by a bitter blast of hops. lots of piny and citrus. some floral notes. wonderfully bitter. some traces of alcohol, but at over 9% thats expected.

M- full bodied and oily. mouth coating. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- an easy beer to finish. not my favorite DIPA, but one ill try again and again because of the price which was 5.49 tonight. the alcohol is well hidden. check this one out if given the chance.

Photo of cbn
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is beautiful deep golden amber with a large off-white head that leaves curtains of lace as it retreats.

The aroma is of volatile hop oil and alcohol with honey,citus and ripe fruit notes.

Tongue coating hops meet sweet pale malt, just a touch of caramel. Grassy,floral and citric hop flavors dominate.

Solid, silky smooth, medium mouthfeel with a lightly carbonated edge.

This brew hides its abv well, subtly disarming, part of its charm.

Photo of corby112
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours anice cloudy amber/orange. Aroma of hops (of course) with a slight floral and malt scent. Very impressed with this IPA. Although very hoopy, there is a nice balance of slight sweetness that rounds out this beer. Highly reccomended for hop heads.

Photo of kevd193213
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Deep reddish rust colored pour that screams "drink me!" with a generous copper head. Aroma of sweet citrus and hops. Taste of hops and grapefruit, sweet as most doubles are but really drinkable despite the hop explosion and higher ABV. Fantastic bitter finish, you can almost chew this beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/6/0006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown color body, with a small head that is quickly diminishing, white. A strong aroma of hops, some sweetness. Strong bitter taste, but I've had stronger, slight chocolate, smooth, sweet, dry finish. Not a very complex flavor.

Photo of RunDWP
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hercules is a good name for this beer, because it is strong. With a notable alcohol presence and a very strong bitterness of grapefruit peel and a little grassiness, I just found this brew a bit too agressive for my taste. There's also a far amount of malt here for a double IPA. I can imagine real hopheads will really enjoy this, and understand all the rave reviews here, but this just isn't quite my speed. Looked good pouring, with a standard amber orange color and frothy persistant head with some lacing and sheeting as I drank. The citrus aroma. A slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden amber with a small bubbly head that doesn't stick around very long and leaves only traces of lacing.

The smell is dominated by citrus and grassy hops up front with a big bready malt presence as well.

This may be an older bottle as the taste was dominated by the malts and sugary sweetness with the citrus hops more of a complementary aspect. There is also a little bit of booze heat int he finish as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied for the style and sticky with the mixture of sweetness and hop resin.

I enjoyed this bottle though, as I said, it may be a bit old and I may try a fresher bottle next time to see if the hops are bigger in the taste. Still, it's a very good DIPA.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,717 ratings.