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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 357 | 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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Ratings: 3,739 | Reviews: 1,531
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the new labels.

Pours a nice clear ruby red color with a bigass white fluffy head that sticks around for sometime and leaves good lacing.

Nose is all west coast hops. Some slight malt sweetness, but WC grapefruit and pine hops dominate this nose.

Wow. Very tasty. West coast hops from the get go. Grapefruit, pine, and even a little spice in there. A nice malt backbone, but the hops are clearly the star of the show here. This is quite tasty. Some citrus peel flavor in here as well. Malt profile is right where it should be. This is a good DIPA. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and hop resins.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be not too thick, not too thin, and carbonation is just right. If anything, it is a bit too thick maybe.

Drinkability is fantastic. Especially for the abv. Having trouble trying to keep typing i am drinking this so quickly. I better slow down. A touch hot, but still very good.

Overall a very impressive DIPA from great divide. Get it fresh though, because i have had this one in the past when it is a few months old and the hops fade very quickly. But fresh, this one easily competes with alot of west coast DIPAs. Very well made, very clean, and very tasty. Try it!

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

A - Amber orange with a very nice rocky head and lacing that tells a story down the pint glass.

S - Hops and sweetness in the nose, very pleasing aroma.

T - Nice floral hops in this beer, with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced and not at all alcoholic despite the ABV.

M - Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and resinous. good for this style though.

D - Personally for me a very balanced drinkable example of the style. Clean tasting american DIPA that would please any connisouer of the style.

Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear golden amber brown with a one finger very clingy offwhite head.

Smell is a malty grapefruit pine forest. Lots of hop smell.

Taste is very sharp bitter, yet but not quite biting. Malty backbone is still despite the hoppiness.

Chewy mouthfeel that feels like it is lingering. Very good.

With all of the hop goodness, it is not too bitter. Very good maltiness balances one of the great dipa's.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Great Divide tap room Denver CO.

A: Pours a radiant amber hue with a nice 3/4 finger head. Lots of bubbles which lead to good retention. Nice sheets of lace noted.

S: Nice caramel malt sweetness up front. Hints of sweet pine and sparkling citrus.

T: Wonderful balance displayed in this one. Bold malt sweetness up front. Bold caramel malt with hints of sweet fruit. Citrus cuts thru and turns a bit piney and sweet. Hints of grassy bitterness linger in the finish. Wonderful.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced.

Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/16/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, rocky head. Clear, dark golden body. Great lacing.

Smell is malty, caramel and hops. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aroma.

Taste is citrus and spicey hops up front with a nice bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmty. A nice balance with sweet malt and caramel flavors. Hints of pine and nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel is oily with a medium piney. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Mild alcohol warmth, but still easily drinkable although not quite sessionable.

Overall its an excellent DIPA. Big on hops w/ a well balanced maltiness.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Bright copper with a nice head no real lace.

S-Piney, with alot of fresh hops and alcohol notes

T-Big hops in the front middle and finish nice citrus grapefruit flavor as well, good bitter finish

M-Medium body nice and smooth though very complex and well balanced

D-Not something I would drink all the time but good for a big hop fix

Photo of naterock
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copper and clear, thin head that thins quickly

smells of a rich floral bouquet, a hint of alcohol is well hidden behind the mound of hops.

hops and more hops, but suprisingly well balanced. a blend of bittering hops. grapefruit and apricot, with a piney hint

well balanced, but for the massive hops it's suprisingly not oily. easily drinkable but I probably couldn't have more than one growler

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with a good, full off white head that lingers around and then leaves nice lacing,

Smells very floral, light nose of malt and caramel in the background. The hops and floral notes permeate throughout

Tastes pretty muh as it smells. Tastes as if you are eating a flower. Slight malty-ness, but the bitterness and floral really dominate.

Mouthfeel is nice, not really aware of the ABV.

A bit too floral for me to drink more than one growler, but a nice beer nonetheless

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color with ruby highlights. Decent inch and a half of head forms on the pour. Looks good. Smell is hoppy, but with substantial caramel malts behind lending the support. Juicy, citrusy hops start off initially, then the bitterness kicks in and finishes off the taste. Big and bold in the mouthfeel. This is a big beer. Good DIPA but far from my favorite.

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Hercules DIPA is a is a dark garnet with a very large khaki head that leaves heavy, very attractive lace. This is actually beyond red IPA like, the dark cola notes, not my favorite, but great head and I prefer them darker.

Smell is strong, big west coast hops but such a rich, caramel backbone, it's more like a DRPA, which I love!

Taste is good, like the nose, loads of hops struggling to balance the huge crystal malt bill...only here, the scale is tipped away from the hops, which are still very citric and bitter, with a dry, resiny bitter finish. I've had this only a few times, but over the years, on draught or bottle, my impression is always pretty much, "eh, this is a pretty sweet DIPA, but eh." Very scientific, the framework dictates a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a heavy body regardless of how red a DIPA it is.

Drinkability is pretty good, as readily available and affordable as this is, it's not one I ever gravitated to, but I'm not really sure why - this is a hop lovers dream!

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Pours a deep copper color with 3 inches of foam that gradually dissipated leaving plenty of lacing

S This one definitely had a "bitey" aroma, a warning of whats to come

T As expcted, this one was bitey, but i think it is somewhat subdued due to the malt sweetness

M/D I'm not really sure about this one. I could definitely drink this again, but i'm sticking with one and then onto something else.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hercules Imperial IPA pours deep amber with a thick, caramel colored head. Good lacing down the side of my tulip glass as the beer is consumed.

S: I smell a strong and sweet floral hop and malt smells are very apparent, very nice.

T/M: Hercules 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.

Overall, this is a good beer from a solid brewery. I would definitely recommend it to people craving a well balanced DIPA.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this bad boy at a Yokes in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a brilliant clear russet copper, lots of carbonation, thick creamy, spongy head with a whipped cream texture and an unfaltering retention. Chunky coral branches of lacing left in its wake. Gorgeous looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic, not overly intense, but rather an applaudable balance. Tangerine and ruby red grapefruit from the hops, followed at a distance by some sticky pine, and held up by a chewy, almost candy-like malt sweetness.

Nice balance in the flavour as well. Hops are let loose from the beginning, but almost equally matched with the malt, a smooth blending.
Biscuity and light caramel malt, creamy texture, slow rising of orange citrus in the middle along with some floral hops, building to a contained finish of pine and grapefruit rind, it really only starts ripping the tongue and palate in the aftertaste, almost as if it's on a delay. Dry white grapefruit rind in the aftertaste that quietly lingers and burns on.

Creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel, like a magic carpet ride across the tongue. The faintest of trace stickiness well into the aftertaste, but slick enough it barely hits the radar. This is rare for a double IPA, let alone an IPA.

Wow, and wow again, it was worth the hassle at the border to bring this back home. One of the smoothest and balanced IPA's I've ever had, let alone a double. No trace of alcohol content in the flavour whatsoever, it only really sinks in well after the bottle is empty. This stuff is alchemy, for once the hype on the label is correct, it *is* fit for the gods. We're not worthy...

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

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Been waiting to try this.

Transparent copper. Very rich frothy head.

Wonderful smell of hops. I may even be able to pick up a malt.

Biting bitter hops! Yummy. The bottle says something about a malt backbone, but I gets hops and hops. I like it. Flavor stays with ya for a long time.

Fairly smooth and big time drinkable. I fear this ill-fated bomber is about to die an untimely death.

The malts try to stage a comeback late in the game but are brutally repelled.

Overall: officially changing my favorite style to DIPA

Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it.

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

Pours a deep copper color with a thin and fizzy beige head that burns off quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with floral hops, grapefruit and earthy malt flavors. The finish is hoppy with some citrus and pine aftertaste that lingers awhile. Pretty solid IIPA all around.

Photo of corey0212
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Boof BIF from SirSketch!! Haven't had Hercules in a long time...

Pours a perfect color for the style, a slightly murky orange/honey/amber, smallish sand-colored head fades into a thin film on top of the beer, tons of clingy web-like lacing on the glass, and a lot of floaties in the beer. Lots of soft tangerine notes on the nose, some grapefruit, and a huge caramel malt presence. Big citrus flavor, juicy grapefruit, just bitter enough without being overpowering, and an almost melted-caramel sweetness. Sticky, creamy, lush mouthfeel, pretty spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Faint lingering bitterness. I think this was the second Imperial IPA I ever had (after Ruination), and it's just as tasty as I remembered.

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

12 oz. bottle from Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC - it rang up as "Lil Herc" on the cash register, as I guess this is normally found in bombers! Bottled during the 1st week of May of 2008. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep bronze-color with a huge two-plus-finger foamy, fluffy, merenge-like head with slightly above-average retention ... but the lacing! Mein Gott, the lacing is fantastic. It's splotchy, erratic, web-like, all over the glass, just great lookin'. Carbonation is sparse, medium-sized, and of medium speed. The retention isn't as nice as I'd like, but if it makes way for that gorgeous lacing, I'm fine with that.

Aroma: Pungent and spicy, with tons of raw, coarse spicy notes - the nasal equivalent of a "bite," perhaps? - and a subdued but doughy malt presence. It's very coarse and resiny, with tons of rough oils that come off slightly chemically but more piney and grassy Interesting.

Tasty: Surprisingly malty. This one has tons of caramel, roasty, bready notes, that more than stand up against a spicy, rough bitterness. It's not spicy and rough in that it's overpowering, it's just very coarse, and it's not necessarily a bad thing - I like a little attitude in my hop bite. The hop notes themselves are mostly pine, but there are occasional hints of citrus and lighter, floral notes. Alcohol is present, but well-hidden. A big, nasty, but still somehow balanced beer. Impressive.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, fluffy, and low on the carbonation scale - it's relatively thick, as well, so it could stand a little more carbonation, but it's really not all that bad given how the body comes out. Nice.

Drinkability: A very nice DIPA, and I say that it being my favorite style. This one's surprisingly malty and well-balanced, but the roughness of the hops gives it that nice "bite," without it being overwhelmingly, puckeringly bitter. I have yet to be disappointed by one of Great Divide's big beers - they're all very well made. Recommended.

Photo of cubang8r
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited, I haven't had a beer in 3 months, my wife is pregnant. I hope it doesn't skew my test!!!

Looks wonderful, great lacing and much darker than you would expect an IPA. Dark amber.

Smells hoppy and piny. A cool, early winter morning, snow and fresh cut evergreens in the air.

Taste is sharp, bitter, floral, and citrus melded together very smoothly as it goes down. I love it at the first sip. I was surprised by the high alcohol content, doesn't taste that high.

Smooth and quiet in the mouth. Subtle carbonation that covers the tongue all over.

I love this beer.

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

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and decent lacing. It has a great scent, very hoppy with citrus and floral overtones. Absolutely great American IPA flavor, a great hop combo, a great bitter, hoppy taste, without being too much, with nice citrus undertones. A very smooth beer for being so high ABV. Nice job.

Photo of orangedive
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber-orange color - 1-inch head

S - Citrus, hops, little bit of alcohol

T - Bitter, orange, alcohol, not too complex, not too syrupy like some double IPAs

M - soft, good, medium bodied

D - easy and nice drinking except for a little alcohol burn

Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade with deepsouth. Poured into a snifter.

Pours nice, thick and creamy, leaving a nice frothy half inch white head. A deep, nearly opaque burnt orange color. Moderate carbonation. Thick, lasting lace.

Smells like alcohol and a moderate amount of hops for an imperial. A well balanced IPA with some nice backing of sweet malts. Hops are very dank with some citrus/pine tones.

A very well balanced Imperial IPA. Alcohol present, but well masked for being a 9.1%. A slightly bitter lasting finish. A lot of good quality ingredients used in this tasty brew. The grapefruit and citrus come through more in the taste and the malts are more hidden by these hefty flavors.

This is a thick and creamy beer. Not as smooth as I expected it would be. A bit course going down and that remains in your mouth causing the long lasting aftertaste. Light carbonation. Decent drinkability which is good because this one is pretty strong.

Seems a bit overrated to me. I could recommend a couple other imperial ipas ahead of this one.

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

Smell: sweet malt, toffee, biscuit, some butter, and hoppy notes of grape, grass, citrus. Really nice smell.

Taste: surprisingly (for me) smooth and creamy, sweet malt, toffee, biscuit and a lot of american hops - grape, apples, resin, grass. Some salt as well, and very bitter. I like it, especially the balance between smooth sweet malt and heavy, bitter hops. However, I did detect some alcohol, and the hops are not as rich in flavours as, I believe, Rouges IIPA. Or perhaps its the bitterness that dominates too much. Or - perhaps its just me not fully appreciating this style.

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

Orange amber haze with a pronounced white head. Impressive retention. Rich aroma of orange hop zest with hints of caramel toffee. Explosive hop bitterness. Bisquity, robust flavor. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Nicely hidden abv, and a smooth creaminess that is very rare for DIPAs. This brew packs a herculean punch, and I could definitely get carried away with it. This is a top DIPA.

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

Another Great Divide that I have yet to try. Poured this one into my pint glass tonight...

A: Hazy copper with a very nice and creamy two finger tan head; There are pieces floating in this one, almost looks like orange pulp? Anyway, it doesn't make it unappetizing. Oh, this one laces like the best of them!

S: Hops galore. Very nice floral hop aroma, mostly of citrus hops. Smells like a good DIPA should.

T: Wow, the hops are blowing my head off. Very, very bitter with citrus hops. I do not detect the pine hops in here until the finish, for the citrus hops take the cake. It is balanced nicely and has a nice alcohol taste in the finish as well.

Overall, a great DIPA. Right up there with Pliny and 90 minute in my opinion. Get one if you have the chance!

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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