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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,590
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 189
Gots: 259 | 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 SargeC
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color with a golden-white head.

Smell: Good hop presence, touch of alcohol.

Taste: Good initial hop blast. It provides a good bite to work along with the strong malt backbone of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. It has a sticky quality to it.

Drinkablity: This is a good brew. Powerful, yet balanced.

SargeC, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA had a lot of particles floating around in it, giving it an odd, off-putting appearance. Poured a nice head though. It had a sweet, pleasant smell. The taste was a bit much. The hops overwhelmed it, making it overly tart and leaving a bitter aftertaste. It did have a good, highly carbonated mouthfeel, though. If you like IPA's, this might be the beer for you. I thought the taste was a bit much. Nonetheless, not a bad brew.

avalon07, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like this one as much as others.

Looks really good, like glowing honey with the exception of a million huge sediment particles floating around in the thing. They don't seem to affect the taste much but they look horrible.

Smells superb. Very hoppy, very, very hoppy with a nice maltiness lingering around in the background.

Super sweet hoppy taste to this. Nice maltiness as well. There is something to this one that I don't like as well as some of the true elite IIPAs. Kind of wangy or something.

Pretty good but not great.

Tilley4, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Theres lots of hops citrus hops and some alcohol gets through

T - A bunch of hops in your mouth finishes slightly bitter

M - This is a medium bodied brew

D - If you like DIPAs this is a beer for you if you can get your hands on this one you'll be happy

armock, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of SaintsFan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect reddish-amber into my St. Feuillien glass. Small head, but sticks around forever, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is classic big IPA...pine, citrus, and alcohol. Good stuff.

Taste is a huge hops blast...delicious if you love this style. As it warms, some malts come through, but this is a big hop beer.

Mouthfeel is great...neither too thick nor too thin. Very drinkable given the hops assault.

This is a great exemplar of the style.

SaintsFan, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Boulevard chalice (2 pours). Pours a murky orangey amber with a big head that left serious lacing down the entire glass. Aroma is sweet citrus, oranges and grapefruit, with a piney note that lingers. Taste is big on the hops. Nice. Lots of grapefruit and pine, with a bready flavor and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavier then I expected with a positive effect on the beer. There is just a little carbonation and it finishes pretty dry. A great beer by a great brewery.

hwwty4, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium reddish copper body; clear with big pillowy head that leaves enormous chunks of lace.

Smell is well balanced between earthy, piney hops and complex malt. There must be a lot of crystal in this one.

The malt rolls into the front of your mouth then gives way to metallic, piney bitter hop flavor. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is really spot-on for a bottled IIPA. I would love to try a cask version of this one.

I'm going out to buy more of this. Tomorrow.

bboven, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky orange/amber hue, thin layer of white head that is sustaining, sticky lacing all over glass
S- Sweet citrus and floral hops, pine resin, caramel malts, and alcohol
T- Sour grapefruit hops followed by sweet citrus and floral tones, underlying bread and caramel malts as well as a nutty presence, finishes sweet and hoppy
M- Full-bodied, oily and slick texture coats the mouth, mild carbonation
D- Well-balanced DIPA with low alcohol presence, very drinkable but not as hoppy or bold as most Cali DIPAs

Stoneman78, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, dark-gold. Some suspended floaties. Small, tight, one-finger head that leaves a lot of lace behind.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel dominate. Also noticed was a hint of toasted malt and apple. Smells slightly boozy as it warms.

T: Huge pine and grapefruit hops that taste like they've been drizzled with caramel sauce. Some sweet and tangy apple as well. Some alcohol heat as it reaches proper temp.

M: Peppery and spicy throughout. Juicy and sweet in the finish yet it never loses it's zingy edge.

D: Very nice and easy to drink.

GbVDave, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All I now have left is Hades and HotShot and I will have had all the bottles of GD brew.

Pours a very foggy orange brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is piney hops with a salty edge. Flavor is heavy hops with a definite salty edge. Pine characteristics. Thick and even. Alcohol is very present in the mouth and slightly burns in the back. Feel is a good liquid body. Carbonation is good too. Drinkability has to get knocked down in the score a wee bit due to the burning alcohol on this one. But overall this is a good brew, I say. Not the greatest DIPA, by far. But certainly well made and worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Graham21
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Looked very similiar to an apple cider. Nice and hazy with a creamy tan head that stayed in the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a strong floral scent. Reminded me also of something baking like apple pie. Nice and rich.

T- Very well balanaced but not as piney/hoppy as I though it would be. The hops provided some sweetness, it had a hint of apples and some maple in the flavor. The citrus and piney notes were pleasant and the alcholo was hidden well. The carbonation may have been lacking some, but overall a good double IIPA with a medium body that provides good drinkablilty.

Graham21, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark, slightly hazy orange with almsot an inch of off white head that falls to a thin whisp.
S - A nice, strong piney and citrus hop hit. Some slight alcohol is detectable.
T - Very hoppy to taste as well but also has a dry, biscuity maltiness to balance out. Warming alcohol is also more noticeable in the taste.
M - Fairly full bodied, slightly sticky. Medium carbonation & a lindering bitterness.
D - It's probably a good thing that this costs so much here because this is just so tasty. Despite a 9.1ABV% I could have a few...well try anyway.

brendan13, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber obtained at Total Wine into a pint glass.

A. Nice cherry dark red brew with a nice healthy head that settles down to beautiful lacing.

S. The smell is impressive. Nice bold hops but without any one hop overwhelming the other. Pine, grapefruit and grass share the stage.

T. Wow, this is where this beer shines. There are so many West Coast style IPA's where they overwhelm you with hops. But while this was strong, the hops were BEAUTIFULLY balanced. Someone really worked at the recipe before they found this balance. In addition, it compliments the malt base.

M. Very smooth and went down well.

D. Very drinkable despite the higher abv. Probably my favorite DIPA.

MarkSCCOT, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a cherry wood brown with a rocky and fluffy inch and a half sticky off white head supported by a bit of carbonation bubbling up from the center of the glass.

S: That good old mellon and pine is as sweet and heavy as ever.

T/MF: Very juicy and smooth at first, with a big sweet hit of the mellon to begin but then becomes quite piney and nutty and much much more bitter especially on the swallow. This beer just ravages the tongue on the finish leaving a streak of hop oil down the center of the tongue giving a nice prickly sensation. A hop lovers dream.

D: For as bitter as this beer is and for as high as the ABV it is incredibly fun and drinkable beer, a real hoppy tooth melter if just a tad one dimensional.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of irishevans
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellowish amber with a weak film of a head, it dose leave some lace though. the nose on the other hand is beautifully floral and inviting. the taste is only mildly bitter, but plenty hopy. the finish is where all bitterness is, but it presents itself in a smooth fashion. the mouth-feel is typical ipa. drinkability is a bit rough with all the hops in the mix. a pretty good beer, i'll drink it again.

irishevans, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy copper with a finger of white head that dies slow. Smells of the west coast with big citrus, rindy hops and a malty backbone. The bittering hops smack you with full force, the sweet malt makes a noble attempt at balancing but the hops give way and linger. Medium in the mouth with crisp carbonation. Session this if you can.

franksnbeans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Iceman77
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Herc has a medium-brown color, like a copper or rust. The head recedes fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing around the edge of the glass and faintly on the surface. The smell is fairly subtle, with hints of hops (of course) as well as floral-citrus. The first sip is very hoppy, but as it warms slightly you can better detect the blend of sweet and bitter, malt and hops, although even as a double IPA the hops don't overpower so the balance is well done. The citrus continues in the taste as well. There is a noticeable amount of carbonation, but nothing out of the ordinary, it leaves a very clean finish. All in all a very good double IPA, several of these could be polished off before the abv catches up to you.

Iceman77, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of lightindarkness
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a hazy orange coppery color. About a finger’s head, diminished to a thin foam layer, leaving a decent amount of patchy lace.

S – Hoppy and sweet, like pine and cotton candy. Lots of floral tones. Some citrus, distinct grapefruit. A hint of malty nuttiness.

T – Up-front hoppiness, with a good balance of malty depth. Finishes with a smooth sweetness that is immediately lost in the biting, bitter hop aftertaste – not a bad quality in my opinion. Distinct tastes to note: hops, a lot of hops.

M – Good body and smoothness. Excellent carbonation, very well lost in the heavy hop taste.

D – Very drinkable, only hindered slightly by the long-lingering bitterness. It’s the bitterness, however, that keeps me coming back for more, and the depth of flavor that satisfies when I do.

lightindarkness, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of psuae98
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've read a bunch about Great Divide's beers and finally find a store that sold some (Jax Fine Wine & Spirts on Roswell Rd in Atlanta) so I bought a couple to try and I must say the reviews are correct, excellent beer. My first one is the Hercules Double IPA and I've got a Fresh Hop Pale Ale and Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout in the fridge I can't wait to try.

psuae98, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow I love this beer so much.

A - cloudy amber with a white head that disappeared

S - sweet, citrusy, hoppy

T - a bit of initial sweetness, hops immediately take over and bitterness comes in and is absolutely lovely

M - medium body; nice carbonation; hoppy; bitter; great!

D - Oh wow. I do love this beer. So strong, so tasty, and so drinkable. I could drink this all night and always enjoy my nights at the pub when this is on tap. Definitely one of my favorite beers. If you haven't tried this yet what are you doing on BA!? Get on it!

ruckzuck, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Poured a light golden orange with good visibility. 1 finger of off white head sticks for a bit becoming a skim. Some patchy lacing.

S: Big floral and piny hops with some underlying citrus notes. Grapefruit comes through further as it warms, as does a lightly toasted malt character.

T/M: Piny and citrus hops explode off the bat before a strong bready malt balances it out. Malts make it feels creamy and smooth just before the drying finish and lingering bitterness. Very tasty.

D: Alcohol is nearly undetectable and drinks easy. Finish is a bit too bitter to drink more than probably 2 of these. I'll drink this one again.

pwoods, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler -> pint
2007 @ MadMex, Cranberry, Pa

Pours a clear copper, with a quaint one inch white head. Thin sheets f lace. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Strong hop nose mostly pine

Smooth silky mouthfeel. Strong sweet caramel malts upfront, followed by a fruity citrus pine back that finishes with a lingering pineapple bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden behind the full flavors. Pretty balanced as the full malt presence is subdued by the almost over the top hoppy bitterness.

Very drinkable DIPA, that will sneak up and bite you in the ass with the 9.1 ABV. Enjoy.

beerphan, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this brew!

Pours a golden color with a 3 finger head. The appearance of this DIPA is about right. The smell of bitters and hops screams at my nose. The taste is heavy and bitter. A nice bold taste with a full and bitter mouthfeel.

Overall this is a good brew.

iconoklaztor, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy yellow amber with a moderately thick pillowy white head which left nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of citrus and pine, what you would expect from a DIPA.

Taste was very good, but was definitely stronger on the hop side than the malt side. This beer tasted good, but it was not as balanced as the best DIPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel was typical of the style. Definite bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this was a good beer, but not as smooth or balanced as other DIPAs that I have had.

doppelmeup, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of AMo
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA pours a brilliant copper amber hue. It has a creamy tan head that tops the brew, and remains throughout most the drink. The smell is strongly hopped, and the taste offers an exceptionally huge dose of hops from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with a slight bitter aftertaste. If you like strong beers, this drinks real easy and at least one should be tried.

AMo, Nov 18, 2007
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,590 ratings.