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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 340 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Exceptional appearance for a beer of this style, pouring a creamy, dark, murky, light brown color with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power and left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Top-notch, strong, IPA aroma, bursting with fresh hops, vanilla, and slight, sweet sugars...
Taste was equally a step-above most beers in this category, with a powerful suggestion of fresh, wild hops, bittersweet caramel and vanilla flavors, a touch of sugar balanced well with a strong floral presence that makes this an exceptional all-around beer...
Excellent thick, creamy, rich, and satisfying mouthfeel...
Drinkability was likewise very good, without any hint of the hefty 9.1% ABV...
Another winner from Great Divide...
Definitely recommended as an amazing depiction of the style...

Photo of garymoose13
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a= Pours a copper orange hue with some haziness
thin white head

s= The smell is very sweet, orange citrus honeysuckle sweet flower aroma.

t= refreshing, and crisp on the palate leads up to the toasted malt which gives way to the intense hoppiness a little zip zap zing that i love dry-sweet hop eruption.

m= The mouth is left somewhat spectacular, but not overly dry, very smooth throughout. outstanding

dynamite drinkable brew.

Photo of SaucyA
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Thin, yet long lasting 1/2 finger white head. Very hazy, looks a lot like apple cider.

S - Citric hops and sweeet malts. Very sweet. Copping a yeasty/alcohol undertone that I'm not totally diggin.

T - A definite hopbomb. Not bad, though. Semi-complex hop profile... I'm thinking my sample MAY be a little old. Malt backbone is very very big, and noticeable. Almost nutty. Starts bitter and piney, finishes bitter and slightly metallic with huge malty sweetness through the last half of the sip.

M - Perfect. Exactly how a DIPA should be. Thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation, slick and oily. Can't get better.

D - If it weren't so big (ABV-wise), and didn't have such a sweet maltiness, I'd rate it a bit higher. It has the chance to get slightly cloying. I can see myself putting down a bomber now and again if it's available, but I don't think I'll be hunting for it.

Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Review- So take this with a grain of salt.

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beer must have been a bit older as Belgian size sediment was present, and to my knowledge this beer is not bottle fermented . Pour was amber orange with minimal head. Smell was not overly pungent as I one would expect with a double ipa with 85ibuu... HUGE Hop taste right off the bat, secondary flavors of Hops, followed by more hops Not much if any malt to balance; very long finish. Was looking for more depth . Overall a nice sipping beer,

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

A: Copper colour with quite of bit of a head. It appears to be mildly carbonated like most American IPAs.

S: Malty aroma, that smells of pine with a slight hint of fruits.

T: What a complex beer. This is my first double IPA, and it starts off with a lot of malts. It doesn't quite make sense, with a double IPA, but it works really well. After the piney/malty flavour the hops rush onto your tongue. The hop flavour in this beer is simply addicting.

M: There is a bit of a bite with the carbonation, but after that it has a thick smooth feel in the mouth.

D: I'm not sure how many I could drink of these, simply because I'd get a bit drunk with the high alcohol content. Beautifully hoppy.

I'm going to have to search for more Double IPAs, this is might become one of my favourite styles.

Serving Type: Bottle in an English pint glass.

Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark rich amber pour with a big offwhite head. Tons of floaties (yeast?) If not for this, possibly a perfect appearance, but it was riddled with them and was very unexpected.. Nice hoppy smell, some sweet graininess, but quite a bit of alcohol present in the aroma as well, which kept it from having the great big bold hop aroma I hoped for. Taste is quite hoppy, very bitter, but tolerable. Drinkable, but not quite at peak enjoyment level at this level of bitterness. Sweetened up a bit as it warmed, and overall, the alcohol didn't detract from the flavor too much, but I like DFH's 90 minute Double IPA quite a bit better than this. Not bad, but not as good as I expected.

Photo of jim102864
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bronze and copper color with a thin head in my glass. Sticky lace throughout. Very big floral, herbal and earthy nose. Mega hop influence in this bomber. The tase is big, fat fucking hop balls. Much meatier than your typical double IPA. Citrus? Fuck no! Piney and hoppy is more like it. One big schlonged brew. Chewy mouthfeel. A single bomber affair for me. If you're into seriously aggressive hops, this is for you.

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

16 oz pint glass poured at Vintage. Pours golden orange with 1 cm off white head. Aroma is more citrus than pine, but both are overwhelming. Initial flavor is sweeter than expected for a double IPA, but still well balanced with the huge amount of hops. Hops dominated the aftertaste of the beer, and it is lasting. Some lacing, very light carbonation, light to medium body, and only some alcohol noted. High drinkability and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355mll bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a deep rusty copper colour with some yeasty haziness. Slightly off white head poured tight thick and foamy then faded to thin frothy coating... no carbonation bubbles... decent amount of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

Aroma - Piney and citrusy hop bitterness to the fore mixed with a good amount of treacle sweetness, some ginger hints, biscuity malts - some cookie dough ? Cut wet grass and hay, floral, tart fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons, pears and apples), faint woodiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted bready and biscuity malts mixed with lots of grapefruit fruitiness and piney / grassy hop bitterness which is maybe a little on harsh side, some caramel sweetness, good roasted nut bitterness, other fruits include ripe pears and lemons, very floral and perfumed, resiny notes..

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily... medium bodied... because of the high alochol and extreme hops this probably isn't the most drinkable brew...

Overall - An extremely good if maybe slightly unbalanced DIPA.... definitely recommended though...

Photo of Biscuit033
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a creamy white head and good retention and great lacing.

S: Strong citrus (a lot of grapefruit) and some pine.

T: Lots of malts up front, caramel and toffee, then you are hit with the pine, lemon, and grapefruit and finishes with a bit of butter at the end.

M: Creamy and bitter (more and more bitter after each sip) with a clean finish.

D: The bitterness grows a lot after each sip. This would be tough for me to do more than one or two. It is very well balanced though. You can't taste the alcohol but it does warm the face.

Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a bar in Connecticut.

Appearance is a copper tone with a medium sized white head, poured into a pint glass.

Smell is rich with wood, spice, and hoopy tones all present.

Taste is very hoppy but not too hoppy, a very well balanced ipa and the first beer that I have had from Great Divide, I am very impressed with this selection.

Drinkability is solid, but with a high ABV, pace yourself.

Photo of cooncat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving was on tap at the 2008 Brew Kettle "Ogre Fest" (Strongsville, OH.)

The brew is a golden copper color, with nice head and head retention. Swirl of the glass continuously brings up nice lacing.

Nose is dominated by the piney and floral hop notes.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. You are at first assaulted by a massive piney/citrus hop presence. However, these hops are backed up by caramel and bready malts, which make for a nicely balanced brew. IBU rating of 85 seems understated, but the 9.1% ABV is not noticeable until the end, when the beer has warmed up some. Dangerously quaffable - drink with respect and moderation.

We paired this up with a soft Bavarian pretzel with wasabi mustard sauce. This brew can handle intense flavors! Highly recommended. A fine offering from Great Divide!


Photo of ojclark
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/6/08. Big, piney, floral hop aroma blended with alcohol and malt notes (sweetness, toast, caramel). Beer smelled fantastic. Poured copper-orange with a light-tan head with good retention and abundant lacing. Beer was slightly hazy with lots of very small sediment particles in suspension, even after resting bottle upright for 30 minutes. Flavor was a complex mix of floral, piney hops, bitterness, alcohol, and toasted malt with some sweetness and caramel notes. Aftertaste of hop bittereness, spicy hop flavor, and alcohol. Flavor changed considerably as beer warmed. Medium-full bodied, with a rich, almost creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Finished somewhat dry, but not astringent, with some alcohol warmth. Very, very nice DIPA.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness information on the bottle.

Huge contrast in the appearance. Almost two fingers of white head sitting atop a really vivid, enticing burnt red body. the head leaves a ring at the top of inconsistent, sticky white lacing, but there is little continuation between the top of the lacing and the top of the head line.

it's got that IPA grapefruiness, but at the same time there's some sweet, underlying pine in the nose as well. a really balanced smelling IPA. even some hints of orange and tangerine; a nice hybrid smell- not totally oozing of fruit, but not like your drinking a forest.

beer's funny sometimes; take for instance how troegs nugget nectar has a higher IBU than this beer, yet i doubt in a blind tasting anyone would be able to tell. i'm not saying this reflects poorly on hercules, the bitterness is after all, with IPA's and DIPA's supposed to be there. it's just amusing. let's move on to what it actually tastes like.

this is an odd beer to taste; unlike a lot of IPA's, it starts with a lot of pine and finishes sweet (for an example of the previous style, try a Victory Hop Devil). Except that once it finishes sweet, the sweet finishes becomes pine again...only to once again return to being sweet. this beer is really nice, because it doesn't have the big flavor progression, like the finish. rather, there is a constant flavor, which is a noticeable balance and contrast between grapefruit (none of the other fruits show up here) and pine. they work very well together, and there's even the slightest hint of cocoa powder. not really expected, but it's pleasant.

there isn't a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, but there is a lot of lingering pine/ hop bitterness that seem to just kind of stay in the mid-palate. that's probably the biggest impeder of making this a smooth drinking beer. the body is quite substantially smooth and pretty textured; it's pleasingly easy to drink, save for the finish at times. but a nice beer, none the less. my roomate, someone who is happy to drink esb's and nothing else and not a huge fan of hops, even liked the beer, save for the mildly uncomfortable moments of excessive bitterness in the finish.

beer's funny sometimes; i go out of my way to make mention of an excessively piney, almost-uncomfortable finish, and before i know it, all that remains of a bomber is a half-filled duvel tulip. i guess that should be the first test of a beer's drinkability- is it a beer that you can forget how much you've had from a bottle if you're transferring into a glass? in this beers case, yes, i can, and did. despite the pine finish, it's a pretty easy drinking Double India Pale Ale; it's not Dogfish Head 90 minute, but make no mistake, it's in that second tier, just below the top, where there is one thing that keeps them from being top style. in the case of hercules, it's just a little too piney at times; if that rounds out a little it's up there with the pantenton-level beers of the style. as it stands right now, it's just short of being great. which is perfectly acceptable.

Photo of Graeme23
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live in Dublin, Ireland, and how my local beer store managed to get this gem in stock is beyond me. This has a big rep, I had heard about it before I bought it, and it lives up to everything.

335ml bottle, pours a hazy orange, it is bottled conditioned so there is a little sediment. Imeediate scents of piney hops, malty sweetness, a little furity. Mouthfeel was superb, you can realy savour the aromas and taste of this very strong hop profile. Hops rise and rise, and end on a bitter note. This has a big bite to it. A hop heads dream, it's as simple as that.

Drinkability is shockingly good considering it is 9.1%. You could end up in trouble if you didnt' keep reminding yourself you are drinkin a beer of its strenght, Magnificant. This baby is almost €5.00 a bottle...very, very steep, but It just wouldnt stop me buying this again. Fabulous

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

Thanks to Nitrogen for this one...Growling at the Moon Trade.

A-Slightly hazy Copper with a thick light tan head. Moderate lacing all the way thru.

S-Nicely aromatic of pine and citrus with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Firm malt backbone with plenty of citrus hops and hints of pine. Alcohol is well hideen but an amount of warming comes thru. Overall, well balanced.

M-Medium bodies with a certain crsipness. Lot sof lingering astringency. Aftertaste of piney bitterness and citrus.

D-A good DIPA for sure. Not quite the right hop profile / malt balance for me to be a 5 but is surely one I could enjoy off and on.

Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bistro DIPA festival. Poured a light coppery color. The smell was all hops. The taste was similar, a very dry (for a DIPA) piney hop taste predominated. It did not have a very stong malt presence, and I would say it tasted like an uber-hoppy IPA. Having said that, given the ABV of the beer, it is deceptively strong (i.e. it hides it alcohol well behind the hops). A good DIPA, but I prefer more malt presence to counter-balance the hops.

Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear bright golden orange with coppery highlights. Thick, dense cushion of light beige head. Great lacing painted all over the sides of the Duvel tulip. Moderate but appetizing nose of caramel, tropical fruits, pineapples, pine sap, Scotch tape, and a slice of orange.

Focused hop bite hits the tongue right away. Herbal and bitter with light toasted malt backing. Creamy and smooth feel. Sweet fruit and caramel/toffee malt backbone as the hop flavor and bitterness take over the palate. Big citrus, pineapple, and pine bitterness. Slightly warming finish with lingering candy apple malt and bitter hop resins. Full-bodied DIPA that goes down pretty easy for the hoppiness and the abv. Very good.

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

MaltFrazier hooked me up with a big ol' bottle of this brew... Now, I had already had the opprotunity to endulge in Titan IPA, so I was quite excited to try this.

This is a delicious brew... 9.1% abv is a shock because it's soooo smooth. A robust piny hops dominates the taste... the malt is actually noticeable as well... quite tasty... adding to the smooth character of this double IPA. The hop flavor however is rather one dimensional in my opinion... I drank a Laguanitas right after this and that is an example of a more diverse hop palate. However, as far as double IPA's go, this is delicious and highly drinkable. I'll be sure to grab this again.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into large Bristol Motor Speedway mug from 22 oz. bomber in celebration of the NASCAR (NASCAH) season about to get under way!

Enough of that. Nice, mahogany color with firm, glass-coating, vanilla-colored head. Carbonation visibly very active in glass. Deep hop aroma - slight hints of apple pie with a little grapefruit zest. Rich, deep, powerful hop backbone with hearty almost rye-ish front of mouth in first sip - carbonation makes itself known here on first sip; sweetness of malt emerges over time; the finish gets longer as the beer warms in the glass. Hoppy, hoppy hoppy mouthfeel; well-balanced with nice bitter aftertaste for style, but it's a little more shallow than I would expect. This would work well with apple pie and cinammon or some moderately spicy food (curry maybe?).

Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Canal Street in Reading, PA on 2/9/08.

A - Clear orange/amber body with modest carbonation and one-finger frothy, off-white head that left some fantastic, ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Big pungent and juicy citrus hop nose with grapefruit, orange and pineapple notes. Sweet caramel malt and a slight alcohol twang. Nice sweet and juicy aroma.

T - Juicy citrus fruits dominate, but a sturdy, sweet malt backbone keeps the hops in check.

M - Medium body with a super creamy texture and fair amount of heat from the alcohol. Spreads a nice warmth over the tongue. Moderately bitter finish with some residual sweetness on the tastebuds.

D - Quite drinkable for a DIPA. A bit of alcohol warmth, but the hops are sweet and juicy. Very tasty!

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

Tremendous DIPA from Great Divide, Hercules is a kinder, gentler, hopped-up behemoth. Unlike the mythical figure, this hercules doesn't lose its strength as it recedes, but instead gains in strength of reputation. Two fingers of dense, off-white froth cap an amber body, with ample lacing as it finishes--very impressive. The smell is a nose and a half full of hops with mild citrus emerging as it warms. The taste follows suit, with lemon and some orange enticing the palate with the hop assault. Bitter and full-bodied, the mouthfeel of Hercules is excellent.

This is perfectly drinkable--very delicious, bitter and smooth, chock full of hops, subtly complex and masking the high ABV (9.1%). This requires some caution because having two or more of these would be a piece of hopped-up cake. Then again, on a snowy night with nowhere to go, a few of these would be manna. One of the best DIPAs I've had, hands down.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Amber colored with moderate carbonation and heavy lacing; two finger head.

Bready malt hits the nose then followed by the sugary-sweet excess of all of aromatic hops. Piney fragerance mixed with citrus zest and toasted caramel.

Crisp on the palate leads up to the brown sugar malt which gives way to the dry-sweet hop blast. An almost maple syrup quality to the malt accented with piney, grapefruit, and lemon zest hops. The mouth is left somewhat tart but not overly dry - oiley and smooth throughout. My stomach is left warm from the alcohol - not in a bad way.

An outstanding DIPA that I will try again someday though at $13 a 4-pack I will pick my moment. Recommended to all hop heads and beer lovers in general.

Photo of satowns
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery and poured into a Breckenridge 471 IPA half pint glass. I know; sacrilegious.

Color is that of applejuice. Kind of this caramel orange shade. Decent amount of head which recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Elegant lacing from the start. Low carbonation, which is expected from a draught product stored in a growler overnight. High fill on the growler and a distinct psssst upon opening.

Barely perceptible level of band-aid phenols. Malt sweetness appears to control the aroma. Spicy floral hops are wonderful, but not in your face. The aroma is actually quite tame.

The flavor is where the party is! Excellent balance between the crystal malt flavor and that of the high alpha acid hops. Nice citrus and pine character with a caramel/toffee complement. Bitterness is very smooth...probably due to using hops that are low in co-humulone, a harsh bittering acid found in hops. The malt bill melds perfectly with the hop usage in this beer. In my opinion, probably one of the best tasting strong IPAs, double/imperial, that I have found (and I had a Pizza Port/Stone brewer as a roommate and I cycle with the Avery crew).

Fantastic body on this beer. Nice and full...

If you like this style of IPA, this should definitely be on towards the top of your list. If you cant get it, beermail me and we can work a trade. The only thing i hold against this beer is its aroma, I would like to see a ton more of it.

GD made the right move when the picked up their new brewer last year!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Hooray for Me by Bad Religion

Photo of jar2574
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy bubbles and plenty of foamy head. Orangish beer.

Both hops and malts in the scent with a touch of citrus. Nothing amazing though.

Holy s*!t. That's the first thing you're gonna think when you take a sip. This thing is loaded with hops and spices. Extremely hoppy. A touch of pineyness, but not too much.

The alcohol is well-disguised. This is the highest rank I've ever given for an IPA It's not my favorite style, but this is very good.

The aftertaste is too piney, but less than with other IPAs.

A good beer. Great representative for its style.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,724 ratings.