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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
99
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 BillyB
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white foamy head. Dark, burnt copper with ruby highlights.

Nice balanced aroma of citrussy hops and sweet malt. Fruity; pineapple, pears, grapefruit. Sweet; caramel, toffee.

Similar flavors as aromas. I'm impressed at the malty balance with such a hugely hoppy beer. Big flavors all around.

Medium bodied. Sticky, syrupy,resiny, oily. Sticks to the insides of your mouth. Excellent.

Quite drinkable.

BillyB, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge cream-colored head. Sat there looking at me for a while, but when it fell in big rocky clumps it went fast and laced the glass almost completely. Beer is orange-amber and clear. Smell is almost all hops, citrusy with some pretty inviting peppery notes. Just a touch of warm malt.

Complicated hops taste tips more toward the spicy end of the scale than the citrus that runs all over the smell. Good malt presence makes for a complete beer, but I expected to be knocked out by the hops. They are vying for my attention. It is bitter, but the hops are not as dominant as I thought they would be. I'd never guess the ABV comes in so high.

Heavy in the mouth. The carbonation appears to have hit the road with the initial booming head. Very interesting taste. I'll drink more of it.

maundythirsty, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Celt44
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one seems to be a regular at my local growler filling station.
Pours very clear copper with a nice, full frothy head - lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is great combo of a typical floral IPA with hints of malt and pine.
Taste is superior for a 2IPA. Hop bite is up front - the malt aroma explains itself here also - probably the maltiest(?) 2IPA I've experienced to date. Additional flavors that come to mind are pepper and another spice that I cannot name.
Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Overall a superior and very drinkable 2IPA. Alcohol presence is much less than others I've tasted. American IPAs are my first choice and I tend to stay away from 2IPAs due to the alcohol content and taste. This one totally breaks the mold for 2IPAs in my book.

Celt44, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber and a shaker pint glass.

The head is so light and pillowy it just doesn't fall very fast leaving a beautiful beer behind with a strong lacing that sticks slightly as the head falls. The color is brown to copper and clear and enticing.

The smell is very hoppy and a bit flowery, reminds me of a certain flower that I can't put my name on. Lemon and a little lime are apparent in this smell.

Taste is very hoppy and flowery with great fruitiness of lemon and slight lime. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Overall I like it very much and would like a fresh bottle to give it higher ratings.

Erdinger2003, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe I have never had this baby before. served in a British Imperial Pint mug from a "bomber". Very very lovelly, attractive beer to look at, dark burnt orange in colur ,very attractive innthe sunlight. Attractive light tan head. Perfect presentation. A really gorgeous fresh "piney" aroma with hints of lemon grass ans pepper. Great bustin’ with fruitiness flavours ..piney, lemon, floral,creamy toffee and caramel malts.I also get some faint hints of liquorice and some traditional marmalade ( zesty) flavours. Very very good palate to this beer for something so packed with flavour, some of them conflicting, the mouthfeel is almost silky smooth. A great brewer has managed to meld these clashing profiles into cream like smoothness in the finish..excellent. Overall a terrific DIPA the best I have had of this genre. One to visit again and again and again.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - dark golden, copper. Head is puffy and a dirty white. Leaves very nice, thick lacing, and the head stays aroundthe whole way.

S - strong aroma of citrusy hops, sweet sugary malt. Esters of higher alcohols, pineapple, pears, grapefruit. Sweet, tangy caramel and toffee.

T - tastes much as it smells. Initial sticky sweetness of huge malt bill, caramel, toast. Then a large kick of tart, acidic, citrusy hops, pine cones. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste attempts to balance out against the syrupy malt candy flavor. Huge beer. Residual alcohol burn.

M - medium bodied, very sticky in your mouth, almost syrupy. Tart grapefruit twang at the end. A little too syrupy.

D - very flavorful, large beer, but alcohol content and heavy, full body and syrupy sweetness make this beer less drinkable. Way too big to have more than a bomber at a time for me personally.

gbarron, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH 6/2/06 and many others. Served in an oversized wine glass.

This beer is one of my standbys and one of my favorites. The hops are incredible strong and biting. There is just enough sweetness to complement the hop attack. I love the citrusyness of the hops as they surround my palate. I could drink this beer all night, and it would hurt.

bignick, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Ivanthehero
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review and I chose a doozy of a beer for number one. I love IPAs so it only stood to reason that I would love an IPA on steriods. Geeeezus...thats what came out of my mouth after the first sip. My tongue was not ready for that. I almost wish this weren't a double because I think without the high alch. content it would be amazing. Its still quite good nevertheless.

Appearance- Beautiful beer. poured a redish orange with a big frothy head that lasted.

Smell-ah, I love the IPA smell. Very fresh and earthy. Stings the nostrils.

Taste- all I can think of is fresh cut grass, or some sort of herb. Very fresh and crisp but I think the alchahol content takes away from the crispness I love in IPAs. Still, delicious.

MF-Kinda sticky, leaves a grassy film in the mouth.

drinkability- not as drinkable as the normal IPAs I like, but for its alchahol content it is very, very drinkable.

Overall-I wan't ready for the biggness of this beer although I don't know why it bieng called Hercules and all. The more I drank the more I got over this bigness and really enjoyed the fresh grassy goodness. Good stuff.

Ivanthehero, May 31, 2006
Photo of ejquin
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel colored with thick wihte head. Good lacing.

S: Brown sugar, with some piney hops. Underlying nuttiness and sweetness.

T: Carmely and malty up front. Fades to piney hops. Very nice, but not overpowering. Well balanced. Hops linger on long finish.

M: Heavy and slick with good carbonation

D: Very good. Hops aren't overpowering so it lets you enjoy the taste of the beer for a long time.

ejquin, May 30, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 650mL bottle.

This beer pours an orange with a frothy white head that holds beautifully and laces well. The smell is a fantastic mixture of citrusy hops and some sweet maltiness. Just a great aroma. The taste is also a major hop bomb. Again a fanastic hop flavor exhibiting some fantastic citrus (grapefruit) character but balanced out nicely with some good maltiness. There is a good thickeness to this beer and a nice carbonation. Overall highly drinkable, I just love a good DIPA.

MSchae1017, May 29, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BroJohn for lugging this all the way to Japan.

A - Clear amber body with tight white head.
S - Lemon, orange zest and othe citrus aromas.
T - Tight juicy orange pureness. The malt seems to be the sturdy hub which keeps the alcohol and bitterness in alignment. Crisp, the malty sweetness is there, but is tightly wrapped into the rest of the beer.
M - Mild integration, alcohol is well balanced
D - This beer is blessed with huge bitterness, but it is well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Naerhu, May 26, 2006
Photo of hoffman
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this is the new #1 on my list. Pours out with a heavy appearance, a strawberry red/honey gold color with a creamy tan head that lingers...and lingers...and lingers...and lingers. The aroma is citrus, roasted malts, piney hops, and some light spice. The taste is phenomenal, sweet malts up front, tart citrus with some more sweet dark fruit undertones in the middle, malt and a lot of nice dry bitter hops in the finish...perfectly balanced and a kick that begs you to come back again. The moutfeel is the best I have had...the measuring stick for all beers in this category. Creamy....ultra creamy, smooth with a bit of oily hop that actually ads a bit of character, and a perfect amount of carbonation...any less and it would be a bit flat...any more and it might overpower the delightful creaminess. Nice and drrinkable a joy...go get this one.

Thanks bditty187, for the bottle.

hoffman, May 26, 2006
Photo of kpwill07
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. I love love love this beer.

Had it for the first time just a few weeks ago. Poured amber colored, almost a bit cloudy too. Just a bit.


The hops are dominant. And it is good. :) There is also a quite pleasant citrus flavor, a bit floral. Extremely enjoyable.

I'm not a big IPA guy, but this one was awesome. A must have.

kpwill07, May 25, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

very malty, very bitter, very hoppy, even almost very roasty

and very dark, actually (well, for an ipa). i'd call it a very reddish dark amber—with a creamy merengue head that seems to be pumping itself out of my st. bernardus chalice. grassy hop aroma that is almost upstaged by the roasty malt character. bready, dark fruity

it tastes like it smells: complex, roasty, nutty, with big hop all the while. it's a piney hop with sharp bitterness. the malt character almost seems such that this beer could be a barleywine. frankly, some of the sips find the hops to be secondary

excellent lacing and creamy mouthfeel

bruachan, May 24, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with centralized haze and a big, sticky head of creamy froth. Retains a solid, sticky sheet. Deep, resinous hop oil aroma - zesty citrus and pine. More smooth than exceedingly pungent. Some nutty sweet malts creep in as does some alcohol as it warms. All kinds of hops all over the palate: pine, citrus rind, fruit, floral. This seems to have a big malt center too, which is a strong point as it attempts to balance it all out. A flash of sweetness follows the initial onslaught of hops. The strength (in terms of alcohol) is well hidden. A strong, lingering bitterness leaves the mouth a little dry - mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full.

Damn good all around in the bottle but its even better on tap. A big, rich, hoppy treat.

wedge, May 24, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi murky browned orange color. Delicious creamy, froathy cream colored head leaves the glass full of sticky dense lace. Tantalizing and delightful aroma. Nose of juicy floral hops, pine resin, citrus, a hint of yeast, slight fruits. Creamy toffee, honey glazed and slightly caramel malts beneath the hop glory. Taste overwhelms your head with hoppy goodness in an extremely smooth but subtly confrontational way. Bitterness is clearly here but its relaxed letting the great juicy tastes lead the way. Yummy smooth, creamy and oily, slightly dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is fantastic for 9.1% abv.

Like some sort of hop extravaganza. Lush and juicy with endless hops throughout the experience. Complimentary malts ground the out of control hops. I had this on tap awhile back and I remember it being even more amazingly hoppy and ultra ultra fresh.

tastybeer, May 24, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Hercules poured into my tuilp from a brown 22 oz. bomber bottle.

The beer poured a deep copperish gold with two fingers of bright white head that shrunk after a few minutes but retained about a finger of foam throughout the drinking. The head left a series of rings of super fine lacing around the glass. The nose was an intense marriage of piney and floral hoppyiness. The flavor was a combination of intense hoppiness, a nice maltiness presence that manaes to to not be too balancing, and also a nice, creamy mouthfeel at the finish. A lot is going on here; and plenty to enjoy as the beer slowly warms and exposes it sides and facets to itself.

Notes: As I've sampled a fair number of double IPA's recently, this is one of the best that I've come across.

edmundfitzoil, May 23, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a pint glass. Awesome appearance: Clear orange color with a thick and sticky cloud on top. The smell was deep hops, and the flavor was hops with a malt backbone. Nice combination of flavors, and the oily mouthfeel keeps the flavor coated on the tongue. This is a very good beer and I'll buy it again.

TurdFurgison, May 23, 2006
Photo of ReDave
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle [bomber] Amber color. Nice creamy head [that slowly dwindles away] Nice lace all the way down. Some nice hoppy aroma, but not very strong. Nice big hoppy flavor. good malt balance. This is a good real double IPA. Hint of sweetness of malt. Great bitter aftertaste.

ReDave, May 23, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Achieved a very impressive tan head. Sustained for a good while and then left a nice thick lacing. Clear amber body with tiny carbonation bubbles. The appearance was the best thing about this beer.

Wow, overhyped?

Aroma was a malty sweetness, light hoppiness, and a hint of nuts.

First tastes were of malt up front and grapefruit rinds toward the end. Alcohol (ETOH) veiled but not hidden. As the beer warmed for just a few minutes I began to taste ETOH and some bitterness, nothing else. No complexity, no subtleness, one gear.

Little carbonation, uninteresting mouthfeel.

I did not finish this beer. I kept waiting for a shift away from the ETOH flavor toward something more multidimensional but unfortunately I mostly tasted booze, not beer.

I recently enjoyed a Dreadnaught ( I do enjoy Double IPA's) and had no trouble finishing the bottle. Hercules was strong but not in a good way. Not what I expected.

Cresant, May 21, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hercules Double IPA
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy orange with a cloudy dust quality. Big, fluffy head that you can control with just the pour. Very appealing beer.

Pleasant nose with strong floral whiffs and citrus fruit.

Sweet, juicy citrus punch with a massive hop bomb. Hop presence is fruity, spicy, piney and floral all mixed together. Sugary sweet with hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is interestingly creamy and grainy.

Drinkability level is really good for a beer of this level. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is crafted with the utmost quality. A double IPA that gives DFH a run for its money.

Recommened without a doubt.

Hibernator, May 19, 2006
Photo of trep
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty impressive looking IIPA. Chunky cream colored head that looks like the tops of the Rocky Mountains. Jagged and rough, though creamy like warm marshmallow fluff. Deep orange body, almost red. Looks like shark-bite bloody water. Flakey bits of yeast floating in the body.

Piney and sweet hops in the nose. Grapefruit and a nice aroma of malts to balance it out. Hardly any alcohol present.

Hoppy as hell, pine sap, bitter as can be. I can't imagine anything else being this bitter. A nice malty background to attempt to keep this hop-monster somewhat balanced. This one is almost too bitter for consumption, if there is such a thing. I like it, but the bitterness really detracts from what seemed to be a promising aroma.

Hardly any carbonation, this is a pretty thick IIPA but its suitable for the feel of this greek god. Medium-Full body that feels right for the style.

Although the alcohol isn't present at all, the bitterness of this one limits its drinkability. One bomber is enough for me.

trep, May 17, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All will bow fbefore the mighty Hercules Double IPA. This baby packs a mighty hop wallop and a smootheness unfound in other double IPA's.

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a billowy, soapy head. Smell is hoppy, but with an esteemable fruitiness to balance it. Taste is just wonderful, with a pleasant hop bitterness than lingers long after the sip. I mark it down a bit for drinkability, as the high 9.10% ABV makes this one to enjoy in utopic moderation...

troutmask96, May 15, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hercules, I crown thee king, king of double IPA's. At least, so far as my search for the best goes.
It looks like carbonated refreshing Iced Tea. With a nice 1 inch head capping it of course. Sparse lacing is left on the way down through the glass.
The nose is like being smacked in the face with a branch of a pine tree. I have never smelled a pine aroma this strong. After the pine I get sweet grapefruit and orange.
Taste is again, pine, followed by grapefruit, sweet caramel, lemon and orange. Finish is massively bitter.
Mouth is so damned balanced it could be a gymnast.
Of course the drinkability is excellent because it tastes so damned amazing. Stone calls it's double IPA ruination but this one delivers on that promise far more. A real gem.

TheBungyo, May 15, 2006
Photo of Ahhdball
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a huge off white fluffy two fingered head.
Pine, lemon and sweet cane sugar gives this a very bold aroma.
Strong citrus, and huge hops that finishes malty but never lets you forget this is a great DIPA. The alcohol is present but it's warming, not overbearing.

Ahhdball, May 13, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,475 ratings.