Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,635
Reviews: 1,508
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 198
Gots: 285 | 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 kajerm
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, with a crumpled-ass label and no freshness date. Pours deep reddish amber and unusually cloudy. There is an enormous white head that resides, lacing up the whole glass and leaving a thin film of soap bubbles and hop oil.

Smells pretty cascadish, citric with maybe just a little pineapple. The only suggestion of malts is the richness of the aroma; there's not a crumb of biscuit in this beer.

The flavor profile is a little weird-- almost no flavor hops to be found here, but the bittering seems to have two peaks. I'm used to it showing up at the end and hanging on (and it does that), but there's also a strong mid-palate snap of intense bitterness that has a slightly different quality from what I'm used to. Maybe this is what cohumulone tastes like?

Mouthfeel is terrific, and is pretty much the only proof that this beer contains any malts at all. It's rich and creamy, a perfect contrast to the crazy bitterness.

Initially, I thought this would be one of the tougher DIPAs to finish, but this beer is a grower and actually goes pretty fast once you get used to the weird flavor profile and unbalanced bittering.

Interesting as this is, though, I look to a DIPA for more than just bitterness and aroma. I need to taste hops.

NOTE: After I tasted this, I paired it with some spicy curry. It held its own pretty nicely. This is one beer that can definitely stand up to hot food.

Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear orange copper with a nice head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and generous lacing.

Hops and grapefruit to the nose.

Taste is well balanced for this style. Of course the hops predominate to some extent; wouldn't match the style if it didn't.

Smooth and medium bodied, just a bit more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability is quite good, for a DIPA it ranks as one of the best.

Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an amber/orange with a good head.
Aromas of pine/citrus.
Lots of hop in the flavor, not extremely balanced, the hops predominate from beginning to end. A little malt tries to sneak through somewhere in the middle, but the hop finish beats it down. A serious hop bomb.
Drinkability would be limited because of the alcohol content.
This would be mecca for the pure hop head. A little more malt to balance things out would be my preference.

Photo of ChazMania
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big ass bomber.

A) clear, not cloudy dark amberburst color. Not much of a head.

S) Big, floral, hops, mango, pineapple.

T) Good, big hops and alot of citrus. It's on the thin side of other DIPA I have had.

M) Again, a tad thin, not thick and chewy like the recent Avery Maharaja.

D) I love DIPA, so I would never turn this down, but certainly there are others I'd rate a little more complex.

Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly cloudy dark orange with tons of carbonation. Deent finger of head; frosty lace. Appears to have sediment but probably not.

Deep, woody Imperial IPA hop smell. Hops sweeten up a bit as it warms; citrus comes out. Fruit + wood smell.

Hard core hop blast. Serious wood. Very strong. High alcohol taste. Might be considered a classic over-hop; bitter aftertaste.

Thick and foarmy. Quite creamy. Substantial. Leaves a thick film in its wake. This baby is a doozy. Massive hops, but so strong. It's very good, but only one thank you.

Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with crystal clarity and brilliant amber highlights. Fluffy off-white head that sticks to the glass and the liquid. Aromas of pine needles, baked bread, English crystal malts and solvent alcohol. Excellent aroma for the style. On the palate, brash metal-and-acidic-citrus attack first off, then some huge, somewhat cloying sweet malt notes come out. It's a familiar problem with DIPAs -- that barleywine-esque, sticky-sweet malt character that really ought to be aged out a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thick and tongue-scrapingly acidic with hops, with little carbonation to lighten things up. Overall, this beer is excellent for the style, but not to my personal taste.

Photo of sheikyerbouti
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had purchased this 22oz bottle after reading some favorable reviews here. The first thing I noticed when I cracked it, was the floral aroma. Very reminiscent of Anchor Liberty, but not as pronounced. The color was a reddish amber and was very translucent. After swirling the glass, I noticed how great this beer smelled. Citrusy, Cascade hops dominated the aroma. Mouth feel was very full, and overall, the beer reminded me of Dogfish 90 minute, but not as intense.

The best word to describe this beer is 'balanced'. Even with the high IBU rating, this beer was loaded with malt and was not overbearing in the least.

I would buy it again, even though it was an outrageous $7.50 for a 22 oz.

Photo of GPHarris
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tumbler. it left nice sticky sides and really good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a slightly hazy amber color.
s - piney and resiny.
t - piney and earthy with a nice malt backbone. each sip the malt hits you on the front of the tongue and the hops hit the back.
m - incredibly creamy.
d - easy to take deep quaffs of this and it is so well-balanced. wish this had been larger than the 12 ounce bottle i had. another great beer from great divide. they are very underrated and should be talked about in the same breath as stone and DFH, et al.

Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

End of the work week, and a bomber of Hercules all to myself. This will be my first tasting of this renowned brew.

Poured it into a tall glass and watched the billowing head cascade over the amber beer - I've not met a poor-looking double IPA, and this doesn't disappoint.

Smelled like grapefruity hops on top of a cake-y underpinning, which comes as no surprise.

I'm really getting a lot of hop bitterness here, like grapefruit juice with the natural fruit sugars somehow extracted. If I was being snooty, I'd call it slightly unbalanced in favor of the hops, as the malts aren't really fighting their way through much as they do in a DFH 90 Min. A fleeting touch of malty sweetness to begin with, then a pure hop explosion, then a slight return of the sweetness in the aftertaste....almost becoming a little chocolatey, if that makes any sense, like a hop coated in thin chocolate. This is a hophead's DIPA, and there's nothing wrong with that. Alcohol? I really can't taste that 9+%, but I definitely feel it. I'm not even halfway through, and already feeling loopy.

Since I'm using 90 Min as my DIPA benchmark, I have to say that this feels a little thin and astringent/dry by comparison - I'm not feeling the same oily chewiness. However, this is a minor complaint that isn't detracting from my enjoyment of the beer.

Drinkability? Well, if you can take on more than one bomber of this, my hat's off to you. Drinkable, in an Imperial IPA sense. This is definitely one I'll turn to again to get my hop fix. I'm really impressed by Great Divide in general - looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Photo of onehomesickalien
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very impressive overall.

Strong ABV, but hidden well by the high hops. Good bit of yeast floats at the bottom of this one. (not a bad thing.) Appearance and mouthfeel are as good as any out there!

Special Note: My wife tried to annoy me by attempting to chug this one down before I could try it. I HAD THE LAST LAUGH, as she shuddered for 10 minutes afterward! This is definitely an intensely flavored sipping beer... enjoy at your leisure.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22ox bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle courtesy of a trade with grub, thanks buddy!

Aggressive pour leaves 1 1/2 inches of head with heavy lacing, very appealing. Orange in colour with tons of unfiltered chunky bits floating about. Fairly vigorous carbonation that dosen't let the head die easily. Aroma is heady and extremely appealing. Well balanced is how I would describe it. Lots of floral hops with a touch of citrus...orange and lemon peel mostly. The malt is very bready and warm, a bit like a cake baked with oranges. Caramel, vanilla and even a little mango in there....well balanced and delicious smelling.

Taste is very hop-forward, as expected. The floral character is delicate and melds well with the citric sourness. Medicinal, herbal, anise like flavours come out as well. The malt presence is huge and has to be to try to balance this beer out. Yeasty breadiness in the back with the caramel, vanilla and fruit flavours making this a very baking-like experience. The mouthfeel is thick with all that malty goodness, and the carbonation is medium, about right I'd say. I have a bomber to myself, and I know it'll knock me on my ass but I don't care, it's very good!

Photo of montageman
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Cloudy deep cooper/orange color with a nice pillowy, bone white head that does not go away and leaves some awesome lacing all over the sides of the glass. Nose is dominated by pine & citrus with a strong malt sweetness evident as well - quite a nice smell, actually. Wow, this is a balanced DIPA - huge citric hops up front that segue into caramel malt richness and ends with a dry grapefruit-like finish - excellent stuff. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy; really great for this style. At 9%, this stuff could kick your ass if you lose track - it's really awesome. Highest recommendation.

Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a clear copper orange color. About one and a half fingers of thick, pillowy off-white head rose from the glass. Good retention. Head lasted most of the way through and left generous lace. Smell: plenty of grapefruit, orange zest, bready yeast aromas and tons of resiny pine hops. Little alcohol in the nose. Taste: Tons of bittering hops met with plenty of sweet malty flavors. Also nice citrus and pine flavors with a little alcohol heat. Somewhat bready. Mouthfeel is full, complex and somewhat carbonated on the tongue. Pretty drinkable but can sneak up on you quickly.

Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in appearance. I could smell it before I poured it. Somewhat thin off-white head that didn't want to stick around too long. I had just read about hop flecks in a random review earlier and to my surprise, here they are staring at me with all their ferocity. The smell is a little more toned down once it's been poured and won a staring competition. Hops abound and then more hops with some citrus. It must be an 85 IBU kind of stink. Piney hops and again some citrus come through when I take the first sip. This is followed by a nutty malt flavor but again the hops overcome, as it should be. This isn't just your average DIPA. Excellent carbonation levels and a medium to thick body but this is extremely smooth and silky. A little in your face at times (especially when you get to what I guess were hop flecks) but that's expected with this style. Not overly hopped or overly hyped by any means in my opinion. A well crafted brew from Great Divide. I guess I'll have to try the Titan, seems I took a step up without trying what I'm sure is a fine IPA.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery mid-brown into the pint glass. Lovely eggshell, 2-finger head swells, then recedes to a tenacious half-finger. Lovely looking.

Resinous, citric hops smack your nose awake and you go back for more. Further olfactory investigation reveals a myriad of dense malty goodness which when melded with the massive hop profile produce an almost single-malt whisky (no ‘e’) effect. Very nice. Caramely sweetness is there, and subtle fruity esters are all over the place suggesting peaches, apricots in a reduction of Marsala wine.

The tangy onslaught of hops is relentless and is heavy with its vapours and oils. Grapefruit, blood orange, lemon grass and pine needles have a resounding, fresh vibrancy. However, the malts will not be forgotten in this epic battle; weaving in and out of the thrusts of the hops are well-placed blows of caramel, roasted nuts, dry earthiness, and hints of smoke.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, helped along by a calvary of fine, silky conditioning. Heavy and leaning towards syrupy, but the alcohol dries out the finish. Not quaffable mind you, but easy-drinking for the style. Did I mention the sheets of foam left in the wake of this beauty?

Wowza, this is a bruiser! Incredible complexity, body and general presence. Had this with a peppered turkey and blue cheese Panini with avocado spread – a pairing made in heaven! An awesome liquor, I mean – ale. Must. Review. Old Ruffian.

Photo of EPICAC
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with dense but thin, off-white head that leaves sheets of lace.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops! Citric and resiny and strong. There's also some sweet maltiness, but mostly the hops dominate.

Taste: Again, lots of hops. Toasty and caramel malts make a brief appearance upfront, but are quickly met by resiny, citric and grassy hops. Not too sweet, which is a fault of many DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, a tad oily.

Drinkability: Great for a DIPA. I actually find the DIPAs that are hoppier to be more drinkable than the overly malty ones.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours amber in color with a creamy light-tan head about two fingers tall. Has good retention and good lacing as you drink. The beer is very clear slow-moving carbonation.

Smell - Musty grain aromas with mild tropical hops as well. Moderate lemon/lime citrus as well. Slight alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More musty grain in flavor this time. A fairly equal mixture of resiny/bitter hops and tropical fruity hops with citrus all around. Alcohol comes through a bit more in the middle. Mild earthiness shows up and the beer takes on an overall caramel/grain character with a touch of the formerly mentioned hop flavors for the finish. More earthy flavors in the aftertaste with lingering hops and grain. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Well-structured carbonation, smooth and massaging in nature. The beer is medium/full-bodied and quite smooth and viscous.

Drinkability - Moderate hop levels and some musty flavors as well that some may find objectionable. Overall decent drinkability can be assigned to this beer.

I was overall a little let down with this beer. However, I did let this beer sit in my refrigerator for about six months, and I know I should drink and IPA or DIPA as fresh as possible. Oh well, just a warning to those reading my review. Overall it was a decent DIPA, but certainly not on the same level as other (most notably the Dreadnaught from Three Floyds.) Worth a shot, and probably recommended to must have if this beer truly is worlds better if it's more fresh.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this previously from the 22-ounce bomber. This time, Falling Rock Tap House had it ON CASK, and I couldn't resist.

Really, this is everything on cask that the bottled version is, only smoooother in every way. So sticky-thicky chunky-chewy, with a huge walnutty-malty-thick backbone, and the monstrous citrus-metallic-pine hops load. Aromatic to the max, this is like baklava in a glass for nutty-sweetness, with a boat load of hops bitterness for balance.

If you ever get a chance to have this on cask, don't miss it.

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a thick, creamy two-finger head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Big time piney hops. Hops are extremely strong coming off of this one. It has a really nice citrusy smell (mostly grapefruit, orange, and maybe a bit of mango).

Taste: Initially, the citrus flavors hit the palate followed by a sweet taste that resembles brown sugar. It's not too sweet though, I think it's just right. It's definitely followed by a wealth of hop bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium-bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel. But, it's so good. I think I could take down a couple of bombers in a sitting. Overall, this is a great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear amber-copper color with a modest white head. Nice lace. The brew has a grapefruit hop aroma, mixed with a bit of pine. The hops are backed with faint malt smell, slightly toasted. The foretaste has a mildly sweet touch, but the hops kick in, along with a notable tannin astringency. The brew hides its alcohol very well, and only a slight warming sensation is notable at the end of the glass. It’s a full bodied beer, with fairly low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It’s a good brew, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of kernalklink
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper amber with one of the largest stay-puft billowing heads i have ever seen. Great hop aromas- huge on the piney resinous type with some earthiness thrown in. Candy sugar malts also come through. Not too sweet on the palate but very subtle. Hops are huge and dominant -oily pine- but not too overwhelming. Very smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Very clean flavors, almost tea-like herbal, though i would like some more malt characteristics and maybe some more hop variety. Overall a very easy going DIPA.

Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold/copper with a low beige head and nice slow light carbonation. Godd balanced malt-hop aroma and flavor. A touch of sweetness but nicely balanced by non-descript hops without being bitter. Full bodied and smooth with a nicely balanced but nicely light bitter finish.

Nice but a bit pricey for what you get ...

Per Label: "85 IBUs"

($6.99 / 22 oz.)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice amber color with a bit of cloudiness. The head was small and dissipated quickly. The smell was of fruity hops – and quite tempting. The taste is quite interesting. It is almost a hop assault on my mouth. There is enough malt to bring a nice undertone to the beer. The mouthfeel is full. This is a hop experience that you need to taste to believe! (I think this beer was named appropriately)

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to pint glass at home. Lots of hype surrounding this one.

A: Color was orange to a deep, glowing amber. Good sized head, about a finger thick and lots of good lace that hung around for the duration. Steady stream of carbonation and lots of yeast sediment that just wouldn’t settle. I guess there’s so much malt it’ll take a while for the yeast to settle through the syrup.
S: Definitely picked up the piney scent of the hops, but the nutty malt sweetness was what most dominated the nose. I can already tell this is going to be a huge beer.
T: A quick touch of sweetness followed by an onrush of overwhelming hop bitterness. Lots of grapefruit flavors and mouth-puckering piney bite. The candy, toffee-like malt balances this pretty well. There’s a whole lot here competing for your attention. Finishes with a very strong alcohol warmth. Overall, the taste is very good.
M: Slick, oily, fully mouthcoating, with a large body and medium carbonation.
D: Very tasty. Way too much beer in here to be a real session beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’d like to line this up against DFH 90min see which one has an edge.

Photo of mortarit
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my point of view
IN this area I think this is the best buy for your wallet. I think it was $6.00 for a 22oz. But the new place I have been going to is $6.50.

I bought one of their t--shirts which was cheap cotton, very thin and it was the ipa verison. I was hoping for a Hercules's T.

This beer impressed me on the first time adventure.

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,635 ratings.