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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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3,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,724
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 214
Gots: 340 | 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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Photo of lightindarkness
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of psuae98
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of beerphan
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of AMo
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: rich amber with a healthy white head... could use some better retention and lacing...

s: lovely back and forth play between citrus and piney hops.. citrus gets the upper hand though... and the sweet malts can be felt in the background

t: lovely. malts first, hops firing away in the middle and fading off nicely towards the end... lots of citrus.. almost candy like in pleasure

m: not as powerful as some other dipas, its smoother and a bit more refreshing... less bite...

o: all around solid dIPA... a bit more malty than i like though

Photo of bark
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep amber-brown; the low head sinks quickly down to an off white ring. Some lacing.

The smell is surprisingly creamy and balanced: There are of course lots of citric hops here; mostly grape fruits and lemon peels, but also some tangerines. There are some sweet notes of raw beef and a hint of vanilla ice cream.

The taste is… Oooohhhh, this is great stuff! At fist, there are some sweet fruity notes, but it is soon replaced by massive grape fruit bitterness. It is kind of that sourness one experience when tasting a little citric acid – it is all over the mouth and it won’t let go! There are some lightly chemical flavours of oil colour and wax, but those are just minor nuances in the sour-bitter landscape. The aftertaste is bitter with some citric sourness, a light sweetness and a hint of broth and meat. It is very very long lasting. The finish is bitter.

The carbonation is strong, but not too strong. Fresh small bubbles; the liquid is medium thick.

As I said earlier, this IS great stuff. Aggressive with lots of attitude, but it is still balanced in an odd way. This is certainly one of the best American brews I have reviewed so far!

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

On tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

A: Beautiful pour into a large snifter. Color is deep amber with a coppery glow from the bar lighting. Light and airy three finger head that hung around for a while.

S: Very powerful. Piney and citrus. Grapefruit dominating.

T: Damn! This DIPA is gigantic. Big Malt. Big Hops. Major zip up front and a long, deep finish that lingers and lingers. Excellent.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and smooth, but balanced with zing.

D: Very drinkable, but also satisfying enough that one could do the trick on a slow night.

This is a tremendous and powerful beer. Drink up!

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good pour with a two finger foamy head. The head was maintained for quite a while after the pour. The amber color was offset by a bit of cloudiness. The aroma was a perfect blend of the malt and hops. The taste of the beer puts this over the top. You get a slow build up of bitterness that lingers well after the beer is gone. It comes off like a strong Belgian, but the bitterness definitley makes this Double IPA one of the great IPAs. The mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonation very mild. You can tell it is carbonated, but you do not get that sharp acidity like in some beers. The alcohol content can knock you on your butt, so you can't drink this beer all afetrnoon. It's a good beer to savor with a good meal. I would enjoy this with steak, BBQ, ribs, and pasta with red sauce.

Photo of wardough
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Awesome maple syrupy color. Very light head that leaves almost no lacing on top.

S: Pears and lemons dominate it for me.

T: Sweet, followed by mellow hops, then piney at the end. Wow.

M: Feels like nice full milk on the mouth. Very smooth

D: It goes down very smooth

Overall, a great beer that is very drinkable. I love this beer, as it is very well balanced.

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

I'm going back to the hop bombs again. This should be a good homecoming.

A: Super hazy, deep amber-copper, Creamy off-white head. Delicate lacing.

S: Hoppy. More pine than citrus. Also, sweet malts.

T&M: A hop assault on the back of the tongue.followed by a pine resin finish that I love about the style. Medium bodied. Reminiscent of a simpler Maharaja though quite carbonated in comparison. Supposed "big malty backbone" is a little overrated.

D: Gets better as it goes. The mark of a great beer. Easier to drink than a Maharaja.

A Fine American Hop Bomb.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro nitro at 45F into goblet.

The appearance is a crystal clear amber color. It is complimented by a thick tan head. The aroma is a complexity of multiple varieties of hops. The various hops blend well together to create a smooth double IPA. A medium body and refreshing bitterness make this a very drinkable brew. A subtle sweetness pairs it well with grilled Asian and American BBQ cuisine. A great IPA and another winner from Great Divide.

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

The Hercules Double comes in a mountain climbing label with a born on date. It pours a copper color with a real hazy snow storm in the glass with sediment blocking the light. The aroma is tough and hoppy. The taste is strong with resinous hops and alcohol coming to the forefront. It is spicy and citrusy on the finish and is quite the double IPA. Well worth the 2.79 price for a 12ozer.

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

It's so hard to put numbers on these beers. At this level, they are all good. Pale amber, slight haze and fairly thin head with a little lacing. Impressive hop aroma greets the nose; on the palate, the alcohol is evident but there is a nice balancing citrus and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth and concentrated, it rewards sipping.

We thought it a bit like Dreadnaught but a lot cheaper at the price.

Photo of MMansfield
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from tasting 10/25/07

Appearance: Coppery orange colour with a medium creamy head. Leaves quite a bit of lace.

Aroma: Pretty sweet, lemons and other citrus.

Taste: Quite balanced for a DIPA. Not as bitter as some of this style. Citrus dominates but a nice malty spine. Bit of wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, decently bodied.

Final Statement: This one didn't stand out form the rest of the IPA's that evening, but that could be considered a good thing as there were a lot of exceptional beers and no bad ones.

Photo of BMoney575
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-26-07

Pours a relatively clear golden amber color, with an average head that leaves behind immense lacing.

Smell is all hop resin, very sweet and fruity. A generous malt backs it all up and adds a nice balance.

Taste is big grassy hops, sweet and earthy. The malt is there is the background, followed by a big-time bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super thick, all hops, all the time.

Drinkability is good, but this is an extreme beer.

Overall, one of the better double IPAs. Enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, and all the resiny hops and alcohol you could want.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tastes like beer. A nice amber colored beer with beautiful turbulent bubbles of carbonation. Quite mezmerizing to watch and even better to drink. One your lips get past the 1/2 inch of creamy head you get a nice floral hop flavor and scent. To me its like smelling your first bag of hop pellets while making your first home brew. The beer is fresh and tasty and has a great lasting hop sensation. Yum.

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

A very deep amber brown body with a nice orange hue at the edges. Host a fat two finger head of light tan mixed bubbles. Leaves creamy lace as it fades. Nose has even creamy hops and spicey woodsy zest. Citrus feel is softly floral. Hops slap the tongue as you take your first sip but lengthen out nicely. Hints of dandilion and orange rind are present on the palate. The long bitterfeel is not overly blunt at any point and well balanced by a slight sweet hue on the edges. Mouthfeel is almost thick and glazing. Drinkability and balance highlights this beers strengths.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Smells of citrus and grapefruit - very earthy aroma.

Taste is quite hoppy but malts counter the hops so this beer isn't overly bitter. Very well balanced.

This is a very solid IPA. I have yet to be disappointed with Great Divide. One of my new favorites.

Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Liquid Solutions

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a dark reddish orange color and a 3/4 inch white soapy head that left some lace

Smell was full of citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, also some floral and grassy aromas

Taste was nice with a lot olf hops especially evident as the beer warmed up, very well balanced with sweet citrus malt and hops, lots of grapefruit, very bitter at first and then turns into a malty smooth finish, very carbonated for an IPA, I want to say more so than any I have ever had, definitely a sipper becuase of the alcohol content

Only real complaint about this beer is that it was not as dry as I was hoping, meaning the bitterness was more sweet because the large amount of malt

Strong beer, making it hard to drink lots of it, but finishing a bomber was no problem and it is pretty light on the stomach unlike some DIPAs

I am glad I got to try this brew even though it was expensive and I had to wait two weeks along with others to get shipped to me, worth seeking out, 3 more Great Divide bottles left for me to try now, nice IPA from Colorado

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

Picked up this bomber at Market of Choice, Eugene, OR.

Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color. Thin head settles fairly quickly to leave a e collar and some well defined lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus, but not overly so. Some faint pine. Many DIPA go all out in the aroma department, but this one goes just far enough. Well done. Taste has some woodsy notes, hints of a pine flavor resin and just the right bit of alcohol bite. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, Goes down easy and finishes nicely. This is a very good, well balanced DIPA. I would certainly seek this out again. Well worth it!

Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower.

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