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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

3,544 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,544
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 182
Gots: 242 | 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 Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA MRMOJORISING for the recommendation this afternoon. . . .

A: From a 22 oz bomber I gave it a moderately aggressive pour into a Piraat tulip glass. The result? A big, 3-finger khaki-colored head stays and stays and stays over an orangey-copper-slightly-red body with some haze, a decent amount of floatie sediment, and lacing that grabbed the side of the glass like a drowning man clinging to the rope tossed from a helicopter in the middle of a hurricane. A fluffy pillowy mound of cloud sat in the middle the entire time I drank my way down the glass, never giving up and never diminishing in strength. Very nice.

S: What you'd expect from a DIPA: piney, grassy, citrusy hops. And spicy alcohol, especially as it warms. Think orange rinds soaked in Southern Comfort in the middle of a pine forest and you've got the idea.

T: An initial taste of malty, toffee-like buttery sweetness is quickly destroyed by the onslaught of hops. Citrusy at first, but as it warms the hops flavors combine and meld into one big blend -- florally, citrusy and piney all at once (and I know that's tough to pull off). Hoppy bitterness lingers and the alcohol warmth steps in at the end, making its presence known at the back of the mouth and as it travels south.

M: Smooth and creamy with a dry finish early in the glass that becomes a tad bit sweeter the longer you drink it. Not much in the way of obvious, visible carbonation (other than that monster head at first pour). Good heft to the body -- you know you're drinking a heavy, almost cognac-like beer, and I'm good with that.

D: This is a slow-sippin' beer, not the kind you'd bring to a party or put back on a hot summer day. It took me a full hour to drink the bomber, and that's not a knock on its flavor at all. It's just a full-bodied beer. And I should mention the ABV does pack a bit of a wallop, so I can't imagine wanting to drink more than one bomber of this. I gave my wife a sip and she liked it but her immediate comment was "is this strong?" You can tell that this beer will kick your ass -- halfway through and I could feel the buzz pretty good -- and as a result, I think it's just instinctual to nurse it slowly.

Notes: highly recommended. I'm finding a lot of DIPAs that I like and this one didn't disappoint. Good balance between malty sweetness and the hops and a nice complicated blending of hoppy flavors, which I've come to expect from a good DIPA. Enjoy.

Kendo, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no freshness date. Pours a murky copper color with golden high-lights. Two finger white head is extremely creamy and stiff, stays around forever, eventually forming foamy pockets. Cobwebs of lace coat the inner glass.

The nose is dry, hoppy, slight traces of wood, simiar to bark or dry leaves, malt, and just a hint of lemon zest. The flavor consists of caramel malt, just a twinge of lemon citrus, a little pepper, and plenty of hops--yet they are not overly bitter or harsh.

The mouth is full and complex, very lively, dancing all over palate, oscialliting back and forth bewteen bright and creamy, to bitter and woddy. It's well-balanced and very drinkable. One of the best American IPAs around.

Osiris9588, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours into a fluffy white head that lasts only briefly before falling into a sticky, glass clinging ring of bubbles and light foam. Nice lace curtains hang from the glass as it the volume decreases and my mood spirits raise..

Smell is hops at the forefront with touches of sweetness and citrus as well.

First sip, I get the sweetness from the malt first and as the drink moves towards the back of my mouth the hops come forth, growing in intensity. Hop explosion? Not quite, but they're here and they're near and I'm going to like it! I also get a good deal of pine here too. Fruits as well, but they and the pine flavors come from the hops. Didn't I mention it was hoppy?

Mouthfeel is not quite creamy but thickish. Not syrupy, not sticky but in no way thin. I know I'm drinking a beer and a good one at that.

Not a lot of alcohol apparent yet, this is quite drinkable. I like that it doesn't have a palette destroying level of hoppiness, but they are still at the forefront of the beer, making this one I could drink a few of, were I lucky enough to have a few more.

Great offering from GD, next time I'm going for the bomber.

foureyedgeek, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information, but this was purchased in late 2005.

Fogged burnt sienna core with iced tea highlights. Dense, but short, head of pillowy fine khaki colored bubbles which is slow to settle and leaves sheets of lace. Eventually flattening to a thick pasting of fine, creamy bubbles. There are no carbonation streams visible. Sweet aromas of orange rind, blossoms, and a touch of alcohol. Alcohol dipped orange rind flavors are first, followed by some resinous, sticky hop oil and warming alcohol in the finish. The firm, dense body adds a does of sweetness, and the alcohol warms the tongue and throat. The orange rind is compliments by some finely shaved pine needles. The hops remain big and flavorful, but have lost a touch of freshness. The malt body is large and almost chewy and the alcohol is a touch prickly in the back of the throat. With warmth, the orange flavors become more prominent, bordering on becoming hop-laden orange juice. There is some fine bubbled carbonation. With age, this one is still nice and big with hops. Certainly a drinkable beer and quite enjoyable.

hopsaplenty, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What more can you say about Great Divide this co. knows how to make IPA better than your grandmal baking cookies! There titan ipa is the best 6 pk. ipa available in Ga. The first sniff of the nose I was in hop heaven. The color was a brillant amber with a nice thick head that laced the glass the whole way down. and what a powerful display of hops. Some dbl ipa can be to malty trying to balance out the bitter sting. but this beer stings like a bubble bee!
with a mild malt backbone. And the finish last for days. If your a hop head like me this is a must have.

athensbeermaster, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of wvbelgique
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at brewery tap room during GABF, Sept. 2006. A crisp rusty autumn color with a fluffy head that clung to the glass. An incredible fresh, vegetal citrusy aroma that filled the large tasting room bowl glass. The taste left solid impressions from front to back with good balance between malt and hop without too much citrus. This was one good beer. Would like to have tasted it with some more age.

wvbelgique, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever making this an impressive looking beer. The smell is citrus hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. The taste is very hoppy with citrus, grapefruit, flavors, a creamy sweet malt flavor, and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is very prominent and alittle harsh. The m/f is heavy and abit harsh making this a good beer, but it could be a great beer with some cellar aging.

jmz62565, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive hazy peach-hued golden color with a finger of foamy head that clings to the glass and leaves a whitish ring of moderate lacing. Smell is no suprise, huge citrusy and floral hops wrestling for dominance against sweet nutty maltiness. Grapefruit and piney hop notes also mingle about. Taste is also grapefruit, citrus hops through the roof, caramel and toffee sweet malts, light hints of alcohol finish out the drying bitter hoppy aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, a hop-head's DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and viscous, very light on the carbonation, just a slight tingling in the back of the throat. Drinkability is superb given the high abv and the big hoppy bitterness that this style brings. Definitely will puchase again, highly recommend.

danielocean03, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours quite hazy with a nice foamy ring and wonderful clumps floating around, especially since I swirled the bottom of the bottle and dumped it in.

Smell is quite floral sweet hoppy hoppy hoppy. A bit lemony too.

Taste is very rich. Lemon, pine, malt, sweetness and quite a bit of hop bitterness, pine hop and more. Mostly pine.

Mouthfeel is rather creamy. thick and syrupey.

Finish is quite bitter, but clean too, leaving no aftertaste.

this is quite a brew. I recommend looking it up and giving it a try. If you see a bottle, and like IPAs, you CANNOT pass this up, at least to experience it. If you are not an IPA fan, and looking for something interesting, this is a good choice.

karengarys, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately aggressive into my Duvel tulip glass. The color a nice deep reddish amber with high light around the edges. This one has a great pillowy head, like mashed potatoes, leaves great lacing all the way down. Smell is excellent, complex and compelling, wonderful aromatic hops, pine, yeast, some citrus, maybe some pineapple and a tinge of caramel. The taste is no less great, clean and fresh, but a little sticky at the same time. Toffee and some coffee like flavors that manifest in just the right way on the edges of the palate this is followed by an excellent textured bitterness, then some fruit followed by a superb after taste. This is an excellent IPA double, well made and masterfully brewed. I will definitly buy this again.

mmcave, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, didnt get the bomber. Color was a nice bright amber color with a small amount of head. Wonderfull smell of citrus and pine. Only problem I noticed was a small amount of metallic taste in the finish. I had a Stone 10th right before this so It might have messed up my taste buds. I want ot try this on its own to see how it is. Definetly a top notch double IPA though.

TrickKnee, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- comes out of the bottle with a bright amber color and an absolutely beautiful creamy head that sticks around for a while

S- that familiar citrus/pine smell that makes the hair on my neck stand on end, but not as much as I would have liked

T- complements smell, citric piney flavor with good hop bite

M- nice dry mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, sticks to mouth for a while

D- a little too drinkable for a a DIPA, goes down a little too easily, but still very good, would be more than happy to buy/drink again

gonzo138, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper coler with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet bready malt along with huge juicy grapefruit hops and a touch of pine.

T - Massive grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine throw in for good measure. Sweet malt that stand up to the hops and balances this one out nicely while still allowing the hops to shine.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an oliy hop resin and a good deal of carbonation that plays nicely with the hops.

D - A fabulous DIPA that is very nicely balanced. This might become my go to DIPA.

brewcrew76, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Beauregard
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent DIPA, and another good job from Great Divide. Pours a nice strong orange color, with good head and lacing. The aroma immediately hits you with hops; grassy, piney, citrus scents all come through. Flavor is surprisingly malty, and the mouthfeel is substantial thanks to the strong malt sweetness present in the beer. Hop flavor is sweet and resiney, not as citrusey as the aroma would lead you to expect. Overall, the strong malt and hop flavors are balanced by just the right amount of bitterness and make this one of the most drinkable 9% beers around. Well done.

Beauregard, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in OR, not available in CA (unfortunately). This one poured a deep rusty copper with lots of chunky sediment. Head is thin but dense and oily. Carbonation is active enough to keep the yeast from settling.

Sweet whiskey malts on the nose, along with the obvious hops: floral and resinous.

Pretty intense bitterness, mostly from the hops but probably from the malts as well. Fairly deep into carmel malt territory. A little bit sticky on my lips and tongue.

Aftertaste is more whiskey with those bitter malts and alcohol trying to hold their own against the bitterness of the hops. Dry finish with some tannins; this along with the bitterness remind me of oversteeped green tea. Oversteeped grains or hops maybe?

A fine 2xIPA but a few steps towards the barleywine domain, mostly because of the healty dose of heavy malts and the sugar they bring.

rayjay, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of WAP
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, sticky, off-white head. Initial smell is of citrus (mainly grapefruit). Taste is grapefruit, slight sweetness, and a sharp, bitter hop finish with perhaps a little pine flavor. Little alcohol burn in the taste but I can definitely feel the effects as I finish. Drinkability is good for the style, I could do a few of these in a row.

A solid DIPA - avoids the oversweetness that some in the style exhibit. This one will stay in the rotation for now.

WAP, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a hazy copper color and a huge, rocky head that leaves copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Malty, caramel aroma, with a pungent, piney aroma

Taste: This beer is full of herbal bitterness from the get-go, although a caramel sweetness does appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal bitterness develops a piney tone that overwhelms everything; the finish includes a touch of residual caramel sweetness that pokes through the hops

Mouthfeel: Thick and resinous; prickly carbonation; warming alcohol after the swallow

Drinkability: This is a full-flavored beer that is enjoyable, but so full-flavored that it is hard to drink in any quantity

brentk56, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a slight red hue and a creamy off white head that stays throughout the glass and leaves very nice lacing. Grapefruit and pineapple and a bit of lemon flow through my nose leaving me to wonder if anything could smell better. Taste is full of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and a little bit of caramel in there. A slight alcohol presence. Less than average carbonation and medium bodied, paired quite well. An exceptional brew and very fairly priced to boot. I'll be picking up more of this, try it if you can.

badbeer, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- This has a MASSIVE creamy wet head that is creme-tan colored. The head is similar to that of a root beer float. Quite beautiful. The hazy body is a deep orange. It produces awesome lace.

s- Woah bready! This reminds of Indicia Pale Ale by Lost Coast brewing. Malty and citric. Really hoppy but not overly.

T- MMMM. This is really bready and awesome. There is a pleasant nuttiness to it also. For a 9.1% alcohol brew the alcohol is barely detectable. Kinda bitey but nice.

mf/d: The feel is kinda creamy but dry. This is failry drinkable considering the hop potency. A brew that makes your WHOLE mouth feel happy and utilized.

kbnooshay, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/orange color with a big white head, leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops assaulting the aroma, I like it.

Taste: I love the pineyness of the hop flavor in the taste, along with the massive amount of bitterness. There's a good malt backbone that makes sure your tongue doesnt fall off. The malts surprised me, they made a great effort but the hops still stomped them.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Love it, I think the alcohol will keep many away from drinking too much of it but for those who enjoy a DIPA, this one is a must try.

tattooedtolley, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a orangish color with a fair amount of head. There is also a bit of lacing in the glass. There are a ton of floaters suspended in the beer. Nice. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is very bittersweet. The hops used in this beer are perfect. No harsh bitterness. There is a stickiness in the mouthfeel as is usual with this style. The drinkability is good. Just be aware of the higher abv because there is no indication of it as you drink the beer. The alcohol is well masked. Good for the style. I would drink this again.

Enola, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a nice frothy 2-finger off white head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing. On the second pour, the beer clouds up. I didn't know this was bottle conditioned.

When I poured this, I could smell a lot of hops. But now that the beer is in the glass, the hops aren't the main attraction to me. The main smell I get is a very sweet maltiness. I love this smell. This sweet smell reminds me of Thomas Hardy's. I wish I could explain this smell better. Also a piney hop smell. I can't make out the alcohol in the smell.

Sweet malty flavor ends with a nice hop bite. There is also some alcohol in the finish. This isn't just a hop bomb like some DIPAs. It's very well balanced.

Full-bodied and oily. Leaves my lips sticky sweet.

Highly drinkable and tasty DIPA. Officially one of my favorites. It's right up there with the Weyerbacher Simcoe and DFH 90 min. Another reviewer mentioned the tasty burps this beer produced. Agreed.

johnniemarg, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of jtw5877
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fine example of a style of beer that I absolutely love. This Hop juice filled concoction was a great treat for me this summer. Pours an orangish copper hue with resinous piney araoma taste and pinecone pineapple burps. I love this stuff, not overly alcoholic not one dimensional. One heck of a solid beer that i am sure to revisit on a regular basis.

jtw5877, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a mild white head that laces nicely.

S- Tons of hops, citrus, pine, and slight floral. Slight malt sweetness but way overpowered by the hops.

T- Smooth bitter hops, piney and sticky. Long aftertaste of bitter hops yet very creamy and smooth. I've sat well over 3 minutes and still can taste the hops.

M- Nicely carbonated, very mild bubbles. Bready in the mouth and very creamy.

D- Very nice on a hot summer day. And kinda nice on a cool summer night too. This is over the top hops and very well done too.

kirok1999, Sep 04, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,544 ratings.