Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; orangish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: caramel, toffee, earthy;

T: follows the nose with a little nuttiness thrown in; boozy from mid-palate through the finish; moderate, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: appreciated the bitterness on the finish;

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Photo of murrayswine
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. It's almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop head's dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great Divide Titan is my favorite IPA so far. This DIPA convinces me that DIPAs will never outshine IPAs because the alcohol content dulls the aroma and flattens/ sweetens the flavor arc. DIPAs are fad. Besides they are just too much alcohol. I want to drink more beer not get slammed.

12oz bottle into a .5 cyclinder

A: great look. Nice thick white lingering head, long lasting lacing.

S: Not nearly as much as TITAN. So why would I sacrifice aroma for strength and overhopping?
With a March freshness date this beer should be towering, instead the alcohol dominates and masks the grassy hops and malt breadiness underneath. Esters dominate. I feel like I am at the fuel pump.

T: Strong malt backbone balanced by sticky, candied fruit. Overripe pineapple, sugared rind. Missing for me is the grass, pine, outdoors of great IPAs.

I find the hops to be stinging and bitter, but in an over-assertive manner. Not enough counter drama.

MF: full, slick and heavy. Flattish low carbonation combined with too much alcohol, spoils this for me.

Stick with GD's IPAs.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No bottling date, just a best before date that states 1st of october 2012. Probably not super fresh but still fresh enough for reviewing

A- Transparent copper colour, great clarity. Little head forms (not that i expected much in a 10%ABV beer) but it has decent retention, though it leaves near to no lacing

S- Nicely balanced mix of citrusy, flowery and resiny hops among a hint of caramel. Pretty much what i expected but still very nice and refreshing

T- A bit of malt complexity in this one, not just hops: notes of caramel and a mild sweetness from the malts that lingers with the hop notes for the whole tasting and brings balance; the beer's overall feel is not as bitter as most american ipas. Then of course hops: mixed notes of resiny, floral and citrusy hops, though they somehow do not feel as bright as in other ipas i have tried. A hint of spiciness, probably from the esters

M- Medium to full body. Prickly, lively carbonation, expecially on the palate; a bit more on the juicy side on the tongue. Warming feel in the aftertaste, which is maybe the only way to tell that this beer has a 10%ABV

O- The ABV is wonderfully and deceveingly hidden, and that means very good drinkability. But still i liked their Titan IPA more, it felt as tasty and complex as this one but i kind of felt like it had a cleaner flavour profile. Still, a very nice beer

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Photo of sonofdon
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark copper in color. Decent head with some lacing.

S: Floral. Citrus, "C" hops. Malts and toasty. Alcohol.

T: Deep northwestern hops and pine hops. Citrus following by an odd chocolate roastiness. Alcohol presence with a touch of sweet.

M: Slick and oily. Pretty thick mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable, but a once and a while beer.

[ serving type: 22oz. bomber]

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-17-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Clear, copper-colored beer with a big 3+ fingers of cream-colored head. Very good retention and excellent lace

S: Aromas are of floral and citrus hops, plus bready and caramel malt smells

T: The taste is pretty bitter up front, to the point of being somewhat astringent. Flavors include tropical fruits, brown bread and then woody/earthy hop notes. Some alcohol warmth

M: High in carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is fairly aggressive on bitterness with some more of the astringency peeking through. Aftertastes are of caramel malts and bitter hops

O: Overall a pretty good DIPA but marred by the astringency. I liked it, but not enough to want another bottle

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh.

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Photo of dawg
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass with a nice IPA bronze color and a white head. Started up with rapid bubbling which kept the head for awhile giving me plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

Smelled pretty hoppy as I am no hop head. I was a bit intimidated by the double IPA description but from what I gather this one was put together right.

Tasted very nice. Verry hoppy but not nasty bitter. I was happy with the balance and was suprised that the hops could come out this much without the bitterness. Even the finish was smooth.

Also in the background were some fruity flovors that tasted very natural and clean. About half way through I caught a nice floral bouquet that I missed up front.

Small bubbles felt nice.

While I am not big into IPAs I'd never turn one of these down.

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Photo of hdog09
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on nitro-tap at a local bar. Heavy and dark amber in color. Very citrus smell which makes sense for a 10% alch beer. Not as hoppy as I would have expected form a double IPA but hops are definitely there. Lots of caramel malt and citrus flavors are pretty forthcoming. Overall a really good beer drink a few of these and you'll be feeling good.

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Photo of dankbrew21
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/7/09

A- Reddish color. Tall white head, not a tower though, this would spill over if poured to create an over the rim head. (Okay, poured to hard and had a spill over). Clear for the most part and plent of lacing.

S- Citrusy, lots of hop punch and some alcohol.

T- Comparable to ruinaton! Huge hopbomb, sweeter than Stone though. Maybe some honey and lots of grapefruit. Great malt presence (just the right amount). Slick mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D- High alcohol and potent flavors make this kind of a sipper.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 22oz bottle

Reddish-brown, slightly hazy in appearance, excellent lacing
Floral hop aroma was subdued, not as bold as other DIPAs
Good, simple hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus, not too earthy
Butterscotch malts in the background
Balance is good for the style, leaning towards the bitter end
Bitterness does not overwhelm taste buds, actually seems to awaken them
Alcohol is well masked

Overall an honorable brew, but lack of complexity hold it back

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark, opaque, tawny orange with a thick finger of head, which dissapates into a steady thin layer. Smell is of roasted malts, butter and caramel appear as it warms, but very little hop aroma. There is plenty of hop bitterness in the flavor to balance out heavy malt character but I expected more distinction from the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh up front, tangy towards the end. The 9.1% isn't hidden all that well, not that I really care. I'm 1/4 deep in the bomber and it's already sneaking up on me.

All in all, a glorious way to spend a Friday afternoon off from work. For what it is (an ass-kicker DIPA), it follows through pretty well, but I'd trade some ABV for hop character.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy medium orange color. Off white head. Fair retention. Great lacing.

Lately, all double IPAs smell the same to me. It has that strong, sweet, hoppy aroma. Gives you a little hint to what you're in for.

In the flavor: smooth bitterness. Quite balanced. Malty sweetness. Significant hop presence. An overall soft, yet aggressive flavor.

A heavy, thick chewy mouthfeel

Nicely done. The double IPA market is hit and miss for me, but I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of yamar68
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking, hazy amber gold. A boozy white finger of head settles to a collar that lasts through the last drop.

The nose is pretty basic... burnt sugars, subtle citrus, leafy hops, pretty clean with minimal booze.

Oh, there's the booze. Not too overpowering but I can see how this may be a deterrent for some. Sharp citrus underscored by bits of pine. Nothing groundbreaking.

A bit harsh on the tongue, even for a big IIPA. This does have about 4 months on it though... to be fair. Will review a fresher bottle sometime.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
copper orange, smell is like a good DIPA, heavy on the citrus notes.
not overly carbonated. grapefruit taste is noticable.

very good beer, but for the price ($5 for a bottle at whole foods), i won't be purchasin this regularly. many beers in the same league can be found for much cheaper

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a snifter

a: nice amber brown hue, large off white head with pretty good retention.

s: piney hop aroma catches my nose, followed by slight citrus and biscuit

t: a nice piney and citrus taste followed by buscuit at caramel. Pretty well balanced , this DIPA is more sweeter than most.

m&d: medium body, little carbonation. Slightly slick and buttery mouth. Drinkable, but better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hercules Imperial IPA pours deep amber with a thick, caramel colored head. Good lacing down the side of my tulip glass as the beer is consumed.

S: I smell a strong and sweet floral hop and malt smells are very apparent, very nice.

T/M: Hercules taste has a great deal of roasted malts, almost to the point where it's sweet and bready. This pays a solid compliment to the very apparent floral hop blend presence - nicely balance bitter and sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied, slightly bitter, as there is a strong aftertaste to each sip.

Overall, this is a good beer from a solid brewery. I would definitely recommend it to people craving a well balanced DIPA.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 02/26/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date is unreadable.

a - Pours a transparent orange color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light lemon. More malts than I expected.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pretty bitter, pine hop, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, little bitter bite up front.

d - A pretty good DIPA. A bit strong and a bit bitter, but still good. Would give another shot.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark Amber color, thin off-white head that leaves quickly. Lacing is nice and average.

S - Very sweet smelling Smell of caramel, coffee, green herbs, and honey.

T - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, spice, cilantro(weird) and sweet. It is overly malty for an IPA.

M - Thick and oily with medium/low carbonation. Some tannins are apparent.

D - Very similar to a hoppy barleywine. Too thick to be enjoyed on its own, needs to be with food. Alcohol is noticeable. I like the beer but too heavy for an entire 22oz bottle to be consumed by one person.

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

Pours deep orange. Aroma, lots of hops and alcohol.

Taste, bitter, a little thick, not quite syrup, but I would have preferred a smaller malt bill and some more dry hopping (if any). Its a big beer, but the big is accentuated on the stuff I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of in a DIPA. Not that it makes this a bad beer, far from it.

Mouthfeel, dominated by the bitterness. It makes me think I may have gotten an old bottle, it has that 9 month old dipa feel to it, which can be great with some dipas (Pike Double IPA for instance).

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Kwakwhore.

Poured into a pint glass. Amber with a cappuccino head, bubbles fighting their way to the top. The malt aromas almost overpower the hops on this one, but there are definite notes of citruis permeating the malty nose.

Flavor follows suit, with hints of wood, buttered toast and a bitter hops finish. The malt & alcohol linger.

Full bodied with a nice mouthfeel, if somewhat heavy (expected); don't think I'd do more than one of these in a single sitting but it's definitely worth seeking out in the future.

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

I am drinking a chilled 650 mL capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep orange color. There is a slight hazy in the glass, but not enough to make me consider sediment or yeast. There is a minimal ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a strong aroma of citrusy NW US hops. The concentration smells fairly strong.

Taste: The ale has a hoppy bitterness that grabs you from the get-go. The hops do not scald the mouth, but they come pretty close. The alcohol in this beer is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a bit too strong and leave a bitter taste in the mouth that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer for a hophead, although I find the alcohol and hop characters both to be overwhelming.

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

This beer pours a orange amber color with small head that retains very well. Unfortunately it was poured to me in a just cleaned glass and ruined the aroma. The taste has a generous hop note with a good balance of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is the biggest detractor with me feeling like I need to continuously lick the roof of my mouth. Overall I think you should definitely try it.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.