Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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92
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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 447 | FT: 7
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:
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 csiewert
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High dive pour produced a huge, dark cream colored, head that peaked abou 1/4" above the top of the glass making for a foamy 3" head. Chewy grapefruit hops escape with the pour and travel an arms length to my nose. A closer sniff revelas and equally potent biscuity malt component along with a sweet candied aspect. The head fades slowly remaining tall in the middle, while the slightly lower edge leaves a nice scattering of lace. Glowing dark copper colored beer shows little carbonation rising from the bottom. Holy crap in your face flavor. Lots of chewy candied grapefruit hops. There has to be a solid chunk of malt in there because the the alcohol is quite evident, but compared to the hops it doesn't stand a chance. Bitterness steps in midway through and by the finish is potently dominant. There is a strange "wet dog" flavor in the finish early on, but after half a pint it mellowed to a brief oddity in the finish. A big juicy IIPA that didn't quite do it for me Maybe the hops used aren't my favorite, or possibly it just didn't come together right, but I could definitely do without that freakish aftertaste. (1,122 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark in color. A clear coppery color with a massive cream colored head that takes forever to go away.

S: Pretty solid hit of pine hops with a little overripe mango and a hint of banana.

T: I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed by this one. The malts completely overpower the hops. There's a lot of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of pine hops, but the malts ride right over the hops. It's still a good beer, but far from being one of the better DIPAs I've had. (485 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: brown we color with a thin brown to tan head that despites quickly very translucent weird

S:very booze but there is a smells of malt with bitterness not much else there

T: okay so the taste doesn't resemble the smell here the alc isn't noticeable and there is plenty of bitter hops that are well balenced with the malt taste

M:light especially for a dipa almost like its watered down goes down smooth and is really drinkable

O: really drinkable flavorful dipa not the full hoppy taste that I like but it's fairly well balanced despite the smell and look (587 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a tall head os off white that is supported by lively carbonation. Good retention and a nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smells of piney hops and grapefruit. Sharp and very bitter. Hard time finding the malts or anything else.

The malts are slightly sweet and more noticable when tasted, but the hops take over and dominate the palate. Long lingering dry finish that's almost oily. Not bad, but not great. If you really crave lots of hops, this one is for you.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, not much of a session beer due to high abv and hop overkill. (570 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Flying Monkey in Topeka, KS. $5 for a pint.

Appearance: about two fingers of thick white head. Reduced to a thin ring. Great lacing in the glass. Beautiful golden colored body.

Smell: citrusy and piney nose. Earthy lemon rind. Some tropical fruits. Sweet malts.

Taste: peach, grapefruit, mango and citrus. Big bitterness and very warming abv. Sweet malty backbone. The abv is definitely appereant. Almost oniony, spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth silky body which helped with the bitterness and alcohol heat.

Overall: a great deal at $5. Nice citrusy/grapefruit up front but the abv definitely makes itself known. Even more than I like in a dipa. Worth a shot If u like 'em big and bitter. (754 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a rich copper hue with a huge two finger fluffy off-white head that stays around forever. Stickiness is amazing, how it should be for a DIPA. Smell is a nice floral hop explosion with a background with a bit of citrus as well. A bit of sweet malt is mixed in as well which makes it very enjoyable to the nose. Taste is a bit dull. Starts off with an earthy hop flavor that mixes with a bit of some floral tastes on the tongue. Lacking some malt balance. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability lacks a bit, but still is enjoyable. Not bad, but I've definitely had better DIPA's. (673 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a garnet highlight. The head rises 1" and shows great retention.

Smell: Deep malt aroma and fresh flowers. A faint citrus aroma. Lots of caramel aroma for a DIPA.

Taste: Bitter citrusy hops are full of orange flavor. Lots of IBUs and plenty of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter with a sweet finish. Alcohol is noticable. Lingering bitterness, medium to thick body.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is a different breed of DIPA-could actually be considered an American Barleywine. The heavy malt is different and not very quenching. You could do a few. (654 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops, cracker malt, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is quite malty--crackery and caramel. Some dark fruits and raisiny notes. A good IPA...not sure if this is old or if it's supposed to be like this, but I didn't get much hops from this. So it was just ok.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (344 characters)

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-orange, with a moderate off-white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lacing. A bit hazy in the pour.

Aroma is a powerful hop nose, piney wiht a bit of caramel inthe background.

The taste isall about hops...beginning, middle, and end, finishes extremely bitter. Lots of pine, grapefruit and other citrus. I would like a bit more malt to counter the hops.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

i prefer my double ipa's to be a little more balanced. (499 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper to amber in color with a fluffy two finger white head, really good on the retent, god lacing as well

S- sweet, floral, citrus, hoppy

T- very strong on the bitterness (duh), sweet and sour grapefruit like citrus flavor in the beginning, earthy with some slighty nutty malt in the middle and finishes with pine (w/ a bit of a sour twang), warm alcohol & touch of spicy earthiness.

M- smooth medium bodied brew. leaves a film on the palate.

D- enjoyable, bitterness can be harsh, nice touch with the earthy/nutty malts as opposed to the usual caramel malts. hop profile doesnt do much to set it apart from other DIPA's. (638 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Thin, yet long lasting 1/2 finger white head. Very hazy, looks a lot like apple cider.

S - Citric hops and sweeet malts. Very sweet. Copping a yeasty/alcohol undertone that I'm not totally diggin.

T - A definite hopbomb. Not bad, though. Semi-complex hop profile... I'm thinking my sample MAY be a little old. Malt backbone is very very big, and noticeable. Almost nutty. Starts bitter and piney, finishes bitter and slightly metallic with huge malty sweetness through the last half of the sip.

M - Perfect. Exactly how a DIPA should be. Thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation, slick and oily. Can't get better.

D - If it weren't so big (ABV-wise), and didn't have such a sweet maltiness, I'd rate it a bit higher. It has the chance to get slightly cloying. I can see myself putting down a bomber now and again if it's available, but I don't think I'll be hunting for it. (884 characters)

Photo of aibkstaff
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Titan IPA has a rich reddish coppery color, is semi foggy, and has a thick tall yellowy head. Very foamy. The taste it nice and hoppy with some herbal and nutty notes. It's also very, very malty. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavy body. Drinkability is pleasing. (266 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a two finger off-white head. Head is very fluffy with big bubbles that recedes quickly leaving nice lacing around the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass.

S - Orange and lemon peel. Slight hoppy aroma and pine needles.

T - Pretty impressed that I can't taste the booze in this big beer. Nice blend between bitter hops and sweet citrus fruits. Very well balanced and smooth.

M - Light and smooth. Very little carbonation and no alcohol burn. Pretty impressive for %10.

O - Very drinkable DIPA. Would be a great beer to break someone into the category. I prefer my doubles to have a little more bite, but overall this is a pretty amazing beer. (678 characters)

Photo of cmq103
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. My first Great Divide review. I read a lot of good things about this DIPA.

Appearance: A moderately aggressive pour got me a 1/4" off-white head. A nice orange-copper color with sticky lacing when the glass is tilted.

Smell: Piney citrus hops, malt, with a faint toffee aroma. I was expecting a stronger nose from this DIPA. A little dissapointing for me.

Taste: Moderate hoppy, piney, grapefruit bitterness. The malt tries to tame the bitterness in this losing battle. I would have liked a bit more of the floral citrus hops. Instead there is a dry piney bitterness that remains throughout. I would describe it as "bitter domination". The alcohol warmth in the finish is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thicker fuller body with mild carbonation.

Overall: Note as smooth and malty as some of the more enjoyable DIPA's I've had. As noted before, this could use more of the floral citrus hops to make this truly great. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be seeking this one out again. (1,046 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear amber, thick two finger head with big craters and quick to stick lace all over the glass. smell is citrusey but not overwhelming, sweet with malt and alcohol notes. deep inhalations actually made me salivate profusely. mouthfeel is insanely light and bubbly, taste is bright hops, honey, licorice and finishes with a bitter and rather chalky hop resin punch. hides the alcohol for sure, but a little rough for me. the more i sip, the more that mellows and develops into an overall hop cocoon and belly-warming pleasant alcohol effect. aftertaste, once the 'ipa' is gone, is sweet and flowery. not my favorite 2x ipa, but worthwhile if you dont have to bust your ass acquiring it. (693 characters)

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a glass. Nice bright copper color, with a big head to boot. Laces well on the glass.

Nice citrus hop aroma not a big as big as I was expecting. Pick up the caramell malt as well.

A bit more malt to it than I was expecting. Hops are there and are nice a citrusy just not bangin like most of the dipa's I have been drinkin lately. The alcohol makes it self known very nicely.

Good mouthfeel to it not to syurp like that most dipa's have. Drank it down could grab another (502 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper amber with medium white head. Smell is very unusual in that it has a grape aroma mixed in a hop forward nose. Reminds me more of a barleywine nose. Sweeter scent mixed in the nose that I can't put my finger on, almost a licorice candy, with slight sweet bread note. Taste has a distinct malt presence that reminds me of malted milk ball. Unusual for a DIPA to be so malt heavy with little hop bitterness to the palate. It's difficult to sort out the different flavors as a result. This is one I need to come back to when it comes out fresh. (562 characters)

Photo of evansrdbrew
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank on: 2/28/10
Bottled on: 2/2/10
10% ABV 85 IBU
22 oz. in pint glass

A= Big 1" head, very creamy looking and slightly off-white. Slowly receeding head leaves thick lace on the glass and lasting 1/4" head. Pure translucent copper color. Stream of tiny CO2 bubbles.

S= Nice light whif of sweetness hints at alcohol. Notes of carmel & toasted malts. Herbal, earthy hop notes with hints of spice.

T= Starts with malt flavors & a slight sweetness followed by herbal, piney hop flavors and bitterness. Med. warmth of alcohol hits while the bitterness chews on your tongue. Notes of toasted malts come through too.

MF= Thick heavy mouth coating, warm with slight quick tingle on tongue. Mouth coatin lasts along with dry bitter feeling.

D= First pint went down slow but with little trouble, second one was a quite a bit slower. Wish they sold this in 12 oz. bottles. I could definitely drink one but two would be out of the question. (935 characters)

Photo of TrickKnee
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed bronze hue. Lofty, dogged, dense ivory white head yields Belgian lace. Pine sap and lemon juice dominate the aroma. Secondary are softer, candyish undertones of bubblegum and warm, minty ethanol. Quite appetizing aromawise. In flavor, the incipient impression is unexpectedly sweet, being of sugary medium caramel and brioche. Hop bitterness augments steadily, eventually reaching an assertive, barbed combination of quinine and citrus pith. Hop flavor is a creeper as well, with key lime and melon (including rind) arising after a deliberation. As the beer warms malt again runs parallel with the hop presence. Sweet, but singed grainy biscuit and maple syrup tones provide ample contrast to bitterness, perhaps even a touch too much. Moderate in body, with a dextrinous, but lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, with a browned butter and brown sugar combination marginally offset by hop bitters. Almost a great DIPA, but is a notch too sweet and underattenuated, which muddles what would otherwise be a vibrant hop profile. Everything else is spot on. Very tasty, regardless. (1,088 characters)

Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bistro DIPA festival. Poured a light coppery color. The smell was all hops. The taste was similar, a very dry (for a DIPA) piney hop taste predominated. It did not have a very stong malt presence, and I would say it tasted like an uber-hoppy IPA. Having said that, given the ABV of the beer, it is deceptively strong (i.e. it hides it alcohol well behind the hops). A good DIPA, but I prefer more malt presence to counter-balance the hops. (457 characters)

Photo of KingFarm
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber-orange, no sediment, good carbonation, bubbles rising from bottom. Medium head, no lacing, decent thickness. Pancake batter colored suds at top.

S: Rich, heavy in apricots, very citrusy, woody, pungent nose, almost chemical in power. Little bit of sweetness, floral qualities.

T: Hop-bomb all the way. Nutty maltiness, earthy, strong and weedy, heavy, heavy hop bitterness prevails. Starts sweet from heavy malting, immediately finishes big, bitter, and uber-hoppy with citrus-spicy length.

M: Oily, slick, almost syrupy, not too bubbly. Lingering hop bitterness stays between the teeth. Powerful!

Final Impressions: Mostly a one dimensional hop-bomb. Heavy, pungent, thick, way bitter at the finish as the malts can't hold up to the citrus hop bite. I felt it in my ears. Although not a balanced beer, it doesn't really pretend to be, so taken as a Double IPA, it gets the job well done.

Compare to Avery Dugana, Stone Ruination, and even Dogfishhead ApriHop. (981 characters)

Photo of MURF0320
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lodge in Boca Raton.
Copper colored with two finger white head. Low retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma is of piney hops and sweet fruits and caramel.
Well balanced but leans more towards the malty side. Light caramel malt blends with a subdued earthy hop flavor. I prefer a more bitter hop but can't deny this beer its balance.
Medium bodied with nice carbonation and slightly creamy.
I found this to be more of a strong IPA than a IIPA. Still highly recommend enjoying one. (491 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Beer tasted 10/26/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Amber-orange body, thick white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation suspended in body.

S: Rich caramel maltiness up front with crisp hoppiness following. Some alcohol astringency.

T: Much like aroma. Very malty backbone with hoppy bite. Significant astringency.

M: Thick, low carbonation, significant hops.

D: More like a barleywine than a DIPA. Too malty, not enough hops.

(I was probably a bit harsh on this brew numerically, but if we're rating per-style, I feel it's pretty fair. A DIPA really shouldn't be this caramelized and malty in my opinion, and although it'd be a good choice as an introduction for someone who likes barleywines, it really doesn't work as well as a DIPA. YMMV.) (777 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.