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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

1,552 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,552
Hads: 3,982
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 272
Gots: 529 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 CowsandBeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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)

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of aibkstaff
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of cmq103
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of KingFarm
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.)

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice thick head beautiful color amber many floaties

Malt lots of malt the hops are earthy and a nice buttery caramel malt

The mouth is smooth the taste is full of subtle hops then it become less subtle into a crystal malt taste and hop bitterness finishes.

The mouth is smooth and nice no harsh carbonation and the drink is average for a DIPA

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Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color, with a thick fluffy tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. It smells slightly of lemon. It also smells floral. It has a piney hop aroma. I detect a slight earthy aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy up front with a nice floral flavor. A good piney flavor is also present. This beer is not very hoppy for a double IPA. That is kind of a disapointment. I was hoping for a hop bomb, and was let down. It still tastes good though.

This beer is crtisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. The alcohol warms very slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer since it is high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks go out to mattd017 for helping me finally get this beer. It was not as good as I expected, but I am still happy to have tried it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Poured an orange-red with a thin off-white/cream colored thick head that was retained for awhile. Nice presentation.

S: The aroma was a little more faint than I expected from a DIPA, but it consisted of hops with some hints of some florals and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Taste, again, was good, but I expected it to be stronger. Mainly hops with some malt undertones with some hints of the alcohol with a touch of sweetness.

M/D: Carbonation was good and the beer was somewhat rich (clearly I expected more from it), creamy and smooth. I would say that it is more drinkable than some DIPA's simply becasue it is not as strong. Overall, a good beer that I will pick up again.

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Photo of trep
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty impressive looking IIPA. Chunky cream colored head that looks like the tops of the Rocky Mountains. Jagged and rough, though creamy like warm marshmallow fluff. Deep orange body, almost red. Looks like shark-bite bloody water. Flakey bits of yeast floating in the body.

Piney and sweet hops in the nose. Grapefruit and a nice aroma of malts to balance it out. Hardly any alcohol present.

Hoppy as hell, pine sap, bitter as can be. I can't imagine anything else being this bitter. A nice malty background to attempt to keep this hop-monster somewhat balanced. This one is almost too bitter for consumption, if there is such a thing. I like it, but the bitterness really detracts from what seemed to be a promising aroma.

Hardly any carbonation, this is a pretty thick IIPA but its suitable for the feel of this greek god. Medium-Full body that feels right for the style.

Although the alcohol isn't present at all, the bitterness of this one limits its drinkability. One bomber is enough for me.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first got into craft beer, this used to be my favorite beer, easily. This is the first time I have had it in a while, so lets see if it still holds up. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real cloudy, light amber color. Head is very creamy and lacing is excellent. I even see some sediment floating around in there.

S/T: The aroma is very sweet and malty. But the hops are right there as well. Somewhat grassy. Taste actually reminds me a lot of their 15th Anniversary Ale. Upfront, there is a very strong malty sweetness. Hops are right there as well, and provide strong grass and pine notes. There is also an earthy, almost dirt like quality in the flavor, which is the weakest aspect of the beer. A good beer, but not nearly as good as I remember.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Pretty creamy as well. Drinkability is okay. The malt presence is a little too over the top for an IPA, so don't expect a hop centric brew.

In all honesty, I think this is a different beer than the Hercules I have had in the past. The ABV is even different. This and Titan both taste drastically different compared to a year ago, which is disappointing. They were some of the best IPAs, period. Not bad, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.