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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
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1,533 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,533
Hads: 3,894
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 250
Gots: 463 | 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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Reviews: 1,533 | Hads: 3,894
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)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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 (348 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of trep
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a hazy, dark, orange-amber body with a silky, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing through the finish.

S: A bitter, hop smell with some grapefruit notes. There were also some alcoholic undertones evident as well.

T: A fairly bitter taste with a biting alcohol taste as well. There was some earthiness in the taste and more evidence of earthiness in the aftertaste as well. As I drank the beer, the alcohol receded to the background of the beer and the bitter hops and some of the citrus-grapefruit notes made themselves more evident.

M: A fairly thick and silky, full-bodied mouthfeel that was nice on the palette and made the beer pretty easy drinking.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that yielded a beer that was pretty good example of a DIPA. While the alcohol was evident in the beginning of the beer, it receded into the background, allowing the true hoppy and citrus flavors of the beer to make more of an impact on the overall experience with this one. (1,040 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit/pine nose. Flavor is sweet, hoppy grapefruit and pine. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (311 characters)

Photo of Fairwin
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally malty for an ipa. Very balanced with a nice mix of grassy, malty, and grapefruit. Pours deep golden brown with nice lacing. Excellent when wanting balance and not a one-trick hop killer. (200 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been trying to find this beer fresh for a while. I found a 4 pack for 7 bucks bottled 5/17/11, so figured thats the best I'd get...

Poured into a Great Divide tulip

Appearance-Copper body with about a 2 finger thick light brown head. Dissipates fairly quickly leaving some sticky patches of lacing.

Smell-Subtle pine and floral notes, some light citrus. Lots of caramel malt.

Taste-Grass, Pine, Floral hops. A beer you would drink in the forest. Some light citrus. Finish is very bitter and drying. The bitterness really lingers on the tongue throughout the whole drink.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation was a little rough. Medium bodied.

Overall-Good beer, but theres so many good IIPAs out there that this one didn't stand out. (725 characters)

Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a nice medium amber color. Slight haze. Fluffy half-inch off-white head retains well, and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is suprisingly mild. Piney, citrus hop aromas are noticeable, but not to the extent I was expecting. Doesn't really step up and make you take notice.

Taste is about the same. Hoppy, but subdued. Not as much punch as I was hoping for. Orange and grapefruit flavors are there, but not as strong as other examples of this style. Hops dominate beginning to end, almost too much as I'm not getting much malt presence. The hops do leave you with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Seems subdued for a double IPA, I was expecting more punch. To me it doesn't seem much stronger than a regular IPA, so judging it based on it's style it seems weak for it's name. It's a good beer, and certainly one I could drink more than one of, but iI just don't see it as a "double". (976 characters)

Photo of mryuk
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered orange with a finger of head.

smell is very sweet and malty with not much hops.

taste is also sweet and malty all the way through. slight bitterness at finish with subtly smoky undertones.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

overall flavors were just not very good and beer was not very interesting. (326 characters)

Photo of Torchiest
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottles poured into pint glass.

Poured a nice amber/copper color, no major head formed with an average pour. What little there was faded to a lingering ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Pretty great smell, hoppy, citrusy, also with some sweet maltiness in the nose.

Taste is solid, nice bitterness on the leading edge, some grapefruit in the middle, morphs into a good malt finish with a good hoppy aftertaste.

Good carbonation brings out the bitterness, somewhat creamy in the mouth before swallowing. Clean.

Pretty easy drinking, doesn't seem too bitter for the 85 IBUs it claims to have. It could be that I'm just a bigger hophead than I once was. One bomber is enough for a session, and I may buy it again. (747 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Did i just not get this beer at all or something?

Tap @ the stag's head in NYC. maybe this is the bottom of the barrell, but straight off the beer seemed flat. poured in a delirium goblet, just the tiniest head. gimme some head here folks. literally. glass looked half empty.

Smell is nice and hoppy, sort of the feel of a bitter ale at some point. with the flatness and all, there was still a decent hoppy sort of sourish bitter feel.

Taste, however, was unamazing. too bland, watery and just straight up bitter. doesn't have much flavour in the meantime, the malty feel is weak and justgives way to this hefty bitter feel. yawn.

And the flat feel, ugh. wouldn't die for it.

All in all i don't get why this one's advertised so amazingly, for me this was a rather bad american beer, among so many good ones. bad batch? we'll see. (834 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA had a lot of particles floating around in it, giving it an odd, off-putting appearance. Poured a nice head though. It had a sweet, pleasant smell. The taste was a bit much. The hops overwhelmed it, making it overly tart and leaving a bitter aftertaste. It did have a good, highly carbonated mouthfeel, though. If you like IPA's, this might be the beer for you. I thought the taste was a bit much. Nonetheless, not a bad brew. (434 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a freshish bottle on shelves. Bottled Oct 09.

The beer comes out with a clear amber colored body and a off white head. Great retention and lacing.

The nose isn't much. Pine, citrus, and alcohol.

Big pop of bitterness. Super smooth. The mouth feel is the best thing about this beer. Too bad the alcohol presence is detectable even when fairly cold. Lots of piney hops here.

Glad I tried this so I know I will have more money for Yeti's instead. (462 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden to copper, with massive carbonation and a fluffy head that falls quickly to nice lacing. There appear to be chunks of yeast floating in the beer, even in the first of two pours from a 22 oz bottle.

The aroma is typically Double IPA - sweet, cloyingly malty, with some non-specific fruity hops.

The flavor is malty and alcoholic, with strong grapefruity hops. The beer, although quite sweet, has an almost salty character. It's like a sweet preserved apricot with a little salt.

The mouthfeel is clingy, leaving a slow developing, almost hot bitterness on the finish.

This is a good beer, but tending toward the out of balance. (650 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 8-1910

pours cloudy dark copper amber orange with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing all down the glass

smell - is mostly of pine with other citrus hops

taste is stong hop flavors - a little out of balanced and boozy - the hops are over the top pine earthy grass citrus hops with little malts

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation very creamy

drinkability is decent - bubble gum sweet malts with strong hops 10% abv make it a good bomber to share (474 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours to a hazy amber color with a decent, off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus sweetness and malt hits you first, then some hops (I was expecting a stronger hops aroma.) with a hint of the alcohol. I'm also detecting some honey & vanilla.

T: The hops that I had been expecting in the smell are definitely in the taste. As the initial burst of hops fades, you get the sweetness. When the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness comes back for the after-taste, which I was expecting. A complex combo of tastes, but it doesn't seem as balanced as most to me.

M: Crisp with a medium-to-heavy body. Finishes dry for the most part, but leaves a bit of an oily residue, which is a bit different from and not as sticky as the syrupy feel that you can get from some sweeter beers.

D: It's not very filling, so it's something you can go with, especially since there isn't much hint of the alcohol other than a small amount in the smell. However, if I'm going to drink a lot of something, personally I'd rather drink something else, even within the style. I can appreciate the complexity. I can appreciate the hoppiness although this wasn't one of my favorite 2IPA’s. (1,237 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with a descent off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a prevalent malt sweetness.

T - Too sweet and malty for me. Not bad hop flavor, but I certainly prefer my double IPAs less malty. Citrus and pine notes are well balanced.

M - Sticky and medium bodied.

D - Too sweet and malty. I'm definitely looking to moving on. (366 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like this one as much as others.

Looks really good, like glowing honey with the exception of a million huge sediment particles floating around in the thing. They don't seem to affect the taste much but they look horrible.

Smells superb. Very hoppy, very, very hoppy with a nice maltiness lingering around in the background.

Super sweet hoppy taste to this. Nice maltiness as well. There is something to this one that I don't like as well as some of the true elite IIPAs. Kind of wangy or something.

Pretty good but not great. (536 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hercules is a malty bastard, pouring out a fairly dark color for a Double IPA. Deep amber and fairly hazed, it gives a thick feeling and seems much more of an Amber ale or Barleywine than its supposed style. Head has the typical thickness and stickiness of an ale with this much hops, leaving fair lace down any sort of vessel.

Smell is incredibly sweet as the caramel and rose tinted malts wash over the fruity scents. All told, I get a sense of scents like apples, melon, ruby red grapefruit, and spare shots of more a typically hop-made musty bushiness. Well done for sure, and far from deficient, but the hops are struggling to meet and play nicely with the over-abundant malts. They're like a beautiful painting covering an even more beautiful outdoor view. Shame.

Same story with the flavor, as the same fruity flavors described above roll through. What apparent bitterness is present gets tempered by the lush malts, though I'd say the drying and rough hop patterns are still strong. Alcohol is masked to a great degree, though potent as always for a big IPA. For each bomber I walk away with an over-bearing sense of caramel smothering the finer sides of American high-alpha hops. Where is the tropical and aromatic lupulin juice?

This beer is a great piece of brewing, and firmly drinkable. Finishing a bottle is no problem whatsoever, but in stacking it up to other great Double IPA's its a bit off. Though its easy to find I'd hesitate from calling this a top-shelf beer for the style. But oh well, they're available, well-priced, and easy enough to enjoy. Are my bottles a little old and thus lacking some punch - is that what's up? (1,653 characters)

Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A- Pours an orange and amber red, with a nice medium head that dwindles inot a nice white lace present thrhoughout. No carbonation activity present after pour.

S- Smell of hops and citus. A clean combination. After thoughts of alcohol and pine.

T- This beer delivers with the hop flavors. Nice counterpunch to the alcohol that resonates from the mouthfeel.

Got this in a trade with thehand and even though Great Divide offers other selections in my area this is not one of them. I liked this alot, it had a good hop and malt flavor that finished smooth. Strong presence but not overwhelming. I hope that this is soon offered in my neck of the woods because I would like to have this brew again. (754 characters)

Photo of MysticRuler
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice beer. Less of an IPA than a double due to the inherent sweetness and high alcohol. Those of us who are looking for the refreshing hoppy bitterness of an IPA will not be satisfied, however, for a particular evening this beer offers a nice compromise of sweet double combined with a robust IPA undertone, although at 10% ABV you won't be drinking a lot of it. (369 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.