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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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1,543 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,543
Hads: 3,944
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 268
Gots: 505 | 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 PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of Jan. 24, 2011. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus and pine hops. Kind of sweet smelling by the smell of hops dominates. Taste is very bitter upfront. Flavor is mostly the pine hops. A bit floral near the end to go with the bitter aftertaste. Slightly boozey but certainly not as much alcohol flavor as one would expect for a beer with a double digit ABV. I like the bitterness of this one but it masks many of the other nuances. Overall, it's a good buy every once in awhile.

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Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from apparently 12/2003

A - Pours a copperish amber color. Little head formation, but is there is awfully white. THe film that is leftover is very light. Bubbling is subdued, indicating light carbonation.

S - A potent nose of orange and grapefruit hop notes. Some sweet malt in there, but it is playing at best third fiddle. Lots of alpha acids here.

T - Starts off with the only malt note that you'll ever get out of this beer. Continues with the big hammer of the bitterness. A bit biting. Finishes with a huge flourish of sweet hops. Very floral, and grapefruit. Amazingly light aftertaste.

M - Thick and full of body. There must be lots of unfermentables here. Creamy. No carbonation bite to speak of.

D - This is probably a solo or a double flier in a night for me. The bitterness becomes somewhat overbearing as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Weight on the palette is manageable. ABV is a hair potent.

A solid offering from the good folks at GD. I'd say this is in the same vain as Flying Dog's Double Dog.

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Photo of enfield249
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep copper, with gold highlights. No head, and thin layer of white foam on the surface.

S - Strong pine, resin, spicy hop aroma.

T - Same as above, only up to 11. Very strong hop flavors, no maltyness.

M - Full, slightly sharp and very bitter.

D - Wow, a good IIPA, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of cameraman
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper/golden color with hints of orange. It has nice head, that laces down the glass slowly. Strong aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit, as well as floral and piney scents. The taste is surprising, it starts with a sweet taste of malt and little bit of honeyin there as well. The hops soon begin to dominate the taste, with prodominantly a citrus flavor. It is slightly heavy, as it comes across the palate at the beginning, then it gradually thins itself out. Drinkability, this is hop-head beer, though it was a tad disappointing I was expecting a stronger hoppiness in this beer.

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Photo of Phylomatic
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is good. It is nice an amber like a beautiful strawberry blond rockstar...disappointed in the froth..where is it?
S: Smell, citrus and bitter, yum.
T: About the same as the smell, but doesn't go much further.
M: There is a odd smoothness to this beer..and then BAM bitterrr. It tastes good, but it lingers like a cheap beer.
D: The taste and the mouthfeel combine to create a drinkable beer that you could drink really fast and get into trouble.

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Photo of RockerD
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pristine bright amber. Nice foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of a lot of caramel and bread. Not quite the hop smell I was expecting for a beer named Hercules.

Sweet and piny up front. Slightly normalized hop flavor. Not as highly as many of the Imperials and Double's out, but not bad. Citrusy, bitter finish.

Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

Love double IPA's and this beer is good. It's just not what I was expecting. I think it's missing just a little something.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Pub along with some Pizza from the cart outside since they don't serve food there. :-(

Bready caramel malt, some grapefruit citrus, and almost a woody malt flavor. Coming from the west coast, I found this a rather lacking DIPA. Earthy, dry and a bit too malty.

Not a bad beer by any means but not memorable. The 16th anniversary wood aged DIPA on the other hand was much better.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of November 7, 2012 printed in white ink in the bottom-right corner of the label in a small box (“BOTTLED ON: NOV 07 2012”). That makes this beer a day under four weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): Close to two fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, which dies down slowly and leaves some thick lacing on the sides with some pretty good, evenly-distributed retention. The body is a satisfying deep amber color with ruby undertones—looks as rich as it smells.

Smell (3.5): Surprisingly boozy, there are some light citrus tones mixed with pine resin amidst a rather alcoholic grain character—smells like what I’d imagine a “blonde barleywine” would smell like, honestly. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s boozy for the style (not shocking at 10% ABV) and lighter on the kind of hop character I was hoping for.

Taste (3.5): Follows the nose, almost to a T. Much boozier than I was anticipating, and much more restrained in the hop department. Again, tastes barleywine-ish without the dark and stone fruit tones. A lot of toasted wheat bread with some caramel undertones; the toasted character melds well with some solid pine / resin bitterness, but I’m not getting a lot of the characteristic American hop flavors (tropical fruits, weed, etc.) I anticipated. More pine resin, in that department, which I do enjoy. But it’s countered heavily by that boozy, grainy malt body, which also has some stone fruit character (apricots, plums) but not the darkness you’d expect from a barleywine (rich breads, raisins, toffee, etc.).

Mouthfeel (4.0): Pretty good feel: boozy and slightly syrupy, but with enough hop oil to dry it out significantly toward the end. Modest carbonation expands the body moderately on the way down without tingling much, but it does have a spicy feel. Again, drinks more like a light barleywine, but for a DIPA at 10% ABV that sounds about right.

Overall (3.5): To be honest, I was hoping this would drizzle resin and pineapple juice on my face right before it ripped it off, but my face is still more or less intact. Thankfully, I guess. There’s JUST enough piny, resinous character in the hop profile for me, but honestly it’s just not what a DIPA should be, in my mind. Did I enjoy it? Definitely. Did I love it? No. Was it nice and malty with a strong hop character? Sure. But it was not quite to my taste, and not something I’d necessarily try again, as far as my tastes in DIPAs go.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, transparent copper with glowing pumpkin highlights while raising a half-inch head of tight, off-white foam. An attractive ring of delicate lace is left after my first sip, but, curiously, not on any subsequent sips. There are few solid, lethargic trails of carbonation. First aromas are of brown sugar maltiness doing a good job of keeping PNW hop astringency in check. After a stronger swirl of the glass, however, the hops display citrus and pollen--so much, in fact, that combined with the dryness of the nosefeel, I feel like I'm snorting goldenrod. Even less pleasant is the fact that the citric elements here are artificial and solvent, like orange cleaning spray. (See my review of GD's Yeti.) The hops work better in the flavor, offering tons of pine sap flavor highlighted by unsweetened mint and genever, pulling towards a powerful cedary bite. The malt flavors (wheat and raw clover honey) are in the sediment--so pour it! Mouthfeel is oily and coating where some carbonation would help. Furthermore, the drinkability is impeded by the aftertaste, which is just too long--it simply doesn't know when to just dry up and gracefully depart. Another competent but seriously overrated beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Hop505
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a lasting one inch head. The nose is abound sweet fruit, hops, and a bit of citrus. While the mouthfeel is thick and enjoyable, there is something a bit amiss here. The hops are a bit subdued by the overpowering malt. All of the flavor sits on the front of this beer- its balanced flavor is completely lost on the finish and, especially for a DIPA, loses its effectiveness. With that said, it's definitely not a beer to avoid, but it may not live up to the expectations of an avid IPA enthusiast. Not regrettable, but there are better brews out there.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours amber in color with a creamy light-tan head about two fingers tall. Has good retention and good lacing as you drink. The beer is very clear slow-moving carbonation.

Smell - Musty grain aromas with mild tropical hops as well. Moderate lemon/lime citrus as well. Slight alcohol on the nose.

Taste - More musty grain in flavor this time. A fairly equal mixture of resiny/bitter hops and tropical fruity hops with citrus all around. Alcohol comes through a bit more in the middle. Mild earthiness shows up and the beer takes on an overall caramel/grain character with a touch of the formerly mentioned hop flavors for the finish. More earthy flavors in the aftertaste with lingering hops and grain. Moderate alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Well-structured carbonation, smooth and massaging in nature. The beer is medium/full-bodied and quite smooth and viscous.

Drinkability - Moderate hop levels and some musty flavors as well that some may find objectionable. Overall decent drinkability can be assigned to this beer.

I was overall a little let down with this beer. However, I did let this beer sit in my refrigerator for about six months, and I know I should drink and IPA or DIPA as fresh as possible. Oh well, just a warning to those reading my review. Overall it was a decent DIPA, but certainly not on the same level as other (most notably the Dreadnaught from Three Floyds.) Worth a shot, and probably recommended to must have if this beer truly is worlds better if it's more fresh.

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Photo of Meshuggah135
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark copper color, didn't have much of a head at all

S: very hoppy, pine smell too it.

M: has a mild carbonation, leaves a bitter aftertaste as well as a chewy feeling in your mouth.

T: a bitter, piney, caramel taste. Has a heavy taste of hops, typical of an IPA.

O: this is a pretty good beer. It has almost an overwhelming hoppy/bitter taste to it. It is also a strong beer, with a 10% ABV so it can sneak up on you quickly. Overall, a good beer, though not the best IPA that I have ever had.

Beer was served from a bottle into a glass mug

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Photo of kflorence
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent, deep amber in color with a thick, creamy, white head atop that dissipates to a thin layer of cream and leaves plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels look perfect.

S: Surprisingly lots of malt on the nose; caramel, brown sugar, some light fruits, maybe grape and apple, and an underlying earthiness not unlike fresh cut grass. Slight floral, pine and citrus hop presence.

T: Again, caramel and brown sugar malts, light fruits and fresh cut grass mixed with pine resin and a bit of citrus. Finishes crisp and dry with bitterness. A bit sour and acidic; even though the bitterness must be coming from the hops, I found it hard to detect prominent pine or citrus notes. The alcohol is definitely present, which might be contributing to some of the acidity.

M: Smooth with a medium body, ample carbonation and a bit of creaminess. There is a slight oily quality from the hops, but it remains quite thin. Goes down easy enough, but really sticks to the back of the tongue and lingers for a bit.

O: This is a quality brew, but I'm afraid it's not for me. The higher alcohol content mixed with the lingering bitterness just made this too acidic and unbalanced for my palate and it sit heavy in my stomach. Took me quite awhile to finish off the bottle and I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again. That said, I'm sure this will please hop enthusiasts seeking a higher ABV. As my introduction to this brewery I was a little disappointed, but I'm pretty sure it's due to the style since the craft seemed top notch. Cheers!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up three fingers of thick frothy head that lingers forever over a hazy copper brew with visible carbonation.

S - Pine hops, vanilla and caramel malt. Faint alcohol meshes with the pine.

T - Pine, caramel malt and alcohol. Aftertaste has a moderately potent pine bitterness to it. Abv is undetectable. It is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. All and all, it is a bit rough here. Maybe sitting for a year or two would mellow it out a bit.

M - Syrupy thick, smooth and only slightly refreshing. Gums in my throat a bit.

D - It is a pretty good double IPA, but it loses some points from being syrupy thick and too sweet. It is a great beer, no doubt in my mind. I think there are better examples in the style though.

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Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head, beautiful, beautiful. Compact, beautiful color.
Hop smell, fresh, herbal. Good. Musky notes. A strong hoppy. Not too america, maybe.
At the taste: hop, well. Yes. And bitterness. Good, too.
85 IBU, and well, you can feel it.
Musky notes, and resinousous. Piney.
Goo, but not exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of northaustin
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

smell is grain madness!!!

poured into a schnifter. one and a half finger head. pours a light brown with gold showing when held to the light. a few floaters in it.

as mentioned earlier the smell is out of control and bites your nose with its intensity. i must say it is a great smell but quite odd for what i was expecting with a double ipa.

taste is a bit boozey with not very much hoppiness but still sweet and good. tastes more along the lines of a regular double ale than a double ipa.

not vey drinkable as a session beer as it is very thick and a bit strong. i got mine in a mix and match six pack and its doin me alright. for sure an interesting contribution to the world of dipa's

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had one in a while and when i found the bottles with the newer labels, I knew it'd be a while until I found another this fresh. Bomber, bottled on 25th August 2008, into my Duvel tulip

A: The first pour from this bottle-conditioned bomber is clear and a deep copper color with some visible carbonation. A dense beige head forms and slowly recedes leaving a ton of lace. Very pretty!

S: Moderately underwhelming, this one opens up with a good deal of piney and peppery hops. There's a good deal of bitterness present in the aroma but not much real flavor. With a touch of alcohol and some heavy caramel malts in the back, this is firmly in the Dreadnaught school of DIPAs

T: Tons of bitterness up front with a lot of piney hops. There's a significant spicy slant to the hops as well with a lot of pepper making it's presence felt on my palate. The hops are more than balanced by a massive caramel sweetness with a bit of fruity sweetness with a plum-like character. On the finish, this beer leaves a bitter sweet character

M: Definitely bigger than most DIPAs (my main criticism for this beer), the sweetness does get in the way of the abrasive hop experience i crave. Carbonation is solid, and the finish ain't bad either

D: I'll probably be done after I drink this and it'll take me a while to finish it.

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Photo of EPseja
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Ego for picking this one up for me. Can't remember whether or not I paid you for this bottle... Oh well. I have some Three Floyds that we can share to even things out...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Hazy, burnished orange in color, with an inconsistently bubbled head that thickly rises to a full inch and hangs, setting up base for some sweet lacing. The last bit poured from the bottle dropped a tiny sediment bomb into the middle, which, when held up to a light, formed something that you might see from the Hubble telescope in some far off nebula. So cool.

S - Piny and candied fruity, with a touch of vanilla and perhaps maple syrup. Also a tiny note of alcohol, but not detrimental.

T - Starts off very mildly with toasted malts and honey sweetness. The middle shows the alcohol peeking through while the hops gather themselves together for a grand entrance... although the entrance isn't that grand. As a matter of fact, the hops are much less punchy than I would have expected from an ADIPA. The finish is bitter and hoppy, as to be expected. The aftertaste has a slight sesame seed taste. While this beer is certainly well rounded, it does lack any real memorable personality.

M - Very thick bodied. Nice tingle on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to become just a touch too filling. Swallow is good, but not as smooth as it could be.

D - Overall, this beer is good. Not excellent, but good -- especially considering many of the other beers in this category.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Monstrous 3.5 finger fluffy head off the pour. Red/rusty tinged amber, clear and just plain juicy-looking. Great.

Pine needles and overbearing caramel malt in the smell. Not much sharpness to it. Get the feeling this is going to be a bit cloying.

Citrus-pine-aspirin hops at first, all quickly overwhelmed by the massive malt backbone. Unreconstructedly sweet without the promised bitterness to balance it out. Super-flavourful but unbalanced. Bit of alcohol heat in the finish. Bit of soap/vegetable as it warms. Glorious creamy mouthfeel.

I could have maybe one more. Over-the-top, but not in the way I was expecing. I've had an older bottle of this and didn't review it on account of it's age, but my impressions with this one are similar. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Overrated.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a red/brown color with a one finger off-white head that settles to a film. As I drink it leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt and grassy and citrus hops. Taste starts with the malt, then I get some resin and floral hops. The sip concludes with more candi malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side, average carbonation. Definitely an east coast IPA.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mike! Can't believe I put this one off for so long. Pretty damn close to complete opacity here, copper and orange-ish glowing from the core outwards, topped off with a silky and foamy, dingy white head. The creme top lasts for quite a while and leaves some pretty impressive lace rings down the sides of the glass. Always nice to see for a Double IPA.

The aroma... Oh, man. I can already tell from the very first sniff that I'm not going to love this beer. Lots and lots of malt. Malty sweet. Caramel malts, a hint of toffee, and quite nutty. Not to be a complete downer, however, as hops are still present. This is a Double IPA, after all. Floral, faint citrus, and some bitter orange peel with a touch of ashy pepper. It's got an impressive hop bill possibly, but I can already sense the sweetness.

Sure enough, the first sip is loaded with sweet caramel malts, the stickiness being exacerbated by the thick and viscous body of the beer. Some green and leafy hop notes play around on the palate, and possibly a touch of bitter citrus peel, but really, the malts are completely dominant in this one. Sweet and sticky toffee and baked bread and caramel. And it's not like this beer is too far over the hill - only about three months out. I have a feeling this sucker is pretty sweet during week one.

I will say, in Hercules' defense, that this beer handles the sweetness a little better than others I've seen. Many "heavy" DIPAs (or "T"IPAs as some might say) seem to be "accidentally" malty. An amped up malt bill to "balance" the hops. But it really just ends up drowning them out completely, and you end up with a messy beer and an unplanned, sticky malt bill. Hercules realizes that it's a big, sweet DIPA, and the malt bill, though it's not what I'm looking for in a DIPA, is at least somewhat pleasant to my taste buds.

There's also a bit of a phenolic and peppery flavor that waxes as the beer gets warmer, so you might want to drink this one on the colder side. As I mentioned before, it's not awful. It's drinkable, to a certain degree. But overall, it's disappointing if you're expecting a Double IPA (which you should be, because that's how it's labeled). Too sweet and malty, this could pass for a hoppy American Barleywine (Bigfoot, anyone?) and it might received a bump in ratings.

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Photo of beerhan
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark orange with a white head that sticks around for the ride. Smells syrupy with hints of the fruit section of a grocery store. Lots of fruits coming together. Tastes rather creamy with hints of spices it seems. Strong after bite. A very sticky beer. Liquid fine sand paper. Just sticks to everything. Way too damn boozy for a dipa. My second attempt at this beer and it is alright. Nothing to write home about but very good for a year round that would probably be more likely for me to purchase if I could not find something better or it was not almost fifteen a four pack.

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Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber in color with outstanding head and lace. Even with a careful pour a bit of bottle sediment made its way into my glass, but not enough to take away from the great appearance of this brew.

Smell: The first whiff reveals big notes of grapefruit and rosemary. Malts do come out more as it warms, but they're more of a background character.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit again with floral and herbal undertones. Malt flavor is non-existent, serving as little more than a foundation, while intense bittering hops stick to the palate for what feels like forever. Alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, which detracts from both the flavor and mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: This is one seriously aggressive DIPA. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber dated dec. 2010.

nice slighty-cloudy amber color. aggressive pour yields a slightly disappointing initial head, receded to a thin film, some lacing.

smell is quite malty for a IIPA, carmelized sugars and breadiness. a bit of piney hops, but quite understated.

taste is a full-on malt bomb. good mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

not a bad beer, but there's better options out there. this strikes me as almost indistinguishable from an American Strong Ale. Lagunitas WTF is every bit the beer (or more) at half the price.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked as being bottled in April of 2007.

Pours a clear dark orange hued and semi viscous liquid. With a tight white frothy and bubbly head. The smell is very sweet, the hoppiness that comes out is some orange citrus and sweet flower. The taste packs a large up front and lingering bitterness. A quite resiny hoppiness is comes out during the sip while a bit of floral hops comes through in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel- Medium. Tastes pretty similar to a lot of other DIPA's that I can remember.... Ballast Point Dorado, Avery Maharaja (kind of), Alpine Exponential Hoppiness.... all these are syrupy sweet DIPA's but the Hercules packs a little more bitterness to it. Not my favorite type of DIPA. Based on style I cannot rate this too low. Based on what I prefer in a DIPA I have to grade it a little lower.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.