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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

3,262 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,262
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 167 | FT: 5
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:
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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2014 21:16:44 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-06-2014 20:18:23 | More by Ralphs66
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KRG

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-06-2014 12:59:46 | More by KRG
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orangey copper color pour with about an inch white head and scant lacing.

Nose comprises mainly of sweetness in biscuit and caramel. Piney maybe some citrus cutting through but that's about all the "fruit" I can detect. Earthy hoppiness as well with alcohol creeping in the back.

Taste is sweet as well. Earthy hop through and through. Heavy doses of pine and caramel malt. Alcohol definitely evident but in this case I don't mind since it works so well with all of the noted above. For me not much in the way of any fruit. Apricot or maybe an overripe unsweetened mango?-is that possible? Either way the alcohol cuts it out anyway.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a lot of sugars, just about falls into the line of Barleywine territory. Coats the palate well and creamy with ample carbonation.

Sometimes a DIPA is what the doctor orders and this is sure some medication that can be prescribed. For me this could have really sparkled with more fruit presence but oh well. Love that it's hop driven, malty balanced and the alcohol is sure a pleasing comfort. An imperial to get to know and spend time with.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 02:39:33 | More by joeseppy
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tedgelee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-05-2014 20:18:39 | More by tedgelee
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casapy

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-02-2014 18:02:36 | More by casapy
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Walshwi

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-01-2014 19:49:56 | More by Walshwi
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Miles228

Ohio

5/5  rDev +21.1%

06-01-2014 13:58:45 | More by Miles228
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-31-2014 08:11:53 | More by zestar
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cd34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-31-2014 04:48:26 | More by cd34
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-31-2014 01:25:59 | More by Prospero
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jaxray8

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-30-2014 22:50:18 | More by jaxray8
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DeanWormer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The icon. The measuring stick. The ideal to which all DIPAs must be compared. Balance, balance, balance. Hoppy, malty, yeasty, an aroma to die for. I hate the funkiness of Simcoe hops - none apparent here. I don't care for the onion / garlic overtones of Summit hops - none apparent here. What's here is an intense hop profile with 10% ABV that's so earthy, so balanced, so nuanced, that you really have to exercise some restraint to not forget what a kick in he backside you're enjoying. I've never had Heady Topper or either of the Plinys - they're on my "Ice Bucket" List. I'll try them when I get the chance but I'll be shocked, really shocked, if they measure up to Hercules, according to my palate. This is as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 17:33:42 | More by DeanWormer
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kmanjohnson

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-29-2014 19:16:27 | More by kmanjohnson
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-29-2014 02:39:46 | More by Boone757
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mjc3151

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-28-2014 06:01:41 | More by mjc3151
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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-28-2014 02:22:50 | More by freshflesh
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Bill235

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-28-2014 00:41:01 | More by Bill235
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tmm313

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque dark amber. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing.

S- Man, there's a lot going on: Orange, floral, toffee, fresh hop, bubble gum, grapefruit, and pine. Very unique.

T- Sweet citrus/caramel/hops up front, morphing into a super bitter, piney, spicy hop bomb. My poor palate just can't identify all the subtleties. Hops of all levels.

M- Thick side of medium. Oily, drying, coating.

O- This was a dynamite DIPA. To me, it fit right in with all the other sought after west coast IPAs out there. The aromas were heavenly, and the flavors were huge.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 17:55:48 | More by tmm313
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greyghost86

Delaware

5/5  rDev +21.1%

05-27-2014 00:24:37 | More by greyghost86
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-26-2014 23:51:52 | More by spedprof
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle which was bottled on Feb 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

Orange-amber pour leading up to a lingering foamy off-white head. Constant carbonation.

The nose is more fruity than anything else with a nod to apples and pears. The malt character is farther behind but notable. Also a keen sweetness. Not super floral or piney.

Medium to full body and smooth in texture.

OK. the 10.0% ABV is more noticeable in the taste that in the aroma. I still get that fruity character but the pungent barley malts drive their way in with pizzazz and then there is this a modest boozy bitterness at the finish. Except for the hop bitterness you might believe you are drinking a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 19:39:36 | More by puboflyons
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themegamancave

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-26-2014 17:02:10 | More by themegamancave
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-26-2014 15:38:26 | More by mc4z
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BeerRunner

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-26-2014 03:14:16 | More by BeerRunner
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.