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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

3,280 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,280
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 166
Gots: 169 | 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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RickS95

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle comes an orangey copper pour. Not so much cloudy, but enough color that it's primarily opaque. The head is a slight off white color, though not as thick as I expected. It's lacks the meringue like peaks of other IPAs, as well as the retention. Still, the beer itself is a bit darker than others.

Not sure of the hop variety, but it's faint on citrus. Sure, it's there, but it's laid back. Pine is as well. The scents are nice, but you have to really get your nose in the snifter to get at them. For a DIPA, you get plenty of malt notes.

The ingredients are more aggressive on the taste buds than the olfactories. Very biscuity taste before the hops drop their pine notes. The bottles says it's got a peanuty taste, and it does as you approach the finish. Citric notes are there, but it's mostly the rind instead of the juice. A slightly different taste than other DIPAs.

Again, the feel is a bit different. It's got a savory buttery feel. Kind of oily from the hops, the buttery feel goes hand in hand with it. Unlike a PA or IPA which can scrape your palate clean, this kind of smothers it and doesn't let go. Full bodied. Very clean bitter finish. The strong alcohol finally makes a move in the swallow for lingering heat.

Pretty good double overall. I wish the nose was a bit stronger, but it made up for it with the taste. The alcohol is present, but never obliterates your palate or throat.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 02:25:35 | More by RickS95
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2014 20:15:38 | More by Hohnbaum
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2014 13:08:11 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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sohearn

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +15%

06-13-2014 03:12:06 | More by sohearn
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-12-2014 15:39:26 | More by ToadiesForCody
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Zuidman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-11-2014 14:16:08 | More by Zuidman
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-11-2014 00:24:56 | More by BeerBucks
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Andrewleithsmith

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2014 20:53:43 | More by Andrewleithsmith
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-09-2014 17:06:25 | More by jbdpsu82
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hwy395

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-09-2014 16:51:53 | More by hwy395
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Heady978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-09-2014 03:41:36 | More by Heady978
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-08-2014 23:20:33 | More by appetiteforparis
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Andyyyyyy

Texas

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

Great beer with great feel and awesome taste! The smell is mesmerizing. The hops jump out and tease your nose. Once it hits the palate, the hoppiness and bitterness pair perfectly together. Overall an awesome beer and definetly a go to for a starter beer. But not a finisher. It would be a waste to numb your taste buds before drinking this beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 22:22:24 | More by Andyyyyyy
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-07-2014 20:48:17 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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BlackNotesIII

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2014 15:54:45 | More by BlackNotesIII
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Kaizoku

Sweden

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2014 10:17:41 | More by Kaizoku
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BarretClaude

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-07-2014 01:16:10 | More by BarretClaude
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Joestradamus91

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2014 00:40:00 | More by Joestradamus91
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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
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.