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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

3,273 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,273
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 165
Gots: 168 | 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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gusman61

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-24-2012 19:45:28 | More by gusman61
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RussBecker1


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice copper. Nice colored DIPA with a frothy finger of head that. Nice lacing after the fact.

S-Huge hop profile, with a good deal of pine and very small bits of citrus.

M-Crisp and pretty much ideal for a beer of such huge flavor.

T-Huge huge huge DIPA. The hops are fantastic and remarkably complex. The balance is beautiful on the palate as well, but it finishes very very clean which makes the entire bomber very drinkable.

O-One of my favorite examples of American DIPA

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 15:30:57 | More by RussBecker1
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

10-22-2012 01:09:52 | More by nosavingsaccount
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-21-2012 03:17:28 | More by hollywood_15063
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vcoggins

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-21-2012 01:22:18 | More by vcoggins
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dubmax

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-20-2012 21:22:41 | More by dubmax
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-18-2012 19:14:48 | More by Birdlegs
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper/amber with burnished copper leanings. Head is off-white, chunky, massive, and sticky as can be. Big clumps of chunky lacing stick to the glass. Deeper reds than expected, looks more in line with an imperial amber.

Smell: Huge biscuity sweet malts. Caramel malts. Caramel sweetness. Almost raw sugar sweetness before it warms. Big chewy malts push something close to molasses at times. Pine needles, grapefruit flesh, even some earthy/herbal leafy hop notes. Sweetness drops as the beer warms. Big malts and big hops in some weird overbalance.

Taste: Pithy, oily hops. Grapefruit rind and pine needles. Biscuity malty sweetness. Some nice caramel malts in the back. Mild nutty with a damp, herbal earthiness from the hops. Lots of big flavors. Lingering pithy bitterness. Leafy and vaguely grassy at times. Malts push ahead of the hops as the beer warms, keeping it sweet and oily in the long run.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium, but slick and smooth. Some lingering dryness. Lightly moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finishing more than a bottle of this was one of the 12 labors.

I like Great Divide on the whole. This ultimately loses out with it's weird attempt at balance. The malts just don't mesh with the huge hop presence and it drinks like 2 beers at the same time. A bit more depth and nuance, with a cleaner hop profile, would bump this in to I want to drink it again territory.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 18:15:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

10-17-2012 18:06:40 | More by Envelopes
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OMG

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-15-2012 20:10:13 | More by OMG
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EasyDub

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-15-2012 02:15:33 | More by EasyDub
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GringoKid

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-14-2012 13:52:20 | More by GringoKid
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KZE80

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-14-2012 02:09:45 | More by KZE80
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-14-2012 01:58:33 | More by Gerasimos
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-13-2012 23:44:37 | More by hilgart1
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-13-2012 16:52:38 | More by jpd7374
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-12-2012 23:49:57 | More by anewlanguage
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-12-2012 04:01:20 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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mjtiernan

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Bottled on July 10, 2012.

A: One-finger off white head sits on a thick looking hazy gold body. Lacing and alcohol legs are prominent.

S: Peppery grapefruit and some pine. Not a ton of malt aroma but there’s a light whiff of caramel. Smells like it will be spicy, dry and biting. We’ll see.

T: Interesting combination of hops. Unique and very aggressive flavor. Not a lot of info about what hops are used on Great Divide’s site, but it’s delicious. Surprised to find that I was accurate to say that it was spicy, dry and biting. There is plenty of malt to back it up too.

M: It’s not a beer to rush through. So much intense flavor, it’s best to chill with this a bit. Finish is drying and alcoholic. Pretty well carbed, body is medium-full, and texture is somewhere between oily and syrupy.

O: Hercules doesn’t mess around. It’s a big 10% beer with an aggressive stance. I think it works pretty well as long as you are fully prepared to assault the inside of your mouth with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:15:01 | More by mjtiernan
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Chiggins

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.8%

10-09-2012 01:13:39 | More by Chiggins
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A speckled amber copper colored body with a dollop of khaki head that recedes to a swirling vortex. 

S:  Toasted caramel malt base with loads of juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, melon, grapefruit, orange oil, alcohol soaked plums, sweet rotted wood, hints of pepper and cloves. 

T/M:  Sweet toasted toffee and caramel accompanied by the juicy tropical fruit in the nose. The malt is rather thick and the fruitiness comes out more as balancing bitterness than sweet. Grapefruit is the big player followed closely by pineapple and melon.  Mouthfeel is sticky and bold with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry with pine oil sneaking in at the end leaving a dry yet resiny feel.  Alcohol is apparent once warned and presents itself as grapefruit soaked in spiced rum.

O:  One of my favorite DIPA's. Tropical fruits, juicy and sticky toasted malt. A great balance if flavors. I did a three way blind tasting of this with two other fantastic DIPA's.  It wasn't the winner but it definitely held its own. 

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:40:21 | More by Hopswagger
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Cobrito

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can see why many like this beer--it's very flavorful and it wakes up your mouth, which seems to be a strength of Great Divide brews in general. But it is way too sweet for an IPA--or dipa in this case. It's like a saccharine, syrupy European fall-winter beer, with a touch of a hop bite. Bottle copy says Hercules "is not for the faint of heart...delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish." Um, no. It's sweet as candy and the supposed 85 IBUs are totally masked. Appearance also not good in my six-month-old bottle--many floaties.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:29:31 | More by Cobrito
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-08-2012 01:02:51 | More by dgeebs07
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

10-07-2012 23:25:38 | More by t0rin0
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GFish

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-06-2012 21:35:56 | More by GFish
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,273 ratings.