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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: 265
Gots: 502 | 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 Freshie
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden hue. Laces nicely

The smell is piney, with some citrus.

The tatse is hoppy, with a somewhat prominent honey sweey flavour, and hints of citrus fruit.

Very smooth, but not as clean and crisp as I like IPA' s. Still good though.


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Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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".

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a chilled 650 mL capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Appearance: The ale pours with a deep orange color. There is a slight hazy in the glass, but not enough to make me consider sediment or yeast. There is a minimal ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a strong aroma of citrusy NW US hops. The concentration smells fairly strong.

Taste: The ale has a hoppy bitterness that grabs you from the get-go. The hops do not scald the mouth, but they come pretty close. The alcohol in this beer is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The hops are a bit too strong and leave a bitter taste in the mouth that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer for a hophead, although I find the alcohol and hop characters both to be overwhelming.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a murky gold amber with a thick creamy off white head. The head lasts very well and produces excellent lacing. Has a decent hoppy aroma of pine with subtle touches of malt. Has a good carbination with a solid thin texture. Has a real good duration and an excellent finish. Very solid all the way through. This one may not have complex aromas but the flavors and taste are awesome. Very smooth. Hopheads should definately check this one out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured an hazy light amber color ale with a huge slight off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrusy and grapefruit hops. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with some nice touch of citrus and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt presence. A bit too overpowered on hops for my own personal liking but I still appreciated the craftsmanship.

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Photo of nephlim
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz bottle into a Duvel stemed glass.

Colour was darker than i expected. Deep rust-like tones, warm hues. Nice think 1/2 inch head of frothy goodness also noted

The smell is good. Hopps, some citrus notes present. A very clean smell.

When it comes to IPAs, i tend to judge things around stone's Ruination. I'd say this is in the same ball park. Lot's of hopps, some blueberrry, and a bit of spice to the finish. A real lip smacker.

I could probably drink about 2. I think anything more would be overkill.

Good beer. Try one.

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Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this is a deep cloudy amber with a head that wont quit. Its big and frothy and has been in my glass since it was at the top. (it is now the bottom)

S - Strong piney hops with a citrus zest kick up the nose hairs on this one. The background of alcohol is there but not overpowering. It is pleasant and smooth.

T - The dominate hops are being swirled around by some sweet caramely malts that make for one hell of a balance.

M - Thick and creamy. very viscous. The full body equally matches the flavor characters.

D - If it wasnt for the high ABV% on this it is one of the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good double IPA. basically just a better(and stronger) version of their titan ipa. pours a copper-gold color, minimal foaming, smell not quite as prominent as other strong ipa's, taste is good strong hoppy but good balance as well, good aftertaste no alcohol or penny-metallic taste, good drinkability but for the strength.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for hooking a brother up.

Appearance- A truly amazing burnished orange brew, cascading fervently towards the top of my glass with no signs of stopping. Yes, the paper towels were out in seconds, with a soggy coaster beneath. My glass is now sticky. Outstanding. Ridiculous lacing... it completely drapes the inside without letting up. Damn, hot damn.

Smell- So strong is the hop aroma, it almost offends. This walks away with the most belligerent hop award ever, beating DFH 90 hands down. I actually detect the strength here in the nose... it makes my stomach quiver with fear and delight.

Taste- A surprisingly bold malt presence briefly counters the hop assault, even lending a nutty character to the mix. Burps are random and uncontrollable now, as I find a silly grin on my face and my toes going numb. As the beer opens up more, the hops completely obliterate the tongue from front to back... hell, I thought Ruination would show me who's boss, right now I'm mopping floors at the welfare depot. This is painful, yet necessary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, viscous, and appropriately carbonated. So huge in the mouth and belly that a bomber should most definitely be split with a friend or maybe three. For maximum enjoyment, save a bottle for a hophead gathering where the love can be shared. Holy crap, this beer will destroy your weak ass.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured clear copper-orange with a persistent fluffy off white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. The citrus smell hits first, like red grapefruit, then some piney hops with a bit of malty sweetness to tame the hops. The taste is way better than the smell, right up there with Dreadnaught. Oily hops hit first, piney then citrus with a bready malt background and then a bitter aftertaste. Very slick, it just slides down my throat. The different tastes are all there and very distinct, there is no overwhelming taste, just great all around.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy hot crap, this is making me salivate

A - this great divide offering pours a darker tan with a thick tan head, and is very light on the carbonation

S - holy moley, this smells hop-a-riffic, so much hops it could clear congestion better than NyQuil. there are also hints of citrus tat i can faintly detect

T - damn, tastes even stronger than it smells, the hops dont explode they go supernova, and are accompanied by a slight citrus tinge and a hint of sweetness

M - very bitter, of course, but man does this go down easy, i want more, MUST GET MORE (robot voice)

D - high, if you like IPA's, otherwise buy something else

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy orange color with big offwhite foam.

smells like pungeant ripe grapefruit. subtle sweet malt, little pine, mainly citrus.

taste - strong and sweet up front with ripe grapefruit and powerful oily hops. delicious, and dangerously smooth for it's over 9% abv. it's great if you like a fruity/extremely hoppy type of IPA.

mouthfeel is pretty smooth. not as heavy as you'd expect for a 9%er. remarkably and dangerously drinkable. impressive brew. the great buzz is the only thing limiting its drinkability.

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Photo of bultrey
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Candied orange color, with relentless off-white head. Smells a little barleywine-esque, with fruity tropical notes, bubblegum, and pine. Very nice pine hop profile in the flavor, but not overpoweringly so, with strong malt presence. A little salty in the finish, probably from the copious amounts of malt in this puppy. Drinkability, as for most DIPAs, is just OK... very filling and boozy. As far as double IPAs go, though, this is a good one.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber, leaving a 2 inch head subsiding to an inch by halfway down and a 1/2 inch the rest of the way, leaving a thick lacing all the way. Color - this was a hazy orange -copper - the expected IPA color. Aroma - pine and citrus hops, smellable at arms length away, with a mildly sweet malt note at closer range. Taste - delivered exactly what the aroma promised -a delightfully bitter hop bite of pine and grapefruit with a caramelly malt backbone that was just right- not too sweet - perfectly complimenting the hops, and then finished wtih more pleasing pine and citrus bitterness. No alcohol taste at all to interfere with flavor- in spite of the high ABV - just flavor; amazing!
Smooth and full mouthfeel- excellent!! I found this to be entirely drinkable, in spite of high abv, just will have to be conscientious of it and practice restraint when enjoying what has become one of my favorites! Excellent brew !!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a white one finger head that dissipates, but not too quickly. Good retention once the head calms down. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of strong critus hops, especially grapefruit with a sweet smell that kicks in after the hoppyness. Some pine in there also.
T: Tastes of citrus on the palate with an explosion of pine hops that follows quite nicely. Slight bready malt taste close towards the backend but compliments the hoppyness. Final bitterness thats not too overpowering. Tastes blend well together as neither are too strong.
M & D: Both are very good. Excellent example of a dipa. Smooth as it goes down with good carbonation and well balanced. I would love to have this again as I haven't been dissapointed by a Great Divide offering yet. High abv goes undetected and is hidden beneath the wonderful blend of piney and citrus hops. Great brew.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very nice reddish golden color with a half finger white head.Lots of lacing on my glass.

S - A nice citrus hoppy smell with a lot of bitter hop smell plus some malt that smells like tea leaves.

T - A very bitter taste here but tastes good. Comes over a malty lead that has some sweetness to it.

M - Very smooth. Follows up the bitterness nicely by not being too csrbonated.

D - Makes you want more. A nice taste. Might be too hoppy for some non hopheads.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a deep amber wth a nice thick white head and sticky lacing.
The smell is a bit mineraly and hugely hopped. I cant detect an ounce of malt. It's almost a bit skunky in the smell, kind of like a wet dog.
The taste is ripped with hopps; just the way I like it. Slower malts only reflect in a subtly sweet taste that lingers slowly on the tongue.
Most definately a hop head's dream beer. I am a huge hop head, and except for the over ripe nose, this beer is damn good.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[$6.99 bomber from downtown wine & spirits]

Orange-gold with a perfect five head that is off-white with some yellow, creamy, and great R&L. Orange-nectarine aroma is resinous. A bit of Amarillo-aspirin seems to be present, but not so much as to ruin anything. Tastes big malty piney vanilla nougat with citrus fruits, sweet but balanced. Neat, though odd. Nicely melded, as I cannot tell what flavors come from what ingredient. Orange honey.

Great beer, especially as it approaches room temp. The flavor could be a little bit better, but that is about it. I still prefer the regular IPA, but this is still wonderful.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber caramel hued tone with a lofty off white head leaves even specks of lacing Aroma contains deep piney layers sweet malt and alcohol notes tree sap nice brew nice hop resin layer. Taste has deep alcohol piney and citrus hop layers very malty profile finishes with a yeasty bread finish. Mouthfeel has a medium to full body smooth carbonation resinous oils flow across the palate. Drinkability is very smooth but I prefer this beefy brew in 12oz offerings I will revisit when I find it in bottles.

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Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber in color with a foamy head that reduces to thick, meringue-like layer in my tulip glass.

It smells great: floral and citrus hop aromas mix with sweet malt notes.

The taste is also excellent. It's sweet with wonderful citrus flavors from the hops. The alcohol is well-hidden behind the bitterness, which is high. The aftertaste is similar to a barleywine's lingering bitterness. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. It glides over my tongue.

Another fantastic beer from Great Divide. They are batting 1.000 so far.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with nice head. Bubbles keep the head going for a while. Leaves nice lacing.
Woodsy smell. Piney hops with some grapefruit noticed in the background.
You actually taste some malts at the beginning giving way to the citrus from the hops. A balanced beer with a mild earthiness to it.
You will surely notice the prickly bite to it but doesn't burn from the bitterness as much as other DIPAs.
I enjoy this style so I find it to be pretty drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of skillerified
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous burnt orange in color. Hazy with slow moving carbonation bubbles just barely visible. Small, but determined head. Solidly sticky lacing. Truly a nice looking beer.

A very fruity nose with just a touch of spice. Smells very sweet, in a good way. Smells like a strawberry-banana-pineapple juice, but not quite as fragrant. Actually the scent, although very nice, seems a touch on the weak side to me.

A fairly strong hop wallop up front that balances nicely with a layer of malt flavor around mid-taste. A little spicy backbone carries you through the whole process. There's just a hint of that fruit from the bouqet at the very beginning of the taste. Seems good, but not great to me.

A rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good balance between bitter and sweet. Long finish. Not necessarily impressive though. It has a sort of slick bitter aftertaste that seems to grow as you drink it. I'm not generally a fan of that taste.

This is tasty, but at 9.1% ABV I can only have so much. Plus that slickness will wear on my tastebuds eventually.

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Photo of bkett01
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich amber color with a thick (1.5") frothy head peppered with good size foam bubbles. Foam died down slowly creating an interesting looking aerial view of amber canals through the bubbly white foam hills. The bitter pine/citrus smell didn't remind me as much of fresh hops as I have come to expect from west coast IPA's.

The taste hints at the immense amount of hops loaded into every sip. A sweet malt beginning is balanced out with a sour lime-like finish. Hops clearly overwhelm the flavor, and possibly it's the fact that a different variety are used, but this simply does not appeal to my taste as much as my favorite IPA's. Although it does mask the 9.1% ABV quite well, this is one of the more sour IPA's I've tried and I can't say that I'm a big fan.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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