1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,597 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 264 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hercules Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,597 | Reviews: 1,501 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jtw5877
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fine example of a style of beer that I absolutely love. This Hop juice filled concoction was a great treat for me this summer. Pours an orangish copper hue with resinous piney araoma taste and pinecone pineapple burps. I love this stuff, not overly alcoholic not one dimensional. One heck of a solid beer that i am sure to revisit on a regular basis.

jtw5877, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a clody, copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, hops and more hops.

T - An amazing blend of hops, bitterness, malt and grassy flavors. The alcohol was also very present.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an amazing beer. I must get more. It is powerful and a great drink.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a mild white head that laces nicely.

S- Tons of hops, citrus, pine, and slight floral. Slight malt sweetness but way overpowered by the hops.

T- Smooth bitter hops, piney and sticky. Long aftertaste of bitter hops yet very creamy and smooth. I've sat well over 3 minutes and still can taste the hops.

M- Nicely carbonated, very mild bubbles. Bready in the mouth and very creamy.

D- Very nice on a hot summer day. And kinda nice on a cool summer night too. This is over the top hops and very well done too.

kirok1999, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber, almost glowing, color. Good one finger head that exuded hops aroma. Yes, hops, they're all over the place. Flowery and citrus hit the nose hard and dominate the palate. There are enough malts to bring the hops down to a good level of balance, but this is definitely a DIPA. A good bite that comes, goes, and then comes back in the finish. Served very cold at Falling Rocks (denver); perhaps better feel if warmer?
Could have drank plenty of these if not for the $$$.

Mebuzzard, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Stubbie in Gainesville.

Typical color for a DIPA, kind of a dark orange. Decent head, with good retention. Smell is massive hops, with a sweet malt base. Taste is juicy hops, straight up. Malt is present, but in the background. For a double IPA, I found this one to strike the right balance. A better balanced brew than DFH 90 min, I think. Mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than some DIPA's, but still medium bodied. Good carbonation. As far as drinkability, I drank it somewhat slow, but because I wanted to savor it and I was paying for it, not because it wasn't highly drinkable.

hunteraw, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange/amber color with tints of orange/tan in a thick, head. Beautiful sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Impressive malt presence. Impressive in that it actually dominates a strong citrus/piney hop nose. Biscuit/caramel tones highlight the maltiness.

Taste: Sweet malt hits first, caramel/pear/biscuit flavors. The malt fades to a nice citrus hop flavor, and some other fruity esters come through, pear is prominent throughout. Alcohol is surprisingly absent in the flavor profile, which says a lot for a brew of over 9%

Mouthfeel: Malt does dominate the flavor profile, but there is a lot of bitterness to balance it out. Body is a bit on the heavy side for a DIPA (almost barleywine level).

Drinkability: Alcohol not in the taste, but you can feel it after a brew. Body tends to hurt drinkability as well

PartyHatjo, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication/vintage info. Allowed to warm quite a bit. Glowing auburn amber, with a creamy tan head, leaving lots of fine and whispy lacing. Nose is full of grapefruit rinds with malty undertones. This is an incredibly smooth DIPA, oozes hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pine, also smooth honey and layers of malt add to this one's luster. Goes down/finishes with a tiny hint of gin and warming alcohol. Great beer, Hop lovers and DIPA lovers will love this one.

Billolick, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of aaronh
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body topped by a thick, long-lasting cream head that hangs around for the duration. Thick lacing coats the glass. Aroma of malt, pine, and tangerines with a hint of grapefruit rind and mango. The flavor - WOW! - what flavor! Assertive bitterness, yet still very smooth. Deep resinous pine complemented by caramel, toffee and biscuit flavors. A lingering note of orange rind stays on the palate. Alcohol sweetness is also present and then you feel the warmth travel down the throat. The mouthfeel is thick and rich yet carbonated by enough fine bubbles to not get cloying. Assertive bitterness keeps this from being imminently drinkable, but I do want to make my own version. It’s that good. The "hype" is well deserved on this one. Definitely one strong, powerful, and impressive beer. Will make me look for more Great divide brews, for sure.

aaronh, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was surpised that this was served in full 16 oz. servings, due to alchohol. Either way, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Appearance was a deep clear amber with loads of bubbles floating to a white chunky head. Smell was slightly malt and very very grapefruit due to I suspect a whole lot of dry hopped cascade hops. Taste matched smell quite well. Loads of bitterness, but kept from being insane by malt that just did the job, but surely did not come close to balance the hop bitterness, taste, and smell. Mouthfeel was smooth decently carbonated. Drinkability was good as you can get for a beer that's around 9%. I will surely want this one again.

rtratzlaff, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a deep coppery amber, with big ol' whitish head and good stringy lacing. Massive pine, pungent, floral boquet of hop oils, a yeasty bunch of goodness in the aroma here. Tasty too, sweet but bitter, a whole ton of piney goodness, a dry finish, and very unshy alcohol content make this a wicked DIPA, and though not the most wicket, bastardly beer ever, its awefully good. WOO!

objectivemonkey, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, indicates it was bottled during the 4th week of May, poured into a pint glass

A—slightly hazy deep amber with a 1 inch pillow like foamy tan head, lasts for about 10 minutes and thick layers of lace are produced as I drink

S—strong citrus and pine, mild floral notes, very fragrant and inviting

T—whoa! Sharp, bitter, floral and citrus hit you right away and stay until the dry finish. I can really taste anything else…

M—sharp, a bit chalky and dry, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—this one make you pucker for sure. As a hop head, I would have this again and again, but watch out for the 9% ABV...it's hidden very well.

hanco005, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden, almost reddish body with a chunky off-white head that settles down in rather short oreder but never completely disappears. Sticks to the sides, too.
Smell is what you’d expect from a big IPA, or APA. Where are we on that differentiation, anyway? Loads of piney, resinous hops with a sweet, malty background. I can’t really pick out any alcohol smell from this big hopmonster.
Upon tasting, the first thing you notice is all the sticky hoppyness that coats your tongue. Again, loads of piney hop bitterness, but after the swallow, the sweet malt balances things out and resets your tastebuds. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Thicker mouthfeel than what you might expect. Pretty mellow carbonation and drinkability is quite good for the potency and extremity of the brew.

DaveFL1976, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a fantastic IPA.

Poured from a bomber at perfect temperature into a pint glass from a local brewery (I forget which one). A clear amber gold, with slight reddish notes, and a beautiful foamy head with lots of lacing.

Aroma, prevalent right out of the bottle, is clear and refreshing hops with a big malt backbone. Prominent alcohol. Dry citrus and light bread.

Taste is hugely bitter and dry. Piney and woody hops, with slight grapefruit notes (although citrus elements are muted in general). Some definite oaky flavours in there. As it warms further toward room temperature, some lemon rind and nutty flavours appear. Alcohol level is just barely noticeable in the flavour, but warms the ears. Aftertaste is earthy or planty, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

A great beer, as everything I've had from Great Divide has been. More!

crwills, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. Poured a deep amber in color, primarily clear but a slight haze, with a light tan, medium sized head. The aroma, to me, was pretty simple, honey and pine resin. Taste was well balanced for a DIPA, lots of hops (mainly pine with some citrus), and a strong malt presence coming through to balance it. I was a little surprised that it was not more aggressive in the hop department, but I did not see this as a flaw. The brew was medium in body, and seemed low to medium in carbonation. An excellent experience, and one I will drink more of.

, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for this brew.

Appearance
Deep coppery amber beer, with an attractive finger-thick creamy off white head. Was impressed with the moderate lacings. Finely carbonated.

Aroma
Sweet, decadent ripe fruity esters, caramel covered nuts, citrus, and alcohol made its presence known as the beer warmed.

Taste
A rich and creamy nuttiness and caramel was followed by citrusy notes, orange, grapefruit, and pine. The alcohol became more evident in the taste as well as this ale warmed.

Mouthfeel
The big, bitter, and resinous hops are very nicely offset by the sweet, creamy, caramelly nuttiness of the malts. This beer has alot of substance and mouth presence. Its thick and almost cloying, but this is also balanced by the hop bitterness, the alcohol warmth, and the fine carbonation.

Drinkability
This is a big and substantial beer. Its rich and decadent nature of course makes it a poor choice for a session beer, but in my opinion thats not the purpose of a DIPA so i wont hold it against this treat. This beer is also big and hoppy enough that its definately not something to serve as a crossover beer. But this is a wonderful treat for any hophead. Ill be enjoying this one again.

demcorhip, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty stoked to find this in a smaller, 12oz bottle. Now I can actually drink one without getting bombed.
Hazed golden amber, topped with a creamy white froth. The haze is probably from the incredible amount of hop in this bad-boy. I don't mind it, I actually prefer hazy IPAs. Sheeting lace coats the inside of the glass. Smells of grapefruit rind and piney hops dripping with greasy oils. Slight pale malt, but otherwise it's completely a one stop, over the top hop shop. Drink 'til you plop. The flavor explodes with hops right from the get-go. An incredible bitterness in the finish. This stuff is declaring war on my tastebuds, without the UN's approval. Wimpy pale malt sweetness, a bit grainy and walnutty in that distinct, Great Divide way, with a bit of aleish fruit and noticable booze in the finish. Very slick and oily feeling. Just punishing. Big, big body, almost syrupy. I think i need a knife and fork.
This one's a champ. One of my favorite imperial IPAs. Oh, to be back in Denver. I wish I had some of Wahoo's fish tacos to eat with this. Buy a pack now.

UnionMade, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - burnt orange/copper color, slightly hazy, half-inch white head with decent retention, good lacing

s - smells if of citrusy hops, grapefruit evident, very sweet and hoppy, alcohol present as well

t - sweetness and bitterness hits straight off, not much nuttyness or maltiness present as the label suggests, bitterness lingers for a long time, finish is of bitterness and citrus fruitiness, while alcohol is present in the nose, not very detectible in the taste

m - ample carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, definite warming effect

d - abv is a little too high to be very drinkable, but the taste is interesting and makes me want to keep on drinking

Great beer all around. I'm a huge fan of DIPAs, and this is a great example of the style. Not on the level of the almightly Dreadnaught, but solid in its own respect. Would have liked to see a little more balance in the taste.

WeisGuy, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Double IPA's and this one is a really good one. Nice dark gold color, lots of American hop character. My only major complaint is that the beer isn't really balanced. It is definently skewed towards the hop side. Would benefit by having more malt character. Still, a very good drinkable Double IPA.

bigbelcher, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, with millions of particles floating around and a nice head on top.

Smell: Initially smelled like a barleywine, kind of carmel and fruit but moved towards citrus after a while.

Taste: This is dominated by the hops. Piney and very bitter. Not a lot of sweetness behind the hops.

Mouthfeel: Lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: It's pretty strong but definitely hard to put down.

Finally saw the 12oz bottles for this so I picked up a few. It's a little different from most of the IPAs and DIPAs in that I tasted very little grapefruit from the hops. It's still hoppy and quite bitter and a very good beer.

Mdog, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a golden orange with some suspended particles. Off-white head lingers through entire glass, and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is very much hops and grapefruit citrus, and flavor is much the same. At mid-glass, as beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes much more noticeable, and it overall leads to a very long, smooth and warming finish. This is a really good beer.

kimcgolf, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review, decided to go with the massive Hercules.

A - Deep orange with brown and golden hues. Poured a nice head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Candied malt with a surge of citrusy hops.

T - This beer had a suprisingly bigger malt backbone than I had expected. Full to mid bodied. Upfront has a nice quick malty rush, which doesn't stay around for long. Halfway through a huge hop rush breaks through, piney and juicy. The hops meet the palate, and linger for quite a while. Bitterness is perfect and lasts and lasts and lasts. I would also like to point out, that the first glass I poured out of the 22oz bomber had no sediment. Where as the 2nd glass was full of sediment making it far more bitter than the first glass. Mouthfeel was oily. Drinkability is excellent for such a big beer. Not incredibly complex, but still a damn good IPA. Honored that I could try this for my 100th review.

Cheers!

HoustonTX, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a small head.
Big fruity and floral hop aromas dominate the nose. Big sweet pineapple, orange peel, and piney characteristics throughout. Sweet maltiness is perceivable in the nose as well with a very faint hint of alcohol.
Sweet sturdy malt backbone followed by a big presence of fresh pungent hops. Slight citrus quality with some hop spice that lingers with a warm finish.
Nice big and smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.
This is a very drinkable double IPA, it smells so damn good and goes down so easy that you find yourself putting another one away.

Matthew, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber in color. A small but lasting head. Some lace.

I like the floral bouquet of hops that blends well with the dry malt. I can detect a strong presence of alcohol.

The flavor starts with a crystal malt which quickly dissipates to a strong hop bitterness. Full body and slightly oily. Good carbonation to balance. Noticably high in alcohol.

A great entry into the world of Double IPA's. Too much of a good thing?

smcolw, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hercules IPA
22oz bottle
3 month recent bottling of review date 07/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass

Poured copper with a thick fluffy, slightly gunky, yellowish long-lasting head

Smelt of floral and citrus, a hint of pine and alcohol

Taste was a deceptively fast accent to hops with a lingering hoppy finish. A subtle sweet maltiness in the background, but the hops soon take over, until the floweriness shows through, then the bitterness meekly strikes back again in a lingering tango with its short-lived initial maltiness. Mouthfeel was coating and alcoholic, making it fairly thick and agressive to drink.


This is a fresh bottling. Hopefully, cellaring will improve, flattening the hopiness and alcohol, and conjoinging nicely with the maltiness.

Overall, very satisfied with this beer as it delivers on all aspects, and shows promise for a year's hold.

xav33, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of xtacyturbo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful orange/deep amber color with an off-white head that just lasts and lasts. Clingy lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

Smells of citrus and hops, bready, with a hint of oily pine. Enticing.

A bold flavor of hops firmly hits the palate at first, not overwhelmingly bitter, yet strong. The beer retains a hint of its citrus flavor throughout, though hops dominate. Citrus flavor is strongest at the tip of the tongue. This beer's flavor is rather complex and difficult to put into words- but very tasty!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Very very smooth, with a slight dry finish.

A very drinkable beer, this one's strength is deceptive. It's a sipping beer for sure, but it's smooth, balanced flavor makes one want to drink more.

xtacyturbo, Jul 26, 2006
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.