Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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92
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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 447 | FT: 7
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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 RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (346 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.14/5  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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of DeanWormer
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  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. (699 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a darker orange color, leaving little head that quickly turns into lacing.

Smells like piney hops.

Tastes like piney, citrusy and fruity hops balanced with some caramel malt and alcohol. Fairly bitter overall, but not too extreme. Very solid taste overall.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, but a little thicker than most IPAs still.

Solid brew overall. (405 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very solid offering from GD, not too sweet, not too bitter. as it warms it seems to pick up what seems like a hint of rye, which i like, ymmv. appearance is very faintly hazey amber, but still mostly clear. smell of smart hops, and at 85 ibus the hops are very much there, but not overpowering - a tad dry, though. mouth fell could use a tiny bit more resinous for my tastes, but still pretty good. it hides its abv rather well. (428 characters)

Photo of aaroblero
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, clear amber beer with a slightly off white head that bubbles down. Notes of cane sugar in the nose. Hard for me to get a scent off this thing. I do smell your usual citrus flavors in there as well but they're very faint. Wow! Sweet, candy like flavors. The citrus flavors are in the background (orange, maybe a burnt orange). Maybe some date flavor, and I want to say even coffee flavor. This is interesting. Really awesome! Slightly syrupy, sticky in the mouth. What I would expect a IPA to be. Unlike the last few beers I've reviewed (save for the one disaster) this is NOT a beer I would drink to quench my thirst. This is a beer drinker's beer. This is an event. Very nicely done. (695 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-17-2014
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Clear, copper-colored beer with a big 3+ fingers of cream-colored head. Very good retention and excellent lace

S: Aromas are of floral and citrus hops, plus bready and caramel malt smells

T: The taste is pretty bitter up front, to the point of being somewhat astringent. Flavors include tropical fruits, brown bread and then woody/earthy hop notes. Some alcohol warmth

M: High in carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is fairly aggressive on bitterness with some more of the astringency peeking through. Aftertastes are of caramel malts and bitter hops

O: Overall a pretty good DIPA but marred by the astringency. I liked it, but not enough to want another bottle (849 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled 3/25/13, so a bit over 13 months old. Let's see whether this has turned into a tasty Barleywine.

A: Hazy, deep orange-amber body under two fingers of dense, creamy off-white head. Terrific retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Yup, smells like a classic American Barleywine: caramel malt is up front, with faded but still strong fruity hops right alongside. Candied grapefruit and cannabis. Great.

T: Sweet at first, with caramelized malts leading in to fruity hoppiness midway through. Toffee, earthiness, bitterness, and mild booziness on the finish. Long, fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Really nice - still impressively bitter.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Pleasant.

O: I've had this fresh on tap, and enjoyed it, but I actually think it might have improved with a year of age. The hops have held on nicely, but the malt backbone has really come into its own. The finish is a little overly bitter, but otherwise it's quite reminiscent of year-old Bigfoot. If you forget about this one in the cellar, fear not!

Cheers! (1,048 characters)

Photo of mediumtommy
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a little darker than an IPA would typically. The smell was also a little more malty than I would have imagined. The first sip was a little strong, but immediately after it mellowed out. The second sip to the end were very smooth and not strong at all. It ended up being a great tasting beer. When it was poured it didn't have a lot of head, but I don't think that is totally a bad thing. Definitely a beer to look for if you are in the mood for a Double IPA (473 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave nice rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is relatively light for a big robust 10 % abv. IPA, consisting mostly entirely of a resinous smell. Pine hops are the biggest, but are accompanied by other hop aromas of an earthy and grassy aroma as well. Rounding out these smells are some lighter smells of a caramel and bready nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge amount of maltiness which only seems to intensity as the taste moves on. The malty flavors are a mix of a bready and doughy taste with some rather sweet tastes of a toffee and caramel nature present right from the start as well. With these initial tastes there is also some fruity flavors and a moderate amount of a grapefruit hop flavor. The fruit and grapefruit remain rather light throughout the taste, adding just a backdrop flavor. While the grapefruit hop remains light, the overall hoppiness does not, with more hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature coming to the tongue. Both really intensify as the favor profile advances forward, with the pine really taking the lead. Some of the sweetness actually increases more toward the end with the toffee becoming more pronounced as well, nicely balancing the resinous and dank hop tastes as they grow in strength. In the end, with a tiny bit of a boozy hit and with all the changes that occur throughout the taste, one if left with a very malty and dankly and resinously hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thick and chewy body are perfect for all the malty and hoppy flavors of the brew really accentuating them and making for a very slow drinker indeed.

Overall – Big and robust in the malt department with lots of dank and resinous hop. A very nice but slow sipping imperial IPA. Very tasty. (2,079 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hercules is an american institution, a flagship big ipa thats been on the scene awhile. i can believe its taken me this long to write one up. on tap at the brewery, no better place to have it. clean copper color to this, and just a short white head. a more hefty grain bill is evident from the get go, but the nose reveals a dense woody hop profile, there has to be some columbus hops in this, or something else equally woody. the flavor has some coppery grain balance on the front end, no sweetness at all, and plenty of bite to it as the hops kick in. there is some pine, but i get that fresh milled wood profile first. its quite sturdy and intense on the hop front, powerful bitterness, and filling with all the grain weight as well. i like how big it is, how timeless this is, how often imitated. its a beer i can really only have one of, because its less carbonated like an english ipa, and is so strong that i get both full and drunk with small doses. love this beer though, famous for a reason. (1,001 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very memorable DIPA, pours a caramel amber thick, with light lacing and microbubbles. The smell of citrus, with earthy hops, and fresh malty hint, very organic in is olfactory sensation. The taste has a sweetness and depth to it with heavy hops and only a slighly odd after taste. Thick viscosity which love in a DIPA and even balanced carbonation. Upper echelon DIPA. (368 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a bright amber with a fingers worth of white head that slowly disappears to leave a thin layer of lace

S-caramel malt and citrus. Smell starts out a bit muted but then grows as the beer warms

T-caramel malt backbone with a very large amount of hops, I am getting lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very enjoyable beer, big bitterness might make it difficulty to have a second, but if you like things bitter, you will like this (491 characters)

Photo of jdhops
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 2/7/14.

A: Pours a deep clear reddish brown, darker than expected. Off-white thin head, but pretty lacing. An aggressive pour on the second bomber yielded a thick two fingered head that thinned slowly.

S: A little piney and earthy. Not strong at all.

T: Smooth pineyness up front, some grapefruit at the end. Very nice drying bitterness late. More piney/earthy than citrusy. ABV 10% really well hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: One of the best Colorado DIPAs. Smooth early, bitter late. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content. Not as complex as some of the best west coast and Vermont DIPAs, but very solid. (669 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

RICH. Despite Double IPA being plastered on the bottle, I was not expecting the rich, hoppy, potentially 90 IBU flavor. Healthy head that dissipates quickly. Floral, citrus aroma that is deceivingly smooth. Taste is immediately rich and hoppy in nature. If hearty IPA is your taste, this should be on your list. (311 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amazingly found in the bargain bin of a local liquor store for $1.

Clear amber liquid with a substantial off-white head.

Bracing, hop-laden aroma.

The flavor is more subdued than I expected from a DIPA. The hops definitely dominate but there is backbone of malt here that gives it enough sweetness to not be completely insanely bitter. Lingering hop oilyness on the palate. A little bit of copper. A little bit of wheat bread. Mostly piney hops, especially on the finish.

The bottle says it is 10% ABV but I can't tell it.

Very nice full mouthfeel that sticks around.

I would recommend this for any hop-heads. It might make a good counterpoint to serve with a sweet fruit pie. (730 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Good deal of earthy hops, grass, pine and dirt with slight citrus.

T-Starts with some malt then a good deal of hops but not waves of it. Earthy notes with some bitterness.

M-Medium to lighter, not much carbonation and slightly water.

O-A decent DIPA, but in a market so saturated it doesn't stand out. But the price is a huge plus. (400 characters)

Photo of Richelwyn
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Tastes like a bourbon barrel aged beer. I love double IPA's and this one is excellent. I've been drinking a lot of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA recently, which is an excellent beer, but Hercules blows it away. Good balance of bitterness and some malt. (260 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazyish orange with a white ring of head.

S: Orange, citrus peel, mango, tangerine and a hint of grass and pine in the nose.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, pine, and a touch of grass.

M: Full bodied and smooth for an IPA which is nice.

O: A great DIPA, flavors were off a bit (they didn't taste extremely fresh or authentic, though they were still pretty good), otherwise I'd have given it higher ratings. (407 characters)

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first double IPA and it did not disappoint at all. Sitting at a hefty 10% ABV it didn't feel like it. It went smooth,while still retaining the hoppy characteristics of an IPA. The balance of this brew is not to be underestimated, you may see the 10% and think it to be strong/overpowering but it is not. It's a very evenly balanced beer that can be enjoyed by anyone from seasoned IPA drinkers to those venturing out of their comfort zone unto IPA territory.

If you see this on-tap, do not hesitate to try this brew, you will not regret it. (544 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. BAM! This is an double-barreled shotgun of an IPA. Nice and strong but balanced enough to want more than one. My first "double-IPA" but I like the big, bold character of this brew. Yet another powerhouse from Great Divide. Cheers! (253 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on December 13, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A earthy, floral, and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of grass, pine, and citrus. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops. Dank hints of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready scent of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good earthy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very earthy and piney hop forward taste with big notes of grass and citrus. Big mix of earthy, herbal, and floral hops upfront. Wet taste of grass. Big presence of dank pine resin. Citrus hop taste with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. Sweet and bready malt background with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, yeast, and cracker. Very hop forward as expected. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and chewy. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Its more earthy hop driven than the more citrus driven West Coast style. Very good piney notes. (1,420 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.