Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,531 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,531
Hads: 3,867
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 242
Gots: 445 | 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 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)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle dated 11/11/13 into a new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours a deep hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan finger head. Head dissipates moderate with decent lacing.

S-Aroma of slight pine, strong citrus fruits scents melon and apricot, and caramel undertones.

T-Taste is not overly sweet, bitterness is a little more pronounced but fairly nicely balanced. Same as aroma.

M-Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel at the beginning and slight dry at the end, good carbonation.

O-Overall a strong IPA which hides the 10 ABV and very good brew have to get more only bought single. (594 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark orange gold with a thick and foamy light tan head

S-smells like a nice mix of fresh hop pellets. Smells like how it does when your adding hops while brewing. Smells real good. Medium strength. Some citrus to it as well.

T- comes in with a very bitter flavor of hops. Reminds me of chewing on fresh hop leaf. Only thing is that the flavors themselves aren't too strong. It's a good flavor with a small hint of grainy pumpernickel. The bitterness is lasting, the flavors aren't.

M-almost watery. Not much carbonation. Watery finish.

O-it's an easy drinking double IPA. They flavors are mild, but there's no off flavors which is a plus, and the bitterness is all that's expected from the style. I don't expect people to go crazy over this, but I recommend it to IPA fans who want something different. (808 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/25. Clear dark amber color, nice big fluffy head, great retention and lacing. Aroma was pretty sweet up front, with just a bit of citrus and pineapple in the nose. The flavor was pretty malty, with just a touch of pineapple and some light grapefruit flavors, a bit of a malt bomb, guess it didn't hold up too well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and creamy, nice. Overall, not a bad beer, but not great either. I've had some not-so-fresh Titan IPAs that seemed to hold up very well, perhaps this one wasn't store in ideal conditions. Still will be buying this in the future though. (594 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orange, slight haze, very nice finger of off white head. Little lacing left behind. Slight haze.

S - Pine resin, light biscuit.

T - Very hop forward, malt is in there somewhere because it cuts the hops, but not enough to really say what it is.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Nice coating of the palate.

O - Excellent DIPA. 10% ABV is well hidden. I would definitely recommend and seek out again. (405 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yowza! This one will jump up and smack you in yo damn face! Deep orange/amber pour into DFH IPA glass. Good one finger foamy head, dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lots of tiny bubbles and ample lacing all the way down. Cloudiness and floaties yield an unfiltered appearance. Smell is strong piney nose with hints or orange and grapefruit. On the palate, the hops dominate (85 IPUs, for crying out loud), but there is enough malt on the backside to provide some balance, which helps offset the heavy alcohol (10% ABV). Big chewy mouthfeel. Hard to imagine drinking more than 1-3 of these and living to tell about it, but maybe that is how it got its name. (659 characters)

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

I'm a wine guy, getting into beer thanks to two cool chicks. This is my first review, so I apologize. Bought this in Atlanta and impressed. Great orange/copper color and bubble bath head. Caramel nose is best part but one dimensional. A little flat in the mouth but tasty. Good balance of apricots caramel floral pine and nice hops. (332 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps unfair, I tried this after having Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail.  Unremarkable at the time, it seemed as though it wasn’t malty or hoppy enough to be a DIPA.  I judge all my DIPAs against Heady, and this seemed thin and lacking flavor.  I’ll have to revisit it on a fresh palate to give it another whirl and see if my initial impressions were correct, but for now, there are many other DIPAs I’ll reach for (hello Dirtwolf!) (442 characters)

Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Came back to re-rank this one higher. The more I try this one the better I like it.

If you're considering this one, just do it. Not one to pass up. (152 characters)

Photo of BrandonN24
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/13/13, Drink 12/18/13

The color is very good for a double IPA, a deep golden light haze as the beer settles in the glass.

The smell on the nose is sweet fruity hops at first. Their is some alcohol present at the back-end but is mostly covered up by the fruitiness of the hops, or maybe malts?

This double IPA is honestly mildly bitter in my opinion. From the first taste I get notes of fruits and then citrus. I do get the presence of alcohol but it is very very mild for a 10% abv beer. Their is some bitterness on the after taste but not a lot.

Overall this is a great double IPA, very drinkable and I definitely recommend this if you have not tried it. Watch out though this beer will sneak up on you. (779 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 10 2013 (just a bit old), poured into snifter.

A: Foggy copper-amber color; straightforward IIPA look.

S: Big tropical fruit hops, cracker malts, hint of alcohol that works pretty well adding spice to everything else.

T: There's a big variety of fruits showing up here. I get more apricot and some hints of dark fruits than anything else, maybe due to the bit of age this beer has on it. Still piny, still very tropical, with a little vanilla in there and a sweet finish that reflects the bready malts. Pretty complex.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and slightly sticky. Does good to leave flavor behind on the finish.

O: Solid offering from Great Divide; it's got a pretty unique flavor, the apricot and vanilla have left a pretty big impression on me. Looking forward to getting this a bit fresher to see how it changes. (835 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a rich, dense, cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, mint, pine, grapefruit, and earthy hops form the initial aroma. There's a slightly sweet, bready, toasted malt component underlying the hop notes.

Flavor is sweet and earthy initially, with citrus pith hitting mid palate, finishing earthy, resiny, and a touch bitter. Caramel malt forms the backbone.

Body is full, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

I expected more hop character. The sweetness of the malt is somewhat overwhelming. Bitter hops counter in the finish, but the middle ground is lacking a bit. This may have passed muster back in the day, but times...they are a changin'. (719 characters)

Photo of SKYY
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 750mL bottle.

A: Translucent bright amber/dark blonde. Clarified, not filtered, still bits of brewing components (shredded hops or sediment clumps) in the last portion of the bottle. That's always a good thing, in my book. I hate filtered beer. This is not filtered, but "clarified".

S: Slight maltiness, slight hoppiness. It's not as aromatic as some American IPAs, but what scents it does have are definitively identifying this as a strong pale ale or an IPA. It doesn't smell like a hop-bomb or an alcohol-bomb. In short, nothing to complain of here. The brewers did well.

T: Hops AA averages from the total hop additions must average around 6-10% per ounce, from what I can gather. That's just the average--there's probably some amount of high-AA hops in this beer's boil, but for the most part it seems to use just a lot of standard pale ale hops, albeit at a much higher amount than your standard American Pale Ale. I'm thinking they added a lot of hops during the boil, and maybe a few ounces in the vat at chill-time. There's very little evidence of dry-hopping. In regards to the malt profile, well, it tastes like a lot of crystal, maybe some light pilsen, and something astringently bitter that I really can't put my thumb on it right now. Cliff's Notes: It's got a lot going on, and that's a good thing! The aftertaste, after 20 seconds or so, still leaves you with an overwhelming flavor of alpha acids from the hops. Based on this, I surmise that the brewers relied heavily on using flavoring hops during the boil, instead of aroma hops at the end of/as dry hops. If they were to dry-hop this thing for a few weeks with some Willamette, just prior to bottling, well, they'd have an even bigger monster on their hands. It'd probably a blue-ribbon beer.

M: Carbonation is in balance with the flavor profile. There's some unfermented sugars left in this thing, along with a faint feel of starchiness that makes it's mouthfeel full and long-lived. Nothing to complain about, ever! Perhaps a bit of maltodextrin or some other starch additive...but there's really nothing to dog them on the mouthfeel. I wish every beer felt like this!

Overall, it's a great beer, one that I'll be going back to. Minus a few personal hop timing issues, there's nothing not to LOVE in this brew. The name "Hercules" implies strength, and it's one of the few "double" IPAs out there that actually perform to that claim. Thanks, brewers, for not completely filtering the hell out of this thing...beer is not meant to be clear! Simple translucency is key. (2,576 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this DIPA. Relatively fresh-9/10.

The beer poured 1/2F head with a golden-copper color in a Stone snifter.
The glass is new, and I am beginning to drink more beers in it. , including DIPAs.
It enhances the taste/ aroma slightly different than a tulip glass- not sure of the comparative details yet.

The aroma is heavy grapefruit, and slight vanilla.

Nice moderate mouth feel suits the beer by not overwhelming the taste.

The taste/finish: very hoppy, refreshing grapefruit, some vanilla. The taste stands out as having a distinct character and is different than the San Diego style DIPAs.

It was also impressive that the taste lingers- not always the case in this style.
I paired the beer with lamb and a vinagrette salad which deepens the taste.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Another impressive beer from Great Divide. (842 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated Jun 05 2013

hazy orange rusty color. frothy off-white head, good lacing and head retention. earthy and piney hop aroma. taste has some good caramel malt body to support the big hoppy flavors. mouthfeel is a bit slick on the tongue, medium carbonation. works well. couldn't tell this was 10% abv at all. dangerous, and tasty. (345 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome head retention! A very will-built brew. Solid orange/red color with fantastic clarity. Head is tan and densely foamy. Great lacing too.

Apricots, dark red apples, woody, pine, resinous.

Holy bitterness, yet well done. Smooth and delicious bitterness that well rounded and has great lasting flavor. Lots of depth and consistently changing and melding flavors. Very light and easy drinking for a thick hearty dense IPA. Lots of great pine flavors without being a hop bomb. If anything is bad about the flavor, it's that it's just a bit too sugary...but, not overly so.

Very well thought out and nicely executed DIPA. Highly recommended!!! A must try for sure. Great work GDBC, keep em' coming! (704 characters)

Photo of Mattyb79
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just recently started getting Great Divide here, so I was very excited to try this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of 9/13/13.

A: Relatively clear, orange/amber liquid with about 1 finger head. Not bad looking, but nothing special either.

S: This is where it started to fall apart for me. I spent maybe 5 minutes trying to get a good feel for the aroma of this brew because it just seemed so off from what I expected. I get a very faint whiff of citrusy fruity hops and...almost nothing else. The only other aroma I could get off of it reminded me of piss. I hate saying that, but it was the first thing that came to mind every time I tried.

T: There was no redeeming quality here unfortunately. Bitter, piney hop taste followed by a huge caramel malt flavor. The bad part came in the finish which tasted like soap...not a little either, more like the flavor you would get from accidentally getting dishwashing liquid in your mouth.

M: Not a bad mouthfeel, but with all the bad flavors going on, I just wanted to swallow it quickly without thinking too much about it.

O: I cant believe this beer was as bad as it was. If this is what it is supposed to taste like, I have no idea how the ratings are so high. I'm going to try to track down a fresh bottle and re evaluate this, because what I drank doesn't seem like what everyone else is drinking...at least I really hope not. (1,403 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/20.

A - Amber in color. Poured no head. Light carbonation. No lacing as liquid receded.

S - Moderately fragrant. Apricot and brown sugar.

T - Dominant malt backbone. Moderate sweetness composed of maple syrup, nutmeg, and hazelnut. Some tartness composed of orange and pineapple with a lemon rind finish. Key note is that mat backbone was dominant throughout. Some alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nothing remarkable.

O - A mess. Malt backbone over powering and inappropriate for an IPA or DIPA. Not recommended. (618 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Jan. 19, 2012! I really need to start looking at bottle dates before buying! Probably the oldest IPA I have ever had. Since IPAs have a reputation for not aging well due to the hops fading, I'm not expecting much despite Hercules being #99 on the BA Beers of Fame list until very recently.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Nearly clear amber with much carbonation and a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Strong pine hops forward. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Surprisingly powerful hop presence considering the age on this bottle. The very high ABV is not very evident until later, when the throat begins to burn a bit from it. Less than halfway through I can already feel it.

m: Medium, great body, a definite sipper, not one you'd likely choose for a quick summer refresher. But now it's Fall and sipping an intoxicating hop bomb like this is really pleasant.

o: Again, surprised that this has so much hop clout for its age. A DIPA worthy of being in the BA Beers of Fame top 100, although its days there have just recently ended. Still, this is one to beat. (1,190 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, a bit of haze as it pours into a large tulip glass. Forms a huge 2 and a half finger head despite a smooth pour. Retention is average for an IPA leaving some thin but intricate lacing on the glass.

Big, pungent and sweet dark bready malt. Hops blend in with the malt sweetness, pine in the forefront with floral peach and orange citrus.

Big malt, sweet bread, honey, toffee and nutty. Hops are leafy and piney with trace amounts of dried mangoes and citrus peel. Not very bitter, very dull pine resin mouthcoating and strong malt covering aftertaste.

Thick and almost viscous compared to most beers. Adequate carbonation, nearly creamy mouthfeel to accompany the thickness. Very balanced and alcohol is well managed.

Got this one a bit over the hill but I know that Great Divide went for balanced with the amount of malt packed into this beer. It's balanced with barleywine malt complexities and faded pine/floral hops. Hopefully I'll find myself back in Colorado to get this one fresh. (1,005 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep amber, cloudy, with one finger of short-lived creamy white head. The head remains around the rim and leaves lacing. A little visible carbonation.

S- a little staid. Mostly sweet/nutty malt.

T- whatever is missing in the aroma comes through in the taste. Big hops (tropical fruit, floral) dominates upfront and quickly slips into the strong malt backbone from the aroma.

M- a big bitter bite in the beginning and on the finish. Mid pallatte is a little smoother.

O- other than the oddly missing aroma complexities, a great well-balanced DIPA that has both big malt and big hops. (591 characters)

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