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Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,535 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,535
Hads: 3,900
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 252
Gots: 470 | 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 Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (12/08/09) into a goblet at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice golden brown capped off with an off-white head measuring 1 finger.

S: A powerful bouquet of piney hops melted with a pungent layer of a sweet caramel malt. This beer's nose will certainly not be confused with any of its west coast brethren, but do enjoy a good malty backbone in my DIPA much of the time.

T: This certainly has to be a very fresh keg as the hops are as strong as I can remember, and I have had this beer countless times over the years. The hops are quite piney leaving nice bitterness and a hint of citrus. Traces of sap are also apparent as is a flowery characteristic. From here a layer of a sweet caramel malt intertwines with bitterness and rounds out the beer with impeccable balance. There is a faint hint of alcohol in the finish which provides a nice sense of warming.

M: Full-bodied and oily with a syrupy but slick mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation and pleasing amount of bitterness.

D: The 9.1% abv is quite restrained and provides for excellent drinkability as long as one is in the mood for a malty, full-bodied DIPA.

Overall I find this to beer to be an excellent departure from its west coast counterparts and a great DIPA in its own right. Better fresh, as most DIPAs are, but nice even aged. Highly Recommended. (1,381 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big Great Divide bottle into a pint glass. Awesome appearance: Clear orange color with a thick and sticky cloud on top. The smell was deep hops, and the flavor was hops with a malt backbone. Nice combination of flavors, and the oily mouthfeel keeps the flavor coated on the tongue. This is a very good beer and I'll buy it again. (343 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious reddish amber / burnt orange color, with a frothy khaki head. The head dissipates, but never vanishes altogether. Rings of very sticky lacing are left behind. Pungent hops dominate the nose. Clean citrous with lots of grapefruit melds with sappy pine scents. Some zesty spice is present, along with sweet caramel. Notes of alcohol in the aroma as well. This is damn near a 5 on smell. Violent hops mob the palate like terrace hooligans rooting for a losing team. The flavor of the hops are spicier than I would have expected, bordering on salty. Some sharp piney and very bitter orange peel and grapefuit get through as well. Not to be outdone, the malts lay down a fat backbone like John Paul Jones on bass. Some sweet caramel and a very subtle breadiness lets you know the malts are still alive and kicking. The bitter citrous hops dry out the finish, but some sweetness lingers. The spicy flavor mingles with warming alcohol, leaving you with a zesty aftertaste. Hell yeah, I'm really glad I picked this bomber up. I think my overall score would be 4.75 straight down the list, but its not quite 5s. Pick it up if you see it! (1,145 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous DIPA from Great Divide, Hercules is a kinder, gentler, hopped-up behemoth. Unlike the mythical figure, this hercules doesn't lose its strength as it recedes, but instead gains in strength of reputation. Two fingers of dense, off-white froth cap an amber body, with ample lacing as it finishes--very impressive. The smell is a nose and a half full of hops with mild citrus emerging as it warms. The taste follows suit, with lemon and some orange enticing the palate with the hop assault. Bitter and full-bodied, the mouthfeel of Hercules is excellent.

This is perfectly drinkable--very delicious, bitter and smooth, chock full of hops, subtly complex and masking the high ABV (9.1%). This requires some caution because having two or more of these would be a piece of hopped-up cake. Then again, on a snowy night with nowhere to go, a few of these would be manna. One of the best DIPAs I've had, hands down. (918 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pellucid, resplendent, polished, hearty orangish copper. The tangerine-tinted ecru cap is large and creamythick with a bubblicious, magma-like surface. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down and display the same honeycomb-like pattern as the upper surface of the head. I like my IPAs/DIPAs to look dirty (that is, unfiltered), but crystal clear isn't so bad when it's topped by a world class crown like this one is.

There's a left jab-right cross combination of hoppiness in the nose that stops just short of a knockout blow. Classic DIPA aroma: melted caramel-toffee candy mixed with a huge citrus zestiness. If you want subtle, you've come to the wrong place. I'd love to sit and smell for a spell, but I'm too eager to take a drink.

Hercules is a gentle giant. It's hard to fathom how a beer packed with this much malt, this many hops and a 9.1% ABV can be so smooth and so easy to drink. The malt backbone is massive and tastes like sticky toffee pudding to which candied pine needles and sugar syrup soaked grapefruit, kumquat and lemon chunks have been added. It's a little too balanced (I like hops to outdistance malt by a wide margin), but it's oh so delicious.

The hops are asserting themselves more and more with warming, so hopheads will be rewarded for their patience (or for starting the bottle out at closer to 60 degrees than 50). The bitterness is likely to kill the uninitiated, but I can't contain my glee as my tongue begins its death throes. As long as the beer continues to send those flavor signals to my brain, all will be well.

The finish is incredibly long, increasingly bitter and increasingly piney. I love the mouthfeel. It's unapologetically full, slick and heavily silky. An appropriately low amount of carbonation only contributes to the frightening ease of consumability. The considerable amount of alcohol, while not completely masked, isn't even close to bothersome.

Hercules Double IPA is another great beer from Great Divide (who have a habit of brewing great beer). It's the quintessential balanced DIPA in that it respects its malt side as much as its hop side. Even though my preference runs to the insanely hop-dominant, this one is a keeper and is a beer that I'll buy in quantity whenever the opportunity presents itself. Thanks to prAna for the bombers. (2,334 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful. Huge, foamy head. Some sediment. Sweet, fruity, peppery smells. Sweet, full, alcohol, pine, and pepper taste. Really big. Delicious. I would love to have this again. (176 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This brew pours a copper color with a frothy white head, some of which lasts until the end; thick lacing.

The smell is citrus, orange, melon and pine with a few roasted malts in the background; the hops dominate as they should in this style.

The taste follows the nose with orange, mint, lemon pine and a little bit of tobacco with a substantial roasted malt background. There is some alcohol leaking through but that does not detract from this brew or this style.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very good Double IPA. A good representative of the style and another winner from "Great Divide" (667 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, bright amber color, full, fresh head of froth, creamy as all-get-out, utterly delightful.
Aroma, smoooth, I meant to say, smooo-oo–ooth, and luscious, with touches of pine, and citrus, a forest floor at loose in the nose. Uplifting and well worth smelling!
Taste: full blast of hoppiness, and brash fruity flavor. A rewarding overload of juicy taste delivers on the palate again and again. Nice, and nice.
Not as punishing or as harsh as a Rogue or a Dreadnaught, but I imagine they weren't out to slay the uninitiated with this, but welcome some into the heavily hoppy fold. Despite that qualm, a big, brash IPA, well worth any ale-lover's tasting! Yum, I says, as the flavor still laps up and around the mouth and I keep thinking "yum, yum, and, again, yum."
Tastiness beerily personified! (804 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very amber in color, with a medium head. Limited lace.

Aroma is delectable and amazing. I get pine resin, citrus, and pineapple. Otherworldly.

Hops presence upon tasting is heavy on the tongue, even peppery and pungent. There's a thick and malty backbone in there, but the bitter hoppiness is omnipresent. A fine imperial IPA. (328 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this beer is another great introduction to American brewed beers, in this case a double IPA (a style to which I'm quite new).

Nice brown glowing beer; not much carbonation or head though.
Great fresh hoppyness in the taste, great green grass smell, pine, together with some apricots , I would say, and some milky chocolate malts.
Bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's just very smooth. Alcohol is hardly present, even for the 9.1% as stated on my bottle , it's well masked.

Very glad to have tried this. Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands. Thanks to their assortment. (586 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a beautiful amber. Very clear. The head melts away quickly.

Smells like hops and malt and some caramel.

The taste was a surprise. I expected an all out hop assault but although the hops are present in full measure the malt comes through with enough authority to create a very nice balance. There are pine notes as well and a nice caramel background.

Mouthfeel is big and somewhat oily and extremely smooth.

It hides the 9.1% very well.

Anyone with a taste for double IPA's would do well to try this beer. It's big, smooth and delicious. (566 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wine drinkers will recognize this orangey colour from the label of the illustrious Veuve Clicquot champagne; beer drinkers know it best as the American IPA. It is a toasty golden tone that welcomes the light with open arms, becoming a much brighter, much glassier (and slightly more transparent) tone. A sandy brushing of head blankets the surface and cakes the glass in layer upon layer of droopy, eccentric patterns of lacing.

The aroma is certainly Herculean. The way this thing smells it sends out a message saying: 'I am; I am here; I am now'. It doesn't so much as say 'hello' as it does smack you upside the head. It is a budding orchard, it is fresh cut citrus fruit, it is mysterious herbals, it is nectar serum, it is... an utmost amazing, tantalizing thing.

With Hercules DIPA you start to see hops, I mean really, literally start seeing hops. Your field of vision goes green, your eyes water up with resins and your tears taste of a stinging citrus. The malts may also be deserving of some mention, but with a hop spectacle such as this there just really isn't the room to spare to write about them.

I find Greek mythology pretty interesting to begin with, but find a way to write Great Divide somewhere into that lore and hot damn sign me up for that class (it would certainly be a popular course)! I'm sure Greeks everywhere have already started claiming credit for this beer; certainly it is worthy of its own saga and mysticism.

I swear, one day they'll find something in the water in Bolder, something that should account for why every Great Divide beer drinks with such polished finesse and unequaled quaffability. Even with all its backbreaking bitterness (85 IBU) and almighty alcohol content (10%) this drinks with an intense level of gratification and refreshment.

Hercules has a gargantuan hop profile, colossal strength and mighty character - it is well deserving of its namesake. The write up says something about this beer not being fit for mortals, but suitable for the Gods. And once you finish it, you do kind of feel like one - either because you made it through a titanic 9.1% bomber or just because the 9.1% itself! Whatever the case, this is certainly a heavenly, divine experience. (2,225 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even carefullly poured from a long-standing and refrigerated bottle, Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA delivers a somewhat hazy orange-amber body with a bit of a light crimson cast. Its frothy off-white head drops steadily to become quite creamy; and then slowly fades to a standard collar and whispy surface covering. It leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass, however, which are quite nice. Bright, floral, grassy, lightly piney, and citrusy hops appear in the nose alongside some yeasty fruitiness and sweetish, honey-drizzled malt. The mouthfeel is quite nice: full and dextrinous with a very-fine bubbled, median carbonation as ballast - leaving a gently bubbly caress on the tongue before becoming more creamy and smooth. More sweetish, bready (and even dough-like), and honeyish malt appears in the flavor, dripping with floral hoppy flavors; and tempered by a slap of alcohol and a punch of bitterness that allows it to dry almost immediately in the finish! Hops, however, linger on the palate - floral, piney and citrusy; dancing and swirling until what residual malt is left fades and only bitterness remains. It's a solid duoble IPA to say the least! And very well done! The hops are blended just enough that they don't stray too far towards any particular character (fruity, citrusy, leafy, or grassy for example); and they balance perfectly with the malt that follows the same profile (ie. not too grainy, sweet, honey-ish, etc.). NICE! (1,456 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Says Bottled On May 12 2011

A- Pours a cloudy copper color with a one finger head that lessens to a sporadic ring with great lacing creating stalactites of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- Vibrant, sweet hop aroma that's a bit perfumey.

T- Strong hop bitterness melds with a sweet, grainy malt structure that's just as strong. Alcohol is very well-hidden for a ten-percenter since only after a few hearty swigs do I feel the warmth. A hint of caramel. What else can I say? Spot on!

M- Medium-high carbonation with a creamy, silky feel that is a sought-after component in a double IPA (although this borders on a triple).

O- Strength is the name of the game and Hercules will always win! Score another winner for Great Divide. (758 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH 6/2/06 and many others. Served in an oversized wine glass.

This beer is one of my standbys and one of my favorites. The hops are incredible strong and biting. There is just enough sweetness to complement the hop attack. I love the citrusyness of the hops as they surround my palate. I could drink this beer all night, and it would hurt. (352 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pewter color with a thin head suggesting the alcohol to follow. A near perfect nose for this hophead. Grapefruit and a facefull of hop cones.

Hop flavors burst open on the palate and give a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Not too thick as with a few in this style. The grapefruit hoppiness blends with a pine and spruce flavoring. With all the flavor hops, there is still enough malt to provide backbone. This is one fine, hoppy brew.

I savored it, sip by tiny sip and and took in the abundance of flavor. It provided an evenings worth of flavor and alcohol warmth to boot! What a treat. (595 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 MarkSCCOT
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber obtained at Total Wine into a pint glass.

A. Nice cherry dark red brew with a nice healthy head that settles down to beautiful lacing.

S. The smell is impressive. Nice bold hops but without any one hop overwhelming the other. Pine, grapefruit and grass share the stage.

T. Wow, this is where this beer shines. There are so many West Coast style IPA's where they overwhelm you with hops. But while this was strong, the hops were BEAUTIFULLY balanced. Someone really worked at the recipe before they found this balance. In addition, it compliments the malt base.

M. Very smooth and went down well.

D. Very drinkable despite the higher abv. Probably my favorite DIPA. (700 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great DIPA. Tastes like Celebration Ale on steroids. Highly recommended for hop-heads. Pours a hazy orange with an average size head. The head fades down to a covering of the glass. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Excellent aroma. You know you have a great hoppy experience waiting for you on first sniff. Really great taste. Hops bitterness and citrus (grapefruit predominant). As I sipped the beer (drank all marvelous 22 oz myself) I noticed some maltiness in the finish. Wouldn't call this balanced in any shape or form, but I can detect the malt as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Coats the tongue and palate with resiny goodness. I wouldn't want to rate another beer after this one. Drinkability is good for a 9.1 abv beer. 22 oz is enough, but I enjoyed the last oz as much as the first. A really impressive beer. (842 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a a deep amber/golden color, looks ruby and orangish. Fluffy and foamy light tan head that rests on top for a good good while. Lots of lacing.

Smell is very nice. A light citrusy and very hoppy. Very clean smell. I think the aroma is very deceiving to whats ahead.

Taste is very good. Very hoppy (bottle says 85 ibus). Very potent on the hops, but to me not very heavy on the hoppiness, tastes like a whole shitload of a lighter hops used in it. Some raison flavors do come out in place of any other sort of fruit that could have been tasted in this style. very good malty undertone that gives this beer great balance. Earthy aftertaste. alcohol is present in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Great balance with the hops and malts. Good carbonation, tingly on my palate.

Overall this is one hell of a beer! Love it. Wish i had another i could cellar and have it tame a little, just a little. Very good. I wish i would have reviewed this a little better. (975 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A somewhat hazy orange to amber color. Clears quite nicely after sitting in the glass. Very nice, puffy white head with some really nice lacing going on. A few floaters from bottle conditioning Im assuming. Big floral aroma. Somewhat grassy and citrus like. You really get the "oiliness" of the hops. Huge hop flavor upfront-very sharp on the tongue. Slight grapefruit flavor. Great body-nicely balanced between hop bitterness and abv. An excellent beer-very drinkable. I could see this being a regular in my fridge. (516 characters)

Photo of Squam256
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked the bartender for something hoppy and he suggested this. lad I took his advice:

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Floral with definite fruitiness. Citrus.

Taste: Hops. Hops. and then the aformentioned fruit. Deep and complex, with citrus being the predominant flavor but far from overpowering.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, not in any way harsh. Aftertaste was minimal.

Drinkability: Can handle one, 2 might be a bit much and probably no more than that. Still, I found it quite drinkable when you consider the ABV.

Overall: I really loved this beer, which seemed to get better with every sip. Will definitely have to enjoy this some more in the future. (656 characters)

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

I by no means consider myself an IPA man. This makes me very picky when it comes to Pale Ales so I may not be the best representative when it comes to this style. However, IPA or not I was very impressed with this brew. It seemed unique, well balanced and delicious.

I highly recommend this beer not just for IPA lovers but for people that do enjoy hops but not to the Nth or bitter degree.

Will buy some more if I can find it. Unfortunately ID is not the easiest state to get certain micro brews. This beer was purchased in the Seattle area. (If I can find some more, I will sit down and update this review with more specifics). (633 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden orange and sits a foggy amber brown in the glass with a small off-white head. Nice lacings leaving specklings of head all around the glass.

Aroma consits of a well balanced array of malts and hops. Malts present a caramel like sweetness and a nutty and toasty character. Hops display a good amount of citrus fruit, oranges, tangerines, and lemon, while maintaining a nice floral build.

Tastes sweet and malty up front and quickly makes room for the hops; an assortment of flavors ensues. Oranges, grapefruit rind and lemon make up the citrus portion of hop flavors while notes of tulips and roses float around. Nuttiness builds from within the hops and pairs well with the caramel-like sweetness. Finish is enjoyably bitter and leaves the mouth coated with hop oils.

Perhaps the highlight of this beer is it's luciously smooth and creamy body, floating on a bed of soft, fluffy and delicate carbonation. Medium-full in body overall and puts out every ounce of flavor this beer has to offer.

A delight to drink. For a Double IPA, it's easier to handle than most and far more enjoyable. This will continue to quech my thirst for hoppy beers for a long time. Alas, it's gone all too soon and I must reminisce. Have no fear, it's easy to obtain, and shall delight my pallate once more! (1,317 characters)

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.