Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,835 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,835
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 233
Gots: 426 | FT: 8
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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 Giovanni
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

A: Beautiful pour into a large snifter. Color is deep amber with a coppery glow from the bar lighting. Light and airy three finger head that hung around for a while.

S: Very powerful. Piney and citrus. Grapefruit dominating.

T: Damn! This DIPA is gigantic. Big Malt. Big Hops. Major zip up front and a long, deep finish that lingers and lingers. Excellent.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and smooth, but balanced with zing.

D: Very drinkable, but also satisfying enough that one could do the trick on a slow night.

This is a tremendous and powerful beer. Drink up!

Photo of Mknght
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Hops and alcohol. Great flavor. Would definitely try again.

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

22oz. Bomber Pours a nice dark copper color, some carbonation, small head, very nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops aplenty, citrusy, and some sweetness. Very nice taste of hops, and sweet. Medium body with a nice bitter bite at the end. Very drinkable at 9.1% ABV, the bottle also sez 85 IBUs which is the first time I've seen this on a bottle, what it means I'm not sure. This brew is highly recommend for sure, will be buying again.

Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear golden amber brown with a one finger very clingy offwhite head.

Smell is a malty grapefruit pine forest. Lots of hop smell.

Taste is very sharp bitter, yet but not quite biting. Malty backbone is still despite the hoppiness.

Chewy mouthfeel that feels like it is lingering. Very good.

With all of the hop goodness, it is not too bitter. Very good maltiness balances one of the great dipa's.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazed orangey/amber colored with a well retaining creamy head.

S - all citrus/piney and floral hops(probably from the "C" hops) some honey, caramel and generaly maltyness become more appearant as the beer warms a bit.

T - I love the balance achieved here. The malt backbone is strong and mighty, taasting of bread and even a bit-o-honey. The grapefruit and citrus flavored hops offer up a heavy hand of bitterness to kick things up a notch. the flavor drys out nicely in the finish leaveing the tongue wanting more of the lingering floral hoppy goodness.

MF - supreme feel, just the right amount of carbonation to keep this beer from being to heavy sticky or oily. it feels very slick and smooth going down with just the slightest amount of "stick"

D - dangerously drinkable @ it's high ABV. I am a sucker for a well balanced DIPA. I dig hop-bombs too but this one has the malt muscle to stand up to any hop-forward bullies.

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

Poured from a undated bomber, into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden orange color, with a fantastic fluffy off white head. Minutes go by before the head fades, leaving tons of delicate lacing. This brew compares to Dreadnaught from Three Floyds in almost everyway. Very aromatic, lots of resiny hops, citrus fruits, peppery, with a strong malt smell in the finish. This is definitely a hop bomb, but does have a great sweet malty backbone. Very well balanced with a medium bodied feel. Good amount of carbonation and very easy too drink. The alcohol content isn't a factor, making this one of the best double ipa's, I had so far. An excellent offering from Great Divide!!! Hopheads will love this one!

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

Wow. This is a pretty darn good fit for me (tonight and most any night). Beautiful color and aroma. Lacing to die for. The taste is full bodied - lots of over the top hoppines. All this completely masks the alcohol.

I have another great divide to try in bottles, and I know I tried some of theirs when I was vacationing at Vail. Hercules willl be one to try again. Hopefully it is as good in a bottle as on tap.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a robust and amber with a huge lacing head.

Aroma is full of pine, a little citrus, and malt. Smells like they use Simcoe hops as well as some others possibly.

Taste is full of a roasted almost crunchy malt and huge bitter hop characteristics. Sweetness is balanced well and the ABV is hardly noticable.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a bit of astringency but with a DIPA with this much flavor, there has to be.

Drinkability is high. I hope the Oldsmar Taphouse keeps this one on tap for a while.

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

Colour is a warm copper with very little head.

Delicious scent of sweet caramel & grapefruit. Alcohol not overpowering.

Perfect hoppy grapefruit blended with a sweet raisin malt. Outstanding!

Enough carbonation to keep all components in play for an above average taste.

Surprizingly this brew moved up to my top 3. Hercules will be a staple in my frig. It's what I love... a sweet hoppy bite blended perfectly.

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

Pours a rich golden orange with bubbly and active white head

aromas of cascade hops, slight pine, and slight malt

rich grapefruit upfront followed by solid and sturdy pine hops dominate with subtle malty undertones

a truly fun and complex beer starting big and bold upfront, then mellowing a bit, then the hops just seem to coat the tongue ever so smoothly.

a fantastic, crisp, clean, balanced, yet bold and completely memorable IPA. Worth the extra cash for sure.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper coler with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet bready malt along with huge juicy grapefruit hops and a touch of pine.

T - Massive grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine throw in for good measure. Sweet malt that stand up to the hops and balances this one out nicely while still allowing the hops to shine.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an oliy hop resin and a good deal of carbonation that plays nicely with the hops.

D - A fabulous DIPA that is very nicely balanced. This might become my go to DIPA.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro nitro at 45F into goblet.

The appearance is a crystal clear amber color. It is complimented by a thick tan head. The aroma is a complexity of multiple varieties of hops. The various hops blend well together to create a smooth double IPA. A medium body and refreshing bitterness make this a very drinkable brew. A subtle sweetness pairs it well with grilled Asian and American BBQ cuisine. A great IPA and another winner from Great Divide.

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

A- Brilliantly clear copper color with an off-white head that retains excellently and leaves a nice sheet of lace

S- Loads of candy-coated, orange-flavored, hop nectar. There is some brown sugar and sweet potato making up the malt profile. Alcohol is cloudy and perfume-like.

T- The flavor is bitter in effect. Bitter in the start, bitter in the finish. Sort of mellow and sweet like caramel or butterscotch in the middle.

M- Thick and syrupy with a fizzy carbonation that bubbles around slowly

D- Intense, but recognizable enough to make it a quick sipper. Nothing beyond regular but really the best example of the regular.

Photo of erikm25
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great color here. Pours a nice amber tinted copper. Very rich and vibrant. What I would imagine pure liquid honey to look like. It may have been what was in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase but with an even better glow. Large copper and white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Smells as good as it looks. Clean, fresh pine and flowery hop aroma. The alcohol is vaguely present but easily outmatched by pure sweetness.

T: This is a very heavy and hoppy beer which is a great thing, in my opinion. The taste of citrus and pine come out immediately and stay in the forefront throughout. Despite the heavy ABV there is a sweetness to this beer that makes it even more drinkable. With an amazing long lasting after taste. Everything about this beer stimulates the taste buds. If you ever dream of being in a dizzying kaleidescope of zesty hops and citrusy pine then this does the trick.

M: Medium, crisp, smooth, piney, perfect carbonation, and nice hop sting.

D: As a huge fan of this style beer it is very drinkable. It sneaks up so use caution or throw caution to the wind. If you are also fond of this style then go get it. A must with any good meal or loud music or sporting event or whatever your thing happens to be.

Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

End of the work week, and a bomber of Hercules all to myself. This will be my first tasting of this renowned brew.

Poured it into a tall glass and watched the billowing head cascade over the amber beer - I've not met a poor-looking double IPA, and this doesn't disappoint.

Smelled like grapefruity hops on top of a cake-y underpinning, which comes as no surprise.

I'm really getting a lot of hop bitterness here, like grapefruit juice with the natural fruit sugars somehow extracted. If I was being snooty, I'd call it slightly unbalanced in favor of the hops, as the malts aren't really fighting their way through much as they do in a DFH 90 Min. A fleeting touch of malty sweetness to begin with, then a pure hop explosion, then a slight return of the sweetness in the aftertaste....almost becoming a little chocolatey, if that makes any sense, like a hop coated in thin chocolate. This is a hophead's DIPA, and there's nothing wrong with that. Alcohol? I really can't taste that 9+%, but I definitely feel it. I'm not even halfway through, and already feeling loopy.

Since I'm using 90 Min as my DIPA benchmark, I have to say that this feels a little thin and astringent/dry by comparison - I'm not feeling the same oily chewiness. However, this is a minor complaint that isn't detracting from my enjoyment of the beer.

Drinkability? Well, if you can take on more than one bomber of this, my hat's off to you. Drinkable, in an Imperial IPA sense. This is definitely one I'll turn to again to get my hop fix. I'm really impressed by Great Divide in general - looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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

Basically, 90 minute! A dark amber brew, with a slightly cloudy appearance and an off-white head that left ace lacing! The aroma is an assault of caramel malts with a nice load of bitter, balancing hops in the mix as well. The taste is very sweet and malty up front, bready in the middle, and very hoppy in the finish. There is some unique yeast (yeasthead?) work going on here as well, as the finish is astonishingly complex, creamy, and spicy! The mouthfeel is creamy, and big, but not too big, and the drinkability is very, very, very, very good! An excellent Double IPA, that is almost identical to *fresh* DFH 90 minute in 750's (think 2 years ago) A good introduction to the beers oif Great Divide...

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

This 22oz bad boy looks very promising from the moment I pour it. Cloudy copper color, with a beautiful rocky head, which slowly recedes. The smell of this beer is wonderful. Very piney with hints of citrus. I can’t wait to taste due to the great smell.

The first taste is very hoppy and bitter. Almost overwhelming and I do not taste much except hops. The second sip has much better balance after my taste buds are dope slapped from the first sip (in a good way). This hop monster has a very good malt backbone that makes it balance the onslaught of hops. I really like this beer after the first couple of sips. The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, sticky, and refreshing. By the bottom of the bottle, I realize that this is a 9% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, so the drinkability is also excellent.

This is my first Hercules and is definitely one of my favorite DIPA’s. I will have to keep this one in DBF.

Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of microbrewlover
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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"

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,835 ratings.