Hercules Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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92
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Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by filabrazilia on 04-11-2004

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Reviews: 1,559 | Ratings: 4,027
Photo of paterlodie
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors in with forever lasting foam and nice but hazy goldcupper beercolor. Nose is of the best: lots of fresh hops with US C-hops noticable. Next to that though nice ambermaltarome. taste is very fruity with plumbs next to the citrussytaste. further some maltyness and litle sweet before hoge but clean bitterness comes in. This full and strong taste makes mouthfeel bombastic but good and the freshness and citrussy makes you already want to take another sip. Great brew IMO.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet and rich, malty scent with a wonderful hop aroma that is floral. The taste is great also. It has a very bitter hop flavor laid over a rich malty base. It goes down smooth and finishes slightly warm with a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting beer; a good drinker.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great find in Madrid. Tad steep in price, about 5$ but hey I've paid $10 for bombers of less ambitious beers. Pours a deep golden in my wine glass with a one inch beige head. Realitively clear with some sediment. Bold smell; malt and heavy pine presence. Powerful hop presence and some malt but the alcohol does shine through. Mouthfeel is medium hop oil presence gives it a syrupy feel. Overall a great DIPA and will try again. Not sessionable. Two of these is like drinking a whole bottle of wine.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber, and as with the previous offering Titan IPA, my bottle looks exactly like the one in the BA Database. No strength or freshness listed, but it proudly states that this one is 85 IBU’s.

Appearance: Unfiltered hazed coppery amber body with a dark orange hue. Massive off-white head that is creamy and formed from a myriad of finely attenuated bubbles that are all just about the same size and produce a silky smooth cap. Damn this looks great, and very dangerous. Average carbonation with superb head longevity and a pervasive lacing that consists of rings and loose smatterings that last forever. Very nice!!

Nose: Oh yes!! This is what I have been missing the last few days whilst in Omaha on business. No hard punches here, just soothing back of the neck strokes that are equally a powerful but much more refined and balanced in their delivery. Spicy Pines, Grassy Verges and Floral Malts. A very cultured nose that is extremely well balanced I find.

Taste: A juicy fruity hoppy start that is backed by a decent amount of malt, which I like. Salopian freshness that dictates that you pay attention to the pine soaked malts and tangential bitterness. Wow, creeps up on you, the hoppiness finishes with exponential powers mixing with hyperbole bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bag full of balls, this is no shrinking violet and does not lessen in the feel. Yet it never feels like it brags about its body strength, but I sense that if you underestimate it, this one it will kick your ass just to remind you.

Drinkability: At 9.1%, it has the balls to back up its big mouth, yet somehow it has neither, it never boasts or self-promotes, and it keeps its testicles firmly in its trousers. If ever a brew “spoke quietly but carried a big stick”, it is this brew.

Overall: Neither an eager but ignorant freshman, nor an aged but ‘past-it’ professor, this is more the well read D-IPA that is at the peak of its education and self-worth. Extremely tasty, well-balanced, and just a Bloody Hell Fire all round superb effort from the Great Divide Brewing Company.

BigHerculesHuge, you did it this time, this one was a cracker!!
Don’t ever cut your hair again.

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Photo of changeup45
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color topped with a relatively thin head but a bunch of lacing ends up on the glass. If you hold it to the light it looks pretty much like orange to me. The aroma is great consisting of piney hops, citrus and floral notes and you get it as soon as you crack the bottle. A rush of sweet hops and pine needles come out right away in the flavor followed by a long gradual bitterness. Malty base provides some stickiness and honey. There's a lot of hops and a lot of flavor here but it's also quite smooth and easy to drink. Definitely well done!

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Photo of Giovanni
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of erikm25
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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...

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Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.