1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hercules Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hercules Double IPAHercules Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,527 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 184
Gots: 239 | FT: 5
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:
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.

(Beer added by: filabrazilia on 04-11-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hercules Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,527 | Reviews: 1,498 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mttdls
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev -3.1%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of BlackNotesIII
4/5  rDev -3.1%

BlackNotesIII, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of TheMaimed
4/5  rDev -3.1%

TheMaimed, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev -3.1%

bmoney, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of illeagle05
4/5  rDev -3.1%

illeagle05, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JakeDebus, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -3.1%

twelveinches, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4/5  rDev -3.1%

SortaAmbivalent, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jdomian
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jdomian, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this beer and was able to get it as a single bottle. Everything I've had from Great Divide has been well-crafted and this beer is no exception. Sure enough, this is a "hop bomb" but it takes a while for the bitterness to kick in. The high alcohol content ensures that this isn't something that will get chugged down, unlike other IPA's that I've had while out drinking.

Good pour to this, as the beer had a deep amber hue to it with a moderate head and some dotted lacing to boot. The aroma was pretty strong as well although the taste was a bit more subtle up front. The caramel-like sweetness up front gave way to an intense floral hoppiness in the back with a lot of alcohol, apricot, and leathery maltiness to tie everything together. This is very well balanced since the aftertaste doesn't call for a chaser of water to get everything down.

One of these in a night is enough, but only because of how strong this is. There's not as much citrus here as in other IPA's but the acrid mouthfeel is still present. While this isn't the best of its style that I've had, it's a solid beer and another good offering from Great Divide. I think this style doesn't call for a double but something like this pushes the envelope and in the world of craft beer, that's not a bad thing.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Jsmercer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jsmercer, May 13, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Zuidman, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of StoutIrish
4/5  rDev -3.1%

StoutIrish, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of jamesgaither
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jamesgaither, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev -3.1%

TychoNDC, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jroberts8811, May 17, 2014
Photo of PalatePilot
4/5  rDev -3.1%

PalatePilot, May 06, 2014
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -3.1%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jw1978
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jw1978, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -3.1%

alexsergio, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a nonic. Bottled August 05 2010.

Body is amber with some golden hues. Quarter inch of white head that retains quite well.

In the nose I get toffee, some barleywine like fruity esters. Not too much in the way of hops.

The tastes has toffee, a touch of tootsie rolls, and barleywine like fruity esters (figs/plumbs/raisins). The hops bring out some apricots, peaches and pine, but the malt here steals the show. Nutty and bitter finish lingers. Really strong and in your face brew.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Bordering on barleywine thickness, but not quite.

So yeah, this is basically a hoppy barleywine. Don't try it expecting a true DIPA, because that's not what you are gonna get. It was pretty good though.

billshmeinke, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Jason1010
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jason1010, Dec 26, 2012
Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.